FBI agents conducting undercover investigations have now been given the green light to impersonate journalists, the Justice Department determined last week — effectively legalizing the government’s most notorious propaganda program, Operation Mockingbird.
Last Thursday, the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General published what’s become the subject of outrage for journalists, civil and constitutional rights advocates, and legal experts — “A Review of the FBI’s Impersonation of a Journalist in a Criminal Investigation.”
Allowing agents to infiltrate media organizations for any reason threatens to utterly undermine public trust, kill the very concept of journalistic integrity, and throttle the flow of information from sources and whistleblowers concerned with the legitimacy of journalists they contact.
As shocking as the finding sounds, it only validates the practice — in fact, the report centers around a case from 2007 in which an FBI agent pretended to be an Associated Press journalist to identify an elusive suspect online. At the time, the FBI “did not prohibit agents from impersonating journalists or from posing as a member of a news organization,” the report states.
But even the ubiquitous, mainstream AP — whose outlet became an unwitting pawn for the agency — sharply criticized the DOJ’s announcement.
“The Associated Press is deeply disappointed by the Inspector General’s findings, which effectively condone the FBI’s impersonation of an AP journalist in 2007,” Associated Press Vice President Paul Colford said in a statement cited by US News. “Such action compromises the ability of a free press to gather the news safely and effectively and raises serious constitutional concerns.”
In 2007, a high school student near Seattle emailed a series of bomb threats to his school, but his use of proxy servers thwarted police efforts to learn his identity — so they asked for assistance from the FBI’s Northwest Cybercrime Task Force.
Agents devised a plan, and, as the Intercept summarized, “An undercover agent sent the student email impersonating an editor for the Associated Press. The email included links to a fake news site designed to look like the Seattle Times.”
When the student followed the links, malware revealing his actual location installed itself.
It wasn’t until an ACLU technologist accidentally discovered copies of the bogus news stories in 2014 — buried in pages the Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained from the FBI via a Freedom of Information Act request in 2011 — that the plot to pose as journalists came to light, generating massive controversy and consternation.
Furthering the contempt, FBI Director James Comey penned a letter to the editor of the New York Times defending the agency’s impersonation, dismissively stating “we do use deception at times to catch crooks, but we are acting responsibly and legally.”
A review was launched by the OIG, but Thursday’s conclusion simply confirmed the FBI’s previous finding it had done nothing wrong — and may proceed with future journalistic deception.
In June this year, the FBI firmed up its rules for when an agent can pretend to be a journalist — but the added rules haven’t quelled the ire.
As long as agents receive approval from the head of the FBI field office, the Undercover Review Committee, and the deputy director of the FBI — who then must meet with the deputy attorney general — they are free to pose as journalists during undercover investigations.
“We believe the new interim policy on undercover activities that involve FBI employees posing as members of the news media is a significant improvement to FBI policies that existed,” states the inspector general.
But no one outside the FBI or DOJ’s Office of Inspector General who grasps the grievous threat to free speech and press — or the potential slippery slope law enforcement co-opting the media represents — agrees anything short of an abolishment on the practice could be acceptable.
“The FBI guidelines adopted in 2016 in response to this incident still permit the FBI to impersonate news organizations and other third parties without their consent in certain cases, and fail to address the host of other dangers associated with FBI hacking,” Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU legislative counsel, said in a statement cited by US News.
“The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press is deeply troubled by today’s disclosure,” David Boardman, RCFP steering committee chairman, wrote in a statement last Thursday, “that the FBI believes that there is a place in this country for federal agents to impersonate journalists. Such a policy can seriously damage the public’s trust in its free press and the ability of journalists to hold government accountable. We urge the Justice Department to take seriously the need for reform and the importance of protecting the integrity of the newsgathering process.”
Anyone with cursory knowledge of the U.S. government’s nefarious programs to control its citizenry will undoubtedly see similarities between the FBI’s fake journalism plot and the post-World War II CIA propaganda campaign, Operation Mockingbird.
To ensure support for its operations and views, the CIA clandestinely recruited American journalists and media outlets, funded the creation of student and cultural organizations, launched purely propaganda-based print media, and, ultimately, worked its way into political campaigns and employed similar methods abroad.
Mainstream outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, and many others, actively and willingly disseminated propaganda disguised as news — through suppression, censorship, and selective focus, etc. — in the interest of the government.
Mockingbird covertly influenced national opinion for years, nefariously planting the CIA’s narrative on the unwitting collective public mind before finally being at least partially exposed over a decade later. It wasn’t until a congressional investigation in 1975 the putative full extent of the program was revealed. Although the CIA claimed it would no longer recruit journalists and media organizations into its folds, Mockingbird has oft been rumored never to have stopped.
Besides the revelations in this article concerning the FBI, documents revealed the government actively tried to influence public thought about Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, in 2011.
It would seem Mockingbird endures to this day — and whatever premise the government claims as reason to become the American media — the public remains, for the large part, its oblivious, captive audience.
The CIA should be going into the propaganda tea business.
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by Jon Rappoport
December 14, 2016
Assuming these “rogue-Electors” from the Electoral College get a briefing on the “Russian election-hack” from the CIA, and assuming the Electors have a few working brain cells, and assuming they care, here are the top 11 questions they should ask the CIA presenter:
Questions One through Three (repeated with enthusiasm and fervor): Are you just going to feed us generalities and tell us you can’t detail specifics because that would compromise your methods and personnel? We can read the generalities in the Washington Post, whose owner, Jeff Bezos, chief honcho at Amazon, has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing services, so he and the Post and the CIA are in bed together.
Question Four: We need a precise distinction here. How did “Russia hacked the DNC, Hillary, Podesta, and Weiner emails and fed the emails to WikiLeaks who released them” suddenly morph into “Russia hacked the election vote”?
Question Five: The security systems that protected the DNC, Hillary, Podesta, and Weiner emails were so feeble a child could have gotten past them in a few minutes. Why should we assume high-level Russian agents were involved?
Question Six: Not only does the CIA have a history of lying to the American people, lying is part of your job description. Why should we believe you? Take your time. We can have food brought in.
Question Seven: We’re getting the feeling you’re talking down to us as if we’re the peasants and you’re the feudal barons. Why is that? Do you work for us, or do we work for you? Once upon a time, before you went to work for the Agency, were you like us, or were you always arrogant and dismissive?
Question Eight: Let’s put aside for a moment the question of who leaked all those emails. What about the substance and content of the emails? Was all that forged or was it real? If you claim there was forgery, prove it. Put a dozen emails up on that big screen and take us through them, piece by piece, and show us where and how the forgery occurred. By the way, why didn’t you allow us to bring several former NSA analysts into this briefing? Are we living in the US or the USSR?
Question Nine: Are you personally a computer expert, sir? Or are you merely relaying what someone else at the CIA told you? Would you spell your name for us again? What is your job description at the Agency? Do you work in public information? Are you tasked with “being convincing”?
Question Ten: Do you think we’re completely stupid?
Question Eleven: Let’s all let our hair down, okay? Forget facts and specifics. Of course we want to overthrow the election and install Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office. So do you. We’re on the same team. But we need you to give us something, anything. So far, this briefing is embarrassing. Once we get out of here, we want to tell a few persuasive lies. Give us a Russian name, any name. Or a location in Russia we can use. The brand name of a Russian vodka. Caviar. Something that sounds Russian. Make up a code with letters and numbers. Help us out. How about the name of an American who who’s actually a Russian spy? You could shoot him later today in a “gun battle at a shopping mall.” That would work.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.
In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest news of the CIA’s claim of Russian hackers electing president Donald Trump. There is a lot of disinformation in the mainstream with this story only perptrated by real FAKE NEWS the Washington Post and Jeff Bezos.
Shut up, die, and get real jobs sold-out Western media presstitutes! A Canadian REAL Western journalist nails it!
Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten
When you talk about the Syrian people and what the Syrian people want, how can you quantify that? Do you have any independent surveys where you can actually document that? And secondly, you talk about the corporate media, the western media, the lies and all of this. Could you explain what you think might be the agenda from us in the Western media, and why we should lie, why the international organizations on the ground should lie? Why we shouldn’t believe all these absolutely documentable facts that we see from the ground? These hospitals being bombed, these civilians you are talking about, the atrocities that they have been experiencing. How can you justify calling all of us liars?
Independent Canadian Journalist
I mean, there are certainly honest journalists amongst the very compromised establishment media. Let’s start with your second question. So, international organizations on the ground. Tell me which ones are on the ground in Eastern Aleppo? Yeah, ok, I’ll tell you. There are none. There are none.
These organizations are relying on the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights [SOHR], which is based in Coventry, UK, which is one man. They are relying on compromised groups like the White Helmets which… Let’s talk about the White Helmets. The White Helmets were founded in 2013 by a British ex-military officer, they have been funded to the tune of $100 million by the US, UK, Europe and other states. They purport to be rescuing civilians in Eastern Aleppo and Idlib… Yet no one in Eastern Aleppo has heard of them; and I say “no one” bearing in mind that now 95% of these areas of Eastern Aleppo are liberated. The White Helmets purport to be neutral, yet they can be found carrying guns and standing on the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers. And their video footage actually contains children that have been “recycled” in different reports. So you can find a girl named Aya who turns up in a report in month, say, August, and she turns up in the next month, in two different locations. So, they are not credible. The SOHR is not credible. “Unnamed activists” are not credible. Once or twice maybe, but every time? Not credible. So, your sources on the ground – you don’t have them.
As for your agenda, not your, but the agenda of some corporate media: it is the agenda of regime change. How can the New York Times…I was reading it this morning…or how can Democracy Now, which I was reading the other day, maintain until this day that this is a civil war in Syria? How can they maintain until this day that the protests were unarmed and non-violent until say 2012? That is absolutely not true. How can they maintain that the Syrian government is attacking civilians in Aleppo, when every person that’s coming out of these areas occupied by terrorists is saying the opposite?
How do I quantify the support of the Syrian people? The elections. In 2014 the Syrian people held elections.
The point being overwhelmingly the people support president Assad.
There are people that want change in the government. We’re not pretending they don’t want change. Everybody wants change. But in terms of support of the government the point is they don’t see president Assad as the problem. They see the problem as terrorism, they see elements of problems in the system that they have there. But president Assad they don’t see as a problem. They actually overwhelmingly support him. So, I’m basing it on their choice in their leader and I’m basing it on my own interactions from people in Syria.
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This is because of the blatant display of non-cooperation by the United States when, as the Syrian Arab Army were operating against Daesh in Eastern Aleppo, another contingent of CIA terrorists was sent to Palmyra to reoccupy the ancient iconic city earlier recovered with the help of Russian war planes.
The United States avoids attacking al-Nusra Front in every possible way, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
The US position at talks with Russia on Syria might be explained by Washington’s wish to protect al-Nusra Front, the minister said adding that the talks with the US on Syria are ‘fruitless gatherings’.
“The contacts continue, but every time we agree on something, the US side backtracks from the agreements that have already been reached,” Lavrov said.
According to Lavrov, the US position at talks with Russia is explained by wanting to protect he Nusra Front militant group from attacks.
“They continue to avoid taking aim at Nusra Front militants in every way possible,” Lavrov added.
Meanwhile, Russia is in talks with all militant groups in Syria, apart from al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorists, Lavrov said.
“We’re in talks with militant groups ‘on the ground’ in Syria apart Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists,” he said.
Calls for ‘regime of silence’ are aimed at militants getting rest, receiving armaments, the Russian top diplomat added.
“Unlike Syria, nobody in Iraq, Libya or especially Yemen demands to immediately cease hostilities and implement a ‘regime of silence’ before the talks. But these demands for ‘silent regime’ are focused on one thing — to help terrorists to give terrorist a break, get the new weapons and armament. That’s what happened recently in Palmyra,” Lavrov said.
At the same time Russia hopes that the situation in Aleppo will be finally resolved in the next two or three days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.
“Only the intervention of our Russian Aerospace Forces allowed the Syrian to stop this threat [Islamic State] with great difficulty and begin to push terrorists out. I hope that in the next two or three days the situation in eastern Aleppo will be resolved, we have created humanitarian corridors which were used by tens of thousands of civilians to leave, they have left,” Lavrov said.
The main goal in Syria at the moment is resolving the situation in Aleppo and returning the city to normal life, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
“The main [aim] now is to put an end to the tragedy of Aleppo, return the people to normal life, begin restoration of this ancient and, in fact, the biggest Syrian city,” Lavrov said.
Claims that Russia is forcing the civilian population to leave Aleppo are not true, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
“The US representatives in international organizations make public statements that it is a bad idea [to evacuate civilians out of Aleppo], that the Russians are forcing civilians out of Aleppo. Nobody is forcing anyone out. Those who want to leave are the only ones to leave,” Lavrov said.
What we have from the Russian side is more than just an expression of frustration about their partners dirty tactics in Syria. More than anything else, this is a signal that the Russian side is moving towards another level of engagement against the Khazarian Cabal, i.e. no more kid gloves as far as terrorists and dishonorable geopoliticians are concerned.
And it’s not only FM Lavrov whose patience is running dry, but other personalities, too, in the United Nations are tired of the whole travesty.
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We can demonstrate our power by bankrupting the latest politically correct movie – Rogue One. The writers tell us that a diverse cast is led by a woman in their revolt against the white supremacists as symbolized by the Star Wars Troopers. Well, they are white robots so white men ought to feel guilty.
They spent $200 million on this turkey. Bankrupt them.
We don’t have to pay Hollywood money to make fun of us.
Let’s take a preemptive strike against the Global Elite. Do you remember a Supreme Court Justice leaked the Neo-Liberal agenda? He said that first they would take away our ability to communicate freely with each other on the Internet early in 2017. That was after Andrew Breitbart had been murdered and just before Justice Antonin Scalia was killed.
Now we are told that anyone who disagrees with the billionaires who think they own our government and says so in the media is guilty of purveying Fake News. They want to take down our websites and ban us from the marketplace of ideas.
We can strike back. Turn off the corporate media. The teleprompter readers are paid millions of dollars to tell us lies. Let them try unemployment. When they lose their jobs, you can tell them that their network said the unemployment rate is 4.6% so it’s their fault that they’re out of work.
Remember: When TV station licenses are up for renewal, go testify at the hearing. Bring your evidence that they lie to us and have your your friends join you. Let them lose their license to operate a TV station. Ditto for radio stations.
Your life depends on your ability to say No to the Global Elite.
When this Depression hits with full force, you will need a voice to speak for you. If there is nobody to defend you, then you can just disappear. Obama made the Disappearance of Americans legal with the NDAA.
President Trump can be killed. Bombs can blow up buildings with Americans inside. But you won’t be able to tell anyone what happened and what will happen next no matter how obvious the government lies appear to you. That is if we let the Independent media go dark.
Bankrupt the Rogue One movie before Christmas. Send a message.
Turn off corporate network news.
Support your favorite alternative news sites. Forward the articles you read and the videos you watch.
Besides Rogue One is a lousy movie. It was so bad that they had to do 4 weeks of reshoots to salvage something. If you don’t believe me watch the review.