Newly Unearthed CIA Memo: Media Are The "Principal Villains"

A new declassifed CIA report unearthed by the FOIA investigive cooperative MuckRock contains some shocking commentary on how the intelligence community views and interacts with the media. The 1984 series of internal memos, part of the CIA’s recent CREST release (CIA Records Search Tool) of over 900,000 newly declassified documents, were drafted in response to a study on unathorized leaks and disclosures written by legendary CIA officer Eloise Page.

The CIA Inspector General [IG] was tasked by CIA Director Bill Casey to investigate and review CIA vulnerabilities to media scrutiny. One of Eloise Page's suggestions involved CIA and agency friendly individuals gaining influence at universities and journalism schools in order to change and shape curriculum. As MuckRock explains:

The IG passed the task onto someone on his staff, who produced a four page SECRET memo for IG James Taylor, who passed it onto Director Casey. The IG specifically endorsed the proposal for a program where the Agency would intervene with journalism schools, which is discussed further below.

The most startling sections from the CIA memos - all marked "SECRET" - reveal how CIA views the first ammendment and journalistic freedoms: "Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the power of the media to publish in this country is nearly absolute."

Below are among the most significant sections from the 1984 formerly Secret report.

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely": Ironically enough these are actual words coming out of the CIA applied not to itself - a secretive spy agency which frequently operates above and outside of the law (Iran-Contra, COINTELPRO, Operation Mockingbird, Church Committee findings... to name a few examples) - but these are words applied to the media. The CIA further likens investigative journalism with enemy foreign espionage: "we can cite precise parallels in methods and results, if not in motivations, between the media's attempts to penetrate us and our opposition's attempts to do the same."

"Maybe it's time for an offense [against the media]": The 1980's was a time when the CIA continued to be on the defensive in the face of startling findings by the 1975-1976 Church Committee. The Congressional committee, chaired by Frank Church, uncovered rank and pervasive lawlessness by the CIA and other government agencies like the FBI and NSA, including foreign assassination plots, illegal wiretaps, widespread domestic spying and post office infiltrations, planting fake media stories, and embedding spies and agency-friendly journalists in American and foreign newsrooms. Many of these programs had been reportedly rolled back or eliminated by the 80's. The 1984 document perhaps represents a period of CIA internal regrouping or restrategizing for a new offensive in shaping public perceptions.


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"Remember that the organization has official contacts with inluenctial people outside... We have periodic sessions with college and university presidents, some of them undoubtedly with schools of journalism." This is the section Director Casey got excited about, which he called attention to as the brief was circulated among departments. The idea of direct campus influence is aimed at shaping the end media product, and to have some influence very early on in young journalists' careers, resulting in a "challenge to the practice of publishing indiscriminately" - that is, ensuring CIA consultation prior to news being published. Perhaps the most sinister line in the below passages is "given some curriculum changes, the next generation of reporters might show some elevation of ethics."

CIA Do's and Don'ts - "direct CIA sponsporship [of media influence campaigns] would be pilloried": The CIA prepared a practical guide on how to subtly combat the media while avoiding Congressional oversight, including providing the public with a "sanitized list of examples" of media disclosures the CIA sees as hurting its mission, as well as setting up proxy organizations to shape the media indirectly in order to conceal the CIA's role. Another section of the full document, which can be accessed here, speaks of a hoped-for chilling effect that prosecution of a prominent journalist might induce: "A single well-publicized, high-level conviction would do a lot." 

We are of course reminded of today's war on WikiLeaks and whistleblowers. Current CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently declared WikiLeaks "a non-state hostile intelligence service".The CIA is now actively working to destroy the media and whistleblowing organization which has broken endless stories while partnering with news outlets around the world.

CIA to its staff of intelligence officers: Don't announce a program to curb the media's excesses... Don't forget that public confidence in the press is low.

Later CIA documents and historical studies confirm that much of the strategy laid out in these memos was carefully implemented and developed. One example among many can be seen in a 1997 classified internal CIA study called, Managing a Nightmare: CIA Public Affairs and the Drug Conspiracy Story. The now declassified paper was authored by the agency's Center for the Study of Intelligence, which is a kind of inhouse think tank which also works closely with CIA Public Affairs - the official media relations wing. 

"Managing a Nightmare" details the steps the CIA went through to crush California journalist Gary Webb's investigative series exposing CIA-Nicaraguan Contra drug running. The CIA report boasted of "a ground base of already productive relations with journalists" which was levereged to quell "a genuine public relations crisis." It also admitted to using proxies and friendly journalists in major news rooms to attack both Gary Webb and his investigative story.

Similar to the 1984 memos advising on the public relations importance of avoiding "frontal attack" of either the press or Constitutional protections like free speech, the 1997 study admits of subtle behind the scenes maneuvering to bring about the desired end: "In the world of public relations, as in war, avoiding a rout in the face of hostile multitudes can be considered a success." And added further that, "We live in somewhat coarse and emotional times–when large numbers of Americans do not adhere to the same standards of logic, evidence, or even civil discourse as those practiced by members of the CIA community."

Likely, such declassified papers constitute the tip of the iceburg in terms of revealing the depths that US intelligence agencies have gone to in studying how to manipulate public perception and opinion. No doubt the more extensive content still remains classified and hidden.


Blue Balls (not verified) Croesus Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:32 Permalink

What I want to know is how Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood took over the agency 100% with all these congressmen and women watching?I mean really we need to break up this scham USA that is a appendage of Israel.Why do we even have a government in Washington DC? It is a complete waste of fucking money. Lets just fucking be honest about it and move all DC operations to Tel Aviv and be done with it.Apparently the goy in GC can't do a MF thing without the Jew nan directing his ever bowel movement.Fuck this charade move the whole fucking operation to Tel Aviv.

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Manthong El Oregonian Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

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TheReplacement Manthong Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:05 Permalink

The CIA has declared war against the people of the United States of America.  As the USA is nothing if not the people this is treason.  I hearby declare the CIA and it's appendages to be enemies of the peoples of the United States of America.  That is, the Central Intelligence Agency has been, is, and always will act in its own best interests as it sees them, not in the interests of the people as they seem them.  As such, they need to be treated as enemy combatants and physically and psychologically combatted at every turn.  Give no quarter to these treasonous vermin unless an opportunity presents itself to further the cause of liberty.  Let no stone be left unturned.Do you hear me Trump?  Do you hear me Director Pompous Asshole?  We are now formally at war as recognized by both sides.  Fuck you.

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TheReplacement TheReplacement Wed, 08/02/2017 - 20:15 Permalink

Of course we all know that I am totally safe saying that since the CIA has NO CHARTER to operate within the United States.  Obviously, any knock knock will be an illegal action and repelled with lethal fire until all the law breakers are dead, dead, dead and I will walk because... it just won't happen.  These bastards are too cowardly to fight like that.  It'll be a car accident or some such thing.Avenge me if you do not hear from me daily.

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Anteater Father ¢hristmas (not verified) Wed, 08/02/2017 - 18:09 Permalink

They actually believe their Torah states they will have dominion overall the tribes, and own all the lands and all the properties. G-d's Work. Which is interesting because everyone says Hitler was into astrology,but he was actually into Kabbalahic Gematria. He was, after all a Jew,just like Lenin and Stalin, and for ~100 years our Christian nations wereset at war with each other, then against the Muslims on 9/11, which isgematria again, that Jesus was born September 11th, 3 BC, the Day ofTrumpets. Either that, or the Shambalic SS CIA is trumpeting his returnin the destruction of the Three Towers, and we've all be raptured up intoElysium, walking the green fields of Enron with the sun in our faces, lol.Ssssss, the snake whispered. Don't resist! Accept your fate, ssssss. 666. 

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serotonindumptruck Father ¢hristmas (not verified) Wed, 08/02/2017 - 18:12 Permalink

The Law of Natural Selection stipulates that a "successful" parasite instinctively knows when it has extracted all of the potential nourishment as might be possible before detaching itself to seek out another host.The USSA has been sucked dry.China and Russia have obviously become potential new hosts for the (((tribal))) parasite.

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BarkingCat serotonindumptruck Wed, 08/02/2017 - 22:57 Permalink

Good luck to them with regards to China.They will stick out like a sore thumb.When I was growing up in Europe, we could usually spot a foreigner really easily,  especially jews.It did not matter that their family has migrated into the country 200 years earlier. They were very easily distinguishable. They do blend in much better in the US because of the population lacking national purity.There are all kinds of combinations,  so they are just another point on the visual spectrum. Maybe that is why they started to push this migration into Europe.I guess the EU was not working well enough. 

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FlKeysFisherman Blue Balls (not verified) Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:54 Permalink

Fuck this charade move the whole fucking operation to Tel Aviv. I wrote a letter (an old fashioned paper one) to the CIA about 10 years ago. It was a rant about a few topics and I closed it out by asking them if the capitol of America was Tel Aviv.I'm sure I made some sort of list but who cares. That "list" must be in the millions by now so let them come after us.

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Chupacabra-322 FlKeysFisherman Wed, 08/02/2017 - 18:40 Permalink

@ FLKeys,

We're practically neighbors. I posted following Miami Rip a couple of days ago. Worth a repost.

To state the obvious; the CIA has deeply humiliated the American people in their attempt to tie the American people to be responsible for the CIA's crimes against humanity across the world.

The CIA appears to be the world's greatest threat to peace and prosperity. It is the penultimate terrorist organization, being the direct or indirect creator of all other terrorist organizations. It also appears to be the world's penultimate illegal drug smuggler and pusher making all other illegal drug trading possible and instigating the horrors of addiction and suffering around the world.

If I believed that the CIA was working in any way on behalf of the US government and the American people then it would be sad and shameful indeed. However, it is my belief that the CIA instead was captured long ago, as was the secret military operations and now works for a hidden power that wants to dominate or failing that, destroy humanity.

The Agency is Cancer. There should be no question about the CIA's future in the US.

Dissolved & dishonored. Its members locked away or punished for Treason. Their reputation is so bad and has been for so long, that the fact that you joined them should be enough to justify arrest and Execution for Treason, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.

And yet, there is something positive in this. By experiencing and knowing evil, we can choose the path of light or choose to ignore both dark amd light. It is a choice we all must make if we intend to evolve from being animals ruled by this world and its illusions.

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Doom Porn Star Blue Balls (not verified) Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:14 Permalink

"What I want to know is how Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood took over the agency 100% with all these congressmen and women watching? " Off the top of my head: The Congresspersons in question are Zionists/Kazim/Jews or Crypto-Jews/Muslims to begin with, Bribery, Sex, Campaign Financing, Lobbying, Promises of future employment, Honeypots, Threats, Blackmail I'm sure I left some things out... 

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Xredsx Croesus Wed, 08/02/2017 - 18:16 Permalink

Who ever controls the media, also controls the mind.. And we all can see it as clear as day. The best way i can explain how much the world of propaganda as damaged us, is to say that you are not you thoughts but also the awareness of the thought. Think about it for a min. You are amazing, i promise.

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logicalman seataka Wed, 08/02/2017 - 21:14 Permalink

Most of this stuff originates with Bletchley Park and Enigma.It's a very interesting story.I know a lot about it, my dad is on the Bletchley Park honour roll, top secret for 40 years.Like most involved, he never said much until it was no longer sectret.I've researched the subject quite extensively and met a few others involved.GCHQ was what came out of it and I think they taught NSA how to be really devious.If you are a history nut, it's a story worth researching. 

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Father ¢hristmas (not verified) Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:30 Permalink

Agency disinformation.  Everyone knows they control the press.Other examples of agency disinformation:

  • "OMG, the Fed is like, totally scared of cryptos, guise!"
  • "OMG, the Deep State totally hates Donald, and like, is out for revenge!"
Anteater Father ¢hristmas (not verified) Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:49 Permalink

After making my lunch, I took an hour nap,which you get to do when you're a Trumpimgigger. A friend's email hoo-hoo'd me awake,to find Google Maps open, and trying to openmy GPS location. So I thought hmmm, and hitCancel, then glanced up at the Location bar:1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025You know who has that address? FACEBOOK!!I did not type that address location in myself!!CIA=FB='RealNews', Trump's disinformationcampaign that he just launched: 'Daily Pravda'"Let me repeat ... I did not ... have spooks ... with that Russian!" DJT/JCK

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Father ¢hristmas (not verified) Wed, 08/02/2017 - 17:33 Permalink

Basically, anything that makes large segments of the population believe they have any power whatsoever is disinfo.You were born to suck Jew cock until you die, bro.