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  • Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor
    created using federal funds it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption We re not aware of any participation in such activities nor would it be acceptable said Lt Col James Gregory a Pentagon spokesman A Pentagon official confirmed that the military had made inquiries to information operations contractors to ask them about the Internet activity All denied it said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity because the inquiries were informal and did not amount to an official investigation The websites were taken down following those inquiries Various other sites and accounts were removed for violating their providers terms of service I find it creepy and cowardly that somebody would hide behind my name and presumably make up other names in an attempt to undermine my credibility Vanden Brook said The activity is the work of what online reputation expert Andy Beal calls a determined detractor It s like a machine gun approach They re trying to generate as much online content as they can he said The person who s behind this we can give them a lot of credit here and assume they re very sophisticated about reputation attacks It can cost 10 to register a domain name but 50 to pay for a proxy service to hide the owner s identity as was done with two of the websites A third was registered to a non existent address in Pueblo Colo This is the work of somebody who knows what they re doing They have some experience of covering their tracks This is probably not the first time they ve done something like this said Beal CEO of Trackur an online reputation tracking service Some postings merely copied Vanden Brook s and Locker s previous reporting Others accused them of

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  • What Your TV Is Telling You to Do
    sitting in his hybrid vehicle Behavior placement gives marketers extra incentive to advertise at a time when digital video recorders equip viewers with an unprecedented ability to skip commercials says Jason Kanefsky a media buyer at Havas s MPG You re not forcing your way into a program in any shape or form he says You re just nodding your head at a program ABC CBS and FOX have plenty of product placement but haven t taken the step into behavior placement network spokesmen say TV writers and producers are less enamored with behavior placement Already on the hook to create holiday themed episodes and accommodate marketers in other ways some producers and writers grumble about additional demands Requests for green themed storylines come at the start of the year when programming executives sit down with producers and lay out which company wide themes and holidays they will be working into shows Producers do have some leeway The Office for example embraces Valentine s Day Halloween and Christmas but refuses to incorporate Easter since it isn t part of office culture Angela Bromstad president of primetime entertainment at NBC says her only specific request is that writers incorporate something related to the environment into a storyline and not make it a throwaway line of dialogue We haven t had any pushback she says Paul Lieberstein an executive producer on The Office who also plays the character Toby Flenderson says he was thinking about making Dwight a superhero called Recyclops before network executives ordered up an environmental storyline In this case it fell right into the realm of what we do Mr Lieberstein says We d have to say no if it hurt the integrity of the show Heroes creator Tim Kring says behavior placement is easier than incorporating a specific brand which is what the science fiction series about ordinary people with superhuman abilities recently did for sponsor Sprint Nextel Corp This past fall members of a carnival loaded a pickup truck with recyclables as Masi Oka in the role of Hiro Nakamura talks about giving back to the Earth Someone has to pay for our big expensive television shows Mr Kring says Armed with its own data showing consumers are wiling to spend more if a brand seems eco friendly NBC in 2007 launched Green Week the programming component of a larger Green is Universal corporate campaign That effort brought in an estimated 20 million in advertising revenue from 20 sponsors according to industry estimates Many new clients including the nutrition bar Soy Joy came on board NBC says In April 2008 the network added another week of green themed programming when network logos go green and on air promos tout NBC s support for the environment But there are no obvious cues to alert viewers to the green emphasis in programming To court advertisers targeting specific demographics NBC researchers conduct regular focus groups Viewers are broken into categories based on their favorite shows and their level of concern

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  • FEMA workers masquerade as reporters
    it was not appropriate that the questions were posed by agency staffers instead of reporters FEMA was responsible for the error in judgment she said adding that the White House did not know about it beforehand and did not condone it FEMA has issued an apology saying that they had an error in judgment when they were attempting to get out a lot of information to reporters who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regard to the wildfires in California Perino said It s not something I would have condoned And they I m sure will not do it again She said the agency was just trying to provide information to the public through the press because there were so many questions I don t think that there was any mal intent Perino said It was just a bad way to handle it and they know that FEMA gave real reporters only 15 minutes notice about Tuesday s news conference But because there was so little advance notice the agency made available an 800 number so reporters could call in And many did although it was a listen only arrangement On Tuesday FEMA employees had played

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/fema_pressless_conference.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Pentagon used psychological operation on US public, documents show
    s strategic communications civilian and military at home and abroad is in dire need of review and repair A PSYOPS Program Directed at American Public When the military analyst program was first revealed by The New York Times in 2008 retired US Army Col Ken Allard described it as PSYOPS on steroids It turns out this was far from a casual reference Raw Story has discovered new evidence that directly exposes this stealth media project and the activities of its participants as matching the US government s own definition of psychological operations or PSYOPS The US Army Civil Affairs Psychological Operations Command fact sheet which states that PSYOPS should be directed to foreign audiences only includes the following description Used during peacetime contingencies and declared war these activities are not forms of force but are force multipliers that use nonviolent means in often violent environments Pentagon public affairs officials referred to the military analysts as message force multipliers in documented communications A prime example is a May 2006 memorandum from then community relations chief Allison Barber in which she proposes sending the military analysts on another trip to Iraq Based on past trips I would suggest limiting the group to 10 analysts those with the greatest ability to serve as message force multipliers Nicholas Cull who also directs the public diplomacy master s program at USC and has written extensively on propaganda and media history found the Pentagon public affairs officials use of such terms both incriminating and reckless Their use of psyop terminology is an own goal Cull explained in an email as it speaks directly to the American public s underlying fear of being brainwashed by its own government This new evidence provides further perspective on an incident cited by the Times Pentagon records show that the day after 14 marines died in Iraq on August 3 2005 James T Conway then director of operations for the Joint Chiefs instructed military analysts during a briefing to work to prevent the incident from weakening public support for the war Conway reminded the military analysts assembled The strategic target remains our population p 102 Same Strategy Different Program Bryan Whitman was also involved in a different Pentagon public affairs project during the lead up to the war in Iraq embedding reporters The embed and military analyst programs shared the same underlying strategy of information dominance the same objective of selling Bush administration war policies by generating favorable news coverage and were directed at the same target the American public Torie Clarke the first Pentagon public affairs chief is often credited for conceiving both programs But Clarke and Whitman have openly acknowledged his deep involvement in the embed project Clarke declined to be interviewed for this article Whitman said he was heavily involved in the process of the embed program s development implementation and supervision Before embedding reporters and media organizations were forced to sign a contract whose ground rules included allowing military officials to review articles for release traveling with

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  • Army 'psyops' at CNN
    CNN military personnel were members of the Airmobile Fourth Psychological Operations Group stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina One of the main tasks of this group of almost 1200 soldiers and officers is to spread selected information Critics say that means dissemination of propaganda Cable News Network suffered a major embarrassment in the wake of the Tailwind story it aired alleging the U S government used lethal sarin gas to kill suspected defectors during the Vietnam war After WorldNetDaily was the first news organization to expose the fraudulent news production two CNN producers were fired and eventually CNN veteran reporter Peter Arnett also was ousted In that case Retired Air Force Maj Gen Perry Smith quit his long time job as a military adviser to CNN What about now Has the U S military been in a position to have influenced directly CNN s news reports about the crisis in Kosovo Collins claims a handful of military assets were assigned to CNN for weeks to get to know the company and to broaden their horizons The Major asserts they didn t work under the control of the army Several sources have confirmed the temporary outplacement of U S Army psyops personnel started two or three years ago and they have been integrated into various sectors of society The assignment durations have been short term up to one full year depending on the mission When asked What were the missions responses to WND varied from No comment need to know to smiles and in one case an obscene recommendation CNN is the most watched and widely viewed news outlet in the world During Operation Desert Storm Saddam Hussein regularly watched CNN for battlefield intelligence The symbiotic intimate relationship between CNN and army psyops specialists has raised many eyebrows with critics saying

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  • Rather: Government Influencing Newsrooms
    the aftermath of a discredited story about President Bush s military service to curry favor with the White House He was removed from his CBS Evening News post in March 2005 They sacrificed support for independent journalism for corporate financial gain and in so doing I think they undermined a lot at CBS News he told King Rather didn t mention other instances in which he believed news organizations bowed to corporate and government pressure CBS spokesman Dana McClintock did not return an after hours call seeking comment Thursday He has called Rather s complaints old news and said the lawsuit was without merit A spokesman for Viacom declined to comment Journalism ethics scholar Bob Steele said Rather would have a difficult time proving that the White House or other political operatives exerted undue influence on CBS It would be naive for us to believe that there was no influence from powerful institutions and individuals on journalism said Steele a scholar at the Poynter Institute a journalism foundation in St Petersburg Fla Still he said For the most part the journalists who run news organizations and who report the news fight hard to protect the independence of the journalism and most of the time succeed Rather narrated the September 2004 report that said Bush disobeyed orders and shirked some of his duties during his National Guard service It also said a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush s record The story relied on four documents supposedly written by Bush s commander in the Texas Air National Guard the late Lt Col Jerry Killian Critics questioned the documents authenticity and suggested they were forged A panel selected by the network to investigate the story determined that it was neither fair nor accurate CBS fired the story s producer and asked for

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  • CIA confirms Ventura meeting occurred
    is something that might stand out John Wodele who served as Ventura s director of communications said the meeting was news to him I don t recall any indication that the governor had met with a CIA agent he said Now that doesn t mean it didn t happen But I was not aware of it Turns out there actually was a Ventura meeting with the CIA in 1999 CIA Spokesman George Little confirmed the event today in a written statement but he offered few details Little said that on occasion CIA officers meet with senior state government officials as they did in this case to discuss issues of mutual interest Little shed less light on another revelation in Ventura s book The former Independence Party governor says he was stunned to learn that there is a CIA operative inside every state government Ventura says the Minnesota operative was a deputy commissioner who was working with a dual identity In response to a question about Ventura s claim Little wrote I wouldn t think of CIA officers as being in state governments They re federal employees John Wodele said it would seem unusual that a CIA agent would be working in state government If that did happen I m not aware of it he said And I guess that would be that way it should be I think the CIA is supposed to operate that way where directors of communication are not made aware CIA operations primarily focus on the collection and analysis of information about foreign threats to the United States Domestic matters fall into the jurisdiction of the FBI Former Republican U S Sen Dave Durenberger is questioning Ventura s claims Durenberger who spent eight years on the Senate intellegence committee says he never heard of CIA operatives

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  • CIA officers make grave mistakes, get promoted
    only make recommendations It s up to the director whether to accept them These layers of review along with parallel Justice Department and congressional investigations can drag on for years leaving careers in limbo And the results can leave veteran officers confused about why some people were disciplined and others were not It s unpredictable and scattershot said John Maguire a former senior operations officer who spent 23 years at the CIA There are four branches of the CIA but one commands more attention and wields more clout than the others The National Clandestine Service conducts espionage and runs secret operations It s the stuff of spy novels and Hollywood movies It s also the place most likely to get into high profile trouble So when disciplinary issues arise a politically appointed CIA director faces a dilemma Cracking down on missteps might earn the director some praise on Capitol Hill but it s also likely to cause grousing within the clubby tight knit spy community Directors who broadened the reach of the clandestine service like William Casey under President Ronald Reagan are part of CIA lore Those who tried to rein in the spies like John Deutch under President Bill Clinton are still disparaged internally years later The 9 11 Commission Report faulted the CIA for being institutionally averse to risk before the terrorist attacks In the post 9 11 CIA officials say nobody wants to be accused of discouraging risk taking There s a built in tension between supporting officers who make difficult decisions and holding them responsible when those decisions are incorrect former CIA Director James Woolsey said in an interview If you don t want to deal with that tension you should find another government job one where you re not faced with judging people who have made life and death decisions Woolsey said The fallout from the bungled el Masri kidnapping is an example of that tension At the Counterterrorism Center some had doubts that el Masri was a terrorist current and former U S officials said But Frances a counterterrorism analyst with no field experience pushed ahead She supported el Masri s rendition in which the CIA snatches someone and takes him to another country The AP agreed to the CIA s request to refer to Frances by her middle name because her first is unusual Senior managers knew what was happening and a lawyer in the Counterterrorism Center Elizabeth signed off on the decision former officials said Once el Masri arrived in Afghanistan however questions persisted A second detainee in U S custody looked at a picture of el Masri and told CIA officers that they d grabbed the wrong man Perhaps most glaring el Masri had a German passport The man the CIA was looking for was not a German citizen El Masri says he was beaten sodomized and drugged Quiet release Even after the CIA confirmed that the German passport was authentic Frances was not convinced former officials said She argued against freeing el Masri saying his phone had been linked to terrorists For weeks the U S knowingly held the wrong man as top CIA officers tried to figure out what to do Five months after the abduction the U S privately acknowledged to the Germans what had happened El Masri was quietly released I was blindfolded put back on a plane flown to Europe and left on a hilltop in Albania without any explanation or apology for the nightmare that I had endured el Masri wrote in The Los Angeles Times in 2007 The CIA s inspector general opened an investigation and determined there had been no legal justification for el Masri s rendition It was a startling finding Though the inspector general does not make legal conclusions the CIA s watchdog had essentially said the agency acted illegally The document has never been released but its findings were summarized by people who have seen it The report came down hard on Frances She had been warned about the uncertainties surrounding el Masri s identity There hadn t been enough evidence for a rendition the report said but Frances pushed ahead You can t render people because they have called a bad guy or know a bad guy a former U S intelligence official said describing the investigation s findings on condition of anonymity because the report still has not been released She was convinced he was a bad guy Nobody in management was singled out for discipline The inspector general s report posed a dilemma for senior managers Even before the el Masri case station chiefs had complained to top CIA officials raising concerns about Frances operational judgment But she was one of the few analysts who had a deep knowledge of al Qaida before 9 11 working in a former unit known as Alec Station created to track down Osama bin Laden Intense pressure In the nascent war on terrorism Frances and her team were essential and had racked up successes She was a tireless worker who made the wrong call under intense pressure Would disciplining her send a message that the best way to handle a tough decision was not to make one The report also faulted Elizabeth the lawyer The inspector general said her legal analysis was flawed Elizabeth has a reputation in the agency as a diligent and cautious lawyer Before she agreed to conduct any legal analysis on interrogation tactics for instance she insisted on being waterboarded current and former officials said Hayden reviewed the report and decided Elizabeth should be reprimanded Frances however would be spared current and former officials said Hayden didn t believe that two people who made similar mistakes had to be treated the same way Job titles and morale mattered He told colleagues that he gave Frances a pass because he didn t want to deter initiative within the counterterrorism ranks a former senior intelligence official recalled Hayden would not discuss any specific cases but he said in an

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