vrijdag 19 april 2019

Kun jij een ander vermoorden in een oorlog? (Documentaire)

Denk je dat jij een ander zou kunnen vermoorden in een oorlog? Op afstand met een geweer beschieten? Met een bajonet in het hart steken? Een granaat naar een ander werpen? Als het om je eigen leven gaat ben je daar vast wel toe in staat, toch? Nou, de onderzoeken na oorlogen over het percentage soldaten dat werkelijk heeft geschoten en gemoord is op z'n minst opmerkelijk te noemen, 2%. Wat oorlog allemaal met je lichaam en hersenen doet is verwonderlijk. En er zijn maar weinig mensen in staat werkelijk iemand te vermoorden, zelfs in een tijd van oorlog. Op afstand wordt het makkelijker, de drones zijn daarom welicht een militaire uitkomst te noemen. En soldaten zijn tegenwoordig zo te trainen dat ze de capaciteit te moorden wel aan kunnen leren. Maar dat is iets voor een volgend artikel... Ik had al eerder gelezen over de onderzoeken van Dave Grossman en onderstaande documentaire sluit daar op een laagdrempelige wijze op aan. Fascinerend en hoopgevend! The Truth About Killing (War Documentary) How easy is it to kill in battle? War footage and Hollywood-style dramatisations of battle abound, showing men killing each other. But what is it really like to take someone’s life? Most young men are sure that if it came down to it they could kill for their country. But when British comedian and journalist Grub Smith hears about shocking research that seems to turn accepted thinking on its head, he decides to investigate. To find out the truth, he undergoes infantry training and meets leading military and academic experts.

dinsdag 16 april 2019

"Giants" door Peter Phillips


Vaak krijgen boeken die er toe doen niet de aandacht die ze verdienen. Soms zelfs helemaal geen aandacht van de zogenaamde mainstream media. Giants is geschreven door Peter Philips en is zo'n boek. Het beschrijft in detail wie de rijkste mensen ter wereld zijn, wie hun gelden beheren en wie hun gelden beschermen. Er wordt dus gesproken over bijvoorbeeld "De 1%", Mark Zuckerberg, the Trilateral Commission, de media en Academi (voorheen beter bekend als Xe of Blackwater). Het ontleed ons mondiale kapitalistisch systeem en toont het ware gezicht van onrechtmatige verdeling van welvaart. Waar aan de ene kant 80% van de wereldbevolking leeft van 10 Dollar per dag wordt de helft van al het kapitaal beheert door slechts 8 mannen! Waar aan de ene kant de kaviaar en champagne niet snel genoeg aangevoerd kan worden sterven aan de andere kant 30.000 mensen door honger! Dit terwijl een derde van al het voedsel wordt weggegooid en het veel beter verdeeld zou kunnen worden, maar dit past niet in het systeem van winst maken binnen het kapitalisme. Onderaan de streep gaat het om geld, niet om mensenlevens...


Het boek is Engelstalig, wat voor sommigen spijtig genoeg een drempel vormt. Voor wie dat geen probleem is raad ik aan het boek zelf te kopen en te lezen. Het is voor mij een grote aanvulling in mijn boekenkast en hersenpan.

Dit is wat Bol.com over schrijft:

"A look at the top 300 most powerful players in world capitalism, who are at the controls of our economic future.

Who holds the purse strings to the majority of the world's wealth? There is a new global elite at the controls of our economic future, and here former Project Censored director and media monitoring sociologist Peter Phillips unveils for the general reader just who these players are. The book includes such power players as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett. As the number of men with as much wealth as half the world fell from sixty-two to just eight between January 2016 and January 2017, according to Oxfam International, fewer than 200 super-connected asset managers at only 17 asset management firms—each with well over a trillion dollars in assets under management—now represent the financial core of the world's transnational capitalist class. Members of the global power elite are the management—the facilitators—of world capitalism, the firewall protecting the capital investment, growth, and debt collection that keeps the status quo from changing. Each chapter in Giants identifies by name the members of this international club of multi-millionaires, their 17 global financial companies—and including NGOs such as the Group of Thirty and the Trilateral Commission—and their transnational military protectors, so the reader, for the first time anywhere, can identify who constitutes this network of influence, where the wealth is concentrated, how it suppresses social movements, and how it can be redistributed for maximum systemic change."

Afgelopen weekend ging Abby Martin in gesprek met Peter Phillips over zijn boek. Je krijgt al snel een beeld van de auteur, de inhoud van zijn boek en de achterliggende cijfers. Wederom een beresterke aflevering van The Empire Files!


En Phillips heeft al vaker gesproken over zijn boek, en dat is absoluut het kijken en luisteren waard.



En zo is er nog meer te vinden, want in de alternatieve media, welke Phillips de werkelijke mainstream media noemt, is er gelukkig wel aandacht voor zijn boek geweest.

dinsdag 9 april 2019

Waarom is er momenteel "onrust" in Venezuela?


Al weken is het onrustig in Venezuela, en oorlog staat te wachten om de hoek. Volgens het Trump regime moet Maduro vertrekken en plaatsmaken voor een Amerikaansgezinde trekpop, en om dat te bereiken liggen alle opties op tafel. Nu zijn er allerlei geopolitieke redenen voor èn tegen op te noemen, maar als we de top 20 bekijken van landen met de grootste oliereserves, hoeven we er volgens mij helemaal geen hoge wiskunde op los te laten waarom de VS staat te trappelen een nieuwe oorlog te beginnen!

Met op nummer 1: Venezuela!

300,878 million barrels

"With 300,878 million barrels of proven reserves, Venezuela has the largest amount of proven oil reserves in the world. The country's oil is a relatively new discovery. Previously, Saudi Arabia had always held the number one position.

The oil sand deposits in Venezuela are similar to those in Canada. Venezuela also boasts plenty of conventional oil deposits. Venezuela's Orinoco tar sands are significantly less viscous than Canada's, so the oil sands there can be extracted using conventional oil extraction methods, giving it a considerable advantage over the Northern American rival in terms of capital requirements and extractions costs."

Countries With The Largest Proven Oil Reserves

RankCountryReserves (millions of barrels), 2017 US EIA
1Venezuela300,878
2Saudi Arabia266,455
3Canada169,709
4Iran158,400
5Iraq142,503
6Kuwait101,500
7United Arab Emirates97,800
8Russia80,000
9Libya48,363
10United States39,230
11Nigeria37,062
12Kazakhstan30,000
13China25,620
14Qatar25,244
15Brazil12,999
16Algeria12,200
17Angola8,273
18Ecuador8,273
19Mexico7,640
20Azerbaijan7,000

Bron: Worldatlas

Voor liefhebbers van iets meer nuance de volgende dijk van een uitzending van Abby Martin:


Bron: Media Roots


On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN Investigator and Human Rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.
Transcript and Links:
For the last few weeks the world’s focus has been on Venezuela, as Trump pushes for regime change. Almost every media outlet paints the same picture––that Venezuela is a brutal dictatorship and a starving nation, one that demands intervention. And that they finally have a solution to the crisis––a legitimate claim to power by an opposition politician, Juan Guaido.
Despite the faux dissent against Trump’s domestic policies, the corporate media has lined up to support his coup in Venezuela.
Tech giants like Facebook and Twitter are doing their part to shape the narrative too, recently removing 2,000 accounts for spreading “pro-Maduro messaging” to “influence people.”
Trump has said a military option is on the table, with coup leader Juan Guiado suggesting he will request it.
The latest cynical stunt is weaponizing aid to hold Maduro’s government hostage. In the latest war escalation, the US announced the delivery of so-called “aid” via military aircraft to the border.
From Iraq, to Libya to Venezuela, what usually preempts US military intervention is the pretext of a humanitarian crisis. And right now, pretty much everyone speaks with authority about the fact that there is a human rights crisis caused by the Maduro government.
What is surprisingly absent from the discourse is testimony from the Human Rights investigator designated by the UN to assess said crisis. Alfred de Zayas was the first UN investigator to go to Venezuela in 21 years. He has written 13 reports for the UN Human Rights Council, but his report on Venezuela was largely ignored. I spoke with Alfred to find out why.
This coup is painted as legitimate by the media and political establishment because of the international support from major US allies in Europe and Latin America. But let’s take a quick look around the world to see what that support really looks like.
As usual, the African continent is erased from the dialogue. There, 51 countries recognize Maduro. Only one––Morocco––recognizes Guaido.
Then there’s Asia and Oceania, where again, only Australia recognizes Guaido. The other 33 nations recognize Maduro.
Moving on to the Middle East, where staunch US ally Israel is the only country to recognize Guaido as the legitimate leader. The rest in the region continue to support Maduro’s presidency.
Next, the Americas and the Caribbean. Despite 17 countries across the continent recognizing Guaido, 19 countries still support Maduro. While the majority of US allied Latin American powers back Guiado, in the Caribbean, the Bahamas is the only nation to do so.
Lastly, Europe. Powers like France, Britain, and Germany have united behind the US to support their puppet in Venezuela. Even so, stark opposition to this coup exists within Europe, including Italy, Greece, Norway, Switzerland and the Vatican.
So by “international community” they really just mean a minority led by the white, imperialist and colonizer nations–erasing non-white nations as members of the “international community.”
The corporate media has dutifully parroted the Pentagon line that a guy who 80% of Venezuelans had never heard of before was a legitimate leader seeking to restore democracy.
So who is Juan Guaido, the lucky 35-year-old man just anointed king?
Well, before this coup attempt, Guaido was much better known in elite US circles than he was in his home country of Venezuela. He received graduate degrees from prestigious DC university George Washington, where he studied under a former IMF director, as well as attended private business school in Caracas.
Guaido’s roots are in the militant wing of the opposition as an organizer in the violent street protests known as guarimbas. Channeling energy from those protests, he founded right wing opposition party Popular Will, alongside opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
Lopez has been martyred as a “prisoner of conscience” by Amnesty International and is painted a hero across the Western media, allegedly banished for opposing the regime. In reality, he’s on mere house arrest for leading violent street insurrections that left dozens dead. He was also part of the US backed coup in 2002.
Both are deeply connected to US regime change front groups like USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy. By 2010, international agencies were generously pouring up to 50 million dollars per year into funding the Venezuelan opposition movement.
With Lopez out of commission, Guaido has been groomed to replace him. Guaido even admitted that there is not a single thing he does without Lopez’s guidance.
According the the Wall Street Journal, Guido’s declaration as president was planned by Lopez and just 3 other opposition leaders, 2 of whom are not even in Venezuela–and came as a complete surprise to the rest of his coalition.
Even Guaido was reportedly hesitant to make the move, and it was the phone call from Mike Pence the day before that gave him the reassurance he needed.
As a White House official explained to the Washington Post “We have been engaged with the same strategy: to build international pressure, help organize the internal opposition and push for a peaceful restoration of democracy. “But that internal piece was missing. [Guaido] was the piece we needed for our strategy to be coherent and complete.”
Sounds like a pretty open and shut case of a US/CIA regime change plot. All their rhetoric is about the “restoration of democracy”. So let’s look at that claim.
Nothing about this is true. Let’s look at the facts conveniently left out. First, Maduro did not replace the Supreme Court with his own supporters.  
The terms of 13 Supreme Court justices were up in 2015. According to the Venezuelan constitution, it is the job of the National Assembly to approve new justices. So that’s what they did. The outgoing National Assembly approved judges aligned with their interests–which is exactly what happens in this country.
Second, Maduro did not strip the National Assembly of its power. The opposition took over a majority of the National Assembly in 2016. For the first time since Chavismo took power in 1999, the opposition finally had some political power–so one would think they would use it to push all their solutions to the crises they are always talking about!
Instead, they used the National Assembly as a tool of sabotage, to make Venezuela’s problems even worse. But while they weren’t punished for that, they ended up being in contempt of court, as Alfred de Zayas explained.
Now we get to the Constituent Assembly, widely condemned as a strangely-termed “self-coup.” I was in Venezuela during the run up to the Constituent Assembly election. It was widely considered as a call for peaceful dialogue with the country’s opposition.
And it was completely legal. Article 347 of the Constitution allows for the creation of the Constituent Assembly.
Here’s the truth: it was absolutely not “stacked with Maduro supporters.” It was a huge democratic process, in which all citizens were eligible to run. Not only was the opposition eligible to run, but highly encouraged by the government to do so. Over 8 million Venezuelans participated in the election of these delegates.
But the opposition called for a boycott of the election–and some factions even responded with violence. At least two Chavista candidates were assassinated by opposition militants.
And on election day, around 200 polling places were violently attacked to intimidate voters, leading to around 10 deaths.
Yes, the Constituent Assembly is now full of socialists–but only because they were the only ones who participated, and were democratically elected by millions!
Whether or not you agree with all of these actions, one thing is irrefutable: they are all legal according to the constitution written, developed and voted on by the entire Venezuelan population.
I’m not telling you you have to like the Socialist Party––I’m just saying you should respect their constitution. The basis of Guaido’s legitimacy is that there’s no democracy, therefore the sitting president is illegitimate.
The funny thing is, the opposition officials making that case got their seats in office through the same election system they say has always been rigged! So every election is stolen, except when they win?
The fact is, Venezuela’s voting system has more checks and verifications than most countries. A system of voter cards, finger prints and more make fraud near impossible. Every vote can be audited and verified, as they often are. Their elections are also heavily monitored by independent, international observers.
Surprisingly it was the opposition who asked the UN to not send observers to the 2018 election, which could prove alleged voter fraud.
The opposition could have actually won that election, but instead they boycotted it–nobody should run and nobody should vote. When opposition leader Henri Falcon disrupted the plan and filed his candidacy, the MUD opposition coalition expelled him, and the White House threatened to sanction him if he didn’t drop out.
In the end Maduro won with 6.2 million votes, which is 31 percent of eligible voters. This is the same percentage won by Barack Obama in the 2008 election!
Not only that, but the elections were verified by 4 different international organizations, with observers from over a dozen countries.
One of those observers is the former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who said “I do not have any doubt about the voting process. It is an advanced automated voting system.”
But since the opposition still deems it unfair, they’re now invoking Article 233 of the constitution, saying if Maduro wasn’t really elected there’s a “vacuum of power” that puts them in charge.
Article 233 defines a “vacuum of power” as one of these things: 1. the president’s death, resignation, or impeachment; 2. “permanent physical or mental incapacity”; 3. “abandonment of post”; or 4. recall election.
Maduro fits none of those definitions. But even if he did, Article 233 clearly states that it’s the Vice President, not the National Assembly president, who would replace him.
The entire thing is a concoction that is easily debunked.
The urgency of regime change by Washington and Guaido is masked in the notion that Maduro’s security forces are crushing dissent and wantonly executing peaceful protesters.
After Guaido declared himself president, he called for huge rallies in the streets of Caracas. Hundreds of thousands as far as the eye could see, heeded the call. These happened entirely peacefully and with no government interference, like I saw first hand in 2017.
But certain protests are violent, where armed wings setup flaming street barricades and confront security forces with molotov cocktails, bombs and guns.
Between January 22nd through January 25th 2019, 40 people had been killed. It was widely implied by the media that these protesters were all killed by Maduro’s forces, or even “government kill squads.”
The worst was from CBS news, which said:
“after last week’s mass unrest when security forces killed more than 40 people.”
CBS referenced no evidence for this bold lie and in fact contradicted itself in elsewhere, admitting the UN “believes” 40 died in “different manners” including 12 killed by incidents related to looting.
Such blatant misrepresentation of the facts comes as no surprise. Here at Empire Files we have already seen this playbook before, while in Venezuela during the deadly protests in 2017, where over 140 people were killed.
The majority of the deaths were caused by opposition protesters, either directly by assassinations, lynchings and other violence, or indirectly by the deadly guarimba barricades that cause many accidents.
Facts like these slip through the coverage of an obedient press.
The opposition against Maduro is broad and comprised of many factions––moderates, progressives, even some socialists. They oppose Maduro but respect the constitution and democratic process. But the faction currently trying to seize power is the extreme right.
Within just 48 hours of declaring himself president, Guaido tried to seize Venezuela’s oil production. According to S&P Global Platts, before the coup attempt began, Guaido had already drafted plans for mass privatization of the oil.
But civil war is sadly not the worst possible scenario here. The reality of a US military attack and invasion of Venezuela is very real.
And all under the pretext that the military MUST deliver the very same life-saving medicines they have been blocking from the country for years!
The beat of war drums is deafening. We’ve now learned US Special Forces have been sent to Puerto Rico, the usual staging ground for US invasions. The US threatened the Maduro government with invasion in secret negotiations. And on February 18 Trump again threatened an attack, telling Venezuelan soldiers to recognize Guaido now or there would be quote: “no easy exit, and no way out.”
There is no reason to take these as empty threats. John Bolton orchestrated the most catastrophic war of my lifetime. Elliot Abrams facilitated an actual genocide. And Trump is currently carpet bombing the Middle East. We know how far they’re willing to go for Big Oil and the war machine. Potentially millions of lives are at stake.
All people in the world who believe in sovereignty and peace have a role to play here: to do everything in our power to stop this from happening, and to shut it down if it starts.

maandag 8 april 2019

Joe Biden & Pizzagate


Ineens is mensenliefhebber en  knuffelaar Joe Biden in het nieuws omdat hij te ver zou zijn gegaan. Ongewenste kusjes, aanraking en aan het haar van dames ruiken. Iets wat volgens hem zelf natuurlijk niet het geval is. En als je 1 foto of video van een foto-momentje ziet, dan lijkt een beschuldiging van seksueel grensoverschrijdend gedrag wellicht ook te ver te gaan. Maar mensen die zich in het verleden in Pizzagate hebben verdiept kennen de beelden al uit die tijd, een tijd dat de media er nog niet bovenop dook met z'n allen. Beelden die bij mij walging opriepen en een foto als hierboven past perfect in dat beeld. Want al die beelden bij elkaar opgeteld schetsten voor mij een beeld van een vieze oude man met een voorliefde voor kleine kinderen!

Nu zag ik laatst een 4-luik over pizzagate, een onderwerp waarover ik in het verleden ook heb gepubliceerd. Die documentaire reeks bracht het onderzoek wat ik in die tijd deed weer naar boven, kindermisbruik door de elite, en dit blijft het meest walgelijk onderwerp om over te publiceren. Een onderwerp waar je eigenlijk niet eens aan wilt denken. Waar volgens mij bijna niemand aan wil denken. Maar dat maakt het onderliggende probleem niet minder urgent. Iemand moet het (blijven) belichten.

Direct aan het begint van deel 2 zien we de compilatie van Joe Biden die zijn handen niet thuis kan houden. Ehm, ik bedoel liefkozend knuffelt... Bekijk eerst dat maar eens en vertel me dan maar eens of de kalmerende woorden van Biden gepast zijn of dat het kletspraat van een oude viespeuk betreft...

Ik plaats hieronder alle 4 de delen, want het is een sterke documentaire reeks over een morbide onderwerp dat eigenlijk meer dan een beetje aandacht verdient.





zondag 20 mei 2018

Counter-Intelligence - Shining a light on Black Operations (Documentaire)


"Counter-Intelligence" heb ik al eerder gedeeld op mijn blog. Maar nu ik weer aan et posten ben over Gladio, en ook andere documentaires van Metanoia films deel, mag deze reeks gewoon niet ontbreken! Dus zonder verder oponthoud:

De 5-delige documentaire van Metanoia films over de geheime diensten van de Verenigde Staten. Een onmisbaar stuk informatie voor ieders algemene ontwikkeling. Of het nu is om gebeurtenissen uit het verleden te duiden of de meest recente ontwikkelingen in Syrië enigszins op te helderen, dit mag u niet missen.

We zullen hier niet uit de doeken doen wat inhoudelijk allemaal aan bod komt, daar is immers de documentaire zelf voor, om te kijken. Plezier kan ik u met dit zwarte pareltje niet wensen, maar u zult er gegarandeerd iets van opsteken. Wilt u wel graag tevoren lezen over het hoe en wat, dan raad ik u de behandeling van deze reeks op Visionair.nl aan. Hier deel 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 en de extra clip.

Wel even de korte samenvatting zoals Visionair.nl het prima omschrijft:
"Een boeiende documentaire serie over de oorsprong en ontwikkeling van de huidige CIA. Het bevat buitengewoon interessante informatie van vooral oud-CIA leden die nu een boekje open doen over hoe het controle netwerk op het hoogste niveau functioneert.

Alles komt voorbij: geheime diensten die seksfeestjes met minderjarige jongetjes voor staatsleiders organiseren, massale internationale drugshandel door geheime diensten, false flag operaties, het beheren en infiltreren van mainstream media, operatie Gladio in Europa waarbij aanslagen vanuit de VS en de NAVO tegen Europese burgers werden gepleegd, het afglijden van de VS naar een dictatoriale staat waar burgers inmiddels van alle rechten gestript zijn etc.

In de documentaire komen een boel mensen voorbij die zelf in hun leven actief aan deze zaken hebben meegewerkt maar nu terugblikkend er toch wat anders over zijn gaan denken en deze informatie nu vrijgeven om mensen bewust te maken wat er eigenlijk gebeurt op het wereldtoneel achter de schermen.

Werkelijk een bijzonder ontluisterende en belangrijke documentaire serie."


De delen voor u op een rij:

Counter-Intelligence 1 - The Company


Counter-Intelligence 2 - The Deep State

Counter-Intelligence 3 - The Strategy of Tension


Counter-Intelligence 4 - Necrophilous

Counter-Intelligence 5 - Drone Nation


Counter-Intelligence Extra Clip - The Politics of Conspiracy Theory

zaterdag 19 mei 2018

Psywar (documentaire)

 
Review of “Psywar” from Kim Petersen at Dissident Voice

Psywar is a sterling debut documentary from writer-director Scott Noble. It is chock full of interviews with thinkers, historical background, and excellent narration by Mikela Jay.
Psywar explores the evolution of propaganda and public relations in the United States, with an emphasis on the “elitist theory of democracy” and the relationship between war, propaganda, and class.

This film is designed both as an introduction to the concept of psychological warfare by governments against their citizens and as an exploration of certain dominant themes in American propaganda. Significant time is also devoted to different conceptions of “democracy” as theorized by figures like Walter Lippmann, Edward Bernays, and the “founding fathers” of the United States itself.

Psywar illuminates how the state of the world reached the point it is at today: where an imperialist United States wages several wars abroad and maintains the support of its people, despite a growing and yawning chasm between the haves (who profit from warring) and the have-nots (cannon fodder deluded by unquestioning patriotic idealism). The US has managed to drag its fellow capitalist nations along in more-or-less support of its imperialist aggressions.

People who analyze the state of the world and consider the manifest moral and humanitarian violations might be forgiven for shaking their heads that such a whopping segment of humanity could go along with such inequality, such carnage, such insouciance.

Psywar begins by looking at how people’s distorted perceptions are crafted and maintained
In the opening segment of Psywar, there is video footage of American soldiers defacing a statue of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein with the Old Glory. It was a staged event by psyop group. The film then segues into another infamous pysop about the fallen American soldier Jessica Lynch. Both events were disinformation campaigns that deliberately misreported events.

John Rendon, an “information warrior and perception manager,” is a major player in the $200 billion a year perception-management industry. Rendon is the figure who orchestrated the effort to sell the American public on a war against Iraq. The American public was buying it early on. At best, it can be stated the government thought highly enough about the public acumen that it resorted to disinformation; at least public perception matters.

The corporate media is heavily complicit in the warmongering and warring, even to the extent that psywarriors at CNN “helped in the production of news.”

Psywar points to a synergy: “The invasion of Iraq represents a pinnacle of domestic psywar in the United States, an unparalleled integration between [sic] public relations firms, corporate media, and military psyops.”

The perception management was so powerful that even soldiers were so deceived that they engaged in the greatest crime as defined by the Nuremberg Tribunal at the end of World War II: aggression.
Perception management is “steeped in class warfare.” Psywar tells the story of the exploitation of workers by the wealthy Rockefeller family. Striking coal miners seeking better working conditions and pay were attacked by the National Guard who were in the pay of the Rockefeller family. It is known as the Ludlow Massacre.

In one of his last videotaped interviews, historian Howard Zinn explains the dilemma of the working poor against plutocrats such as the Rockefeller family.

The Ludlow Massacre was a PR nightmare for the Rockefellers. An early psywarrior, Ivy Lee was instrumental in attempting to rehabilitate the image of the Rockefellers. His public relations involved smears and disinformation against the coal miners and their supporters. As Psywar mentions later in the film, Lee would later propagandize for Nazis against Americans.

Early on, it became clear that public perception needed to operate behind the scenes. Staged PR was arranged, such as charity.

Richard Coniff, author of A Natural History of the Rich, challenges the philanthropy of rich – stating that the rich hold a “functional view of wealth rather than a strictly charitable view.”

Zinn agreed, noting that charity can be exploitative and that the American system is exploitative. Zinn said that the “system is maintained […] by giving people a little bit, and giving enough people just enough to prevent them from breaking out in open rebellion”

In the second part of the documentary, Noble looked at propagating the faith. It begins with Graeme MacQueen, co-founder of the Center for Peace Studies. He also holds that the support of the people is necessary for war. However, he said “war is disgusting to most people”; therefore great psychological pressure is brought to bear upon soldiers.

 National Security is there to swindle people
Christopher Simpson, author of The Science of Coercion, says propaganda is about mindset and ideology.
Recognizing this, Psywar relates how president Woodrow Wilson helped cast the propagandistic George Creel Commission which would pave the way for the US to enter World War I by planting false atrocity stories, stoking fear in Americans and calling on them to fight the good fight for democracy.
The propagandist firm of Hill and Knowlton arranged an infamous staged op as a prelude to an assault against Iraq. A teenage girl, Nasriyah, cried crocodile tears and lied about babies being ripped from incubators by Iraqi soldiers. The false story moved American sentiment to back military action against Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait.

Patriotism is the sentiment widely relied upon by governments to attain their ends against foreign foes. Historian Michael Parenti appears to challenge typical notions of patriotism. He identifies patriotism as being about greater values than attacking foreign lands; he sees it as about social justice, peace and stability, an end to racism, etc.

Another problem identified as preventing a public solidarity was that unions were based on gender and ethnicity.

Historian Sharon Smith said a breakthrough came with the anarcho-syndicalist union the Industrial Workers of the World (better known as the Wobblies) which set out to organize and include women, immigrants, and African Americans in one big union.

Anarcho-syndicalist scholar Noam Chomsky holds that it is natural for humans to free associate.
The unity among humans is thwarted by a state which uses war to accumulate power and by corporations to gain enormous fortunes. The Left worldwide labor movement is in disarray
In part 3, We the People, Psywar elucidates on how people are pawns in a system set up in favor of the wealthy.

The existence of democracy is refuted. Chomsky calls elections “a marketing exercise.”
Says William I. Robinson, editor of Critical Globalization Studies, we live in polyarchy: “a system of elite rule.” That is the way the system was designed to be.

Historian John Manley states that the so-called founding fathers were slave owners who sought to protect propertied interests. To this end, the Constitution was crafted behind closed doors. Chomsky notes that James Madison, the major framer of the Constitution, designed it to protect the opulent from the majority.

Littler known is that the US Constitution is based on the Kaianerekowa (Great Law of Peace) of the Haudenosaunee (called Iroquois in Psywar). Stephen M. Sachs, author of Remembering the Circle, lists how the Kaianerekowa allowed the Haudenosaunee to easily remove corrupt leaders, that women had a major role in decision-making, that everyone was involved in policy formation, thus creating a participatory society.

One weak link stood out in Psywar. Why did the film turn to a white man to tell the history of “native Americans”? Why not talk to one of the Haudenosaunee?

The final part of Psywar is Consumers. People are indoctrinated to see themselves as consumers. Advertising reminds people of this. The system would have people work to consume. To this end, the emphasis is on work, not leisure. It is feared that less hours of work might foment radicalism.

Sut Jhally of the Media Education Foundation attacked consumptive society: “The problem of capitalism is the problem of consumption. And the problem is that after your needs have been met, there is no real need for consumption.”

The system is reeling now. Neoliberalism calls for cutbacks and results in increasing inequality. Parenti said we are back to about 1900 in terms of inequality. “People are poor because they are paid less than the value that they produce. You need poverty. Poverty is needed if you are gonna have wealth.”

Psywar argues that it is the monopoly media’s relentless propaganda that holds up capitalism. Democracy and capitalism are argued to be mutually exclusive. If capitalism is sacrosanct, then you can not have democracy.

“Behind political democracy was economic equality.”

Psywar tells the story of how and why the world is the way it is now. It tells of the system, why it was concocted and why it is kept in place.

Knowledge is requisite to combat propaganda and disinformation. It is necessary to overcome the system and to erect a people-centered system that respects the needs and aspirations of the society as a whole. Psywar makes clear that public opinion is important. If it were not important, then there would be no need for perception management. It is the incessant propaganda and disinformation that creates a perception of reality. Noble reveals the framework that exploits class, race, gender, and resources to benefit the already wealthy at the expense of the masses.

Psywar is a documentary that augurs well for future filmmaking by Noble who made the film for $1500 while working a blue collar job. It is a good example of the democratization of filmmaking occurring via the internet.


Psywar from S DN on Vimeo.