The arms industry is by necessity addicted to war and human suffering. In effect, it has converted millions of employees, who rely on jobs in the industry, into members of, what Max Kaiser calls, a death cult.
FIRST BROADCAST in the U.K. on BBC2 in 1992, Operation Gladio “reveals the secret state-sponsored terror network operating in Europe”, or in today’s parlance, a Europe wide false flag programme.
As the video’s description says:
“This BBC series is about a far-right secret army, operated by the CIA and MI6 through NATO, which killed hundreds of innocent Europeans and attempted to blame the deaths on Baader Meinhof, Red Brigades and other left wing groups.
“Known as ‘stay-behinds’ these armies were given access to military equipment which was supposed to be used for sabotage after a Soviet invasion. Instead it was used in massacres across mainland Europe as part of a CIA Strategy of Tension.
“Gladio killing sprees in Belgium and Italy were carried out for the purpose of frightening the national political classes into adopting U.S. policies.”
This fascinating and chilling documentary opens with a quote the producers attribute to former chief of CIA Counterintelligence (1954 – 1975), James Jesus Angleton, which sets the scene for what they reveal:
“Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State.”
In Tim Weiner’s book, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, the author cites another revealing quote again from the former chief of CIA Counterintelligence, Angleton that should be a warning to us all (page 336):
“It is inconceivable that a secret arm of the government has to comply with all the overt orders of the government.”
‘Sturgeon has now indicated she may not seek immediate reentry to the EU after independence after all, confirming speculation she could instead propose Scotland takes the “Norway option” by joining the Efta free trade area instead.’
Is Brexit turning into a race between Edinburgh and London for EFTA membership?
WATCHING COVERAGE of the recent Scottish local election results provided by the British mainstream media (MSM), you could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that the Conservative party had taken over Scotland.
As the Scottish local election results came in last Thursday (4th May 2017) the MSM airwaves were given over to selected commentators banging on about deprived areas of Scotland voting Conservative and the Scottish National Party (SNP) losing seats.
The level of analysis was shockingly poor. As one friend put it to me:
“There hasn’t been an SNP collapse, and the Shettleston and Paisley results can be explained by the Ibrox effect”!
But the MSM could’t even get to this level of analysis.
Or as another friend put it:
“A Tory gets 13% of the vote and is ‘swept to victory’ on the 10th set of transfers, 4th available spot, in ‘deprived area’ of Paisley Northwest and it makes headline news. Not mentioned is the 44% of the vote which went to the SNP, or that the two Nats were in first and second place, with Labour third, or that an Independent candidate had the same name as the Tory, or that only a small area of the ward is in any way deprived, and many householders are sitting in houses costing the best part of £400,000.”
In fact the SNP gained six seats overall compared to the previous local elections – pretty amazing after 10 years in government – and the pro-independence Scottish Greens gained 7 seats.
The news is: independence parties are up and large numbers of soft right New Labour voters move to vote Conservative. Labs and Cons are now nudging each other for around 50 per cent of their vote share, coming into line with the political scene down south. The difference in Scotland is that half the population have come to the conclusion that they want out of the Lab/Con Westminster game.
The last few years of MSM propaganda onslaught seem to have been pretty effective at herding Labour supporters towards the Conservative party. Thus far Scottish independence supporters seem to have been inoculated against the majority of mainstream spin. This will now be tested as we move into general election (#GE17) mode.
Of course, modern democracy has flourished in tandem with the understanding and development of propaganda to influence what populations think, as well as with the rise of mass media technologies to deliver weponised messages.
Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, published his book titled Propaganda, in 1928, which did not go unnoticed by the rich and powerful at the time.
‘…for Bernays PR was not only a marketing tool but also a political weapon. As a member of North American upper class, he identified strongly with the fears of European and American elites: after the 1st World War, widening franchise and social movements threatened to diminish the power and privileges of the top. As they themselves put it: the problem was how “to take the risk out of democracy”. For Bernays the solution was the new propaganda technique. In his book Propaganda (1928) he writes: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”
‘PR-techniques were used successfully to manipulate political elections and they became part and parcel of “normal democracy’. But propaganda functioning on subconscious level had an even more important political effect. By creating mass demand of luxury items it diverted people’s energies from risky political and collective activities to harmless individual aspirations.’
Edward Louis James Bernays was a “double nephew” of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, through his mother, Freud’s sister, on one side and through his father’s sister on the other side.
An Austrian-American, Bernays developed the field of propaganda and public relations. Due to the success of his work he has been named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.
‘His best-known campaigns include a 1929 effort to promote female smoking by branding cigarettes as feminist “Torches of Freedom” and his work for the United Fruit Company connected with the overthrow of the Guatemalan government in 1954. He worked for dozens of major American corporations including Proctor and Gamble and General Electric, and for government agencies, politicians, and non-profit organizations.’
‘Of his many books, Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923) and Propaganda (1928) gained special attention as early efforts to define and theorize the field of public relations. Citing works of writers such as Gustave Le Bon, Wilfred Trotter, Walter Lippmann, and his own double uncle Sigmund Freud, he described the masses as irrational and subject to herd instinct—and outlined how skilled practitioners could use crowd psychology and psychoanalysis to control them in desirable ways.’
‘He was the subject of a full length biography by Larry Tye called The Father of Spin (1999) and later an award-winning 2002 documentary for the BBC by Adam Curtis called The Century of the Self.’
How Edward Bernays hacked democracy…We know from our experience of the last independence referendum that a large majority of the mainstream media will be against Scottish independence in any future campaign. And we know from the Brexit referendum and the recent U.S. presidential election that new ways of influencing peoples’ opinions are becoming increasingly effective.
GREECE’S FORMER FINANCE MINISTER, Yanis Varoufakis – who squared up to the EU two years ago and lost – says that the only way that Westminster can go about “diffusing the EU’s spoiling tactics” and “secure a good [Brexit] deal for the UK” is by going for a Norway-style arrangement.
Varoufakis’s comments come in the wake of key voices in the Scottish independence movement who have been suggesting that a Norway-style arrangement might be the best option for Scotland, post-independence.
“joining [the] European Free Trade Association (EFTA) instead of the EU could be the answer for Scotland”
Back in November 2016, Scotland’s First Minster, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed that the Scottish government were considering European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA) as options instead of immediate full EU membership for an independent Scotland. As the Herald newspaper reported at the time:
“THE SNP Government is looking to Norway as a model for keeping Scotland in the EU single market, the First Minister has confirmed … Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and European Economic Area (EEA) models were being considered in case of a hard Brexit.”
If the UK government had to give up its sprint towards a hard Brexit – as Varoufakis suggests it will – and instead go for EFTA membership, this could be a blow for the Scottish independence movement.
Given that a majority of people in Scotland support staying in the EU, a clear choice between staying in the UK and hard Brexit, or going for independence and EFTA or EU membership, would seem to strengthen the hand of the independence movement.
In Varoufakis’s recent article he outlines why, in his experience, the UK government will find it very difficult to negation the Brexit deal that it wants from the EU. He concludes by highlighting why going for EFTA membership may end up being the UK government’s only feasible choice:
“The only way May could secure a good deal for the UK would be by diffusing the EU’s spoiling tactics, while still respecting the Burkean Brexiteers’ strongest argument, the imperative of restoring sovereignty to the House of Commons. And the only way of doing this would be to avoid all negotiations by requesting from Brussels a Norway-style, off-the-shelf arrangement for a period of, say, seven years.
“The benefits from such a request would be twofold: first, Eurocrats and Europhiles would have no basis for denying Britain such an arrangement. (Moreover, Schäuble, Merkel and sundry would be relieved that the ball is thrown into their successors’ court seven years down the track.) Second, it would make the House of Commons sovereign again by empowering it to debate and decide upon in the fullness of time, and without the stress of a ticking clock, Britain’s long-tem relationship with Europe.
“The fact that May has opted for a Brexit negotiation that will immediately activate the EU’s worst instincts and tactics, for petty party-political reasons that ultimately have everything to do with her own power and nothing to do with Britain’s optimal agreement with the EU, means only one thing: she does not deserve the mandate that Brussels is keen to neutralise.”
Varoufakis’s insights suggest that the Scottish independence movement has been ahead of the game on Brexit. But are we about to lose a significant advantage on a key campaigning issue for a future Scottish independence referendum?
Today we’re getting another glimpse of the terrifying and precarious position we’ve allowed our selves to get into by throwing all of our freedom loving eggs in corporate controlled baskets.
BELLA CALEDONIA report on the ‘disabling’ of new satirical video, Jeremy Bernard Corbyn ‘What Was Done’, which is highly critical of the British establishment.
‘How odd that a truly gigantic corporation, who have recently received justifiable flack for leaving online, a spree of vile videos of human beings doing unspeakably bad shit to their fallow sapiens, should act so hastily in disabling a video that pokes fun at the establishment, the monarchy and of course big business.’
“This video demonstrates how effective … mainstream media conditioning has been as people enthusiastically agree with Corbyn’s policies, then react in horror when it’s revealed that they’re actually the policies of the person they’ve been conditioned to hate and fear.”