Posts Tagged ‘recruitment’

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I also discuss Star Wars as American war propaganda in my short book on allegory and metaphor (free).

NY Times:

‘Star Wars’ and the Fantasy of American Violence

The bloody track of American history, from slavery to genocide to empire, is plain for all to see. But reckoning with the violence itself was the appeal: I thought I could confront our dark side, just like Luke Skywalker, and come away enlightened.

 

The most frustrating reality of all, American youth who join the military despite knowing they are agents of immoral empire. They do it anyway, like mercenaries, content with swallowing any and all bullshit myths, even those from popular movies.

And that’s why this blog is here.

 

COMBO PICTURE OF SUSPECTED HIJACKERS

 

Senator Graham received a call today:
Bob Graham gets call from White House and word that declassification of secret 9/11 documents is underway

 


28 Pages? Beware of “PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY.”

Do NOT rejoice too soon at Obama’s apparent move to expose the Congressional Joint Inquiry findings. This isn’t anything approaching justice, yet. It is only a small step out of a large swamp.

The CIA and Saudi Arabia likely have a COVER STORY, which some FBI agents and Richard Clarke have already floated. A cover story is what you tell people, even your own people, to make your actions seem legitimate.

The cover story that emerges from the 28 pages controversy is that Saudi agents were supposedly“recruiting” Al Midhar and Al Hazmi to be double-agents. That would account for their helping them out with money and apartments. The Saudi government will likely claim that they were filling in for CIA in the US because the CIA isn’t technically allowed to operate here.

That is bullshit, the kind you tell your gullible underlings to get them to go along with your orders, rather than waking up to the otherwise obvious acts of Treason.

The CIA hid future alleged hijackers from the FBI for 16 months, and never did the job of alerting the intelligence community to go arrest them, even through numerous warnings of imminent attacks. Even after the Phoenix and Minnesota revelations of suspected terrorists training in flight schools and the arrest of Zacharias Moussaoui for wanting to “steer” a 747 without landing. Even as G.W. Bush was moved out of his hotel in Genoa Italy in July because of warnings of suicide skyjackings by Al Qaeda (LA Times).

The “recruitment” of Al Qaeda story, if you do see it, will be indefensible garbage, just another story from storytellers. The hijackers were not recruited. They were not carefully watched. They were allowed to … go do 9/11.

Many underestimate the CIA, including many in the 9/11 Truth Movement, and politicians as well. That is one reason we have been on the losing end.

The CIA wrote the book on PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY: they craft the elaborate excuses before they even consider to execute the plan. They lie to their own people as needed, called Eye Washing. All sensitive information is compartmentalized, so that only a few at the top ever get to see the big picture.

Beware of “plausible deniability.”

Joe Giambrone
https://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/

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The Saudi story…

Prince Bandar Says Saudi Intel “Actively Following” Hijackers “With Precision”

 

We still haven’t heard George Tenet’s story on this Saudi “precision”, just this tall tale.

 

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There is so much of the world for us to bomb, invade and dominate. And your middle-schoolers are key to a future of global dominance…

73 percent of Los Angeles County high schools that offer JROTC “do not offer enough college preparatory courses for all students to take a college preparatory curriculum.” In Chris Harmer’s words: “Poor and minority kids are being tracked into military careers as early as sixth grade. That’s what’s so insidious about this.”

America’s Tween Soldiers

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Reminds me of the Madrassahs of Pakistan, same concept. They take the poor street kids, set them up in religious brainwashing schools and prep them for Jihad. JROTC is the American militarism version of the Madrassah. They take kids from poor neighborhoods and start brainwashing them young in what they call “leadership.” They empower their next generation of killers with a curriculum to stir up a love of empire and ambition, cultural hubris and a completely warped sense of war and peace.

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The future of propaganda is here, and it’s pretty awful.

GTA-ISIS: Militants hooking youngsters with ‘Jihad video game’ trailer

But I guess with the US Army pushing its own video game onto OUR youth, the idea caught on?

 

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My whole life I’ve studied war, what it is, whose interests it serves, the mountains of corpses, the machinations of empire.  As USMC General Smedley Butler put it: “War is a racket.”

This is not secret information.

This is not hard to locate.  The realities of war are well-covered territory, skewed and biased as much of the reporting is.  But lies and propaganda are also well studied, mentioned, talked about, written about, even explored in documentaries and discussed on television.

Yet, infinitely repeating is this story, the young ignorant soldier who goes off for God knows why and becomes a murderous monster in the imperial machine.   Perhaps he could have studied the issue before signing on the dotted line?  Perhaps the time to investigate what’s going on is before you agree to become a willing murderer for the state?

How high of a moral bar is that for people to simply educate themselves and learn a few things about the world before participating in its destruction and carnage?  

Anyway, this song is making the viral rounds, 20 million hits.  Enjoy.

 

Here’s something else to learn about.

Charter of the United Nations
…All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

 

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New Boston Bombing Report

 

The US government’s latest report on the Boston Marathon bombing is so full of revealing information buried in plain sight, it seems as if an insider is imploring someone—anyone—to dig deeper. It reads like the work of an unhappy participant in a cover-up.

Properly contextualized, the particulars in the report point to:

•   A Boston FBI agent seemingly recruiting and acting as Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s control officer, interacting personally with him, preventing on multiple occasions serious investigations of Tsarnaev’s activities, and then pleading ignorance to investigators in the most ludicrously improbable manner.

•  The likelihood that the blame game between the US and Russia over who knew what, and when, regarding Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his activities, masks a deeper geopolitical game which may very well point to the sine qua non of most such struggles—the battle for the control of precious natural resources.

•   The sheer inability of well-meaning US government officials—who either may know or suspect that the “official” account of the Boston bombing, with the Tsarnaev brothers as lone wolf terrorists, is utterly false—to come out and state their true beliefs. The most recent report is an example of the necessity of reading between the lines.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Kz75IWt8YuA

“The members of the Guard are Superman and in a way Superman is a member of the Guard.”

-Zack Snyder

From Mother Jones.

“As part of their “Soldier of Steel” ad campaign, the National Guard went all-out in tying in their name and brand to the popularity and mythology of the Superman franchise. This included some commercials and theater spots that Snyder himself filmed with Guard members, essentially painting them as real-life superheroes.”

Superman Wants You
to Enlist in the National Guard
Stop this Nazi Empire; I want to Get Off.

Propaganda in the Cinema 101

Fake recruitment scenarios.  Real war:

“More than 400,000 National Guard troops have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a congressional report.” (link)

The Iraq War, and arguably the Afghanistan invasion as well, were war crimes under international law, Crimes Against the Peace, the “supreme international crime.”  These are codified in the UN Charter which the United States is a party to (and wrote), and ratified:

“All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.

All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

It is an indisputable fact that the Bush Junta lied repeatedly to drum up support to invade Iraq.  Deceptions concerning “weapons of mass destruction” were employed repeatedly to present a false self-defense argument to the Congress and to the public.

National Guard units were an instrumental part in committing this war crime against Iraq.  Their participation in these massive war crimes makes them culpable and responsible for the atrocities that befell that nation at the orders of the US leaders.  That is the glorious heroism that Zack Snyder is selling to children today: Crimes Against Humanity.  We are good because we’re us.  No further justification needed.

Casualties of the Iraq War

“The Lancet study’s figure of 654,965 excess deaths through the end of June 2006 is based on household survey data. The estimate is for all excess violent and nonviolent deaths. That also includes those due to increased lawlessness, degraded infrastructure, poorer healthcare, etc. 601,027 deaths (range of 426,369 to 793,663 using a 95% confidence interval) were estimated to be due to violence. 31% of those were attributed to the Coalition, 24% to others, 46% unknown. The causes of violent deaths were gunshot (56%), car bomb (13%), other explosion/ordnance (14%), airstrike (13%), accident (2%), unknown (2%). A copy of a death certificate was available for a high proportion of the reported deaths (92% of those households asked to produce one).[34][35][36]

Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll[edit]
Opinion Research Business (ORB) poll conducted August 12–19, 2007, estimated 1,033,000 violent deaths due to the Iraq War. The range given was 946,000 to 1,120,000 deaths. A nationally representative sample of approximately 2,000 Iraqi adults answered whether any members of their household (living under their roof) were killed due to the Iraq War. 22% of the respondents had lost one or more household members. ORB reported that “48% died from a gunshot wound, 20% from the impact of a car bomb, 9% from aerial bombardment, 6% as a result of an accident and 6% from another blast/ordnance.”[28][29][30][31][32]

Here’s a question for the so-called “Supermen.”  When criminals get away with highly profitable crimes, what does that bode for the future?

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Not in Snyder’s imperial recruitment propaganda…

Reporting from Greenfield, Calif. — The story of the California Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment is mostly in the record books now: 17 soldiers killed, more than 100 wounded…”

For lies.

For empire.

For oil.

For global intimidation.

Sorry if reality doesn’t mesh with the bullshit they bulldoze at you.

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Excellent roundup of the discrepancies in the government’s story so far concerning the Tsarnaev brothers.

Continued Cover-up of Contacts of Boston Bombing Suspects with FBI and US Intelligence

This one I hadn’t heard:

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis also told the House committee that an officer of US Customs and Border Protection, a unit of the US Department of Homeland Security, who served on the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston and had knowledge of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s travels, did not inform any of the four Boston police officers assigned to the group.

 

 

 

Sell, Sell, Sell…

22-ADCO-01-articleLarge“More smoke, darling.  Oh lovely.  So dramatic.  And, action!”

 Your Soul to the Devil.

Touting yet another incarnation of “the truth of what it means to be a soldier” I doubt the new US Army infomercials, excuse me, “reality show” barrage, will be showing the dismembered bodies, the mutilated people in the conflict zones, the childrens’ corpses, the wheelchairs, the prosthetic limbs or the Nuremberg Statutes, etc.

I considered blowing right by this NY Times ode to the misanthropic marketing efforts of militarism, but then again, one cannot escape his nature.

“Program-length commercials are becoming more popular as part of a trend known as content marketing, sponsored content or branded entertainment. The trend is meant to counter the growing habit — particularly among younger consumers, like the target audience for the Army, ages 18 to 24 — of ignoring traditional forms of advertising.”

Young man:

You’re an idiot, a dupe, and a demographic to be sold a lifestyle of so-called “service.”  That is the job of the ad men of Madison Avenue who relish the opportunity to sell you this vision of the future.  And a number of your brethren will sign on the dotted line, not in blood, but it should be.

“The Army’s advertising agency, the McCann Worldgroup, also part of Interpublic, will undertake a promotional campaign for “Starting Strong” in realms like social media”

…We have to innovate to engage the audience,” Mr. Davis said. “That’s the bottom line.”

Well, if that’s what you’re paid to do, then I guess you “have to.”

“Joining the Army is kind of like dating somebody; you don’t marry them on the first date,” Mr. Davis said. “It’s a decision. It’s a long conversation.”

…The idea to try content marketing came after two “Starting Strong” pilot episodes “did extremely well in testing,” Mr. Davis said.

It’s a long, fucking sales pitch, and you don’t really get a guarantee on the product.  In fact, you’re the product.  They won’t tell you that.  But, you’re harvested.  Your body, mind and soul become the exclusive property of the United States Military Industrial Complex.  That’s the deal.  They offer promises of future money and education, much of the time promises not kept.  Injured soldiers find themselves kicked out on their asses with substandard medical care from the perpetually underfunded Veteran’s Administration.

And after you help out with “the mission” and go to war somewhere, for who the fuck knows what in a place you’ve never heard of, and the bodies pile up, the army doesn’t quite give a shit about your concerns.  And if you blow your brains all over the bedroom wall from the guilt of what you have done to innocents half a world away, well the Army and the Madison Avenue clowns contracted by them don’t care about that either.  Nor if you beat your family to death, become a zombie, drug addled spree shooter or whatever.  It’s really not relevant to the mission … of world domination and threat of good old American force against those arrogant little brown bastards who don’t take orders from Washington.

So have fun.  Have a nice fucking life.

“Based on testing, we’re fairly optimistic this will gain the traction we need…”

Coca Cola, Cars, Beer, Smart Phones, Exercise, Joining a Killing Machine, World Domination, Whatever.  Sell, Sell, Sell.

Just this year — CIA has tried at least twice to corrupt anti-TERRORISM operatives in Russia’s FSB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHbx1EWtZ6Y&feature=youtube_gdata

The first case in January was kept quiet until now.

The reason for CIA’s intense efforts to learn what FSB knows is likely because of other recruitment efforts by CIA in the Caucasus, Dagestan, Georgia, involving Islamic extremists … like Al Qaeda, to start shit in those provinces against the Russian state.  Yes, a very tangled web they weave.

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President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

“When U.S. personnel were airlifted from Benghazi the night of the attack, there were seven Foreign Service and State Department officers and 23 CIA officers onboard. This fact alone indicates that the consulate was primarily diplomatic cover for an intelligence operation that was known to Libyan militia groups. ”
Melvin A. Goodman, formerly of CIA

The Benghazi operation was most likely the CIA recruiting terrorists to go fight in Syria against Bashar Al Assad, the president there.  That is what happened, and Libyans are all over the Syrian countryside raining death and destruction there and instituting Sharia Law.  The US supports this side, quite openly.

Also:

“The success of the Bush and Obama administrations in weakening the CIA’s [Office of Inspector General (OIG)] has ensured that CIA failures have gone unexposed and uncorrected. The statutory Inspector General was created in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal to assure integrity at the CIA. After the office published reports critical of both CIA’s performance before 9/11 and its implementation of the renditions and detentions program, however, the CIA’s operations managers wanted the office shut down.”

Anyone who is wondering what the fuck is going on with US foreign policy today in Syria, Libya, and all over the Middle East, simply must read:

The Redirection
Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?
by Seymour M. Hersh
March 5, 2007