The Legacy Of Reagan's Civilian 'PsyOps'

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Authored by Robert Parry via ConsortiumNews.com,

When the Reagan administration launched peacetime “psyops” in the mid-1980s, it pulled in civilian agencies to help spread these still-ongoing techniques of deception and manipulation...

Declassified records from the Reagan presidential library show how the U.S. government enlisted civilian agencies in psychological operations designed to exploit information as a way to manipulate the behavior of targeted foreign audiences and, at least indirectly, American citizens.


Walter Raymond Jr., a CIA propaganda and disinformation specialist who oversaw President Reagan’s “psyops” and “perception management” projects at the National Security Council. Raymond is partially obscured by President Reagan. Raymond is seated next to National Security Adviser John Poindexter. (Photo credit: Reagan presidential library)

A just-declassified sign-in sheet for a meeting of an inter-agency “psyops” committee on Oct. 24, 1986, shows representatives from the Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) joining officials from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Department.

Some of the names of officials from the CIA and Pentagon remain classified more than three decades later. But the significance of the document is that it reveals how agencies that were traditionally assigned to global development (USAID) or international information (USIA) were incorporated into the U.S. government’s strategies for peacetime psyops, a military technique for breaking the will of a wartime enemy by spreading lies, confusion and terror.

Essentially, psyops play on the cultural weaknesses of a target population so they could be more easily controlled or defeated, but the Reagan administration was taking the concept outside the traditional bounds of warfare and applying psyops to any time when the U.S. government could claim some threat to America.

This disclosure – bolstered by other documents released earlier this year by archivists at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, California – is relevant to today’s frenzy over alleged “fake news” and accusations of “Russian disinformation” by reminding everyone that the U.S. government was active in those same areas.

The U.S. government’s use of disinformation and propaganda is, of course, nothing new. For instance, during the 1950s and 1960s, the USIA regularly published articles in friendly newspapers and magazines that appeared under fake names such as Guy Sims Fitch.

However, in the 1970s, the bloody Vietnam War and the Pentagon Papers’ revelations about U.S. government deceptions to justify that war created a crisis for American propagandists, their loss of credibility with the American people. Some of the traditional sources of U.S. disinformation, such as the CIA, also fell into profound disrepute.

This so-called “Vietnam Syndrome” – a skeptical citizenry dubious toward U.S. government claims about foreign conflicts – undermined President Reagan’s efforts to sell his plans for intervention in the civil wars then underway in Central America, Africa and elsewhere.

Reagan depicted Central America as a “Soviet beachhead,” but many Americans saw haughty Central American oligarchs and their brutal security forces slaughtering priests, nuns, labor activists, students, peasants and indigenous populations.

Reagan and his advisers realized that they had to turn those perceptions around if they hoped to get sustained funding for the militaries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as well as for the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, the CIA-organized paramilitary force marauding around leftist-ruled Nicaragua.

Perception Management

So, it became a high priority to reshape public perceptions inside those targeted countries but even more importantly among the American people. That challenge led the Reagan administration to revitalize and reorganize methods for distributing propaganda and funding friendly foreign operatives, such as creation of the National Endowment for Democracy under neoconservative president Carl Gershman in 1983.


President Ronald Reagan meeting with Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who later faced accusations of genocide against Indian populations in the central highlands.

Another entity in this process was the Psychological Operations Committee formed in 1986 under Reagan’s National Security Council. In the years since, the U.S. administrations, both Republican and Democratic, have applied many of these same psyops principles, cherry-picking or manufacturing evidence to undermine adversaries and to solidify U.S. public support for Washington’s policies.

This reality – about the U.S. government creating its own faux reality to manipulate the American people and international audiences – should compel journalists in the West to treat all claims from Washington with a large grain of salt.

However, instead, we have seen a pattern of leading news outlets simply amplifying whatever U.S. agencies assert about foreign adversaries while denouncing skeptics as purveyors of “fake news” or enemy “propaganda.” In effect, the success of the U.S. psyops strategy can be measured by how Western mainstream media has stepped forward as the enforcement mechanism to ensure conformity to the U.S. government’s various information themes and narratives.

For instance, any questioning of the U.S. government’s narratives on, say, the current Syrian conflict, or the Ukraine coup of 2014, or Russian “hacking” of the 2016 U.S. election, or Iran’s status as “the leading sponsor of terrorism” is treated by the major Western news outlets as evidence that you are a “useful fool” at best, if not a willful enemy “propagandist” with loyalty to a foreign power, i.e., a traitor.

Leading mainstream media outlets and establishment-approved Web sites are now teaming up with Google, Facebook and other technology companies to develop algorithms to bury or remove content from the Internet that doesn’t march in lockstep with what is deemed to be true, which often simply follows what U.S. government agencies say is true.

Yet, the documentary evidence is now clear that the U.S. government undertook a well-defined strategy of waging psyops around the world with regular blowback of this propaganda and disinformation onto the American people via Western news agencies covering events in the affected countries.

During more recent administrations, euphemisms have been used to cloak the more pejorative phrase, “psychological operations” – such as “public diplomacy,” “strategic communications,” “perception management,” and “smart power.” But the serious push to expand this propaganda capability of the U.S. government can be traced back to the Reagan presidency.

The Puppet Master

Over the years, I’ve obtained scores of documents related to the psyops and related programs via “mandatory declassification reviews” of files belonging to Walter Raymond Jr., a senior CIA covert operations specialist who was transferred to Reagan’s National Security Council staff in 1982 to rebuild capacities for psyops, propaganda and disinformation.


Then-Vice President George H.W. Bush with CIA Director William Casey at the White House on Feb. 11, 1981. (Photo credit: Reagan Library)

Raymond, who has been compared to a character from a John LeCarré novel slipping easily into the woodwork, spent his years inside Reagan’s White House as a shadowy puppet master who tried his best to avoid public attention or – it seems – even having his picture taken.

From the tens of thousands of photographs from meetings at Reagan’s White House, I found only a couple showing Raymond – and he is seated in groups, partially concealed by other officials.

But Raymond appears to have grasped his true importance. In his NSC files, I found a doodle of an organizational chart that had Raymond at the top holding what looks like the crossed handles used by puppeteers to control the puppets below them. The drawing fits the reality of Raymond as the behind-the-curtains operative who was controlling the various inter-agency task forces that were responsible for implementing psyops and other propaganda strategies.

In Raymond’s files, I found an influential November 1983 paper, written by Col. Alfred R. Paddock Jr. and entitled “Military Psychological Operations and US Strategy,” which stated: “the planned use of communications to influence attitudes or behavior should, if properly used, precede, accompany, and follow all applications of force. Put another way, psychological operations is the one weapons system which has an important role to play in peacetime, throughout the spectrum of conflict, and during the aftermath of conflict.”

Paddock continued, “Military psychological operations are an important part of the ‘PSYOP Totality,’ both in peace and war. … We need a program of psychological operations as an integral part of our national security policies and programs. … The continuity of a standing interagency board or committee to provide the necessary coordinating mechanism for development of a coherent, worldwide psychological operations strategy is badly needed.”

One declassified “top secret” document in Raymond’s file – dated Feb. 4, 1985, from Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger – urged the fuller implementation of President Reagan’s National Security Decision Directive 130, which was signed on March 6, 1984, and which authorized peacetime psyops by expanding psyops beyond its traditional boundaries of active military operations into peacetime situations in which the U.S. government could claim some threat to national interests.

“This approval can provide the impetus to the rebuilding of a necessary strategic capability, focus attention on psychological operations as a national – not solely military – instrument, and ensure that psychological operations are fully coordinated with public diplomacy and other international information activities,” Weinberger’s document said.

An Inter-Agency Committee

This broader commitment to psyops led to the creation of a Psychological Operations Committee (POC) that was to be chaired by a representative of Reagan’s National Security Council with a vice chairman from the Pentagon and with representatives from CIA, the State Department and USIA.


CIA seal in lobby of the spy agency’s headquarters. (U.S. government photo)

“This group will be responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing psychological operations activities in support of United States policies and interests relative to national security,” according to a “secret” addendum to a memo, dated March 25, 1986, from Col. Paddock, the psyops advocate who had become the U.S. Army’s Director for Psychological Operations.

 

“The committee will provide the focal point for interagency coordination of detailed contingency planning for the management of national information assets during war, and for the transition from peace to war,” the addendum added.

 

“The POC shall seek to ensure that in wartime or during crises (which may be defined as periods of acute tension involving a threat to the lives of American citizens or the imminence of war between the U.S. and other nations), U.S. international information elements are ready to initiate special procedures to ensure policy consistency, timely response and rapid feedback from the intended audience.”

In other words, the U.S. government could engage in psyops virtually anytime because there are always “periods of acute tension involving a threat to the lives of American citizens.”

The Psychological Operations Committee took formal shape with a “secret” memo from Reagan’s National Security Advisor John Poindexter on July 31, 1986. Its first meeting was called on Sept. 2, 1986, with an agenda that focused on Central America and “How can other POC agencies support and complement DOD programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama.” The POC was also tasked with “Developing National PSYOPS Guidelines” for “formulating and implementing a national PSYOPS program.” (Underlining in original)

Raymond was named a co-chair of the POC along with CIA officer Vincent Cannistraro, who was then Deputy Director for Intelligence Programs on the NSC staff, according to a “secret” memo from Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Craig Alderman Jr.

The memo also noted that future POC meetings would be briefed on psyops projects for the Philippines and Nicaragua, with the latter project codenamed “Niagara Falls.” The memo also references a “Project Touchstone,” but it is unclear where that psyops program was targeted.

Another “secret” memo dated Oct. 1, 1986, co-authored by Raymond, reported on the POC’s first meeting on Sept. 10, 1986, and noted that “The POC will, at each meeting, focus on an area of operations (e.g., Central America, Afghanistan, Philippines).”

The POC’s second meeting on Oct. 24, 1986 – for which the sign-in sheet was just released – concentrated on the Philippines, according to a Nov. 4, 1986 memo also co-authored by Raymond.

But the Reagan administration’s primary attention continued to go back to Central America, including “Project Niagara Falls,” the psyops program aimed at Nicaragua. A “secret” Pentagon memo from Deputy Under Secretary Alderman on Nov. 20, 1986, outlined the work of the 4th Psychological Operations Group on this psyops plan “to help bring about democratization of Nicaragua,” by which the Reagan administration meant a “regime change.” The precise details of “Project Niagara Falls” were not disclosed in the declassified documents but the choice of codename suggested a cascade of psyops.

Key Operatives

Other documents from Raymond’s NSC file shed light on who other key operatives in the psyops and propaganda programs were. For instance, in undated notes on efforts to influence the Socialist International, including securing support for U.S. foreign policies from Socialist and Social Democratic parties in Europe, Raymond cited the efforts of “Ledeen, Gershman,” a reference to neoconservative operative Michael Ledeen and Carl Gershman, another neocon who has served as president of the U.S.-government-funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED), from 1983 to the present. (Underlining in original.)


Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Although NED is technically independent of the U.S. government, it receives the bulk of its funding (now about $100 million a year) from Congress. Documents from the Reagan archives also make clear that NED was organized as a way to replace some of the CIA’s political and propaganda covert operations, which had fallen into disrepute in the 1970s. Earlier released documents from Raymond’s file show CIA Director William Casey pushing for NED’s creation and Raymond, Casey’s handpicked man on the NSC, giving frequent advice and direction to Gershman. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “CIA’s Hidden Hand in ‘Democracy’ Groups.”]

While the initials USAID conjure up images of well-meaning Americans helping to drill wells, teach school and set up health clinics in impoverished nations, USAID also has kept its hand in financing friendly journalists around the globe.

In 2015, USAID issued a fact sheet summarizing its work financing “journalism education, media business development, capacity building for supportive institutions, and strengthening legal-regulatory environments for free media.” USAID estimated its budget for “media strengthening programs in over 30 countries” at $40 million annually, including aiding “independent media organizations and bloggers in over a dozen countries,”

In Ukraine before the 2014 coup, USAID offered training in “mobile phone and website security,” which sounds a bit like an operation to thwart the local government’s intelligence gathering, an ironic position for the U.S. with its surveillance obsession, including prosecuting whistleblowers based on evidence that they talked to journalists.

USAID, working with billionaire George Soros’s Open Society, also funded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which engages in “investigative journalism” that usually goes after governments that have fallen into disfavor with the United States and then are singled out for accusations of corruption.

The USAID-funded OCCRP also collaborates with Bellingcat, an online investigative website founded by blogger Eliot Higgins, who is now a senior non-resident fellow of the Atlantic Council, a pro-NATO think tank that receives funding from the U.S. and allied governments.

Higgins has spread misinformation on the Internet, including discredited claims implicating the Syrian government in the sarin attack in 2013 and directing an Australian TV news crew to what looked to be the wrong location for a video of a BUK anti-aircraft battery as it supposedly made its getaway to Russia after the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014.

Despite his dubious record of accuracy, Higgins has gained mainstream acclaim, in part, because his “findings” always match up with the propaganda theme that the U.S. government and its Western allies are peddling. Though most genuinely independent bloggers are ignored by the mainstream media, Higgins has found his work touted by both The New York Times and The Washington Post, and Google has included Bellingcat on its First Draft coalition, which will determine which news will be deemed real and which fake.

In other words, the U.S. government has a robust strategy for deploying direct and indirect agents of influence who are now influencing how the titans of the Internet will structure their algorithms to play up favored information and disappear disfavored information.

A Heritage of Lies

During the first Cold War, the CIA and the U.S. Information Agency refined the art of “information warfare,” including pioneering some of its current features like having ostensibly “independent” entities and cut-outs present U.S. propaganda to a cynical public that would reject much of what it hears from government but may trust “citizen journalists” and “bloggers.”


A screen shot of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland speaking to U.S. and Ukrainian business leaders on Dec. 13, 2013, at an event sponsored by Chevron, with its logo to Nuland’s left.

USIA, which was founded in 1953 and gained new life in the 1980s under its Reagan-appointed director Charles Wick, was abolished in 1999, but its propaganda functions were largely folded into the new office of Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, which became a new fount of disinformation.

For instance, in 2014, President Obama’s Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel engaged in a series of falsehoods and misrepresentations regarding Russia’s RT network. In one instance, he claimed that the RT had made the “ludicrous assertion” that the U.S. had invested $5 billion in the regime change project in Ukraine. But that was an obvious reference to a public speech by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland on Dec. 13, 2013, in which she said “we have invested more than $5 billion” to help Ukraine to achieve its “European aspirations.”

Nuland also was a leading proponent of the Ukraine coup, personally cheering on the anti-government rioters. In an intercepted phone call with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, Nuland discussed how “to glue” or “midwife this thing” and who the new leaders would be. She picked Arseniy Yatsenyuk – “Yats is the guy” – who ended up as Prime Minister after elected President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown.

Despite all the evidence of a U.S.-backed coup, The New York Times simply ignored the evidence, including the Nuland-Pyatt phone call, to announce that there never was a coup. The Times’ obeisance to the State Department’s false narrative is a good example of how the legacy of Walter Raymond, who died in 2003, extends to the present.

Over several decades, even as the White House changed hands from Republicans to Democrats, the momentum created by Raymond continued to push the peacetime psyops strategy forward.

In more recent years, the wording of the program may have changed to more pleasing euphemisms. But the idea is the same: how you can use psyops, propaganda and disinformation to sell U.S. government policies abroad and at home.

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LetThemEatRand's picture

Why would a product of Hollywood who starred in movies with chimpazees try to influence Americans with propaganda?  He "turned into" a populist conservative.   And everyone knows he loved America because they told us so.   Can't be true.

HRClinton's picture

Re.. "In Raymond’s files, I found an influential November 1983 paper, written by Col. Alfred R. Paddock Jr. and entitled “Military Psychological Operations and US Strategy,” which stated: “the planned use of communications to influence attitudes or behavior should, if properly used, precede, accompany, and follow all applications of force. "

Is the alleged Las Vegas shooter Stephen PADDOCK related to Col. A.R. Paddock of the PsyOps group? 

Weird "coincidence", if it is that. Downright creepy.

bamawatson's picture

creepy ?
sounds downright hinckley to me

Dormouse's picture

Reinstate the Smith—Mundt Act. Imagine the billions that could be saved if they stopped with the full spectrum mind fucking.

Escrava Isaura's picture

The endless war in regiment the mind as an army regiments one’s body.

No one exploits ones weaker mind and/or low IQ better than religion.

The second best way to regiments one’s mind are the political structures. Third is around race/nationalism.

Another great way to look how vulnerable/easy to shape a society is by its fanaticisms around sports. Sports fanaticism is a great barometer.

These three work well for the bottom 80 percent of the population. For the top 20 percent the regiment required is a good education. The higher the education the more indoctrinated they will be, of course, because they will have high paying jobs.   

 

 

BennyBoy's picture

 

Reagan rebranded lies, "psyops".


fattail's picture

Its all part of the in-group/out-group, divide and conquer paradigm that  clever and manipulative psychopaths have used for all time.  The infidel descended from apes and pigs.  Don't take non-believers as friends or you will go to hell like them.  Don't question the narrative your father and grand father told you its always been this way.  

I will say, the hollywood propaganda of the 1980's was especially tasty.  "Red Dawn"  "Top Gun".  Wolverines!!!  " I feel the need, the need for speed!"  We used to have to wait for block buster movies to get our fix.  Now every other TV "program" ,which is both a noun and a verb, shows us all the good things and wonderful technology used by the good guys in the NSA, CIA, FBI, DOJ, Chicago PD, etc.etc.etc., to defeat the evil bad guys.  Never mind the numerous violations of the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 8th amendments, while denigrating the 2nd and all of its supporters.

malek's picture

So nihilism is the solution?

house biscuit's picture

Gee, I'd always been ambivalent about the Reagan presidency

But after that endorsement, I've decided to have Reagan tattooed on my wee-wee

So every morning my wife can wake up to a tiny little ray of Sunshine in America

Sanity Bear's picture

Any "Reagan" psyops or intel actions of any kind really were Bush actions. Bush was the former CIA director, after all.

HRClinton's picture

Still, Reagan was all too happy to go along.

Just as he was happy to click his heels in the McCarthy era, and tattle on fellow actors. Reagan LOVED to kowtow to Establishment power. A true and motivated vassal.

Yippie21's picture

And THIS, your point, is why this article is totes BS.  Bush 41 was serious CIA, old-school.  Reagan ONLY picked Bush as VP at the very last minute and was severely pressured to do so.  They were not friends.  And yet... here's an article that leaves H.W. completely out of it all.... and puts this scheme on .... Reagan.  Hmmm.   I call BS.   " ... indirectly against US citizens"..   my ass.  How does Reagan do propaganda with 100% hostile press and Democrat House?  I call BS on this.  ... and why now?  Why is this news now?  Talk propaganda... like within the last 9 years!  TARP?  Cash for clunkers?  EPA power grab?  Gun running ? Orchestrating overthrow in Ukraine?  Libya?  Tunisia?  Egypt? Yemen?  Iran?  Fort Hood? Arkansas?  Boston? Miami?  Cuba???    Good grief this is so stupid.

JRobby's picture

All MIC and dirty Spooks (same clubs) all the time.

Clashfan's picture

Their "Just say no" crap and escalation of the War on Drugs killed a lot of people. Georgia, for instance, legalized medicinal cannabis in 1980. Then Ronnie Ray-gun got in there and squashed it--law's still on the books, but it never was followed.

Bush was in charge after his goons shot Reagan up, anyway.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Whenever I saw his wife I felt sick and hearing her was no less stressful. Two excellent cons.

Redneck Makin-tosh's picture

Easy in retrospect but a fraction of the resource allocated to why rather than how might have been prudent

thefinn's picture

Kind of like the white helmets then?

 

They got paid $20m by USAID - according to.... USAID.

Rebelrebel7's picture

Got it.

FBI is psyopsing CIA

CIA is psyopsing FBI

Congress is psyopsing Trump

Trump is psyopsing Congress

Police are psyopsing the MIC

MIC are psyopsing the police

Universities are psyopsing the judicial branch

Judicial branch is psyopsing the universities

Main stream news is psyopsing it's readers

Main stream news readers try to psyop alternative news readers, but it fails.

Great strategy to MAGA! Nothing else could explain what we have been witnessing, other thasn LSD in everyone in the establishment's water. Did the Russians do it?! 

VoteSmarts's picture

Mm, we don't know the extent of alzheimer's drug use/ dependency among our *representatives in the DCSwamp; less likely of Russian origin than weakening of spinal fortitude and even regression among same toward their alleged amphibian, cold-blooded -natures-.

Joe A's picture

Good investigative reporting that you hardly see nowadays.

The rabbit hole runs deep. On Consortium news, Robert Parry mentions that Robert Kagan came on board. He was one of the founders of PNAC, promoted the Iraq invasion of 2003 and is married to Victoria Nuland. Victoria Nuland is famous for that overheard telephone call with US ambassador to Ukraine, Pyat, where they discuss the makeup of the future Ukraine government (F the EU). The latter is now US ambassador to Greece and recently said there that the US is committed to investing into Greece's gas pipeline infrastructure and an American LNG facility. Also said that Turkey should get closer to Europe. Guess who is coming to visit the US tomorrow? Alex Tsipras, Greece's PM.

BritBob's picture

Reagan 'eventually' got around to supporting self-determination in respect of the Falklands -

 

''Certainly, we will never alter our view that a people must ultimately determine their own future and certainly we mean this in regard to the people on the Falklands'' Ronald Reagan (Reagan -Thatcher White House Communication Nov 4 1982, para 2).

Unlike Hillary,

In Buenos Aires in 2010, when she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made the mistake of saying that the United Kingdom and Argentina should talk about the sovereignty of the Malvinas. Now if she was better informed she would not have fallen for that mythical Malvinas' deception: Argentina has never legally owned the Falklands.

Falklands – 1833 Usurpation & UN Resolutions:

 

https://www.academia.edu/21721198/Falklands_1833_Usurpation_and_UN_Resolutions


house biscuit's picture

The 80's news klaxon rang

And then, just like Pavlov's dawg.....

Joe A's picture

The Reagan administration wanted to appeas a junta in Argentina (remember, it was the cold war still and these junta people got their training and guidance from the School of the Americas) and wanted reveal where the British would land. Tatcher answered that -at the height of the cold war- the US could then say goodbye to the special relation with the UK. Or perhaps Reagan wanted to look like he was trying to appeas the Argentines.

Golden Showers's picture

All is well.

If you can tell me that GHWB didn't effectively pull a coup on Regan when he was amost assassinated and then flip the Regan script from then on, you've got to be shitting me.

Before: Regan was ideological and gonna make a change.

After: GHWB.

And you know it.

What is better than actually killing an American President and pulling an LBJ?

Answer: Not Killing an American President and pulling a GHWB.

Any questions?

Blanco Diablo's picture

Proof ReaganII Is Funding Programs To Bring Black Africans To US

US 2018 Black African 'Refugee' Resettlement

'Resettle Africa' a new US Government agency bringing illiterate, disease-ridden fake 'refugees' from blackest Africa to America.   This is absolute Trump Treason against the American people.  We do not have the money or the ability to bring the dregs of Africa here.  This is a Globalist, Marxist agenda to dilute and destroy America with still more Third World trash.  And Trump is 100% allowing and permitting it to happen.  That makes him intimately, inarguably involved with the annihilation agenda being waged against America.

These people will reproduce like roaches and not to mention the half-breeds that will be raised by the State as the children of black on white rape.

Where the hell is Trump?  WHAT the hell is Trump? 

I almost died when I read the above Dept of State 2018 refugee plans.   Yes, by 2018-2019, we will see more black and brown babies born in the US than white babies.

You do not see new agencies like Resettlement For Persecuted South African Whites, or for the persecuted white Christians of Europe or persecuted Christians in the Mideast.  Nothing.

Patty
Still don't believe Trump is committing treason against America?  Here it is…READ IT..

https://www.state.gov/j/prm/funding/fy2018/270539.htm

house biscuit's picture

You clearly lack a proper respect for the implied social nuances of cuckold IR wifebreeding.....

Shibumi2's picture

In other words...the US government isnt the benevolent entity spreading peace and love at home and around the world?

I'm shocked

Money_for_Nothing's picture

If you don't like Reagan just say so. Surveillance/psyop areas of the government are not under Presidential control. Agency employees almost killed Reagan. Think Reagan got the message after that. Any President can be killed by corrupting one doctor at an Army/Navy hospital (annual physical). Joan Rivers was killed using a doctor for running her mouth. Ask God if you want the surveillance gone. They let Reagan do some things cause they were out of ideas. Same with Trump.

house biscuit's picture

If you don't lighten up yer gonna make all the MAGA w/ titties & beer supporters cry

Last of the Middle Class's picture

Liberals are working hard today. Article is complete bullshit and nothing more than a liberal psyop to destroy a great leaders legacy. Pitiful, just pitiful. Go to the consortiumnews. com website, first page. The whole damn thing is nothing but liberal globalist agenda. Nuff said.

house biscuit's picture

'Liberal psyop' is non-sequitur &, as such, costs a point

But an adult actually typing the phrase "nuff said".....well that's just a sad day at ZH

RealityCheque's picture

Or: its sports. So who gives a fuck. "Cheating" is a subjective term. Personally I want to see giant ultra-humans breaking the sound barrier and then dying of a drug induced heart attack six months later.

If the athletes decide to do it (except the one guy in 17th place), who the fuck is anyone to say they shouldn't?

house biscuit's picture

...& chose post-race, delayed myocardial infarction...presumably because mid-race spontaneous combustion was considered a bit gauche

RealityCheque's picture

I'm a proponent of strapping bomb vests to endurance runners. Every 10 minutes, you blow up the guy in last place. Makes for great drama. Would work in Formula 1 as well.

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

I think I might have met you as a manager at some point..

One of these is not like the others..'s picture

"Personally I want to see giant ultra-humans breaking the sound barrier and then dying of a drug induced heart attack six months later."

Absolutely. I've always thought there ought to be a straight Olympics and a drugged Olympics. Ought to be kept seperate though/

venturen's picture

they were doing psycop in the 1st war ever...please

beyondtheprogramming's picture

Reagan was nothing more than a Flying Monkey opportunist, a paid actor. The motive and means behind Reagan's rule was always Papa Bush (and his loyal crony compatriots.) Listen to Eustace Mullins here talk about "Red Ronny." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92joAndlRfI

Blue Steel 309's picture

USAID has always been cover for US Intelligence ops. Guess how extensive it was in Iraq, before we invaded?

gallistic's picture

Holy Mother of Fuck!

Do we have new Tylers and new writers on board?  

Has Zero Hedge actually taken a turn towards intellectual honesty and integrity?

 

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In the past few days, ZH has published articles written by Robert Parry and actually published an interview with Chris Hedges.

Please, oh pretty please, let this be a true break from the pre-fabricated, manufactured consent bullshit articles, and the unbearably ridiculous Mises ideologues. Please oh pretty please let this not be some kind of fucked-up triple-twist head fake!

If this is the case I am loving it and embrace it whole-heartedly.

You have certainly attracted my attention, and I am watching closely; however, I am not exactly holding my breath.

I have seen the pendulum swing before once or twice...

VoteSmarts's picture

For all we *know, the Reagan years were solidification of the Shadow government, a belligerent and rather twisted assembly of power-lusty types making or pushing, thru internal psyOps tactics, an unConstitutional agenda.