An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Robert Parry follows:
USAID, working with billionaire George Soros’s Open Society, also funded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which engages in “investigative journalism” that usually goes after governments that have fallen into disfavor with the United States and then are singled out for accusations of corruption.
The USAID-funded OCCRP also collaborates with Bellingcat, an online investigative website founded by blogger Eliot Higgins, who is now a senior non-resident fellow of the Atlantic Council, a pro-NATO think tank that receives funding from the U.S. and allied governments.
Higgins has spread misinformation on the Internet, including discredited claims implicating the Syrian government in the sarin attack in 2013 and directing an Australian TV news crew to what looked to be the wrong location for a video of a BUK anti-aircraft battery as it supposedly made its getaway to Russia after the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014.
Despite his dubious record of accuracy, Higgins has gained mainstream acclaim, in part, because his “findings” always match up with the propaganda theme that the U.S. government and its Western allies are peddling. Though most genuinely independent bloggers are ignored by the mainstream media, Higgins has found his work touted by both The New York Times and The Washington Post, and Google has included Bellingcat on its First Draft coalition, which will determine which news will be deemed real and which fake.
In other words, the U.S. government has a robust strategy for deploying direct and indirect agents of influence who are now influencing how the titans of the Internet will structure their algorithms to play up favored information and disappear disfavored information.
A few of my online responses (in no particular order) to the above linked-to article follow. Note that some are a response to Parry’s article and some are responses to other commenters:
October 21, 2017 at 8:22 am
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“During the first Cold War, the CIA and the U.S. Information Agency refined the art of “information warfare,” including pioneering some of its current features like having ostensibly “independent” entities and cut-outs present U.S. propaganda to a cynical public that would reject much of what it hears from government but may trust “citizen journalists” and “bloggers.””
Let’s not forget a few other things the marvelous Jerusalem (city on a hill, which is how some officials describe their godless nation) does in order to make people think the way they want them to think. I read Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program” and when I finished it I started straight away on John Dinges’s “The Condor Years.” I’m glad I read Valentine’s book before I read Dinges’s book. I right away noticed off things about this Democracy Now visitor’s account. I hope like crazy that there are other accounts of Operation Condor out there.
(The few things that the U.S. does in it’s ongoing psyops, is document forgery and alteration of official documents. It’s CIA members also sometimes become journos and CEOs themselves. How do you fight that darkness?)
Besides claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated against the U.S. by enemies, a lie (Saudi Arabia is a stauch U.S. ally), Dinges, who never mentions Phoenix (which Valentine notes was not confined to Vietnam) relies heavily on documents of all sorts, including declassified stuff. But nowhere (so far in my reading of his book) does he point out some of those facts, which would make him useful ‘if’ he was in fact writing a book about something bad that we know about anyway, in such a way that he could do damage control. And I find it morally repugnant that he almost excuses Augusto Pinochet et al with the argument (undermined, in places, by his own statements) that they were genuinely frightened by a frightening widespread, underground, international Leftwing force that would undo his, and his allies’, regimes.
What you do if you’re a democrat, firstly, is you don’t abuse your people for profit and in an unpatriotic manner show solidarity with foreign investors (predators) rather than your own people, causing your own people to suffer and causing some of them, inevitably, to push back. The solution for Pinochet and his six monster South American fellow leaders was to be loyal to their countries and people and care about them, not unleash terror upon them. Dinges, though, likes the other angle and pursues it with a vengeance.
October 21, 2017 at 7:57 am
“…most genuinely independent bloggers are ignored by the mainstream media…” It’s not only major (corporate owned) media that ignores independent bloggers and writers. Alternative sources (not bad but not perfect) like The Real News Network and (probably) Consortium News, continue to rely on deep state-connected sources, like Seymour Hersh and Lawrence Wilkerson and Graham Fuller (a straight up CIA asset), and Russia destroyer Jeffrey Sachs while ignoring research (often producing findings before celeb status journos like Max Blumenthal shove out ‘scoops’) of journos like Maram Susli, Eva Bartlett, Caitlin Johnstone, Vanessa Beeley, Sarah Abed, Mark Taliano and others. I didn’t list the many fully compromised ‘alternative’ sites. I listed two that I think are still on our – the people’s – side.
“In other words, the U.S. government could engage in psyops virtually anytime because there are always “periods of acute tension involving a threat to the lives of American citizens.”” In other words, this is an ongoing ‘make work’ project for rightwingers who like the fact that neoliberalism means no social safety net for normal (and I emphasize ‘normal’) people. These monsters are too free. We all like freedom and deserve it, until we don’t. That point, where our freedom is no longer deserved, is reached when we abuse it by abusing others, for profit or for any reason.
It’s hard to imagine what the world would look like without the monstrous money system that unwise U.S. leaders, over time, have created and feed and worship. It’s like the Devil decided to help Jehovah out here. God needs to know who will enter the new world (not heaven) and who wants no part of it. As Jesus Christ said, “You can’t slave for God and Riches.” He therefore allows us great freedom to act and believe as we wish, but not without consequences, obviously. Without a monstrous global, capitalist system that goes a long way toward allowing those who choose to self-modify themselves into being believers in inequality, How would the issue/lesson of universal sovereignty be taught?
Idle hands (toward being part of the solution or toward just being good neighbors) are the Devil’s workshop. And that workshop has branches throughout this godless world and they are all busy, busy, busy. They are very busy making work, literally, for themselves and money has a big role to play in that grand outting.
The Issue Of Universal Sovereignty:
I have some issues with the apostle Paul (he seems okay with imperialism and slavery?), but he seems to have it right here:
“But the lawless one’s presence is by the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and wonders and every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth in order that they might be saved. That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie, in order that they all may be judged because they did not believe the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
“The fact that the psyops and propaganda wars don’t work on a huge section of the population must be a great source of concern to those ordering and implementing them.” It isn’t. Every individual on the government’s payroll is getting a paycheque. Additionally, If you don’t care, generally, then you don’t care about much that is specific, like how good your democracy promotion products actually are.
“Those who would like to petition the NYT to make Robert Parry their senior editor may do so here” If that came to pass, I’d never read nor trust Robert Parry again.