Nafeez Ahmed: Militarizing Social Media

Nafeez Ahmed

Nafeez Ahmed

Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs

A global conference of senior military and intelligence officials taking place in London this week reveals how governments increasingly view social media as “a new front in warfare” and a tool for the Armed Forces.

The overriding theme of the event is the need to exploit social media as a source of intelligence on civilian populations and enemies; as well as a propaganda medium to influence public opinion.

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Nov 18

Berto Jongman: NY Post – Trump Needs to Make Heads Roll at the CIA and FBI (and Fire the DNI)

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Trump Needs to Make Heads Roll at the CIA and FBI

One of the thorniest questions facing the incoming Trump administration is what to do about America’s increasingly dysfunctional intelligence community, known collectively by its acronym, the IC. Made up of no fewer than 16 different agencies, the IC includes marquee services like the CIA and the National Security Agency, as well as more obscure spook fiefdoms such as Defense Intelligence Agency (serving the military) and the National Reconnaissance Office, which monitors America’s national-security concerns via satellites.

Trump’s first order of business, therefore, is to take control, firmly, by dissolving Homeland Security and cashiering the DNI, a jolly figure of comic relief named James Clapper. Another firing that would do wonders for morale is the prompt sacking of CIA Director John Brennan, widely derided as a careerist, yes-man and Islamophile.

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Nov 15

Owl: Wikipedia as a Memory Hole — Journalists as Shills — a Public that Embraces “Protective Stupidity” . . .

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

From Orwell to Gladwell and Back

The technology of power is moving from the past’s emphasis on privacy and concealment toward more contemporary techniques of diversion, bias, misconception, and willful stupidity. The crude methods that George Orwell summed up in his image of the incinerator-chute “memory hole” are growing into more sophisticated devices for providing the public with misleading frameworks for mentally organizing (or rationalizations for simply ignoring) the overload of available facts, thus making it harder to remember or understand politically inconvenient knowledge.

We see some of the old-fashioned memory-hole techniques at work currently with Wikipedia. Read full article.

 

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Oct 15