Saturday, February 22, 2014

Crisis Actors

by Bill White

During the 2010 uprising against Libya’s former leader, Moammar Gadafi, a little-noticed line item was included in Washington’s aid package to the rebels--$54 million for Hollywood quality film, prop, and special effects equipment.

The lies were technically for the Libyan people and thus no direct manipulation of the American people. But it was the first documented use of crisis actors to manufacture propaganda which actually motivated the American people, through social media and YouTube, to adopt a certain policy position. As documented in the 2012 book War On Syria: Gateway to World War III, it wouldn’t be the last.

A year later, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes would make an announcement: as early as June 15, 2011, Rhodes said, Syrian television broadcasts may be overridden, and phony videos of mass protests in Damascus, of Bashar Assad fleeing the capital, and of U.S.-backed rebels taking power, might be substituted in their place, courtesy of Al-Jazeera. After all, the same tactic had worked during the siege of Tripoli, when Libyan television was blacked out (it had been broadcast through Saudi and Qatari satellites) and Al-Jazeera falsely showed “rebels” celebrating in “Tripoli’s main square”—really actors on a sound stage in Dubai.

Since 9/11, the United States has been developing a massive information war capability, hiring thousands of staffers to blog and manipulate social media, while spending millions to develop phony video footage--television, YouTube, and cell phone cam—designed to manipulate public opinion by deception. While nominally targeted overseas, the international nature of the internet means much of it is being broadcast back at Americans as well.

In 2011, an American homosexual activist, who denies involvement with the U.S. government, created a false blog, A Gay Girl In Damascus, where he pretended to be just that. His blog was picked up by the Western media—the Guardian, CNN and others—and there was an outcry against Assad when he blogged that his character had been arrested. The exposure forced the author to admit his fraud.

Similarly, there was “Syrian Danny”, who went on CNN, false tapes of gunfire in the background, pretending to be witnessing Syrian atrocities, until he was caught in an unguarded moment saying “cue the gunfire.”

With these manipulations, using real crisis actors, fake gunfire, special effects, disabled people with prosthetics, and Hollywood-style special effects, it’s no wonder the American people have started doubting the government’s word.

Recently in Syria, doubts have been cast, and remain, on the veracity of an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held neighborhood in Damascus. Not only is the U.S. faking videos, but the Zionists, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar all have this capacity. And serious questions have arisen about the Boston Marathon bombing, which was used as a pretext for temporary martial law in Boston, and is now being used to target patriot publications like American Free Press.

These questions are not irrational. If the United States wasn’t using its movie-making capabilities to falsify news and influence policy, no one would be asking these questions. Even decades ago, America was credible enough so that questions of this sort would have been dismissed. But the government and the culture of America have become so openly false that who can blame those who choose not to believe?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harold can we get a comment on the Kiev Revolution proving it can be done.

6:46 PM  

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