Why the CIA Wants You to Be a Pacifist

Psychological Operations (PSYOP) or (as it has been known since 2010) Military Information Support Operations (MISO) are CIA operations geared towards conveying selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals – both inside and outside the United States.

“White propaganda” accurately identifies its source. “Grey propaganda” does not specifically identify its source. Rather than identifying the source, one might see: “It was reported yesterday that …” or “reliable sources report that…”or “eye-witnesses said they saw….” It attempts to appear authoritative and to avoid appearing as partisan propaganda. “Black propaganda” is propaganda information that purposefully misidentifies its source, usually the opponent, who is falsely credited for the information.

In the 1990s, it came to light that soldiers from the 4th Psychological Operations Group had been interning at the American news networks Cable News Network (CNN) and National Public Radio (NPR). The program was an attempt to provide its PSYOP personnel with the expertise developed by the private sector under its “Training with Industry” program. The program caused concern about the influence these soldiers might have on American news and the programs were reported to be “terminated.” But one day before Rolling Stone reported that Lt. Gen. Caldwell commanded the execution of an illegal PSYOP campaign against U.S. senators, Information Week published an article revealing that the military sought a contractor to deploy false identities on social media sites like Facebook to disseminate DoD propaganda to civilians.

Bloomberg’s NYPD got caught working with the Central Intelligence Agency to create a “Demographics Unit” of plainclothes officers that explicitly monitors the city’s 800,000-strong Muslim community by spying on mosques, bookstores, and student organizations. The department has gone so far as to monitor some kids in its own youth soccer league because their team was sponsored by the Arab American Association of New York.

The New York Times reported:

“WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has opened an internal inquiry into whether its close cooperation with the New York Police Department in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks has broken any laws prohibiting the agency from collecting intelligence in the United States. During his first Congressional testimony as the C.I.A. director, David H. Petraeus said Tuesday that the agency’s inspector general had begun to investigate its work with the Police Department ‘to make sure we are doing the right thing.’

Marie E. Harf, a spokeswoman for the agency, said that its cooperation with American police forces in the past decade ‘should not be a surprise to anyone,’ and that its work with the department in New York ‘is exactly what the American people deserve.'”

Later, at the massive protests against the 2004 Republican National Convention (RNC) in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg gave special buttons to nonviolent activists who had proclaimed that they would be peaceful. Bloomberg got political points for being hip and lenient, even as his administration cracked down on dissent during the week of protests. Pacifists got an added perk: anyone wearing the button would be given discounts at dozens of Broadway shows, hotels, museums, and restaurants. As Mayor Bloomberg put it, ‘It’s no fun to protest on an empty stomach.’ Law-abiding protesters were given buttons of the Statue of Liberty holding a sign that reads, “peaceful political activists.”

And the anti-RNC protests in New York were little more than that: fun. A huge amount of energy was expended weeks in advance (by the NYPD) in attempts to alienate and exclude militant activists. Plainclothes officers distributed thousands of leaflets the weekend before the convention making the idiotic claim that anyone advocating confrontational tactics was likely a police agent. That week, the Poor People’s March was repeatedly attacked by police making targeted arrests of activists wearing masks or refusing to be searched. March participants had agreed to be nonviolent; the police were every bit as violent as they chose to be.

Speaking with the Huffington Post, Bloomberg’s former deputy press secretary, Jordan Barowitz, doesn’t rule out the possibility of Bloomberg mounting a presidential campaign in 2016. Considering that Bloomberg falls right in line with the Obama administration on gun bans and that he was caught using taxpayer-funded resources to operate “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” it’s safe to say that he would no doubt expand training for gun confiscations during martial law or a government-declared emergency.

These domestic tactics are eerily identical to the US military’s tactics two years after invading Iraq. The Pentagon was paying to insert articles in Iraqi newspapers urging unity (against the insurgents) and nonviolence. The articles were written as though the authors were Iraqi in an attempt to rein in the militant resistance and manipulate Iraqis into diplomatic forms of opposition that would be easier to co-opt and control.

In 2009, the Associated Press investigated the DoD’s budgets. Therein $547 million went into public affairs, which reaches American audiences. And about $489 million more goes into Psychological Operations, which targets foreign audiences. But on December 12, 2009, the Pentagon’s inspector general released an audit finding that the public affairs office may have crossed the line into propaganda. The audit found the Department of Defense “may appear to merge inappropriately” its Psychological Operations with operations that try to influence domestic audiences.

“PSYOPS has proven its effectiveness time and time again, both in military campaigns and in nonviolent struggles, as a potent weapon to weaken, divide, neutralize and disintegrate an opponent’s pillars of support. In general, the whole population can become the target for propaganda. To be most effective, however, the target audience should be broken down into segments in order to tailor the message for each group. Experience and research strongly indicates that effective propaganda is that which is tailored to more limited target audiences.

How the message is to be communicated involves the selection of the vehicle to carry it. The vehicle could be a leaflet, a radio broadcast, an email, a movie, a speech, a printed book or article, or signs and posters. Rumors can also be effective transmitters of messages. Not to be overlooked is the use of ‘key communicators’ such as religious leaders, opposition political leaders, teachers, barbers and hairdressers, traditional and spiritual leaders, journalists, union spokesmen, business groups, and others who are respected in their own communities.”
-Robert L. Helvey, 30-year retiree of the Defense Intelligence Agency

In 2012, the United States Army Military Police School’s Civil Disturbance Operations document instructed soldiers to deny access to “armories, arsenals, hardware, and sporting good stores, pawnshops, and gunsmith establishments or other places where weapons or ammunition are stored” during a “civil disturbance.” “To conserve manpower, consideration may be given to evacuating sensitive items, such as weapons from stores and storing them in a central facility,” the document added.

They fear revolution.


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  • ThirtyOneBravo

    First again!

  • Phillip Cantu

    That last sentence sums it up wonderfully.

  • t

    Conspiracy Theorist UNITE!!!

  • big guy

    Are you a psyops shill?

  • big guy

    How much does the cia pay you to troll?

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    I wouldn’t call myself a “shill”… nah. That’s not my style.

  • Common Sense

    FEMA camps!

  • Common Sense

    Pete pays us by the the word. Its good money. It helps me bribe that stinky pussy from your mom with daily lotto tickets and Kool menthols.

    “I’ll take 3-4-5, in a box, 4-7-2-6 two way”

  • John Q Public

    The only propaganda I see is this article. It reeks of bullshit. For example, the only Army Military Police School’s Civil Disturbance Operations manual I could find was on a fringe website. It was supposedly written at Ft. McClellan Al in 2006. The only problem with that is Ft. McClellan was closed in 1999 and the MP school was moved to Ft. Leonard Wood along with the Chemical School. Also, LTG Caldwell was never in command of 4th Psyop at any time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_B._Caldwell
    I could go on, but you get the point. Another poorly researched article.

  • Dave Charbonneau

    Interesting piece. Tho, the last paragraph and the last sentence are strange. The last paragraph seems out of context. The sentence that follows seems assumptive, since talking about PsyOps; certainly a group could fear a revolution. Or, you could be led to believe this is a fear, when it might be the goal. Or, it could be neither.

    Just seemed strange to make those two jumps in an otherwise contiguous and even interesting article.

  • Dave Charbonneau

    Or, it was part of the author’s own PsyOps experiment?

  • John Q Public

    It very well could’ve been.

  • t

    Still waiting for the checks

  • Kenneth Brooks

    Any entity that advocates against self preservation is pathological and should be considered espousing an ideology of insanity. Any sentient being instinctively acts in self defense when presented with an imminent threat of grievous bodily harm or death. Thus, for an entity, government or otherwise to espouse or otherwise mandate that an individual acquiesce to such threats is clearly pathological and presents a clear and present danger to said sentient beings, citizens or otherwise.

  • deepelemblues

    Look at how many of the sources of this information are government officials do their jobs and reporting to the public the government doing things or maybe doing things it shouldn’t be doing.

    Yup, they’re really trying hard to catch us off guard with that jackboot.

  • Common Sense

    Its just like all the “Executive Order” bullshit…

  • t

    I’m still waiting on my check

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    I confirm that the manual exists.

  • John Q Public

    You mean the ones that Kennedy wrote but Obama gets credit for? Bullshit is exactly what it is.

  • John Q Public

    I’d take your word over these fringe guys. Guess that’s what I get from being in the Chemical Corps on the other side of post. Lol

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    LOL you were lucky. But as you know, just because there’s a manual, it doesn’t mean that it’s an actual practice.

  • t

    Ok then dude, tell me….
    What would you have done IF you were driving along the interstate when you suddenly see several heavily armed civilians blockin/slowing traffic? I ask as this is exactly what just occurred in Nevada at the illiterate inbred Bundy ranch. Some a-hole from Utah showed up…and can be seem standing in the middle of the highway, facing traffic….wearing a mask and holding his AK with his hand open the ‘pistol grip’.
    You see I ask, as were I there….I well may have run him down with my car or shot him as I approached as he he presented not only an imminent threat….but and immediate threat.
    So I’m interested as to how that works in your world?

  • John Q Public

    I know. These idiots will grab anything they can and run with it if they think it can be warped and sensationalized.

  • steve

    KMA 367