Thursday, December 9, 2010

Who Owns Your Mind? Mind Control and the Media By Christopher Bollyn

Mass media is the most powerful tool used by the ruling class to manipulate the masses. It shapes and molds opinions and attitudes and defines what is normal and acceptable.
- "Mind Control Theories and Techniques used by Mass Media"

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
- Edward Bernays, Propaganda

As a patriotic American who is deeply dismayed by the lack of resistance to the lies of 9/11 and the criminal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I sometimes ask myself why Americans seem so apathetic in the face of such blatant injustice and evil. Either they don’t care or they are unable to see past the lies is the first logical explanation that comes to mind, but that just doesn’t make sense. Most Americans I know are very patriotic and deeply concerned about their nation. Most are able to discern fact from fiction. So what has hijacked their patriotism, corrupted their thinking, and prevents them from comprehending the outrageous criminal deception of 9/11 -- and standing up against it?

For most Americans, and other people living in modern developed societies, the mass media is the final arbiter of reality. While many Americans may have serious doubts and questions about 9/11, they believe in the “free press” and await the day the mass media will embrace the facts and evidence of what really happened. That day, however, will never come, at least not until the nexus between the military and the mass media is broken. In the absence of this correction most people will remain captive in the media's "Auschwitz of the mind," stupefied by its mind control and unable to resist the bold-faced lies of the government.

When we talk about "mind control," images of drugged and hypnotized assassins like Sirhan Sirhan may come to mind, but the process by which the media controls our minds is really very ordinary; it is as omnipresent and common as the television set in every American home.

Unlike most Americans of my age, I grew up without a television and have never owned one, so I hardly ever watch TV. Prior to my recent visit to Berlin, I hadn’t seen any television since watching the World Cup last summer. Nor do I listen to the radio.

When we visited Berlin in November, I had access to a television and watched the news on CNN and BBC World. With the 600 billion dollar quantitative easing (QE2) announced by the Federal Reserve, and the discovery of terror bombs coming from Yemen, there was certainly no shortage of news. What really disturbed me, however, was the utter shallowness of the discussion and the conspicuous omission of key facts.

On November 4, I bought the Financial Times and New York Times to see how these well-respected newspapers would report the Fed’s creation of 600 billion dollars out of thin air. Both papers simply said that the Fed “would buy an additional $600 billion in long-term Treasuries by the end of June 2011,” but nowhere did they describe how this buying of debt really works. For that, one would have to read The Web of Debt by Ellen Hodgson Brown, or a similar book that discusses how the Fed really works by creating debt to enslave the American people.

The most blatant mind control tactics were seen in the coverage of the Yemeni terror bombs that had supposedly been sent to some unnamed Jewish organization in Chicago. Photographs of the interior of the explosive-laden computer printer revealed the bomber’s return address. The evil genius who made the bomb had left the sticker with the serial number in plain sight, allowing government sleuths to track the bomb to Al Qaida in Yemen. The face of the suspected Arab culprit was then shown on the screen. The mind control exercise was complete. The fanatic Muslim fear button had been pushed once again.

Meanwhile, there were horrendous terror bombings in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, in which hundreds of people were killed, and daily reports of C.I.A. missile strikes in Pakistan. The wicked asymmetry of the War on Terror could not be more obvious. The bombs sent to Islamic countries under U.S. occupation always cause huge numbers of casualties but are never investigated, while the bombs they send to us usually fail to detonate but make the headlines and are used to instill fear in the public. To be exposed to such mind-numbing propaganda was truly disturbing and left me feeling distinctly uneasy.


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