Oh what a wonderful world we had prior to November 8th when the carefully crafted US government messaging controlled the elections. When Twitter was created the government found a valuable propaganda tool by which to shape and direct public opinion. From The Guardian:
US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research
Darpa, established in 1958, is responsible for technological research for the US military… Unveiled in 2011, the SMISC program was regarded as a bid by the US military to become better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media…“Through the program, Darpa seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information…"
However, papers leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden indicate that US and British intelligence agencies have been deeply engaged in planning ways to covertly use social media for purposes of propaganda and deception. Documents prepared by NSA and Britain's GCHQ (and previously published by the Intercept as well as NBC News) revealed aspects of some of these programs. They included a unit engaged in “discrediting” the agency’s enemies with false information spread online…
“Since everyone is potentially an influencer on social media and is capable of spreading information, our work aims to identify and engage the right people at the right time on social media to help propagate information when needed.”
So the U.S. Government’s aim was “to identify and engage the right people at the right time, to help propagate information when needed.” Who would have thought they’d find those people at Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post? On C-Span’s popular call-in show Washington Journal the discussion for the day often starts out with the moderator reading a story from the Washington Post and has viewers call in with comments.
C-Span is funded by the cable companies and has 24-hour a day programming controlled by Washington think tanks. In Twitter’s early days C-Span’s Washington Journal became the medium by which government propaganda was promoted. C-Span has a policy that callers are limited to one call every thirty days, in order to allow a greater number of commenters to weigh in. However, C-Span reads an unlimited amount of Tweets written by the same individuals during their program.
Tweeters like “Bored File Clerk” and “Fishin’ Sam” tweet their comments six or seven times during the daily program, which the C-Span’s host dutifully reads throughout the show. By allowing a deluge of tweets from sources like “Phishing Sam” and “Bored CIA Clerk” C-Span actually has become a conduit for government propaganda via Twitter. From Free Thought Project:
Secret CIA Assessment Story About Russia Helping Trump is the ‘Fake News’ You’ve Been Warned About
Washington, D.C. – Acting once again as the de facto public propaganda mouthpiece for U.S. intelligence/deep state interests within the U.S. government, The Washington Post reported in a scurrilous piece of yellow journalism yesterday that “the CIA concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system.”
Make no mistake that this is the ‘Fake News’ the mainstream media has been warning the public about. Highly respected investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald labeled the Washington Post story, in an article for the Intercept, “classic American journalism of the worst sort,” highlighting that, “the key claims are based exclusively on the unverified assertions of anonymous officials, who in turn are disseminating their own claims about what the CIA purportedly believes, all based on evidence that remains completely secret.”
The impetus behind the move is almost certainly to constrain Trump’s anticipated rapprochement with Russia by further tainting public perception of a U.S.-Russia reconciliation by intimating that Trump in some way won the U.S. presidency with the assistance of Russia — a continuation of a common theme of the Clinton campaign…
Furthermore, the claims that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies confirmed that Russia was behind hacking the DNC, which was forwarded by Hillary Clinton during a presidential debate was unfounded and untrue. This claim was parroted across the mainstream media echo chamber as if it were fact. However, in reality, it was simply more anti-Russia propaganda as a means of tainting Trump…
Sensing the attempts to paint Trump into a corner with this latest bit of ‘Fake News’ from The Washington Post, the Trump transition team released a statement calling out the forces at work behind this latest attempt to stifle the planned de-escalation of U.S. hybrid warfare against Russia.
“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” a statement from the Trump transition team read.
This newest piece of neo-Red Scare propaganda, being pushed by the Post, comes on the heels of them just last week publishing a journalistically inept piece of likely state-produced propaganda.
As Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn wrote for Counter Punch in an article titled, The CIA and the Press: When the Washington Post Ran the CIA’s Propaganda Network, which discusses the connections between The Washington Post & Operation Mockingbird – a CIA program to infiltrate journalism began in the 50’s and still in operation today:
Looks like the U.S. Government has done a pretty good job of “identifying and engaging the right people at the right time at the Washington Post to help promote the fake story” about Russia interfering in the U.S. election. As a matter of fact, the Washington Post’s “explosive” article on the Russian hacking was tossed into the Sunday Morning talk show echo chamber for the expressed purpose of disqualifying Rex Tillerson from becoming Secretary of State under President Trump.
As was cited in the Free Thought Project article, “The impetus behind the move is almost certainly to constrain Trump’s anticipated rapprochement with Russia by further tainting public perception of a U.S.-Russia reconciliation by intimating that Trump in some way won the U.S. presidency with the assistance of Russia — a continuation of a common theme of the Clinton campaign.” Thus the vicious attacks on Rex Tillerson by the Sunday Morning cadre of high paid media whores.
Breaking: Global Research is reporting Trump has named Rex Tillerson as his choice for Secretary of State
Trump Picks Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson As Secretary Of State. He’s a Friend of Putin
In a move that is certain to infuriate those who see Trump as nothing more than a puppet of the Kremlin, moments ago NBC reported that Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil and late entrant into the SecState race after his first meeting with the president elect this past Tuesday at the Trump Tower, has been picked by Trump to serve as his next Secretary of State…
“He has had more interactive time with Vladimir Putin than probably any other American with the exception of Henry Kissinger,” said John Hamre, a former deputy defense secretary during the Clinton administration and president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank where Mr. Tillerson is a board member…
In 2011, Mr. Tillerson struck a deal giving Exxon access to prized Arctic resources in Russia as well as allowing Russia’s state oil company, OAO Rosneft, to invest in Exxon concessions all over the world… But it was subsequently blocked by sanctions on Russia that the U.S. and its allies imposed two years ago after the country’s invasion of Crimea and conflicts with Ukraine. Tillerson spoke against the sanctions at the company’s annual meeting in 2014.
Part of the reason the U.S. and their allies like Saudi Arabia and Turkey have put sanctions in place against Russia is because the Pentagon is funding terrorists to overthrow Assad in Syria and Russia is interfering with that. Breaking News Israel is reporting that one brave congresswoman is trying to end that madness.
Congresswoman Introduces ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’
Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard last week introduced the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” after visiting New York’s Trump Tower and meeting President-elect Donald Trump. Gabbard, an Army veteran and a member of the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services, wrote: “If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Why does our government get a free pass on this?”
She told NPR on Friday that the US government has been “quietly supporting allies, partners, individuals and groups who are working directly with al-Qaida, ISIS, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and other terrorist groups by providing them with money, weapons and intelligence support in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.”
As a result, Gabbard said, “we will end up with a situation where not only will the Syrian people be under greater human suffering and an even more dire situation. We will end up with al-Qaida now having far greater military capability, far greater strength and posing a greater threat not only to the region but to the United States and the rest of the world...”
“If those who are calling for the removal of this regime are, in essence, accepting the fact that al-Qaida would take over that country, whether it’s al-Qaida or ISIS or other terrorist groups – and for people to think that that would somehow improve the lives of the people there in Syria or that it would somehow better secure the American people – I think that’s a crazy notion.”
President Trump is against removing Assad from power and opening a power vacuum to be filled by ISIS and al-Qaida. The Pentagon is infested with neocon holdovers from George W. Bush that are making a killing financially. One article in the Washington Post that isn’t “fake news” that Trump would be wise to read is this.
Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste
The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post…
The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path” for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years. The plan would not have required layoffs of civil servants or reductions in military personnel. Instead, it would have streamlined the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailed high-priced contractors…
The data showed that the Defense Department was paying a staggering number of people — 1,014,000 contractors, civilians and uniformed personnel — to fill back-office jobs far from the front lines. That workforce supports 1.3 million troops on active duty, the fewest since 1940…
The Defense Business Board was ordered to conduct the study by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work, the Pentagon’s second-highest-ranking official… Some Defense Business Board members warned that exposing the extent of the problem could have unforeseen consequences.
“You are about to turn on the light in a very dark room,” Kenneth Klepper, the former chief executive of Medco Health Solutions, told Work in the summer of 2014, according to two people familiar with the exchange. “All the crap is going to float to the surface and stink the place up…”
In an aside, he (Work) revealed that early findings had determined the AVERAGE administrative job at the Pentagon was costing taxpayers MORE THAN $200,000, including salary and benefits.
Every budget that congress passes includes almost another trillion for the Pentagon based on the “fake news” of the “fake threat” posed by Russia as reported by the Washington Post and New York Times. The Sunday morning talk shows echoed those fake news stories using their platform to try to poison the minds of the American people about Russia. The time for change is here, and change will come with President Trump.
Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride but fear not, our “tweeting” President has already reported for duty. Donald Trump has launched a shot across the bow warning Democrats and Republicans that a new sheriff is in town. The days of lyin’ media filling the airwaves and internet with “fake news” is over. The days of the White House Correspondence Dinners, rewarding the high paid whores for a job well done, are gone. Don’t believe me, check out Donald Trump’s tweets.
By Patricia Baeten