Archives For US propaganda

“Overgrown military establishments,” George Washington said in his farewell address of 1796, “are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty.”

Similarly, Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (1953-61) and 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1951-1952), in his farewell address as president warned that

“we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

and he cautioned that

“the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist… Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

President Eisenhower warned against the dangers posed by the military industrial complex

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HRI has reported before about the information wars of the curent Supreme Allied CommanderAdmiral Stavridis.

Yet more evidence of the importance placed on control of the internet and the use of social media in propaganda operations comes from a 2011 document produced by the Marine Corps Council called “Strategic Communication and Marine Corps Veteran Organizations.”

This is the text from one of the slides illustrating how the internet is viewed:

24/7, hyper-competitive media environment.
Speed over accuracy.
From broadcast network news to multichannel 24 hour cable news networks.
Rise of the Blogger and micro-niches.
“Social Media” went from amusement to vital business practice.
Local/tactical actions can quickly become nat’l/int’l challenges.
Messages “intended” for U.S. audiences regularly reach disparate int’l audiences.
Legacy media = mass audience broadcast.
New media = micro audience discourse.

The next slide supports our point about the dangers of military interference in public discourse, providing some background to the apparent false flag operations around Misrata:

So, what does this all mean? Marines must maneuver in the Information Battlespace

The admission today by the White House that their initial statements regarding the details of Bin Laden’s killing were fabrications are important for human rights investigators to bear in mind.

The White House has admitted that the claims (made mainly by chief US counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan) were fabrications, specifically:

1) The claim that Bin Laden was armed and firing an AK47 was false – he was unarmed
2) The claim his wife was used as a human shield is false
3) The claim his wife is dead is false – she is still alive, although shot in the leg

The new statement comes from Mr Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney.

In the face of these falsehoods at the highest level, it is essential for human rights organisations to really examine carefully the propaganda they have been fed by the US government at every level and particularly in relation to US wars and undercover operations.

It is important to remember that John Brennan plays a very major role in the US administration – he is titular head of US undercover operations and a key adviser to President Obama.

The statement of Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, that the US should make public the “precise facts surrounding his killing” is welcome.