Sunday, May 30, 2010
Is The Sky Really Falling? Part 3: Manipulating the Masses
The Mainstream Media (MSM) in our ostensibly free society is tightly controlled; that's the unfortunate conclusion I have arrived at from years of observation.
Back in the day when I was a student, as the cold war raged on, I sometimes would listen to Radio Moscow on my shortwave receiver. It was intriguing to consider their tales of the "worker's paradise" and how their citizens were really more "free" than their Capitalist counterparts.
Of course I realized it was propaganda, but the Voice of America had it's version as well. Our propaganda focused on how many hours Joe Sixpack needed to work for a refrigerator or car as compared to Ivan behind the Iron Curtain.
And of course we were a "free" democratic nation, and didn't need barbed wire fences to keep people in. But was it really so simple as that? I pondered how folks in the Western democracies might be more enslaved than we realize.
On paper, we elect our leaders, and they should therefore be responsive to the will of the people. However, I thought, might there be subtle means employed to keep us enslaved?
Capitalism certainly can be efficient at producing consumer goods and toys, and materialistic greed is one means of enslavement. The endless barrage of consumer advertising certainly has a brainwashing effect.
But how much freedom exists to affect or alter government policy through the electoral process? JFK discovered the hard way that the center of power exists somewhere outside of the Oval Office. Somewhere along the way we've had a coup d’état of sorts but the press failed to report it - that's because the mainstream press was part of it.
My theory is that throughout history, nations have generally been ruled by a powerful elite class. In earlier times no attempt was made to disguise the fact that a king and royal clan pulled the strings.
With the advent of democracy, things became more subtle. The United States was founded by a group of upper-class merchants and former European nobility whose primary common bond was opposition to the British monarchy. It was a courageous act to break away and form an independent nation, but a careful study of early American history shows that this elite class had no intention of sharing power with the commoners. “By the People” meant only a select few. The Senate was patterned after the British House of Lords, with members being appointed rather than elected. The president was selected by congress rather than through elections. In practical terms, the electorate consisted of merchants and landowners. Non-whites and women were completely excluded from power. In effect, the nation was run by a "gentlemen's club", and this was termed a "democratic republic".
Of course, many reforms have since been enacted, and in theory everyone now has an equal vote. Yet since my student years, the idea has continued to pop in my head that we don't need guns and barbed wire to control the population the way the Soviets did, and yet we are controlled anyway. How is it done?
The process is complex and multi-faceted. The short answer is that the people are distracted and anesthetized by the consumer culture, and the MSM effectively steers prevailing thought in such effective manner that no serious challenges arise. And while this is accomplished, we remain in our delusion that we are free!
Many will remark that this viewpoint is conspiracy theory run amok; however, I contend that the plausibility of this theory can be tested and affirmed.
The myth of the free press can be challenged on several fronts. A few examples will be offered here.
The shooting of the president while riding through Dallas has been studied exhaustively, and most independent researchers conclude overwhelmingly that the "lone nut" & "magic bullet" theory promoted by the Warren Commission is laughable and inadequate in explaining what happened. Shortly before he died, former President (and Warren Commission member) Gerald Ford virtually admitted that the truth was suppressed in the “national interest”.
It is interesting to note the number of witnesses that died under unusual circumstances in the months and years that followed the assassination. It is even more interesting to note that certain young journalists who reported on the assassination rose quickly to the top of their professions, and coincidently never questioned the magic bullet theory along the way. Among them were Bill Moyers and Dan Rather.
I have noted throughout the years, that whenever the topic of the assassination comes up in any journalistic media, none of the major players ever questions the official line, this despite overwhelming evidence that there is much more of the story to be investigated and questioned . The independent researchers that question the official line are marginalized, and I'm not aware of any forum within MSM where they have been given a credible platform to present their views.
The parallels with JFK are striking, and the official account even more unbelievable than the magic bullet theory. The MSM recently has begun to acknowledge existence of the 9/11 truth movement, but again, they are generally derided and lumped in with the "birthers" and other "wackos". (Check out this previous post.) There are many credentialed scholars who question the official account, but I'm not aware of any being granted coverage by the MSM to explain their views.
UFOs and Paranormal activity
Volumes of material exists on this topic, but again the point is how much objective reporting exists within the MSM. Richard Dolan's book is a comprehensive history of the government cover-up from the earliest stages. He shows how the press has been inhibited from reporting unfiltered data on UFO sightings and crashes, while at the same time resorting to sarcasm and ridicule to discredit the reports that do get out.
One anecdote I came across, (but unfortunately lost track of the link), was told by a reporter who had been working for the New York Times. During the early 90’s, a wave of crop circles were being sighted in upstate New York, and the Times asked this reporter to go out and investigate. He came back with good pictures and eye-witness accounts, but noticed a group of men in dark suits in his editor’s office. When they left, the editor told him that they would not be doing any more stories on crop circles. End of discussion.
This anecdote is plausible in light of the fact that no credible MSM reporting has covered crop circles, despite the amazing complexity and frequency that they appear. Oh sure, Discovery channel and other cable outlets have done their pieces on crop circles, UFOs, Bigfoot, and any other anomalous topic, but they always play up the skeptic’s perspective (drunken students with boards tied on their feet forming the crop circles). If anything, these cable outlets tend to take on the role of the tabloids in discrediting anomalous stories.
TWA 800 crash
I consider this case to be a litmus test of sorts for sorting out who is working for whom.
Many eyewitnesses reported a missile streaking up just before the plane exploded, but the official investigation concluded that an electrical short caused a fuel tank to explode. The fact that a defense contractor had publicly boasted of its role in a missile test off Long Island on the very night of the crash certainly was not well covered by the MSM, particularly after the government got involved.
What makes this case so extraordinary is the degree to which the government went to suppress any independent reporting on the cause of the crash. After reporters had gathered plane debris and found that lab tests confirmed traces of high-explosive warhead material, President Clinton signed an executive order making it illegal for unauthorized persons to gather, touch or photograph debris. My axiom is “nothing to hide, nothing to fear”, so WTF is behind a presidential order?
One very credible documented case of press censorship comes from a reporter named Kristina Borjesson, who published an account in her anthology “Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of the Free Press”
Ms Borjesson was working for CBS News when flight 800 went down and helped produce news stories for Dan Rathers. She was assigned to the flight 800 case and soon found credible sources who were convinced that a missile had shot down the plane. Before long she observed that CBS News was reporting from only “official” sources at the FBI and NTSB and ignoring her own research data for nightly news stories. She pressed for her findings to be reported but met with increasing resistance until the FBI applied pressure to CBS to have her fired.
Ms Borjesson continued her own investigation of the crash after leaving CBS, and taped more interviews with eye-witnesses. She had planned to produce an expose using this material. In one chilling incident that undermines the Myth of the Free Press, her tapes and film were stolen from her car, in a very professional operation that left no sign of entry and left thousands of dollars worth of audio-video equipment untouched. She realized that any common thief would be after the expensive equipment, but whoever it was knew precisely what they were after – her evidence. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon outcome for those who brave the cutting edge in journalism.
The Internet is still free, but…
Prior to the advent of the Internet, suppressing undesirable news was relatively easy.
The “hot rail” topics (UFOs, any hint of conspiracy regarding JFK) were well-respected by news editors, and all it took was a phone call to key editors and TV networks to kill (or plant) any given story.
The Internet, at first glance, appears to be the great equalizer in defense of press freedom. The MSM can be completely bypassed, and thousands of independent reporting channels have appeared.
Not to be undone, the PTB have developed effective countermeasures against the effects of free-flowing information. One of them is disinformation.
A classic example is the case of the MJ-12 files, which were apparently leaked to a Ufologist by someone in a black ops agency. Ufologists still debate the authenticity of the files, which purport to be top-secret documents regarding government interaction with UFOs and ETs.
The likely truth of the matter is that much of the material is genuine, but contain an unknown portion that is deliberately misleading. Since we don’t know which portions are untrue, the entire set of documents must be viewed with suspicion. The agency could have wanted just one important point to be obfuscated, and the remainder could be dead-on accurate. Thus the power of disinformation.
The easy availability of endless material pertaining to any black-ops topic makes it a simple matter to hide any particular truth within the background noise. The cliché “saw it on the Internet” effectively disarms any sensational story from having credibility.
There are a number of self-proclaimed whistleblowers making the rounds on talk shows, eager to spill their guts on whatever areas of black-ops specialty they were exposed to. Many could be legitimate, but I tend to think that the really candid ones with sensitive information don’t live to do an interview or book, or decide to lay low.
How does one cope with this informational barrage? I use a combination of inductive and deductive reasoning that I refer to as “connecting the dots” (hence the subtitle of this blog). Knowing that there are gems of truth to be discerned in an ocean of falsehood makes for a fascinating challenge, the results of which I share in these articles.
An interesting application of connecting the dots: A frequent guest on Coast to Coast AM is Major Ed Dames. He claims to be a former remote viewer working for the CIA’s Project Stargate. He reports on various remote viewing discoveries, ranging from UFOs to upcoming natural and economic disasters.
Much of Maj. Dames material may be true, and some correlates with other remote viewers. However, on a couple of key controversial issues, he has unexpectedly sided with official government pronouncements:
On TWA 800, he reportedly “remote viewed” an electrical spark setting off a fuel tank explosion.
On the 9/11 attack, he “remote viewed” a building in Kandahar, Afghanistan where the plans for the sophisticated attack were supposedly developed (by illiterate turban-wearing militants, no doubt).
Dames also claims to know about the classified military program behind spraying toxic chemtrails in the skies, but refuses to say any more for fear it would be his last public appearance. He claims to not have any ongoing connection with the military or intel agencies, but I’m not convinced of that. His failure of the TWA 800 litmus test calls into question the integrity of his other material, particularly any that might be deemed controversial.
Look at it this way: If there were one or two controversial issues that the PTB dearly wanted to build credibility on, they may not care what other secrets get exposed in the process.
We have not touched on mind control or exotic psychic technology. This is a chilling topic that incorporates pioneering work done by Nazi scientists during WWII, and is best reserved for a separate article.