The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism in society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country…. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world. —Edward Bernays
Back in 1938, as fascism was sweeping across Europe, George Seldes presciently observed: “It is possible to fool all the people all the time—when government and press cooperate.”
Of all the abuses America has suffered at the hands of the government in its endless war on terror, possibly the worst has been the war on truth. On the one hand, the executive branch has vastly expanded what it wants to know: something of a vast gathering of previously private truths. On the other hand, it has ruined lives to stop the public from gaining any insight into its dark arts, waging a war on truth.
America has become accustomed to a permanent state of war. Only a small slice of society—including many poor and rural teenagers—fight and die, while a permanent national security elite rotates among senior government posts, contracting companies, think tanks, and television commentary, opportunities that would disappear if America was suddenly at peace. To most of America, war has become not only tolerable but profitable, and so there is no longer any great incentive to end it.
They are the beneficiaries of one of the largest transfers of wealth from public to private hands in American history. America’s richest discovered that the hottest way to make money was to get inside Washington’s national security apparatus. With new regulations, Wall Street is no longer quite as attractive as it was before the banking crisis, so the nation’s most clever men have targeted the steady flow of billions into counter-terrorism programs. Washington’s partisan budget battles have left counter-terrorism spending largely unscathed. One study found that government spending on homeland security has been so excessive that the only way it could be considered cost-effective would be if it funded programs that prevented 1,667 terrorist attacks—each year—like the 2010 Times Square attempted car bombing. That would mean stopping four terrorist attacks in the United States every day.
==Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War (James Risen)
Please, Please listen to these video’s–and then ask yourself a simple question: If Russia was operating in Canada the way we have operated in the Ukraine, what the hell do you think the global American Empire would do about it?
The U.S. is backing Ukraine’s extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.
Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House. As historian Gabriel Kolko observed in 1988, “The notion of an honest puppet is a contradiction Washington has failed to resolve anywhere in the world since 1945.” What follows is a brief A to Z guide to the history of that failure.
Moscow believes that US President Barack Obama is seeking a regime change in Russia by putting pressure on President Vladimir Putin and his government, political analyst Jeff Steinberg says