Government Propaganda of Fear, Mind Control, and Brain Wars – OpEd – Eurasia Review

By John and Nisha Whitehead

The US government has become a master of deception.

Everything is documented too.

It is a government that lies, cheats, steals, spies, kills, maims, enslaves, breaks the law, oversteps its authority, and abuses its power at almost every turn; treats its citizens as faceless statistics and economic units to be bought, sold, bartered, traded and tracked; and fights wars for profit, imprisons his own people for profit, and has no qualms about spreading his reign of terror abroad.

Worse still, it is a government that has become almost indistinguishable from the evil it claims to be fighting, whether that evil takes the form of terrorism, torture, drug trafficking, sex trafficking, murder, violence, theft, pornography, scientific experimentation or other diabolical means of inflicting pain, suffering and servitude on mankind.

With each passing day, it becomes painfully clear that this is not a government that can be trusted with your life, your loved ones, your livelihood, or your freedoms.

Just recently, for example, the Pentagon was forced to order a thorough review of covert psychological warfare (psy ops) operations conducted by social media platforms. The investigation follows reports suggesting the US military created fake personas with AI-generated profile pictures and fictitious media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in order to manipulate social media users.

Psychological warfare, as the US Army’s 4th Psychological Operations Group explained in a recruiting video released earlier this year, allows the government to pull strings, to weaponize anything it touches. , to be everywhere, to deceive, to persuade, to change, to influence and to inspire. .

Of the many weapons in the government’s vast arsenal, psychological warfare (or psychological operations) can take many forms: mind control experiments, behavioral nudges, propaganda.

In the 1950s, MK-ULTRA, the mind control program developed under CIA Director Allen Dulles as part of his Cold War brain warfare campaigns, subjected hundreds of civilians and unsuspecting American servicemen on doses of LSD, some having slipped the hallucinogenic drug into their bodies. drinks at the beach, in the bars of the city, in the restaurants. For Operation Midnight Climax, the CIA hired prostitutes to lure the men into a bugged room, where they would be dosed with LSD and observed having sex.

As Brianna Nofil explains, “MK-Ultra’s ‘mind control’ experiments generally centered on behavior modification via electroconvulsive therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs. , toxins and chemicals”.

The CIA spent nearly $20 million on its MKULTRA program, ostensibly as a way to program people to commit assassinations and, to a lesser extent, induce anxieties and erase memories, before it was self-defeating. saying closed.

As one study reported, detainees held in CIA shelters overseas “were literally interrogated to death using experimental methods that combined drugs, hypnosis and torture, in an attempt to master brainwashing techniques and erasing memory”.

Likewise, the top-secret Montauk Project, the inspiration for the hit Netflix series stranger thingsreportedly worked to develop mind control techniques which would then be tested on the residents of a nearby village, triggering crime waves or forcing teenagers to congregate.

As journalist Lorraine Boissoneault concludes, “Despite MK-ULTRA’s violation of ethical standards for human experimentation, the legacy of brainwashing experiments continued to live on in American politics. The same methods that had once been used to train American soldiers ended up being used to extract information from terrorists in Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.

Fast forward to the present day, and it’s clear that the government, aided and abetted by technological advances and scientific experimentation, has updated its psychological operations warfare for a new era. For example, the government has been empowered to use its ever-expanding arsenal of weapons and technologies to influence behavior en masse and control the population.

It’s a short hop, hop, and hop from a behavioral program that tries to influence how people respond to red tape to a government program that tries to shape public opinion on other more important issues. important. So increasingly, governments around the world, including in the United States, are relying on “nudge units” to steer citizens in the direction the powers that be want them to go, while preserving the appearance of free will.

In 2014, for example, a fusion center in Washington state (a data collection center linked to the Department of Homeland Security that shares information between state, local and federal agencies) inadvertently released recordings on remote mind control tactics (the use of “electronic” psychos to control people from a distance or subject them to varying degrees of pain).

Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic could easily be seen as psychological warfare disguised as a pandemic threat. As science writer David Robson explains, “Fears of contagion cause us to become more conformist and tribalist… Daily reminders of illness can even influence our political affiliations…Various experiments have shown that we become more conformist and respectful conventions when we feel the threat of a disease… the evocative images of a pandemic have led [participants in an experiment] value conformity and obedience over eccentricity or rebellion.

This is how you persuade a population to voluntarily march in step with a police state and watch over themselves (and each other): increasing the fear factor, setting a carefully calibrated crisis both and teaching them to be wary of anyone who strays from the norm.

This is not a new mind control experiment.

Add to that the government’s tendency to monitor online activity and the so-called “misinformation” of the police, and you have the makings of a reality restructuring straight out of Orwell. 1984where the Ministry of Truth controls the discourse and ensures that the facts conform to the version of reality that government propagandists adopt.

This “mind policing” is exactly the danger author Jim Keith warned of when he predicted that “sources of information and communication are gradually being linked together into a single computerized network, offering an unprecedented opportunity to control what will be broadcast, what will be said, and finally what will be thought.

We have already seen this play out at the state and federal levels with hate crimes legislation that cracks down on so-called “hate” thoughts and expressions, encourages self-censorship, and curtails free debate on various topics.

The end goal of these mind control campaigns – presented under the guise of the greater good – is to see how far the American people will allow the government to go to reshape the country in the image of a totalitarian police state.

The government’s fear campaign is another key part of its mind control programming.

It’s a pretty simple formula. National crises, global pandemics, reported terrorist attacks and sporadic shootings leave us in a constant state of fear. The emotional panic that accompanies fear actually closes the prefrontal cortex or the rational thinking part of our brain. In other words, when we are consumed by fear, we stop thinking.

A population that stops thinking for itself is a population that is easily directed, easily manipulated, and easily controlled, whether through propaganda, brainwashing, mind control, or just plain fear.

Not only does fear increase the power of government, but it also divides the people into factions, persuades them to see themselves as the enemy, and causes them to shout at each other so that they drown out all other sounds. This way they will never come to a consensus on anything and will be too distracted to notice the police state closing in on them until the final crushing curtain falls.

This Machiavellian scheme has so ensnared the nation that few Americans even realize they are being brainwashed – manipulated – into adopting an “us” versus “them” mentality. Meanwhile, those in power — bought and paid for by lobbyists and corporations — advance their expensive agendas.

This invisible mechanism of society that manipulates us through fear into conformity is what American theorist Edward L. Bernays called “an invisible government which is the real ruling power of our country”.

It was almost 100 years ago when Bernays wrote his seminal work Propaganda:

“We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…In almost every act of our daily life, whether in the sphere of in politics or business, in our social conduct or ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of people… who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. They are the ones pulling the strings that control the public mind.

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War Against the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Diaries of Erik Blairto this invisible government of rulers operating behind the scenes – the architects of the Deep State – we are just puppets on a string, to be brainwashed, manipulated and controlled.

For years, the powers that be – those politicians and bureaucrats who think like tyrants and act like petty dictators, no matter which party they belong to – have tried to make us believe that we have no right: to think by ourselves, making decisions about our health, protecting our homes, families, and businesses, acting in our best interests, demanding government accountability and transparency, or generally acting as if we are in control of our own lives.

Well, the government is wrong.

We have all the rights, and you know why? Because, as the Declaration of Independence asserts, we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights — to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness — that no government can take away from us. .

It’s time we started reminding the government that “we the people” are in charge.

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