Untitled. Guantánamo Diary. US Activist and Iraq War Veteran Vincent Emanuele Speaks Out. Astroturfing. Marketing tactic of creating "grassroots" organizations Definition In political science, it is defined as the process of seeking electoral victory or legislative relief for grievances by helping political actors find and mobilize a sympathetic public, and is designed to create the image of public consensus where there is none. Astroturfing is the use of fake grassroots efforts that primarily focus on influencing public opinion and typically are funded by corporations and governmental entities to form opinions. On the Internet, astroturfers use software to mask their identity.
Sometimes one individual operates through many personas to give the impression of widespread support for their client's agenda. Some studies suggest astroturfing can alter public viewpoints and create enough doubt to inhibit action. In the first systematic study of astroturfing in the United States, Oxford Professor Philip N. Policies and enforcement Debate Effectiveness Deconstructing Hollywood Mind-Control Subliminal Propaganda Sleazes Onto The Big Screen. American Empire and the Arsenal of Entertainment: Soft Power and Cultural ... - Eric M. Fattor. Propaganda techniques. Common media for transmitting propaganda messages include news reports, government reports, historical revision, junk science, books, leaflets, movies, radio, television, and posters.
Less common nowadays are letter post envelopes examples of which of survive from the time of the American Civil War. (Connecticut Historical Society; Civil War Collections; Covers.) In the case of radio and television, propaganda can exist on news, current-affairs or talk-show segments, as advertising or public-service announce "spots" or as long-running advertorials. Propaganda campaigns often follow a strategic transmission pattern to indoctrinate the target group. This may begin with a simple transmission such as a leaflet dropped from a plane or an advertisement. Generally these messages will contain directions on how to obtain more information, via a web site, hot line, radio program, etc. A number of techniques based in social psychological research are used to generate propaganda.
Ad hominem Big Lie. Media's Use of Propaganda to Persuade People's Attitude, Beliefs and Behaviors. Media's Use of Propaganda to Persuade People's Attitude, Beliefs and Behaviors Johnnie Manzaria & Jonathon Bruck War & Peace: Media and War Attitudes, Belief's and Behaviors The previous picture and poem is a clear example of propaganda which is a form of persuasion used to influence people's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. A working definition of propaganda is the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person. While propaganda has been around for almost a thousand years, only recently (last 100 years) with the advent of technologies that allow us to spread information to a mass group has it evolved to a scientific process capable of influencing a whole nation of people. While propaganda is most evident in times of war as in the poster, it is constantly being used as a political and social means in even less obvious ways to influence peoples attitudes.
Why Were Pakistan and France Chosen? How to Analyze Propaganda. Chart showing the 10 companies that own most of the food products we buy. These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America. I n s i d e J O B voice Matt Damon : cprPDXkboo. Smoking gun emails reveal Blair's 'deal in blood' with George Bush over Iraq war was forged a year before the invasion had even started - despite claiming he wanted peace. Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister's support for war at summit wit. Emails reveal Tony Blair's deal with George Bush over Iraq war was forged before invasion started Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister's support for war at summit with U.S. President in 2002Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told 'the UK will follow our lead'Publicly, Blair still claimed to be looking for diplomatic solution - in direct contrast to email revelationsNew light was shed on Bush-Blair relations by material disclosed by Hillary Clinton at the order of the U.S. courts By Glen Owen and William Lowther In Washington For The Mail On Sunday Published: 21:00 GMT, 17 October 2015 | Updated: 06:15 GMT, 18 October 2015 A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the ‘deal in blood’ forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War.
The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started. It flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis. 76 people 'made 41% of donations' By Press Association Published: 22:34 GMT, 18 April 2015 | Updated: 22:34 GMT, 18 April 2015 Just 76 people accounted for 41% of all individual and corporate donations made to the political parties and other political causes in Britain over the past five years, it has been reported. The first Sunday Times Political Rich List, published this weekend, found that 25 individuals had given more than £1 million each, accounting for 28% of £174.4 million donated in private and corporate cash between 2010 and 2014. The list is topped by the Scottish EuroMillions lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir who together gave £6.5 million to the SNP and the Yes Scotland campaign, the paper said. 76 people accounted for 41% of individual and corporate donations to parties and other political causes over five years, it was reported Sorry we are not currently accepting comments on this article.
Documents Published by WikiLeaks Reveal the NSA's Corporate Priorities. (Image: Cyber espionage via Shutterstock) "We are under pressure from the Treasury to justify our budget, and commercial espionage is one way of making a direct contribution to the nation's balance of payments. " - Sir Colin McColl, MI6 Chief For years public figures have condemned cyber espionage committed against the United States by intruders launching their attacks out of China. These same officials then turn around and justify the United States' far-reaching surveillance apparatus in terms of preventing terrorist attacks. Yet classified documents published by WikiLeaks reveal just how empty these talking points are. Specifically, top-secret intercepts prove that economic spying by the United States is pervasive, that not even allies are safe and that it's wielded to benefit powerful corporate interests. At a recent campaign event in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America.
" FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades. The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence. The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death.
Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions. The FBI errors alone do not mean there was not other evidence of a convict’s guilt. Spies Hacked Computers Thanks to Sweeping Secret Warrants, Aggressively Stretching U.K. Law. British spies have received government permission to intensively study software programs for ways to infiltrate and take control of computers. The GCHQ spy agency was vulnerable to legal action for the hacking efforts, known as “reverse engineering,” since such activity could have violated copyright law. But GCHQ sought and obtained a legally questionable warrant from the Foreign Secretary in an attempt to immunize itself from legal liability. GCHQ’s reverse engineering targeted a wide range of popular software products for compromise, including online bulletin board systems, commercial encryption software and anti-virus programs.
Reverse engineering “is essential in order to be able to exploit such software and prevent detection of our activities,” the electronic spy agency said in a warrant renewal application. The agency also described efforts to cozy up to dozens of government staffers it believed could help obtain further warrants. Widely used commercial software is targeted. Controversial GCHQ Unit Engaged in Domestic Law Enforcement, Online Propaganda, Psychology Research. The spy unit responsible for some of the United Kingdom’s most controversial tactics of surveillance, online propaganda and deceit focuses extensively on traditional law enforcement and domestic activities — even though officials typically justify its activities by emphasizing foreign intelligence and counterterrorism operations. Documents published today by The Intercept demonstrate how the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), a unit of the signals intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is involved in efforts against political groups it considers “extremist,” Islamist activity in schools, the drug trade, online fraud and financial scams.
Early official claims attempted to create the impression that JTRIG’s activities focused on international targets in places like Iran, Afghanistan and Argentina. The closest the group seemed to get to home was in its targeting of transnational “hacktivist” group Anonymous. WikiLeaks says it's leaking over 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents, some files already online : worldnews. Privacy activists mass-quit U.S. government committee on facial recognition privacy. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is trying to work out the rules for facial recognition -- whether and when cameras can be put in public places that programatically identify you as you walk past and then save a record of where you've been and who you were with.
NTIA -- part of the Commerce Department -- invited privacy groups to sit on the committee alongside industry, but the deliberations did not impress the privacy groups as a process likely to produce a decent outcome. On Monday, nine privacy groups walked out of the group in a mass-resignation, stating that "Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington’s ability to protect consumer privacy. " “This should be a wake-up call to Americans: Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington’s ability to protect consumer privacy,” Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, said in a statement. Privacy Advocates Walk Out in Protest Over U.S. Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell : chapter2.9. Winston was gelatinous with fatigue. Gelatinous was the right word. It had come into his head spontaneously. His body seemed to have not only the weakness of a jelly, but its translucency. He felt that if he held up his hand he would be able to see the light through it.
All the blood and lymph had been drained out of him by an enormous debauch of work, leaving only a frail structure of nerves, bones, and skin. He had worked more than ninety hours in five days. There was, of course, no admission that any change had taken place. The thing that impressed Winston in looking back was that the speaker had switched from one line to the other actually in midsentence, not only without a pause, but without even breaking the syntax. Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.
By the third day his eyes ached unbearably and his spectacles needed wiping every few minutes. A heavy black volume, amateurishly bound, with no name or title on the cover. Chapter I. Emmanuel Goldstein (George Orwell), Ignorance is Strength (1949) Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other. The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable.
The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. By the late nineteenth century the recurrence of this pattern had become obvious to many observers. But the problems of perpetuating a hierarchical society go deeper than this. 1. Here we reach the central secret. Emmanuel Goldstein (George Orwell), War is Peace (1949) The splitting-up of the world into three great super-states was an event which could be and indeed was foreseen before the middle of the twentieth century.
With the absorption of Europe by Russia and of the British Empire by the United States, two of the three existing powers, Eurasia and Oceania, were already effectively in being. The third, Eastasia, only emerged as a distinct unit after another decade of confused fighting. The frontiers between the three super-states are in some places arbitrary, and in others they fluctuate according to the fortunes of war, but in general they follow geographical lines. Eurasia comprises the whole of the northern part of the European and Asiatic land-mass, from Portugal to the Bering Strait. Oceania comprises the Americas, the Atlantic islands including the British Isles, Australasia, and the southern portion of Africa. In one combination or another, these three super-states are permanently at war, and have been so for the past twenty-five years.
Oligarchical%20Collectivism_Emmanual%20Goldsteins%20Book.pdf. Psychological_Warfare. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language (1946) Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language - so the argument runs - must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes.
Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes. Now, it is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in an intensified form, and so on indefinitely. Professor Harold Laski (Essay in Freedom of Expression) Communist pamphlet. Obama admits CIA 'tortured some folks' but stands by Brennan over spying.
President Barack Obama on Friday starkly criticised the CIA’s past treatment of terror suspects, saying he could understand why the agency rushed to use controversial interrogation techniques in the aftermath of 9/11 but conceding: “We tortured some folks.” In some of the most expansive and blunt remarks on the CIA’s programme of rendition and detention he has made since coming to office, Obama said the country “crossed a line” as it struggled to react to the threat of further attacks by al-Qaida. However, he also said it was important “not to feel too sanctimonious”, adding that he believed intelligence officials responsible for torturing detainees were working during a period of extraordinary stress and fear. Obama’s comments come on the eve of the release of a widely-anticipated Senate report that will criticise the CIA for brutally abusing terrorist suspects in its custody in a covert programme that, the report is expected to conclude, did not yield any life-saving intelligence.
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