Saturday, June 18, 2016
State of the Union Part One: The CIA's control of the media
Hillary Clinton obtaining the nomination for the Democrat party has caused me to launch a two part series on the State of the Union. Part one is about the CIA's control of the media and part two is about the documentary Requiem for the American Dream with Noam Chomsky.
Pink Floyd wrote a powerful song called Requiem for a Post war dream and asked Maggie what have we done? Noam Chomsky's documentary Requiem for the American Dream is stirring and thought provoking. He is a very intelligent man. I'm going to make a slightly different conclusion than he has and paint a bit more hopeful future for the state of affairs we are in. I concede his analogies are valid and concerning. Yet I'm a firm believer in the US Constitution and the Free republic. I don't subscribe to the redistribution of wealth. I subscribe to the preservation of civil liberty and the protection of the real American dream life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I don't think this is the worst point in American history. I believe there is hope. I think it's more like a Tale of two Cities by Charles Dickens. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
Part One: The CIA's control of the media
Last December I wrote a two part series on Mainstream Media Censorship. Part one was about Media mergers and Corporate advertising while Part two was about the Dan Rather and the Gary Webb story. Media mergers are a concern because when one entity owns all the media outlets, it becomes easier to control. That was clearly demonstrated when Conrad Black was buying up all the newspapers and firing any editor that printed anything labour friendly.
When I refer to labour I'm not talking about a left wing agenda. I'm talking about people who work for a living and unlike Donald Trump actually pay taxes. Abraham Lincoln once said “If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”
I used to think the media was unbiased and just reported the news. I was very naive. Rupert Murdoch normally endorsed conservative candidates for Prime minister but switched to endorsing Tony Blair who was labour then switched back to conservative by endorsing David Cameron. Rupert Murdoch can vote for and endorse whoever he chooses. He owned the newspaper. When Tony Blair was running for office Murdoch's newspapers would run articles supporting Tony Blair and wouldn't run articles opposing him. The same thing with David Cameron when he ran for office. That isn't just media censorship, that is outright propaganda.
It turns out the Murdoch phone hacking scandal was tied to British Intelligence. Big surprise. How else was he able to tap Princess Diana's phone? This in turn leads us to the direct influence the "Intelligence" community has over the media. We know that MI 6 was caught red handed sending out false press releases about Iraq's weapons of Mass destruction to sell the unlawful invasion of Iraq to the public. That invasion was based on a lie not a mistake. They had no weapons of mass destruction and they knew it before they invaded. Despite the fact that they were the ones that put Saddam Hussein in power and sold him chemical weapons to use on Iran. When Operation Mass Appeal hit the press Dr Kelly, the British Weapons inspector in Iraq who was the whistleblower was found dead of a suspicious suicide.
We know that the CIA sent out the press release about the third tower in New York collapsing before it actually happened. The other day I was browsing through the newspaper and I just felt sick to my stomach. All the crazy drama. It looked like numerous reports were written by the intelligence community trying to control public opinion. Then two days later there was another article about ISIS quoting the director of the CIA.
That was my proof. If they are quoting the Director of the CIA it's pretty obvious the CIA are spamming the media with press releases and the media is blindly printing them because they are too lazy to do any investigative journalism and actually verify the story before printing it. Wouldn't want to ruffle any feathers and end up like Dan Rather. All the local newspapers are the same now. They share stories with each other. There is no alternate view there's just one view. CBC and the Tyee appear to be the only independents left.
The mainstream media's complete burial of Operation Fast and Furious and the continuation of Iran contra which helped Hillary Clinton obtain the Democratic nomination is evidence of how bad it has become. FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has a blog called boiling frogs. The analogy is obviously from the claim that frog are cold blooded. If you put a frog into hot water it will immediately jump out but if you put a frog into a pot of cold water and gradually increase the heat the frog won't notice it and will stay there until it boils.
Why are we printing press releases from the CIA at all? They have been caught intentionally sending out false information in the past. They have been deeply involved in drug trafficking since the Vietnam war. Operation Fast and Furious validated the Gary Webb story and showed us that Iran contra never stopped. Why do we print any of their lies at all? Would we blindly print press releases from the Hells Angels or any other organization of drug traffickers? Why then do we print the CIA's lies? That should stop if the main stream media wants credibility in the eyes of the public who buy their newspapers.
Although the present situation is dark, there is still hope on the horizon. Thanks to supply and demand consumers can chose to support independent and alternative views. We just need to realize where all these birrare press releases are coming from so we can see through the propaganda and form our own opinions. Voters are supposed to direct governments. Governments are not suposed to brainwash voters. We are still free to choose what to read, how to think and what to support. Peace.
Up next: A synopsis of Noam Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream.