The Washington Post reported on February 21, 2011, that U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus suggested that Afghans caught in a U.S. attack in northeastern Afghanistan burned their own children to exaggerate claims of civilian casualties. Meanwhile in a TOTALLY unrelated story, the Associated Press in Washington reported on March 26 that U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested that the Libyan government was taking bodies of people killed by pro-government forces and placing them at sites attacked by U.S. planes. What’s that clapping sound from the grave? Oh, it’s just Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels applauding the U.S. for such creative use of his big lie technique.
Monthly Archives: March 2011
By ANDREA BEAR NICHOLAS*
I recently attended a session at UNB titled “How the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet Peoples Are Key to Our Future.”
As if this title was not offensive enough, it was billed as a “conversation to focus on the ways in which First Nations People contribute to and enrich all aspects of society, and the means by which First Nations can realize their full potential in New Brunswick, particularly through education.” Continue reading
THIS indepth article, whereby “Internal Pentagon documents repeatedly refer to the military analysts as ‘message force multipliers’ or ‘surrogates’ who could be counted on to deliver administration ‘themes and messages’ to millions of Americans ‘in the form of their own opinions.’ …” concerns the U.S. Pentagon military analyst program. In parallel, something very similar unfolded in the Canadian media, whereby “analysts” have been presented by the media as “independent” third party “authorities” without disclosing their military credentials and real affiliations. They include Janice Gross Stein (DND Chair Strategic Forum), Gynne Dyer (Board, Royal Military College), David Charters (Reserve officer), and others from “foreign policy” and “strategic studies” centres financed by the Department of National Defence. –TS
[Sourcewatch] – THE Pentagon military analyst program was launched in early 2002 by then-Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Victoria Clarke. The idea was to recruit “key influentials’ to help sell a wary public on “a possible Iraq invasion.” Former NBC military analyst Kenneth Allard called the effort “psyops on steroids.”  Continue reading