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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 08:34 PM
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12. CIA psyops agents at CNN during Kosovo war... Pincus & Daily Kos
Edited on Wed Jan-16-08 08:36 PM by JackRiddler
I found a link on that one, then noticed you had one too.

Author: Alexander Cockburn
Publisher/Date: San Jose Mercury News (US), March 23, 2000
Title: CNN and the CIA
Original location:

A handful of military personnel from the 4th Psychological Operations Group (i.e. PSYOPs) based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina have until recently been working in CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta. An enterprising Dutch journalist named Abe De Vries came up with this important story in mid-February, and he remains properly astounded that no mainstream news medium in the United States has evinced any interest in the story.

I came across translations of De Vries’ stories on the matter, after they had appeared in late February in Trouw, the foremost quality newspaper in Holland.

De Vries later told me he’d originally come upon the story via an article in the French Intelligence newsletter (available on a pay-per-story basis on the Internet) Feb. 17, which described a military symposium in Arlington, Va., held at the beginning of that same month, discussing use of the press in military operations.

Col. Christopher St. John, commander of the U.S. Army’s 4th PSYOPs Group, was quoted by a French Intelligence correspondent, present at the symposium, as (in the correspondent’s words) having “called for greater cooperation between the armed forces and media giants. He (St. John) pointed out that some Army PSYOPs personnel had worked for CNN for several weeks, and helped in the production of some news stories for the network.”

(snip - plenty more in article)

In addition to Anderson Cooper, let's not forget the well-known example of the admitted student snitch, Walter Pincus of the Washington Post ("How I Travelled the World on a CIA Stipend"), who basically serves as the CIA press officer. He was given the sensitive assignment of doing a dirty journalistic hit job on Gary Webb during the CIA-crack revelations of the mid-1990s ...

And of course ...

"Markos Moulitsas Zniga, owner of the DailyKos website, now admits that he spent six months in the employ of the US Central Intelligence Agency in 2001," writes Holland. "In a one-hour interview on June 2, 2006 at the Commonwealth Club, Moulitsas, also known as 'Kos,’ admitted that he was a CIA employee and would have 'no problem working for them’ in the present."

"I applied to the CIA and I went all the way to the end, I mean it was to the point where I was going to sign papers to become Clandestine Services," Moulitsas admits in the interview. "And it was at that point that the Howard Dean campaign took off and I had to make a decision whether I was gonna kinda join the Howard Dean campaign, that whole process, or was I was going to become a spy. (Laughter in the audience.) It was going to be a tough decision at first, but then the CIA insisted that if, if I joined that, they’d want me to do the first duty assignment in Washington, DC, and I hate Washington, DC. Six years in Washington, DC (inaudible) that makes the decision a lot easier."

Moulitsas considers the CIA "a very liberal institution," (...)

"This is a very liberal institution. And in a lot of ways, it really does attract people who want to make a better, you know, want to make the world a better place…. Of course, they’ve got their Dirty Ops and this and that, right but as an institution itself the CIA is really interested in stable world. That’s what they’re interested in. And stable worlds aren’t created by destabilizing regimes and creating wars…. I don’t think it’s a very partisan thing to want a stable world. And even if you’re protecting American interests, I mean that can get ugly at times, but generally speaking I think their hearts in the right place. As an organization their heart is in the right place. I’ve never had any problem with the CIA. I’d have no problem working for them ... "

To put it as diplomatically as I can stand: What an asshole! I don't care if he's no longer working for them; that would make him less complicit in a criminal organization, but an incomparably far greater idiot than his apologia for the CIA already indicates - a fucking wannabe gangster.
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