11/21 Information War, part 2

IN THEIR OWN WORDS...CAN'T SAY THEY DIDN'T WARN US...
“It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”

“"Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government."
- Henry Kissinger, address to Bilderberger meeting, Evian, France, May 21, 1992.

"It is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders. That is easy. All you have to tell them is that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Hermann Goering, Nuremberg Trials

“I can think of no faster way to unite the American people behind George W. Bush than a terrorist attack on an American target overseas. And I believe George W. Bush will quickly unite the American people through his foreign policy.”
Henry Kissinger, on CNBC, Dec 13, 2000 ..."

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."
My New World Order, Adolph Hitler, Proclamation to the German Nation. Berlin, February 1, 1933

It cannot happen without U.S. participation, we are the most significant single component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United States to change its perceptions.
Henry Kissinger: Former US Secretary of State, World Affairs Council Press Conference, 19 April 1994

Obama primed to create 'New World Order'
"The president-elect is coming into office at a moment when there is upheaval in many parts of the world simultaneously...India, Pakistan... the jihadist movement... this period when a new world order can be created presents great opportunity... it isn't just a crisis."
Kissinger, 1/6/09 CNBC interview on "Squawk on the Street" hosts Mark Haines and Erin Burnett at the New York Stock Exchange

"I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger"
Gen. Jones's Remarks to the Munich Security Conference By James Jones National Security Adviser Obama Administration
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich, Germany February 9, 2009
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/jones_munich_conferenc...

Ex-NATO Commander, NSA Jones On Broader Middle East Game: The U.S., Europe and regional stability
   http://www.acus.org/news/general-james-l-jones-middle-east-stability-herzliya-conference
Atlantic Council, February 7, 2011

digest commentary: Words in the World War
Information War for 'full spectrum dominance', the underpinning of the U.S. geostrategy, has a myriad interconnected facets and faces including: mainstream (MSM) 'News', aka 'public diplomacy' or 'strategic information' - its pretense of 'objective' neutrality long gone - targets the working class - prescient psywar transforming the working class into the american 'middle class on obama's original campaign trail, prepping for the war he was hired to manage.

ABC & NBC Nightly News, HQs for surreal 'feel-good' homeland stories starring heroic US wars, soldiers, families, happy, helpful individuals and exciting culture new cultural developments such as a Pentagon-consulted 'first-person' video war game, 'Call of Duty', that 'allow' you keep count of your kills, all of it wrapped up in 'buy american' & increasing doses of religion demonstrating Sinclair Lewis' prescience in 1935 saying 'fascism would come to the US wrapped in a flag, carrying a cross'.
MSM's 'other news' - showing the US supported 'revolutionary' Egyptian military dictatorship now massacring protesters, U.S. Libyan thugs waging 'post-revolutionary' mayhem - such unhelpful' stuff is drowned out by big lie 'news' informing us of Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons program and 'assassination plot' involving Mexican cartels - not dwelling on things like US 'fast and furious' training and arming the Zeta cartel world domination must include the illegal as well as legal drug industry, making sure we understand world-savior US capitalism is good, but bad 'foreign' problems, like Greece and Europe's 'credit crunch', are delaying 'our recovery'- which nevertheless is improving since fewer jobless, homeless people get unemployment benefits, and Obama's Asia war mission was another big piece of his 'jobs program'.
BBC in America and PBS, sponsored by the same US foundations and corporations, bring upper-case liberals 'serious news': not just headlines, but informed agents doing in-depth set-up 'interviews' with opposing expert opinion' coming to the same desired conclusions about good-v-bad guys, and embedded 'reporters' proving the case with 'unconfirmable' NGO 'activists' twitters, pics, and analyses of US & co. managed 'freedom fighters' against regimes and nations the US is destroying because they are 'al qaeda terrorists' - perception-management-speak for anti-imperialist resistance.
Further-reaching Information Warfare: CYBERCOM, 'war on the net', Social Media under DoD 'responsibility'; 'civil society' NGOs smart power' militarization of imperialist soft power merged with hard power, the job of 'winning the hearts & minds' war, is a losing game worldwide for the most hated predator where the reality of imperialist terror trumps its 'perception management' - except for imperialist beneficiaries, 'partners', proxies and other assorted pimps.

The unrelenting, insidious mind war has worked well so far in the 'homeland'. Like its its 'middle east 'arab spring', the US manufactured, heavy-hitter supported 'american autumn's 'occupy wall street'(OWS) and its offshoots, is an attempt to preempt actual mass anti-capitalist resistance and revolution- Under control, doing its job disconnecting imperialist wars from domestic 'inequality', etc. - until Oakland police shot a projectile that hit and severely injured Iraq marine war vet Scott Olsen,
raising dangerous new 'issues' with contingents of vet [Marines Join #OccupyMarines Preparing to Occupy America Nationwide], with violent state attacks across the country disbanding and destroying protester encampments for 'public health and safety' reasons. ABC & NBC turned our attention back to the always-helpful-never-ending story of arch-zionist congresswomen Giffords' and her 'courageous' recovery from a shooting obama prounced a 'national tragedy' - that killed 6 forgotten people.

Many previous digest issues examine the info. WMD, from different angles, including the last issue "Behind 'Spontaneous Arab Spring Revolutions': Who, What, Why? part 1, http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/372.
This digs deeper into US 'intelligence dominance', 'smart power' bases and resources as widespread as its approximately 1000 hard military bases, laying the material & ideological groundwork for US intervention under public diplomacy banners of 'humanitarian aid', 'human rights', 'development' disaster relief', 'democracy building', 'good governance', 'internet freedom' etc. to suppress 'unhelpful' anti-american imperialist information and keep its subjects loyal.

Wherever they live, peoples primary responsibility is to expose and oppose the major enemy - the crimes of the world-dominant state. especially here in its 'homeland'. Telling the truth isn't approval or defense of whatever regimes the US targets in its world war for world dominance. Sneaky apologists and agents serve US 'perception management' by pretending truthful exposure of this common enemy is support for regimes in Iran, Syria, China, etc. Don't be conned by oceans of disarming lies. The propaganda war reflects an increasingly weak enemy so don't mistake its unprecedented crimes and increasing vulnerability as strength. Cut through its aggressive defenses to think and act on truthful evidence, practical and theoretical. in the interests of humanity and the future.

In case you thought it all began with the 911 pretext for GWOT....
1997 U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen;s keynote address
Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy, Georgia Center, Univ. of Georgia, .
4/28/77 http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=674
To the extent we see the level of communication available today, the Internet and other types of interwoven communicative skills and abilities, we're going to see information continue to spread as to how these weapons can be, in fact, manufactured in a home-grown laboratory, as such. So it's a serious problem as far as living in the information age that people who are acquiring this kind of information will not act responsibly, but rather act in a terrorist type of fashion. We've seen by way of example of the World Trade Center the international aspects of international terrorism coming to our home territory. We've also seen domestic terrorism with the Oklahoma bombing. So it's a real threat that's here today. It's likely to intensify in the years to come as more and more groups have access to this kind of information and the ability to produce them......“Others (terrorists) are engaging in eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves….So, there are plenty of ingenious minds out there at work finding ways they can wreak terror upon other nations…It’s real, that’s why we have to intensify our own (counterterrorism) efforts.”

Achieving Intelligence Dominance
7/14/10 http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/layout/set/print/content/view/full/73?id=1188...
The US needs to adjust its defense capabilities to 21st century, population centric conflicts, according to a new think tank report
By Peter Buxbaum in Washington, DC for ISN Security Watch
..a new report from the National Strategy Information Center, a Washington-based think tank, if their recommendations were to be implemented by the US military.
The report, titled Adapting America’s Security Paradigm and Security Agenda, posits that the population-centric warfare being pursued in Afghanistan and Iraq is here to stay for decades to come, and the US needs to adapt its military thinking and its capabilities to meet that challenge...A secret Department of Defense program called Legacy recently received enhanced funding by the House of Representatives in its fiscal year 2011 defense authorization act. "Legacy assisted with the development of indigenous capacity to infiltrate and disrupt local terrorist networks,"... "many innovative programs for mapping complex social landscapes, understanding relationships among key actors in insurgencies, identifying the key goals of marginalized groups that could lead to recruitment by terrorists, and integrating approaches to reduce the appeal of terrorist groups have failed in the past for lack of institutionalized support."..

Propaganda techniques: wikipedia:
Disinformation... traditional propaganda techniques are designed to engage emotional support, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at the rational level by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions. A common disinformation tactic is to mix some truth with false conclusions and lies, or to reveal a part of the truth while presenting it as the whole (limited hangout).
Another technique of concealing facts, or censorship is also used if the group can effect such control: channels of information which cannot be completely closed can be rendered useless by filling them with disinformation, effectively lowering their signal-to-noise ratio and discrediting the opposition by association with many easily disproved false claims...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinformation

Perception management:
Since the U.S. War on Terror, perception management tactics have become central to military and relations with other countries.
Perception management includes all actions used to influence the attitudes and objective reasoning of audiences, consists of Public Diplomacy, Psychological Operations (PSYOPS), Public Information, Deception and Covert Action.[17] The Department of Defense describes "perception management" as a type of psychological operation...
"The DoD, conscious of an increasingly widespread public perception the U.S. military is becoming brutalized by the campaign in Iraq...identified the information domain as its new 'asymmetric flank.' [19 "Perception Management." Forbes. 5 July 2006. retrieved 20 Nov. 2008 http://rt.com/usa/news/pentagon-cyber-attacks-war/

U.S. Cyberwar.
7/29/10 by Declan McCullagh, http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20012121-281.html?tag=mncol;posts
...DoD created U.S. Cyber Command [CYBERCOM] last spring allowing U.S. armed forces to conduct "full-spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains," which includes destroying electronic infrastructure as thoroughly as a B-2 bomber would level a power plant....

From "Protecting Cyberspace" to "Internet Freedom"
The 221-page bill hands Homeland Security the power to issue decrees to certain privately owned computer systems after the president declares a "national cyber emergency."
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20033717-281.html

'Kill Switch' Internet bill
U.S. officials could flip the switch if Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset legislation becomes law
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2011-02-15-kill-swit...

"Social media is an integral part of Department of Defense operations ..."
www.defense.gov/socialmedia/

Daily Report: Military Goes Online to Rebut Extremists’ Messages
NEW YORK TIMES http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/daily-report-military-goes-onli...
The military’s Digital Engagement Team, established in 2008 by the military’s Central Command, is the focus of an article by Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt of The New York Times. The team’s mission is to “counter extremist ideology, promote cultural awareness and explain U.S. interests,” Maj. David E. Nevers, the team’s chief officer, told The Times. Members of the team scour Web sites worldwide to look for “lies, misinformation or just misperceptions” about United States operations and Pentagon policy across the Middle East, one member of the team said, and then post responses anonymously to deflect what they find. The team is part of the government’s efforts in computer-network warfare, which has been expanding in recent years but is among the most secret enterprises carried out by the military and intelligence community.

Arab Spring Reshapes Market for TV News
By ERIC PFANNER http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/technology/31iht-arabtv31.html
....The market for Arabic-language television news, dominated for years by two satellite channels with close links to Arab rulers, is poised for a shot of new competition with the pending introduction of two 24-hour news channels backed by Western media conglomerates. Prince Walid bin Talal, the Saudi billionaire who controls the media company Rotana, provided details last month of one of the channels, which will be named Alarab and will operate in partnership with Bloomberg, U.S. business news and information company. ..Bloomberg will produce five hours of daily business coverage, in Arabic, for Alarab. Bloomberg executives will also be “heavily involved in an advisory capacity” to the channel, Lindsey Oliver, international commercial director at Bloomberg Television, said in an e-mail...Jamal Khashoggi, director of Alarab...former editor of the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan... said plans for the channel predated the Arab Spring...“It was a reform-minded plan, so I think it will fit very well into the evolving landscape”... Prince Walid is the second-largest shareholder in U.S. News Corp....effectively controlled by its CEO, Rupert Murdoch, is the second-largest shareholder in Prince Walid’s Rotana.... which owns a 39 percent stake in BSkyB.
British Sky Broadcasting plans the introduction of Sky Arabia... in partnership with Abu Dhabi Media Investment, controlled by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the ruling Gulf Emirates family... to start broadcasting next spring from Abu Dhabi, with 13 news bureaus across the region, and will share resources with Sky News of Britain....

nb: AFRICOM lead against Libya was first major US military 'smart power' op.

Security and Stability in Africa: A Development Approach
1/22/10 http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=964
by Lieutenant Colonel Clarence J. Bouchat (USAF, Ret.).
Brief Synopsis
The security and stability of Africa has recently become an important national issue readily seen in the increased time, effort, and resources now devoted to the continent by such new organizations as the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM). This paper seeks to overcome centuries of ignorance and misunderstanding about the conditions and people of Africa by discussing the fundamental issues of economic development and political governance through which enduring stability and security might be obtained. This paper offers solutions in terms of improving African stability and security and a framework of several key issues which should give policymakers the knowledge they need to work in a constantly changing and very challenging environment.

Clinton: US democracy promotion helped turn a long Arab winter into ‘Arab Spring’
11/8/11
In her Keynote Address at the National Democratic Institute’s [NDI] 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner, Hillary Clinton acknowledged NED’s role in the “Arab Awakening”: "
I think it’s important to recognize that back when the streets of Arab cities were quiet, the National Democratic Institute was already on the ground, building relationships, supporting the voices that would turn a long Arab winter into a new Arab Spring. Now, we may not know where and when brave people will claim their rights next, but it’s a safe bet that NDI is there now, because freedom knows no better champion. More than a quarter-century old, NDI and its siblings in the National Endowment for Democracy family have become vital elements of America’s engagement with the world.

Digest: U.S. sponsored 'revolution' removed Mubarak to secure its proxy Egyptian military dictatorship without its old trustee. The 'new' military dictatorship's fascist 'security' has roused tens of thousands of its former-supporters back to Tahir Square. led by with the always 'moderate' Muslim Brotherhood. Questions: how connected is Egypt's now less-aggressive support of Israel to this new uprising and how is US, with a long history of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) connections involved? A double-edged US sword with Muslims is old history, from its training, arming and leading Afghan mujahadeen to destroy the Soviet Union, then its #1 imperialist rival.

What’s Behind the Tumult in Egypt?
by Dr. K R Bolton, February 1, 2011
http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/02/01/whats-behind-the-tumult-i...
The media ridicules allegations that George Soros, currency speculator and patron of world “color revolutions", is a factor in the current turmoil, dismissing such claims as “conspiracy theory.” Yet the same article states that a new monthly opposition magazine Wasla, widely distributed to strategic quarters such as the military and academia with an electronic edition read throughout the Arab world:... Wasla, “The Link”, touted as a first for the Arab world, with plans for articles by bloggers...is published by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information supported by the Soros Open Society Institute [OSI], said ANHRI director Gamal Eid...OSI also funded the primary opposition voice in Tunisia, Radio Kalima...The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights working in tandem with the Open Society Justice Initiative, is an “OSI grantee.” In December 2010, the OSI advised: The Open Society Foundations will consider projects from domestic and international NGOs or civil society groups active in Egypt. Coalitions of NGOs are also encouraged to apply...
Towards the end of the Bush regime the U.S. Defense Department established the Africa Command (AFRICOM), a primary concern of this new US regional command being the establishment of a massive military base in southern Sudan. The Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs: http://www.washington-report.org/component/content/article/363/10285-sud......
ElBaradei is on the Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group think tank promoting the “new world order” behind the facade of the “open society.” ICG was founded in 1994 by Mark Brown, former Vice President of the World Bank. Soros is a committee member, along with such luminaries of peace and goodwill as Samuel Berger, former US National Security Adviser; Wesley Clark, former NATO Commander, Europe; and sundry eminences from business, academe, politics and diplomacy of the type that generally comprise such organizations.
“Senior advisers” of the ICG include the omnipresent Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Adviser, and founding director of David Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, an individual up to his neck in seemingly every globalist cause and think tank going, and de facto foreign policy adviser for Pres. Obama; and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former Secretary General of NATO. Financial backers of the ICG include the Ford Foundation and Open Society Institute....
Maj. Ralph Peters... influential strategist, commentator, formerly with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence; Foreign Area Officer for Eurasia)... writing in Parameters, US Army War College organ, said the de facto role of the American army is to keep the world “open to our cultural assault.”... information being the “most destabilising factor of our time.”...this the “American century” where the USA will become “culturally more lethal….” in the “clash of civilisations”... “Hollywood goes where Harvard never penetrated, and the foreigner, unable to touch the reality of America, is touched by America’s irresponsible fantasies itself...Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg and Madonna” are replacing “traditional intellectual elites.” “Our cultural empire has addicted men and women everywhere - clamouring for more. And they pay for the privilege of their disillusionment.” “If religion is the opium of the people, video is their crack cocaine…There will be no peace…Our military power is culturally based…Our American culture is infectious, a plague of pleasure… Hollywood is preparing the battlefield and burgers precede the bullets..."

US resumes formal Muslim Brotherhood contacts
30/06/11 REUTERS http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=227247
The US has decided to resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior US official said, in a step that reflects the Islamist group's growing political weight but that is almost certain to upset Israel and its US backers."The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing, it reflects Islamist group's growing influence" said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency."... US dealings with the Brotherhood have evolved over time and officials have found ways to keep lines open under the cover of one diplomatic fig leaf or another. "We have not had contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood," then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said... in June 2005. "We have not engaged the Muslim Brotherhood and ... we won't." The reality is more complex.... Mubarak himself indirectly facilitated US contacts by allowing its sympathizers to win seats in parliament as long as they ran as independents, handing Washington a justification for contacts.

POLITICAL ISLAM IN THE SERVICE OF IMPERIALISM
http://nawaat.org/portail/2008/05/14/political-islam-in-the-service-of-i...
Samir Amin
Political Islam is not anti-imperialist, even if its militants think otherwise! It is an invaluable ally OF imperialism and the latter knows it... political Islam has always counted in its ranks the ruling classes of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Moreover, these classes were among its most active promoters from the very beginning. The local comprador bourgeoisies, the nouveaux riches, beneficiaries of current imperialist globalization, generously support political Islam. The latter has renounced an anti-imperialist perspective and substituted for it an “anti-Western”(almost “anti-Christian”) position, which obviously only leads the societies concerned into an impasse and hence does not form an obstacle to the deployment of imperialist control over the world system... Political Islam is not the spontaneous result of the assertion of authentic religious convictions by the peoples concerned. Political Islam was constructed by the systematic action of imperialism, supported, of course, by obscurantist reactionary forces and subservient comprador classes.
The history of the Muslim Brotherhood is well known. It was literally created in the 1920s by the British and the monarchy to block the path of the democratic and secular Wafd. Their mass return from their Saudi refuge after Nasser’s death, organized by the CIA and Sadat, is also well known....as is the U.S. initiative to break the united front of Asian and African states at Bandung (1955) by creating an “Islamic Conference,” immediately promoted (from 1957) by Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Political Islam penetrated into the region by this means. We are all acquainted with the history of the Taliban, formed by the CIA in Pakistan to fight the “communists” who had opened the schools to everyone, boys and girls. It is even well known that the Israelis supported Hamas at the beginning in order to weaken the secular and democratic currents of the Palestinian resistance.

Egypt: Google 'very, very proud' of cyber revolutionary
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/832...
Google is "very, very proud of what Wael Ghonim was able to do in Egypt" the young executive at the company who emerged as a leading voice of the Egyptian uprising, company boss Eric Schmidt said Tuesday at the mobile phone industry's annual get-together in Barcelona. In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday, Mr Ghonim said the protests which led to Mr Mubarak's ouster would not have happened without online social networks "If there was no social networks it would have never been sparked...Because the whole thing before the revolution was the most critical thing. Without Facebook, without Twitter, without Google, without You Tube, this would have never happened."

CIA tracks revolt by Tweet, Facebook
http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20111104/ap_on_go_ot/us_cia_social_media
CIA's Open Source Center uses social media....
11/7/11 http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9221564/CIA_monitors_up_to_5_mill...
The CIA Open Source Center, set up in response to 911 Commission recommendations, is focused on counterterrorism operations...Twitter and Facebook enable CIA to get reliable, real-time assessments of public sentiment in rapidly changing world events. Its analysis, "...ends up in President's intelligence briefing almost daily" Doug Naquin, CIA Open Source Center Director said...

Intelligence agencies step up the Twitter and Facebook trawling
http://www.salon.com/2011/11/04/intelligence_agencies_step_up_the_twitte...
... The CIA has “several hundred analysts” reading and translating social media content from all over the globe, for all sorts of reasons
Department of Homeland Security works to catch up with the CIA in the social media monitoring department

Twitter Ordered to Hand Over WikiLeaks Info to Justice Department
Tom Burghardt / http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/11/twitter-ordered-to-hand-over-wikileaks...
The Obama administration empaneled a grand jury in Alexandria, Va. where the U.S. District Court ordered Twitter to hand over account records, without a warrant, on activists under Justice Department [JD] investigation for links to WikiLeaks...whose founder Julian Assange VP Joe Biden and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell have called a “high-tech terrorist”...the ACLU said not only Twitter was served with record demands by the JD. “Based on file numbers that have been created, it appears likely there are additional orders whose existence remains secret.”...Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney with EFF, told CNET News the ruling means “essentially any data about you collected by any Internet service is fair game for warrantless government searches.” The District Court’s ruling [is] situated in the wider context of the administration’s unprecedented drive to criminalize whistleblowing.

Facebook Officials Keep Quiet on Its Role in Revolts
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/business/media/15facebook.html
Elliot Schrage, the vice president for global communications, public policy and marketing at Facebook, declined to discuss Facebook’s role in the recent tumult and what it might mean for the company’s services. In recent weeks, Facebook pages and groups trying to mobilize protesters have sprung up in Algeria, Bahrain, Morocco and Syria. Hashtags on Twitter have also helped spread the protests, which extended to Algeria over the weekend and to Bahrain, Iran and Yemen on Monday.“This is an incredible challenge and an incredible opportunity for Facebook, Twitter and Google,” said Ethan Zuckerman, a senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard...
In a speech that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to deliver Tuesday, she will once again emphasize that Internet freedom is an inalienable right. In recent weeks, the State Department has been sending out Twitter updates in Arabic and began sending updates in Persian over the weekend.

Radio Free Europe RFE/RL's Radio Farda
'Anonymous' Hackers Help Iranian Activists Fight The Regime
http://www.rferl.org/content/iran_hackers_anonymous_cyberarmy_opposition...
"Anonymous " Operation: Iran is providing users with special advice forums and tools to fight the Iranian government's censorship. The group has also encouraged Iranian users to use distributed-denial-of-service attacks (DDOS) to take down key government websites like khamenei.ir, the website of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, as well as leader.ir and president.ir...

Google's Revolution Factory: Alliance of Youth Movements: Color Revolution 2.0
by Tony Cartalucci, February 11, 2011
http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/02/googles-revolution-factory.htm...
In 2008 the Alliance of Youth Movements [AYM] held its inaugural summit in New York City. Attending this summit was State Department staff, Council on Foreign Relations members, former National Security staff, Department of Homeland Security advisers, and myriad representatives from American corporations and mass media organizations including AT&T, Google, Facebook, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and MTV. http://allyoumov.3cdn.net/f734ac45131b2bbcdb_w6m6idptn.pdf
One might suspect such a meeting of representatives involved in US economic, domestic and foreign policy, along with the shapers of public opinion in the mass media would be convening to talk about America's future and how to facilitate it. Joining these policy makers, was an army of "grassroots" activists that would "help" this facilitation.
Among them was a then little known group called "April 6", Facebook "savvy" Egyptians who would later meet US International Crisis Group [ICG] trustee Mohamed ElBaradei at the Cairo airport in February 2010. The Alliance of Youth Movements mission statement claims it is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping grassroots activists to build their capacity and make a greater impact on the world. While this sounds fairly innocuous at first, even perhaps positive, upon examining those involved in "Movements.org," a dark agenda is revealed...
Movement.org is officially partnered with the US Department of State and Columbia Law School. Its corporate sponsors include Google, Pepsi, and the Omnicon Group, all listed as members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). CBS News is a sponsor and listed on the Chatham House's corporate membership list. Other sponsors include Facebook, YouTube, Meetup, Howcast, National Geographic, MSNBC, GenNext, and Edelman public relations firm.
Movement.org's "team" includes Co-Founder Jared Cohen, a CFR member, Director of Google Ideas, and a former State Department planning staff member under both Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton.
Founding Movements.org with Cohen is Jason Liebman of Howcast Media which works with conglomerates like Proctor & Gamble, Kodak, Staples, Ford, and government agencies such as the US State Department and the US Defense Department, to create "custom branded entertainment, innovative social media, and targeted rich-media campaigns." He was also with Google for 4 years where he worked to partner with Time Warner (CFR), News Corporation (FoxNews, CFR) Viacom, Warner Music, Sony Pictures, Reuters, the New York Times, and the Washington Post Company.
Roman Sunder, also credited with co-founding Movements.org.,founded Access 360 Media, a mass advertising company, and organized the PTTOW! Summit which brought together 35 top executives from companies like AT&T (CFR), Quicksilver, Activison, Facebook, HP, YouTube, Pepsi (CFR), and the US Government to discuss the future of the "youth industry." He is also a board member of Gen Next, another non-profit organization focused on "affecting change for the next generation."...
While the activists attending the Movements.org summit adhere to the philosophies of "left-leaning" [imperialist] liberalism... behind the summit, funding it, and prodding the agenda of these activists are American's mega-corporate combine that have violated human rights worldwide, destroyed the environment, sell shoddy, overseas manufactured goods produced by workers living in slave conditions, and pursue an agenda of greed and perpetual expansion at any cost. The hypocrisy is astounding unless you understand their nefarious, self-serving agenda can only be accomplished under the guise of genuine concern for humanity, under mountains of feel-good rhetoric, helped along by an army of exploited, naive youth.
What we see is not a foundation from which all activists can work, but a very selective group of activists working on "problem spots" the US would like to see "changed." Syria, Sudan, Iran, Egypt, Eastern Europe, Venezuela, even Thailand - where ever protesters and movements are working to undermine governments non-conducive to corporate America's agenda, you will find Movements.org supporting their efforts.
The April 6 Movement of Egypt is one of them...a perfect example of how this new army of youth will be deployed...color revolution 2.0, run directly out of the US State Department with NGOs and corporate support ... readers can explore Movements.org, in particular the 3 summits they have held and those that were in attendance. Everyone from the RAND Corporation to the Council on Foreign Relations comes to "prod." Movements.org truly is a new tentacle for manipulating and undermining the sovereignty of foreign nations. [2008 Summit New York City .pdf 2009 Summit Mexico City .pdf 2010 Summit London]

VOA major state instrument of imperialist freedom of speech
China warns US on its push for internet freedom
East Asia and Pacific: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/east-pacific/China-Warns-US-on-...
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday, warned governments to end Internet censorship or risk the kind social and political unrest currently sweeping through the Middle East.Clinton said the administration would spend $25 million this year on initiatives to protect bloggers and help them circumvent Beijing's efforts to curb Chinese access to foreign websites...Clinton also used Tuesday's speech to point out the role Twitter and Facebook played in uprisings in the Middle East. Both social networking sites are blocked in China. Thursday China's Foreign MinistryChina's Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned the United States not to use Internet access issues as a "pretext" to interfere in China's internal affairs.

'Jasmine Revolution' a barely masked 'color revolution'
2 Arrests: China Cracks Down on Pro-Democracy Protesters
http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/02/20/china-cracks-down-on-p...
Chinese authorities detained several activists and boosted police presence in key cities Sunday, after an Internet call for "China’s Jasmine Revolution" around the country. Police in Beijing, Shanghai and 11 other major cities moved quickly to isolate rights lawyers and pro-democracy activists...Two arrests were reported in Beijing and in Shanghai, but there were no reports of arrests in other cities targeted in the web postings, such as Guangzhou and Chengdu... Western analysts say many of Sunday's web postings appear to have originated on websites based outside China, operated by exiled dissidents. The sites urged Chinese protesters to shout out their demands for housing, justice, freedom and democracy... the Chinese Foreign Ministry warned the US last week not to use Internet-access issues as a “pretext” to interfere in China's internal affairs after U.S. Secretary of State Clinton delivered a major speech urging governments either to end Internet censorship or risk the kind of social and political unrest seen in much of the Middle East.

China provided evidence of US /Google hand behind their phony claims
US 'strategic information' tactic: calling US' most successful capitalist rival 'communist'
China Reins In Entertainment and Blogging
Communist leaders are proposing some of the tightest limits on media and Internet freedoms in years
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/world/asia/china-imposes-new-limits-on...

Pentagon: Cyber attacks by foreign country are act of war
5/31/11 http://rt.com/usa/news/pentagon-cyber-attacks-war/

White House considered cyberwar against Libya
10/18/11 http://rt.com/usa/news/cyberwarfare-cyber-libya-obama-119/
Days before President Obama approved American-led airstrikes in Libya without congressional go-ahead, the White House considered using cyberwarfare offense to crush the Libyan army of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi... US has admitted cyberattacks would be the future of international warfare. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told a Capitol Hill hearing that the “next Pearl Harbor” could likely be caused by computer crimes.... NYT reports today the Obama administration“intensely debated” if hacking into foreign computers would be a smart move during the start of the ongoing NATO mission in Libya largely supported by American troops....[but] were concerned that officially entering high-scale computer warfare could cause competing nations across the globe to respond with cyber crimes against the Pentagon...Stuxnet, a 2010 computer worm that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities, is believed by many to be of American origin infiltrated with the help of Israel. Speaking at a TED Talk earlier this year, researcher Ralph Langner said, "My opinion is that the Mossad is involved but that the leading force behind Stuxnet is the cyber superpower – there is only one and that's the United States."

New Malicious Program by Stuxnet Creators Suspected
By JOHN MARKOFF http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/technology/stuxnet-computer-worms-crea...
A version of this article headlined 'New Worm By Creators Of Stuxnet is Suspected', appeared in NY print edition October 19, 2011, p. B6
The designers of Stuxnet, the computer worm used to vandalize an Iranian nuclear site, may have struck again, security researchers say. Stuxnet, which infected tens of thousands of computers in 155 countries last year, created an international sensation when experts reported it was designed as an American-Israeli project...The researchers say the new malicious program they call Duqu is intended to steal digital information that may be needed to mount another Stuxnet-like attack...The researchers identify a wide variety of similarities between Duqu and Stuxnet and said the new program could not have been written without having access to the original programmer’s instructions.... Like Stuxnet, Duqu proves its authenticity by using a stolen digital certificate, this one apparently taken from a Taiwanese company. Symantec was able to revoke the security certificate because it owns the [USraeli co.] VeriSign authentication service that controls the certification infrastructure. Stuxnet had an attack capability as well as the ability to spy on computers it infiltrated....

Iran cyber police cite U.S. threat
http://www.washingtonpost.com/thomas-erdbrink/2011/03/02/ABnuvmP_page.ht..., Pub. October 29
TEHRAN — An Iranian cyber police unit formed this year to counter alleged Internet crimes is playing a key role in an escalating online conflict between the United States and the Islamic Republic.The “cyber police” force is part of a broad, largely successful government effort to block foreign Web sites and social networks deemed a threat to national security.
The United States, they charge, is waging a “soft war” against Iran by reaching out to Iranians online and inciting them to overthrow their leaders. Secretary of State Clinton played into such accusations Wednesday saying U.S. officials asked Twitter, the social networking site, to postpone online maintenance in 2009 so it would be available for Iranian anti-government protesters organizing demonstrations against President Ahmadinejad’s election victory...In interviews this week with Voice of America's Farsi-language channels, Clinton announced a new U.S. plan to open a “virtual embassy” for Iran...Iran has cited Clinton’s comments as proof the U.S. uses Internet companies to influence events inside Iran...At Tehran's Digital Media Fair ...posters showed the Google logo replacing stars on the American flag.

U.S. Peddles False Intel to Support Terror Plot Claims
10/17/11 http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/10/u-s-officials-peddle-false-intel-to-su...
by Gareth Porter
Officials of the Barack Obama administration have aggressively leaked information supposedly based on classified intelligence in recent days to bolster its allegation that two higher-ranking officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were involved in a plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in Washington, D.C....
The media stories generated by the leaks helped divert attention from the fact that there is no verifiable evidence of any official Iranian involvement in the alleged assassination plan, contrary to the broad claim being made by the administration.
But the information about the two Iranian officials leaked to NBC News, the Washington Post and Reuters was unambiguously false and misleading, as confirmed by official documents in one case and a former senior intelligence and counterterrorism official in the other.
Talking with reporters about the memo on April 26, 2007, several weeks after it had been captured, Gen. David Petraeus conceded it did not show that any Iranian official was linked to the planning of the Karbala operation. When a journalist asked him whether there was evidence of Iranian involvement in the Karbala operation, Petraeus responded, “No. No. No… [W]e do not have a direct link to Iran involvement in that case.”...