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The good, the bad and the ugly relating to Trump, his advisors, and events surrounding him. There isn’t much good except for the dubious possibility Trump will have caused incredibly corrupted system to implode. The amazing part of this whole business is, those opposed to Trump, who is neither clean nor high-minded, are in their turn behaving in manner so underhanded, by comparison, history could make Trump out to be a saint. What a f**ked up world we live in –

It’s The Sauce on pedophilia in politics

Steve ‘rosie’ O’Bannon a ‘Team Trump’ sexuality satire

Odds-Makers, CIA & Treason ‘the coup’

English Philos & Meryl Streep on cultural hypocrisy

The Cell on cliques vying for power around Trump

Ciao Chao taking money from an Iranian cult

Trump’s Ban: The CIA Shit Hits The Fan

Incompetent Espionage & WikiLeaks Craig Murray’s screw-up

Trump’s DNI – A Dire Wolf for Jesus

Agent Assange a bad aroma surrounding WikiLeaks

A Satan Sandwich Glen Ford’s refreshing candor

Friedman & the ‘Narrative’ on Trump’s Israel ambassador pick

Liar, Liar, With Pants On Fire on US corporate media

Rick Perry To Run Trump’s Department of Cocaine

Mike Flynn & Turkish Silver

A Most Unlikely Story (or Soros Chickens Come Home to Roost)

Vice, CIA & I.R. Baboon failed CIA election meddling

If ‘The Donald’ Were a Real…  on corruption

The Coe Cult & ‘The Donald’ Election Scam

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This post makes a case Dennis Kucinich knew exactly what he was talking about when he stated:

“An effort by some in the intelligence community to upend any positive relationship between the USA and Russia … there are people trying to separate the USA and Russia so this military-industrial intel [ligence] axis can cash in … There’s a game going on inside the intelligence community where there are those who want to separate the U.S. from Russia in a way that would reignite the Cold War”

In other words, a hostile relationship with Russia is good for business when you’re invested in Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Boeing, Ratheon, DuPont, Booz-Allen, Dow Chemical, Northrup Grumman et-cetera-ad-nausea.

Very few in the larger intelligence community are betting against the CIA in its present & ongoing, treasonous, war with a sitting President of the United States. Ostensibly, a case is being built against Trump, with CIA employing professional, carefully tailored, false flag information operations widespread in media, advancing the notion Trump and his administration cannot be trusted to possess sensitive intelligence without leaking this information to the Russians. What had begun as a clandestine services mutiny of Clinton aligned CIA efforts to derail Trump attaining the presidency, badly mishandled, is grown and spread.

What in actuality is going on now, is a concerted attack on the president by an intelligence community with a decades history of having its way in all things, to include a President of the United States in a deferential role, one could even make a case of compliant to subservience. This begins with if the CIA says something is so, such as Trump’s team is a danger to our national security, it must be the case; the CIA now joined in its mutiny by growing elements in the larger National Security estate, inclusive of those many corporate board personalities integrated to this estate, in growing consensus the ‘intelligence authority’ is not to be challenged:

Exhibit one:

“Over the last 15 years, thousands of former high-ranking intelligence officials and operatives have left their government posts and taken up senior positions at military contractors, consultancies, law firms, and private-equity firms. In their new jobs, they replicate what they did in government—often for the same agencies they left. But this time, their mission is strictly for-profit”

Exhibit two:

“From 2004 through 2008, 80 percent of retiring three- and four-star officers went to work as consultants or defense executives, according to the Globe analysis. That compares with less than 50 percent who followed that path a decade earlier, from 1994 to 1998.

“In some years, the move from general staff to industry is a virtual clean sweep. Thirty-four out of 39 three- and four-star generals and admirals who retired in 2007 are now working in defense roles — nearly 90 percent.

“And in many cases there is nothing subtle about what the generals have to sell — Martin’s firm is called The Four Star Group, for example. The revolving-door culture of Capitol Hill — where former lawmakers and staffers commonly market their insider knowledge to lobbying firms — is now pervasive at the senior rungs of the military leadership”

The pecuniary interest is plain as day; Trump has challenged both the defense industry and the intelligence community. The defense industry on the price of the F35 multi-role jet fighter and Trump has called out the intelligence community on its accusations of friendliness towards, and too cozy a relationship with, the Russians. This, following on the ‘Russians hacked the elections’ total nonsense coming from our CIA in deliberate effort by the agency to undermine Trump. But now, the word appears to be out to the former intelligence officers who’re in private intelligence contracting, to join in these propaganda efforts to protect the status quo:

Exhibit three:

“In a recent column, I explained how the still-forming Trump administration is already doing serious harm to America’s longstanding global intelligence partnerships. In particular, fears that the White House is too friendly to Moscow are causing close allies to curtail some of their espionage relationships with Washington—a development with grave implications for international security, particularly in the all-important realm of counterterrorism.

“Now those concerns are causing problems much closer to home—in fact, inside the Beltway itself. Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration—not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump—that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust”

Going to this immediate preceding, the intelligence community’s reach and leverage over the pecuniary self-interest of corporations is quite wide; exceeding the near total leverage intelligence agencies have over media in identical circumstance – and beyond private intelligence contractors staffed by agency veterans- where if you don’t toe the agency line, your bread and butter lifeline can be shut off with denial to access:

Exhibit four:

“Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said.

“These programs, whose participants are known as trusted partners, extend far beyond what was revealed by Edward Snowden, a computer technician who did work for the National Security Agency”

And then, you have intelligence websites have to choose sides and push the CIA’s neo-con agenda to let the agency know you are on board & willing to play ‘team’ ball:

Exhibit five:

“Discord and disharmony are not novel concepts in American political life. But the current situation is anything but conventional. It is not normal for the president to summarily fire the chief legal counsel to the US government —acting or not. Nor is it normal for his national security advisor, a man who is privy to the most sensitive secrets of the US government, to be the subject of a counterintelligence investigation, and for one of his senior aides to be denied a security clearance by the CIA. It is unprecedented for a US president to question the usefulness of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization while seemingly consenting to Russia’s annexation of an important American ally —namely Ukraine. It is equally remarkable to watch conservative governments in Western Europe warn against US policies and even refuse to have Mr. Trump address their parliaments. We are witnessing unparalleled developments of inconceivable magnitude, with implications that may well shape the future of America and its place in the world” [bold added, RTW]

Talk about piling the s**t on with a steam shovel named the great sycophant, the ‘Russia annexed Ukraine’ part is beyond political fellatio. Insofar as Ukraine, Kosovo was a weaker example but set a precedent. When the current Ukrainian regime came to power in what the head of STRATFOR had called “the most blatant coup in history” (correctly noted to have been directed by the Americans), Russia acted in its own strategic interest but also with a stronger argument than Kosovo’s enforced split from Serbia by NATO. Crimea had been Russia for 200 years prior to 1954 and its administrative transfer to Ukraine. It’s populace (as cited by the Russians’ in international law) were possessed of the ‘right of self determination’ and there was a referendum held every party to the controversy knew would favor Crimea returning to Russia. As for the Donbass region (southeast of Ukraine), the majority ethnic Russians want nothing to do with the coup government in Kiev. That shouldn’t surprise anyone as it was the leadership aligned with Russia was tossed in the coup. Insofar as corruption, both administrations were/are notorious. The only net gain was heightened tensions with Russia, good for the military-industrial business bottom line.

The western bloc suffers ineptitude and has show poor leadership & decision taking and much of the west’s problems with Russia have been of their own making; not least reneging on George H.W. Bush’s verbal (vital from the Russian view) promise NOT to move NATO’s borders east with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The more NATO moves in ways that can be interpreted as boxing in Russia, the more assertive Russia will become, this is so deeply ingrained in human nature, it’s close to a law of physics. The one-sided perception of this from western view was briefly illuminated by AP reporter Matt Lee when he challenged the Department of State’s John Kirby with ‘You’re moving NATO’s borders to the borders of Russia and claiming Russia is threatening NATO’s borders because Russia has Russian military in Russia.’

Just now Russia has real leadership (whether one admires Putin or not) where the NATO nations have inept-corrupt politicians (for example one need look no farther than the current French campaign) and recently a great American buffoon (you’re fired!) surrounded by competing interests has risen the top, almost all of which said interests are opposed to Trump as a threat to those very interests. Speaking of ‘you’re  fired!’ … where is CIA Director Mike Pompeo when it is he should be firing everyone at CIA refusing to cooperate with the new president? Why hasn’t Pompeo stopped the agency in its tracks with the attacks on Trump? Is Pompeo sitting on his hands while looking forward to ‘business as usual’ under a soon to be President Pence?

Trump’s election actually does threaten the balance worked out between special interests in DC, which in turn threatens to upend the entirety of the system’s function for the fact of the system had become so deaf to the desires and needs of its citizens which, predictably over the long haul, delivered us someone, anyone, that wasn’t the perceived as bought mainstream or DC insider. That’s how we got Trump.

Odds are, when the dust settles with Trump’s almost certain removal, via a treasonous CIA instigated coup, a new storm will kick up because the root cause will not have been addressed; political apparatus out of touch with the realities and demands of its’ citizenry, including many of the conservative voters who will reject Pence for the very reasons they chose Trump over the several losing competitors in the Republican primaries.

The USA is in deep trouble, both at home and abroad. The old status quo didn’t know how to, or what is worse, didn’t care to repair our national circumstance. Everyone owes too much to special interests for the places they sit at the apex of power. They had to buy their way in and finally the voters delivered them a joker. When the joker is bounced out the door, there will be no returning to business as usual, there is too much anger and too many divisions … and the system is become corrupted to point it is designed to cull any leadership that isn’t beholden to a class that has separated itself from the ordinary. The beginning of the end of empire, as it were. I expect things will get worse before they get better and in fact circumstance may never get better.

This last is because Pence himself represents an apocalyptic religious entity opposed to rule of law based in constitutional order. Ready for literal Armageddon? How does one prepare for that?

Update: Within hours of my posting this assessment, CIA Director Mike Pompeo has stated:

“The CIA does not, has not, and will never hide intelligence from the president, period. We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred”

Now, this is either disingenuous or flat out wrong. How is that? Where is Pompeo on the CIA demonstrated to be pushing a ‘the Russians hacked the election’ psychological operation and feeding this lie to the public?

Exhibit six:

“A secret CIA assessment found that Russian operatives covertly interfered in the election campaign in an attempt to ensure the Republican candidate’s victory, the Washington Post reported, citing officials briefed on the matter”

Exhibit seven:

[former UK ambassador Craig] Murray said: “I know who leaked them. I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things”

Complicit in the treason? Now, the question Mike Pompeo has not addressed: Has the CIA informed Trump of the particulars concerning the CIA false-flag information operation directed at undermining Trump, blamed in media on the Russians? Certainly not. In which case the CIA actually HAS with-held critical intelligence from the president. Mike Pompeo just lied about information sharing with the president on a critical count. How can we expect anything coming out of Pompeo’s mouth is on the up & up, following on this? We can’t.

What Pompeo doesn’t know, won’t hurt him. In the alternative scenario, CIA Director Pompeo himself is kept in the dark on the issue by the CIA. How can we expect anything coming out of Pompeo’s mouth is on the up & up, following on this? We can’t.

In this second, immediately preceding possibility, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is demonstrated to be dumber than a box of rocks; for the reasons he did not independently discover, on an issue critical to Trump, what is easily available in open source: A former, entirely credible, UK ambassador, Craig Murray, stating the CIA’s ‘Russian hack’ was in actuality a leak from a DNC insider, from a source Murray attests he had personally met (going to the assassination of Seth Rich, see the link ‘Incompetent Espionage & WikiLeaks’, below.)

Any director of CIA that didn’t independently check into an ongoing story attacking his boss, a story of Russian interference in a report acknowledged to have been produced by a CIA agency famous (inside the intelligence community) for its psychological and false-flag information operations, would have to be either complicit in the treason or so incompetent as to be unfit to hold the office.

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“guest” remarking in the comments at jameslafond.com, where a version of this article is posted as ‘the coup’ states:

Here is how William Binney, a former intelligence official turned whistle-blower puts it:

“We were coming into conflict with what I refer to as ‘feasting’ by the corporations that were leeches on the side of NSA and other agencies of the government, the ‘military industrial happiness management complex’. They were keeping each other happy: officials would retire from government, go to work for those corporations, the corporations would send people in to manage the programs, they’d get the contracts back and they’d feed some more.

“It’s a circle, it just keeps going round. The entire leadership at NSA was focused this way and they wanted no creativity, no innovation, no problem solved, “keep the problem going so the money keeps flowing” that was their vision statement, I just didn’t realize it.

“They didn’t want success, because that means you solved the problem, which they need to ask for more money to feed the corporations”

Trump is throwing a wrench into this symbiosis, so he better buckle up!

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Related posts:

English Philos & Meryl Streep on cultural hypocrisy

The Cell on cliques vying for power around Trump

Ciao Chao taking money from an Iranian cult

Trump’s Ban: The CIA Shit Hits The Fan

Incompetent Espionage & WikiLeaks Craig Murray’s screw-up

Trump’s DNI – A Dire Wolf for Jesus

Agent Assange a bad aroma surrounding WikiLeaks

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Certain Trump picks point to a religious-criminal cabal preparing for a Pence presidency. What do Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and certainly not least, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, have in common? Membership in ‘The Fellowship’, a quasi-religious organization-unregistered lobby with fingerprints all over past USA international crimes sprees. These three significant personalities all are under the ‘spiritual’ tutelage of Doug Coe, leader of ‘The Family’ where if you are ‘chosen’ there is a different standard, an unaccountable standard, where everything up to and inclusive of child rape is excused:

I’d almost forgotten the time Dan Coats, Trump’s pick for National Intelligence Director — the man to whom 16 intelligence agencies report — called me an “enemy of Jesus.”

Well, I didn’t hear him do it, but the source seemed solid. It was, I think, 2004, and I’d been invited to speak at the University of Potsdam, near Berlin, in a series sponsored by the U.S. embassy. My subject was “the Family,” the secretive fundamentalist organization of which Coats, unbeknownst to me at the time, is a member. When I arrived, my German host told me there’d been a little problem: the ambassador — Dan Coats — had blocked funding for my talk. “He said,” my host said, in thickly accented English, “you are an ‘enemy of Jesus.'”

My host was one of those deadpan Germans. He didn’t smile. I said, “You’re joking.”

“Yes,” he said, still unsmiling, “that is what I thought, too.” Apparently, the Germans had gone back and forth a couple of times with the embassy, unable to believe this was serious. And apparently the embassy personnel were plenty embarrassed about it, too. But that was Coats’ ruling, so it stuck. Fortunately for me, the university picked up my tab” Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power & C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy

Jeff Sharlet, in a 2003 interview, had stated concerning the Doug Coe cult:

“A lot of their key men in a country would be the intelligence [CIA] officers in the American embassy. Throughout their correspondence, that’s the kind of guy they would like to have involved [and] They always had a lot of Army intelligence guys involved, Pentagon guys”

Doug Coe: “Most of my friends are bad people”

Doug Coe’s ‘international bad friends’ have included (but are not limited to) Papa Doc Duvalier whose Tonton Macoute militia murdered up to 60,000 Haitians, “the most corrupt leader in modern history” (Transparency International) and mass murderer Suharto (Indonesia), CIA sponsored war criminal Gustavo Álvarez Martínez (Honduras), CIA ‘dirty wars’ mass torturer and murderer General Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova (El Salvador), extrajudicial killer, kidnapper and torturer Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea), indicted war criminal Omar al-Bashir (Sudan), child soldier commander Joseph Kabila (Congo), Pentagon trained war criminal Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Kagame ally and child soldier employer Yoweri Museveni (Uganda)  and killer par excellence Mohamed Siad Barre whom Coe facilitated (together with Charles Grassley) receiving the American weaponry Barre used to ‘wreak a biblical terror on his own nation’ (Somalia, which has never recovered.) To name a few.

Doug Coe: “We work with power where we can and build new power where we can’t”

“We” clearly includes Dan Coats and a political ‘bedroom’ surprise:

“Sharlet explores the role of a distinct “elite fundamentalism” through our history and culture, and illustrates how it currently operates at top levels of American business, government, and the military. This may come as a shock to those for whom overt fundamentalism in the federal government was not apparent before the administration of George W. Bush. But Sharlet demonstrates its role during the Cold War and since. We learn for example, of how “charitable choice,” the legislative precedent for George W. Bush’s “faith-based initiative,” stemmed from ideas incubated by The Family, and was sponsored by Family members, Republican Senators John Ashcroft and Dan Coats—with an assist from Family associate Senator Hillary Clinton”

Yep, that’s right folks, Dan Coats and Hillary share the same ‘spiritual’ umbrella:

“Doug Coe is a unique presence in Washington: a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God” Hillary Clinton

“You know Jesus said ‘You got to put Him before mother-father-brother sister? Hitler, Lenin, Mao, that’s what they taught the kids. Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn’t murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom” Doug Coe

Yeah, the Hitler, Lenin & Mao admiring Coe is the ‘Christian’ spiritual guru of both; Hillary Rodham Clinton and Trump’s DNI Dan Coats. What more do we know?

Aspiring members of Coats’ ‘Family’ can be excused multiple child rapes:

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“But David Coe, Doug Coe’s son and heir apparent, calls himself simply a friend to men such as John Ensign, whom he guided through the coverup of his affair. I met the younger Coe when I lived for several weeks as a member of the Family. He’s a surprising source of counsel, spiritual or otherwise. Attempting to explain what it means to be chosen for leadership like King David was — or Mark Sanford, according to his own estimate — he asked a young man who’d put himself, body and soul, under the Family’s authority, “Let’s say I hear you raped three little girls. What would I think of you?” The man guessed that Coe would probably think that he was a monster. “No,” answered Coe, “I wouldn’t.” Why? Because, as a member of the Family, he’s among what Family leaders refer to as the “new chosen.” If you’re chosen, the normal rules don’t apply

In relation to child rape, when you belong to Coats’ ‘family’ “If you’re chosen, the normal rules don’t apply” (keep reading)

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Coats & anyone’s minor daughter

If anything, our Director of National Intelligence & ‘friends’ should recall:

 

Related to this preceding, we have Hillary working with Republican ‘Family’ to reduce a sex trafficking conviction to the much lower level of a prostitution conviction, which would seem like an ‘insurance policy’ were the DC centered pedophilia to break into the open at any level:

“What we saw was Hillary shaving off here and there on issues she didn’t think that the public would notice, trying to win peace with the Christian right.

“On the one level, you say that’s great, Democracy works through compromise.

“When you look more closely at some of the legislation, like sex trafficking legislation, she teamed up with [‘Family’ Senator Sam] Brownback and allowed Brownback to redesign legislation meant to stop sex trafficking, to make it an offense punishable as nothing more than prostitution.

“I think most sane people know that prostitutes are not the real criminals in this business, it’s the people moving human chattel around the world. The Family looks at it a bit differently”

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jul/19/behind-closed-doors-c-street/

A 2011 ‘Family’ Senate membership list includes not only DNI Dan Coats but also Trump’s Attorney General pick Jeff Sessions, pointing to we’ll know who, what and why ‘Family’ crimes, inclusive of child rape, will never be prosecuted:

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

@ https://www.truthwinsout.org/pressrelease/2011/01/14142/

And then Mike Pence shows up:

“It’s this theology that drives the international exploits of a secretive group of Capitol Hill elites — including Jim DeMint and Mike Pence — known alternately as the Fellowship or the Family. The Family made rare headlines last year, when it was revealed the group had supported the Ugandan lawmakers who proposed an anti-LGBT bill that would make certain practices punishable by death”

http://indianavote.blogspot.com/2012/01/mike-pence-and-c-street-cult-aka.html

Regardless of what you might think of Trump, and our republic’s archaic electoral college (constitutional provision) that elected him, Trump is the USA’s legitimate president. Meanwhile, any naif who’d believe these sort of ‘family’ personalities wouldn’t stoop to supporting a ‘Bump Trump’ caper, to put their man Pence into the White House, is not only beyond head examining help, we also could easily be worse off for the fact.

“I’ve seen pictures of the young men in the Red Guard… They would bring in this young man’s mother. He would take an axe and cut her head off. They have to put the purposes of the Red Guard ahead of their father, mother, brother, sister, and their own life. That was a covenant. A pledge. That’s what Jesus said” -Doug Coe

Not only does Coe state the immediate preceding in the video, he goes on to admire the underhanded acquiring of power by Germany’s Nazis.

Recalling Hillary’s work with the Coe cult and her endorsement of its leader, in the video she is demonstrated to be lying (not surprisingly, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell fails to call the lie out.)

“Doug Coe is my personal hero” -Al Gore

Clearly we are looking at a bi-partisan bag of maggots.

Finally, we have the trivia moment questions:

Who was the lawyer fresh out of Harvard Law School who went to work for Sullivan & Connolly about the time that firm began representing the Clintons in Whitewater? Answer: Trump’s CIA pick Mike Pompeo.

2nd question; who was advising Hillary’s people on damage control concerning Hillary’s unauthorized-unsecured home email server? Answer: Mike Pompeo’s former boss at Sullivan & Connolley LLP, David Kendall. DC is a very small (and incestuous) world.

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22 January 2017 update: Coe had already powered his way into a meeting with Trump, this past December, using Mike Pence and  Senators  Chris Coons (Delaware) and John Boozman (Arkansas.)

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“Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953 has spoken at the breakfast, a point made at the meeting to Trump by the evangelical lay minister Douglas Coe, a leader in The Fellowship religious organization, according to Coons. Also attending the meeting with Trump was Boozman, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and several of Trump’s faith advisers”

The meeting was ostensibly about ‘spiritual’ affairs but clearly in a context of politics, policy and bringing pressure on Trump. So the Mao Red Guard admiring ‘decapitate your mother for Jesus’ because it’s ‘the right thing to do’ minister Doug Coe has already arrived on scene with his ‘Prayer Breakfast’ diktat.

I was looking for an article I’d written some years back, while pulling together information for a piece on Julian Assange (stay tuned), and I stumbled across this piece. With all of the ‘fake news’ propaganda swirling like a toilet spin in the  mainstream news rooms of the USA, here is a flashback to my ‘Stool & Dunce Cap’ blog at Alternet prior to that ‘alternative news’ outlet shutting down my soap box. Recovered via the internet ‘way back machine’, some of the links are dead.

February 2012 has been recorded in the annals of history, and according to my personal philosophy and Native traditions, it is in order to give gifts on the occasion of celebrating my 61st year. This particular gift is a tool created for anyone who wished or dared to pursue penetrating the illusions we are fed by media.

Of the many shameless liars prostituting for fascist, racist killers while pursuing profit in the name of democracy, the New York Times is the head I propose to deliver to my public readership on a platter. Let’s call it a gift of public service to humanity.

That the New York Times is a corporate prostitute frequently fronting CIA propaganda operations, is a matter I have delved into on previous occasion.

Now, the point is to show in a few easy reading pages, how anyone can tear these ‘information operations’ [psy-ops] apart and determine for themselves what is actually behind the story. With the long time CIA associated ‘Freedom House’ in trouble in Egypt in recent days, we can use this Times ‘Freedom House’ friendly propaganda story

Times quote:  “Two of the American groups, affiliated with the Republican and Democratic parties, said they have taught the nuts and bolts of grass-roots organizing, political campaigns and democratic elections to anyone willing to listen, trying to avoid favoring any Egyptian political faction. Another, Freedom House, said it has trained young activists and run international exchange programs. The fourth American group, the International Center for Journalists, does training on how a free press operates”

Gee, if they are teaching them anything like the New York Times operates (more on NYT operation a bit further on), I suggest they read up on former CIA agent Phillip Agee’s analysis of ‘Freedom House’ organizational utility:

Agee quote: ”One may wonder why the CIA would be needed in these programs. There were several reasons. One reason from the beginning was the CIA’s long experience and huge stable of agents and contacts in the civil societies of countries around the world. By joining with the CIA, NED and [US]AID would come on board an on-going complex of operations whose funding they could take over while leaving the secret day-to-day direction on the ground to CIA officers. In addition someone had to monitor and report the effectiveness of the local recipients’ activities. NED would not have people in the field to do this, nor would their core foundations in normal conditions. And since NED money was ostensibly private, only the CIA had the people and techniques to carry out discreet control in order to avoid compromising the civil society recipients, especially if they were in opposition to their governments. Finally, the CIA had ample funds of its own to pass quietly when conditions required”

Now, why would the New York Times presentation be so far removed from reality, when compared to the CIA actuality? A few of the Times controlling influences (Directors) and their associations:

NYT Director Brenda BarnesChicago Council on Global Affairs [formerly Chicago Council on Foreign Relations] which tracks to > National Democratic Institute which is a USA Department of State funded [USAID] front for intelligence agencies and multi-national corporate board room ‘market security’ venture and subject of the article

NYT Director Thomas Middelhoff Bertelsmann AG which has media holdings in, and can influence opinion in, 63 countries around the world

NYT Director Janet RobinsonCarnegie Corporation where Robinson sits with 1% players, including Morgan Stanley and Rothschild bankers

NYT Director William KennardJoint Center for Political and Economic StudiesUnited States Chamber of Commerce which is the USA’s NUMBER ONE 1% corporate policy entity > blatant example here

NYT Director Doreen TobinJP Morgan a 1% player

NYT Director James KiltsMetLife a 1% player

It is likely safe to say the New York Times directors sitting on the boards of MetLife, JP Morgan, Carnegie Corporation, and Bertelsmann AG all in turn hold investments in stocks and these directors have portfolios with a vested interest in propping an overall scheme up.

That you will find bad people with intelligence agency ties in the most unexpected places can be quite disconcerting:

NYT Director Lynn G Dolnick > African Wildlife Foundation leading to research related examples of USAID and intelligence agencies involvement here and here

When the inter-related corporate players actual pecuniary interests are revealed by exposing lateral associations [as opposed to analyzing vertical isolated chains of corporate command and misleading portraits of their head to head relationships to governments] it becomes very clear the entire process is a form of colonialism, with clusters of corporate players making up what amount to modern fiefs.

The USA ‘democracy’ promoting ‘democracy’ provides cover for any number of wealthy sociopath personalities in any given circumstance, ripping off various natural resources concessions in the nations manipulated in the scheme with intelligence agencies and corporate boards calling the shots from where the various players vector.

Meanwhile, less resource rich but strategically located nations are heavily militarized and manipulated to prop up what is in essence a scam organized towards the looting of the innocents, largely upheld with weapons sales subsidized by the USA taxpayer. We fork over the billions in military aid which are then spent to buy weapons from the defense industry which in turn props up the looting of other nations timber, diamonds, oil, et cetera, often bought on the cheap via proxy ‘rebel’ movements [sterling example here].

This racket is becoming clear and it is small wonder there are incessant legislative campaigns to clamp down on the internet with its information freedoms.

The fallout of this corporate colonial ‘get rich[er] quick’ scheme promoted in the guise of ‘democracy’ has produced hatred of the western industrialized nations, hate for the USA particularly, and underlies the birth and spread of the so-called ‘terrorism’ which in turn has been used to justify more and larger ‘security’ programs propping up the very same scheme used during the so-called ‘cold war’ now renamed the ‘war on terror’ in what has becoming a greed based avalanche of world instability.

Combined with current events factoids, Wikipedia and Sourcewatch, anyone with basic internet competence [ability to follow links and do key word searches such as ‘African Wildlife Foundation, MI6, CIA’ or ‘Fossey Foundation, arms trafficking’] and is able to make and organize notes while sifting out blatantly misinformed or amateur articles, can learn to overcome disinformation, do their own analysis, map the corporate activities, identify the rip-offs and peoples exploited by these schemes, all while identifying the actual players and motives behind the New York Times propaganda.

Apply the preceding method and the result is quite clear; the New York Times is but one arm of a mechanism to deceive on behalf of a corporate centered sociopath get-mega-rich[er]-quick scheme of the 1%, exploiting Americans belief in their institutions, any consequence to the USA and actual democracy be damned in process

Since I’d penned this article in 2012, much information has been developed on USA intelligence manipulating media, not least google, time to time, setting filters to screen out information from public access. Noting the horns sprouting on my head, here is Russia’s top search engine, Yandex, which does not mind at all if you search in the Roman alphabet using the English language:

Yandex

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Business Insider parrots Associated Press who parrots NBC:

The NBC report said that the evidence is “nearly incontrovertible””

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Further it had been asserted:

“that the intelligence comes from “diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies.” It didn’t identify the countries involved or how they might have such sensitive information from Putin’s inner sanctum”

And those third party spies would be from NATO’s three Chihuahuas? The CIA’s favorite Kiev Nazis? Any nation with leadership subject to CIA blackmail or Russophobe (Poland would be a suspect) intelligence service willing to launder faked intelligence for the CIA? That would be the most likely source of CIA ‘intelligence’ reporting ‘hacked information’ attributed to Putin that most likely was leaked (and almost certainly wasn’t hacked.) So, the CIA has handed the very, very lame (but still dangerous) duck Obama ‘nearly incontrovertible’ evidence … ‘nearly’ meaning in Orwellian dialect the ‘classified’ evidence Putin hacked (the already leaked information) can be refuted, but shouldn’t be, because the CIA says it’s so:

“Professional standards require intelligence professionals to lie, hide information, or use covert tactics to protect their “cover,” access, sources, and responsibilities. The Central Intelligence Agency expects, teaches, encourages, and controls these tactics so that the lies are consistent and supported (“backstopped”). The CIA expects intelligence officers to teach others to lie, deceive, steal, launder money, and perform a variety of other activities that would certainly be illegal if practiced in the United States. They call these tactics “tradecraft,” and intelligence officers practice them in all the world’s intelligence services” -Hulnick & Mattausch, “Ethics and Morality in U.S. Secret Intelligence”

Skills employed in the CIA’s relationships with journalists, do you suppose?

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“…the [Central Intelligence] Agency has a whole stable of writers, its favorite magazines and newspapers, its publishing houses, and its “backgrounders” ready to go at all times” – former Pentagon liaison to the CIA Colonel L Fletcher Prouty

Let’s jump back 3 years and look at case where the professional media whores servicing the CIA were actually busted in their lies but this was (why shouldn’t you be surprised) never reported by those same media street-walkers covering the beat. Remember Obama accusing Assad of gassing his own people with sarin nerve agent at Ghouta, Syria, in 2013?

“We do not believe that, given the delivery systems, using rockets, that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out” -Barack Obama

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“The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media” — former CIA Director William Colby

Yeah, that plays, CNN doesn’t have to worry it will be called out on repeating Obama’s lie to PBS because The New Yorker dropped Seymour Hersh who had to move to the (unknown to Americans) London Review of Books to accomplish reporting:

“…more than ten members of the al-Nusra Front were arrested in southern Turkey with what local police told the press were two kilograms of sarin. In a 130-page indictment the group was accused of attempting to purchase fuses, piping for the construction of mortars, and chemical precursors for sarin…”

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And we certainly don’t have to worry about NATO member Turkey letting the cat out of the bag it was a NATO nation’s intelligence agency facilitated the sarin attack blamed on Assad because our ally in the ‘war on terror’ shut down the newspaper that dared report the facts:

“Wiretapped phone conversations reveal the process of procuring the gas at specific addresses as well as the process of procuring the rockets that would fire the capsules containing the toxic gas. However, despite such solid evidence there has been no arrest in the case. Thirteen individuals were arrested during the first stage of the investigation but were later released, refuting government claims that it is fighting terrorism”

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Where is the western media on this story? Where is ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post and ‘friends’? Oh, that’s right, they get the facts exactly backwards because:

“You could get a [Washington Post] journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” -CIA operative cited in “Katherine The Great” by Deborah Davis

It took a Washington Post blacklisted ‘fake news’ website to blow this next whistle on the CIA:

“Dr. Ulfkotte says the corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted, and widespread in the western media, and that journalists who do not comply either cannot get jobs at any news organization, or find their careers cut short”

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“There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” -William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer

Yeah, and it would seem at the LA Times too:

“Email exchanges between Ken Dilanian and public relations officers at the agency were discovered after the Intercept sent a FOIA request to the CIA over its relationship with reporters. In many of the emails, Dilanian promised to provide the agency with positive coverage, often going so far as to change entire drafts of articles based on the CIA’s replies”

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“During the 1976 investigation of the CIA by the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Senator Frank Church, the dimensions of the Agency’s involvement with the press became apparent to several members of the panel, as well as to two or three investigators on the staff. But top officials of the CIA, including former directors William Colby and George Bush, persuaded the committee to restrict its inquiry into the matter and to deliberately misrepresent the actual scope of the activities in its final report”

“Contrary to the notion that the CIA insidiously infiltrated the journalistic community, there is ample evidence that America’s leading publishers and news executives allowed themselves and their organizations to become handmaidens to the intelligence services”

“The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.”

Preceding quotes from ‘CIA and the Media’ by Carl Bernstein. What has changed? Nothing, when it requires a CIA veteran, Melvin Goodman, to blow the whistle on the Washington Post performing fellatio on the CIA at (SURPRISE!) a Washington Post blacklisted ‘fake news’ site:

“David Ignatius, The Washington Post’s self-appointed apologist for the Central Intelligence Agency, has struck again. Last year, Ignatius argued that it was “just plain nuts” to investigate the CIA’s assassination program because “nobody had been killed”

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“Propaganda experts in the CIA station in Kinshasa busily planted articles in the Kinshasa newspapers, Elimo and Salongo. These were recopied into agency cables and sent on to European, Asian, and South American stations, where they were secretly passed to recruited journalists representing major news services who saw to it that many were replayed in the world press. Similarly, the Lusaka station placed a steady flow of stories in Zambian newspapers and then relayed them to major European newspapers

“During a staff meeting I voiced my concern to —-, were we on safe ground, paying agents to propagandize the New York press? The agency had recently been warned against running operations inside the United States and propagandizing the American public. —- seemed unconcerned. We were safe enough, he said, as long as we could plausibly claim that our intent was to propagandize foreigners at the United Nations

“The task force worked out the details by cabling New York, Lusaka, Kinshasa, and key European stations. Each delegation opened a bank account in Europe to which European-based CIA finance officers could make regular deposits. Thereafter the CIA could plausibly deny that it had funded anyone’s propagandists in the United States. It would be extremely difficult for any investigators to prove differently

“Director Colby testified before the House Select Committee on Intelligence, saying: “We have taken particular caution to ensure that our operations are focused abroad and not at the United States to influence the opinion of the American people about things from the CIA point of view.” A remarkable statement in view of what we had been doing in the task force (footnoted: Director Colby received copies of all [relevant] cables and memoranda.)”

Preceding quotes from ‘In Search of Enemies‘ by dissident CIA officer John Stockton

back to the Russian ‘hack’ bs

As is typical with CIA propaganda on hot button issues, and it is more than likely tasked idiots at Langley are in frenetic meetings, there are multiple stories that seem to be made up on the go:

“The gist of the Case Against Russia goes like this: The person or people who infiltrated the DNC’s email system and the account of John Podesta left behind clues of varying technical specificity indicating they have some connection to Russia, or at least speak Russian. Guccifer 2.0, the entity that originally distributed hacked materials from the Democratic party, is a deeply suspicious figure who has made statements and decisions that indicate some Russian connection. The website DCLeaks, which began publishing a great number of DNC emails, has some apparent ties to Guccifer and possibly Russia. And then there’s WikiLeaks, which after a long, sad slide into paranoia, conspiracy theorizing, and general internet toxicity has made no attempt to mask its affection for Vladimir Putin and its crazed contempt for Hillary Clinton. (Julian Assange has been stuck indoors for a very, very long time.) If you look at all of this and sort of squint, it looks quite strong indeed, an insurmountable heap of circumstantial evidence too great in volume to dismiss as just circumstantial or mere coincidence”

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Pretending for a moment there had been a hack, and assuming a Russian speaker involved, if this were not a false lead planted by a hacker, a Russian speaker pointing to Russia as ‘nearly incontrovertible’ evidence is ludicrous. 30% of Ukraine’s population speaks Russian as their 1st language, most of the rest speak Russian as their 2nd language. Over 30% of Latvians speak Russian at home. Russian is spoken by significant portions of the populace throughout the central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. Russian is the 1st language of 70% of Belarus’ populace. Millions speak Russian exterior to Russia. What a piece of crap for evidence. Any intelligence agency in the world could be behind the purported hack (if there had been a hack), particularly Poland, Latvia and Ukraine, with an ax to grind for Putin. And if it had been Russian intelligence directing a hack, they’d certainly not have been so sloppy.

What’s more is, if the CIA hasn’t cleaned up its act since CIA officer John Stockwell had penned his exposé ‘In Search of Enemies’, and certainly the CIA has not, it could as easily be the CIA itself had manufactured and laundered ‘evidence’ (provided in closed meetings to congressmen) of a so-called ‘hack’ through a third party for purposes of information operation aimed at a clique in the USA national security apparatus they’re contesting. This could be a Clinton aligned CIA going after Trump aligned national security professionals. In my estimation, the greatest likelihood is, we’re seeing an inside turf war play out in ‘mainstream’ media the CIA has/had a relationship with for a very long time:

“PAO (Public Affairs Office) now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly and television network in the nation. This has helped us turn some “intelligence failure” stories into “intelligence success” stories, and it has contributed to the accuracy [canned laugh here] of countless others. In many instances, we have persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods” -Robert Gates, CIA internal memo (1991)

finally

“Currently, the Post’s coverage of the CIA does not disclose that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon”

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Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $300 million. Bezos is also majority owner of amazon, which holds a $600 million contract with the CIA. Which do you suppose is the better business move for billionaire Bezos? Calling out the CIA on its malfeasance? Or taking CIA scripts for Washington Post reporting?

Disclaimer: This article should not be construed to attribute to the author a preference of Trump over Clinton. In my estimation, both camps are equal opportunist criminals.

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Why is the USA media, intelligence agencies and congress in hysteria over “Russian propaganda”? Because the Russians have,  for quite some time, had the absolute upper hand in the growing field of alternative media. How is that?

What the Russians appear to have clearly recognized is how to take advantage of the corrupt nature of the western ‘mainstream’ press, an institution which has been co-opted by western intelligence agencies for a very long time.

The Russian method? It could not be more simple; report the actual facts in the geopolitical contest and when this is inconvenient, practice lies by omission. Here is an example: Both NATO (an extension of the USA) and Russia are contesting Syria over competing energy pipelines, primarily. One from Iran transiting Syria, favored by Russia; the other from Qatar transiting Syria, favored by NATO.

The disadvantage NATO has faced in this competition is Syria controlled by a Russian ally, that is, the government of Basher al-Assad.

Because NATO sponsored Salafist militants to effect ‘regime change’ (the preferred NATO model since 1980s Afghanistan), a large number had, not surprisingly, gone out of control (e.g. Islamic State is a direct result.) Paradoxically, NATO aligned states have pitched the anti-Assad endeavor in terms of a ‘war on terror’, and there are so many NATO lies (and lies to cover lies) in the co-opted western media, the Russians only need to stick to the facts (omitting the pipeline) to ultimately win the propaganda war. What’s more is, Russia further only need stand back and allow western dissident journalists to dig up the real facts on the ground:

  1. NATO’s ‘moderate’ rebels are aligned with al-Qaida…………….. ✓
  2. NATO policy created the conditions for the rise of IS…………… ✓
  3. Western ally Saudi Arabia bankrolls the Salafist extremists……. ✓
  4. NATO member Turkey has protected & supplied IS…………….. ✓

Depending on the geopolitical reality of the day, for instance whether the paranoid ego-maniac Sultan Erdogan of Turkey is behaving well or not, the stories by western dissident journalists that will withstand a close scrutiny are run in Russian or Russia friendly media outlets. The result? Odds are 100:1 you’ll get more reliable information from Russian state TV or Russian sponsored websites than from ABC, CBS, CNN or NBC.

Shoot the messenger

 At the end of the day, the only solution NATO’s main sponsor, the USA, can come up with to protect it’s colossal efforts to deceive and manipulate the western public is to silence dissident journalists by cutting off access to alternative media. Zerohedge on the present proposal:

“On November 30, one week after the Washington Post launched its witch hunt against “Russian propaganda fake news”, with 390 votes for, the House quietly passed “H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017“, sponsored by California Republican Devin Nunes (whose third largest donor in 2016 is Google parent Alphabet, Inc), a bill which deals with a number of intelligence-related issues, including Russian propaganda, or what the government calls propaganda, and hints at a potential crackdown on “offenders.”

“A quick skim of the bill reveals “Title V—Matters relating to foreign countries”,  whose Section 501 calls for the government to “counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence … carried out in  coordination with, or at the behest of, political leaders or the security services of the Russian Federation and the role of the Russian Federation has been hidden or not acknowledged publicly.”

“The section lists the following definitions of media manipulation:

  • Establishment or funding of a front group.
  • Covert broadcasting.
  • Media manipulation.
  • Disinformation and forgeries.
  • Funding agents of influence.
  • Incitement and offensive counterintelligence.
  • Assassinations.
  • Terrorist acts.

“As ActivistPost correctly notes, it is easy to see how this law, if passed by the Senate and signed by the president, could be used to target, threaten, or eliminate so-called “fake news” websites, a list which has been used to arbitrarily define any website, or blog, that does not share the mainstream media’s proclivity to serve as the Public Relations arm of a given administration [see the immediate preceding post, ‘On Fake News‘, at this blog]

Russian victory enhanced

The reactionary moves by the NATO/USA propagandists to having been bested in the game by Russia only sweetens the Russian victory; similar to Erdogan’s over-reaction in cracking down on anyone who doesn’t follow the ruling party line in Turkey, the USA governing elite is sowing ever deepening dissent in the psyche of those Americans actually inclined to think, understand and know for themselves what is actually going on. The sort of reactionary behavior embodied in the color of law [anti-constitutional order represented in the ‘national security state’] governing the United States and its allies destabilizes any society.

Propaganda budget

The USA media mouthpieces are not going to broadcast the American propaganda budget, so let’s turn to Russia’s Sputnik to get the facts:

“Last year, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the US federal agency responsible for Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, among others, requested a substantial budget increase. Seeking a boost of $30 million, the BBG’s budget soared to $751.5 million.

“That was, evidently, not enough money. President Obama’s newly proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 proposes another massive increase in spending for the BBG. If granted, the agency will receive nearly $778 million, a roughly $27 million increase” [over the $30 million boost]

The Russians are willing to broadcast the factual news the USA’s intelligence agency co-opted media mouth-pieces will not. Point made?

Western press propagandizing Americans

How much of the USA’s propaganda budget is actually aimed at Americans?

The newest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes an amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on the American public, reports Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed.

The amendment — proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and passed in the House last Friday afternoon — would effectively nullify the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which explicitly forbids information and psychological operations aimed at influencing U.S. public opinion

Huh. And yeah, that was made into law.

Odd bedfellows

Glenn Greenwald’s related, and otherwise excellent piece ‘Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group‘ throws a bone to one of the very worst propaganda prostitutes extant on the world-wide-web: Elliot Higgins of Bellingcat. WTF.

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Related: On Fake News

Exile

A Ronald Thomas West assessment

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“You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” -Jesus

The Washington Post has promoted a list of “Russian propaganda” websites [full list] claiming a “Russian propaganda effort” spreading fake news. The problem? Many (most?) of the sites are legitimate sites dispensing news ‘mainstream’ doesn’t cover. How about this instead:

“You could get a [Washington Post] journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” -CIA operative cited in “Katherine The Great” by Deborah Davis

Meanwhile:

“During the 1976 investigation of the CIA by the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Senator Frank Church, the dimensions of the Agency’s involvement with the press became apparent to several members of the panel, as well as to two or three investigators on the staff. But top officials of the CIA, including former directors William Colby and George Bush, persuaded the committee to restrict its inquiry into the matter and to deliberately misrepresent the actual scope of the activities in its final report”

“Contrary to the notion that the CIA insidiously infiltrated the journalistic community, there is ample evidence that America’s leading publishers and news executives allowed themselves and their organizations to become handmaidens to the intelligence services”

“There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” -William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee

“The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.”

Preceding quotes from ‘CIA and the Media’ by Carl Bernstein

“Propaganda experts in the CIA station in Kinshasa busily planted articles in the Kinshasa newspapers, Elimo and Salongo. These were recopied into agency cables and sent on to European, Asian, and South American stations, where they were secretly passed to recruited journalists representing major news services who saw to it that many were replayed in the world press. Similarly, the Lusaka station placed a steady flow of stories in Zambian newspapers and then relayed them to major European newspapers

“During a staff meeting I voiced my concern to —-, were we on safe ground, paying agents to propagandize the New York press? The agency had recently been warned against running operations inside the United States and propagandizing the American public. —- seemed unconcerned. We were safe enough, he said, as long as we could plausibly claim that our intent was to propagandize foreigners at the United Nations

“The task force worked out the details by cabling New York, Lusaka, Kinshasa, and key European stations. Each delegation opened a bank account in Europe to which European-based CIA finance officers could make regular deposits. Thereafter the CIA could plausibly deny that it had funded anyone’s propagandists in the United States. It would be extremely difficult for any investigators to prove differently

“Director Colby testified before the House Select Committee on Intelligence, saying: “We have taken particular caution to ensure that our operations are focused abroad and not at the United States to influence the opinion of the American people about things from the CIA point of view.” A remarkable statement in view of what we had been doing in the task force (Director Colby received copies of all [relevant] cables and memoranda.)”

And going to the conclusion of CIA lawlessness:

“CIA written records become mysteriously vague about the Lumumba assassination plot, the Trujillo assassination plot, and the Schneider assassination plot. In each case there are documents which place CIA officers in supportive contact with the eventual assassins but the link seems to break before the final deed”

And:

“Since the Freedom of Information Act, the agency increasingly uses a system of “soft,” “unofficial,” or “convenience” files for sensitive subjects, especially any involving surveillance of Americans. Such files are not registered in the agency’s official records system, and hence can never be disclosed under the FOIA”

Preceding quotes from ‘In Search of Enemies‘ by CIA officer John Stockton

Recalling CIA officer Stockton’s last two paragraphs (cited in bold above), lets not forget Michael Hastings forward looking tip on what became law in 2013:

“The newest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes an amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on the American public, reports Michael Hastings of Buzzfeed.

“The amendment — proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and passed in the House last Friday afternoon — would effectively nullify the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which explicitly forbids information and psychological operations aimed at influencing U.S. public opinion”

Yeah THIS Michael Hastings:

Richard Clarke, the counterterrorism chief under both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, told the Huffington Post that Hastings’s [fatal] crash looked “consistent with a [Mercedes computer hacked] car cyber attack”

Furthermore:

“Hastings’ wife Elise Jordan later confirmed that he had been working on a profile of [Obama’s CIA Director John] Brennan when he [Hastings] died. Although Rolling Stone was expected to publish his article posthumously, the editors have not released his final piece and refuse to answer why”

Clearly because:

“The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media” — former CIA Director William Colby

It would seem then, if the CIA can’t own a significant journalist, the CIA almost certainly can neutralize a significant journalist.

All of the preceding is consistent with former Pentagon liaison to the CIA, the nearly unknown (to the larger American public) whistle-blower, Colonel Prouty’s conclusions:

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“the [Central Intelligence] Agency has a whole stable of writers, its favorite magazines and newspapers, its publishing houses, and its “backgrounders” ready to go at all times” – L Fletcher Prouty

article updated 17 December 2016

An expanded article built around the CIA-media manipulations with examples HERE

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