This week’s reveals about the Deep State’s info ops

Summary: It has been a big week for America, with big reveals showing how the Deep State manipulates the news – and our view of the world. Of course this has not been reported by the major news media.

Ministry of Propaganda

I grow increasingly worried that Americans are enmeshed in systems that mold our understanding of the world. Systems that are omnipresent, invincible (beyond question), and invisible. I have written scores of posts about this during the past 15 years. This has become more obvious each year, for those who care to see. This year has been especially rich in revelations about these systems.

Revelations: Wikipedia is an arm of the Deep State

The story has evolved as more information emerged. These provide ample evidence – hard evidence – of Wikiquote’s malicious support of the Deep State. If so, what other organizations conduct similar operations? Do Google, Facebook, Twitter? I recommend starting with one of the last two articles.

Wikipedia is useful for information about non-controversial subjects and most useful as a source of links (the footnotes are more valuable than the entries). That is how it is used on the FM website.

Update about Wikipedia’s efforts to hid the “Philip Cross” program.

RussiaGate provides a window into the Deep State

On May 9 the WaPo published what they were told by government officials, in their usual role as highly paid stenographers.

“Information being sought by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes could endanger a top-secret intelligence source. Top White House officials, with the assent of President Trump, agreed to back the decision to withhold the information. They were persuaded that turning over Justice Department documents could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI, according to multiple people familiar with the discussion and the person’s role.”

Congress pushed to learn the name of the Deep State’s informant in the Trump campaign, under well-established procedures to maintain secrecy. In response, government officials leaked stories to the WaPo and NYT. These gave sufficient information to identify the informant as Stefan Halper – who had been identified as the informant by Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller on March 25.

Halper has had a typical career in senior national security posts in the Nixon and Reagan administrations and maintained a long relationship with the CIA, ending with placement in a senior corporate job (chairman and majority shareholder of the Palmer National Bank of Washington, D.C., which moved money for Oliver North’s ops). He was identified in 1983 as running the op with former CIA agents to spy on Carter for Reagan’s 1980 Presidential election campaign (NYT, UPI). The US government paid him over a million dollars for classified work from 2012 – 2017. Was any of this for his spying on the Trump campaign staff?

If the informant is Halper, as the NYT and WaPo imply, that means the dire warnings about the consequences of revealing his name were lies. Halper was not a secret agent, nor is there any visible reason that more revelations of his activities would put his life at risk.

The “people will die if you learn our secrets” gag has been frequently used since 9/11. It has repeatedly been proven false. But we believe it every time, so count on seeing it again.

Like most of the RussiaGate tale, the Harper story consists of lies by the Deep State and their allies, facilitated by the credulous stories in the major new media. Glen Greenwald tells the story of the dark and duplicitous manipulation of the American people. I strongly recommend that you read it.

More examples of the strange stories told us, forgotten when proven false

The Skripal Case Is Being Pushed Down The Memory Hole With Libya And Aleppo” by Caitlin Johnstone. Her conclusion …

“Time and time again, we’re fed these deceitful narratives to manufacture support for the agendas of the western war machine, and when the truth begins to surface that we were lied to once again, the news churn moves on and we’re distracted with something else as the old narrative is shuffled back beyond the reach of memory. Maybe a year or two later we wonder to ourselves “I wonder what ever happened with that major news story? I should google it,” but nothing comes up and most of us shrug and move on. …

“But we won’t let them forget. We won’t let the world forget that these steadily increasing imperialist escalations against Russia and its allies were given a hefty bump by lies about what happened in Salisbury. There are plenty of people on alternative media like me who will keep pointing at that big dark hole of unanswered questions and yelling ‘Hey! What about all those lies you guys told us about the Skripals?'”

Conclusions

The bad news is that US government officials often lie to us about matters of great importance. See The Big List of Lies for examples (post it everywhere to change America).

The worse news is that many of our factional disputes are fed by lies by our rulers. These keep us ignorant and divided, and so easily ruled. Reform is impossible until we learn skepticism. See the posts about this, one of our most urgent national needs.

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  1. What Trump told Russia, why it matters, and why journalists ignore the smartest man in Washington.
  2. Trump and the Democrats stumble into a ‘Wilderness of Mirrors’.
  3. Debunking the Reality Winner leak about Russia hacking the election.
  4. The verdict on the stories of Russian hacking in the 2016 election.
  5. The WaPo strikes another blow for the Deep State against Russia.
  6. A review of Russiagate, its propaganda and hysteria.
  7. Secrets untold about the DNC hack, the core of RussiaGate.
  8. The exposés in the Nunes memo: big, but not as advertised.
  9. Debunking RussiaGate, attempts to stop the new Cold War.
  10. The secrets of RussiaGate, and what it all means.
  11. RussiaGate: fragments of a story large beyond imagining.

13 thoughts on “This week’s reveals about the Deep State’s info ops

  1. Nowadays I watch/read news to reverse engineer the truth assuming they are lying. The royal wedding and Real Madrid winning the euro basket championship last night are the only real news.

    1. Fern,

      “I watch/read news to reverse engineer the truth assuming they are lying.”

      It was always so. In the early 18th century Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, was a professional political writer. He read several newspapers every day — ones with different allegiances — so he piece together an accurate picture of events. American’s expectations that they can read accurate and unbiased news is a delusions. Until you get to Heaven. But I doubt there is much news in Heaven.

      “‘People seldom report facts wrong. What they distort is their relationship to the facts. It’s possible to describe the charge of the Light Brigade whether you were on the leading charger or at the other end of the valley brewing up tea.”
      — From Len Deighton’s great cold war spy novel, Funeral in Berlin.

  2. Did you mean to type wiki leaks in that one sentence in the third paragraph? I think you meant Wikipedia.

    1. Mandy,

      Great catch! Fixed!

      The debate about Wikileaks is similar to that about Wikipedia, but distinct from it.

  3. I saw this article just before reading your. It involve the Iran Nuclear Affair along with The Deep State and a coup against Trump. I don’t think I have seen the Iran episode mentioned specifically in this context before. Do you see this as credible? Thanks for this fine article.

  4. I read your links to Craig Murray with interest and found them quaint in their naivety. They are surprised and shocked that there should be someone out there trying to manipulate, massage and shape public perceptions. That someone would deliberately try to tarnish their image and remove their picture.
    What they don’t realize is that every military intelligence in the world spends vast amounts of money and devotes increasing assets towards shaping the narrative.
    Imagine if the war-mongers as opposed to the antiwar groups; those who earn their daily bread through promoting war; perceived Craig Murray as a real threat to their livelihood?
    Imagine an organism with unlimited funds, unlimited resources and no moral and ethical restraints going out to ensnare and compromise an individual: Is it any wonder that the CIA is involved in porn sites, who logs in, what they watch, pedophile sites, who subscribes (combine this with the ability to access bank details through the three financial transfer hubs)… honey traps, using every avenue including massage parlors, escort agencies and more wherever the worlds elite congregate. Davos, trade fares, military equipment shows…
    You don’t have to be bright to realize that there is a war on to control the narrative and what better way to do that than to control the source of the narrative?
    Media, activists, politicians, military commanders all come under scrutiny. How many of our media folk are earning a second salary, hiding something grubby, compromised in one form another?
    Imagine the Chinese and Russians fishing through lists of who may run for high office in America Britain, and the EU? Do you imagine that the US does not do the same or more?
    How many politicians suddenly vote out of character at key moments on issues vital?
    When one realizes that the stakes are high then it becomes obvious that what we see is minute compared to what is actually playing out in the dark. Wikipedia, the tip of the iceberg in deep dark water.

    1. 7zander,

      “What they don’t realize is that every military intelligence in the world spends vast amounts of money and devotes increasing assets towards shaping the narrative.”

      Not so. Most of the world’s military services have small budgets and are closely supervised (because of the danger of coupes and their ability to start wars unwanted by civilian leaders). Even the Soviet Union’s military, much larger than Russia’s, was closely supervised — with political officers at every level to keep the officers on a leash.

      America is exceptional.

    2. Do you believe what you write?
      Just because there is supervision does not mean that vast resources are not employed. Do you imagine that the Chines or Israeli budget for interrogating the internet is expanding or decreasing.
      Do you think that the Russians are sitting on their hands when it comes to trying to sell their narrative?

    3. 7Znder,

      “Do you imagine that the Chines or Israeli budget”

      Do you look at the data about military spending? Israel has the world’s second largest military spending as a percent of GDP — over 5%, where as the average is under 1%. China has the world’s second largest economy. Neither is remotely typical of the world.

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