re posted from Truepublica.org.uk
UK Propaganda Machine – Suppressing the Masses, Manipulating Minds
The world of television and modern media has become a tool of de-evolution, propaganda, social control and the manufacture of public opinion. Since the beginning of modern communication systems, nearly unlimited resources have been applied to understanding how to manipulate the human psyche through television and other forms of mass media.
Indeed, what we have witnessed since the Edward Snowden leaks has not only been enlightening but frightening. A clear example of this would be the UK’s law enforcement infrastructure and surveillance agencies such as GCHQ engaged in manipulating public opinion via the internet, particularly social media, new documents reveal.
According to the Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman, particularly revealing is a 42-page report document entitled ‘Behavioral Science Support for JTRIG’s Effects and Online HUMINT [Human Intelligence] Operations’ and detailing JTRIG’s activities. Read his latest update on this report HERE.
Among them is “Providing spoof online resources such as magazines and books that provide inaccurate information (to disrupt, delay, deceive, discredit, promote distrust, dissuade, deter or denigrade [sic]/degrade)”; “setting up spoof trade sites (or sellers) that may take customer’s money and/or send customers degraded or spoof products (to deny, disrupt, degrade/denigrade[sic], delay, deceive, discredit, dissuade or deter”; “sending spoof e-mails and text messages from a fake person or mimicking a real person (to discredit, promote distrust dissuade, deceive, deter, delay or disrupt.”
The report states that the surveillance unit “currently collaborates with other agencies,” including the Metropolitan police, Security Service (MI5), Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Border Agency, Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and National Public Order and Intelligence Unit (NPOIU).
What we have today is an increasingly sophisticated full-spectrum assault on free will and psychological well-being, and we have come to a point where it is no longer even necessary for media institutions to attempt to hide their blatant work of manipulating public opinion, manufacturing consent, and creating winners and losers in the minds of the already brain-washed public.
Government social policies are in danger of generating a class war between the “squeezed middle” and people on the lowest incomes. The most vulnerable are the new scapegoats. The vested interests of corporations and the mega-wealthy distract these class groups away from the real reasons of why crippling austerity is imposed and state assets built up over the generations are being looted. The propaganda system that has created a permanent overclass is decades in the making.
The BBC was accused of “horrendous bias” in its reporting of the Scottish independence referendum. Political impartiality was resigned to the waste basket, household businesses were coerced into backing a NO vote. The public were threatened with increased interest rates by the Bank of England and UK banks more widely. All of this was a co-ordinated attack on democracy to change public opinion to suit the political elite and the organisations that own them.
Chomsky warned that major Western media companies deliberately work to manipulate people’s consciousness and spread propaganda, organizing the habits and opinions of the masses.
“Media creates artificial wants, atomizes people and separates them from one another, making sure regular folks don’t disturb political elites. Major media corporations turn people “into isolated atoms of consumption, obedient, having the ‘right’ opinions which don’t bother political elites,” Chomsky said.
That’s the true agenda of media conglomerates, which spend huge amounts of money on manipulating people’s minds, the Professor told Sputnik.
“When media and modern technology get into the hands of wrong people — private tyrannies or totalitarian states — it can become a dangerous tool for suppressing the masses and serving the interests of the few governing elites“, Chomsky said.
Nowhere has this been demonstrated to such as extent in modern times as the War on Iraq and the War on Terror.
The toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003 saw Iraq’s media sector shift from a handful of state-run media outlets that served as propaganda machines, to a vast array of Iraqi-owned newspapers, radio stations and television channels which are being fervently produced and avidly consumed nationally, many involved in manufacturing consent for its traumatised citizens.
Back home we saw Tony Blair fail to get consent to invade a sovereign nation and so false evidence was manufactured and then manipulated to garner public opinion and political consent that to this day almost everyone remains deeply suspicious of.
So suspicious that David Cameron has been accused of blocking the inquiry set up to tell the truth about the war in Iraq, even though he has publicly stated the opposite. The important pieces of information here are the records of conversations between then prime minister and US president George Bush, in the run up to the war on Iraq.
These records have been demanded repeatedly by the Chilcot inquiry, set up when Gordon Brown was prime minister, back in 2009. Chilcot said then that his inquiry would take a year and a half, or maybe a bit longer. But now its publication date has been pushed back every year since. The idea by the political class is that the evidence is so damning that it tars all political parties with the same blood-soaked brush. The longer it takes to publish, the less the political fall-out.
Chilcot’s final report will not name anyone who has been sent details of the accusations against them in the report as part of the controversial Maxwellisation process. The news will raise fears of a Whitewash because civil servants and ministers accused of wrong-doing will be able to persuade Chilcot to remove their details in secret and never be named. The language will be important – a whitewash it will be.
Revealing, is that scores of former ministers and officials have been offered free legal advice during the Maxwellisation process about how to formulate their answers – public money used to shift blame from public figures guilty of the creation of disinformation and propaganda to deceive the public into the illegal killing of well over a million innocent people.
In fact, it is now known that the Iraq war has left not only one million civilians dead, but also created 5 million orphans, a million widows with almost no survival resources and nearly 5 million displaced. This shocking human disaster is blatantly covered up in the mainstream press as the west continues its never ending war in the region on a raft of lies.
The US and UK are lining up Syria and then the ultimate goal, Iran. David Cameron has already lied about secret operations in Syria, only this time using omission as the deception tactic. The UK is illegally bombing Syria and has ‘boots on the ground‘. He has no mandate, political or public, in fact, quite the opposite, but just went ahead anyway. Not the actions of a democratic leader but an authoritarian one. One who cares nothing for a democratic process, 800 years in construction since Magna Carta.
Suppressing the masses and manipulating minds will be conducted through a continual process of ever more sophisticated state sponsored misinformation, disinformation and propaganda campaigns. And the UK and US leads the charge in its rapacious and agregious desire to secure unlimited resources for the few, forget the many.