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[After lecturing in seven cities (Sydney,
Sacramento, Chico, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto)
in less than four weeks Mike Ruppert remembers that his
main role in life is writing.]
June 21, 2002 (FTW) -- COINTELPRO, or Counter-Intelligence Program,
was a massive intelligence-based government operation turned
loose on the citizens of the U.S. during the 1960s and '70s.
In the late-'70s COINTELPRO operations, largely (but not
exclusively) coordinated from within the FBI, were thoroughly
exposed thanks to the work of the late Senator Frank Church
and many others. Tens of thousands of pages of FBI records,
as well as those from the CIA's sister operation, MH-CHAOS,
were entered into the congressional record detailing the
extent the power elites had gone to in order to control
public opinion and fragment opposition. At one point the
FBI alone had some 35,000 paid informants acting as spies,
provocateurs and disinformation agents throughout the American
left. Now, they're on both sides of that outdated intellectual
Anyone wanting to understand the intensity,
style and flavor of the government's post-9-11 efforts to
silence questioners and critics must take the time to read
"The COINTELPRO Papers" (South End Press) by AIM
activist and Professor Ward Churchill. This is a basic primer
to understand how dissent is controlled and neutralized
from within dissident groups.
Also not to be overlooked are the records
of the CIA's Operation Mockingbird which detail the agency's
infiltration and control of the major media as well as its
use of journalists to sometimes act as case officers in
intelligence operations. It was the agency's control of
the media that prompted CIA executive Frank Wisner to once
boast, "I can play the media like a mighty Wurlitzer."
Wisner's son, Frank, Jr. currently sits on the board of
directors of the insurance giant AIG, which FTW has previously
connected to the international drug trade.
The post-9-11 world, however, is vastly
different from the '60s and '70s. One of the few bright
spots emerging is that the U.S. government's explanation
of the attacks has been rapidly and sometimes laughably
losing credibility. Another is the fact that tried and true
tactics of opinion control are proving ineffective in stemming
the slide of the government's credibility index.
Publishing on May 29 at Indymedia.org,
writer Dennis Shipman (www.eastnymanagement.net) tells us
the tale of one of three current or former FBI agents revealing
damning information suggesting U.S. government foreknowledge
of the attacks and additional actions which indicate that
the government allowed the attacks to happen. Shipman's
story, "The Spook Who Sat Behind the Door" focuses
on former FBI agent and now college professor Tyrone Powers.
On May 19 Powers took to the radio airwaves in Maryland
to state that he had credible evidence suggesting that the
Bush Administration had allowed the attacks in order to
further a hidden agenda. Powers' position is almost identical
to that of FTW. In closing his account of the Powers interview,
Shipman writes, "The alternative press has been relentless
in its reporting on this subject
It is important to note that the alternative
press of today is not the same as the alternative press
of yesterday. Once proud and defiant protectors of free
thinking and direct challenges to government propaganda
have become, as Jefferson might well have noted, entrenched
financial powers that suffer not only from the weight of
their own vested interests, but also from the placement
within their ranks of intelligence "assets." In
the wake of the attacks of last September they have trotted
out their trusty cannons to debunk the likes of me and a
dozen or so other "go for broke" journalists,
and they have failed miserably.
First, they have failed to recognize that
the Internet has given birth to a much more sophisticated
core cadre of researchers who have access to and are trained
to focus only on documented fact. These researchers, many
with their own constituencies, operate from the premise
that any rational explanation of 9-11 must conform to the
facts that are known about 9-11.
Second, they have drawn attention to themselves
by making their attacks on the basis of personality or irrelevant
issues that actually erode their core support. They have
avoided discussing facts that are now readily available
Third, they have used '60s and '70s criteria
to attempt to define the debate. For the most part, epithets
like left/right wing, anti-Semitic and even the progressively
clichéd "conspiracy theorist" have done
little to arouse opposition for the work of these journalists.
As I have said over and over again, since Sept. 12, 2001,
we have been living in a new paradigm. That paradigm resonates
in a different frequency and "consumers" of news
and information know the difference between junk food, and
food which nourishes them.
On this last speaking tour through Canada
I was greeted in three cities by very nasty press stories
linking me to lizards, Elvis and calling me a money-grubbing
opportunist. All of these stories referred almost exclusively
to the same two sources, who I consider to be government
assets. Yet, in each of the three cities -- Calgary, Edmonton
and Vancouver -- I was faced with a sell-out and wildly
enthusiastic crowd. I am especially grateful to the 600
people who braved the sweltering heat to stay for four hours
and give me two standing ovations in Vancouver.
Nasty and apparently coordinated press
attacks from a local radio station and a so-called "alternative"
newspaper in L.A. have done nothing to weaken local support
for FTW or our position. In fact, the attacks seem to have
gone largely unnoticed. My speaking schedule throughout
the fall is filling up, and the phone is still ringing off
The key to understanding all of this is
the true and justified sense of urgency that now exists
as never before. The U.S. government is being run as a criminal
enterprise and that fact is becoming increasingly hard to
hide. One of my great heroes, the late USAF Col. L. Fletcher
Prouty, was paraphrased in the movie "JFK" as
saying, "people are fundamentally suckers for the truth."
With all due respect to the man who taught me how to think
in many areas and how to see that a conspiracy on the order
of 9-11 could have been carried out with only a few insiders'
participation, I think a better way to say it is that people
know, from the taste in their mouth and the feeling in their
stomachs and the overall state of their health, when they
are being fed B.S. and when they are being fed health food
by someone who cares about their safety.
Throughout July and August FTW will be
concentrating on bringing you many new hard and explosive
news stories. Journalism is what we do, and I can hardly
wait to get back to it.