“The CIA and the media are part of the same criminal conspiracy,” wrote Douglas Valentine in his important book, The CIA As Organized Crime.
Another way of putting this is to say for all practical purposes when it comes to matters that bear on important foreign and domestic matters, the CIA and the corporate mainstream media cannot be distinguished.
For those who read and study history, it has long been known that the CIA has placed their operatives throughout every agency of the U.S. government, as explained by Fletcher Prouty in The Secret Team, The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World; that CIA officers Cord Myer and Frank Wisner operated secret programs to get some of the most vocal exponents of intellectual freedom among intellectuals, journalists, and writers to be their voices for unfreedom and censorship, as explained by Frances Stonor Saunders in The Cultural Cold War and Joel Whitney in Finks, among others; that Cord Myer was especially focused on and successful in “courting the Compatible Left” since right wingers were already in the Agency’s pocket. All this is documented and not disputed. It is shocking only to those who don’t do their homework and see what is happening today outside a broad historical context.
With the rise of alternate media and a wide array of dissenting voices on the internet, the establishment felt threatened and went on the defensive. It therefore should come as no surprise that those same elite corporate media are now leading the charge for increased censorship and the denial of free speech to those they deem dangerous, whether that involves wars, rigged elections, foreign coups, COVID-19, vaccinations, or the lies of the corporate media themselves. Having already banned critics from writing in their pages and or talking on their screens, these media giants want to make the quieting of dissenting voices complete.
Just the other day The New York Times had this headline:
Robert Kennedy Jr. Barred From Instagram Over False Virus Claims.
Notice the lack of the word alleged before “false virus claims.” This is guilt by headline. It is a perfect piece of propaganda posing as reporting, since it accuses Kennedy, a brilliant and honorable man, of falsity and stupidity, thus justifying Instagram’s ban, and it is an inducement to further censorship of Mr. Kennedy by Facebook that owns Instagram. That ban should follow soon, as the Times’ reporter Jennifer Jett hopes, since she accusingly writes that RFK, Jr. “makes many of the same baseless claims to more than 300,000 followers” at Facebook. Jett made sure her report also went to msn.com and The Boston Globe.
This is one example of the censorship underway with much, much more to follow. What was once done under the cover of omission is now done openly and brazenly, cheered on by those who, in an act of bad faith, claim to be upholders of the First Amendment and the importance of free debate in a democracy. We are quickly slipping into an unreal totalitarian social order.
Which brings me to the recent work of Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi, both of whom have strongly and rightly decried this censorship. As I understand their arguments, they go like this.
First, the corporate media have today divided up the territory and speak only to their own audiences in echo chambers: liberal to liberals (read: the “allegedly” liberal Democratic Party), such as The New York Times, NBC, etc., and conservative to conservatives (read” the “allegedly” conservative Donald Trump), such as Fox News, Breitbart, etc. They have abandoned old school journalism that, despite its shortcomings, involved objectivity and the reporting of disparate facts and perspectives, but within limits. Since the digitization of news, their new business models are geared to these separate audiences since they are highly lucrative choices. It’s business driven since electronic media have replaced paper as advertising revenues have shifted and people’s ability to focus on complicated issues has diminished drastically. Old school journalism is suffering as a result and thus writers such as Greenwald and Taibbi and Chris Hedges (who interviewed Taibbi and concurs: part one here) have taken their work to the internet to escape such restrictive categories and the accompanying censorship.
Secondly, the great call for censorship is not something the Silicon Valley companies want because they want more people using their media since it means more money for them, but they are being pressured to do it by the traditional old school media, such as The New York Times, who now employ “tattletales and censors,” people who are power hungry jerks, to sniff out dissenting voices that they can recommend should be banned. Greenwald says:
They do it in part for power: to ensure nobody but they can control the flow of information. They do it partly for ideology and out of hubris: the belief that their worldview is so indisputably right that all dissent is inherently dangerous ‘disinformation.’
Thus, the old school print and television media are not on the same page as Facebook, Twitter, etc. but have opposing agendas.
In short, these shifts and the censorship are about money and power within the media world as the business has been transformed by the digital revolution.
To argue that the Silicon valley companies do not want to censor but are being pressured by the legacy corporate media does not make sense. These companies are deeply connected to U.S. intelligence agencies, as are the NYTimes, CNN, NBC, etc. They too are part of what was once called Operation Mockingbird, the CIA’s program to control, use, and infiltrate the media. Only the most naïve would think that such a program does not exist today.
In Surveillance Valley, investigative reporter Yasha Levine documents how Silicon valley tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google are tied to the military-industrial-intelligence-media complex in surveillance and censorship; how the Internet was created by the Pentagon; and even how these shadowy players are deeply involved in the so-called privacy movement that developed after Edward Snowden’s revelations. Like Valentine, and in very detailed ways, Levine shows how the military-industrial-intelligence-digital-media complex is part of the same criminal conspiracy as is the traditional media with their CIA overlords. It is one club.
Many people, however, might find this hard to believe because it bursts so many bubbles, including the one that claims that these tech companies are pressured into censorship by the likes of The New York Times, etc. The truth is the Internet was a military and intelligence tool from the very beginning and it is not the traditional corporate media that gives it its marching orders.
That being so, it is not the owners of the corporate media or their employees who are the ultimate controllers behind the current vast crackdown on dissent, but the intelligence agencies who control the mainstream media and the Silicon valley monopolies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. All these media companies are but the outer layer of the onion, the means by which messages are sent and people controlled.
But for whom do these intelligence agencies work? Not for themselves.
They work for their overlords, the super wealthy people, the banks, financial institutions, and corporations that own the United States and always have. In a simple twist of fate, such super wealthy naturally own the media corporations that are essential to their control of the majority of the world’s wealth through the stories they tell. It is a symbiotic relationship. As FDR put it bluntly in 1933, this coterie of wealthy forces is the “financial element in the larger centers [that] has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” Their wealth and power has increased exponentially since then, and their connected tentacles have further spread to create what is an international deep state that involves such entities as the IMF, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, those who meet yearly at Davos, etc. They are the international overlords who are pushing hard to move the world toward a global dictatorship.
As is well known, or should be, the CIA was the creation of Wall St. and serves the interests of the wealthy owners. Peter Dale Scott, in “The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld,” says of Allen Dulles, the nefarious longest running Director of the CIA and Wall St. lawyer for Sullivan and Cromwell:
There seems to be little difference in Allen Dulles’s influence whether he was a Wall Street lawyer or a CIA director.
It was Dulles, long connected to Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, international corporations, and a friend of Nazi agents and scientists, who was tasked with drawing up proposals for the CIA. He was ably assisted by five Wall St. bankers or investors, including the aforementioned Frank Wisner who later, as a CIA officer, said his “Mighty Wurlitzer” was “capable of playing any propaganda tune he desired.” This he did by recruiting intellectuals, writers, reporters, labor organizations, and the mainstream corporate media, etc. to propagate the CIA’s messages.
Greenwald, Taibbi, and Hedges are correct up to a point, but they stop short. Their critique of old school journalism à la Edward Herman’s and Noam Chomsky’s Manufacturing of Consent model, while true as far as it goes, fails to pin the tail on the real donkey. Like old school journalists who knew implicitly how far they could go, these guys know it too, as if there is an invisible electronic gate that keeps them from wandering into dangerous territory.
The censorship of Robert Kennedy, Jr. is an exemplary case. His banishment from Instagram and the ridicule the mainstream media have heaped upon him for years is not simply because he raises deeply informed questions about vaccines, Bill Gates, the pharmaceutical companies, etc. His critiques suggest something far more dangerous is afoot: the demise of democracy and the rise of a totalitarian order that involves total surveillance, control, eugenics, etc. by the wealthy led by their intelligence propagandists.
To call him a super spreader of hoaxes and a conspiracy theorist is aimed at not only silencing him on specific medical issues, but to silence his powerful and articulate voice on all issues. To give thoughtful consideration to his deeply informed scientific thinking concerning vaccines, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, etc., is to open a can of worms that the powerful want shut tight.
This is because RFK, Jr. is also a severe critic of the enormous power of the CIA and its propaganda that goes back so many decades and was used to cover up the national security state’s assassinations of his father and uncle, JFK. It is why his wonderful recent book, American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, that contains not one word about vaccines, was shunned by mainstream book reviewers; for the picture he paints fiercely indicts the CIA in multiple ways while also indicting the mass media that have been its mouthpieces. These worms must be kept in the can, just as the power of the international overlords represented by the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forumwith its Great Reset must be. They must be dismissed as crackpot conspiracy theories not worthy of debate or exposure.
Robert Kennedy, Jr., by name and dedication to truth seeking, conjures up his father’s ghost, the last politician who, because of his vast support across racial and class divides, could have united the country and tamed the power of the CIA to control the narrative that has allowed for the plundering of the world and the country for the wealthy overlords.
So they killed him.
There is a reason Noam Chomsky is an exemplar for Hedges, Greenwald, and Taibbi. He controls the can opener for so many. He has set the parameters for what is considered acceptable to be considered a serious journalist or intellectual. The assassinations of the Kennedys, 9/11, or a questioning of the official Covid-19 story are not among them, and so they are eschewed.
To denounce censorship, as they have done, is admirable. But now Greenwald, Taibbi, and Hedges need go up to the forbidden gate with the sign that says – “This far and no further” – and jump over it. That’s where the true stories lie. That’s when they’ll see the worms squirm.
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“But now Greenwald, Taibbi, and Hedges need go up to the forbidden gate with the sign that says – “This far and no further” – and jump over it. That’s where the true stories lie. That’s when they’ll see the worms squirm.”
I have long appreciated Chomsky’s, Hedges’ and Taibbi’s writing, but it does seem that they do go right up to the sign that says – “No further” and stop there.
As if they’re doing exactly what Chomsky wrote in “Manufacturing Consent”:
““The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”
I have long held reservations about Greenwald.
NSA whistleblower, Sibel Edmonds, has written many in depth articles about him, Snowden and “checkbook journalism” over the years. She raises many compelling questions.
The “disease”, as Ed implies, goes much deeper than the obvious. I maintain that the origins are not represented by a few “evil” people, but by the ideology that has given birth to them. A significant indicator may be glimpsed in Dr Michael Hudson’s description of “Economics as the study of Exploitation”. You may be surprised that the study of “Economics” as a faculty is less than 100 years old.
The problem is so much deeper & more complex than an essay can reasonably outline.
4-5 books combined can sum up the problem and provide better understanding:
• National Security and Double Government by Michael J Glennon – Regarding the non-elected Bureaucracy that controls much governmental functions & public policy.
• A Republic No More by Jay Cost – Regarding how special interest legislation, financed/influenced by Big Money, is controlling public policy (via influence over those non-elected Bureaucrats from above, and Politicians).
• The New Media Monopoly by Ben Bagdikian – Regarding how the media, of both the “left” and “right”, with shared financial cross-ownership, Corporate Governance (Boards, etc.) and other close working relationships work like a cartel, creating & spewing entertainment guised as “news”. Often utilizing that entertainment to distract from the fact that special interest controls our supposed democracy.
• Giants – The Global Power Elite by Peter Phillips – Regarding how the largest investment banks have become the largest shareholder of the largest “competing” corporations, in most every single industry. And how they similarly exist as the largest shareholders/investors of each other, like a true Cartel.
These are the firms that hold the money to acquire & hold the massive shares which allow them the votes & massive control over Corporate Governance, driving those special interests (via lobby spending, campaign contributions, etc.) that influence Bureaucrats & Politicians, thus effectively controlling the U.S. economy, giving them leverage over most every single aspect of the lives of most everyone, in numerous countries.
Big Everything, created by these numerous factors above, is like a gigantic, monstrous Hydra.
Each head of that monstrous Hydra can be represented by different segments of society, from Big Tech to Big Media to Big Med to Big Pharma to Big Oil to Big Energy to Big Auto to Big Finance to Big Banks to Big AgriChem to Big Food to Big Politics to Big Government, etc.
Merely attacking one segment is like merely attacking one head of that monstrous Hydra.
There are numerous other heads to continue supporting that monstrous Hydra, as that severed head is allowed to regenerate.
Worse, due to its monstrous size, omnipotence, and omnipresence, the masses are not only unable to attack all the heads of that Hydra, but forced to support the other heads (for employment, for investments, for food, for energy, for healthcare, and so on, and so on, and so on……….
The masses are therefore actively supporting & strengthening the same monstrous Hydra that is enslaving & devouring them.
Someone just posted this link on Caitlin Johnstone’s blog. Thought that Ed and his readers would like to listen to it, if they haven’t already. Being a reclusive codger, I don’t know who the musician is, so if someone does know, please clue me in.
Worse than I knew…, and I’m reminded of what I recently heard a elderly woman say; “We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom”.
A very valued old friend of mine once cautioned me, “A true artist never explains”!
…If one is intellectually honest, then one will not have difficulty in connecting the following dots: Operation Paperclip and Operation Mockingbird…
A friend just shared the link to an article Kennedy published just a week ago that somehow I had missed reading, as I usually visit his site regularly. Its called: “Bill Gates and Neo-Feudalism: A Closer Look at Farmer Bill.” The article provides a wealth of examples of the type of information and analysis you speak of Ed – of all the publicly available information studiously ignored by MSM that must be shut down, ridiculed, denied, banned, ‘cancelled,’ called a “conspiracy theory,” and if necessary assassinated into silence.
The difference between speaking the “full truth” as we see it, and instead speaking only “partial truths” by eliminating all the rough edges that might offend the powerful and make us a target of their repression is hardly nuanced – its the difference between night and day, between light and darkness. Your willingness to speak the full truth Ed sets you apart from the many who cannot bring such courage to bear, instead employing any number of rationalizations and denial in order to remain safely protected from MSM allegations of heresy.
I attended an RFK webinar several nights ago and got caught up on his takedown of Gates & Wifey just this morning. The piece is full of links and complements James Corbett’s 4-part “Who is Bill Gates” that was up on Youtube for quite some time, but I believe he’s been ‘disappeared’ as of late too. He’s on Rokfin and Bitchute, and several others, having had the foresight to get moving.
He addressed what was coming last summer. I too recognized the signs, I was permanently banned from Facebook 4 months ago for anti-Nazi posts; the excuse being using actual photographs of WW II Nazis to accompany my antithetical to Nazism writings. yes indeedy, the circle (noose) is closing fast.
Thanks for this piece, I have been enjoying your work and shared it on FB back in the “day.”
Further CIA foundational material from Gabriel Rockhill:
What are we to do ? What am I to do ? There was always that knowing something is not ‘right’ …, from almost day one. It’s a good thing I had a textbook, dysfunctional family ! Anyone else have a textbook, dysfunctional family ? I assumed it is the norm, not the exception!
Our pre-pandemic way of life was a highway to hell, was it not? There we were in our gerbil wheel jobs, spinning them frantically to stay in our cages and be fed, knowing all the while that these gerbil wheels, seemingly going nowhere, were actually driving the global economy with ever increasing speed toward the death of the human spirit and planetary ecocide. Surely we knew then what we know now: that there HAD to be a great reset if there was to be a future for ourselves and for other living things. Period. Pandemic or no pandemic. Now as for the terms of that reset, who is to determine and apply them, THOSE crucial questions remain open as long as there is fight in us. Thus we must strive against the MSM and their overlords to make these questions the focus of intense, ongoing public debate. Meaningful discussion begins, however, not with the intrinsic evil of a great reset but rather with its existential necessity. That said, I whole-heartedly agree with virtually everything Ed says in this BS-less piece.
How are we to understand and formulate a democratic response to a great reset if investigation and revelation of elites and institutional connections is hidden, which would seem to be the next step beyond censoring journalism? Is it possible that some form of technology will erode the human capacity for resistance, dissent or even deep inquiry?
All good questions, Jim, and vexing ones. Let us hope that the human spirit, as it always has, will find a way to survive, perhaps even to thrive, under whatever great reset awaits us. Here’s a perceptive piece that says much better what I was trying to say about the necessity of some sort of reset being obvious, long before the pandemic reared its head.