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Why is the U.S. military camped out in our newsrooms?

Updated on June 28, 2012

We've all seen it. The news journalists lapping up political press briefings, not asking the hard-hitting questions. Not calling politicians on known deceits. Putting viewers on the psychological defensive in their relationship with their society and their government. Selling "luxury wars" like Iraq and, most recently, Iran with the same advertising technique. What the heck is going on here? Why are the media pulling punches with corporations and politicians? Why are they using a "divide and conquer" approach with their viewers? And why are they reporting so much non-news when major stuff is happening every day?

The information is beginning to come out now. Our news has been tampered with by the military itself.

According to CNN executives and personnel in the U.S. military, propaganda experts were stationed in CNN's Atlanta headquarters from June of 1999 to March of 2000. In her response to media watchdog FAIR, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, CNN executive vice president for public relations Sue Binford acknowledged that while military propaganda personnel were present as interns, "no government or military expert has ever worked on news at CNN." She said that the five interns were among hundreds who spend a few weeks at CNN and like all interns "observe under the supervision of CNN staff and have no influence over what CNN reports or how CNN reports it." NPR, which also had military propaganda personnel stationed within it, also said the psychological operatives "had no influence on our news coverage."

An interview in Intelligence Newsletter with Major Thomas Collins of the US Army Information Service tells quite a different story. Collins stated, "They worked as regular employees of CNN. Conceivably, they would have worked on stories during the Kosovo war. They helped in the production of news."

FAIR has pointed out that CNN only acknowledged that the presence of PSYOPS personnel in the newsroom was "inappropriate" after this was revealed in Trouw. NPR officials also waited until the exposure of the intern program to remove them. This is particularly disturbing, as news networks don't announce when their activities are being influenced. This means that any news story could potentially be influenced and distorted by a political objective at any time, and the only way viewers will be able to determine this is by being aware of the situation and evaluating the direction of the news items. [Full story here.]


The U.S. Department of Defense states the intention of their propaganda program as:

'Psychological Operations: Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator's objectives. Also called PSYOP. See also consolidation psychological operations; overt peacetime psychological operations programs; perception management. '

According to a fact sheet issued by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, "...Persuading rather than compelling physically, they rely on logic, fear, desire or other mental factors to promote specific emotions, attitudes or behaviors. The ultimate objective of U.S. military psychological operations is to convince enemy, neutral, and friendly nations and forces to take action favorable to the United States and its allies. ... Cultural awareness packages attune U.S. forces before departing overseas. In theater, media programs publicize the positive aspects of combined military exercises and deployments."

"Friendly nations" would seem to include the U.S. itself. Fox News, for example, repeatedly tells guests who decry the war or federal policies to "shut up", issue verbal abuse and ad hominem attack against them, and then cut their microphone. Fox News also makes a continual effort to play up the positive effects of the U.S. military presence in Iraq, even when it's blatantly inconsequential. Coincidence? According to former Army Major General John Batiste, "This is a very deliberate attempt on the part of the administration to shape public opinion."

In a renegade statement, an anonymous former operative within the PSYOPS program and various intelligence agencies disclosed, "The truth is, there is no oversight! Meaning, you can get away with anything, nothing is illegal because no one knows about it, or the few who do are either in on it or have a vested interest in keeping quiet. Whether you're runnin' guns, weapons, drugs, gold, diamonds, women, children, it just doesn't matter. As long as the old guard gets their resources, it's all good. ... It's psychological operations on a grand scale, mass psychology. The scientific art of manipulating public opinion is 100 years old now. PsyOps have evolved to the point, thanks to the all pervasive mass media, where we can make you believe, or at least passively accept, whatever we want you to. I secretly worked with the world's most powerful media companies to get you to believe what `they' want you to believe. The media is the most efficient weapon of tyranny and oppression ever created. No need to physically control populations anymore when you can do it mentally - program it in, internalize the rules."

To read a detailed classified briefing on PSYOPS, scroll down on this page.

Where is this headed?

With the federal government creating wars, silencing information, destroying the economy and drafting legislation to supposedly grant itself more authority, where is all this going? Working under government contract, Halliburton confirmed after it leaked out that it has already built concentration camps in the U.S.. Nearly 800 concentration camps are already reported as built, many with barbed wire facing inward rather than outward (to keep people in, not out) and large gas furnaces and concrete floors installed in huge abandoned buildings. Congress has confirmed the existence of these concentration camps. These Rex 84 camps are manned, and simply waiting. Where are these FEMA camps in your area? For those watching the video, here is what the Red and Blue grouping indicates. Here is more information on the Rex 84 camps organized under FEMA.

The FBI has already enlisted the aid of 350 of the Fortune 500 companies in its InfraGard program, with instructions to "shoot to kill" in the event of martial law. In August of 2004, the ACLU warned in its report The Surveillance-Industrial Complex: How the American Government Is Conscripting Businesses and Individuals in the Construction of a Surveillance Society, "There is evidence that InfraGard may be closer to a corporate TIPS program, turning private-sector corporations-some of which may be in a position to observe the activities of millions of individual customers-into surrogate eyes and ears for the FBI." It also means that the assets and resources of the federal government in a martial law scenario may be larger than their already considerably vast amounts, because they can utilize corporate land and staff for their camps, technologies, and projects. Additionally, corporations can produce new surveillance systems and other products for a martial law scenario, which the public will be unaware of until it hits.

This would be consistent with reports that are also coming to light that many unobtrusive places like Wal-Mart are being built as dual-use facilities, designed to be used as concentration camps or temporary facilities under a martial law scenario. Scroll down to the last paragraph on this page.

Interpreting today's political and media activities in the context a preparation for martial law, it becomes evident that American troops overseas are being trained to impose a new political order, to interrogate civilians, to establish control in urban areas and engage in "urban combat", and essentially learn to be police officers with bigger guns. It also becomes evident that these U.S. troops would be used here, domestically, to enforce martial law.

The media would be constrained to broadcast government propaganda to herd and pacify the majority of Americans, and so the media are apparently being trained to do that today, with the current PSYOPS-related reporting of terrorists and foreign regimes being a temporary stand-in for the current American political way of life - the "old regime". They appear to be currently refining their techniques and setting up to use this media to establish the "new order" as neatly as possible, practicing on countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and soon Iran. Terrorists become a thinly-veiled allegory for American civilians the martial law officials want to track down, and the whole system gets a dress rehearsal in before the actual martial law is fully implemented.

Another common theme becomes evident from Fox "News". It isn't news, it's obviously propaganda. But they say it's news. It's anything but "fair and balanced", but they say it is. The message here seems to be that they're going to deliberately pursue this agenda of totalitarianism, claiming it to be wonderful as if defying anyone to say otherwise. It's an example of repeating a psychological concept, until people learn to respond to the intimidating subtext of what's implied rather than the overt message. This is classic abusive behavior, and so common among fascist and totalitarian regimes. It is, itself, a show of force and intimidation, and Fox "News" is one of the first to demonstrate it so clearly and distinctly. Gauged by an agenda for an increasingly totalitarian regime, this is a trend that we can expect to increase.

Remember the full-on media silent treatment the media gave just after 9/11 to anything remotely resembling the attack? Movies were delayed, episodes that showed spaceships flying into buildings were pulled from the air (like an episode of Cowboy Bebop that had been in the regular series rotation until then). The media described it as something they were doing "out of respect". But if this theme of doing something heinous out of fear and disguising it as something noble holds out, it was an indicator of widespread media complicity in this information clampdown we're seeing now. None dare call it treason?

Another trend has been the reaction of politicians when caught at this, to remove the specific offending thing, continue to implement the same strategies and agenda, and then to pretend as if the problem were resolved. This has happened twice now. The first time, The New York Times reported in February of 2002 that the Pentagon's Office of Strategic Influence (OSI) was "developing plans to provide news items, possibly even false ones, to foreign media organizations" in an effort "to influence public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly and unfriendly countries."

The story got widespread attention, and the Pentagon announced that the office would be eliminated. But considerably less media attention was paid when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld later said that, while the OSI had been closed, its mission would be taken up by other agencies.

As Rumsfeld put it, "I went down that next day and said 'Fine, 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.'

This political audacity was repeated again recently, when The New York Times reported again, this time on the military analyst program (shown in the Related Story video, above). Five days later, the Pentagon announced that "briefings and all other interactions with the military analysts had been suspended indefinitely pending an internal review." Pentagon spokesperson Robert Hastings "could not say ... how long this review might take. 'We'll take the time to do it right,'" he told Stars and Stripes. The Pentagon's promise to investigate, without clarifying its standards or timeline, is great crisis management. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman later told Reuters the suspension is "temporary" and "he does not think the program violated any laws."

Like any good spy, when caught the agenda is to withdraw, go undercover, and try it again. It's a strategy that allows them to buy time while continuing construction on their concentration camps. That means that the only way we'll be able to trust that the problem has actually been resolved is to have full disclosure on all of it, from the Rex 84 camps to the high treason, bring the politicians involved to justice, and restore a lawful political system again. Until then, we can never trust that our news reports are sanctified and untouched by this agenda because, like a hydra, it will just keep coming back.

What can we do?

While many of the Rex 84 camps are manned and some are already holding prisoners, there is still a lot we can do. Journalists, particularly, could use the media influence that the federal government seems to want so badly to draw attention to the problem. While safely in the spotlight of public attention, there is little in the way of acts of retribution that can befall them as they take the sting out of all of this by breaking the story. They are also in an ideal position to start court cases against government officials and operatives for unconstitutional activities. Now there's a story! They can also report from Rex 84 camps, and use the documentation as evidence in trials.

Internet users can read up on this information, spread it, and as online writers engage in investigative journalism. We can go to Rex 84 camps in our area and see for ourselves. The mainstream media cannot put this information out currently, so waiting for it to appear on the news is a lost cause. Internet journalism like this may be our only hope for the moment, until we can take the news media back, because the internet routes around obstacles so well.

We can do plenty. But time is running out.


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