A good short read on Mockingbirds....

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A good short read on Mockingbirds....

Postby medicis » Wed May 14, 2008 8:36 am

From OpEdNews... A nice succinct compilation of info on the Mockingbirds and a bit on Hollywood...

I know you know all of this, HMW, but I thought it was germane.



Distracted and Manipulated - Operation MOCKINGBIRD

Diary Entry by SuicideKings


The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA


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MOCKINGBIRD The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA
"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 (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)
As terrible as it is to live in a nation where the press in known to be controlled by the government, at least one has the advantage of knowing the bias is present, and to adjust for it. In the United States of America, we are taught from birth that our press is free from such government meddling. This is an insideous lie about the very nature of the news institution in this country. One that allows the government to lie to us while denying the very fact of the lie itself.


The Alex Constantine Article Tales from the Crypt

The Depraved Spies and Moguls

of the CIA's Operation MOCKINGBIRD

by Alex Constantine

Who Controls the Media?

Soulless corporations do, of course. Corporations with grinning,
double-breasted executives, interlocking directorates, labor squabbles
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 formerVillage 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 f__ind 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 tha__t "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 case
in 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 general
spookiness. 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 Seigel 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.
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Postby pepsified thinker » Wed May 14, 2008 12:59 pm

Thanks Medicis,

Good overview/history--fills in the blanks.

But also, can you say more about where it came from? I'm thrown off a bit by the different names/headlines, etc. at the top of it. It's something I could see my self passing along to others, so I want to know its provenance before putting myself behind it.
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Postby professorpan » Wed May 14, 2008 2:29 pm

Definitely an important piece of history -- thanks, medicis. There are undoubtedly still CIA and other intelligence agencies manipulating the news, but whether Mockingbird is still an active, named program is not clear. Regardless, government intelligence agencies have always had their hands in the media -- and they always will.

And while it is extremely important to understand this history, and to try to suss out Mockingbird-style manipulation in the current media, I think it's a mistake to assume that the CIA is wields all-powerful control over *all* media (as some, ahem, regulars on this board suggest). It's just as big a mistake to overstate the involvement as it is to deny it exists.
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Postby medicis » Wed May 14, 2008 8:39 pm

pepsified thinker wrote:Thanks Medicis,

Good overview/history--fills in the blanks.

But also, can you say more about where it came from? I'm thrown off a bit by the different names/headlines, etc. at the top of it. It's something I could see my self passing along to others, so I want to know its provenance before putting myself behind it.


This was an OpEdNews.com diary entry. I have emailed the author for a reference list and will send it on to you if he provides it.

But you can go to OpEdNews.com and see it in the Diaries list.
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Postby Hugh Manatee Wins » Thu May 15, 2008 2:47 am

professorpan wrote:.....
I think it's a mistake to assume that the CIA is wields all-powerful control over *all* media (as some, ahem, regulars on this board suggest).

Your usual totalist straw man you love to knock down to pose with an air of more-rational-than- thou, *all-powerful* and *all media.*

I see widespread and daily use of media for psy-ops purposes, not *all.*

It's just as big a mistake to overstate the involvement as it is to deny it exists.


That's illogical.
If you deny psyops exists, you accept things at face value. A terrible vulnerability.
If you "overstate the involvement," you encourage wary critical thinking about media at all times. As I do - encourage wary critical thinking, that is.

Besides knowing how to identify and recognize psy-ops and just seeing it, the logic of history indicates more USG control of media today than over thirty years ago back in 1975 when CIA Director Colby dumped Operation Mockingbird as one of the 'Family Jewels' in executive sessions of the Church Senate Committee hearings on CIA abuses.

The next CIA Director, George HW Bush, convinced Senator Frank Church to suppress information about Operation Mockingbird in the final report but this information was leaked to Carl Bernstein who wrote it up in October 1977.

Since these days at the end of the Vietnam era-
>news rooms have been purged of investigative journalists and whistleblowers
>media companies have merged to reduce the number from scores down to now just six
>the Reagan years saw a vigorous military-intelligence backlash against 'the sixties' along with measures taken to prevent any recurrence of urban uprisings plus now needing to market the volunteer draft
>a criminal class of spooks, corporateers, and media honchos have been working paw-in-glove ever since before the Reagan Wars Against the Peaceful Poor were put into motion
>social science in support of psy-ops has been going full-tilt ever since computers became a common tool in academia.
>the need for counterpropaganda to minimize the effect of hostile information has skyrocketed since the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Church + Pike committee hearings.

Since then we've had Jonestown, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, CIA Cocaine Coup in Bolivia, Klaus Barbie captured, CIA assassination manual, CIA psywar manual, IranContra, Irangate, Barry Seal, Oliver North, MKULTRA lawsuits, CIA cocaine trafficking, Oliver Stone's 'JFK,' Terry Reed-Mena Airport, 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' (Richard Case Nagell), evidence against the FBI for Martin Luther King's murder, THE INTERNET, ATF murders, WTC'93 cover-up, Waco, OKCity cover-up, TWA800 cover-up, NATO-Mujahadeen cover-up, 9/11, etc.

That's just a thumbnail sketch of why it is logical to expect that CIA control of media is much more prevalent than back in the days of the Church Committee hearings over thirty years ago.

It needs to be.
CIA runs mainstream media since WWII:
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Postby orz » Thu May 15, 2008 7:34 am

I see widespread and daily use of media for psy-ops purposes, not *all.*

But you undeniably do operate on a guilty until proved innocent (or usually not even then) system. It's not a 'straw man' so much as a slight generalisation of your views. You always assume any given thing is a psy-op first and then try and reverse-engineer some 'evidence' to fit your preconception.
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Postby orz » Thu May 15, 2008 7:36 am

Hugh Manatee Wins wrote:THE INTERNET
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Postby medicis » Thu May 15, 2008 9:20 am

I often imagine myself in a position of power, of control, when I try to figure out what the PTB are doing... what their strategies may be. So, if I were the Cardinal Richelieu of the secret government, how would I have expanded on the efforts to infiltrate and control media since around the time of the Church hearings back in the 70’s?

Well, given the vast amounts of money gone ‘missing’ from the Pentagon’s budgets and elsewhere, I would figure that just about ‘anything’ goes .. or could go. Thus, I would have developed many many ‘fingers’ of control and influence throughout the media industry. I would have tendrils of influence and manipulation within and permeating every major corporation involved in the media as well as many smaller ones... Because such control would be necessary for me, er.…, I mean the government to promulgate the propaganda required to thoroughly manipulate the populace in accord with my.… oops, there I go again, I mean the government’s goals for total hegemony and the authoritarian state.

I think that’s about where things are at the moment.
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Postby gnosticheresy_2 » Thu May 15, 2008 11:13 am

medicis wrote:Well, given the vast amounts of money gone ‘missing’ from the Pentagon’s budgets and elsewhere, I would figure that just about ‘anything’ goes .. or could go. Thus, I would have developed many many ‘fingers’ of control and influence throughout the media industry. I would have tendrils of influence and manipulation within and permeating every major corporation involved in the media as well as many smaller ones... Because such control would be necessary for me, er.…, I mean the government to promulgate the propaganda required to thoroughly manipulate the populace in accord with my.… oops, there I go again, I mean the government’s goals for total hegemony and the authoritarian state.

I think that’s about where things are at the moment.


Maybe, but longer term I would be trying to get things to the point where these news organisations and media outlets would be perpetuating these goals for me in such a manner that required little or no interference on my part. A culture change if you will, where journalists don't need to be fed disinformation to distract them from investigating my affairs too closely because it will simply never occur to them in the first place that they need to, where film scripts don't need to be passed to a dedicated (and expensive to run) psy-ops team because the the writers will already be pushing the desired messages of their own accord.
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Postby IanEye » Thu May 15, 2008 11:22 am

gnosticheresy_2 wrote:Maybe, but longer term I would be trying to get things to the point where these news organisations and media outlets would be perpetuating these goals for me in such a manner that required little or no interference on my part. A culture change if you will, where journalists don't need to be fed disinformation to distract them from investigating my affairs too closely because it will simply never occur to them in the first place that they need to, where film scripts don't need to be passed to a dedicated (and expensive to run) psy-ops team because the the writers will already be pushing the desired messages of their own accord.


indeed.
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Postby stickdog99 » Thu May 15, 2008 2:57 pm

gnosticheresy_2 wrote:
medicis wrote:Well, given the vast amounts of money gone ‘missing’ from the Pentagon’s budgets and elsewhere, I would figure that just about ‘anything’ goes .. or could go. Thus, I would have developed many many ‘fingers’ of control and influence throughout the media industry. I would have tendrils of influence and manipulation within and permeating every major corporation involved in the media as well as many smaller ones... Because such control would be necessary for me, er.…, I mean the government to promulgate the propaganda required to thoroughly manipulate the populace in accord with my.… oops, there I go again, I mean the government’s goals for total hegemony and the authoritarian state.

I think that’s about where things are at the moment.


Maybe, but longer term I would be trying to get things to the point where these news organisations and media outlets would be perpetuating these goals for me in such a manner that required little or no interference on my part. A culture change if you will, where journalists don't need to be fed disinformation to distract them from investigating my affairs too closely because it will simply never occur to them in the first place that they need to, where film scripts don't need to be passed to a dedicated (and expensive to run) psy-ops team because the the writers will already be pushing the desired messages of their own accord.

Exactly. I was just watching a TV show about a corrupt town in which the sheriff, mayor, DA and various other cohorts were conspiring to charge visitors with felonies to collect the inevitable plea bargain fines.

Having once lived in a town where this happened, the notable difference between the reality and the TV show was the level of direct control exhibited by the conspirators in the fictional representation. In real life, the DAs, PDs and cops were not "in on it." The cops were simply rewarded for aggressive enforcement of visitors. The police budget was increased when such enforcement effectively enriched local coffers. The PDs had every financial incentive to plea bargain because if they took too many cases to court, they knew that they would be fired as PDs. The DAs had every incentive to plea bargain to large fines because that's they way their careers advanced. Former DAs were the most sought after private defense lawyers because they could secure the lowest fines and punishments for their clients (largely offset by higher lawyers' fees, of course). And the judges came from the most successful of the pool of local lawyers who all implicitly knew how everyone's bread was buttered and hence tended to throw the book at any defender with the gall to waste the court's time with claims of innocence in view of the very "favorable" bargains the judges knew the defendants must have rejected.
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Postby Hugh Manatee Wins » Thu May 15, 2008 4:08 pm

gnosticheresy_2 wrote:.....
...longer term I would be trying to get things to the point where these news organisations and media outlets would be perpetuating these goals for me in such a manner that required little or no interference on my part.


This is the same goal for governing the general population but it doesn't logically lead to independent self-governance.

70 years or so into a psy-ops culture where information control is considered key to national security WILL produce more and more people safely conditioned to operate within power-safe guidelines.

We were raised in psy-ops culture.
Our parents were raised in psy-ops culture.
Our grandparents saw psy-ops culture take root just before WWII.

But ships must be steered despite their tendencies to go where pointed.
So it is with organizations.

Psy-ops is a military tactic and the military is a good analog. Soldiers do what they do willingly but there are generals planning strategy and battles and officers seeing that they are carried out as efficiently as possible.

A culture change if you will, where journalists don't need to be fed disinformation to distract them from investigating my affairs too closely because it will simply never occur to them in the first place that they need to, where film scripts don't need to be passed to a dedicated (and expensive to run) psy-ops team because the the writers will already be pushing the desired messages of their own accord.


Even military-intelligence is carefully fed disinformation to be taken in by analysts to give scenarios social affirmation in a process of covert script regeneration.

This is what ex-CIA whistleblowers like Ralph McGehee and John Stockwell have written about.

The stakes of information control as national security are way too high to leave as a self-guiding system. Daily news cycle management and monitoring and managing potential problems is basic counterinsurgency doctrine based on surveillance and as short a decision loop as possible to pre-empt trouble.

So despite the gradual increase of conditioned 'message force magnifiers' within controlled institutions there must planning, adaptation, and enforcement of policies.

The movie product hitting the cineplexes is becoming more and more hardcore psy-ops, not less. Of course genres have built in useful attributes but the names and other keywords and counterpropaganda meme-reversals in scripts are intentionally covert stuff from perps, not coincidences from conditioned dupes.

I just watched 'Moon Over Parador' from 1989.
The main character's name is a South American dictator named "Sims."

1989 was a year that Beth Sims was publishing information about CIA influence on labor unions that would become her 1991 book, 'Workers of the World Undermined: American Labor's Role in U.S. Foreign Policy'.
She is also part of an important FOIA case involving CIA, 'CIA vs Sims,' from 1985.

This...is not a coincidence. Many many movies are designed as counterpropaganda using keyword hijacking, meme-reversal inoculation theory, interference theory, negative framing of whistleblowers, and positive framing of cover stories.
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Postby professorpan » Thu May 15, 2008 4:33 pm

I just watched 'Moon Over Parador' from 1989.
The main character's name is a South American dictator named "Sims."

1989 was a year that Beth Sims was publishing information about CIA influence on labor unions that would become her 1991 book, 'Workers of the World Undermined: American Labor's Role in U.S. Foreign Policy'.
She is also part of an important FOIA case involving CIA, 'CIA vs Sims,' from 1985.

This...is not a coincidence. Many many movies are designed as counterpropaganda using keyword hijacking, meme-reversal inoculation theory, interference theory, negative framing of whistleblowers, and positive framing of cover stories.


Well, the bestselling game "Sim City" came out in 1989, too. Clearly another attempt to hijack Beth Sims. And director Kevin Sim, in the same year, produced an episode of the psyop PBS program "Frontline" about the My Lai massacre. The CIA shell company e-SIM was also founded in 1989 as a clever distraction from Beth Sims' book and FOIA case.

But all joking aside, what do you say about this, Mr. Know-it-All?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095654/trivia

Ralph, the Jonathan Winters' character, tells a long story concerning an English pirate who founded the country of Parador, to explain why Alphonse Simms has an Anglo-Saxon surname. The real reason is that the film was shot in Brazil, and director Paul Mazursky needed a shot of a crowd of Brazilian extras chanting the dictator's name. When the crowd is calling out "Simms! Simms!", they are actually chanting "Sim! Sim!". "Sim" is "yes" in Portuguese, the language of Brazil.


Whaddya say about that, Hugh? Just another piece of disinfo? Or might you be... gasp!... WRONG??!
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Postby orz » Thu May 15, 2008 5:24 pm

"sims" is a four letter word.
1989 is a 360 day year.
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Mosaic Theory = CIA vs Sims

Postby Hugh Manatee Wins » Thu May 15, 2008 5:42 pm

"Sims" is one of the most important keywords in CIA history.

professorpan wrote:
I just watched 'Moon Over Parador' from 1989.
The main character's name is a South American dictator named "Sims."

1989 was a year that Beth Sims was publishing information about CIA influence on labor unions that would become her 1991 book, 'Workers of the World Undermined: American Labor's Role in U.S. Foreign Policy'.
She is also part of an important FOIA case involving CIA, 'CIA vs Sims,' from 1985.

This...is not a coincidence. Many many movies are designed as counterpropaganda using keyword hijacking, meme-reversal inoculation theory, interference theory, negative framing of whistleblowers, and positive framing of cover stories.


Well, the bestselling game "Sim City" came out in 1989, too. Clearly another attempt to hijack Beth Sims. And director Kevin Sim, in the same year, produced an episode of the psyop PBS program "Frontline" about the My Lai massacre. The CIA shell company e-SIM was also founded in 1989 as a clever distraction from Beth Sims' book and FOIA case.

But all joking aside, what do you say about this, Mr. Know-it-All?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095654/trivia

Ralph, the Jonathan Winters' character, tells a long story concerning an English pirate who founded the country of Parador, to explain why Alphonse Simms has an Anglo-Saxon surname. The real reason is that the film was shot in Brazil, and director Paul Mazursky needed a shot of a crowd of Brazilian extras chanting the dictator's name. When the crowd is calling out "Simms! Simms!", they are actually chanting "Sim! Sim!". "Sim" is "yes" in Portuguese, the language of Brazil.


Whaddya say about that, Hugh? Just another piece of disinfo? Or might you be... gasp!... WRONG??!


No, I'm not wrong just based on your anonymous internet posting that may or may not be true or even relevant.
But, Pan, even it suggests a rather vigorous and convuluted effort to use the name I cited. So it would only reinforce my hypotheses if it was true.

Using logic and history and similiar events (pun intended) I think I have a very high probability of being right. Especially since the whole movie is a meme-reversal of Reagan-Bush wars Latin America and it came out just before Bush invaded Panama in December 1989.

The Supreme Court's 1985 CIA vs Sims ruling was instrumental in allowing the CIA to deny FOIA requests about even seemingly harmless information and former CIA Director and Vice President Bush was starting his first year of his presidential term with a whole pile of recent CIA crimes festering from his vice presidency including more domestic spying, just like during the Vietnam War's Operation CHAOS that Rush Limbaugh is now keyword hijacking.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=920466
CIA v. Sims: Mosaic Theory & Government Attitude

CHRISTINA E. WELLS
University of Missouri School of Law
U of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-22
Administrative Law Review, Vol. 58, 2006


Abstract:
This article, part of a larger forum on underrated administrative law cases, discusses CIA v. Sims, and its relationship to the development of mosaic theory in FOIA cases and beyond.

Mosaic theory involves the idea that the government may withhold otherwise innocuous information because it might prove dangerous if combined with other information by a knowledgeable actor (especially a hostile intelligence agency). The theory thus allows non-disclosure of information that otherwise would have been disclosed.

While the core idea of mosaic theory is legitimate, as asserted by the government, mosaic theory has been a crude tool demanding extreme deference from judges when national security is involved. Beginning in the early 1970s, lower courts began to accept the government's assertions of mosaic theory, making little effort to question the government's evidence or rationale for secrecy. In CIA v. Sims, the Supreme Court finally accepted mosaic theory as a rationale for withholding information in certain FOIA cases involving national security and, like lower courts before it, deferred to government claims of necessity without question.


Numerous scholars have criticized the courts' extreme deference to government assertions of mosaic theory in the FOIA, and increasingly, the state secrets context. That deference, however, has had an impact far beyond those contexts. Emboldened by the utter lack of checks on government assertions of the theory, the government has proffered mosaic theory to justify surveillance programs in libraries, attempts to restrict public access to non-classified government information, and laws imposing secret gag orders on those who receive national security letters from the government, programs which pose serious problems for constitutional liberties. Mosaic theory, then, has become part of the government's mindset.


I didn't go into the whole damn 'Parador' movie and tie it into Reagan-Bush psy-ops in the first year of Bush's presidential term. Writing up movie psy-ops on RI would be a full time job and I've got other places for this information.

Pan, if you want to make a case that cutting news budgets, firing employees, purging investigative journalism, and massive media conglomeration actually DECREASED CIA control of media, Pan, I'm all ears. But I think that would be contrary to history and logic.
CIA runs mainstream media since WWII:
news rooms, movies/TV, publishing
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