Hitler and the 'Big Lie'

It has been repeated so often that virtually no one bothers to challenge it: Adolf Hitler created and used the "Big Lie," one of his many evil techniques. As holds true for so many things we are told, this belief, too, must be examined to see the underlying truth.

 

In "Mein Kampf", Hitler wrote:

 

But it remained for the Jews, with their unqualified capacity for falsehood, and their fighting comrades, the Marxists, to impute responsibility for the downfall [of Germany in WWI] precisely to the man who alone had shown a superhuman will and energy in his effort to prevent the catastrophe which he had foreseen and to save the nation from that hour of complete overthrow and shame. By placing responsibility for the loss of the world war on the shoulders of Ludendorff they took away the weapon of moral right from the only adversary dangerous enough to be likely to succeed in bringing the betrayers of the Fatherland to Justice. All this was inspired by the principle -- which is quite true in itself -- that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper stata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily, and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.

 

From time immemorial, however, the Jews have known better than any others how falsehood and calumny can be exploited. Is not their very existence founded on one great lie, namely, that they are a religious community, whereas in reality they are a race? And what a race! One of the greatest thinkers that mankind has produced has branded the Jews for all time with a statement which is profoundly and exactly true. He (Schopenhauer) called the Jew "The Great Master of Lies." Those who do not realize the truth of that statement, or do not wish to believe it, will never be able to lend a hand in helping Truth to prevail.

 

Clearly, Hitler is not advocating the use of the "Big Lie," and, far from creating it, he in fact is ascribing the "Big Lie" technique to the Jews and Marxists. The "Big Lie" technique is Hitler's in the same fashion that Halley's Comet is Halley's -- not because either man was the inventor, but rather because he was the discoverer.

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Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf. James Murphy, translator. 
New York, Melbourne: Hurst and Blackett Ltd; April 1942, Page 134

 

Or

 

Page 231 of the Mannheim translation, London: Hutchinson; 1969.

Page 232 of the Houghton-Mifflin edition.

 

 

Propaganda

 

The term propaganda is derived from the Latin propagare, to propagate, to reproduce, to spread, with the meaning, to transmit, to spread from person to person. Propaganda is short for Congregatio de propaganda fide (Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith), a committee of Roman Catholic cardinals established by Pope Gregory XV in l622 organized as a missionary group which proselytized for conversion to Roman Catholicism.

 

A modern definition is the systematic, widespread dissemination or promotion of particular ideas, doctrines, or practices, meant to further a particular cause or agenda and weaken that of another; it is a systematic effort to manipulate attitudes, beliefs, or actions by the use of symbols. It is commonly used to describe any deceptive or distorted accounts, usually as a dismissive, disparaging, and pejorative term, which in its broadest sense, can be and is applied to any account one does not agree with. In its purest and essential form, propaganda consists in the manipulation of symbols----words, pictures, signs, and images. At its most pure level, words and language, and indeed, even thought can be dispensed with. Merely a stimulus or image is all that is required to produce the desired response.


 

The United States is the most media-saturated country in the world. We are bombarded daily with thousands upon thousands of images and sounds designed to get our attention, entertain, and inform us of everything from shoes to food to celebritydom to political ideology. Its been estimated that the average American is exposed to more than 3000 advertisements every day, but on top of that, there are the news programs, sitcoms, films, radio and other forms of media that we choose to consume. All of this works to shape our opinions of the world and a great deal of time, effort, and money is spent to guide our opinions down particular avenues. This used to be called "propaganda".

Today, with the negative, Nazi-esque connotation which comes with that word, euphemisms such as misinformation, disinformation, image consulting, political consulting, news consulting, advertising, infomercials, public relations, damage control, and the art of spin have taken its place in the English lexicon, all but concealing its true nature and omnipresence. And omnipresent, it is. The industries that deal with information control – in both the commercial and governmental sectors—work with hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Uninformed, ignorant masses are far easier to manipulate than educated, thinking masses.





If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas in disguise.

Propaganda has only one object, to conquer the masses. Every means that furthers that aim is good; every means that hinders it is bad ... You can make a man believe anything if you tell it to him in the right way ... Nothing is easier than leading the people on a leash. I just hold up a dazzling campaign poster and they jump through it...

The people must begin to think as one unit, react as such, and put themselves at the disposal of the government wholeheartedly...To belabour the people so long until they succumb to us.

~ (Paul) Josef Göbbels









Göbbels' Principles of Propaganda

 

1. Propagandist must have access to intelligence concerning events and public opinion.

 

2. Propaganda must be planned and executed by only one authority.

a. It must issue all the propaganda directives

b. It must explain propaganda directives to important officials and maintain their morale

c. It must oversee other agencies' activities which have propaganda consequences

 

3. The propaganda consequences of an action must be considered in planning that action.

 

4. Propaganda must affect the enemy's policy and action.

a. By suppressing propagandistically desirable material which can provide the enemy with useful intelligence

b. By openly disseminating propaganda whose content or tone causes the enemy to draw the desired conclusions

c. By goading the enemy into revealing vital information about himself

d. By making no reference to a desired enemy activity when any reference would discredit that activity

 

5. Declassified, operational information must be available to implement a propaganda campaign

 

6. To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.

 

7. Credibility alone must determine whether propaganda output should be true or false.

 

8. The purpose, content and effectiveness of enemy propaganda; the strength and effects of an expose; and the nature of current propaganda campaigns determine whether enemy propaganda should be ignored or refuted.

 

9. Credibility, intelligence, and the possible effects of communicating determine whether propaganda materials should be censored.

 

10. Material from enemy propaganda may be utilized in operations when it helps diminish that enemy's prestige or lends support to the propagandist's own objective.

 

11. Black rather than white propaganda may be employed when the latter is less credible or produces undesirable effects.

 

12. Propaganda may be facilitated by leaders with prestige.

 

13. Propaganda must be carefully timed.

a. The communication must reach the audience ahead of competing propaganda.

b. A propaganda campaign must begin at the optimum moment

c. A propaganda theme must be repeated, but not beyond some point of diminishing effectiveness

 

14. Propaganda must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans.

a. They must evoke desired responses which the audience previously possesses

b. They must be capable of being easily learned

c. They must be utilized again and again, but only in appropriate situations

d. They must be boomerang-proof

 

15. Propaganda to the home front must prevent the raising of false hopes which can be blasted by future events.

 

16. Propaganda to the home front must create an optimum anxiety level.

 a. Propaganda must reinforce anxiety concerning the consequences of defeat

 b. Propaganda must diminish anxiety (other than concerning the consequences of defeat) which is too high and which cannot be  reduced by people themselves

 

17. Propaganda to the home front must diminish the impact of frustration.

a. Inevitable frustrations must be anticipated

b. Inevitable frustrations must be placed in perspective

 

18. Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred.

 

19. Propaganda cannot immediately affect strong counter-tendencies; instead it must offer some form of action or diversion, or both.

 


Based upon "Göbbels' Principles of Propaganda" by Leonard W. Doob published in "Public Opinion and Propaganda; A Book of Readings edited for The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues."

 

 

 


Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

 

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Note: The first rule and last five (or six, depending on situation) rules are generally not directly within the ability of the traditional disinfo artist to apply. These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.


1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it-especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

 

2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the "How dare you!" gambit.

 

3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such "arguable rumors". If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a "wild rumor" which can have no basis in fact.

 

4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.

 

5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary attack the messenger ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as "kooks", "right-wing", "liberal", "left-wing", "terrorists", "conspiracy buffs", "radicals", "militia", "racists", "religious fanatics", "sexual deviates", and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

 

6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to -the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism reasoning-simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent's viewpoint.

 

7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could so taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.

 

8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough "jargon" and "minutiae" to illustrate you are "one who knows", and simply say it isn't so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.

 

9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues with denial they have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.

 

10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with. Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually them be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues-so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.

 

11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the "high road" and "confess" with candor that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made-but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, "just isn't so." Others can reinforce this on your behalf, later. Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for "coming clean" and "owning up" to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.

 

12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to loose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.

 

13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards with an apparent deductive logic in a way that forbears any actual material fact.

 

14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best for items qualifying for rule 10.

 

15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.

 

16. Vanishing evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won't have to address the issue.

 

17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can "argue" with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.

 

18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can't do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how "sensitive they are to criticism".

 

19. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the "play dumb" rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon). In order to completely avoid discussing issues may require you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.

 

20. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.

 

21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed an unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict (usually, this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim) is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed.

 

22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.

 

23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.

 

24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and detention, blackmail or destruction of their character by release of blackmail information, or merely by proper intimidation with blackmail or other threats.

 

25  Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen.

 


Propaganda techniques 

The failure of new psychology texts is not to include information on propaganda techniques.

These methods were in every text book following World War II, when there was great concern about the methods used by Hitler to control German citizens. Now they are out of fashion and excluded from the textbooks, although the techniques continue to be used extensively.

There is the appeal to fear, in which the propagandizer creates a belief in the existence of a crisis so severe that any action at all seems reasonable to use to prevent the predicted dreadful consequences. Hitler persuaded German citizens that Jews were going to destroy the Aryan race; today an assortment of fear mongers encourages excessive fear of global warming, collapse of the health care system and so on.

The Doors Of Perception:

Why Americans Will Believe Almost Anything

Propagandists also use appeals to prejudice, often enhancing the appeal to fear by fanning existing prejudices. All societies have scapegoats who are fair game for attack, including in the United States today smokers, liberals, immigrants, and fat people. Labeling is also a useful propaganda tool. The particular name given can summarize a point of view. Compare for example "labor leader" with "labor boss." Transferring emotion or regard from a revered figure to a person or group by association is also useful. Note for example the wide use of portraits of Lincoln by Republican organizations, and of Jefferson by Democratic ones.

Another method is semantic generalization, in which one word or phrase becomes equated with another, for example "gun control" with "gun control legislation," so that listeners come to believe that gun control legislation will produce gun control. In fact legislation often produces only the appearance of having solved a problem, rather than actually solving the problem. Another propaganda technique is to promote an "unassailable noble cause," like capital gains or family values, or for the Nazis, the purification of the Aryan race. In the name of a sufficiently noble cause, people will permit no end of tyranny. The gratuitous assertion is also useful. In this a claim is made, and repeated until it is believed. Making up statistics and repeating them can be an effective use of gratuitous assertion. 

 

 


The Lure of Pseudoscience


Pseudoscience uses the language, and attempts to use the authority, of Science without being true to its method.

Pseudoscientists often play upon the audience's fears, wishes, and prejudices, rather than relying on rigorous
approaches to arrive at a best possible (but provisional) answer.


Pseudoscientists can often be benign, but their lack of critical thinking has in the past allowed unscrupulous people and movements to take advantage of them.

For example, Adolf Hitler's rise to power in
Germany is at least in part due to pseudoscientific movements of the early 20th Century.


The National Socialist German Workers' (NAZI) Party, founded in 1920 and of which Hitler became President in 1921 was a combination of two previously existing parties - the National Socialist Party and the German Workers' Party, populist right-wing parties organized to get the support of the common German people as a counter to the rising Communist Party.

These two proto-Nazi parties were created by the Thule Geselleschaft, with its symbol the swastika derived from Indian iconography. This organization was a rabidly anti-Semetic and anti-Communist Bavarian branch of the Germanenorden, a fellowship interested in the study of the origin, history, and culture of the Aryan peoples. ("Aryan" in this context is equivalent to today's term "Indo-European": a major group of languages with a shared ancient historical connection). The Germanenorden combined "secret society" aspects of Freemasonry with the turn-of-the-century movement of Theosophy, a religion combining then-current natural historical sciences (especially historical geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology) with occult mysticism.


Within cultures like the Third Reich, the USSR, and other oppressive authoritarian regimes, pseudoscience could flourish for a variety of reasons:

 

Lack of free and open discourse between domestic and with international researchers meant that the debate and dialogue necessary for critical evaluations of ideas could not go on.

 

Ideas lacking in critical merit, but which made the policies or ideologies of the State look favorable, would be officially promoted; those which made the policies or ideologies of the State could be dismissed, made illegal, suppressed, or simply regarded as "unpatriotic".


Individuals which the State looked upon favorably for any reason might get their own pet theories promoted regardless of merit; similarly, those ideas developed by "enemies of the State" could be suppressed even if they had no bearing on the policies and ideologies of the State.


Germany in the early 20th Century had a very well-educated public and was on the cutting edge of many lines of scientific and technical research. Nevertheless, in Nazi Germany many types of pseudoscience flourished alongside real science and technology. In the realm of the Earth sciences, bizarre notions of a Hollow Earth or the World-Ice-Theory found official support.


After the end of the war, legends quickly developed about the possible survival of Hitler and some of his cronies. Among the more bizarre claims were that he may have fled to a secret base in Antarctica, or in the Hollow Earth, or off to the Moon!

Not all pseudoscientific claims are wrapped in politics. For example, the claims that a rotting plesiosaur carcass was found by a Japanese fishing vessel in 1977 continue to be made, even though it was established in 1978 that it was just the remains of a dead basking shark! The media widely reported the "dead plesiosaur" hypothesis, but did not follow up on the results of the investigations that showed a much less exciting answer.

 

Pseudoscience can be promoted for financial reasons. Pulp science fiction magazine publisher Ray Palmer (of Amazing Stories) ran a series of letters by Richard Shaver in the 1940s. Shaver claimed that during WWII he had wandered into the Hollow Earth, which was populated by four-foot tall bald grey deranged robots called "deros", who flew around in disk-shaped ships, caputered people, probed them, and released them with mind-controlling implants. Shaver's letters caused Amazing Stories' sales to soar, and others began to write in about their own similar experiences!

 

In Spring 1948 Palmer (under the pseudonym "Robert N. Webster") started publising Fate magazine, dedicated to the "Shaver Mystery" and similar paranormal tales. The feature article of issue one was the story of Kenneth Arnold and the "flying saucers".
 
The popularity of Fate led to many similar magazines: some professionally produced, others privately made "fanzines". At least some of the latter were actually created as hoaxes. Gray Barker, head of Saucerian Publications and known UFO photo hoaxer, invented the "Men In Black" in his 1956 book They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers. More recent hoaxers that created entirely new pseudoscience legends include crop circles and Charles Berlitz's Philadelphia Experiment and revivals and retroconditioning of the Atlantis story and of the Roswell Incident.

 

A famous pseudoscience movement of the 20th Century was the Ancient Astronaut hypothesis. It claimed that the legends of ancient people interacting with heroes and gods who taught them skills and knowledge were actually a partial record of encounters with aliens.

 

As archaeologist Kenneth Feder points out, Ancient Astronaut proposer Erich von Däniken suggests that alien knowledge was necessary for building numerous structures throughout history in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, but doesn't suggest that the people of Europe needed alien technology or skills to do their own contemporary buildings.


Some patterns of pseudoscience:


Often uses the following argument when confronted with cases of fraud: "Well, perhaps many, even most cases of [crop circles | UFO abductions | Bigfoot sightings | etc.] are hoaxes or misunderstood natural phenomena, but could they ALL be hoaxes or misunderstood natural phenomena?" In fact, a perfectly legitimate answer to that question is "Yes, absolutely! 100% of them could quite easily be hoaxes or misunderstandings!"

Pseudoscience often begins as self-published literature ("samizdat", as the Russians' say). In today's world, with the WWW, there are uncritical self-published websites ("samizdata") for just about any pseudoscientific subject out there.

Characterization of Quack Theories

Pseudoscience attempts to use the language of Science (big words, especially!), but not the methods of Science (especially parsimony, falsifiability, and multiple working hypotheses).

Part of the appeal of pseudoscience is that the audience is let in on the "Big Secret" that the "Authorities" don't want them to know!




 

 

-- A Plot to Control History? --

The scientific establishment tends to reject, suppress or ignore evidence that conflicts with accepted theories, while denigrating or persecuting the messenger.

"The Brain Police" And "The Big Lie"

Any time you allege a conspiracy is afoot, especially in the field of science, you are treading on thin ice. We tend to be very skeptical about conspiracies--unless the Mafia or some Muslim radicals are behind the alleged plot. But the evidence is overwhelming and the irony is that much of it is in plain view.

The good news is that the players are obvious. Their game plan and even their play-by-play tactics are transparent, once you learn to spot them. However, it is not so easy to penetrate through the smokescreen of propaganda and disinformation to get to their underlying motives and goals, it is a subtle operation.

The bad news: the conspiracy is global and there are many vested interest groups. A cursory investigation yields the usual suspects: scientists with a theoretical axe to grind, careers to further and the status quo to maintain. Their modus operandi is "The Big Lie"--and the bigger and more widely publicized, the better. They rely on invoking their academic credentials to support their arguments, and the presumption is that no one has the right to question their authoritarian pronouncements that:

1. there is no mystery about who built the Great Pyramid or what the methods of construction were, and the Sphinx shows no signs of water damage;
2. there were no humans in the Americas before 20,000 BC;
3. the first civilization dates back no further than 6000 BC;
4. there are no documented anomalous, unexplained or enigmatic data to take into account;
5. there are no lost or unaccounted-for civilizations.

Let the evidence to the contrary be damned!


 

Writers on the subject of Nazism and the occult have tended to either go for sensationalism at all costs, or else, at the other extreme, have taken a scholarly approach divorced from the mainstream of writing about fascism and the history of Nazi Germany. It’s easy to see why this should be the case. Given the irrationalism, fanaticism and secrecy of the German pre-war occult groups, and the links between them and various members of the Nazi hierarchy, it is easy to see why the subject should be so open to speculation and conjecture. For those more interested in fascism than in the occult the subject would appear to be of little interest. Why should anyone care whether certain high-ranking Nazis worshipped at the altar of Odin or pranced around in silly costumes acting out laughable pagan rites?

The answer is that these links to the occult are examples of the underlying ‘revolt of the irrational’ which were, and which remain, part of the appeal of fascism. This is not just of historical interest. In the US the two leading strands of far-Right ideology – Christian Identity and the World Church of the Creator – are both driven by what are clearly occult views of the world. In Norway the otherwise risible ‘black metal’ movement combines paganism, Satanism and fascism. Occult beliefs are a recurrent theme throughout the history of fascism.

The background to the German völkish nationalist groups, steeped in neo-paganism, anti-Semitism and an anti-materialism finds strange echoes in some Green end ecological groups today. Völkish nationalism was an essential component of a semi-fascist sub-culture that gravitated naturally toward National Socialism.

Nazi occult beliefs are examples of a very strong mystical streak common to all forms of fascism. A belief in race and nation, a distrust of reason and intellect and the glorification of blind obedience and prejudice naturally lead to the kind of unquestioning acceptance of bizarre ideas such as belief in a Jewish world conspiracy, the existence of Satanic forces or the idea that Hitler escaped to a hidden Antarctic wonderland in a flying saucer.


Noteworthy propaganda campaigns, hoaxes, and other lies qua casus belli
utilized by the United States:

It is well known that German Fascists transformed their buffoonish leader, Hitler, from a national joke into Der Führer of the Reich by means of a) securing moneys from large industrialists and financiers (they liked his extremely rightwing ideas on race, labor, religion, nationalism, capitalism, imperialism, etc) and b) by using multiple propaganda hoaxes in order to sway domestic opinion. 

The Reichstag fire in 1933 allowed for Hitler to be proclaimed leader of the state as well as for the Night of the Long Knives the following year (violence against leftists) and all of the anti-jewish bullshit that came soon after.  As we all know, the Reichstag was burned by fascist thugs and blamed on communists; they even got a disabled Dutch guy to admit to both arson and communism - Smoking gun! Woohoo!

In 1938, the Nazis claimed that they needed to perform a humanitarian intervention? in the Sudetenland (in the modern Czech Republic) in order to stop ethnic violence.  Of course, it was Nazi thugs carrying out the ethnic violence in the first place, but never mind that small detail.

In 1939, the fascists contrived Operation Canned Goods, a faked attack on a German border patrol, which was allegedly a surprise massacre, carried out by Polish military personnel.  Evil Slavic Untermenschen Evildoer Terrorists! Too bad, however, that we now know those corpses in German uniform shown on Nazi TV to be dead Poles, kidnapped and murdered; the German public, though, went insane with jingoism, calling for invasions and genocide.

As we shall see, this is a technique learned by the Nazis from the masters of such things in the US (Hitler credited the development of the Final Solution to his study of US treatment of Native Americans), and something that was then perfected by the US after it recovered and reconciled with its mad dog Nazi assets during the Cold War. 

1775: Britain: so it begins, and the story runs that Evildoer British imperialists took away Our Liberty etc; produced Evil Boston Massacres, Stamp Acts, Massachusetts Uprisings; and tried to import tea.  While the British were certainly imperialistic, and tea is the mark of the ruling class in colonial times, we should take heed that the first offensive of the American War for Independence was a colonial invasion of Quebec.  Huh?  You mean, before they even signed the Declaration, the proto-United States was invading other countries?  You bet.  What’s at stake here is the Proclamation Line and the Quebec Act, both of which prevented the fledgling colonies from expanding.  And be sure to recall that during the next US war, a conquest of Canada would again be attempted.

1812: Britain:  Ah? Tales of naval impressments.  Too bad that this narrative, of war caused by US sailors being conscripted, like slaves, into the British privateering fleet, is a lie; too bad that the landowners all across the infant US wanted the British, French, Spanish, and natives off the continent so they could expand their holdings, import more slaves, and thereby make more money; too bad that plans for such expansion existed way before the declaration of hostilities.  The keys here are Florida, the Caribbean, and the western frontier.

1846: Mexico: the US is forced to retaliate against the Mexicans, since Mexican troops ruthlessly attacked US regiments, who just happened to be occupying slave-owning Texas.  Why would the Evildoers in Mexico do that?  Not, I hope, because Texas was part of Mexico?  Not, I fear, because Mexicans were anti-slavery (abolished since 1829)?  Not, I believe, because the US had aggressively assaulted Mexico multiple times already, including the original secessionist agitation in Texas?  No, none of that matters; they’re just Evil.

1898: Spain:  The Remember the Maine incident as well as Hearst newspapers proclaiming that Cuba needed a humanitarian intervention??  Both obvious lies helped sway people in the US to genocidal furor.  Enter Empire, the subjugation of the people of Guam, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, and the Philippine genocide.

1917: Central Powers: the Lusitania incident and the Zimmerman Telegram fire up US war fervor; too bad the Wilson administration provoked the Germans by aiding the British under a flag of neutrality, generated tons of anti-German racialist BS, and managed to invade every country in the Caribbean, including Mexico several times.  Also, we needn’t forget that the Wilsonian declaration of War was timed perfectly with Lenin’s April Theses. All in the name of protecting democracy from Evildoers, no doubt!  An honest student of history will note that it’s more like protecting certain segments of Kapital from others, whilst destroying genuine democratic resistance.

1918: USSR:  Communists eat babies!? Bolsheviks seek to conquer world! International Jewry grabs power in Russia!?  Reds to start war in India next! Socialism and incest: partners in Sin! So ran the newspapers, every day, in every city, after Czarist absolutism was broken by popular resistance, no thanks to the US.  Wilson’s administration used such imbecilic pretenses in a failed attempt to strangle bolshevism in its cradle, as one imperialist from a different genocidal nation put it.  Of course, the real motives behind western intervention weren’t mentioned:  Capital Capital Capital Capital.

1941: Axis Powers: the Pearl Harbor attack was known in advance, no matter how sudden or how much infamy Roosevelt would later claim for it.  NB FDR’s well-planned provocation strategy to ensure that Japan would attack the US, thus allowing the US to dictate terms to the rest of the world, which would be destroyed by war’s end.  NB that the overrated Operation Overlord was delayed just long enough for the Soviet Union to be shattered by Kapital’s mad dog Hitler, but just timely enough to prevent the Soviets from taking out all of the fascists in Europe, from the Volga to Gibraltar.

 

1945 : Japan: Event - nukes; Propaganda Lie -saving Japanese and American lives; Bitter Truth - self-serving genocide and terrorism to intimidate Stalin.  Only assholes can believe the US story here.

1950: Korea: despite claims that the Totalitarian North ruthlessly invaded the Free South, it looks as though a communist North reacted to a long series of provocations carried out by a fascistic South, which included border skirmishes, coordinated raids, and artillery battery.  But who cares?  America to the rescue!  Of fascism!

1952: East Germany:  despite Soviet attempts to get out of Berlin, requiring only assurances from the US that Germany would be a) democratic, b) demilitarized, c) united, and d) neutral, the US insisted on the precarious, ignorant status quo, obviously preferring it to the just Soviet proposal.  Up, then, went the Berlin Wall in 1961, which was called an act of tyranny by moronic US commentators, but was intended by the Soviet Union to keep fascists, CIA operatives, saboteurs, assassins, and other agents of Kapital away.  This event is largely responsible for much escalation of the Cold War during 50s, which would predictably and wrongly be blamed on the USSR.

1953: Iran:  Commies are gonna get us!  Or so it was said by flag-waving retards.  The unfortunate truth:  a democratic regime thought it was allowed to use its own resources for its own benefit.  The US disagreed with Mossadegh.

1954: Guatemala: Commies are gonna get us!  Or so it was said by flag-waving retards.  The unfortunate truth:  a democratic regime thought it was allowed to use its own resources for its own benefit.  The US disagreed with Arbenz.

 

1964: Vietnam: the USS Maddox got hit by some lightning, but LBJ thought it?’ be a good idea to bow before the banking cartels, the Seven Sisters, the Pentagon, and crusty McCarthyoids, thereby inventing the notion that the (repeat the old script) Red North ruthlessly invaded the Free South, or at least they ruthlessly attacked an innocent US naval vessel in international waters.  Turns out that there was no attack, that the ship was in Hanoi’s waters, and was not-at-all-innocently deploying special forces and other anti-communist swine into the North for the normal roster of Kapitalist Karnage. 

 

1973: Chile: Commies are gonna get us!  Or so it was said by flag-waving retards.  The unfortunate truth:  a democratic regime thought it was allowed to use its own resources for its own benefit.  The US disagreed with Allende.

 

1981: Nicaragua: Commies are gonna get us!  Or so it was said by flag-waving retards.  The unfortunate truth:  a democratic regime thought it was allowed to use its own resources for its own benefit.  The US disagreed with Ortega.

 

1983: Grenada:  Commies are gonna get us!  Or so it was said by flag-waving retards.  The unfortunate truth:  a democratic regime thought it was allowed to use its own resources for its own benefit.  The US disagreed with Bishop.

 

1986: Libya:  Evil Terrorist Nation!  Quit doing Terrorist things!  We will bomb you!  Turns out that the Libyans weren’t responsible, after all, for the acts of terror of which they’d been accused.  Hmm?  A high publicity bombing mission right in the middle of the Iran-Contra Affair?  What a coincidence!  And at a time when Gorbachev was making peaceful overtures and the US was in danger of having no enemies?  Amazingly coincidental!

 

1989: Panama: They said that Noriega was an Evildoer Drugdealer!  You must go Evil Doper!  USA All The Way!  Humanitarian Intervention!  We should mention that Noriega was attempting to institute some democratic reforms and social services, had been a CIA asset, and largely oversaw US drug smuggling and could document his and US involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair.  But why trouble anyone with the facts?  Especially the fact that the true meaning of the words Operation Just Cause is that US Delta Force teams secretly attacked US Army units so that the US could claim Panamanian terrorists are shooting us!? 

 

1991: Kuwait: The famous dead babies hoax, which was revealed to be a lie.  Other tidbits:  Kuwait had provoked Iraq in numerous ways; Iraq got approval from its imperial master, the US, before invading; Bush had personal investments in the region; and US strategy had long called for a way to control the Gulf States directly.  With the USSR gone and the Kuwait-Iraq border dispute, the US now had both pretext and opportunity.

 

1992: Bosnia: never mind all of the dead Serbs.  Instead, check out this photo!  The Evil Serb Evildoers have Evilly put some guy in a concentration camp at Trnopolje!  Look at the barbed wire!  Look at how starved he is!  Oh wait a minute - looks like that the barbed wire is around someone’s shed, that the photographer is in the shed, that the starving guy is a refugee on the outside of the barbed fence, that the headline Belsen 92 is a lie, that there were no concentration camps, and that the entire series of US operations in the early 1990s were resurrected Nazi policies on Yugoslavia, which still maintained some socialistic economic policies.  Well, I’ll be damned:  another humanitarian intervention for Kapitalism.

 

1993: Somalia: Yet another humanitarian intervention?  Thing is, the famine was nearly over, the US wasn’t anywhere near where it had been, the Somalis already hated the US for thrusting Barre on them, and the US was only there now for 1) oil prospecting, 2) uranium mining, 3) military basing, 4) public relations, and 5) a paid advertisement? for the Pentagon, in Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell’s cynical phrase..

1998: Sudan: Evil terrorists are making VX nerve gas in that big factory!  Tomahawk it!  Turns out, though, that the plant manufactured antibiotics for half the country.  Given that the Sudan was in the midst of a disease crisis, the destruction of their medical infrastructure only served to exacerbate the problem.  How many died as a result?  Who knows? The US, as is typical, doesn’t care to investigate, apologize, or acknowledge.

 

1999: Kosovo: Humanitarian intervention!?  Now for something completely different. Racak, Srebrenica, Izbica, Trepca -all more complicated than they seem, as according to numerous international organizations, the FBI, and so on……  Ethnic cleansing?  Only if we are talking about the cleansing of Serbs by NATO.  And the banner hoax here:  the Serbian MIG allegedly attacking civilians, is revealed as a fraud in state-press photos, which obviously display English writing on the alleged fuselage. 

 

2001: Afghanistan:  Evil Terrorists got us!  We will get them back!  Of course, the true story is much more complicated, involving US complicity, deception, and strategic planning at all levels, as noted in the recent historical record. 

 

2002: Iraq:  Evil!  Smite Evil!  Get oil!  Did I say oil? I meant that Evildoer tried to kill my daddy! One excellent hoax, besides the manufactured general threat rhetoric, is the alleged 15 kg of weapons-grade uranium recovered in Turkey in mid 2002, allegedly bound for Iraq from Eastern Europe. Too bad that this weapons-grade uranium has Made in West Germany written on it in English.


How to Start a War

The American Use of War Pretext Incidents
(1848-1989)



The War On Terrorism



A Short History of the U.S. Government Respect for Human Life


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


War, Journalism, and Propaganda

Wars and conflicts begin in the minds of men and women. Before there is a war of bullets and bombs, there is a war of ideas. Images and ideas emerge first. Before one kills another human being, one has to rationalize killing, to explain killing, to justify killing. The first casualty in war is the truth.

How are racist propaganda campaigns and war to be explained and comprehended? How are propaganda campaigns of racism and bigoted satanization and demonization of an entire people and religion to be explained by an avowedly "democratic" and "free and open society", the United States, "the leader of the free world"? The techniques and methods --- information warfare (war propaganda )--- are those routinely used by ruthless and oppressive totalitarian, authoritarian, and undemocratic states and governments. To understand and to grasp why and how the US government and media wages propaganda campaigns or wars, the role of journalism and war in US history must be examined and studied.


The Depraved Spys and Moguls of the CIA's Operation 'Mocking Bird'

by Alex Constantine

Who Controls the Media?

Soulless corporations do, of course. Corporations with grinning, double-breasted executives, interlocking directorates, labor squabble and flying capital. Dow. General Electric. Coca-Cola. Disney. Newspapers should have mastheads that mirror the world: The Westinghouse Evening Scimitar, The Atlantic-Richfield Intelligentser. It is beginning to dawn on a growing number of armchair ombudsmen that the public print reports news from a parallel universe - one that has never heard of politically-motivated assassinations, CIA-Mafia banking thefts, mind control, death squads or even federal agencies with secret budgets fattened by cocaine sales - a place overrun by lone gunmen, where the CIA and Mafia are usually on their best behavior. In this idyllic land, the most serious infraction an official can commit is a the employment of a domestic servant with (shudder) no residency status.

This unlikely land of enchantment is the creation of MOCKINGBIRD.

It was conceived in the late 1940s, the most frigid period of the cold war, when the CIA began a systematic infiltration of the corporate media, a process that often included direct takeover of major news outlets. In this period, the American intelligence services competed with communist activists abroad to influence European labor unions. With or without the cooperation of local governments, Frank Wisner, an undercover State Department official assigned to the Foreign Service, rounded up students abroad to enter the cold war underground of covert operations on behalf of his Office of Policy Coordination. Philip Graham, a graduate of the Army Intelligence School in Harrisburg, PA, then publisher of the Washington Post., was taken under Wisner's wing to direct the program code-named Operation MOCKINGBIRD.

 

"By the early 1950s," writes former Village Voice reporter Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great, "Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst." The network was overseen by Allen Dulles, a templar for German and American corporations who wanted their points of view represented in the public print. Early MOCKINGBIRD influenced 25 newspapers and wire agencies consenting to act as organs of CIA propaganda. Many of these were already run by men with reactionary views, among them William Paley (CBS), C.D. Jackson (Fortune), Henry Luce (Time) and Arthur Hays Sulzberger (N.Y. Times). 

 

Activists curious about the workings of MOCKINGBIRD have since been appalled to find in FOIA documents that agents boasting in CIA office memos of their pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country. It was not until 1982 that the Agency openly admitted that reporters on the CIA payroll have acted as case officers to agents in the field.

 

"World War III has begun," Henry's Luce's Life declared in March, 1947. "It is in the opening skirmish stage already." The issue featured an excerpt of a book by James Burnham, who called for the creation of an "American Empire," "world-dominating in political power, set up at least in part through coercion (probably including war, but certainly the threat of war) and in which one group of people.. would hold more than its equal share of power." George Seldes, the famed anti-fascist media critic, drew down on Luce in 1947, explaining that "although avoiding typical Hitlerian phrases, the same doctrine of a superior people taking over the world and ruling it, began to appear in the press, whereas the organs of Wall Street were much more honest in favoring a doctrine inevitably leading to war if it brought greater commercial markets under the American flag.

On the domestic front, an abiding relationship was struck between the CIA and William Paley, a wartime colonel and the founder of CBS. A firm believer in "all forms of propaganda" to foster loyalty to the Pentagon, Paley hired CIA agents to work undercover at the behest of his close friend, the busy grey eminence of the nation's media, Allen Dulles. Paley's designated go-between in his dealings with the CIA was Sig Mickelson, president of CBS News from 1954 to 1961.The CIA's assimilation of old guard fascists was overseen by the Operations Coordination Board, directed by C.D. Jackson, formerly an executive of Time magazine and Eisenhower's Special Assistant for Cold War Strategy. In 1954 he was succeeded by Nelson Rockefeller, who quit a year later, disgusted at the administration's political infighting. Vice President Nixon succeeded Rockefeller as the key cold war strategist. "Nixon," writes John Loftus, a former attorney for the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, took "a small boy's delight in the arcane tools of the intelligence craft - the hidden microphones, the 'black' propaganda." Nixon especially enjoyed his visit to a
Virginia training camp to observe Nazis in the "special forces" drilling at covert operations.

 

One of the fugitives recruited by the American intelligence underground was heroin smuggler Hubert von Blücher, the son of a German ambassador. Hubert often bragged that that he was trained by the Abwehr, the German military intelligence division, while still a civilian in his twenties. He served in a recon unit of the German Army until forced out for medical reasons in 1944, according to his wartime records. He worked briefly as an assistant director for Berlin-Film on a movie entitled One Day, and finished out the war flying with the Luftwaffe, but not to engage the enemy - his mission was the smuggling of Nazi loot out of the country. His exploits were, in part, the subject of Sayer and Botting's Nazi Gold, an account of the knockover of the Reichsbank at the end of the war 

 

In 1948 he flew the coop to Argentina. Posing as a photographer named Huberto von Bleucher Corell, he immediately paid court to Eva Peron, presenting her with an invaluable Gobelin tapestry (a selection from the wealth of artifacts confiscated by the SS from Europe's Jews?). Hubert then met with Martin Bormann at the Hotel Plaza to deliver German marks worth $80 million. The loot financed the birth of the National Socialist Party in Argentina, among other forms of Nazi revival.

 

In 1951, Hubert migrated northward and took a job at the Color Corporation of America in Hollywood. He eked out a living writing scripts for the booming movie industry. His voice can be heard on a film set in the Amazon, produced by Walt Disney. Nine years later he returned to Buenos Aires, then Düsseldorf, West Germany, and established a firm that developed not movie scripts, but anti-chemical warfare agents for the government. At the Industrie Club in Düsseldorf in 1982, von Blücher boasted to journalists, "I am chief shareholder of Pan American Airways. I am the best friend of Howard Hughes. The Beach Hotel in Las Vegas is 45 percent financed by me. I am thus the biggest financier ever to appear in the Arabian Nights tales dreamed up by these people over their second bottle of brandy."

 

Not really. Two the biggest financiers to stumble from the drunken dreams of world-moving affluence were, in their time, Moses Annenberg, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his son Walter , the CIA/mob-anchored publisher of the TV Guide.  Like most American high-rollers, Annenberg lived a double life. Moses, his father, was a scion of the Capone mob. Both Moses and Walter were indicted in 1939 for tax evasions totalling many millions of dollars - the biggest casein the history of the Justice Department. Moses pled guilty and agreed to pay the government $8 million and settle $9 million in assorted tax claims, penalties and interest debts. Moses received a three-year sentence. He died in Lewisburg Penitentiary.

 

Walter Annenbeg, the TV Guide magnate, was a lofty Republican. On the campaign trail in April, 1988, George Bush flew into Los Angeles to woo Reagan's kitchen cabinet. "This is the topping on the cake," Bush's regional campaign director told the Los Angeles Times. The Bush team met at Annenberg's plush Rancho Mirage estate at Sunnylands, California. It was at the Annenberg mansion that Nixon's cabinet was chosen, and the state's social and contributor registers built over a quarter-century of state political dominance by Ronald Reagan, whose acting career was launched by Operation MOCKINGBIRD.

 

The commercialization of television, coinciding with Reagan's recruitment by the Crusade for Freedom, a CIA front, presented the intelligence world with unprecedented potential for sowing propaganda and even prying in the age of Big Brother. George Orwell glimpsed the possibilities when he installed omniscient video surveillance  technology in 1948, a novel rechristened 1984 for the first edition published in the U.S. by Harcourt, Brace. Operation Octopus, according to federal files, was in full swing by 1948, a surveillance program that turned any television set with tubes into a broadcast transmitter. Agents of Octopus could pick up audio and visual images with the equipment as far as 25 miles away.

 

Hale Boggs was investigating Operation Octopus at the time of his disappearance in the midst of the Watergate probe. 

 

In 1952, at MCA, Actors' Guild president Ronald Reagan - a screen idol recruited by MOCKINGBIRD's Crusade for Freedom to raise funds for the resettlement of Nazis in the U.S., according to Loftus - signed a secret waiver of the conflict-of-interest rule with the mob-controlled studio, in effect granting it a labor monopoly on early television programming. In exchange, MCA made Reagan a part owner. Furthermore, historian C. Vann Woodward, writing in the New York Times, in 1987, reported that Reagan had "fed the names of suspect people in his organization to the FBI secretly and regularly enough to be assigned 'an informer's code number, T-10.' His FBI file indicates intense collaboration with producers to 'purge' the industry of subversives."

 

No one ever turned a suspicious eye on Walter Cronkite, a former intelligence officer and in the immediate postwar period UPI's Moscow correspondent. Cronkite was lured to CBS by Operation MOCKINGBIRD's Phil Graham, according to Deborah Davis.

 

Another television conglomerate, Cap Cities, rose like a horror-film simian from CIA and Mafia heroin operations. Among other organized-crime Republicans, Thomas Dewey and his neighbor Lowell Thomas threw in to launch the infamous Resorts International, the corporate front for Lansky's branch of the federally-sponsored mob family and the corporate precursor to Cap Cities. Another of the investors was James Crosby, a Cap Cities executive who donated $100,000 to Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. This was the year that Resorts bought into Atlantic City casino interests. Police in New Jersey attempted, with no success, to spike the issuance of a gambling license to the company, citing Mafia ties.

 

In 1954, this same circle of investors, all Catholics, founded the broadcasting company notorious for overt propagandizing and generalspookiness. The company's chief counsel was OSS veteran William Casey, who clung to his shares by concealing them in a blind trust even after he was appointed CIA director by Ronald Reagan in 1981.

 

"Black radio" was the phrase CIA critic David Wise coined in The Invisible Government to describe the agency's intertwining interests in the emergence of the transistor radio with the entrepreneurs who  took to the airwaves. "Daily, East and West beam hundreds of propaganda broadcasts at each other in an unrelenting babble of competition for the minds of their listeners. The low-price transistor has given the hidden war a new importance," enthused one foreign correspondent.

A Hydra of private foundations sprang up to finance the propaganda push. One of them, Operations and Policy Research, Inc. (OPR), received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the CIA through private foundations and trusts. OPR research was the basis of a television series that aired in
New York and Washington, D.C. in 1964, Of People and Politics, a "study" of the American political system in 21 weekly installments.

 

In Hollywood, the visual cortex of The Beast, the same CIA/Mafia combination that formed Cap Cities sank its claws into the film studios and labor unions. Johnny Rosselli was pulled out of the Army during the war by a criminal investigation of Chicago mobsters in the film industry. Rosselli, a CIA asset probably assassinated by the CIA, played sidekick to Harry Cohn, the Columbia Pictures mogul who visited Italy's Benito Mussolini in 1933, and upon his return to Hollywood remodeled his office after the dictator's. The only honest job Rosselli ever had was assistant purchasing agent (and a secret investor) at Eagle Lion productions, run by Bryan Foy, a former producer for 20th Century Fox. Rosselli, Capone's representative on the West Coast, passed a small fortune in mafia investments to Cohn.Bugsy Siegel pooled gambling investments with Billy Wilkerson, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter

In the 1950s, outlays for global propaganda climbed to a full third of the CIA's covert operations budget. Some 3, 000 salaried and contract CIA employees were eventually engaged in propaganda efforts. The cost of disinforming the world cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year by 1978, a budget larger than the combined expenditures of Reuters, UPI and the AP news syndicates.

 

In 1977, the Copely News Service admitted that it worked closely with the intelligence services - in fact, 23 employees were full-time employees of the Agency.

 

Most consumers of the corporate media were - and are - unaware of the effect that the salting of public opinion has on their own beliefs. A network anchorman in time of national crisis is an instrument of psychological warfare in the MOCKINGBIRD media. He is a creature from the national security sector's chamber of horrors. For this reason consumers of the corporate press have reason to examine their basic beliefs about government and life in the parallel universe of these United States.
 

 

You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.

- CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories.

~~"Katherine The Great," by Deborah Davis

Information Control For Social Manipulation

The news and entertainment we consume, and thus our thoughts and opinions, are shaped not just by the media and entertainment corporations but by governments, their agencies and the military-industrial complex

 




 

 

One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the pre-eminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:


There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.


There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.


The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.


You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?


We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.



(Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)



The media giant Bertelsmann rose to become one of the world's most influential corporations with the

help of a Big Lie

For more than half a century, Bertelsmann, which controls Britain's Channel 5, claimed that it had been a victim of the Nazi regime. But an investigation by the company has found that it worked hand-in-glove with the Third Reich, made profits from publishing anti-Semitic works and used Jewish slave labourers.

Günter Thielen, chairman of the commission of historians behind the research, expressed "sincere regret for the inaccuracies the commission has uncovered".

His statement stopped short of an apology.

A corporate history prepared for the group's 150th anniversary in 1985 claimed that Bertelsmann was shut down by the Nazis because of the religious convictions of its chairman at the time.

The report concluded that the company, which was founded in 1835 in the town of Gütersloh as a publisher of prayer books and hymnals, was closed in 1944 mainly because Nazi officials suspected it of illegally hoarding paper supplies.

"The legend that Bertelsmann was closed down because of resistance to the Nazis smoothed the way for the [postwar] occupation authorities promptly granting the firm a new licence to publish," the report said.

Bertelsmann's rapid inter national expansion has been assisted by the goodwill of Jews in the business community and on regulatory bodies who accepted the company's version of its Nazi-era role.

That is particularly true in the US, where Bertelsmann's ownership of Random House makes it a dominant force in the publishing industry.

Ironically, the investigation was triggered by the award to Bertelsmann of a prize offered by a Jewish-American organisation. In a 1998 speech of acceptance, the group's chairman at the time, Thomas Middelhoff, said it had published banned literature and that the Nazis had imprisoned Bertelsmann managers for not toeing Göbbels' propaganda line.

Hersch Fischler, a freelance historical researcher, published an article in a Swiss magazine challenging that version of events. His researchers were instrumental in the decision to set up an historical commission three years ago.

The panel found that Bertelsmann's sales had grown by 2,000% as it switched from publishing religious and school books to supplying popular literature for German soldiers.

Before the closure, it had supplied the army with some 19 million books blending entertainment and indoctrination. It also tapped into the youth market and was responsible for, among others, the Christmas Book of the Hitler Youth.

The commission also found that the firm used Jewish slave labour at printing plants in Latvia and possibly Lithuania, but not in its German works.


The New Politics

 

Politics, in all its forms, is bankrupt. The notion that we can safely and successfully hand over the management of our daily lives and the setting of priorities to a political class or elite is thoroughly discredited. Politicians cannot be trusted, regardless of the system in which they operate. No set of constraints, checks, and balances, is proved to work and mitigate their unconscionable acts and the pernicious effects these have on our welfare and longevity.

 

Ideologies - from the benign to the malign and from the divine to the pedestrian - have driven the gullible human race to the verge of annihilation and back. Participatory democracies have degenerated everywhere into venal plutocracies. Socialism and its poisoned fruits - Marxism-Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism - have wrought misery on a scale unprecedented even by medieval standards. Only Fascism and Nazism compare with them unfavorably.

 

People are voting with their feet. Most elections draw to the ballot boxes and the polling stations less than half the electorate.

 

Three models seem to be emerging as the dominant forms of future politics:

Anarchism 

- bo
th destructive (international terrorism, for example) and constructive (the Internet, for instance).

 

Participatory democracy

 

- both destructive (mob rule and coups) and constructive (people power, especially in Asia and Latin America).

 

In certain countries, mainly in the West, a disenchanted and uninterested citizenry will relegate power and vest it in various oligarchies, forfeiting its decision-making prerogatives altogether and permanently in return for material welfare and personal safety.



 
 
 

Fascism and the struggle against fascism shaped the twentieth century. Ostensibly, we have been told, “Democracy triumphed.” But the anti-fascists in Europe, after World War II, were soon labeled “communists” and crushed in country after country, while Nazi’s and their intelligence network were absorbed into the “Central Intelligence Agency.”
 
The C.I.A. has continually overturned “democracy” in country after country for the benefit of corporation after corporation.(1) According to the dictionary, “Fascism is a system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with a belligerent nationalism.” Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany are the classic examples of “fascist countries.” During the “Cold War” the C.I.A. consistently exaggerated the Soviet threat to justify the build-up in nuclear weapons and frighten Americans into supporting the misnamed “Defense Department.”
 
With the emergence of powerful “transnational corporations” and “transnational institutions”- created by the Bretton Woods Agreement (the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank,…), later the World Trade Organization, (not too mention the less formal Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission, World Economic Forum ), military alliances such as N.A.T.O. , and the growth of “U.N. peacekeeping forces,” a new “transnational fascism” has come into being. Allegiance to any particular country is superceded by an allegiance to corporate profits, dividing the global elites from the vast majority of the world’s people. The collusion between corrupt elites in Third World countries who sell off their countries’ natural and human resources and the corporate elite in industrialized countries who maximize profits, by taking full advantage of cheap labor in other countries and downsizing their operations in the United States (or England or Japan or Germany, where “labor costs” are high) show that economic status reveals more about loyalties than nationality.
 
While economics paints itself as far too complex for most people to fathom, there is a great simplicity to the evolving corporate dominated economic system which places the highest possible value on “profits” or “money” and does not value “human lives” or “the ecosystems” upon which all Life depends. The heart of the global economy remains a “war economy ” which is the most lucrative business on the planet; it is in the economic interests of all the major powers to have a war going on.(2) Enemies, particularly “terrorists” justify the “police state” and the construction of more weapons and “defense systems.” Despite the horrific loss of life during all the conflicts in the twentieth century, more people were killed by their own governments than by any wars between nation states. The more “military training” the U.S. offers its’ friends, the greater the human rights’ abuse in those friends’ countries- Colombia is a prime example of this. More and more, war itself is being “privatized,” outsourced to mercenaries. The giant oil companies depend upon the military or private armies to aid in the construction and defense of their operations. Cheney’s, Halliburton,(3) serves the oil industry and the military providing "support services,” living off of US wars and "counter-insurgency" operations in Algeria, Angola, Bosnia, Burma, Croatia, Haiti, Kuwait, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, and Somalia and elsewhere. Just recently its offshoot, Brown and Root, won the lucrative supply contract for the operations in Afghanistan, hardly a surprise in the revolving door between the government and the major military contractors.

There is little moral qualm to selling arms to both sides in a conflict, particularly in the “
Third World” where the understated concern of the “elite” is “over-population”- not “over-consumption.” Subtly the racist nature of institutions encourages the idea that “resources are limited,” “there are too many people,” “fewer of ‘them’ means ‘more for us,’” “wars, while unpleasant, aren’t so bad, if they benefit ‘us.’” Control is paramount, peace, justice, democracy our luxuries to be sacrificed, if they hinder or threaten the dominant powers.
 
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States has had to struggle to create the “enemies” necessary to justify its outrageous military budget. The C.I.A. created the ‘monsters’- “Noriega, Hussein, Osama bin Laden,”… In the book, Dollars for Terror  - The United States and Islam, Richard Labeviere, chronicles the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, and their joint effort to create the Al Qaeda network, “Mercenaries for Corporate Globalization. ”(4) Al Qaeda complements corporate control. They are conveniently a target in Afghanistan where we wish to construct bases and control the regions oil and drugs, but Al Qaeda is quietly supported by the U.S. military in Chechnya, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia where their agenda dovetails perfectly with U.S. aims. The Bin Laden family itself has close financial links with the the Bush family and the Carlyle Group (the 9th largest defense contractor in the U.S) illustrates how both families profit financially from the new “War.” Whilst 1600 innocent people of Middle Eastern descent are rounded up for questioning in the wake of 9-11, the supposedly “estranged Bin Laden family” are escorted and flown out of the country on a military plane (when no one else in the country can even fly), and certainly not “questioned by the F.B.I.” despite the finger waving at the supposed “mastermind,” Osama Bin Laden.(5)
 
Just what role did the C.I.A. play in 9-11? Why was the head of Pakistani Intelligence, Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, in the U.S. meeting with the C.I.A. at the time. Bush sent him to Afghanistan to demand “Osama bin Laden.” We know that what Bush really wanted was war, troops were moved into place, the plans had been crafted well before September.        

For decades the C.I.A. has waged a relentless propaganda campaign to persuade Americans that “their security lies in an overwhelming technologically superior military force.” For decades the C.I.A. has had “practice” terrorizing and taking over smaller countries. One third of its budget is devoted to “propaganda” and much of that is directed towards influencing the American public. No matter that “Star Wars” isn’t technologically feasible or that it would spur a new arms race, or that is has been designed to overtly allow the “U.S.” to dominate and control the world,(6) the boondoggle means profit to a small global elite, and will allow that global elite to threaten and terrorize the rest of the world.
 
At this point, the words “us” “them” “we” “U.S.” “transnational elites” become a bit cloudy, just as fascism has evolved from a couple of countries to a phenomena recognized as “Corporate Globalization” which institutionalizes the dominance of corporations over governments, removes decision making from elected officials to unelected trade bureaucrats, allows corporations to sue governments to wipe out any environmental or pesky labor laws which stand in their way of “profits.”(7) Military pressure is applied to gain local (sometimes state or national) compliance with the transnational corporate agenda. Global elites, such as Henry Kissinger, play dual roles, guiding the hand of the C.I.A. to overthrow “out of line” heads of state, (such as Allende), orchestrating the bombing of Cambodia and other countries (when that seems “necessary”), then putting on a new “hat,” advising Chinese oil companies, in the wake of 9-11.(8) While Clinton was in power, the Bush gang were investing billions and making deals with the countries of Asia. (9) These global statesmen, certainly are not thinking of “America” first… as they create the architecture for a “New World Order” where corporations rule. Despite the rhetoric that demonizes our enemies, including China, on September 17th, China quietly joined the World Trade Organization; the Chinese elite and the American elite have far more in common with each other (making profits and controlling the masses) than differences.
 
The Patriot Act, the Anti-Terrorist Act, the Homeland Security Act are direct assaults upon the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Democracy.(10) Worse, these pieces of legislation are being mirrored worldwide to criminalize and discourage dissent everywhere. The War on Communism, was replaced by the War on Drugs, and now by the War on Terrorism- broadly defined as any opposition to official power. No matter if the U.S. is the only country to be convicted of Terrorism by the World Court, or that our behaviour as a nation is blatantly illegal and evokes the world’s anger; this will not be mentioned by a subservient press. We’ve lost so much, regressing to before the Magna Carta, to the time of the Inquisition, the times of torture, secret evidence, and secret executions. The heart of the Magna Carta is that no man- even the king- is above the law.
 
The lies and secrecy which shroud the occupant of the Oval Office, the “National Security Council,” violate this fundamental principal, and permit known criminals to wield great power and public office. We have learned that Bush illegally obtained office through a systemic purging of legitimate black voters in Florida,(9) plus the blatantly political ruling of a biased Supreme Court.
 
The only real visible beneficiaries of 9-11 appear to be the military-industrial-complex/the Bush Administration/multinational oil corporations/drug traffickers, and regimes such as Israel who feel justified in using military force against “dissent/terrorists” within their borders. The corporate press has swallowed the whole story, hook, line and sinker, refusing to ask hard questions, cheerleading an attack by the wealthiest country in the world against the poorest, silent on the startlingly mercenary motives (installing ex-Unocal representatives to head the Interim government and represent “U.S.” interests in the region), and virtually denying access to information that would reveal the magnitude of the suffering, deprivation and death which has befallen the Afghan people, as a result of the war.
 
Not heartening are the assurances that this is only stage one of a long war which the U.S. wants to expand to countless other countries, Iraq being the favored target, while even more repressive legislation is being pushed through Congress and the States. The politicians assure us that there will be more terrorist attacks and prepare “smallpox vaccines” for every citizen in the U.S.. We are being psychologically prepared for the next assault.
 
The greatest threat to “the Powers that be” are an informed American public. Only an informed American public could rein in the “War on Terrorism,” bring to heel an unelected politician whose catastrophic policies threaten all people, everywhere. Those of us, within the U.S., have an especially great responsibility right now, to prevent our government from committing even worse “Crimes Against Humanity.”
 
They are capable of staging “another terrorist attack” in the U.S. to expand the war to Phase Two, both abroad and here. So time is of the essence. Michael Ruppert and Dr. Len Horowitz have warned people about the Model Emergency Health Powers Act, which would allow governors to declare an emergency, force vaccinations, quarantine or isolation upon people, as well as seize of property, and require people to actively “provide services” during an emergency.(10) Are the deaths of fourteen of the world’s top microbiologists a warning that designer communicable disease is being prepared for release?(11) The draconian legislature is bad enough, but the companies that are coming up with “smallpox vaccines for the entire U.S. population” bear scrutiny. They are the same that provided poison gas for Hitler’s gas chambers,(12) linked to the contaminated vaccines that spread AIDS in Africa,(13) and linked to the infected blood that killed thousands of hemophiliacs in industrialized countries.(14)
 
Consider the monopolization of land, money, food, communications, energy, water by transnational corporations, and the global elite. Are they monopolizing the world’s resources that human life depend upon for the benefit of humanity or to increase their wealth and power? What does the track record show?
 
How do the legal, financial, and medical systems mirror the political system?
 
The companies-  BASF, Bayer and Hoechst were responsible for Hitler’s dash for power, as well as the main beneficiaries of his conquests, they were the 100% owners of IG Auschwitz, the largest industrial complex outside Germany. The concentration camp Auschwitz was a forced labour camp for this company. IG Farben Board member, Fritz ter Meer testified during the Nuremberg trials that “There was no harm done to the prisoners, because they were to be killed anyway.” He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for “slavery and looting.” He was released in 1952. From 1956-1964 he was the chairman of the board of Bayer AG. In 1962 he was one of the architects of the Codex Alimentarius commission which is sponsored by the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Codex Alimentarius Commission wants to BAN all current over the counter sales of herbs, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and all other supplements. The pharmaceutical companies are planning a global takeover of the vitamin-herb industry, and within a few short years, they will have succeeded by pushing competitors out of the field. They are planning to do it very quietly and carefully through GATT and the Codex Commission. Will our lives and health be sacrificed again for profits, and control?
 
Dr. M. Scott Peck wrote:

I defined evil as 'the exercise of political power that is the imposition of one's will upon others by overt or covert coercion in order to avoid...spiritual growth.



(1) Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies, and Global Economics
(2) from The United States of Oil by Damien Caveli (among others)
(3) Dollars for Terror - The United States and Islam, Labeviere, Algora Publishing, New York, 2000
(4) See The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence (ISI) in the September 11 Attacks by Michel Chossudovsky
(5) See Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch to get more information on the W.T.O. and regional trade pacts which are advancing the W.T.O. agenda.
(6) Associated Press, Hong Kong, October 29, 2002
(7) The Enron-Cheney-Taliban Connection? by Ron Callari, Albion Monitor, February 28, 2002
(8) No War Against Afghanistan!by Francis Boyle
(9) The Best Democracy Money Can Buy by Greg Palast
(10) The Model Emergency Health Powers Act Threatens Health and Democracy, California Bill 1763 is challenged March 21, 2002
(11) A Career In Microbiology Can Be Harmful To Your Health by Michael Davidson and Michael Ruppert
(12) US GAO TO REPORT ON LABORATORY BIRTH OF AIDS by Dr. Boyd E. Graves
(13) Bayer... knowingly selling HIV-tainted Blood to Hemphiliacs murdering thousands.
(14) The Pharmaceutical Republic of Germany -- From "Arbeit mach frei" to "Codex Alimentarius"