Apr 16, 2022 10:05 p.m
A commentary by Caitlin Johnstone
NBC News recently ran a report somewhat cynically titled “In a break with the past, the US is using intelligence to wage an information war with Russia, even when the intelligence isn’t rock solid.” released. That report quotes several anonymous remaining US officials as saying that the Biden administration was rapidly leaking “intelligence” about Russia’s plans in Ukraine based on “little faith” or “analysis rather than hard evidence” — or outright lied – to wage an information war against Putin.
The report goes on to say that the US government does this by deliberately disseminating false or unsubstantiated claims about imminent chemical weapons attacks, or about Russian plans to orchestrate a false flag attack in the Donbass to justify an invasion, reports about Putins Advisors who, out of fear, are not supposed to inform him enough about the course of the war and about the fact that Russia has asked China for arms deliveries. An excerpt from the report:
“It was a claim that drew global attention and made headlines: US officials claimed they had evidence that Russia may be preparing to use chemical warfare agents in Ukraine.
President Joe Biden later stated this publicly. But three US government officials told NBC News there was no evidence Russia would use chemical weapons in Ukraine. They claimed the US released the information to discourage Russia from using the banned weapons.
This is just one example in a series of examples that the Biden administration set a precedent with the latest case, using declassified intelligence as part of an information warfare against Russia. The government did so even when intelligence agencies were not adamant about the allegations, one of the officials said, to try to throw Russian President Vladimir Putin off balance.”
So they lied. The Biden administration may think they lied for noble reasons, but they lied nonetheless. She knowingly spread information that she had no reason to believe was true – and these lies were picked up and spread by the most influential media in the Western world. Another example of the Biden administration publishing a false narrative as part of its “information war”:
“Similarly, the allegation that Russia has turned to China for possible military assistance lacks solid evidence, a European government official and two US officials said. According to the US officials, there is no evidence that China is considering arming Russia The Biden administration was merely spreading this as a warning to China not to do so, they said.”
About the claim of the Empire that Putin is being misled by his advisers for fear of telling him the truth about the course of the war, NBC reports that this assessment was “inconclusive and based more on analysis than hard evidence.”
I was upset about this ridiculous CIA press release on twitter made fun of, which was published uncritically by the New York Times under the guise of breaking news. we had fun too, when State Department spokesman Ned Price slipped into the role of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones last February when he falsely claimed that Russia was about to release a “false flag” video in which crisis actors should be used to justify an invasion of Ukraine. Other US government lies addressed in the NBC report were less cute:
“In another disclosure, US officials said one reason for not providing Ukraine with MiG fighter jets was that intelligence reports indicated that Russia would view such a move as an escalation.
While that was true, it was also true in the case of the Stinger anti-aircraft missiles provided to Ukraine by the Biden government, two US officials noted, adding that the government is leaking information surrounding the MiG shipments left to support the argument why they could not be delivered to Ukraine.”
So the Biden administration knew it was sending weapons to Ukraine that would be perceived by a nuclear superpower as a provocative escalation, but sent them anyway and then lied about it.
This NBC report confirms rumors we’ve been hearing for months. Professional US war cheerer Max Boot said last February, via the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, that the Biden administration had “heralded a new era in information warfare” with targeted releases of intelligence intended not to disseminate truth but to influence Putin’s decisions.
Former MI6 chief John Sawers also shared in February informed the think tank Atlantic Council that the Biden administration’s “intelligence” releases were based more on general sentiment than actual intelligence facts, and were geared towards manipulation rather than information.
And in case you’re wondering, no, NBC didn’t just release a major leak involving US government-related whistleblowers using the “free press to boldly expose the lies of the powerful.” One of the report’s authors is Ken Dilanian, who was revealed in 2014 to have literally worked as a CIA agent while writing for the Los Angeles Times. When you see the Dilanian name in a byline, you can be sure you’re reading exactly what the US empire executives want the public to read.
But why are we being told all this now? Isn’t the US government concerned that it may lose public trust if it admits it consistently lies about a high-profile international conflict? And if this is an “information war” aimed at “getting inside Putin’s head,” as NBC’s sources claimed, wouldn’t open coverage of it by the mainstream press completely defeats the purpose?
Well, the answer to that question is where it starts to get really scary. I’m open to all arguments and theories on the subject, but as far as I know, the only reason the US government is making this story public via NBC is because they want the general public to know about it. And the only plausible reason I can think of for wanting the public to know about this is that they are confident that the public will agree with these lies.
To get a better sense of what I’m getting at, it helps to watch the TV version of the NBC report to watchin which Dilanian and NBC host Alison Morris gushed about how brilliant and wonderful it is that the Biden administration is using these psychological warfare tactics to “bring chaos into Putin’s mind.”
The message an indoctrinated NBC viewer gets from watching this section of the report is, “Isn’t that great? Our president is doing all these cool 3D moves to beat Putin, and we’re kind of a Part of it!”
It has long been evident that the US empire is working to tighten control over the narrative to strengthen its hegemonic dominance over the planet, through internet censorship, propaganda, manipulation of Silicon Valley algorithms, and the Normalization of the persecution of journalists. Perhaps we are now simply at the stage of imperial narrative control, where one begins to openly fabricate public approval for being lied to for their own good.
Just as the smear campaign against Julian Assange conditioned mainstream liberals to defend their government’s right to keep dark secrets from them, we may now be witnessing the stage in the development of narrative control where mainstream liberals are being conditioned to defend their government’s right government to lie to them.
The United States is escalating Cold War aggression against Russia and China in a desperate bid to secure unipolar hegemony. Psychological warfare has traditionally played an important role in Cold War maneuvers, as it is not possible to act more directly against nuclear-armed enemies. Now would definitely be the right time to get the “thinkers” of both mainstream US political factions to fanatically applaud their government’s war-psychological manipulations.
A cursory look online at what mainstream liberals are writing about this NBC report shows that this process is indeed under way. It seems widely accepted in liberal circles that the world’s most powerful government uses the world’s most powerful media institutions to lie to the public for strategic territorial gains. If this continues to be accepted by the public, it will make things a lot easier for empire managers in the future.
Translated from the English.
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