This piece by Gordon I found illuminating, in particular how it shows some of the mechanics and intricacies of “disinfo campaigns”, and how they are put into action, and carried out. The more aware we become of these things, I sense, the less effective “disinfo campaigns” become. “Sorry about that, Abe (Foxman), Rupert (Murdoch), Fox, MSNBC, NBC, etc. MSM, and hired writers, trolls, cute news readers, ugly news readers, etc., etc., etc… Your game is up!” (“But we still send our Love to you…”)
“It is the assessment of counter-intelligence specialists affiliated with VT that the ADL has just published an attack on Iran’s Press TV in an attempt to cover for what appears to be an intelligence penetration of that publication by the Israeli security services.
“We have identified a number of instances where Press TV has been complicit in psychological warfare operations against Iraq and Syria on behalf of Israel or perhaps Saudi Arabia. We identify one in this article and the havoc it caused.
“We believe that operating between the US, Israel and Iran is a terrorism/espionage ring. Were some of us working in our old occupations here at home, we would have brought this to our respective organizations. We believe they would have sanctioned a response.
“VT took down Assange and Wikileaks as an Israeli intelligence operation. We were backed up by Zbigniew Brzezinsky and his excellent analysis of Wikileaks as subservient to a spy organization…
“We are the prime movers in the US political realignment away from Israel. We did it all out of love of country, love of our families and love of justice. VT did this as an organization of military and intelligence specialists and academics of all races and religions. Honor knows no bounds.”
Uncovered: Links between the ADL, Israeli intelligence and Press TV, a carefully staged attack meant to restore the credibility of a “burned” asset
It is the assessment of counter-intelligence specialists affiliated with VT that the ADL has just published an attack on Iran’s Press TV in an attempt to cover for what appears to be an intelligence penetration of that publication by the Israeli security services.
This “cover and deception” operation contains key flaws. We searched for inclusion in the ADL “hit list” which I always head, inclusion of writers now virtually controlling Press TV that we have identified as potential Israeli agents. Their names were not included, a huge error by the ADL and Israeli intelligence.
Press TV provides travel money and stipends to authors who are willing to follow their now heavily censored “party line.” Other Press organizations in Iran are still well run and uncensored, unlike Press TV which, frankly, seems to be controlled out of Tel Aviv.
We have identified a number of instances where Press TV has been complicit in psychological warfare operations against Iraq and Syria on behalf of Israel or perhaps Saudi Arabia. We identify one in this article and the havoc it caused.
Read more at VT…
The ADL “Fan Letter” to Press TV
Moreover, quotes of statements made by me and others as evidence of Press TV’s antisemitism are, in actuality, falsified. In fact, the statements the ADL uses are almost gentle and quite reasonable. They replaced real statements which were both scathing and truthful with ones they wrote themselves. Mike Harris says the same, the quotes are fabricated, silly and the charges of his involvement with John McCain’s “National Socialist Movement” are pathetic. Mike is an Obama supporter, as much as possible anyway.
There is a problem with this; some many months ago, after Hamid Emadi of Press TV’s newsroom took over all operations at that organization, a radical change came about. The Viewpoints section of Press TV, providing over 90% of their readership, was gutted.
Their most popular authors, always a 1-2-3 with me in the lead most often, or maybe Kevin Barret, followed by Jim W. Dean. Suddenly submitted articles were kicked out, censored, or listed as lost, not just a few but dozens. It was not atypical for articles to bring tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of Facebook referrals. Suddenly almost everything was now from Paul Craig Roberts or Hamid Emadi himself.
We began discerning a pattern. As a nuclear settlement for Iran came closer and as relationships between the Obama administration and Israel soured, for some reason Press TV relentlessly attacked Obama, a move that could only have sent messages to Washington that Iran could not be trusted.
When editors at VT saw the damage this would do to both Iran and the United States and how it would aid Israel, we contacted Emadi. His response was less than helpful.
We contacted others we worked with in Iran and began looking into the operations of Press TV. We began to suspect that Israel had a “mole” there, something they have continually tried to do at VT for nearly a decade.
When I chaired the US delegation at the Damascus Security Conference in December, 2014, Press TV interviewed me many times along with others at our delegation. This was one of the most important conferences held in a decade with government leaders and very strong findings, not simply a “cluster/circle xxx” of failed bloggers looking for a handout.
Press TV aired none of the footage. As time went on, Press TV increasingly began running false stories picked up from news services friendly to Israel, hoaxes designed to provide aid and comfort to ISIS. One such story cited an American leader with declaring an official American policy of providing combat air support for rebel attacks against Damascus.
It became clear that Press TV was closely aligned with the AIPAC lobby in the US and often parroted the reprehensible propaganda of the Muslim hating organizations, Fox News, CNN and InfoWars.
In the interim, we had warned Iran about Christiane Amanpour. We weren’t listened to and she smeared President Rouhani labeling him as unstable and a “holocaust denier.” We had also identified Gareth Porter as a likely Israeli “hasbara” agent.
In 2014, he humiliated Iran by trashing a conference. Iran had contacted me to run background checks on the attendees. As this is not my job, I simply told them that other than Tony Hall and Kevin Barrett, and perhaps one or two others, they might have just as easily invited the Mossad.
The Press TV story about the America air armada set to attack Damascus was particularly heinous. This frightened the Syrian people to death and threw a “monkey wrench” into secret negotiations between Syria, Iraq and the United States about their conduct of the war.
It wasn’t until VT exposed the Press TV hoax and contacted government officials including the Minister of Justice directly, supplying real quotes and real translations, debunking the Press TV hoax, that Damascus could return to normal everyday activities.
Today, the new “Press TV” is a shadow of the old. Its policies toward Israel could hardly be called “anti-Semitic,” though in truth, as most know, the studies at Johns Hopkins of the Jewish Genome proved that few if any Jews in Israel are Semites.
Be that as it may, a careful analysis of Press TV has established a very high probability that they are coordinating efforts with Israeli intelligence and have joined such organizations as InfoWars with Alex Jones and Paul Craig Roberts in trying to undermine the nuclear settlement with Iran and to keep sanctions going.
It isn’t that InfoWars and Roberts don’t occasionally call Israel out, it is that they do it in a way that Israel loves to see, typical of “controlled opposition,” sticking to “non-redline” subjects and always using weak and ineffective material.
By standards of psychological warfare and counter-intelligence, we have established a very high probability of a relationship between the ADL and Israeli intelligence with Press TV and certain columnists writing for them.
We have identified hoax stories and patterns of story “seeding” and disinformation damaging to the security of the United States and Iran. We have also found a very high probability of operations targeting Iraq and Syria as well.
We believe that operating between the US, Israel and Iran is a terrorism/espionage ring. Were some of us working in our old occupations here at home, we would have brought this to our respective organizations. We believe they would have sanctioned a response.
VT took down Assange and Wikileaks as an Israeli intelligence operation. We were backed up by Zbigniew Brzezinsky and his excellent analysis of Wikileaks as subservient to a spy organization. Over the years, we have exposed AIPAC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and SPLC as “fronts.”
We are the prime movers in the US political realignment away from Israel. We did it all out of love of country, love of our families and love of justice. VT did this as an organization of military and intelligence specialists and academics of all races and religions. Honor knows no bounds.
From February 2015
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
Press TV has been a victim of censorship, taken off satellites, censored on YouTube, censored by Google. You would think they know better but they don’t. There is a new Press TV in town, one knowingly fighting Netanyahu’s battles for him.
They may well want people to believe they don’t understand psychological warfare and Israel’s advanced chaos theory. The truth is, Press TV has gone down this path with eyes open, giving “lip service” to free speech and a moral agenda while doing something quite different.
Today, Netanyahu’s enemies in America are Press TV’s enemies.
Press TV, seen by most in America as the voice of Iran, is now recognized to be following a bizarre editorial agenda. There has been a decided turn in editorial policy to censor, to boycott, and to push an agenda knowing they are parroting extremist right wing and Zionist propaganda.
Over recent months, editor’s at Veterans Today have tried to communicate with Press TV where friendships had been built over the years. We now learn that Press TV personnel are prohibited from engaging VT editors in what we now know is an effort to avoid both controversy and accountability for policies seen as more than simply “unsound.”
VT writers have been their most read columnists, their most popular interviews and, by far their only real partner publication for Press TV. VT has more news bureaus and a larger active editorial staff than not just Press TV but many of the now “gutted” news services of old. VT helped Press TV grow, helped their Viewpoints section take on a wide international readership, and VT writers often broke important stories through Press TV.
Now, if an article doesn’t spread wild rumors or take on a comical aspect of amateur finger pointing, generally following the neocon materials that load email boxes every day, Press TV censors it.
There had been a clear change in policy at Press TV, one that had always dwelled on America bashing but has now become self destructive. With the clear divides in the US, the Obama administration defending and engaging Iran, preventing new sanctions and supporting talks, a clear Netanyahu driven agenda has taken over at Press TV, one tied closely to America’s neocon/extremist GOP.
It is as though Press TV is the resurrected voice of the Bush administration and, worse still, helping pave the way for Jeb Bush to be anointed president. Jeb’s first agenda is to attack Iran with nuclear weapons, something he hasn’t been a bit shy about.
It isn’t like Press TV doesn’t understand, it has been explained to them clearly: Press TV is purposefully and systematically working to make Iran into an international laughing stock and her leaders look like cardboard cutout Lotharios as well.
It isn’t that the US doesn’t deserve criticism. Obama policy in Ukraine is senseless and US alignment with Kiev is clearly criminal. It is also clear that factions within the US are behind ISIS. The problem, however, is that those factions, neocon and Zionist factions, are given a “free pass” by Press TV.
There is a clear divide in America, one largely driven by relations with Iran. How is it then that Press TV ended up on the “anti-Iran” side of things?
The answer at one time considered likely was simply that changes in management had eliminated anyone that understood geopolitical issues or political divides in the US. It has always been assumed that Israel has wanted to infiltrate Press TV, Veterans Today and Russia Today. This is a legitimate goal for Israel’s intelligence services. We can respect that and, at VT, we have been courted many times, year after year.
Where the risks have become high is in recent months. Israel, reeling from the public relations nightmare of Gaza bombings and war crimes accusations is “upping its game.” With Netanyahu’s upcoming visit a partisan nightmare, a visit with one agenda, pushing for war with Iran, it is incredible that an Iranian based publication would position itself so closely with Netanyahu’s friends in the US.
When President Obama seeks funding to fight against ISIS on behalf of Syria, Iraq and even Iran, Press TV calls it war mongering. When US bombing of ISIS wasn’t aggressive enough, America was attacked.
When it was, America was targeting Syrian infrastructure, a claim shown to have been wildly inaccurate. Should we be thankful that Press TV readership and audiences have plummeted?
VT had given Press TV all the rope in the world. We had received assurances their “crash” had been based on editorial confusion and inattentiveness. We now know different. Now when Press TV does get a story right, by the fact that they did it, the story itself is discredited. There are simple rules. Credibility and reputation are everything when fighting multimillion dollar propaganda machines. Bad spirited incompetence is no excuse.
We have long recognized that though there are many in Iran who are both progressive and highly professional, there has always been a group of narrow minded extremists, not unlike the neocons of America or the Likudists in Israel. Iran has suffered much at the hands of not only America and Israel but itself as well.
Some in Iran had no real knowledge of the outside view of Israel and their religious extremists as good partners, not realizing that Israelis are, by and large, atheists. The “goggles of religion” may well have led some into dark partnerships.
What is clear is that current editorial polices at Press TV align them more with Murdoch’s Fox News than Veterans Today. What is also clear is that their America bashing is being done in line with Israeli policy and not aligned with any legitimate dissent in the US.
We also know it is no accident.