Is he putting military operatives in today's media?
A report published today on the Wayne Madsen Report
, written by Madsen — a former intelligence official — outlines what he thought would happen to American media in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. This report
, written in November of 2001 but not published until today, outlines some of the objectives that the federal government had when it came to propaganda over seas and at home.
He outlines how the government created the International Public Information system under a presidential order signed by President Clinton. The purpose of this system was to bring together representatives from around the federal government law enforcement and intelligence agencies to develop methods to prevent and mitigate crises and to influence foreign audiences in ways favorable to the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives.
"According to the directive, information aimed at U.S. audiences is to be 'coordinated, integrated, de-conflicted, and synchronized with the [IPI] to achieve a synergistic effect,'" Madsen wrote.
The report lays out the specific ways the government wanted to — and may currently be — manipulate mass media, including television shows and Hollywood films, to create as mucy sympathy as possible for U.S. policies. The report is an educated prediction written several years ago. The items in the report can be trusted to be accurate as of November of 2001, but what has happened since?
Rumsfeld has already said publicly
that the U.S. needs to beef up certain aspects of its propaganda machine. Some people think that American propaganda is necessarily part of any war, especially the War on Terror, that has to be marketed every day to Americans and whoever will listen over seas. Others, however, feel that propaganda — known more widely as public relations — is wrong in any situation.
President Bush said once
that the administration's policies shouldn't have to be bought, they should be able to stand on thier own two feet. This statement begs the question: If the policies should stand on thier own two feet, why has this administration spent $1.6 billion
on public relations in the last two and a half years? Hell, the Defense Department, one of the key agencies in deploying funds for strategic public relations and fighting this War on Terror, can't even balance its own budget