UK Launches Massive Propaganda Campaign

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The West Goes Crazy On Propaganda

The Financial Times reports:

The British Army will revive one of the most contentious special forces units of the second world war, the Chindits, as a new generation of “Facebook” warriors who will wage complex and covert information and subversion campaigns.

The Guardian explains:

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare in the information age.

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Against a background of 24-hour news, smartphones and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the force will attempt to control the narrative.

Gizmodo notes:

A new group of soldiers, referred to as “Facebook Warriors” will ” wage complex and covert information and subversion campaigns,” according to the Financial Times. This unit will be named the 77th battalion, whose number also has a historical significance. FT says:

The original Chindits [77th battalion] were a guerrilla unit led by the swashbuckling British commander Major General Orde Wingate, one of the pioneers of modern unconventional warfare. They operated deep behind Japanese lines in Burma between 1942 and 1945 and their missions were often of questionable success.

These Facebook warriors will be using similar atypical tactics, through non-violent means, to fight their adversary. This will mainly be achieved through “reflexive control,” an old Soviet tactic of spreading specifically curated information in order to get your opponent to react in the exact way you want them to. It’s a pretty tricky trick, and the British army will be doing just that with 1,500-person (or more) troop using Twitter and Facebook as a means to spread disinformation, real war truths, and “false flag” incidents [Britain’s spy agency has admitted (and see this) that it carries out “digital false flag” attacks on targets, framing people by writing offensive or unlawful material … and blaming it on the target] as well as just general intelligence gathering. The 77th battalion will reportedly begin operations in April.

Documents leaked by Edward Snowden also showed that governments are “attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse“.

The United States and Israel have also long engaged in massive Internet propaganda.

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  • Tom Welsh

    Years ago, the BBC and other British media were highly esteemed world-wide as sources of (mostly) accurate, reliable, objective news.

    Now a British government openly boasts that it is paying hundreds of people actively to spread deliberate propaganda and disinformation.

    Here’s a pertinent question. How are British voters to distinguish between the true information their government (naturally) gives them, and the lies it publishes in order to fool its enemies? I suppose it could tell them – but then it would have to kill them.

    Tell me again how we live in a free, democratic, free-market society quite unlike any sort of totalitarian dictatorship? I don’t quite see the difference…

    • politicalcynic

      They AREN’T supposed to distinguish-and I find it unlikely that the government intends for them to be able to do so.

  • hvaiallverden

    Hehe
    Oh, by the way, Brits, you are way behind the leaders of this hasbarah tec, and this will not help, Brits.
    I have been upagainst shittheads for decades, and you are easy to spott, as a Hasbaratnjik you stink, and you lies, well, we even know them to, and whats wurse, this is a tipp to the morons folled to belive this will help, it dont.
    And as the Hasbaratnjiks, witch I will give a score, since they do moust of the babbeling them selfs and are so extrem tha anyone sane smells them imidiatly and have done more damage to their own cause than anything else, incl the oposittion.
    Period.
    But its your money.
    I would wipe my ars with it, more usefull.

    Yea, why not, I love challanges, and havent anything to object, bring it one, Brits.

    peace

  • loefingstonn

    This propaganda assault is by no means limited to the Brits. We’re seeing signs of broad media manipulation. France has provided a perfect, recent example.

    I’d like someone to explain to me how in the world Parisian printers managed to stop their presses and produce hundreds of trim, professionally designed ‘Je suis Charlie’ posters in a matter of hours after the first event, Jan 7, which took place at 11:30 am, just in time for a predicted evening mass protest in Paris.

    How can it be that close to 4 million people turned out for the protests, across France, January 11, with 1.5 million marching in Paris, alone. Remember that the population of Paris is just over 500,000, which means that a full 1 million people were able to make their way to Paris, from outlying regions, for the event. This would have required a preplanned, highly organized transportation operation … The same holds true for each and every major French city, that day.

    I’m not alone in having been baffled by the mind-bogglingly effective coordination. Some of us have come to the conclusion that mass participation in the protests can only have been achieved by a well organized twitter propaganda campaign injected into mobile devices, to which millions of French are addicted.

    The Charlie Hebdo events constitute a perfect example of the propaganda works that are being cued up for exploitation via ‘social’ media.

    • loefingstonn

      Oh, and the saga continues and amplifies. Might the French population be a bit surprised that of the 10,000 armed soldiers that were deployed to “protect the country from Islamic terrorists”, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo events, 5,000 were consigned specifically to protect Jewish communities?

      3 soldiers attacked outside Jewish center in Nice, France

      And, curiously, the suspected perpetrator’s name is Coulibaly, name of the dead suspect in the Jan 8 hostage-taking incident at a Parisian Kosher supermarket …

      And so the strategy of tension continues and grows, becoming entangled in factions competing for the front page.

  • russputin

    “By way of deception, thou shalt do war” is your motto, is it not?

  • Brabantian

    Unfortunately, our blog host ‘Washington’, in his article on UK propaganda … shows he is himself duped by utterly blatant UK & CIA propaganda … the Rothschild-Guardian-pushed fraud of ‘Edward Snowden’, already recognised by major EU intelligence agencies as a CIA fraud.

    And ‘Washington’ may thus be helping to silence and murder real whistleblowers & dissidents, duped into contacting the CIA’s ‘Snowden journalists’ like the Guardian or the employee of 3 billionaires & ex-gay-pornographer, Glenn Greenwald.

    Vladmir Putin himself has been hinting to the West, of what is in a full report on the CIA Snowden hoax at Moscow’s intel agencies: ‘Russia gov FSB SVR report, Snowden Greenwald are CIA frauds’
    http://homment.com/3K3xdsYD7a

    « Alexandre Bortnikov, Director, FSB, Moscow; Mikhail Fradkov, Director, SVR, Moscow … We know now that ‘Edward Snowden’ is another fraud of CIA-Nato, with Snowden’s lying praise for CIA-tied media who falsely pose as ‘brave Snowden journalists’. We know now that Snowden never ‘stole’ any documents …’Snowden journalists’ are fed data directly by US gov. »

    Everyone around Snowden is CIA, he is directly tied to Dick Cheney & Zbigniew Brzezinski … Nothing really new about Snowden ‘revelations’, on the internet years earlier from previous 5+ real NSA whistleblowers … Why is it that absolutely *everyone* in the Snowden – Julian Assange gang, their journalists & lawyers, is hostile & even insulting to truth about 11 Sep 2001?

    How is it that Snowden’s first recipient for his ‘stolen NSA documents’, was Dick Cheney’s CIA-tied friend & biographer at the CIA-tied Washington Post, anti-9-11-truth Bart Gellman, a man who was never brave about anything, & who was mentored by CIA fake ‘brave journalists’ from 40 years ago? Who except a CIA ‘fake dissident’ & liar like this fraud Snowden, would ‘trust’ Dick Cheney’s pal like this? How is it that Snowden’s US lawyer, Plato Cacheris, has been involved in CIA projects for over 40 years … & is ‘negotiating to bring Snowden home’? ..

    Snowden’s pumper Glenn Greenwald is parallel to his fellow ex-pornographer, Jimmy Wales ‘founder’ of the CIA’s Wikipedia … Greenwald has now worked for 3 billionaire families, richest in USA (Gates) richest in world (Rothschilds) & now CIA-tied Pierre Omidyar … Greenwald was never ‘brave’ about anything & now has 50 million dollars to do ‘great brave journalism’ & yet produces almost zero aside from his CIA-fed ‘revelations’.

    And speaking of Wikipedia … EU police files describe Google as doing 5 levels of CIA internet control, in some cases for political / war-making etc, in some cases to benefit US corporate etc interests, & damage EU interests:

    1 – CIA-Google promoting CIA-preferred sites, down-placing or even totally censoring others, especially those exposing Google criminality
    2 – CIA-Wikipedia
    3 – Clones of CIA-Wikipedia, e.g., Israel’s Answers-com etc … Google normally erases duplicates of most sites from search results, but pumps CIA-Wikipedia duplicates to make sure Wiki-CIA lies are dominant
    4 – CIA-tied Operation Mockingbird corporate media
    5 – Fake ‘alternative dissident’ news sites, the ‘limited hang-outs’ & ‘controlled opposition’

    Any actual truth, is thus often pushed by Google to six levels below the top, if not erased altogether. EU police dossier excerpts on Google can be seen here:
    CIA Wikipedia-Google fraud EU police report
    http://homment.com/FB3PjBQ2DF
    EU Prosecutor, Commissioner Report: US gov – Google criminal activity
    http://homment.com/KX2aq39gWu