Culture: Infowar Voices

Voice of America
Telling America's Story
Official website of the United States government
https://www.bbg.gov
In 2018 VOA documented the Russian government’s disinformation campaigns...accurate, objective, and comprehensive news and information to global audiences... New name, same mission... Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is now US Agency for Global Media.(USAGM)

Syrian Director of Oscar-Nominated Documentary Posed as Extremist to Film Jihadists
Voice of America https://www.voanews.com/a/syrian-director-of-oscar-nominated-documentary...
The Syrian-German director Talal Derki’s Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Father and Sons’ about the life of al-Qaida-linked extremists in Syria is in Los Angeles where his film will compete with four others in the Best Documentary Feature category Sunday at the 91st Academy Awards....In 2011Derki worked as a cameraman reporting from the ground for international news agencies fighting Syrian government forces...
In 2014 Derki told VOA in an interview, he began a risky journey traveling as an al-Qaida sympathizer to northwestern Syria "I convinced them I sympathized with their beliefs and wanted to show an inside look at daily lives in my country," to establish an Islamic state Caliphate...and stayed with them until the end of 2016....to establish an Islamic state Caliphate ...

Ryan Mauro Director of Clarion Intelligence Network
February 21 at 3:12 PM moved to how Western discourses of counterterrorism and the Middle East have shaped Hollywood cinematic productions through sourcing and collaboration with private and official institutions...In the early 1950s, CIA’s Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) employed not only covert action, but also programs to influence domestic and foreign media industries, “using” journalists of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications corporations. 25 newspapers and wire agencies consented to operate as organs of the CIA. William Paley es ...(CBS), C. D. Jackson (Fortune), Henry Luce (Time) and Arthur Hays Sulzberger (New York Times) ran reactionary media for the state. Army manuals on psychological operations usually distinguish domestic operations and foreign operations...the Truman Doctrine in the Cold War suggested information management and blatant misinformation can be employed in U.S....blurring the distinction between public relations and “psyops” communications. Since the 1973 draft abolishment, U.S. military public affairs has directly utilized television news, shows and motion pictures

"Of Fathers and Sons" Unflinching Look at How Hate is Passed Down in Syria
Sundance Review January 21, 2018
Based in Berlin these days, Talal Derki made the difficult decision to head back to his home country to take an unparalleled look at radicalism from within, introducing himself as a war photographer to the leadership of the al Qaeda group al-Nusra in Northern Syria and claiming sympathy to the jihadist cause in order to gain access.“.. “Of Fathers and Sons” is both compelling and insightful in ways that few other reports from Syria have been and with the film now hitting theaters in America, we’re sharing our brief conversation with Derki just after the Sundance premiere this year en route to recent nominations at both the Cinema Eye Honors and Spirit Awards for one of the year’s best documentaries ...
"We’d be there sometimes for two weeks without filming anything, just pretending to be a jihadist, praying with them and listening to conversations you don’t agree with — all the time it’s against you what you are, believe.... I met ISIS. That was the first shock -- I started to see these people speak about jihad in a positive way...[I realized].. more misery was coming because every place jihadists came it’s become hell....

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https://www.fuqrafiles.com/?s=VOICE+OF+AMERICA

Knowledge Base
https://www.fuqrafiles.com/knowledge-base/
The Knowledge Base contains the thousands of documents, evidence, and Freedom of Information Request responses on the activities of Jamaat ul-Fuqra/Muslims of America, Inc. (MOA) and its members and a few of its various front organizations .  Each section is labeled accordingly with relevant hyperlinks to open source intelligence on MOA/Fuqra including Activities by State , Court Records , and their own publications  and video links.

The Knowledge Base contains articles about the Islamist Extremist ideology
...also contains the list of Fuqra/MOA’s defenders and apologists who seek to demonize those who work to expose their criminal activities and possible explanations of how they have fallen into the careful outreach operation of Fuqra’s leaders to ensure they remain undetected...

Knowledge Base Footnotes and Citations: 1 OF 64
[1]  Mauro, Ryan. (2014). Exclusive: Islamist Terror Enclave Discovered in Texas. Clarion Project. http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/exclusive-clarion-project-discove...

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ISIS Pentagon Document: Plan:2012
http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Pg.-291-Pgs.-287...

Hillary Clinton Explains U.S. Created 'al-Qaeda',
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd0fLAbV1cA

Brzezinski: Why Jimmy Carter and I Started the Mujahideen
http://www.counterpunch.org/1998/01/15/how-jimmy-carter-and-i-started-th...

Information as Instrument of National Power
http://publications.armywarcollege.edu/pubs/726.pdf
Barack Obama, National Framework for Strategic Communication (Washington, DC: The White House, March 2010)

CYBER WAR: Why InfoOps. is key to U.S. "Full Spectrum Dominance"
May 14, 2012

Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations
http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk/storage/Forging%20the%20World%20Working%20Pa...
...The state’s strategic narratives...the role and impact of international information communication technologies (ICTs) explain and shape the world...

 What's gone wrong with our democracy?
8/14/2018
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New US Intel Strategy Warns of More 'Turbulent' Times Ahead
January 22, 2019 https://www.voanews.com/a/us-intel-strategy-highlights-funding-cyber-glo...
US intelligence agencies plot course facing weakening of Western-led international order...ever more chaotic world...

AI-fueled organizations Reaching AI’s full potential in the enterprise
 January 16, 2019
https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/focus/tech-trends/2019/driving-...
As AI technologies standardize across industries, becoming an AI-fueled organization will likely be table stakes for survivalAnd that means rethinking the way humans and machines interact within working environments.
FOR some organizations, harnessing artificial intelligence’s full potential begins tentatively with explorations of select enterprise opportunities and a few potential use cases. While testing the waters this way may deliver valuable insights, it likely won’t be enough to make your company a market maker (rather than a fast follower). To become a true AI-fueled organization, a company may need to fundamentally rethink the way humans and machines interact within working environments. Executives should also consider deploying machine learning and other cognitive tools systematically across every core business process and enterprise operation to support data-driven decision-making. Likewise, AI could drive new offerings and business models. These are not minor steps, but as AI technologies standardize rapidly across industries, becoming an AI-fueled organization will likely be more than a strategy for success—it could be table stakes for survival.
In The AI Advantage, Deloitte Analytics senior adviser Thomas H. Davenport describes three stages in the journey companies can take to achieving full utilization of artificial intelligence.1

PENTAGON: DARPA INFORMATION WAR: historical stages info not included in this excerpt - but important
The tyranny of time, distance, and information
Here, there, and everywhere The key to military competitive advantage is omnipresence
This strategy to regain our fighting edge...the Third Offset.
May 11, 2017 General Charles F. Wald * Ted Johnson
​For decades, US military strategy has focused on achieving operational omnipresence—the ability to “be everywhere at once”—to regain preeminence. By integrating the latest digital-age tools, technologies, and methodologies, that goal could now be within reach. Learn how. Introduction

To make operational omnipresence a reality, physical, virtual, and perceived presence must first be established.. requires surmounting the formidable challenges of time, distance, and information....nations have long employed deception to hinder information-gathering and verification...Moreover, if you can be surveilled, you can be located...So not only should behavior be observable, but there should be consequences...by public exposure of norm-violating behavior or the threat of force by physical or virtual means. In this way, the perception of presence can begin to approximate the effects of actual presence....
Today, cyber and satellite constellation-enabled surveillance, coupled with traditional forms of intelligence gathering and the ubiquity of the press and personal devices, means that a global electronic version of the panopticon is possible. This is perceived presence....Whereas militaries of the past had to operate with a relative lack of information, today’s militaries must operate in an abundance of it...in the end, all other things being equal, the side with the information advantage is central to success....not only be available, it must be accurate....

The heaviest lift is the necessity for near-real-time analysis of massive amounts of information. Technological advances mean that conflict can occur at machine-speed and the information generated and gathered by the multitude of weapons, unmanned and autonomous systems, digital communications, and sensors can quickly overwhelm any ability to process and be responsive to it. The networked interdependence of every element of presence and the information required to support it “produce a data overload that will make it difficult or impossible” for humans to direct in a timely fashion.27 ...

Media Forensics (MediFor) Dr. Matt Turek
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Historically, the U.S. Government deployed and operated a variety of collection systems that provided imagery with assured integrity. In recent years however, consumer imaging technology (digital cameras, mobile phones, etc.) has become ubiquitous, allowing people the world over to take and share images and video instantaneously. Mirroring this rise in digital imagery is the associated ability for even relatively unskilled users to manipulate and distort the message of the visual media...for adversarial purposes, such as propaganda or misinformation campaigns.
DARPA’s MediFor program brings together world-class researchers to level the digital imagery playing field...by developing automated technologies for integrity assessment of the integrity of an image or video integrated in end-to-end media forensics platform (MediFor) to automatically detect manipulations, provide detailed information about how the manipulations were performed, and the overall integrity of visual media to facilitate decisions regarding use of any questionable image or video....

Defending Against Adversarial Artificial Intelligence
2/6/19 DARPA Public Affairs at outreach@darpa.mil
...To get ahead of this acute safety challenge, DARPA created the Guaranteeing AI Robustness against Deception (GARD) program....
Today machine learning (ML) is coming into its own, ready to serve mankind in a diverse array of applications – from highly efficient manufacturing, medicine and massive information analysis to self-driving transportation, and beyond. However, if misapplied, misused or subverted, ML holds the potential for great harm – this is the double-edged sword of machine learning. “Over the last decade, researchers have focused on practical ML capable of accomplishing real-world tasks and making them more efficient,” said Dr. Hava Siegelmann, program manager in DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O). “We’re already benefitting from that work, and rapidly incorporating ML into a number of enterprises. But, in a very real way, we’ve rushed ahead, paying little attention to vulnerabilities inherent in ML platforms – particularly in terms of altering, corrupting or deceiving these systems.”...The program will initially concentrate on state-of-the-art image-based ML, then progress to video, audio and more complex systems – including multi-sensor and multi-modality variations. It will also seek to address ML capable of predictions, decisions and adapting during its lifetime.
GARD’s response to adversarial AI will focus on three main objectives...to create deception-resistant ML technologies with stringent criteria for evaluating their robustness.
GARD will explore many research directions for potential defenses, including biology. “The kind of broad scenario-based defense we’re looking to generate can be seen, for example, in the immune system, which identifies attacks, wins and remembers the attack to create a more effective response during future engagements,” said Siegelmann....
but is keeping future challenges in mind as well.
Additional information will be available in the forthcoming Broad Agency Announcement posted to www.fbo.gov .

Psychological Warfare: The Language of Inform, Influence and Persuade
https://www.rand.org/topics/psychological-warfare.html
Psychological warfare involves the planned use of propaganda and other psychological operations to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of opposition groups. RAND has studied military information support operations (MISO) in many countries and war zones and has provided objective and supportable recommendations to policymakers on methods and tactics to employ or defend against these operations....

“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years...It would have been impossible to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
David Rockefeller June 1991 address to Trilateral Commission meeting

Paradoxically, preserving liberty may require the rule of a single leader-- a dictator-willing to use those dreaded 'extraordinary measures, which few know how, or are willing, to employ.'
Michael Ledeen, White House advisor and AEI fellow

The Problem With Trump's Madman Theory
It didn’t work for Nixon. It’s even less likely to work now.
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/madman-theory-...
...There is the intriguing possibility that Trump or his advisers got their fake history lesson about the madman theory from the venerable Henry Kissinger who still loves giving presidents advice and appeared as adviser of sorts to Trump
after the election.