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U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby get louder at lambeau » Sun Oct 04, 2015 3:17 pm

Some of you already know that I think there is MASSIVE media control by our US Government among the US/Western mainstream. Many justifiably doubt this, because we have all been taught that we have this great "freedom of the press" that is an essential part of a functional democratic republic.

Right now is a GREAT opportunity to see an example of what I am talking about in action.

Russia has recently started bombing ISIS in the de-facto capital of "The Islamic State" which is Raqqa, Syria. They claim to be taking out major targets like headquarters. This makes a great test case, as this is a MAJOR turn of events that the USG doesn't want to acknowledge. It is problematic for them, because they have been supposedly fighting ISIS in Syria with air strikes for over a year, with little success. ISIS has only grown stronger and spread.

To see how complete the Western media can be and actually is controlled, just google "Raqqa". Nothing else needed. Just "Raqqa". Then switch from "Web" search to "News" at the top of the google results page. Look at who is covering the Russian bombing of ISIS headquarters in the last few days. You won't find CNN, FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, or even BBC in the search results at all. This is CLEAR media censorship in "the land of the free". Not one mainstream journalist sees a potential shift in the balance of world order worthy of reporting?

The war on ISIS is the biggest story throughout the western press when the USG wants it to be. Right now, when they don't, it's total media silence. This is what media control looks like. In one of it's forms, anyway - blanket censorship that spreads across the entirety of mainstream media outlets, across the political spectrum from MSNBC to FOX News. We are being kept in the dark.

Good chance to judge your favorite media outlets and find new sources to supplement them.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby RodgePodge » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:33 pm

The US mass media is corrupt and completely biased.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby Carl Gerbschmidt » Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:48 pm

RodgePodge wrote:The US mass media is corrupt and completely biased.


Yes and they get all jerky when it is pointed out to them.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby get louder at lambeau » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:36 pm

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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby APB » Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:11 am

You're thinking too small, Louder. When you can weaponize mainstream and social media, then you're doing something.

Exerpt from “Harnessing Cyber-Technology’s Human Potential”
Special Warfare Magazine
By Lieutenant Colonel (P) Patrick Duggan, Special Forces Command

Russia in Eastern Ukraine
As recently witnessed in Eastern Ukraine, Russia’s views on conflict have evolved over the last two decades, spurring the military innovation to be successful. In Spring 2014, Russia infiltrated small teams of unmarked Spetznaz, or Special Forces, across the Ukrainian border to seize government buildings and weapons armories, and then turn them over to pro-Russian separatist militias. Testifying before the Senate Armed Service Committee, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright decried Russia’s actions asserting Russia had “fundamentally changed security calculations on the continent – and marked the first time since World War II that European borders have been altered by force.” While Russia’s choreographed information warfare campaign was powered by small SOF teams and local militias on the ground, it was virtually promoted by Russian funded “troll armies” posting pro-Russian and anti-Ukrainian comments on social media, blogs, and news sites. Russia bankrolled a “$19 million dollar budget to employ 600 people whose daily tasks included commenting on 50 news articles, managing six Facebook accounts with three posts a day, managing 10 Twitter accounts, and tweeting 50 times a day. At the national level, the Kremlin surged the budget of their state controlled news, Russia Today (RT), to over $300 million in 2014 with plans to increase by 41% in the future. Russia masterfully orchestrated propaganda efforts like dubious on the ground “exclusive-videos,” Cyber trolls, and state run media and comprehensively exploited Russian ethnicity, language, history, values, culture, and identities to fracture Ukrainian populations. The Russians vertically integrated Cyber-disinformation to systematically exploit human nature, resulting in the successful invasion of the Ukraine without the West firing a shot.
“The Russian view of information war is notably broader than any Western conception.” The Russian military interlaces two components, the information-technical for exploiting Cyber technologies and the information psychological for exploiting the battle of human wills. The Russian evolution of information warfare theory has been poignantly captured in Recasting Redstar by Timothy L. Thomas of the U.S. Foreign Military Studies Office, who chronicles Russia’s aggressive military reforms since the Soviet Union’s demise. The author cites several prominent Russian strategists and military experts who have called for broad and comprehensive reforms to sharpen Russia’s information and influence capabilities against perceived Western aggression. In particular, Dr. Igor Panarin, the head of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis Center of Military Forecasting and Russian Information Warfare, proposes a number of organizational, institutional, and training reforms to sharpen Russia’s information warfare capabilities, including the development of new stand-alone “Information Special Forces.” These information Special Forces would execute contingency planning, preparation, and possible actions for influencing human nature under specific situations. Similar proposals describe special information troops as composite teams composed of expert operators, communication personnel, journalists, writers, translators, web designers, and hackers that would leverage state and military media to wage information warfare.
Even the Russian Chief of the General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, in 2013 openly corroborated Russia’s thoughts on effective modern-day conflict as “a game-changing new generation of warfare whose strategic value would exceed the “power of force of weapons in their effectiveness.” As the senior ranking officer in the Russian military, General Gerasimov called for the use of SOF, internal opposition, and informational actions, devices, and means to nullify enemy advantages and create a permanent operating front through the entire territory of an enemy state. In other words, Russia carefully choreographs Cyber-disinformation “between the states of war and peace” to exploit human tensions. As a result, Russia succeeded in the occupation of a signature partner-nation of the European Union without sparking any meaningful Western military response.
Lessons learned
Russia’s military actions in Eastern Ukraine should not have surprised anyone, as their perspective on conflict was portended. “The Internet and social media are seen by Russian theorists as key game-changers in the weaponization of information.” Russia horizontally integrated the functions of SOF, information warfare, and Cyber in a manner that was deliberately designed to fracture Ukrainian populations. Russia methodically targeted Ukrainian human dynamics to drive wedges between social, ethnic, linguistic, and identity differences between Eastern and Western Ukrainian populations. Furthermore, Russia’s evolution of military writing clearly suggest that they have re¬structured key military functions into composite teams at the tactical level composed of SOF, information warfare practitioners, and Cyber-technicians.
The second lesson is that Russia also vertically integrated all levels of state sponsored propaganda, often using video promulgated by Cyber. Russia kept its adversaries off balance with a persistent deluge of decentralized but vertically reinforcing propaganda. “The aim of this new propaganda is not to convince or persuade, but to keep the viewer hooked and distracted, passive and paranoid, rather than agitated to action. Russia used contrived and fabricated videos employing “techniques of psychological conditioning designed to excite extreme emotions of aggression and hatred in the viewer.” Fast moving videos depicting violence and horrific scenes accompanied by alarming music is a form of neurolinguistics programming that can leave individuals open to suggestion.
In summary, Russia succeeded in horizontally integrating key military functions at the same time they vertically integrated its state run propaganda; often, Russia personalized the psychological experience with targeted video propaganda.
Swarm Stream teams
During a Senate Armed Services Testimony in spring 2015, the USSOCOM Commander, Gen. Joseph Votel, cited Russia as “adept at avoiding conventional military responses while advancing their interests through a combination of coercion, targeted violence, and exploitation of local issues…and is systematically undermining neighboring governments and complicating international responses to its aggressive actions.” Gen. Votel called for new thinking on unconventional strategies to leverage the unrealized potential of Cyberspace, including the development of proficiency in social media to recruit humans to causes and the cultivation of decentralized and participatory human networks. In short, it is senior officer recognition that it takes unconventional Cyber-strategies to defeat unconventional Cyber-strategies, and that the U.S. must innovate Cyber-technology for its human potential to deter or wage tomorrow’s conflict.
Live-stream technology is just one of many technologies that can be innovated in an unconventional manner and should be considered in the portfolio of strategic deterrents. However, to innovate, the U.S. military must think beyond just using live-video for mission command. Today’s countless video-telecommunication conferences between units, commanders, and staffs is something even a transplanted World War II-era German officer would recognize. Instead, the U.S. military should consider the concept of “swarm-stream” teams, whose real-world, real-time, human-intensive mission would be threat oriented. These teams would aggressively feed viral-video across Cyberspace. Similar to the Russians, the teams would focus on exploiting the human aspects of a given situation, but with the goal of breaking their opponent’s messages, mediums, or monopoly of propaganda. The teams would actively counter, undermine, and attack an opponent’s message using new tactics of their own and would be the conceptual fusing of SOF, Cyber, IO, and psychological operations functions into a truly new Cyber-unconventional capability.
Tactics
Disinformation attack: Swarm-stream teams would employ offensive disinformation attack to aggressively take down or “dox” an adversary’s forged videos, blogs, websites, and social media sites. A cadre of “counter-propaganda experts would pick apart what might be called all the news unfit to print” and digitally map and track an adversary’s larger propaganda network. Once the teams illuminate an adversary’s false information network, they could either employ low grade Cyber-tools to destroy it in private or could publicly blow the network’s cover, revealing true identities and associations. Live-video would be a key tool for not just shaming the adversary, but his networks and influencers who made and disseminated them.
Another disinformation attack tactic is to flood select areas with smart mobile devices and technology. This would give civilians and partners the ability to wage a powerfully effective native and organic form of disinformation attack. Civilians and partners could video, photo, upload, and wage their own crowd-sourced, disaggregated video battles against an adversary. Any geo-tagged data would also serve as the foundation for building nonstandard domains for future options.
The last disinformation tactic is for teams to support select proxy and surrogate efforts to execute low grade Cyber-attacks against adversary websites, social media, and content generators by using less advanced customizable source codes according to specific situations.
Micro-targeting: Swarm-stream teams would employ micro-targeting, which involves the “identification and surgical engagement of specific individuals for either kinetic or non-kinetic means.” Teams would penetrate and data-mine information relating to individuals to better understand what actions would have the desired effect for a given individual, as well as locate a given individual with precision. Non-kinetic micro-targeting for individuals would leverage multi-disciplined pools of information focused on teasing out any human dynamics to discover an individual’s video-based vulnerabilities. Micro-targeting at the tactical level would employ mobile applications, analytic tools, and smart technology for the diffusion of timely information into viral-video fed Cyber-streams.
Cyber-smash mouth: Finally, swarm-stream teams would employ unconventional Cyber-smash mouth tactics, which colloquially, “takes the gloves off” in a variety of areas. Teams could build and employ surrogate, internally sourced, or outsourced communities of practice that attack an adversary’s messages in native language with spam and viral-video with the intent of fragmenting polarized identities. As messages and video are repeatedly viewed and forwarded across an adversary’s network, the intent is to cause shame, demoralize, and traumatize leadership into taking psychologically impaired actions. The team would attempt to under¬mine an adversary’s credibility, influence, and power to the point of leadership neutralizing themselves, as well as, encourage adversaries to turn on their own members in search of “moles” and “traitors.”
Conclusion
Conflict remains a violent struggle amongst and between people that is only getting more complex. The U.S. military must update its mindset about technology innovation if it hopes to harness Cyber¬space’s vast human potential for future conflict. Creating strategic opportunities may require the consolidation of fractured capabilities across the disparate functions of SOF, information warfare, psychological operations, and Cyber into new elements like “swarm-stream” teams, which are but one prototype of future human-tech innovation. As witnessed by Russia’s recent actions, successfully waging or deterring conflict will require mastering the human-aspects of Cyberspace.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby dirty sanchez » Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:10 pm

Getting a good dose of it right now with the Benghazi hearings.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby get louder at lambeau » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:50 pm

Even that is thinking too small, Army. This article, an article about propaganda, itself serves as propaganda. Case in point -

As a result, Russia succeeded in the occupation of a signature partner-nation of the European Union without sparking any meaningful Western military response.


A "signature partner" of the EU? The Ukraine? As in, the Ukraine that was part of the Soviet Union? The same Ukraine where 30% of the population speaks Russian? A "signature partner" not of Russia, but of the EU? I assume that this person, a Special Forces Commander well versed in propaganda, knew well how BEYOND skewed that line was, but he wrote it anyway. :messedup

Note how they pick that story up JUST AFTER the Western backed, violent overthrow of the democratically elected Ukrainian Government that immediately preceded it. That is standard. They always ignore the coup. As if it didn't happen. No mention of it at all. That's unimportant. Or tinfoil hat stuff. Or should just be ignored totally without any reason given. Whatever works to keep the audience properly focused on demonizing Russia.

Look at the numbers given for Russia's propaganda efforts. Hundreds of millions of dollars. That's a bunch of money. But what do you think the US propaganda budget is? Probably impossible to say, as much of it is covert black budget stuff, but we admittedly spent $5 billion just in the Ukraine alone "promoting democracy" in the Ukraine before the 2014 coup, according to US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in 2013. Then we backed the overthrow of their democratically elected government and supported the junta government immediately. Because that is how we promote democracy, apparently?

Here is how the current Kiev regime came to power in early 2014.



After the coup, we installed our puppets, including not only Ukrainians who were sympathetic to the West, but even former USG officials, like Natalie Jaresko, an American born former US State Department employee who is now the Ukrainian Finance Minister. An American citizen, she was given Ukrainian citizenship the same day she started working for the new Ukrainian Government. US VP Joe Biden's son was installed on the board of the largest Ukrainian natural gas company after the coup as well.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby get louder at lambeau » Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:59 pm

Some examples of the mainstream media fabricating news to push for war -
http://www.activistpost.com/2015/11/4-e ... r-war.html
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby Trudge » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:25 am

Some really thought provoking stuff Louder. Hard to digest really.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby texas » Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:02 am

Journalists and their smug ugly faces are the number one reason why we might have a President Trump in 2017.

They may have overplayed their hands this time. Of course, I'll never doubt the ability of people to bitch and complain about how they hate typical sellout overpandering politicians and then turn right around and vote for one.
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby get louder at lambeau » Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:04 pm

Another great example of just how in the dark we are kept by our "free press" -

http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/p ... it/ri11231
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Re: U.S. Media Control In Action

Postby Trudge » Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:43 pm

Odd issue at work today. Not sure if it really fits within this thread but about as close as it gets.

Got a ticket about a spoofed email asking for a wire transfer for money. Logged into our spam filter and found that the email actually came from an @reagan.com domain. Go to the website, really odd site. Front page...really odd. Like a scare site, talking about security, emails scanned, storing passwords and stuff. Then says you can sign up for $40 a year for their email. Yeah, they don't scan email they claim, but damn they'll spoof some email asking for a wire transfer I guess.
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