Podcast Episode 70
Podcast Episode 70: Gossip As Governmental Gateway Drug
GOSSIP EVOLVES INTO GOVERNMENT BUILDING GOSPEL
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Sheep or Goat?
"The sheep-goat effect refers to the fact that believers in psi tend to do better than chance in psi experiments, while those who don't believe in psi or don't believe it has any relevance in psi experiments tend to score below chance in the experiments. The expression dates back to 1942 and Gertrude Schmeidler, a professor of psychology at City University of New York.* She asked her students whether they believed in psi before giving them an ESP card test. She called believers "sheep" and non-believers "goats." Sheep scored above chance at a statistically significant level, and goats scored below chance at a statistically significant level. Her results have been replicated many times, according to Mario Varvoglis."
DIS-INFO SCHOOL: STORYTELLING AS GOVERNMENTAL PROPAGANDA WEAPON
"The Defense Information School (DINFOS) is a United States Department of Defense (DoD) school located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. DINFOS fulfills the Department of Defense's need for an internal corps of professional journalists, broadcasters, and public affairs professionals. Members from all branches of the U.S. military, DoD civilians and international military personnel attend DINFOS for training in public affairs, print journalism, photojournalism, photography, television and radio broadcasting, lithography, equipment maintenance and various forms of multimedia."
Operation: Cartoon Reality
"Think James Bond meets “The Sixth Sense.”
"Freshly released CIA files, along with The Post’s interviews with psychics, spies and hostages, tell the tale of Operation Grill Flame, a paranormal intelligence program that unfolded like a Hollywood spy thriller. (Think James Bond meets “The Sixth Sense.”) In the operation, military-trained clairvoyants met more than 200 times to conjure up visions about the health, treatment and whereabouts of the Iran hostages before the hostages were finally released in January 1981. The so-called “remote viewing program” was set up by Army intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency, supported by the CIA and lasted more than 20 years before it was shut down in 1995. It was used to attempt to track everything from Soviet submarines to Chinese nuclear weapons and truckloads of drugs, under at least three different code names."
via: Commonwealth Club
"In an operation code-named Grill Flame, half a dozen psychics working inside a dimly lit room in an ancient building in Fort Meade, Maryland, ...:
"Jacobsen tends to treat the CIA and the Department of Defense as wacky and endlessly intriguing bureaucracies."
"Reading Jacobsen’s book in the Trump era makes one wonder if her hands-off reportage of obvious bullshit is not only irresponsible, but actively harmful. As skeptic Martin Gardner told Time magazine in 1973, “Belief in occultism provides a climate for the rise of a demagogue. I think this is precisely what happened in Nazi Germany before the rise of Hitler.” It is one thing to describe the stupid nonsense government researchers believed, but quite another to give the reader the impression that any of it has merit."
"The CIA, on the other hand, was not interested in whether or not Geller was genuinely paranormal, but “rather whether his capabilities are exploitable by CIA.”
"Or maybe something else is at work here. When ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency, which eventually became DARPA, the same agency Jacobsen profiled in her Pulitzer-nominated Pentagon’s Brain) researchers evaluated Geller’s supposed feats, they found loose laboratory controls, skewing of data, and bias of researchers influencing the outcomes. There is serious doubt, concluded the ARPA report, “that Geller’s accomplishment transcends the range of activities that a skillful magician can perform.” The CIA, on the other hand, was not interested in whether or not Geller was genuinely paranormal, but “rather whether his capabilities are exploitable by CIA.”
The Tax Funded Star Gate
"Stargate Project was the code name for a secret U.S. Army unit established in 1978 at Fort Meade, Maryland, by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and SRI International (a California contractor) to investigate the potential for psychic phenomena in military and domestic intelligence applications. The Project, and its precursors and sister projects, went by various code names—GONDOLA WISH, GRILL FLAME, CENTER LANE, SUN STREAK, SCANATE—until 1991 when they were consolidated and rechristened as "Stargate Project"."
source: Stargate Project - Wikipedia
Fort Meade: Psychological Operations Center
"Fort George G. Meade is a United States Army installation located in Maryland, that includes the Defense Information School, the Defense Media Activity, the United States Army Field Band, and the headquarters of United States Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, the Defense Courier Service, and Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters. It is named for George G. Meade, a general from the U.S. Civil War, who served as commander of the Army of the Potomac. The fort's smaller census-designated place includes support facilities such as schools, housing, and the offices of the Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program (MICECP)."
source: Fort George G. Meade - Wikipedia
"Inside the CIA psychic squad that helped get US hostages out of Iran"
"In a leaky old building in Fort Meade, Md., a psychic hired by American spies had a mind-bending breakthrough. It was July 1980 when a vision of a sick man on a stretcher in an airplane struck him. He and five other psychics had already spent months on a secret mission. Their job: Save the 52 Americans seized in November 1979 in the Iran hostage crisis — and spy on the Iranian captors — using only paranormal powers."
“They are going to release one of the hostages,” announced the psychic, a heavy-set 60-year-old man with glasses, whose name The Post is withholding. “I don’t know his name yet, but it’s found in a deck of cards. And he has multiple sclerosis.” Intelligence honchos were skeptical, but nevertheless sent out orders to deploy doctors. Four days later, the Iranians let go Richard Queen, a 28-year-old US Embassy worker whose poor health had spiraled downhill after 250 days in captivity. The world soon learned that Queen — whose last name is indeed a playing card — suffered from multiple sclerosis and would likely have died without specialized doctors and a quick flight out of Tehran. “We predicted some remarkable things,” said Joseph McMoneagle, a 71-year-old retired military-trained clairvoyant who worked on the operation. “We were just as effective as any spy on the ground.” Freshly released CIA files, along with The Post’s interviews with psychics, spies and hostages, tell the tale of Operation Grill Flame, a paranormal intelligence program that unfolded like a Hollywood spy thriller. (Think James Bond meets “The Sixth Sense.”)"
Annie Jacobsen: Military Propagandist
"Annie Jacobsen is an American investigative journalist, author and 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist in history. She was a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Magazine from 2009 until 2012. Jacobsen writes about war, weapons, security and secrets. Jacobsen is best known as the author of the 2011 nonfiction book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, which The New York Times called "cauldron-stirring." "
Annie Jacobsen, Military Propagandist Sells Area 51 Fantasy
"Her 2011 book, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, about the secret U.S. military base, addresses the Roswell UFO incident. It was on The New York Times Best Seller list for thirteen weeks and has been translated into six languages. Area 51 is being developed into an AMC Series with Gale Anne Hurd as Executive Producer."
"Jacobsen's 2014 book, Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America was named "perhaps the most comprehensive, up-to-date narrative available to the general public" in a review by Jay Watkins of the CIA. Operation Paperclip was named one of the Best Books of 2014 by The Boston Globe and Apple iBooks. Space historian Michael J. Neufeld gave a negative review of the book: “error-ridden, it produces no fundamentally new information, it is unbalanced, and its notes are poor.”
"The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top Secret Military Research Agency, was chosen as finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History. The Pulitzer committee described the book as "A brilliantly researched account of a small but powerful secret government agency whose military research profoundly affects world affairs." The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Amazon Editors chose Pentagon's Brain as one of the best nonfiction books of 2015."
Her next book was published in March 2017: Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis."
Annie Jacobsen:, The Military Propagandist, On Flight 327:
"In 2004, Jacobsen wrote an article about an incident she witnessed on an airplane with a group of thirteen foreign nationals on board a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. Two air marshals came out of cover during flight. FBI and Homeland Security agents met the aircraft when it landed. In May 2007, the Department of Homeland Security declassified a report about the flight. The men were identified as twelve Syrians, traveling as a musical group, and one Lebanese, their promoter, all traveling illegally on expired visas. Eight of the men had "positive hits" for past criminal records and suspicious behavior. They had been involved in an earlier incident on an aircraft which had them on the FBI watch list. However, the report noted that the musicians were not terrorists and that law enforcement assessments at the time were appropriate."
Annie Jacobsen: Military Propagandist Bibliography:
"Terror in the Skies: Why 9/11 Could Happen Again. Spence Publishing Company, 2005, ISBN 1-890626-62-7.
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, Hachette Digital, Inc., 2011, ISBN 1-4091-4113-6.
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America. Little, Brown. 11 February 2014. ISBN 978-0-316-22105-4.
The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency. Little, Brown and Company. 2015. ISBN 0316371769. OCLC 900012161.
Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis. Little, Brown and Company. 2017. ISBN 0316349364"
"During the flight, Annie Jacobsen, a writer for WomensWallStreet, believed that the men were acting suspiciously. "
"She claimed that one of the flight attendants had previously notified an air marshal on board the flight that she thought the men were acting suspiciously, but the air marshals later said that a flight attendant had merely passed on Jacobsen's concerns. Jacobsen and her husband became increasingly vocal when they believed that their concerns were not being taken seriously, to the point that air marshals believed that the couple might themselves be terrorists, trying to draw them out to reveal their identities."
"In a series of articles for WomensWallStreet titled "Terror in the Skies, Again?," Jacobsen claimed that several other Flight 327 passengers have corroborated her story. One was so frightened by what she witnessed that she no longer travels by air. Others said they were convinced they were about to die. One such passenger confirmed the story to the Washington Times. Debate over what happened on the flight became an Internet phenomenon, according to CNN's Aaron Brown. Jacobsen's articles were translated into many languages including Chinese, Swahili and German as it circulated around the globe."
source: Northwest Airlines Flight 327
AREA 51 Propaganda Sells Outer Space Mythology
"Or, even more dismaying, Edgar Mitchell, the sixth astronaut to set foot on the moon, a man who saw magisterial vistas the rest of us can only dream of. And yet, during his first night aboard Apollo 14, while he was supposed to be getting necessary sleep, he was obsessing about ESP, attempting to transmit Zener card images to a friend in a Chicago apartment. While the Apollo 14 mission was a success, the Zener card experiment was a failure. That didn’t stop Mitchell from choosing ESP over NASA: He quit the agency and set out to prove to the world that ESP was real. Mitchell’s time on the moon is the kind of thing that millions of school kids dream of doing some day; it’s a dream that spurs young men and women to study science and go into STEM careers. That someone with such a rare and fantastic opportunity would walk away from it to promote nonsense of charlatans is staggering, and speaks for the strange psychological desperation in so many of Jacobsen’s subjects."
Barry Eisler: CIA Guy and Imaginative Fiction Author
"Barry Mark Eisler (born 1964) is a best-selling American novelist. He is the author of two thriller series, the first featuring anti-hero John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin, and a second featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven. Eisler also writes about politics and language on his blog Heart of the Matter, and at the blogs CHUD, Firedoglake, The Huffington Post, MichaelMoore.com, The Smirking Chimp, and Truthout."
"After completing law school, Eisler joined the CIA, where he trained for three years afterward and held a covert position with the Directorate of Operations. In 1992, he resigned after becoming disillusioned with the bureaucracy and joined the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. In 1994, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for the firm's technology licensing division, then left to work in Japan for Matsushita. In 1999, he returned to the Bay Area to join a startup. In 2003, he started writing full-time, when he sold the rights to his debut novel, Rain Fall, the first of his series featuring John Rain."
NEWS JOURNALISTS NEVER REALLY QUESTION UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS
News journalists make for great witting and unwitting governmental propaganda agents. The News system itself, the format, requires that news journalists lack critical reasoning. Logical questioning is usually avoided in favor of mental misdirection and appropriate propaganda tangent.
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Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America Annie Jacobsen. (Little, Brown & Company, 2014) 575 pp., endnotes, bibliography, index. Reviewed by the CIA's Jay Watkins
"As World War II ended, the race was on with the Soviet Union to seize as many German scientists as possible in anticipation of the Cold War. The full story has remained elusive until now. Operation Paperclip, by Annie Jacobsen, provides perhaps the most comprehensive, up-to-date narrative available to the general public. Her book is a detailed and highly readable account of the program. Jacobsen compiled extensive primary and secondary sources, duly annotated in over 100 pages of notes and bibliography. In it are many new sources, among them US government records (President Clinton’s “Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act”), German archival records, first-person accounts, memoirs, and letters. The book also contains a useful index and biographies of the principal players."
"In 1949, the CIA created the Office of Scientific Intelligence. Its first director, Dr. Willard Machle, traveled to Germany to set up a special program to interrogate Soviet spies. The CIA believed the Russians had developed mind-control programs and wanted to know how US spies would hold up against this capability if caught. He also aimed to explore the feasibility of creating a “Manchurian candidate” through behavioral modification. Thus, Operation Bluebird was born. Bluebird, later called MKULTRA, was a research activity experimenting in behavioral engineering of humans."
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi - CIA (https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol-58-no-3/operation-paperclip-the-secret-intelligence-program-to-bring-nazi-scientists-to-america.html)