Listen Up, Eye Rollers!

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By Deanna Spingola
19 December 2007

 

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People who rely on broadcast media and/or government education to formulate their perceptions often roll their eyes in exasperation and conspiracy-nut-contempt when exposed to reliable information that challenges their beliefs. For the majority, easy prey for predatory propagandists and history revisionists, the possibility that they have been blatantly deceived by their own government is unthinkable, despite the monstrous evidence of pandemic corruption. Denial is the proverbial mental comfort zone; it is an easy refuge. It requires nothing! Schopenhauer said: “All truth goes through three stages, first it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally it is accepted as self-evident.”

The U.S. Government lies, cheats, steals, misappropriates public funds, seizes and redistributes private funds, outsources middle-class jobs through phony trade agreements, succumbed to the privately-owned Federal Reserve, has given away or sold our technology and public lands to well-connected private citizens and/or foreign countries, has secretly initiated the North American Union, confiscates private property[1], kills and maims its own citizens, kills and maims foreign citizens and has established a Nazi-style police state. Individual citizens would receive prison terms for comparable crimes.


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However, criminal cronies shield each other in and out of office! [2] They rationalize these insidious behaviors as necessary with ambiguous phrases – “national security,” or “national interests,” as if everyone in the nation had a common interest, when, in fact, the people’s government serves corporate interests. [3] From extensive experience, they lie proficiently. Even more remarkable, our taxes pay for our own institutionalized indoctrination without our knowledge and certainly without our consent.

 

Why no dissent? Are we a nation of unthinking, consumer-driven, media-mesmerized, addicted-to-entertainment citizens who have abdicated personal responsibility and independence to the nanny state? Via alleged threats, orchestrated economic chaos through Federal Reserve currency gymnastics and long-term offensive war, we have relinquished our liberties and independence and look to government for safety and solutions – placing our trust in officialdom (arm of flesh) rather than the inspired foundational documents or the Christian scriptures so many warmongers claim to endorse. Where is any evidence of Christianity? Propagandists, playing on our religious beliefs, manipulate us and claim “a righteous cause” against “evildoers” to gain support. Military troops do not “fight for their country” or for God. They fight for the government! Why no dissent?

 

The first advertising agency was created in 1843 – thus began the age of propaganda and “clever deceptions.” Schools later offered classes on advertising and salesmanship. “It did not take long for the principles of advertising and marketing, developed to sell consumer goods, to be applied to the ‘sale’ of political ideas and candidates.” [4] Decades ago, the lawbreakers in the congressional cesspool authorized propaganda for both wartime and peacetime. Propaganda, the art of mass persuasion, by definition, “involves lies, deceit, half truths, misinformation and exaggeration to control thoughts, beliefs and attitudes of others to influence world opinion.” [5] “Propaganda involves the dextrous use of images, slogans and symbols that play on our prejudices and emotions; it is the communication of a point of view with the ultimate goal of having the recipient of the appeal come to ‘voluntarily’ accept this position as if it were his or her own.” [6]

 

Federal agencies were established, funded and approved to work with the news media, Hollywood film studios, and magazines – virtually every communication vehicle. Those friendly, smiling TV and radio personalities may, in fact, be on the government’s payroll. “Inspiring” “patriotic” pro-war movies or Disney’s animations evoke a predictable response. Many media personalities belong to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an organization devoted to destroying America. Okay skeptics, time to roll your eyes, but wait, read on!

 

In April 1917, Woodrow Wilson, the 1916 peace candidate, created the Committee on Public Information (CPI) to garner support for the war which enriched the bankers of the newly-established, privately-owned Federal Reserve. The Director of the CPI was publisher George Creel. He had a staff of persuasive wordsmiths – journalists, writers, intellectuals and advertisers who later admitted they were quite willing to lie[7],  would use emotional appeal and enemy demonization to generate hate and fear to elicit support for the government’s war. Popular phrases were: “Bleeding Belgium,” “The Criminal Kaiser,” and the always-useful slogan – “Make the World Safe For Democracy.” Propaganda posters and CPI pamphlets filled with fictitious atrocity stories proved useful in gaining support and recruiting troops. [8] Howard Lasswell said: “If at first they do not enrage, use an atrocity. It has been employed with unvarying success in every conflict known to man.” “Unlike the pacifist, who argues that all wars are brutal, the atrocity story implies that war is only brutal when practiced by the enemy.” [9]

 

The CPI staff distributed six thousand “news releases” during the course of the war. This emotionally-charged propaganda, disguised as “news,” was disseminated so successfully that the majority of citizens responded with nationalistic enthusiasm. [10] George Orwell said this about nationalism: “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” [11]

 

Austrian-born Edward Bernays, master of manipulation, was head of the CPI’s Export Section and co-head of the Latin American Section of the Foreign Press Bureau. Bernays, Sigmund Freud’s nephew, employed his uncle’s views on behavior to manipulate and manage people in the marketplace. Bernays became renowned as the “Father of Public Relations,” assisted by his experience with the government. Bernays contacted Ford, International Harvester and other U.S. firms to distribute pro-war literature to foreign contacts. He orchestrated propaganda in Germany to engender dissent and affect moral. He organized rallies and printed propaganda in other languages to be inserted into export journals. His tenacious persuasion skills changed America’s views toward a very unpopular war. [12]

 

To give the right spin on America in the aftermath of the World War I, a CPI press team, including Bernays, attended the Paris Peace Conference in 1918. George Creel wrote a book in 1920 entitled How We Advertised America in which he defined how “he and his committee used the principles of advertising to convince Americans to go to war with Germany.” [13] 

 

Hitler (financed by Prescott Bush et al) and his cohort Joseph Paul Göebbels controlled the Germans with the “Big Lie” theory – “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed” – (like the government’s version of 9/11). Americans were appalled by Hitler’s organized propaganda and stunned that the Germans fell for it. Actually, the Nazi regime adopted their techniques from the U.S. and Great Britain from their organized use of propaganda during World War I. In Mein Kampf (written on a Rothschild banker’s typewriter)[14], Hitler says, possibly after reading Creel’s book: “But it was not until the War that it became evident what immense results could be obtained by a correct application of propaganda. Here again, unfortunately, all our studying had to be done on the enemy side, for the activity on our side was modest, to say the least…. For what we failed to do, the enemy did, with amazing skill and really brilliant calculation. I, myself, learned enormously from this enemy war propaganda.” [15]

 

Göebbels, Nazi Propaganda Minister said the following[16]: “Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.” [17] And again: “It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation of public opinion. Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” Now I am not claiming that the U.S. homeland is exactly like the Nazi motherland. There are some differences! Germany’s hate-radio targeted Jews; America’s hate-radio targets Muslims. Both “civilized” countries, allegedly Christian, have not only tolerated the sinister spew but, through our silence, we continue to assent to it.

 

Citizens were required to show “their papers” to the SS in Germany. We may soon be regularly required to show our papers to officials of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In Germany, the government took over big business. In the United States[18], big business has taken over the government – all of these circumstances, and others, including compulsory vaccinations, represent tyranny, all backed by the international banking cartel, not content with controlling a few countries but wish to supervise the entire world and the people who manage to survive the Power Elite’s Grim Reaper depopulation plans. We have more to fear from our own government and their benefactors than from any other entity.

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Office of War Information (OWI) in June 1942 which focused on “winning the war.” [19] Propaganda is devised to resemble independent legitimate news agencies, like the government-created United News, which produced newsreels for domestic and foreign distribution. One may purchase them or watch them here. These “newsreels” defined the violence of our “enemies” which stimulated distrust, revulsion, and indignation – effective recruiting tactics. At the same time, the newsreels incited a feeling of American superiority, elevating us to some kind of higher moral ground. OWI also produced several radio series and persuaded Hollywood personalities to do their “patriotic” duty by endorsing government activities. Frank Capra’s film series Why We Fight was made for the War Department. [20]

 

Hatred of Hitler and his Nazi accomplices erupted into intolerance and hatred of all German citizens – total strangers! Perhaps demonized, dehumanized enemies are easier to kill. Our ethically-challenged government typically repudiates horrific war crimes while committing and concealing comparable offenses. [21] Offenses committed by ordinary citizens, swayed by emotion-filled words and soul-stirring anthems (currently government-sponsored, pro-war TV commercials) to act against foreigners, cast as “evildoers” by power-seeking government officials who bomb citizens into “liberty” elsewhere while suppressing freedom at home.

 

To legitimize OWI efforts with Congress, Truman transferred propaganda operations to the Department of State on August 23, 1945 – conveniently timed to proliferate the nonsensical theory that it was necessary to incinerate the non-threatening citizens of Japan’s only two Christian cities, Nagasaki and Hiroshima*, in order to “save American lives,” as if 100,000 (Hiroshima) Japanese lives were inconsequential. Americans bought into that propaganda – and still do! (We never hear about Iraqi deaths which are now over a million.) Those non- military-target bombings took place after the Potsdam Conference and several months after the Japanese offered to surrender. [22] Then the bombed cities were “off limits” to U.S. journalists “until mid-September.” Rather than expose American atrocities, Washington officials directed media focus on the Japanese POW camps in the north. Currently, only “embedded journalists” report any war “news.” The War Department further claimed “that scientists had ascertained that the residual radiation in Nagasaki did not merit concern.” [23] Unapproachable, irresponsible but obedient, officials also assured Manhattan residents that 9/11’s deadly toxic dust was “safe.” 

 

The firebombing of Tokyo in March of 1945 possibly killed as many as a hundred thousand people. The Dresden bombing and the resulting firestorm cost the lives of 80,000 to 100,000 residents of that city. Perhaps 600,000 civilians, men, women, and children, died in the indiscriminate bombings of Europe. An equal number died in the bombings of Japan. Americans have killed millions of apolitical foreign citizens to eradicate fascism, communism and terrorism. Those ideologies still exist! Have we failed to enforce “liberty?” The “fight for freedom” is a farce! “We cannot claim that there is a moral distinction between a government which bombs and kills innocent people and a terrorist organization which does the same.” [24] Watch this 3 minute video to see the real victims.

 

The Washington DC-based Voice of America (February 24, 1942-present), a radio and television broadcasting system, is funded by the U.S. taxpayers: $166 million in 2006. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of simulating news, information, educational, and cultural propaganda every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people in 45 languages.” [25] They do not use FCC issued call signs which are required by FCC rules for every broadcasting station on U.S. soil. The government apparently is not required to follow the rules they impose upon others. The FCC is the government agency that licenses and regulates “free speech.” Regulation is control!

 

VOA is currently under the direction of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an agency of the government, with nine members, eight of which are appointed by the president. “On October 1, 1999, the BBG became the independent federal agency responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting. This was the result of the 1998 Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act (Public Law 105-277), the single most important legislation affecting U.S. international broadcasting since the early 1950s.” [26]

 

The BBG’s current chairman is James K. Glassman[27], Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (an assembly of war hawk Neo Cons) and a syndicated columnist who has subbed on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. Other current members include: Joaquin F. Blaya, Blanquita Walsh Cullum, D. Jeffrey Hirschberg (Washington lawyer), Edward E. Kaufman (President of Public Strategies, a political and management consulting firm in Wilmington, Delaware), Mark McKinnon (Chief media adviser to Bush who directed his advertising propaganda for the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.), Steven J. Simmons (Chairman and CEO of Patriot Media and Communications, LLC, a new company formed to purchase cable companies in the United States.), and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. [28] Rice was a Chevron Director from 1991 until January 15, 2001. [29] The Broadcasting Board of Governors also supervises the following stations: Alhurra, Radio Sawa, Radio Farda, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia (RFA), Radio Marti and TV Marti So much for unbiased fair and balanced “news.”

 

* As reported by John Hershey in his book: Hiroshima, page 146, Robert Lewis, co-pilot of the Enola Gay wrote in the official log “My God, what have we done?” Other military personnel probably repeatedly ask that same question.

 

Part 2
 

[1] Gestapo raid on coin-producing enterprise By: Richard H. Timberlake, Jr., PhD, December 3rd, 2007

[3] A Violent Cartography, Bomb After Bomb By Howard Zinn, December 15, 2007

[4] Age of Propaganda, the Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion by Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aronson, pgs. 9-10

[6] Age of Propaganda, the Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion by Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aronson, pgs. 9-10

[10] The Rhetorical Presidency, Propaganda, and the Cold War, 1945-1955 by Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Praeger Series in Presidential Studies, 2002, Introduction

[12] The Father of Spin, Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations by Larry Tye, pgs. 15-20

[13] Age of Propaganda, the Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion by Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aronson, pgs. 9-10

[17] Joseph Goebbels, Source: Diary, 14 March 1943

[19] The Rhetorical Presidency, Propaganda, and the Cold War, 1945-1955 by Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Praeger Series in Presidential Studies, 2002, Introduction

[22] Chicago Tribune History by Michael A. Hoffman II

[23] Killing Our Own, The Disaster of America's Experience with Atomic Radiation 1945-1982 by Harvey Wasserman & Norman Solomon with Robert Alvarez & Eleanor Walters The First Atomic Veterans, Part 1

[24] A Violent Cartography, Bomb After Bomb By Howard Zinn, December 15, 2007

 

 

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