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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-05-08 07:13 PM
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33. Disinformation and Mass Deception: Democracy as a Cover Story
They get away with it because no one knows.

They OWN all of ABCNNBCBSFauxNoiseNutwork.

So, they CONTROL the message that most people see and hear and feel and remember and believe.

Who Owns the Media?

Some messages are more important than others,
which brings up the control thing:

Disinformation and Mass Deception: Democracy as a Cover Story

By William Preston, Jr. and Ellen Ray
Covert Action Information Bulletin 19

During World War 1, the atrocity story came into its own as an instrument of foreign policy. In those simpler days, governments could turn public opinion against the enemy with tales of individual brutality: the rape of a nun, the bayonetting of a baby, or the execution of a Red Cross nurse. Such propaganda externalized the issues and focused national attention on an appropriate scapegoat. Doubters or dissenters were swept aside in the patriotic fallout, in an emotional downpour that insisted, Once at war, to reason is treason.

This crude propaganda, however, had a temporary, war-related quality which often foundered on its own exaggerations. The idea of truth in those days had not yet been obliterated by the continuous covert manipulation of information in peacetime just as in war; nor had deception, secrecy, and lying come to be so much a part of the national menu as to be swallowed whole like the junk food that satiates the public appetite. Today there is no better example of the corrupted circumstances that now confront the consumer of news than the undercover campaign of official disinformation about Cuba.

Having failed to restore its hegemony over Cuba in the Bay of Pigs invasion or in the long, secret war waged under the code name Operation Mongoose, the United States Central Intelligence Agency recently stepped up its 20-year psychological warfare operations to discredit and destroy the Cuban government and any other Latin American or Caribbean government which stands in ideological unity with them. Propaganda aimed at that small, struggling country intentionally manipulates emotions of horror, revulsion, and fear in the uninformed citizen of the Yankee Colossus. Cuba is falsely pictured by the U.S. as embracing in its foreign policy the contemporary apocalyptic trio: drugs, criminality, and terrorism - a far more terrible spectre than the individual bloodletting of the World War I propaganda. Images of corrupted American youth, gangsterism, and revolutionary violence sent from Cuba throughout Latin America are daily media fare for the American public.

Cuba as scapegoat and Fidel Castro as the implacable enemy of world national security interests have become easy answers for the complex realities of hemispheric change. And the sophisticated techniques with which official information about Cuba is concealed, denied, created, regulated, shaped, and planted seem to have heightened public acceptance of the Big Lie.

While a shoot-out at credibility gap might not rescue the truth about Cuba from the hands of its abductors, a historical perspective of official U.S. deception operations against its own people might at least innoculate some against further ravages of this advancing affliction.


These interconnections are by no means fortuitous. There is practically a revolving door policy from organization to organization, from the government, the CIA, to the private media, or the reversal of that process. The new director of VOA, Kenneth Tomlinson, for example, was formerly a Readers Digest editor, who is hosted at blacktie parties by his old friend, McCarthyite Roy Cohn. Arnaud de Borchgrave, who works actively with several governments security services, has a difficult time keeping his journalism and his spying separate. One of the reasons he was fired from Newsweek magazine was that he kept dossiers on the co-workers whom he suspected of being KGB dupes. Robert Moss has also had a longtime relationship with the CIA, which financed his book on Chile. He too was let go from his job as editor of the London Economists Foreign Report because his intelligence connections gave his columns a taint which could not be ignored. The Spike, a badly written novel by these two unsavory characters, presaged the disinformation era with all its ramifications.


And that was from back in Spring/Summer of 1983.
As far as media ownership and consolidation go, things have gotten much, much worse since then.

Let's spread the word on the real picture.

That will help stop their treasons, Texas Explorer.

How? Ideas move We the People.
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