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I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.
~ Byrd’s 1944 note to to Sen. Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi, about the move to integrate the armed services.
The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
To ensure survival, oppressive governments purposefully shape, distort, and conceal potentially damaging information. Public perception must be craftily managed, lest the house of cards collapse due to the implosive effect of exposure. The free-flow of information, particularly the sort divulging deep-seated political corruption and large-scale government illegality, would spark intense moral outrage leading to pesky legislative hearings, lost elections, criminal trials, impeachment proceedings, etc.
An oppressive government wishing to obscure its anti-democratic hubris, must taint the jury pool to avoid conviction in the court of public opinion. The following article is demonstrative of the methods and tactics employed by rogue governmental factions of the mistakenly labeled freest country on the face of the Earth to co-opt and marginalize information that is deemed too dangerous for public consumption.
From the Raw Story article “Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration of 9/11 conspiracy groups”:
President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11. Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups.
Sunstein’s article, published in the Journal of Political Philosphy in 2008 and recently uncovered by blogger Marc Estrin, states that “our primary claim is that conspiracy theories typically stem not from irrationality or mental illness of any kind but from a ‘crippled epistemology,’ in the form of a sharply limited number of (relevant) informational sources.”
In Cass Sunstein’s view, those who have a healthy functioning epistemology obtain their news and information from government-approved mainstream media sources. Surely Sunstein is aware of the U.S. government’s long history of co-opting journalists and infiltrating news organizations to ensure favorable reporting (see Carl Bernstein’s 1977 Rolling Stone article The CIA and the Media and Alex Constantine’s article Mockingbird: The Subversion of the Free Press by the CIA). Former CIA Director William Colby boasted that “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” The Pentagon pundit scandal (also referred to as “psy-ops on steroids”) is a recent example of the U.S. government shaping public perception through the recruitment of active and retired members of the military to sell the Iraq war to the American people through the MSM.
Those suffering from Sunstein’s diagnosis of “crippled epistemology” are merely individuals who obtain news and information from sources outside of the government’s long arm of control. From the government’s perspective, there is a risk that increasing numbers of citizens will resort to unapproved news outlets to feather their reality nests. When a critical mass of those who reject the state-engineered MSM corporate propaganda is reached, the state’s fragile body of lies is placed under heightened scrutiny.
Sunstein, whose article focuses largely on the 9/11 conspiracy theories, suggests that the government “enlist nongovernmental officials in the effort to rebut the theories. It might ensure that credible independent experts offer the rebuttal, rather than government officials themselves. There is a tradeoff between credibility and control, however. The price of credibility is that government cannot be seen to control the independent experts.” [see Pentagon pundit scandal (also referred to as “psy-ops on steroids.”]
Sunstein argued that “government might undertake (legal) tactics for breaking up the tight cognitive clusters of extremist theories.” He suggested that “government agents (and their allies) might enter chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine percolating conspiracy theories by raising doubts about their factual premises, causal logic or implications for political action.”
Truth has a remarkably tenacious nature, and as a result, is quite difficult to suppress. Therefore, the malefactors promoting the deception must employ a variety of obfuscation tactics to derail attempts to bring their activities into the light. Through the use of agent provocateurs, the limited hang-out, ad hominem attacks, mis-info and dis-info campaigns, appeals to authority, and other deceptive tactics, the typical citizen is unlikely to question the architecture of his externally designed reality tunnel.
The controllers are well aware that perceptions are malleable. Deference to authority is deeply ingrained through social conditioning and the subconscious desire for a strong unyielding leader. In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler expressed the propaganda power of the “big lie”:
[T]he broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata 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.
The “big lie” is inconceivable to the average bloke whose daily life is rife with the telling of little white lies. Due to their ubiquity, these falsehoods of little import merely grease the wheels of social interaction, and as a result, are bandied about with minimal contemplation. The “big lie” requires not only more devious preparation, but also acts as a guilt-filled anchor continually punishing its purveyor. Governments and psychopaths have a distinct advantage in that they possess no conscience in need of assuagement.
Sunstein “wants to hold blogs and web hosting services accountable for the remarks of commenters on websites while altering libel laws to make it easier to sue for spreading ‘rumors,'” wrote Ed Lasky at American Thinker.
In other words, if your conspiracy-busting, divide-and-conquer, dis-info strategy fails to stem the flow of damaging information, you can always wage war against the First Amendment. Advocating an end-run around the First Amendment through legislative and/or judicial modification of defamation law would surely obtain the intended chilling effect on free speech, but at what cost? As a Constitutional law professor, surely Cass Sunstein understands the sanctity and the necessity of free speech in a democratic society. But then again, if we are to take him at his word, his allegiance must surely lie elsewhere.
If you don’t have this freedom of the press, then all these little fellows are weaseling around and doing their monkey business and they never get caught ~ Judge Harold R. Medina
Axelrod really wanted me to do this on teleprompter — but I told him I’m much better when I wing it. … I know these evenings run long, so I’m going to be brief. Talk about the audacity of hope. … President Obama does send his greetings, though. He can’t be here tonight — because he’s busy getting ready for Easter. (Whisper) He thinks it’s about him. …
We are now two months into the Obama-Biden administration and the President and I have become extremely close. To give you an idea of how close we are, he told me that next year — maybe, just maybe — he’s going to give me his blackberry email address. … But the Obama Administration really is a good team. I am the experienced veteran. Rahm can be an enforcer. And Tim Geithner is always there when you need to borrow money. And no questions asked.
You know, I never realized just how much power Dick Cheney had until my first day on the job. I walked into my office, and you know how the outgoing president always leaves the incoming president a note in his desk? I opened my drawer and Dick Cheney had left me Barack Obama’s birth certificate. … (source)
A few of questions come to mind after reading the above headline:
1. Why is Blagojevich’s taint chasing the president-elect?
2. What are the consequences of being captured by the hairy taint of a corrupt, Serbian, Charles Bronson wanna-be?
3. Is this some kind of euphemism for dirty Chicago politician sex-play?
In a desperate attempt to elude Blago’s heinous taint, Obama proffers a hasty denial concerning their Illinois senate seat replacement discussions. “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.” The taint closes in with the revelation by David Axelrod (Obama’s Brain and primary handler) that “I know he’s talked to the governor, and there are a whole range of names, many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them”. The tainted plot thickens.
My objections to the war in Iraq were not simply a speech… I was one of the most vocal opponents of the war ~ Barack Obama
For many Americans, the election of Barack Obama signifies a forthcoming era of hope, change, and principled foreign policy – a repudiation of Bush’s imperialistic cowboy diplomacy. It is a bit too early to divine Obama’s intended positions on preemptive war, and the ongoing military occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Nonetheless, Obama’s selection of Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D, Il) as White House Chief of Staff is indicative of the pro-war direction of the new administration.
Rahm Emanuel’s ranking position in the bipartisan war party may come as bit of a shock to those expecting a dovish foreign policy in the new administration. As chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Emanuel did his best to ensure that 2006 democratic candidates in key toss-up house races were pro-war (20 out of 22 candidates, or 91%). When asked by Tim Russert in 2005 if he would have voted on the bill authorizing the invasion of Iraq knowing that there were no weapons of mass destruction, Emanuel answered yes. A clause inside a military appropriations bill requiring a vote of Congress before an attack on Iran was deleted at the insistence of Emanuel.
Rhambo probably got his war-mongering inclinations from his daddy. Benjamin Emanuel was a member of the Zionist terror organization Irgun which launched bloody attacks against civilians, Arabs, and the British from 1931 to 1948. In 1991, imbibed with war lust stoked by the the first Iraqi War, Emanuel volunteered for service in the Israeli Defense Forces. Although Emanuel settled for the life of the pol over the soldier, he got a chance to act out his violent fantasies through a bit of dinner table mutilation.
There’s the story of how, the night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting ‘Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!’ and plunging the knife into the table after every name. ‘When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,’ one campaign veteran recalls. ‘It was like something out of The Godfather.'(source)
Here are a couple of planks in Emanuel’s “War on terror” strategy from the book he coauthored, The Plan: Big Ideas for America.
We need to fortify the military’s “thin green line” around the world by adding to the U.S. Special Forces and the Marines, and by expanding the U.S. army by 100,000 more troops. Finally we must protect our homeland and civil liberties by creating a new domestic counterterrorism force like Britain’s MI5
The U.S. military budget is almost as much as the rest of the world’s defense spending combined (8 times that of China). The U.S. has 1.4 million people on active military duty (an additional 848,056 in reserves). There are over 290 thousand troops in 820 installations in at least 39 countries. What exactly does Emanuel have in mind for these new troops? Do we not have enough G.I.s (government issues) to forcibly institute democracy in the lands of the freedom-loathing enemies of the U.S. hyper-power hegemony?
Obama recently made mention of Emanuel’s “new domestic counterterrorism force.” Do we really want to model a domestic spy agency on the MI5, who have dossiers on 1 out of every 160 British adults? Lessons from the flagrant abuses of Bush’s intelligence and law enforcement operatives should alone be enough to scuttle this horrible plan. I imagine that Rahm and Co. will need plenty of intel to discredit those pesky anti-war dissenters. Think of it as the kinder gentler COINTELPRO (without the kind and gentle part).
Obama was handed a clear mandate from the American people on Nov. 4th to restore competent and ethical leadership in the halls of the executive branch. The appointment of Rahm Emanuel reflects an intention to continue the disastrous pro-war foreign policies of the current administration. Stay tuned for the analysis of future cabinet appointees.
Why are we electing an Arab when we are at war with Iraq and Iran? Come on people. We are at war with the Middle East, but we want to elect a president with the name Barack HUSSEIN Obama…America is going to win. These colors don’t run ~Say-ra (intoxicated hillbilly woman)