BRAINWASHING THE WORLD: EXPOSING ESTABLISHMENT PROPAGANDA AND THOUGHT CONTROL
DR. NORMAN LIVERGOOD
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The puppet Bush regime, in collusion with the subordinate Blair regime in Britain, are using new, aggressive forms of brainwashing to change the very way people worldwide think and feel.
This is the psychological dimension of the "High Cabal's" general onslaught against American workers, just as the "war on terrorism" is the military dimension, and corporate crime, tax cuts for the rich, and globalisation comprise the economic dimension.
We are living under the beginning stages of an American military dictatorship in precisely the same way that 19930's Germans suffered under the Nazi regime.
As in the case of Nazi Germany, state-sponsored propaganda (brainwashing) is a vital part of the Bush regime's strategy.
New propaganda slogans are being overtly and subliminally implanted by Bush and his gang through their speeches and actions:
* dissent is treason
* constitutional liberties are less important than security
* the "war on terrorism" excuses any attacks on civil liberties
* the Bush administration has the right and duty to bring about "regime change" in any nation it chooses
* the economy is basically sound
* only a few bad apples are found in the corporate barrel, which requires no new oversight laws
* if Bush and Cheney say they're not guilty of corporate crimes, then believe it and shut up
PROPAGANDA AMERICAN STYLE
Some of these mind programming
tactics are so subtle that they can be overlooked in the hubbub of everyday
life. For example, are you aware that the very way in which the "public discourse" is
being carried on is a subtle brainwashing strategy? In 2002, the US Congress, the media, and the
man and woman on the street, are encouraged to ask only this question: How should the
What about the questions:
* Does an unelected American president have the right to force a "regime change" on another nation?
* Why aren't Americans up in arms about Bush starting a second battle in his "war against freedom"?
* Why should American military personnel die merely for Bush's insane quest for world domination and oil?
The Bush puppet regime is engaging in other rather subtle brainwashingtactics:
INSANITY AS NORMALCY
The way in which the Bush junta is conducting itself is an interesting brainwashing technique in itself. President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the others continually commit outrages but don't excuse them, explain them, or invite reflection on these affronts to morality and sanity. In fact, when some timid media voice criticises the Bush junta, the person is demonised as questioning behaviour which is beyond reproach.
People worldwide are being brainwashed to ask only the questions the Bushites allow and they are programmed to see everything the Bush junta does as unquestionably correct.
PERSONALITY PROFILING AND SIMULATION
While serving as Head of the Artificial Intelligence Department at the US Army War College, 1993-95, I conducted studies on profiling, psychological programming, and brainwashing. I explored and developed personality simulation systems, an advanced technology used in military war games, FBI profiling, political campaigning, and advertising. Part of my discovery was that:
* unenlightened human minds are combinations of infantile beliefs and emotional patterns
* these patterns can be simulated in profiling systems
* these profiling systems can be used to program and control people
Personality simulation systems are being used to create political campaigns that apply voter profiles to control their voting behaviour. TV commercials and programs use personality simulation to profile viewers to control their purchasing and viewing behaviours. And sophisticated propaganda and brainwashing techniques are being used by the Bush junta to keep citizens worldwide under control.
THE TECHNOLOGY OF THOUGHT AND BEHAVIOUR CONTROL
The long evolution of developing procedures to control human behaviour all came to a head in the modern world with Pavlov, a Russian scientist. Pavlov made the discovery that you can condition a dog to salivate on command simply by associating food with the ringing of a bell. Once that association is fixed in the dog's mind, the food can be removed and the dog will salivate merely when it hears the bell.
Pavlov carried out identical experiments on human beings with the same results. Those principles have been adapted to television and motion pictures and can now make Americans salivate in response to a wide array of bells and whistles. We can call it phase one in the evolution of human behaviour control.
Phase two of Pavlov's work is
not as well known. During a particularly
severe storm in
What mysterious influence could account for this remarkable turn of events, Pavlov wondered. So, being a good scientist, he studied carefully what had transpired while he was away from the dogs. They had been left without food or warmth. They had been isolated for days; some of them had drowned. They had been subjected to extreme stress, nevef knowing if they would live or die. These were the factors that had produced the washing away of the previous conditioning from the dogs' brains - brainwashing.
Pavlov and other Russians followed up this line of research, but it was the Chinese communists in the 1950's who first saw its real potential for use with human beings. They employed these very principles in brainwashing American and other Allied prisoners of war during the Korean conflict. Isolation, periodic denial of food or water, cold and exposure, extreme stress associated with uncertainty of life or death - these conditions, together with a continual barrage of indoctrination resulted in erasure of previous beliefs and behaviour patterns in American soldiers in particular.
But brainwashing is not very reliable, as the remarkable film "The Manchurian Candidate" shows. The trigger mechanisms can be tampered with, sometimes even erased, before the desired behaviour can be carried out.
These procedures are only used now by the CIA and other intelligence services for programming special assassins (see the movie "Parallax View"). Neither classic Pavlovian conditioning nor brainwashing can produce the general results that black-budget project directors of intelligence services desire: absolute control of a human personality.
To show to what extremes
the CIA is willing to go in developing the technology to control human behavior, they funded the "research" of Dr. Jose
Delgado. Delgado was infamous for implanting radio-activated electrodes in
animals (and possibly in humans).
In the pictures to the left he is demonstrating that his implants in a bull's brain can stop it even after it starts to charge Delgado.
You may get a slight whiff of sulphur and brimstone as you read this quote from Delgado:
"We need a program of psychosurgery and political
control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone
who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated.
"The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective.
"Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electrical stimulation of the brain."
Dr. Jose Delgado (MKULTRA experimenter who demonstrated a radio-controlled bull on CNN in 1985) Director of Neuropsychiatry, Yale University Medical School Congressional Record No. 26, Vol. 118, February 24, 1974
Phase three in the
development of thought and behaviour control techniques occurred at
In the mid-twentieth century, B.F. Skinner developed the concept of operant conditioning in which a subject - animal or human - receives reinforcement for desired behaviour.
The techniques of Pavlov, Colby, and Skinner have been taken over by politicians, campaign managers, television producers, and advertising executives. Today, the average person is bombarded with conditioning messages throughout each day. We are conditioned to believe, see, think, and act as other people choose. In study after study, cultural conditioning instruments (TV, popular music, websites, newspapers, magazines) have been shown to elicit specific behaviours on the part of the "receiver."
In this article I'm using the word "brainwashing" in a non-technical sense to refer to any attempt to influence or coerce another person. All communication has some element of persuasion, even if only to persuade a person to receive and/or consider the communication. So in some sense I'm attempting to "brainwash" the reader of this article as does any communicator. You can distinguish between the positive and negative "propaganda" or "brainwashing" by asking these questions:
* Does the communication make it clear that it is trying to persuade ("brainwash") the recipient? (reader, viewer)
* If the propaganda is hidden or subliminal (below the ordinary threshold of awareness) then the purpose of the communication is often to control or manipulate the recipient.
* If the propaganda overtly acknowledges it is trying to persuade or influence the recipient, and invites reflection on the message, then the purpose may be benign or
* Does the communication have the purpose of persuading the recipients to believe or act In ways that are inimical to their own interests?
"The threat from the Elders of
Peter Phillips. (1969). The Tragedy of Nazi
In the case of the Bush administrations's propaganda efforts, I am arguing in this article that persons being "brainwashed" are being encouraged to believe and act in ways that are destructive of their personal interests.
This article encourages readers to reflect on what kind of propaganda ("brainwashing") they are experiencing. Such reflection I consider to be of benefit to the readers.
PROGRAMMING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TO ACCEPT NEW VIEWS OF WAR AND THE MILITARY
My time of service at the
* the varied mind-sets in the military
* the dynamic relationship involved in the civilian control of the military
* brainwashing in the military
"A Standing Army,"
From the beginning of the establishment of a standing military, military personnel have had one of two primary mindsets:
1) I will remain loyal to my sworn pledge to uphold the US Constitution, no matter what. If I consider a civilian or military order or operation to be contradictory to the Constitution, I will not follow the order and will do whatever is in my power to stop the unconstitutional operation.
This mind-set is represented by such military leaders as (to name just a few):
* Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty
General Frederick Woerner - commander
Admiral William Crowe - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and
replaced by Bush sr. when he wouldn't obey an illegal military order to attack
the six US Joint Chiefs of Staff in the time frame:
* Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John Keane
2) I will do whatever my civilian and military commanders tell me to do, without reflection on whether or not what they are ordering is permitted by the Constitution (since I want to get ahead in the military). This mind-set is represented by such people as:
Colin Powell Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during George
Bush sr's presidency (took over when Admiral William
Crowe wouldn't agree to Bush sr's illegal invasion of
General Norman Scharzkopf, commander of
the 1991 Gulf War against
General Maxwell Thurman, commander of Operation Just Cause, the
military attack on
the six Joint Chief's of Staff in the time frame:
General Tommy Franks, current
"Militarism means a domination of the military man over the civilian, an undue emphasis on military needs, policies, spirit, values and ideals. . .
"Militariness means a readiness to defend one's country's interests by force of arms, the acceptance of the military profession as honourable and necessary. Only a complete pacifist could validly condemn militariness. Others, aware that wars are facts of life, however unpleasant, would agree that every nation has to cultivate some militariness."
Peter Phillips. The Tragedy of Nazi
DISTORTED CONCEPTS OF WAR AND THE MILITARY
On August 22, 2002, the Department of Defense and the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. announced that the Iowa Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery, was being ordered to federal active duty to locations within the United States for homeland security missions as part of Operation Noble Eagle II.
This constitutes an illegal operation on the part of the Bush junta in scrapping the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. In a nutshell, this act bans the use of the military against American civilians. Dubya's use of military personnel to control and harass the American civilian population (and General Eberehart's and other military leaders' mindless acceptance of this illegal action) is such an outrage that the American people should immediately speak out against it and do everything possible to see that this presidential crime is punished to the full extent of the law.
Since the Korean War, the "High Cabal" has been brainwashing the public worldwide into new, distorted concepts of war and the military:
the military can be used by the
for a police action in
for a police action in
* for the invasion of Panama to capture Noriega, a criminal that had been hired by Bush sr. as a CIA operative and now threatened to reveal Bush's criminal activities in the Iran-Contra and other gun-running, drug-smuggling operations
for the invasion of
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the
parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the
domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is
multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republic-
anism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war…and in the degeneracy of manners and
morals, engendered by both.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual
warfare." James Madison,
THE "HIGH CABAL" PROPAGANDA MACHINE
A number of rabid right-wing organisations provide the Bush junta propaganda support:
* Project for the New American Century
* Center for Security Policy
* American Enterprise Institute
* Americans for Victory Over Terrorism - empower.org (William Bennett, Jack Kemp)
* World Anti-Communist League (John Singlaub)
Any informed American is
aware that the "High Cabal" carries on its efforts to turn
* Council on Foreign Relations
* Trilateral Commission
* Bilderberg Group
* Carlyle Group
* World Bank and International Monetary Fund
The Council on Foreign Relations is the "High Cabal's" mandarin stable, where sycophants write articles and chair meetings to discuss what policies and strategies the current puppet government must follow. A recent Council on Foreign Relations Task Force report ordered the Bush administration to upgrade public diplomacy because too many people in the world, especially Arabs, don't like Americans.
Yowsuh! The Bush
puppet gang replied, and went into immediate action, creating a new Office of
Global Communications (OGC) to coordinate the administration's foreign policy
message and huckster
the Voice of
the Office of
* the Worldnet Television and Film Service
* a new service, the Middle East Radio Network (MERN)
MERN's Radio Sawa, which began
broadcasting overseas on
The umbrella group running
this propaganda operation is Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an agency
Pattiz, a wealthy contributor to former President Clinton,
describes the Radio Sawa mission as follows: "We are committed to making sure people
talk-radio shows where people can call in and ask questions about the
Fortunately, a large number
of people in the Arabic world are not taken in by the Bush regime's clumsy
effort to brainwash youth in the
"What's wrong with propaganda?" asks Ayman El-Amir in the article just referred to. "Nothing, except if you claim that it is not what it appears to be. Almost all countries practice propaganda in one form or another, depending on the policy agenda and the region of interest."
chances are the Arab youth themselves will split the strategy: take the
BUSH'S FAKE ECONOMIC FORUM
As this article is being written (August 2002), President Bush is trying to brainwash the American people into thinking that the economy is okay, that only a few "bad-apple" CEO's of corporations have crossed the line of criminal behaviour, and that no new legislation is necessary to stop runaway corporate crime that his administration has encouraged.
Fortunately, a considerable number of Americans, including even some of the usually supine press, are seeing through this propaganda swindle. A 13 August, 2002 MSNBC opinion piece by William Saletan brands the effort "Bush's Fake Forum."
"This afternoon at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, President Bush and Vice President Cheney sat side by side on the stage of a packed auditorium for more than an hour. That's the first time they've been that close together for that long in public since Sept. 11. Evidently they're no longer afraid of terrorists. What they're afraid of is Americans."
A 14 August, 2002 Washington Post editorial called the "forum" a confidence game.
"The theme of those reports was that the country needs lower taxes, that most corporate executives are honest and that the solution to corporate scandals is less, not more, regulation.
"Recession and the cost of war and the cost of homeland defense have increased our deficits," Mr. Bush said yesterday. At his forum, there was no one to remind him that tax cuts are playing their part, too. In the real world, they're part of the arithmetic."
Frank Rich's 8/17/02 Op/Ed, "The Waco Road to Baghdad" caught even more of the brainwashing aspect of the fake forum.
"Though the president's harshest critics think he's stupid, I've always maintained that the real problem is that he thinks we are stupid. He never doubts that his show will distract us from bad news. Waco was supposed to make us forget the latest round of economic headlines: stagnant wages, slowed growth, new all-time records in personal bankruptcies and consumer borrowing."
The fake forum was seen in its true colours when the Bushites had to admit that the participants were coached in what to say. Their attempt to call the coaching material "talking points" just didn't cut it.
PARADOXICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION
A powerful strategy of clandestine brainwashing is to send a communication with, paradoxical messages.
For example, the movie series "The Godfather," contained these two contradictory messages:
* mafia crime families are just like ordinary people
* a mafia criminal will kill his own family if necessary; don't think he would hesitate to kill you if ordered to
Even intelligent people can be taken in by this brainwashing technology of paradoxical messaging. An example of this phenomenon is a current operation by the Advertising Council in the United States.
The Ad Council expresses its overall purpose in this way: "We marshall [sic] the volunteer forces of advertising agencies and media companies to affect [sic] positive social change." You can, in the example below, interpret "effect positive change" as "brainwash people into fearful submission."
One of the Council's current operations is called the "Campaign for Freedom." If you believe the Council,
"The initiative is designed to assist Americans during the war on terrorism through the development and distribution of timely and relevant public service messages. The first round of PSA's for the campaign has been created to celebrate our nation's freedom and remind Americans about the importance of freedom and the need to protect it for future generations."
"According to research, Americans are looking for messages that will inform, involve and inspire them during the war on terrorism. This inspirational campaign is advertising's gift to America on the occasion of its birthday, Independence Day." All of the ads conclude with the powerful tagline, "Freedom. Appreciate it. Cherish it. Protect it."
The first of six video clip "messages" involves the image of an American urban block, with the voiceover:
"On September eleventh, terrorists tried to change America forever." The image changes to the same urban street but this time with American flags hanging in front of every house. "Well, they succeeded." Now, that seems rather prosaic, doesn't it? The message is: "We showed those terrorists what we're made of!" Nothing to quarrel with, is there?
Well, maybe. Note the critical element of the image/message: every house has a flag in front of it. So the paradoxical message is: America is changed forever to a 200 per cent patriotism that can see no wrong with whatever the Bush administration does.
I recommend you examine all six Ad Council "messages" to see the paradoxical communications in each (see www.adcouncil.org/campaigns)
We showed those 9/11 terrorists what we're made of.
Aren't you happy you don't live in a war zone.
You actually do live in a war zone.
Aren't you glad you live in a country where you can read what you want to and no one will bother you.
You're living in a country where police and intelligence agencies monitor what you read and can arrest you on suspicion of subversive activity.
Aren't you glad you live in a country where you have free speech.
You're living in a country where you must be careful of what you say, because you can be arrested for nothing more than dissent.
Aren't you glad you live in a country where you can't be pulled over by a police officer, your car searched, and your being arrested on nothing more than suspicion.
You actually live in a country where you can be pulled over by a police officer, your car searched, and your being arrested on nothing more than suspicion.
Aren't you glad your supermarket aisles are full.
Get ready for the possibility that food won't be available.
The other one I'll analyse here is one in which a college age kid goes into a library and hands a list of books on a request slip to a female librarian.
The boy says to the librarian, "I can't seem to find these books anywhere." The librarian types them into a computer and says "These books are no longer available." He says "I didn't know." The librarian says, in an accusatory voice, "May I have your name please?" "Why?" the boy replies. As he walks away, he's seized by two men. "What did I do?" he asks in desperation. "we just have a couple questions." We hear the kid gasping as they roughly drag him off.
The "message" ends, as all six do with the tag: "Freedom. Appreciate it. Cherish it. Protect it."
Some rather bright people
have taken the "message" of this video clip to be" "Thank God, that can't happen in
You can only believe that "message" if you don't know that the FBI is already checking libraries to see what people are reading. In other words, that isn't a scene of a non-reality but of a very present reality.
"The average person
People worldwide must wake up to the Bush junta's brainwashing machinations and counteract the effect of such mind manipulation.
FOOTNOTE: (1) The term used by L. Fletcher Prouty to designate the junta of elite rulers