News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part I a
--- Pt. 4 - Black Programs and the Future of Propaganda
PT. I a - HOME PAGE
PT. I a - CONTENTS
--- BUSH-HATERS?
GEORGE BUSH
--- No Mandate!
--- Basic Dishonesty
--- Documented Lies
------ And More Lies
------ on Education
------ on Small Bus.
------ On Medicare
--- Limited Worldview
--- Arrogance
--- Ignorance
--- Real Agendas
--- Anti-Choice Dogma
--- 20 Questions
THE RADICAL RIGHT
------ Relig. Oppos'n
--- John Ashcroft
--- Dick Cheney
--- Spreading AIDS
--- 10 Commandments
--- Far-Right Terrorists
WAR AGAINST WOMEN
--- Global Gag Rule
THE RADICAL RIGHT . . is ANTI-REPUBLICAN
........says a Republican
--- Conservative Revolt
CONSERVATIVE BIAS in the MEDIA
------ Fox Network
--- Liberals Fight Back
--- Now, Liberal Radio
------ Al F. vs. Rush L.
------ Timing Is Ripe
BUSH ADMINISTRAT'N
--- 50 Lies of Admin.
------ Pt. 1. Strategy
------ Pt. 2. Language
------ Pt. 3. Targets
------ Pt. 4. Programs
--- Inflexibility
--- Secretiveness
------ EPA and FDA
--- Orwellian Aspects
--- Demoniz'g Oppon'ts
--- Silencing Democrats
--- Corporate Influence
--- Not Protect'g Public
------ Few Regulations
--- Destroying Medicare
--- Attacking Unions
--- Bad Fiscal Policy
------ Deficit Lies
--- Looting the Future
--- Iraq Policies
------ "Fog Machine"
--- Radio Free Europe
--- Wilson Leak
------ Swept Under Rug
--- "Compassionate"??
BUSH ADMINISTRATION is ANTI- STATES' RIGHTS
--- Environment
--- Church vs. State
--- Gay Marriage
--- Predatory Lenders
BUSH ADMIN. vs. SCIENCE
DEPT. of AGRICULTURE
-- Mad Cow Disease
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
--- Illegally Influenced
FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION
--- Corruption in FDA
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
--- Anti States' Rights
------ Assisted Suicide
------ Death Penalty
--- Overriding Judges
-- Now, Secret Trials
FEDERAL BUREAU of INVESTIGATION
--- Surveillance
--- vs. Bush Opponents
BUSH AND THE COURTS
--- Judge Choice Crucial
------ Judicial Nominees
------ Republican Lies
--- Ashcroft Interferes
--- Expand DNA Dbase?
2004 CAMPAIGN
--- Financing Tricks
--- Corruption in Cong.
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America's Ministry of Propaganda -- Part Four: Black Programs and the Future of Propaganda
 
By Gar Smith / The-Edge
November 7, 2003

The complete article may be found at-- http://www.earthisland.org/project/newsPage2.cfm?newsID=494&pageID=177&subSiteID=44

Excerpt--

The bogus "surrender" of Iraq's 51st division raised a "profound question" for Gardiner: "If we would manipulate truth, would we also manipulate evidence? That would be very serious. Is that what the Secretary of Defense meant when he said he was going to be doing strategic influence?"

Milt Bearden, a former CIA manager for clandestine operations has a related question: "It will be important to learn who was behind the fake Niger document [alleging Iraq's attempt to obtain uranium ore] and why and what other information driving American policies might carry their fingerprints."

The falsehoods about Iraq's alleged attempt to purchase African uranium turned out to be based on a forged document. Gardiner wonders why no one in the administration is asking who forged the document? Who stood to gain from this unconscionable act of "creating evidence"? Gardiner believes that the American people have "a need to know."

Another probable "black program" identified by Gardiner involved the planting of a false story that Saddam Hussein had taken refuge in the Russian Embassy in Baghdad. The story served to slime the Russians, who had refused to back Bush's pre-emptive invasion.

In the oddest example of perception management, Pentagon media masters actually created a website to promote world peace. The "EmpowerPeace" website appeared to represent a citizen's anti-war movement. The goal seemed to be to foster the impression that the US people (and especially US children) were essentially peace-loving. "It looked like a grassroots effort," Gardiner recalls. "It seems to have been aimed at the Arab audience set."

The EmpowerPeace website didn't last long. The reason, Gardiner suspects, is that its creation probably violated the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which bans the domestic dissemination of government propaganda.

Gardiner found another "strange website" called "The Iraq Crisis Bulletin," which offered daily updates and reports from around the world. The site was recommended by the American Press Institute but there was "absolutely no indication of the sponsor of the site." With a little research, Gardiner discovered that "the articles were [written] by Voice of America correspondents."

The problem with this, Gardiner notes, is that "the Voice of America is prohibited from doing communications for the American press. But, during Gulf II, it was getting the message to them." The VOA refused to respond to Gardiner's requests for information on "The Iraq Crisis Bulletin."

Collateral Damage [includes chart, "Players in USC Stratetic Communication"]

Gardiner wraps up his 56-page investigation with a series of charts that assess several Defense Department press briefings to determine the role played by PSYOPS, false or engineered information, and non-informative responses. His conclusion: "Even if you give them slack for not giving any information, it turns out that more than half the answers were not truth... Maybe a better way to say it would be that if an American (or Brit) were diligent about wanting to understand the war, he could not rely on the statements made by the US Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff." ...

Other sections in this article--

The Future: The OGC, the Roadmap and 'Strategic Fusion'

Solutions Are Needed to Control Information Warfare



Gar Smith is Editor Emeritus of Earth Island Journal, Roving Editor at The-Edge (www.the-edge.org) and co-founder of Environmentalists Against War (www.envirosagainstwar.org).



  • For more information contact:
    Sam Gardiner's complete report is available online in six PDF files at :www.indybay.org/news/2003/10/1653148.php

    Sam Gardiner may be reached at: SamGard@aol.com

    For more information on the Bush administration's use of propaganda to misinform the public and promote wars of domination, see Weapons of Mass Deception, by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton and visit the website of PRWatch: www.prwatch.org/books/wmd.html.

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