I have some personal experiences from my time in the PSYOP community with the U.S. Government owned, Voice of America (VOA.) I can’t discuss anything operational, but would like to talk about an article I discovered while doing some research.
[I just migrated this article from my PFC40Book.blogspot.com site on 12/10/2018]
So much in the news today are stories about fake news, so I would like to take a moment and help you understand what #FakeNews truly is. As a subject matter expert in social media psychological warfare, this comment caught my eye. In a recent tweet by President Trump (left,) he made a very carefully crafted claim;
“…It is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!”
This was not said by accident! You know the president has access to pretty much everything in the intelligence world at the highest levels of classification. That said, this post is about #FakeNews at the unclassified level called Voice of America. It is a taxpayer funded, self-licking ice cream cone of appropriations which seems to be lacking in oversight. What the president was referring to were state or privately funded IIA (Interactive Internet Activities) tactical social media PSYOP campaigns. Often these operations will include IO, or Information Operations, which involves more clandestine/anonymized tactical operations, often which tie into a main IIA operation.
These project can include building completely legitimate online news organizations, much like InfoWars.com, as an educated guess? Contract “journalists” will produce their deliverables to support a carefully orchestrated narrative using state of the art, tactical IIA/IO project management tools. On the left, compliments of the UK’s own GCHQ, I strongly suspect this total lunatic, Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch), and on the right, Mike Cernovich/Jack Posobiac. I use my experience and knowledge as a subject matter expert in this to make these statements. I don’t have the resources to prove anything. I would guess worldwide there are more than a thousand fake journalists, or even real journalists, that are paid contractors.
The application I developed for the DoD while under contract for Dynology, would be a perfect example of tactical IIA/IO you would want use in such an operation. Think of it as a fake news project management application. Dynology was owned by General James Jones, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Obama’s National Security Advisor, and lifelong friend of John McCain. Dynology is a preferred partner with Paul Manafort’s company, whom is also friends with Brietbart’s, Steve Bannon. All of these people are deeply connected to politically motivated social media, top level elections, and the social media PSYOP application I pioneered, which anyone wanting to alter the outcome of an election through the use of social/streaming media would require. Smoking gun? No. Enough for federal investigators to look more closely at, I believe so.
VAULT 7 EXPOSED VOA/CIA CONNECTION!
I found a name online in the Vault7 document dump by WikiLeaks. I wasn’t looking for it, but rather it came up in an internet search I was doing. That said, an email address I saw led me to this article about a scathing report that came out in a 2007 NewsMax article regarding the VoA, Iran. I sent an email to the person who’s information had shown up in the online WikiLeaks CIA document dump letting them know what I had found, but did not receive a response.
What makes this article news, is my reporting on the VOA’s use of anonymized proxy servers to help spread American values throughout the world. Proxy servers allow people in countries where access to social media, like FaceBook, and many other sources of information, is blocked. Users can circumvent Geo-location filters by installing free proxy software on your computer. Unlike VOA’s TV and Radio broadcasts which are banned from viewing in Iran, you don’t need to install a large dish or antenna, which makes it easy for Iranian officials to spot. It costs pennies on the dollar compared to over the air broadcasts, and imagine what someone could do installing malware in VOA’s proxy software. Keep reading to discover what the Obama administration did to VOA’s anonymized proxy program in his first few weeks in office.
The reports surrounding the performance of both VOA TV and Radio broadcast starts out with 2 scathing reports by Senator Tom Coburn to President George W. Bush.
The report stated, and I quote,
“Undermines U.S. policy on Iran, often even supporting the propaganda of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
You will not believe the examples the report sites, it will make you either laugh until you cry, or just simply cry? A pro American narrative is in VOA’s mission statement, and they reportedly had requested an additional $50 million in taxpayer funding from the Congress just the previous year. Yes, the good old days when money was no object in the Middle East for stuff that doesn’t work. Perhaps this seemingly impossible to believe report will make a little more sense when I tell you that VoA hired MSNBC producers, and they didn’t speak Farsi, the primary language.
For those of you that have never heard of Voice of America (VOA,) it is essentially a crappy version of Russia’s far more popular, RT (Russian TV.) A good analogy would be to compare the ratings of FOX News and MSNBC, as a good example. To keep it simple (and historically accurate) we can use VoA’s to represent MSNBC barrel bottom ratings, and RT’s ratings can be more realistically represented by FOX News. Why anyone would be surprised that by hiring MSNBC producers, you would get the same dismal results in the ratings.
So much of what you hear in the news following the 2016 Presidential election, is how Russia was meddling in our sovereign, democratic election process – again. U.S. officials on both sides of the isle express their feigned outrage,while the U.S. Government run VoA goes plugging right along, messing with the sovereignty of other nations elections. The hypocrisy is so thick, you can cut it with a knife. The real outrage should be that we’re getting our asses kicked by the Russians in social media, broadcast radio, TV PSYOP (Psychological Operations) and IO (Information Operations) like hacking.
One obvious explanation for VoA having ratings comparable to MSNBC, is that we contracted MSNBC producers to provide propaganda for America’s foreign policy narrative in Iran. One can only assume this liberal infiltration is systemic throughout VOA’s global presence. Going at least as far back as the beginning of George W. Bush’s second term, strange things began to happen with VOA’s political agenda,
The VOA’s Persian services Washington, D.C. office was managed by an Iranian/American Sheila Ganji, and it was her VOA email address published on WikiLeaks that came up in an unrelated search. According to an intra-agency report, I go into more detail on this in another post, www.blogspot.pfc40book.com and on our weekly podcast at http://www.spreaker.com/show/the-swamp. I pushed to use the public, VoA proxy servers used at that time to help Iranians get outside information, but found out Obama had cut funding for these servers within his first month or so in office. Looking back over the last 8 years of Obama, I can’t help but see a connection to him with Iran, which we are not party to.
Here is the link to NewsMax Story
According to the NewsMax article, a U.S. Interagency steering group submitted a report stating, “neither network has been effective at representing the views of the U.S. government, a mission defined in VOA’s charter, let alone at promoting democracy.”
In one broadcast, NewsMax reported the following;
In one April 18, 2006, program devoted to Iran’s nuclear program, for example, VOA News invited two nuclear “experts.” One of them was a Mr. Nakhai.
“VOA News did not describe his academic and/or professional affiliations. As it turns out, Mr. Nakhai was an adviser to the Iranian regime and a defender of its nuclear policy,” the report found.
Another show, broadcast on April 14, 2006, was devoted to U.S. policy toward Iran, inviting guests who were almost uniformly critical of the administration.
Here is what NewsMax quoted as the most “stunning” example;
Perhaps the most stunning comments were made by Hoover Institution scholar Abbas Milani, who recently has been called to testify in Congress as an “expert” on the pro-democracy movement in Iran by Rep. Tom Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
In a segment devoted to Iranian human rights abuses, Milani was asked how can a country that violates human rights be a defender of international human rights?
“I think that what you are saying is 100% correct, that is why the U.S. is in a problematic position because of this,” Milani replied. “An America that has the Guantanamo Bay jail in it, an America in which minorities, blacks, have suffered from legal deprivations, without a doubt has international issues with regards to this. . . .”
The VOA host thanked Milani for his answer. “Of course, the country I was referring to as the violator of human rights which cannot be a defender of international human rights was the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.
My jaw just dropped to the ground when I first read that. I hope all of yours did as well. I have much more detail on this subject in my forthcoming book, “Victim of the Swamp.” I am trying to get a message out on a topic I have been paid heavily to corrupt, social media/fake news. As you can image, I am not getting a lot of support from online journalists. We need your help in retweeting this article to your friends and family.