Operation Mockingbird,1,2 publicly revealed throughout a 1975 Congressional listening to, was a clandestine CIA media infiltration marketing campaign launched in 1948 below the Office of Special Projects.3
The CIA reportedly spent $1 billion a yr (about one-third of its complete price range4) on under-the-table bribes to a whole lot of American journalists who in return revealed pretend tales on the CIA’s request. CIA-recruited journalists labored in most main information organizations, together with CBS News, Time, Life, Newsweek and The New York Times, simply to call a couple of.5 Later on, the marketing campaign expanded to incorporate overseas media as nicely.6 As reported by the Free Press:7
“In 1976, Senator Frank Church’s investigation into the CIA uncovered their corruption of the media. The Church Committee reported: ‘The CIA presently maintains a community of a number of hundred overseas people all over the world who present intelligence for the CIA and at occasions try and affect opinion by means of the usage of covert propaganda.
These people present the CIA with direct entry to numerous newspapers and periodicals, scores of press providers and information companies, radio and tv stations, industrial ebook publishers, and different overseas media retailers’ …
The tactic was simple. False information experiences or propaganda could be offered by CIA writers to understanding and unknowing reporters who would merely repeat the falsehoods over and over once more.”
- Reuters and BBC News Were Paid for Propaganda Campaign
- Reuters, BBC Hired to Promote Pro-NATO Narratives
- 180-Degrees From the Truth
- Media Have Become Integral Part of Intelligence Spy Network
- Intelligence-Led Information Warfare Against the Public
- Most Mainstream Media Are Now Propagandists
- The Council on Foreign Relations
- The Synchronization of Fake News
- Richard Stengel — Technocracy Poster Boy
- Pre-Mockingbird Media Manipulation
- The Propaganda Multipliers
Reuters and BBC News Were Paid for Propaganda Campaign
While Operation Mockingbird could sound like historical historical past, there’s loads of proof to counsel it’s nonetheless in full swing. During the Cold War, CIA propaganda disparaged communist ideologies. Today, it promotes radical socialist concepts that assist a technocratic economic system as an alternative.
While the propaganda messages change with the occasions, the fundamental modus operandi of their dissemination stays the identical. If something, the system has solely gotten extra environment friendly and efficient, because the variety of main media retailers has shrunk over these previous a long time, and a overwhelming majority of journalists and information anchors merely parrot what’s reported by the three international information companies.
The CIA additionally isn’t the one intelligence company utilizing the media for its personal propaganda functions. Leaked paperwork8 reveal Reuters and BBC News have been concerned in a covert program by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to weaken Russia’s affect on its neighbors. In his in depth February 20, 2021, GrayZone article, Max Blumenthal writes:9
“Working by means of a shadowy division inside the UK FCO often called the Counter Disinformation & Media Development (CDMD), the media organizations operated alongside a set of intelligence contractors in a secret entity identified merely as ‘the Consortium.’
Through coaching applications of Russian journalists overseen by Reuters, the British Foreign Office sought to provide an ‘attitudinal change in the participants,’ selling a ‘positive impact’ on their ‘perception of the UK’ …
In impact, the British authorities was in search of to infiltrate Russian media and propagate its personal narrative by means of an affect community of Russian journalists educated within the UK …
‘These revelations show that when MPs were railing about Russia, British agents were using the BBC and Reuters to deploy precisely the same tactics that politicians and media commentators were accusing Russia of using,’ Chris Williamson, a former UK Labour MP who tried to use public scrutiny to the CDMD’s covert actions and was stonewalled on nationwide safety grounds, advised The Grayzone.
‘The BBC and Reuters portray themselves as an unimpeachable, impartial, and authoritative source of world news,’ Williamson continued, ‘but both are now hugely compromised by these disclosures. Double standards like this just bring establishment politicians and corporate media hacks into further disrepute.’”
Reuters, BBC Hired to Promote Pro-NATO Narratives
The leaked paperwork present each Reuters and the BBC obtained “multimillion-dollar contracts to advance the British state’s interventionist aims.” The FCO funded:
- The cultivation of Russian journalists
- The institution of “influence networks” in and round Russia
- The promotion of pro-NATO narratives in Russian-speaking areas
In its proposals, Reuters said it has 15,000 journalists and workers inside its international community, together with 400 journalists inside Russia. Reuters and BBC carried out their covert influencing mission in partnership with different high-profile media firms, together with Bellingcat, Meduza and Mediazona.
Overseeing the operation was the Zinc Network, an intelligence contractor, which was additionally accountable for the institution of a community of Russian and Central Asian YouTubers who weren’t registered as exterior sources. The Zinc Network additionally claimed to have the flexibility to “activate a range of content; to support anti-government protests inside Russia.”
This isn’t the primary time Reuters and the BBC have been implicated in a Mockingbird-type media influencing operation. Documents declassified in January 2020 confirmed the British authorities funded Reuters “throughout the 1960s and 1970s to assist an anti-Soviet propaganda organization run by the MI6 intelligence agency,” Blumenthal writes.10 The BBC, in the meantime, was used as “a pass-through to conceal payments” to Reuters.
180-Degrees From the Truth
It’s no small irony that many of the organizations claiming to advertise reality and counter disinformation are in truth doing the precise reverse. The Counter Disinformation & Media Development (CDMD) group sounds very very like the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH).
The CCDH is an opaquely funded group run by Imran Ahmed, who can be a member of the Steering Committee on Countering Extremism Pilot Task Force below the British authorities’s Commission for Countering Extremism.
Ahmed has gone on document saying he considers anti-vaxxers “an extremist group that pose a national security risk,”11 and admits monitoring and spying on 425 vaccine-related Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter accounts.12
In addition to stating that medical and scientific professionals should “convince the public that COVID is dangerous and give them confidence that a vaccine is safe and effective,”13 the CCDH can be calling for deplatforming anybody who questions vaccines,14 and to “hold platforms accountable” by means of fines, legal sanctions and different measures that may impression the platform’s backside line.
So, simply because the CDMD is definitely not countering disinformation however, quite, creating it, the CCDH isn’t within the enterprise of countering digital hate; it’s actively creating and promoting online hate by baselessly labeling hundreds of thousands of law-abiding dad and mom — whose solely crime is to be involved about their youngsters’s well being — as extremist threats and enemies of the state.
Media Have Become Integral Part of Intelligence Spy Network
Other media experiences15,16,17 have additionally highlighted the role of intelligence agencies in the global effort to eliminate “anti-vaccine propaganda” from public dialogue, and the truth that they’re utilizing refined cyberwarfare instruments to take action. For instance, impartial investigative journalist Whitney Webb writes:18
“British and American state intelligence companies are ‘weaponizing truth’ to quash vaccine hesitancy as each nations put together for mass inoculations, in a not too long ago introduced ‘cyber war’ to be commanded by AI-powered arbiters of reality towards information sources that problem official narratives …
The UK’s GCHQ [Government Communications Headquarters19] ‘has begun an offensive cyber-operation to disrupt anti-vaccine propaganda being spread by hostile states’ and ‘is using a toolkit developed to tackle disinformation and recruitment material peddled by Islamic State’ to take action.20
In addition, the UK authorities has ordered the British navy’s 77th Brigade, which focuses on ‘information warfare,’ to launch an online marketing campaign to counter ‘deceptive narratives’ about COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
The newly introduced GCHQ ‘cyber war’ is not going to solely take down ‘anti-vaccine propaganda’ however may also search to ‘disrupt the operations of the cyberactors responsible for it, including encrypting their data so they cannot access it and blocking their communications with each other.’
The effort may also contain GCHQ reaching out to different nations within the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance (U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada) to alert their accomplice companies in these nations to focus on such ‘propaganda’ websites hosted inside their borders.”
Intelligence-Led Information Warfare Against the Public
Clues that U.S. intelligence companies — not simply the CIA but in addition the FBI — assist this cyberwar towards the general public may also be present in a white paper21 revealed within the InfraGard Journal in June 2019. InfraGard, a nonprofit nationwide safety group, collaborates with the FBI22 on academic and information-sharing initiatives “that help mitigate threats” to nationwide safety.23
The InfraGard paper24 claims the American anti-vaccine motion is being orchestrated by Russian government-aligned organizations in search of to “sow discontent and distrust in topics and initiatives that serve U.S. interests,”25 and that “The biggest threat in controlling an outbreak comes from those who categorically reject vaccination.”26
Other proof contains the truth that the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command have awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to the U.S.-based “machine intelligence” firm Primer, to develop “the first-ever machine learning platform to automatically identify and assess suspected disinformation.”27
According to Webb, “Primer’s ultimate goal is to use their AI to entirely automate the shaping of public perceptions and become the arbiter of ‘truth,’ as defined by the state.”28
The self-appointed arbiter of reality NewsGuard — which charges web sites on standards of “credibility” and “transparency” — can be partnered with each the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Defense,29 which strongly suggests authorities assist (if not direct involvement) of censorship.
NewsGuard can be funded by the PR agency Publicis, which additionally seems to have an essential function on this information warfare. You can be taught extra about this a part of the propaganda arm in “The Web of Players Trying to Silence Truth.”
Most Mainstream Media Are Now Propagandists
Were it not for the mainstream media pumping out deceptive if not flat-out false information each day for months on finish, the COVID-19 pandemic would have been a mere blip on the general public’s radar. None of the draconian, freedom-robbing measures would have been remotely potential.
Considering the consistency of the narratives internationally this previous yr, it’s inconceivable that there isn’t some central “agency” of types directing all of it. And, if that’s the case, there clearly have to be a cause behind it. One doesn’t fear-monger for no cause by any means. It has a goal.
Historically, worry has been utilized by each would-be authoritarian and totalitarian regime you’ll be able to consider, so there’s each cause to suspect the identical applies now. The principal distinction is that right this moment’s totalitarian ruler is kind of wholly unknown.
Who is it that wishes to rule the world’s inhabitants by means of worry? Who is attempting to take management over the entire globe? Who is guiding and instructing nearly all authorities leaders? Intelligence companies and their media companions undoubtedly play key roles, however they’re unlikely to be the true core of the facility construction behind all of it.
No, the actual energy and management resides with the technocratic elite, the members of which have quietly and diligently labored to ahead the agenda of a New World Order (NWO) for a long time. What was as soon as often called the NWO is now known as the Great Reset and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with a public concentrate on a “green” carbon-based economic system.
The not so public focus is technological surveillance and management over each side of everybody’s life, from well being and civic involvement to labor, training and economic system. Unfortunately, members of the technocracy now not carry member playing cards or pay membership dues, which obscures their affiliation, however sure organizations are so intimately concerned in furthering the Great Reset agenda that you could safely assume a majority of their members play some function on this scheme.
The Council on Foreign Relations
Aside from intelligence companies, one other key participant behind the Great Reset is the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). As defined by Swiss Policy Research, “Executives and top journalists of almost all major U.S. media outlets have long been members of the influential Council on Foreign Relations.”30
Not to be confused with the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations or the European Council on Foreign Relations, CFR is a nonprofit suppose tank, the 5,000-plus members of which additionally embrace previous and current presidents, politicians, secretaries of state, CIA administrators, bankers, attorneys, tutorial professors and company leaders, simply to call a couple of.31
CFR additionally operates the David Rockefeller Studies Program, which in flip advises the White House on overseas coverage issues. Overall, the CFR wields unbelievable energy and affect over the U.S. White House and its insurance policies. As reported by Swiss Policy Research:32
“In his well-known article about ‘The American Establishment,’ political columnist Richard H. Rovere famous: ‘The administrators of the CFR make up a type of Presidium for that a part of the Establishment that guides our future as a nation …
[I]t hardly ever fails to get one among its members, or a minimum of one among its allies, into the White House. In reality, it usually is ready to see to it that each nominees are males acceptable to it.’ It was not till the 2016 election that the Council couldn’t, apparently, prevail.”
The Synchronization of Fake News
CFR has two worldwide associates: the Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission, each of which had been established by CFR leaders “to foster elite cooperation at the global level.”
Well-known names within the Trilateral group’s U.S. department embrace David Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger, Michael Bloomberg and Google heavyweights Eric Schmidt and Susan Molinari, vp for public coverage at Google. Many of its board members are additionally members of the Aspen Institute, which grooms and mentors executives from all over the world in regards to the subtleties of globalization.
As you’ll be able to see within the graphic beneath, main media are nicely represented in all three teams. As talked about, CFR members additionally embrace present and former CIA administrators. In his ebook, “American War Machine,”33,34 Peter Dale Scott additionally paperwork the ties between CFR, the CIA, the nationwide safety equipment and the banking trade. Taken collectively, these ties clarify how a false narrative (no matter it may be) might be so extensively coordinated and synchronized.
Richard Stengel — Technocracy Poster Boy
Knowing what you now know in regards to the CFR, feedback by Richard Stengel, the highest state media appointee for President Biden’s transition crew, will most likely make much more sense.
During a 2018 CFR discussion board on pretend information, Stengel — a CFR member and Atlantic Council fellow, former State Department official for the Obama administration, former managing editor for Time journal, strategic adviser to Snap Inc., which runs Snapchat and Bitmoji and a political analyst on MSNBC — insisted governments should use propaganda on their residents.35
He repeated this sentiment in November 2020, after being appointed to President Biden’s transition crew, saying he’s “not against propaganda. Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population. And I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”36 As reported by The GrayZone:37
“A committed crusader in what he openly describes as a global ‘information war,’ Stengel has proudly proclaimed his dedication to the careful management of the public’s access to information.”
Stengel has even proposed abolishing — “rethinking” — the First Amendment, which ensures the liberty of speech and press, “for practical reasons in society.”38
Stengel’s presence within the Biden administration could also be an augury of issues to come back, contemplating he created a nonclassified authorities entity throughout his Obama years, particularly to fight Russian disinformation.39 This entity, the Global Engagement Center, now facilitates the U.S. authorities’s efforts to unfold its personal propaganda all over the world.
Stengel, along with his shut ties to a number of key facilities of technocratic energy — the U.S. authorities, the CFR, the Atlantic Council, mainstream media and Big Tech — is a veritable poster boy for fashionable technocracy, which makes his shameless promotion of censorship and propaganda greater than just a little comprehensible.
Pre-Mockingbird Media Manipulation
While Operation Mockingbird has earned a spot in historical past as a degree at which the free press was compromised, in actuality, the infiltration of the press occurred lengthy earlier than the Fifties.
In his February 9, 1917, Congressional remarks, Congressman Oscar Callaway defined the origin and execution of the plan to manage and manipulate public opinion and mindset by means of media, which had taken form simply two years earlier:40
“In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan pursuits, the metal, shipbuilding, and powder curiosity, and their subsidiary organizations, received collectively 12 males excessive up within the newspaper world and employed them to pick probably the most influential newspapers within the United States and adequate variety of them to manage usually the coverage of the every day press.
They discovered it was solely obligatory to buy the management of 25 of the best papers. An settlement was reached; the coverage of the papers was purchased, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for every paper to correctly supervise and edit information relating to the questions of preparedness, militarism, monetary insurance policies, and different issues of nationwide and worldwide nature thought-about very important to the pursuits of the purchasers.”
Operation Mockingbird was primarily the CIA’s effort to consolidate, whereas concurrently increasing, this secret maintain over the media some three a long time later. It’s a sobering thought to appreciate that nearly nobody alive right this moment has ever been knowledgeable by a very free and impartial press.
While the state of affairs has certainly deteriorated in more moderen years, the covert use of mainstream media to control and misdirect the general public to guard the pursuits of the elite few has been par for the course for over 100 years.
The Propaganda Multipliers
When it involves the precise dissemination of pretend information and propaganda, information companies play a central function, and there’s solely three of them: The Associated Press (AP), Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP). As defined within the Swiss Policy Research publish, “The Propaganda Multiplier”:41
“The key function performed by these companies means Western media typically report on the identical subjects, even utilizing the identical wording. In addition, governments, navy and intelligence providers use these international information companies as multipliers to unfold their messages all over the world.
A research of the Syria warfare protection by 9 main European newspapers clearly illustrates these points: 78% of all articles had been based mostly in entire or partially on company experiences … 0% on investigative analysis. Moreover, 82% of all opinion items and interviews had been in favor of a U.S. and NATO intervention, whereas propaganda was attributed solely to the alternative facet.”
In quick, till or until a minimum of one among these information companies sends out a discover, nationwide and native media are unlikely to report on an occasion. Even images and movies are sometimes sourced instantly from these international information companies. This approach, individuals hear, see and learn the very same message all over the place.
“This dependency on the global agencies creates a striking similarity in international reporting: from Vienna to Washington, our media often report the same topics, using many of the same phrases — a phenomenon that would otherwise rather be associated with ‘controlled media’ in authoritarian states,” Swiss Policy Research writes.42
Even media retailers which have overseas correspondents on their payroll don’t anticipate these correspondents to conduct impartial investigations. They too merely report regardless of the Big Three information companies need lined, and from the angle they need it lined. What you find yourself with is a type of echo-chamber the place just one view is offered. As one may anticipate, this setup makes for an ideal propaganda machine.
As famous by Swiss Policy Research, “Due to the rather low journalistic performance of the mainstream media and their high dependence on a few news agencies, it is easy for interested parties to spread propaganda and disinformation in a supposedly respectable format to a worldwide audience.” Intelligence companies and protection ministries are nicely conscious of this and use it with regularity, as certainly does the CFR and the remainder of the technocratic equipment.
In quick, the present censoring and labeling of something that threatens the technocratic agenda and the profiteering of its members as “misinformation” and “disinformation” is a top-down scheme. It’s not random, by any means, and it’s not pushed by the opinions of personal firms themselves. Social media firms, for instance, are mere instruments for the technocratic deep state, which operates worldwide.
The query then turns into, if propaganda is that deeply entrenched in our media construction, how do we all know what’s true and what isn’t? There’s no simple reply to this query, however the resolution includes first turning into conscious of the truth that media lies, and that there’s a cause for why the media narrative is what it’s. One technique to consider the information is to ask your self, “Why might they want me to think of this in this particular way?” Eventually, patterns start to kind.
Ultimately, to seek out the reality, you have to be keen to look for it, and to look in locations exterior the mainstream media consortium. You must ask questions and cause your approach by means of the information you discover. If one thing doesn’t make sense but you’re advised to simply accept it with out query, it’s most likely propaganda.
Any variety of COVID-19 restrictions, for instance, have been illogical within the excessive, which tells us they’re not about defending individuals from an infection. It’s about one thing else, and that one thing else has typically been the purposeful destruction of small companies to facilitate wealth switch from the middle- and decrease class to the highest echelon. Ultimately, that’s the plan, and to cease it, we now have to cease believing the propaganda. It’s simply that straightforward. And that difficult.