COINTELPRO 2.0 and US Propaganda

Posted: February 17, 2011 in Distrust of Godzilla Govt.
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By Sheila Dean

In recent days following the Egyptian revolution I have witnessed a disturbing placement of US propaganda that should not be ignored.

First, lets recall the news cycle events up for interpretation.

People reading and watching the news were exhilarated by seeing Egypt’s non-violent revolution reset government process in their country.

I seem to remember that Wikileaks dropped a cable about the US using Egypt as an rendering site to torture detainees.  I would say that information was more of a tipping point for Egyptians who didn’t want that type of US involvement or for Egypt to become the helpless target of rhetorical outrage from countries in the region occupied by American military.  Right around that time, Google Executive for North Africa, Wael Ghonim, organized a protest from a Facebook page which caught fire and took off.  I think Egyptians had their fill of a dictatorship and simply took matters into their own hands.  They didn’t care if they died or came to harm.

And people did die in this revolution.

Shortly after that, Hosni Mubarak cut electronic communications:  Internet, mobile, TV and started imprisoning journalists.  Wael Ghonim was captured and released 11 days later.   During that time some of the electronic communications were restored and Google created a special call in for tweets with details of the protest. Waves of unrelenting dissent crashed onto the streets of Cairo.  Hosni Mubarak finally relinquished his seat to military oversight after 18 days of  protests and vigils.  With or without the US approval, the people saw that their demands were met.

Then there were the reports that Facebook, Twitter and Google – giants of the Internet, yet unregulated and still considered the last bastion of freedom in the United States- were key players in creating a successful, organized, peaceful revolution in an Arabic country.

To bring peace and liberty to the middle east is the most powerful thing in the world.

THE LENS OF US PROPAGANDA

Yesterday, many people read the US Secretary of State, statement of “support” for digital revolutions to aid democracy abroad.

This would be the same Secretary of State who is still working feverishly on extraditing Julian Assange from abroad, through possible entrapment over alleged  rape charges, prosecuting Wikileaks for outing US misdeeds to the world.

Support for the digital revolution might look like another promotion for Facebook, where all major news networks are driving traffic to promote organizing “democratic dissent” in the United States.

It worked wonders for organizers in Egypt.  However, if a US populist uprising were organized on Facebook to reject the direction of the government, it wouldn’t work as smoothly as it did in Egypt.

Facebook appears to be a partner with the FBI, handing over user profile information to US Intelligence agencies on a silver platter. Twitter censored or supressed tweets over Wikileaks’ cablegate releases.  Google is always sitting precariously on the fence with the US national security State.  In November, 2010 DHS yanked 80 websites off the Internet.

Furthermore, while COINTELPRO 2.0 proceeds, anti-war, civil libertarian activists and innocent apolitical citizens nationwide are being raided and illegally surveilled under watches instituted by the Patriot Act and practice of “reasonable indication” policing policy.  Last week the Patriot Act was defeated in the House and proceeded to the Senate.  This Monday it returned for reauthorization and was passed through the House with a vote 275 -144.

It seems like dissent & liberty for the United States is icing quietly while the Secretary of State now postures as the goodwill ambassador of digital organizing for democratic governance.

Yesterday, former DHS Secretary, Michael Chertoff sat on a panel with privacy and information security expert, Bruce Schneier at the RSA Conference discussing the prospects of creating a cybersecurity agency akin to a “TSA for the Internet“.

Today, if I were to hedge a guess, President Obama, Steve Jobs, Cybersecurity czar, Howard Schmidt, and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, are going into a room to discuss the handling of American dissent. [UPDATE HERE. 12/18]

ANONYMITY, DISSENT & PROPAGANDA

It’s important to have a moment of sobriety, acknowledging all of this is happening before our eyes in real time.  Dissenters in an arab nations are safer from US censorship, repression and criminalization than we are.   It’s common knowledge, if you are a muslim or an arab in America and you have a Facebook page, you are automatically a person of interest to federal intelligence agencies and a surveillance target.

In Egypt, citizens flashed their identity on cameras as if to say, “Come find me so I can resist you in person,” to Mubarak’s government.  It really bothered me hearing Anderson Cooper interpret this as Egyptians proudly flashing their national identity cards and passports as a point of patriotic pride, conceding to militarized checkpoints as a point of order to qualify for entry at a democratic protest as news on CNN.

Now, I don’t trust CNN- the most trusted source in news – because the Secretary of State is manipulating domestic news messaging to maintain appearances of superficial liberty, while visceral legislative battles continue in Congress to scale down US domestic liberties.

It stands to be said the most successful force of reckoning towards the US government abroad has been a group of Anonymous hackers.   Let’s just pray they maintain a policy of non-violence, as American popular dissent bottlenecks behind Internet limitations, warrantless wiretapping, and social surveillance.

SEE ALSO:  FBI–“We’re not demanding encryption back doors.”

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