Back in the good old days, when things were more innocent and simple, the psychopathic Central Intelligence Agency had to covertly infiltrate the news media to manipulate the information Americans were consuming about their nation and the world. Nowadays, there is no meaningful separation between the news media and the CIA at all.
Excellent and critically important journalism by Caitlin Johnstone. As someone old enough to have watched the Army–McCarthy hearings on TV in 1954 which destroyed the lives of countless intellectuals, academics, artists, and Hollywood screenwriters, it’s incredible to watch a reincarnation of that era taking place now when we—and especially journalists—should know better. The public and journalists seem to forget that Joe McCarthy was censored, disgraced, and exposed as a purveyor of propaganda. It's never been more obvious that our top political, military and intelligence officials and the media they control are engaged in a disinformation campaign aimed at American citizens in service of fabricating “enemies” to justify their huge budgets and genocidal colonial wars. Their utter lack of concern let alone guilt for the millions of innocent human beings murdered or displaced as refugees as a result of US "interventionist wars" and “wars on drugs” in Latin America and the middle east based on lies is astounding. The bipartisan racist, sociopathic zeitgeist that describes both US domestic and foreign policy is unconscionable.
KNOWING that this is happening and CARING that this is happening are two very distinct things. I think what informs the latter -- and justifies it -- is the goal of the non-stop propaganda that we're all subjected to. "Sure, we may not be Boy Scouts, but get a load of those other guys." This leaves very little room for outrage.
Bountygate struck me as bogus from the beginning. I first assume that the Russians are not stupid. Second, I could not come up with any rational reason why the Russians would offer bounties on U.S. heads and several reasons why doing so would be really dumb. Third, there was no credible evidence to support the charge.
It's amazing to me that I have to rely on young journalists like Caitlin Johnstone, Glenn Greenwald, Aaron Mate, Matt Taibbi, Max Blumenthal, et al to have access to journalism unfiltered by the national security state.
What? Are you telling me the CIA is not credible? Next, you'll be telling me there's gambling going on!
The best ludicrous provocation and deceptive practices are best seen in the Hollywood film comedy "Wag the Dog" pointing to a fake war devised by a US president with Albania. Robert DiNiro plays the top CIA personnel devising it with blondie assistant, and Dustin Hoffman is the egotist producer. While billed a 'comedy', it could today be a documentary.
Also offensive psyops and false narratives against individual U.S. citizens. Urgent report @ treebearblog.wordpress.com