Monday, March 27, 2017

CAP is not our friend

On the left, we should realize what C.I. has long said: The Center for American Progress is not the left.  It does not represent us.

When you grasp that, you grasp how they can lie and stir up war the way they do.


They're literally doing the "strings on a bulletin board" thing over at the Center for American Progress



We really need to realize who our friends are.

They do not include corporate funded organs like CAP.

Robert Parry has a great piece about the efforts by the US government to lie:


"Information Clearing House" -  "Consortium News " - Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the past three decades – have created an alternative reality both for people in targeted countries and for American citizens, a structure that expanded U.S. influence abroad and quieted dissent at home.
The documents reveal the formation of a psyops bureaucracy under the direction of Walter Raymond Jr., a senior CIA covert operations specialist who was assigned to President Reagan’s National Security Council staff to enhance the importance of propaganda and psyops in undermining U.S. adversaries around the world and ensuring sufficient public support for foreign policies inside the United States.
Raymond, who has been compared to a character from a John LeCarr√© novel slipping easily into the woodwork, spent his years inside Reagan’s White House as a shadowy puppet master who tried his best to avoid public attention or – it seems – even having his picture taken. From the tens of thousands of photographs from meetings at Reagan’s White House, I found only a couple showing Raymond – and he is seated in groups, partially concealed by other officials.
But Raymond appears to have grasped his true importance. In his NSC files, I found a doodle of an organizational chart that had Raymond at the top holding what looks like the crossed handles used by puppeteers to control the puppets below them. Although it’s impossible to know exactly what the doodler had in mind, the drawing fits the reality of Raymond as the behind-the-curtains operative who was controlling the various inter-agency task forces that were responsible for implementing various propaganda and psyops strategies.

Until the 1980s, psyops were normally regarded as a military technique for undermining the will of an enemy force by spreading lies, confusion and terror. A classic case was Gen. Edward Lansdale — considered the father of modern psyops — draining the blood from a dead Filipino rebel in such a way so the dead rebel’s superstitious comrades would think that a vampire-like creature was on the prowl. In Vietnam, Lansdale’s psyops team supplied fake and dire astrological predictions for the fate of North Vietnamese and Vietcong leaders.



Things like CAP, they don't care about that.

They just care about lying to you and trying to steal your vote.


Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"



Monday, March, 27, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue as does the illegal war.


Judith Miller didn't work for NPR so they had to depend upon Tom Bowman.





Fortunately for them (and unfortunately for news consumers), they still can.

"Well, Rachel, here's what the Pentagon says happened," Tom offers.

He's always good about that.

And always good about repeating what "officials I talked with" tell him.

Unnamed officials never lie, right?

It's interesting, isn't it, the way he rushes to grab an eraser and try to wipe away the murders.

Murders.

"Concentrated city and there is the risk of all these casualties," stammers and stumbles Rachel Martin, still not up to co-hosting MORNING EDITION.

Naturally, neither Rachel nor Tom ponder the bombing of civilian areas to 'liberate' them.

Naturally, neither point out that the the people of Mosul were told, before The Mosul Slog began -- 161 days ago -- not to leave Mosul.

Repeat that: They were told not to leave Mosul.


ISIS didn't tell them that.  Nor did so-called Rachel Martin.

The Iraqi government told them that.

The Iraqi government told them to stay.

The media did a lousy job then and does a lousy job now.

Tiny child Zaid Jilani pretends he's covering what happened among the press under Bully Boy Bush.  He's not.

He's repeating popular stories and has nothing to share but that which is already widely discussed.

He avoids TV, for example.  That would require doing some work.

More people watched THE TODAY SHOW than read THE NEW YORK TIMES or caught MEET THE PRESS.  But the tiny child is completely unaware of what went on with TODAY.

We're not.  We've told TODAY tales all along.

Let's drop back to June 24, 2013 for one of my favorites:

The question of who's a journalist may be up to a debate.

I agree.  For example, I wouldn't have spent a very long time on the phone January 12, 2004 if a journalist had been doing the 'White House beat' on NBC's Today.  But a journalist wasn't, David Gregory was.  It was the day before Ron Suskind's The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill.  And what did we learn that day from David Gregory?

What he hoped we would learn was that O'Neill was a thief who'd stolen government documents.  And we would be outraged.

But no documents were stolen.  And what we learned was that David Gregory will report on a book without even reading it's opening pages -- its there that its revealed that O'Neill requested and received from the White House his memos and writings on discs and that's what reproduced in the book.  And we learned that David Gregory wasn't really a journalist.  He was a dummy.  A ventriloquist's dummy.  He moved his lips and said what the White House wanted him to say.  As America saw yesterday, that's still what David Gregory does and he's well paid for it.  January 14, 2004, Today cleaned up David's mess by noting that O'Neill was given copies of the documents in the book -- given copies by the White House.  David always thinks that story will be forgotten.  Not while I'm around.  (I had an advanced copy that I'd already read of Suskind's book and my mouth dropped watching Gregory lie.  I was on the phone talking to everyone I knew at Today about how outrageous David's false charges were.)



Watching David Gregory's career implode was watching justice happen.


Sadly, there's not a lot of justice in the world.

There are a lot of children pretending they are media critics who spend all their time protecting their friends and worse.


tell me this people are terrorist. Who's terrorizing this young boy now? Oh look he's very calm. This is not a movie, this is Iraq.




That's what happened.

Terrorism.


And Tom Bowman remains on NPR because he tidies up and repackages reality into the absurd to ensure that the American people are misled and misinformed.



Over three days, 112 civilian bodies pulled from site of coalition airstrike in Mosul, Iraqi health official says



This is not liberation.

This is not freedom.

These are not deaths caused by ISIS.


What we're doing to today is what we did to Fallujah in 2004, on a far more massive scale. Another day of US-led genocide in .



These deaths have been taking place for over two years now.


And some 'tender hearts' want to be shocked that something like this could happen.


It's happened all along.


UN warns of 'great risk' to civilians as battle for Fallujah looms




 Maybe Americans can now emerge from their 'sleep cure' and face reality -- the reality the Iraqi people have had to live with for the last eight years?

Yes, the media misled.

But after 8 years, you damn well have to take part of the blame for your own refusal to face reality.

"'Improved' Iraq: Civilians killed in air strikes,..." -- that's from November of 2014.

We've been covering this.

It's a shame so many chose to bury their heads in the sand.


Especially since Luis Martinez (ABC NEWS) is reporting this morning, "The U.S. military is sending an additional two companies of soldiers to Iraq to help Iraqi troops fighting to retake Mosul from ISIS, defense officials confirmed to ABC News. Two companies of soldiers is equal to between 200 to 300 soldiers."






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