I do not watch the television or listen to music, other than very rare occasions. I have my life, and everyone informs me I am goal oriented. Usually
all my research is done from reading books, or journals, but the nature of an article I was writing required first hand knowledge, the knowledge
necessary pertained to websites such as this. Quite by accident I stumbled onto this site, and I stayed.
I stayed because of what I realized in my visits. Insulated as I was in my world of books and journals, socializing with Muslims more often than
anyone else, although I do speak with those of other faiths, but you know how it is. We stay with those groups we feel accepted in and a part of. I
knew media was lying, but as someone who is not a television viewer, I do not think I came close to realizing the full extent.
I find myself being shocked and dismayed by the portrayal of Muslims, Islam, and sovereign nations in media. Because of the knowledge I possess, I see
such blatant lies passed off from media outlets that it is difficult to understand how anyone would ever believe such things.
My view of the world is what you may call a separatist one. I believe it is up to individual countries to make decisions for themselves, and it is not
the right of anyone to speak or act except the people affected. The only time this should change is when policies affect people outside the nation,
such as with of wars of aggression. A country should be able to decide who she wants to engage in commerce with, who she wants as allies, and how to
best govern herself. One system will never work for every nation, as varying cultures have different values and ideals.
But the western media is shocking, because the lies are so great one can see straight through them. Perhaps not if you are insulated from the world,
or have only seen the world through the glasses of the battlefield. Which is why I stayed on this site. I was hoping to share my glasses with others,
so that others might benefit from another, less insulated view.
I do sincerely hope that media changes, and with the internet I think it will, as alternative sources are more readily available.
I started doing some research about disinformation in the media, and here are some things I found. I will be writing an article on this topic, and
because I will be publishing I wont post it here, but I will share this;
"The Pentagon is developing plans to provide news items, possibly even false ones, to foreign media organizations as part of a new effort to influence
public sentiment and policy makers in both friendly and unfriendly countries, military officials said.
Little information is available about the Office of Strategic Influence, and even many senior Pentagon officials and Congressional military aides say
they know almost nothing about its purpose and plans. Its multimillion dollar budget, drawn from a $10 billion emergency supplement to the Pentagon
budget authorized by Congress in October, has not been disclosed.
Headed by Brig. Gen. Simon P. Worden of the Air Force, the new office has begun circulating classified proposals calling for aggressive campaigns that
use not only the foreign media and the Internet, but also covert operations."
-The public outcry against this was so strong the pentagon publicly stated this office was shutting down. However, Donald Rumsfeld is on record
"And then there was the office of strategic influence. You may recall that. And "oh my goodness gracious isn't that terrible, Henny Penny the sky is
going to fall." I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to savage this thing fine I'll give you the corpse. There's the name. You can
have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have."
-the DOD website has since removed this transcript from their site, the transcript in the above link was copied directly from their site before it was
taken down... If you go to this link www.defense.gov...
you can see that the article is in the archives section of the official DOD
website but if you click the link it comes up as a removed page
-This article was written by an LA Times military affairs analyst after the shut down of the office of strategic influence and subsequent comments
made by Rumsfeld. The author of this article is not stupid, he knew about the closing of the office of strategic influence and exactly what Rumsfeld
said, this is the LA Times, not some fly by night newspaper, this proves that the comments were in fact made by Rumsfeld, and serious military
analysts believed this was still an ongoing operation.
The Military's New War of Words
"In a policy shift that reaches across all the armed services, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and his senior aides are revising missions and
creating new agencies to make "information warfare" a central element of any U.S. war. Some hope it will eventually rank with bombs and artillery
shells as an instrument of destruction."
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