|"Who's youse accusin' of innference?" Without the timely intervention of a team of top American political consultants and campaign experts, Boris Yeltsin would never have won his second term as President of the Russian Federation. The Russians waited 20 years to return the favour.|
COMES to the disinformation game, the Russians have got “form”. Perhaps their
most nefarious exercise in deceiving the world is the evil concoction known as The
Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
this antisemitic tract has caused since its publication in 1902-03 is
incalculable. Adolf Hitler was enraged by it. The American automobile
manufacturer, Henry Ford, was convinced by it, and caused hundreds-of-thousands
of copies to be distributed throughout the United States. Even after the Second
World War, the publication could be still be found in anti-Zionist bookshops
across the Middle East. Tragically, the Internet has given the document a whole
new audience to deceive.
people around the world remain convinced that The Protocols is an
accurate account of an actual secret meeting of Jewish leaders in a Prague
graveyard. The purpose of this covert conclave? The systematic subjugation of
the entire human race to the will of “International Jewry”.
authors of The Protocols were agents of the Okhrana – the Tsarist Secret
Police. Antisemitism was rife throughout the Russian Empire, especially in
those parts of Eastern Europe where Jewish communities had, over many centuries,
established themselves. Whipping up hatred of the Jews was a time-honoured way
of diverting the anger of the Russian peasantry away from their aristocratic
masters and onto their defenceless neighbours. The Protocols were
created with the express purpose of fuelling that anger. Bloody pogroms
followed its distribution in the first decade of the twentieth century.
Not only did
the “success” of The Protocols demonstrate the alarming effectiveness of
propaganda based on conspiracy theories, but it also shows how little most
people understand about the origins and purposes of the communications that
excite and motivate them. Certainly, the lessons learned by the Tsar’s secret
police were not lost on the secret policemen of the Soviet state which replaced
the Russian Empire – nor on their successors in the security services of today’s
Not that the
Russians are the only people capable of concocting and distributing
disinformation. When it comes to the operations of the “Deep State”, Britain’s
secret services have been practising the dark arts of deception since at least
the sixteenth century.
In 1924, for
example, His Majesty’s spies concocted what became known as the “Zinoviev
Letter”. This out-and-out forgery purported to prove that the Soviet
Government, hand-in-glove with the Communist Party of Great Britain, was
planning to take advantage of the recently-elected Labour Government’s
diplomatic recognition of the Soviet Union to step-up its revolutionary
agitation throughout the British Isles. Published in the Tory-aligned Daily
Mail, the Zinoviev Letter played a crucial role in bringing down Britain’s
first Labour Government.
There can be
little doubt, however, that the British disinformers’ finest hour came as the
British people battled on alone against the triumphant forces of the Nazi Reich.
Britain’s wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill, knew that Hitler could
only be defeated if the United States entered the war on Britain’s side. Accordingly,
he and the secret services were prepared to throw everything they had into a
top-secret struggle to persuade the American people to abandon their
isolationism and join the fight against Hitler.
in New York” was a remarkable Canadian-born businessman, William Stephenson.
From June 1940 until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941,
Stephenson oversaw an astonishing multi-million pound campaign of
disinformation and media manipulation designed to change America’s mind about
propaganda offensive, chronicled brilliantly by Henry Hemming in Our Man in
New York: The British Plot to Bring America into the Second World War,
involved fake news agencies distributing carefully-crafted fake news. It
commissioned world-class forgers to produce bogus German plans for the
subversion of South American governments. It infiltrated America’s leading
polling agency where its agents were able to insert “useful” questions in its
opinion surveys. Best of all, Stephenson was able to enlist the support of
William “Wild Bill” Donovan, the man who would later set up the Central
Intelligence Agency. Indeed, Hemming makes a pretty strong case for the CIA,
along with its forerunner, the Office of Strategic Services, being designed in
London, by London, for London.
In 1948, the
newly-established CIA was ready to show its British teachers what an attentive
pupil it had been. Determined to prevent the election of a Communist Party-led
government in the Italian elections of that year, the CIA unleashed a
no-holds-barred propaganda campaign designed to undermine the Italian Left and
secure victory for the Christian Democratic Party and its backers in the
Catholic Church and the Mafia. The CIA poured millions into US-controlled
newspapers, US-influenced trade unions, and US-made newsreels – often featuring
appeals from prominent Italian-Americans like Frank Sinatra to resist the
So, the next
time the United States Congress complains long and loud about Russian
interference in American elections, the rest of the world would be wise to pose
the question: “What took Moscow so long?” After all, the American-designed-and-executed
campaign to secure the re-election of the Russian Federation’s first president,
Boris Yeltsin, took place in 1996! The Russians waited 20 years before using
carefully-crafted propaganda and conspiracy theories to help secure the
election of America’s worst president – Donald Trump.
This essay was originally posted on The Daily Blog of Friday, 31 July 2020.
If only the Russians had secured the election of Trump it would have been rich irony. As it is there was never any proof, the reality was that the accusations were from the fabricated Steele dossier, paid for by the Dems to damage Trumps legitimacy.
Trump is without doubt a rotten person to elect as president, totally unfit. That said the barrage of disinformation levelled at him is fantastic in its untruthfulness.
Recently the House Democrats aided by Republicans in the pockets of defense contractor billionaires voted down Trumps attempts to remove troops from Afghanistan, and Germany and to block arms sales to the Saudis to use against Yemen. In short the military industrial complex trumped Trump. Yet Trump is depicted as a warmonger.
I suspect that most people are so deceived by the disinformation campaigns of the last five years that they think that a Democratic president will ride into Washington on a white charger to reinstall Camelot, a wokesters nirvana. I can see the billionaires, Wall St, banksters, deep state operatives, MSM moguls and neocons rubbing their hands in glee. "Fooled the public again. Keep them impoverished and stupid whilst we take the money", they will say.
Sarah Frier's book "no filter", which is the story of Instagram, has a side story in Chapter 10 which explains in layman's terms how Trump used Facebook for very effective campaigning in 2016 and also how the Russians used Facebook and Instagram to campaign for Trump.
A good summary as her information comes from many first-hand Silicon Valley sources.
Very interesting. First Meeting Gorbachev and recent interview with him, and now about Yeltsin. The Protocols would have got far up Jewish noses until everything they encountered had a nasty smell.
I think the USA problem is too much sugar. It's upsetting their physical and mental states. Maybe if they started cutting down on that and food portions it would undermine the aggressive state of disunion. I know there are some 'States' people who have balance and reasoned values but they seem to be in the back row.
It was said that Trump was going to do things differently and that there would be some gold in the dross. But not getting those useful legals through means that we aren't getting any advantage. It almost seems that we have to have another Depression. The wealthy aren't able to break their addiction to profit-making schemes, and take up some work that has good outcomes for all.
Interesting Paul, you might also look up Robert Mercer, the billionaire CEO who set up Renaissance Tech. He developed trading algorithms and applied that same knowledge to Trumps campaign, identifying specific individual voters and what was going to swing them. Information from Facebook garnered by Cambridge Analytica was crucial and enable individuals to be directly targeted by email and FB. No Russians needed, I'm sure they took note.
What I suspect is that Trump was the first to benefit from this technology, it demonstrated how powerful the owners of these social media platforms data have become.
One is forced to ask what drives greywarbler's thought processes.He makes Trump sound almost lucid.
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