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UK Disinformation and Propaganda The Consortium

by Oui Mon Feb 22nd, 2021 at 05:23:21 PM EST



Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to "weaken Russia," leaked docs reveal. by Max Blumenthal

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have sponsored Reuters and the BBC to conduct a series of covert programs aimed at promoting regime change inside Russia and undermining its government across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a series of leaked documents.

The leaked materials show the Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action participating in a covert information warfare campaign aimed at countering Russia. Working through a shadowy department within the UK FCO known as the Counter Disinformation & Media Development (CDMD), the media organizations operated alongside a collection of intelligence contractors in a secret entity known simply as "the Consortium."

Chris Williamson, a former UK Labour MP attempted to apply public scrutiny to the CDMD's covert activities and was stonewalled on national security grounds, told The Grayzone.

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    The Integrity Initiative is a UK government-funded 'counter-disinformation' project with links to the intelligence community. And it has published comments and retweets against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his associates. Corbyn ally Chris Williamson, meanwhile, has been a leading parliamentary voice trying to hold the secretive initiative to account.

'An Updated Understanding of the Communications Landscape in Lebanon'. It was prepared by the intelligence cutout ARK headed by ex-MI6 officer Alistair Harris.

Alistair Harris is founder of UAE-based counter-extremism consultancy ARK and a former army colleague of James Le Mesurier.

Andy Pryce is a career diplomat who ran the UK's Counter Disinformation and Media Development Programme from 2015-2019

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UK media is about to take Noam Chomsky's 'manufacturing consent' to a whole new level

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New Documents Reveal More British Efforts To Undermine Russia

Note that 'Russian disinformation' is whatever Britain does not like about Russia. 'Exposing' such 'disinformation' is best done by spreading one's own. These are not defensive programs but attacks on Russia.

Projects to achieve the above were to be implemented in nearly every country that borders Russia and has a Russian speaking minority as well as in Russia itself.

The British government does not want you to know about such projects. The 'Supplier Event' sheet says:


    No unauthorised disclosures of activity on this work. Contract will need to take a look at who we are working with. Basic IT security reasonable steps should cover our requirements but the FCO may request an explanation of wat steps have been taken to ensure security and Duty of Care.

    It should be noted that for security reasons, some grantees will not wish to be linked to the FCO. It should be noted that the Programme Team would prefer the programme documents do not end up in the Russian media. We know that they are following us, and we are expecting an expose soon.

In the recent past I have written about Legatum at a time Anne Applebaum found her employ at the think tank. The red alert signs and alarm bells were up at the time and I gave some background information.

EU/NATO Propaganda It’s About Daesh and Russia [Update5] | Nov. 2016 |

Legatum: the Brexiteers’ favourite think tank. Who is behind them? | Open Democracy – Nov. 17, 2017 |

It's arguably the most influential think tank in the country, pushing a free market pro-Brexit vision and enjoying privileged access to media and ministers. But what does their background in 'disaster capitalism' tell us about Legatum's Brexit agenda?

In June 2016, the Legatum Institute was just another free market think tank floating around the edges of Westminster. If you'd heard of it at all, it was probably for its regular 'prosperity indexes', which provided fodder for countless news stories about the happiest, richest and even the 'most hard-up' places to live.

Fast forward less than eighteen months. Legatum is now the Brexiteers' think tank of choice.

Funded by a Dubai-based, New Zealand-born billionaire as well as around 40 mostly anonymous donors and based in plush Mayfair offices, Legatum has the ear of large sections of the British media and government.

But former Legatum employees and others we spoke to called into question the think tank’s experience and raised concerns about the burgeoning influence of the group. Labour MP Ben Bradshaw recently called for the UK government "to look at the Legatum Institute, its relationship with the Government, and the background of its founder and main funder, Christopher Chandler."

Legatum’s belief that Britain should remove all tariffs has almost become an article of faith for leading eurosceptics, including Brexit minister Steve Baker. In a recent Times op-ed Shanker Singham, chairman of Legatum's self-styled 'special trade commission', wrote that Britain could "maximise the benefits and minimise the disruptions of Brexit" by leaving the EU as soon as possible and removing tariffs.

The Irish border is a mere bagatelle, easily resolved by drones and ‘creative thinking’.

From the diaries …

Wanker of the Day … A Blogger by Oui @BooMan on July 4, 2017

Counterinsurgency Cyberwarfare NATO vs. Russia – Part 3 | Jan. 2018 |

East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe | Dec. 2019 |

Do we need a reminder both Brexit and the Presidential Election 2016 were thrown by the rightwing mob through disinformation and exploiting privacy via Facebook and Cambridge Analytica algorithms. Same actors from the States, the British Empire and new Arab allies in the Middle East. UAE and Saudi Arabia in the lead together with Netanyahu’s Israel. The Consortium most likely extends across the intelligence lines of Five or Nine Eyes.

Anne Applebaum’s Confession …

Anne Applebaum: how my old friends paved the way for Trump and Brexit | The Guardian – July 2020 |

Mrs. Sikorski, your old friends were never friends of mine, neither have you gained my trust today! Sounds similar to the Op-Ed written repentance of former Dutch FM and NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer. Once the tred mill of evil is engaged, it will be nearly impossible to stop the brainwashing of most Europeans.

Anglo-American Values Don’t Fit Europe, Time to Protest NATO Aggression


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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Feb 22nd, 2021 at 10:35:13 PM EST

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FCC Commissioner Blasts Attempt By House Democrats to Shut Down Fox News: 'Chilling Transgression' of Free Speech

FCC commissioner Brendan Carr called an effort by House Democrats to pressure cable providers into removing Fox News and other conservative networks a "chilling transgression" of free speech, and asked his colleagues on the commission to denounce the lawmakers.

In a Monday letter, California Reps. Anna Eshoo (D) and Jerry McNerney (D) demanded that television providers including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Apple, and Amazon say whether they planned to continue providing Fox News on their platforms, in addition to Newsmax and One America News.

"Debate on matters of public interest should be robust, uninhibited and wide open," Carr said.

"To the House Democrats that used their official letterhead to launch this inquiry, I would say this: Your demand to know the `moral principles' that guide a private entity's decision about what news to carry cannot be reconciled with bedrock principles of free speech and journalistic freedom," he added. "I call on my FCC colleagues to join me in publicly denouncing this attempt to stifle political speech and independent news judgment."

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 10:09:44 AM EST
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Twitter unveils feature charging users for additional content, hacking GDPR enforcement worldwide
On Thursday, the social media giant unveiled "Super Followers," which will allow users to restrict access to some content unless followers pay a fee.

A representative of Twitter told the Washington Examiner that the feature will "allow creators and publishers to be directly supported by their audience and will incentivize them to continue creating content that their audience loves."

A second feature, called "Communities," is designed to create groups centering on shared interest.
The announcement comes weeks after CEO Jack Dorsey announced Twitter was exploring the introduction of a tipping feature.

"I think the first thing we want to focus on is that economic incentive to people who are contributing to Twitter," he said at the virtual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference on Feb. 10.

shifting costs of doing business from HQ to 290M competitive "users"
House GOP wrestles with Section 230 overhaul, fails
Although a full repeal seems unlikely, Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee are optimistic about finding agreement with Democrats on reforming Section 230.

"This is really the most bipartisan committee in Congress, and we tackle a lot of big issues, Section 230 is a really big issue that there's appetite on both sides for," a senior Republican committee aide said.

Republicans say that they no longer have confidence in social media companies to make the right decisions when it comes to content moderation and growing issues like the spread of misinformation.

Now, free speech is not absolute.
OurBig Tech Accountability Platformwill be guided by four principles: 1) increasing meaningful transparency; 2) enhancing oversight and accountability; 3) pushing for consistencyand objectivity; and 4) exploring competitionissues so innovation is unleashed, not quashed.
by Cat on Fri Feb 26th, 2021 at 12:10:28 PM EST
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Some of us have warned of dangerous theories based on pseudo science ...

Power's Husband, Unmasked: Infiltration, Conspiracy Theories, and Organs

Also in 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a paper proposing that the U.S. Government should employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-"independent" advocates to "cognitively infiltrate" online groups and websites -- as well as other activist groups -- which advocate views that Sunstein deems "false conspiracy theories" about the Government. This would be designed to undermine the credibility of "conspiracists".

The Terror Trap Laid By Warmongers In the US and Israel | Nov. 2015 |

A timely review of what propaganda does to America ... and it's only getting worse under the regime of the Obama administration. The US losing its moral compass in a turbulent world. Battling whistleblowers by prosecution for treason, a most secretive administration, revising and enactment of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 and undermining protest by the cognitive infiltration theory perpetuated by Cass Sunstein.

Obama, Sunstein, Vermeule and "Conspiracy Theories"  by History Lisa @BooMan - Jan. 7, 2010

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 10:45:55 AM EST
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IHRA definition of anti-Semitism divides US Jews ahead of Biden presidency | Times of Israel |

Statement on the IHRA definition and the question of Palestine

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 11:04:22 AM EST
Intelligence Is Not About Security, But A Sting

Israeli intelligence units are experts in Trojan Horses... installing malware, the world's best.

The complaint from Bindmans solicitors alleges that Assaf Kaplan worked for Unit 8200, the cyber branch of the Israeli Defence Force, from 2009 to 2013. It adds that the unit has been mired in controversy over its surveillance practices against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Why did Microsoft fund an Israeli firm that surveils West Bank Palestinians?

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 2nd, 2021 at 07:19:06 PM EST
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Remind me ...

RIP Christopher Hitchens: Provocateur and Damn Good Writer | Mother Jones - Dec. 2011 |

From the diaries ...

What's Left of the Pro-War Left ? | EuroTrib by Helen in 2007 |

Max Blumenthal Skewers Hitchens | BooMan by StrayRoots in 2005 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 24th, 2021 at 07:15:06 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 3rd, 2021 at 05:45:36 PM EST
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Censorship Gone Bonkers - 'Be A Good Citizen!' | MofA |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Feb 26th, 2021 at 07:33:17 AM EST
It seems all opinions not validated by the Ruling Classes are now unacceptable.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Feb 26th, 2021 at 06:36:08 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 3rd, 2021 at 05:54:22 PM EST
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Sorry, can't get too worked up when Max Blumenthal reports a supposed threat to Russia.  His main platforms are Sputnik and RT, so there is no way he's neutral.
by rifek on Sat Feb 27th, 2021 at 01:21:25 AM EST
... whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, the Independent Film Channel, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and other publications. He is the author of the bestselling book Republican Gomorrah.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 27th, 2021 at 06:16:01 AM EST
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Someone who takes the hypocrisy of ME Policy of Democrats to task can't be all bad or of ill judgment ...

Hillary Clinton's campaign this week slammed comments by the son of longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal regarding the late Elie Wiesel.

"Secretary Clinton emphatically rejects these offensive, hateful, and patently absurd statements about Elie Wiesel," Jake Sullivan, Clinton's senior policy advisor, said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post.

Max Blumenthal, an advocate for Palestinian rights ...

Joe Biden and too many of same confidents ... do hope he surprises me, but with the years little or no room for change.

Elie Wiesel, Former Israeli Intelligence Chiefs Celebrate Judaization of East Jerusalem

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 27th, 2021 at 06:47:49 AM EST
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Wiesel? I thought he had already been thoroughly demolished by Isaac Asimov. (In French; Google can't find it in English any more)
Je me suis publiquement exprimé là-dessus une seule fois, dans des circonstances délicates. C'était en mai 1977. J'étais convié à une table ronde en compagnie notamment d'Elie Wiesel, qui a survécu à l'Holocauste et, depuis, ne sait plus parler d'autre chose. Ce jour-là, il m'a agacé en prétendant qu'on ne pouvait pas faire confiance aux savants, aux techniciens, parce qu'ils avaient contribué à rendre possible l'Holocauste. Voilà bien une généralisation abusive ! Et précisément le genre de propos que tiennent les antisémites : « Je me méfie des Juifs, parce que jadis, des Juifs ont crucifié mon Sauveur. »

J'ai laissé les autres débattre un moment en remâchant ma rancoeur puis, incapable de me contenir plus longtemps, je suis intervenu : « Monsieur Wiesel, vous faites erreur ; ce n'est pas parce qu'un groupe humain a subi d'atroces persécutions qu'il est par essence bon et innocent. Tout ce que montrent les persécutions, c'est que ce groupe était en position de faiblesse. Si les Juifs avaient été en position de force, qui sait s'ils n'auraient pas pris la place des persécuteurs ? »

A quoi Wiesel m'a répliqué, très emporté : « Citez-moi un seul cas où des Juifs auraient persécuté qui que ce soit ! »

Naturellement, je m'y attendais. « Au temps des Macchabées, au IIe siècle av. J.-C., Jean Hyrcan de Judée a conquis Edom et donné à choisir aux Edomites entre la conversion au judaïsme et l'épée. N'étant pas idiots, les Edomites se sont convertis, mais par la suite, on les a quand même traités en inférieurs, car s'ils étaient devenus des Juifs, ils n'en restaient pas moins des Edomites. »

Et Wiesel, encore plus énervé : « Il n'y a pas d'autre exemple. »

-- C'est qu'il n'y a pas d'autre période dans l'histoire où les Juifs aient exercé le pouvoir, ai-je répondu. La seule fois où ils l'ont eu, ils ont fait comme les autres. »

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Feb 27th, 2021 at 09:01:51 AM EST
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Great find, thx.

Isaac Asimov

That's what you get when a young child escapes attention of parents busy earning a living in a candy store - Brooklyn NY (1924)

Isaac Asimov On Antisemitism And The Universality Of Prejudice

Isaac Asimov - a Humanist vs Elie Wiesel, a Zionist.

What Elie Wiesel did get wrong in his extraordinary testimonial of the Auschwitz passion play

America and the Holocaust

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 27th, 2021 at 01:30:55 PM EST
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Censorship by Western media platforms leads to publish in alternate media which narrows in time ...

How Opponents of U.K. Labour Leader Corbyn Advanced a Political Coup With Antisemitism Smears

Eretz Israel policy based on Annexation of Land and Expulsion of Palestinians - interview Max Blumenthal in Oct. 2013

From the diaries ...

SE Asia: Reading Tea Leaves of Defunct British Empire | May 2018 |

Max Blumenthal has seldom been mentioned here at EuroTrib, except in Shergald's diaries a long time ago.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 27th, 2021 at 07:15:47 AM EST
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Saudi ["]de facto ruler["] approved operation that led to Khashoggi's death: U.S.
Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the United States imposed sanctions on some of those involved but spared the crown prince himself in an effort to preserve relations with the kingdom.
"(I) made it clear to him that the rules are changing and we're going to be announcing significant changes today and on Monday," Biden said on Spanish language network Univision.

Among the punitive steps the United States took on Friday, it imposed a visa ban on some Saudis believed involved in the Khashoggi killing and placed sanctions on others, including a former deputy intelligence chief, that would freeze their U.S. assets and generally bar Americans from dealing with them.
"We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in the four-page report.

To see the full document, click here.

oops (odni.gov)
The intelligence agency based its assessment on the crown prince's control of decision-making, the direct involvement of one of his key advisers and his own protective detail, and his "support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi," it added.
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 28th, 2021 at 03:52:14 PM EST
India is now only 'partly free' under Modi, says report

The US also had a democratic decline during the final years of Donald Trump's presidency, the report noted.

Mass protests, the rise of armed vigilante groups and Mr Trump's "shocking attempts to overturn his election loss" which culminated in the storming of the Capitol Hill by rioters in January "has damaged the United States' credibility abroad", it said.

The global freedom report also added that "the countries with declines in political rights and civil liberties outnumbered those with gains by the largest margin recorded during the 15-year period".

It downgraded the freedom scores of 73 countries, representing 75% of the global population.

"With India's decline to Partly Free, less than 20% of the world's population now lives in a Free country, the smallest proportion since 1995," the report said.

India falls to 53rd rank in EIU's Democracy Index, dubbed as flawed democracy

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US Hails German Warship Plan to Sail South China Sea | VOA News |

German warship to cross South China Sea for first time since 2002 | Al Jazeera |

Germany to send 1st warship through South China Sea in nearly 2 decades | Taiwan News |

Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo in December invited Germany to send a naval vessel to join Japan's Self-Defense Forces in drills. He also said that charting a route through the South China Sea would aid international efforts to maintain the right of transit amid China's aggressive expansion.

The news follows recent similar passages by the U.S. and French navies as the Biden administration calls for a multilateral front against Chinese assertiveness in the region. The U.K., Australia, and Japan are reportedly planning Pacific exercises that could also bring them into the sea later this year.

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