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50 False News Stories By Bush Propaganda Machine



50 False News Stories By Bush Propaganda Machine
A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods

http://www.earthisland.org/project/newsPage2.cfm?news ID=491&pageID=177&subSiteID=44

 

Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.) has identified 50 false news stories created and leaked by a secretive White House propaganda apparatus.
Bush administration officials are probably having second thoughts about their decision to play hardball with former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Joe Wilson is a contender. When you play hardball with Joe, you better be prepared to deal with some serious rebound.
 
After Wilson wrote a critically timed New York Times essay exposing as false George W. Bush's claim that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger, high officials in the White House contacted several Washington reporters and leaked the news that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent.
 
Wilson isn't waiting for George W. Bush to hand over the perp. In mid-October, the former ambassador began passing copies of an embarrassing internal report to reporters across the US. The-Edge has received copies of this document.
 
The 56-page investigation was assembled by USAF Colonel (Ret.) Sam Gardiner. "Truth from These Podia: Summary of a Study of Strategic Influence, Perception Management, Strategic Information Warfare and Strategic Psychological Operations in Gulf II" identifies more than 50 stories about the Iraq war that were faked by government propaganda artists in a covert campaign to "market" the military invasion of Iraq.
 
Gardiner has credentials. He has taught at the National War College, the Air War College and the Naval Warfare College and was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College.
 
According to Gardiner, "It was not bad intelligence" that lead to the quagmire in Iraq, "It was an orchestrated effort [that] began before the war" that was designed to mislead the public and the world. Gardiner's research lead him to conclude that the US and Britain had conspired at the highest levels to plant "stories of strategic influence" that were known to be false.
 
The Times of London described the $200-million-plus US operation as a "meticulously planned strategy to persuade the public, the Congress, and the allies of the need to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein."
 
The multimillion-dollar propaganda campaign run out of the White House and Defense Department was, in Gardiner's final assessment "irresponsible in parts" and "might have been illegal."
 
"Washington and London did not trust the peoples of their democracies to come to the right decisions," Gardiner explains. Consequently, "Truth became a casualty. When truth is a casualty, democracy receives collateral damage." For the first time in US history, "we allowed strategic psychological operations to become part of public affairs... [W]hat has happened is that information warfare, strategic influence, [and] strategic psychological operations pushed their way into the important process of informing the peoples of our two democracies."
 
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced plans to create an Office of Strategic Influence early in 2002. At the same time British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Strategy Director Alastair Campbell was setting up an identical operation in London.
 
As soon as Pvt. Jessica Lynch was airlifted from her hospital bed, the first call from her "rescue team" went, not to military officials but to Jim Wilkinson, the White House's top propaganda official stationed in Iraq.
White House critics were quick to recognize that "strategic influence" was a euphemism for disinformation. Rumsfeld had proposed establishing the country's first Ministry of Propaganda.
 
The criticism was so severe that the White House backed away from the plan. But on November 18, several months after the furor had died down, Rumsfeld arrogantly announced that he had not been deterred. "If you want to savage this thing, fine: I'll give you the corpse. There's the name. You can have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done -- and I have."
 
Gardiner's dogged research identified a long list of stories that passed through Rumsfeld's propaganda mill. According to Gardiner, "there were over 50 stories manufactured or at least engineered that distorted the picture of Gulf II for the American and British people." Those stories include:
 
  • The link between terrorism, Iraq and 9/11
  • Iraqi agents meeting with 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta
  • Iraq's possession of chemical and biological weapons.
  • Iraq's purchase of nuclear materials from Niger.
  • Saddam Hussein's development of nuclear weapons.
  • Aluminum tubes for nuclear weapons
  • The existence of Iraqi drones, WMD cluster bombs and Scud missiles.
  • Iraq's threat to target the US with cyber warfare attacks.
  • The rescue of Pvt. Jessica Lynch.
  • The surrender of a 5,000-man Iraqi brigade.
  • Iraq executing Coalition POWs.
  • Iraqi soldiers dressing in US and UK uniforms to commit atrocities.
  • The exact location of WMD facilities
  • WMDs moved to Syria.
 
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Controlling The News: In-House Memos on Television And Print Media News Presentations

"...During the middle of March, 2003, tbrnews received an email from a man who claimed to be a mid-level executive with a major American television network. He stated in this, and subsequent, emails that he was in possession of “thousands” of pages of in-house memos sent from his corporate headquarters in New York City to the head of the network’s television news department. He went on to say that these memos set forth directives about what material was, and was not, to be aired on the various outlets of the network.


a few quotes from the memos:

This individual claimed he was developing serious doubts about the strict control of media events and decided that he would pass this material along to someone who might make use of it...".

(October 12) Apparently, SARS is expected to return with the flu season. No vaccine available so any reporting on this is to be very circumspect. The key word here is “pneumonia” and not SARS…

(October 14) We expect an official release about “large shipments” of Iraqi oil in the near future. Ain’t happening men. Our vehicles can’t even get enough gas there and, believe it or not, their fuel has to be imported from the US!…the sad arrival of dead military personnel at Dover is a thing of the past. Strictly forbidden to comment on or attempt to photograph arriving aircraft with the dead…the higher death tolls are redacted for the time being (waiting for after the elections? Hum?)

(March 19) No mention, repeat, no mention, of Palestinian suicide bombers during the Iraqi operation….

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Politics: America's Latest Spectator Sport

 

Charlotte Iserbyt

February 1, 2003

NewsWithViews.com

Americans are accustomed to sitting in front of "the box" and watching sitcoms or their favorite team vanquish its opponent. Recently it seems to this reader that they have added another sport to their list for viewing: POLITICS. They sit watching the nightly news and CNN's drumbeat to go to war, and they munch away on their high carb addictions and consume their favorite beverage as the agenda for the take over of their country passes by on the screen, clearly spelling out a "real agenda" which carries with it a totalitarian system of government being implemented in their back yard.

How much longer will Americans consider POLITICS a spectator sport? How much longer will they play the part of spectator to the following agenda being played out in their back yards?

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Dear Rabbi David - My latest thoughts on THE JEWISH PROBLEM


I am forwarding this to others in the hope of fostering a better understanding between Christians; Jews and Muslims, as I have done in compiling "The King of kings' Bible" that includes the Tanach Old Testament/ Covenant; the New Testament/Covenant and the Koran all for the first time ever correctly interpreted and in perfect harmony, cross-referenced with each other and with explanatory notes:-


Let's all hope that David takes heed and works towards educating his Jewish people about the traitors in their midst as Benjamin Freedman so courageously did.


Peace be upon you,


JAH.


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From: BobfromMichigan2 [at] aol [dot] com

To: Eid111 [at] aol [dot] com

Subject: Dear Rabbi David - My latest thoughts on THE JEWISH PROBLEM

Date: Mon, Oct 13, 2003, 7:20 am


Dear Rabbi David Eidensohn, 'Eid111 [at] aol [dot] com' '

 

I want you to know me, understand me. I am a softie who weeps easily at maudlin plots in old fashioned clean movies. I have not been in a fight that I can remember in my entire life. I was the stereotypical 98 pound weakling in High School. I am not now and never have been violent or mean. However, as a teen I sought approval from a peer group that led me into a life of hedonism, womanizing, drinking and partying. I continued this debauched existence until in my late 20's when by the grace of God I went to a church and heard a sermon and then and there I prayed for forgiveness for my sins. My life was changed forever. I began to clean up and live a good life.

However as the years passed I became more and more interested in the political issues of our time that the Christian Right commonly supports and opposes. Then I began to notice that the men sitting on the opposite side of the issue were very often Jewish, aka, an ACLU Jew, or Jewish money, Hollywood Jews, gun hating Jews, fag loving Jews, abortion loving Jews, etc.

Rabbi, I grew up in a home where I never, never, ever heard the word "JEW" not one time in my entire upbringing. My dad was a pharmacist, an educated man and a good provider.

No one in my family was anti-semitic in the least and of course neither was I.

Rabbi, I am not a natural born hater. I do not hate now. If you will listen closely you wil see that I am just crying out for help in the only way I know how to do it.

I am crying out to as many people as possible using every avenue I can find such as my local public access TV show, alerting my co-workers, alerting my fellow church members and using my 1600 email address email list on the Internet to expose the wickedness of these leftwing Jews and the damage they are doing to America.

I am trying to let everyone I can know about what the Jews are doing to destroy the lives of millions of young people, harming our young people, destroying them with non-stop SEX, SEX, SEX and Hollywood Movie and Television filth.

Fast forward into trouble

Four years ago, Bhutan, the fabled Himalayan Shangri-la, became the last nation on earth to introduce television. Suddenly a culture, barely changed in centuries, was bombarded by 46 cable channels. And all too soon came Bhutan's first crime wave - murder, fraud, drug offences. Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy report from a country crash-landing in the 21st century

http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,975769,00.html

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CNN using 1991 footage of Palestinians celebrating the invasion

 

According to http://www.snopes.com/rumors/cnn.htm the claims below have later been proven false and the person who made the claim quoted above has since recanted.

 

By Márcio A. V. Carvalho - Brazil

All around the world we are subjected to 3 or 4 huge news distributors, and one of them - as you well know - is CNN. Very well, I guess all of you have been seeing (just as I've been) images from this company. In particular, one set of images called my attention: the Palestinians celebrating the bombing, out on the streets, eating some cake and making funny faces for the camera.

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Television: opiate of the masses.

"T.V.
It satellite links
Our United States of Unconsciousness
Apathetic therapeutic and extremely addictive
The methadone metronome pumping out
150 channels 24 hours a day
You can flip through all of them
And still there's nothing worth watching
"
- Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Television, Drug of a Nation

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Scripts can often be the first casualty in Hollywood's theatre of war

Top Gun versus Sergeant Bilko? No contest, says the Pentagon.

Scripts can often be the first casualty in Hollywood's theatre of war.

By Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles

Wednesday August 29, 2001.

Hollywood film-makers have frequently changed plot lines, altered history and amended scripts at the request of the Pentagon, according to recently released military documents. Producers and directors have often agreed to changes in order to gain access to expensive military hardware or to be able to film on military property. On many occasions films have been changed so that the US armed forces are shown in a more heroic fashion. Film companies agree to the changes because doing so saves them millions in production costs. If film-makers do not agree to alterations, assistance is withheld. Among films that have been given approval and help by the Pentagon are Armageddon, Air Force One, The Jackal, Pearl Harbour and Top Gun. Those that have failed the test include Forrest Gump, Mars Attacks!, The Thin Red Line, Apocalypse Now, Sgt Bilko, Platoon and Independence Day.

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Television - The Hidden Picture

By Rixon Stewart 2-11-2

The old line about British television being the best in the world is a debateable one. What is beyond dispute though is the fact that Britons are a nation of TV addicts and with the advent of cable and satellite TV that trend is likely to continue. Whether or not that is a good thing is another matter entirely. For its influence could literally be described as deadening, as a growing amount of scientific evidence would seem to indicate. But don,t expect to hear that from the mainstream media, particularly television; there is simply too much at stake here, politically and economically, for what follows to become more widely known.

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The Frightening Inhumanity of Modern American Culture

I have been talking to a lot of ordinary people these days about the upcoming invasion of Iraq by the US government. The responses to my comments by my non-political friends, work colleagues and acquaintances have been strange and frightening.
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