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Abby Martin of RT is doing some good work exposing mainstream media war propaganda. The video below is from her latest programme. Continue Reading…

The New York Times have published unsupported allegations that this blog is being funded by Qaddafi.

The allegation was made in a 3800 word article regarding the ongoing HRI investigation into the facts around the bombing of Misrata, the arms trade and the involvement of US and Spanish officials.

On 23rd April 2011 the New York Times published the allegation by “several readers” that HRI:

“is a Qaddafi-backed site, a Qaddafi mouthpiece or even a flat-out hoax, another Gay Girl in Damascus.”

The author of the article, ex-marine CJ Chivers (who regularly reports on military and intelligence affairs for the NYT) went on to admit that:

“I have not looked into these things, and have no evidence that HRI is any of these things”

Contacted by HRI, the office of the public editor of the New York Times, refused to remove the article or answer the question as to whether the NYT considered it ethical to publish allegations, for which even the author admitted there was no evidence. The publisher of the NYT, Arthur Sulzberger, has refused to comment.

There are a number of factual errors in the article, as will become clear as we release more information about the facts regarding the cluster bombing of Misrata and about the HRI investigation.

Updated 20 July

The issue of the short stub case, which was pretty central to the NYT article’s allegations against HRI is tackled here.

The issue of the Spanish government’s transparency regarding cluster munitions is dealt with here and here.

Mr Hiznay has failed to provide a copy of his memorandum.

More information to come.

“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

NATO Supreme Commander Europe (SACEUR) is Admiral James E Stavridis. His job encompasses the war on the land, air, on the sea and also the ‘information war.’ Admiral Stavridis is the first Navy man to hold this position.

On 21/07/2010 Admiral Stavridis picked this question out of the many sent to him on his social networks:

“What’s the best advice you can give to operational commanders to help with the information war, that is so critical in today’s environment?”

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