Years before the formal inauguration of the “War on Terror” following the September 11, 2001 “terror attacks” the CIA has shaped the way news media recognized, defined and reported on “terrorism.” This continues to be accomplished via “word adaptations that will exclude state terrorists and capture only the petty terror of small groups and individuals,” classifying the latter as “international terrorism,” notes economist and media critic Edward S. Herman.

The CIA defines “international terrorism” as “’Terrorism conducted with the support of a foreign government or organization and/or directed against foreign nationals, institutions, or governments.’” Thus countries having friendly relations with the United States and its allies that perchance may be directly carrying out terrorist activities on their subject populations are removed from consideration.

“In short,” Herman observes, “if you use ‘death squads’ to kill 7,000 of your own citizens, this is ‘terrorism’ but not ‘international terrorism.’ Unless, of course, you do this with ‘the support of a foreign government.’” Throughout the Cold War the US government provided direct aid to dictatorial regimes in South America, Africa, and Asia that has dwarfed Soviet backing of independent organizations such as the Irish Republican Army or the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Yet the CIA and in turn the news media address this stark contradiction “[b]y simply assuming, without the slightest discussion, that the United States is not supporting any official terrorists—only Libya and the Soviet Union do that sort of thing; the United States only supports independent governments, protecting them against terrorists, by definition.”

Edward S. Herman, The Real Terror Network: Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda, Boston: South End Press, 1982, 21-23.

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11 thought on “The CIA and the Media: Historical Fact #79”
  1. The United States of America is today a terrorist criminal outlaw nation. For example it is an illegal invader in Syria with zero legal permission or authority to be there. The recent attack and the one last year were totally illegal without any declaration of war by Congress all based on fake false flag lies. We are committing crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and aiding the criminals in Israel commit illegal criminal acts against Palestinians. The monopoly media routinely lie to our citizens about these criminal acts around the world. The four star generals are all a shameful disgrace to our Constitution and their meaningless uniforms and meaningless oaths of office. Obviously they stood down when Israel attacked us on 9/11/01 aided by traitors Bush and Cheney and did nothing to defend the country that day, their most basic responsibility. All should be sitting in a jail cell for life. Instead they retire on lavish pensions. America is gone. It is only a matter of time now. The U.S. is described perfectly by two time medal of honor recipient General Smedley Butler in “War is a Racket” published before WWII. Most of the population are nothing but brainwashed ignorant fools who could care less about any of these crimes of their gangster nation all over the planet in their good names. The U.S. Government is nothing but gangsters, hoodlums and terrorists terrorizing the world and destroying the planet for self gratification.
    Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

    1. Here is a link and brief quote from the article documenting that Israel did 9/11/01 but sought to blame their evil deeds on innocent Muslims:
      • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower 107th Floor) every morning. [5] but broke this routine on the morning of 11 September 2001. Silverstein’s two children, who also worked in the WTC, were also absent from work that day. Larry Silverstein was paid a little over $4.5 Billion in insurance money as a result of the destruction of the WTC complex. [6] Silverstein was on personal friendship terms with Zionist media-magnate Rupert Murdoch, former Israeli president Ariel Sharon, as well as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Silverstein was such good friends with Netanyahu that, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz he would speak with him on the phone every sunday. [7]
      • Video – Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?”

    2. Here is a link to “War is a Racket” by two time medal of honor winner General Smedley D. Butler and a brief quote: Quote:
      War Is A Racket
      “WAR is a racket. It always has been.
      It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
      A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
      In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.
      How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?
      Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few — the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.
      And what is this bill?
      This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.
      For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.
      Again they are choosing sides. France and Russia met and agreed to stand side by side. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar agreement. Poland and Germany cast sheep’s eyes at each other, forgetting for the nonce [one unique occasion], their dispute over the Polish Corridor.
      The assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia] complicated matters. Jugoslavia and Hungary, long bitter enemies, were almost at each other’s throats. Italy was ready to jump in. But France was waiting. So was Czechoslovakia. All of them are looking ahead to war. Not the people — not those who fight and pay and die — only those who foment wars and remain safely at home to profit.”

    3. WELL SAID.

      The US Military, the elected leadership, and the alphabet agencies administrators are all sellouts to Israel.. Traitors bought and paid for by an Enemy Within. The are frauds in costume in the service of fraudsters.

  2. Excerpt from book by Doctor Stanley Monteith, M.D.

    Brotherhood of Darkness

    “Shortly after World War I began, our newspapers started printing stories about German atrocities. They claimed that German soldiers were cutting off the hands of Belgian boys, raping Belgian women and cutting off their breasts. The stories continued until people believed them and felt we had a moral obligation to intervene in the war. Why did newspapers print those stories?

    On February 9, 1917, Congressman Oscar Callaway inserted the following statement in the Congressional Record.
    In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests. . . and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the United States. These 12 men worked the problem out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers. This contract is in existence at the present time, and it accounts for the news columns of the daily press of the country being filled with all sorts of preparedness arguments. . . .9

    By 1917, J.P. Morgan and his associates controlled twenty-five of our most influential newspapers. The atrocity stories were designed to raise public support for American entry into World War I. ”


    1. Lies deceitfully packaged as news intended to manipulate the emotions of good people who instinctively shunned the European War. On the campaign trail Woodrow Wilson promised to stay out of the war, a war he already intended to join due to The Balfour Declaration. Rothschild promised America’s entry on the side of England through the coordinated efforts of Zionist Jews in the newspaper business and halls of government on the condition England promised them Occupied Palestine. Thus the atrocity shock propaganda which preceeded the Lusitiania cruise liner sacrifice.

      Preconditioning the public then shocking them into spilling the blood of their young adults for the benefit of Zionist Jews had been going on for over 100 years.

  3. History as taught in my public school was useless for understanding the true nature of what District of Columbia is and why it needed to be separate from Maryland. The first thing you think of is when they commit a crime, it’s exempt from the law enforcement of Maryland. DC would have their own and be left alone to do more as they pleased. Was the FBI created to chase criminals across any state boundary and make up for each state’s lack of jurisdiction ? Or was it created more to cover up the twisted activities of DC’s corrupted elites? That was Eustace Mullen’s conclusion, the last of Ezra Pound’s proteges which included Yates, TS Elliott and Hemingway. Mullen’s youtube lectures are numerous and entertaining. G Edward Griffin gets all the credit for exposing the Federal Reserve, but much of Mullen’s research came straight from the Library of Congress. Mullen was gang stalked by the FBI for decades before anyone heard of such a thing. When people wonder why Congress acts against the best interests of the US, it’s simple. They work for the corporation known as the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a Delaware based corporation. That has little to do with the actual states like Maryland and Virginia etc. They don’t write most legislation, outfits like the Rand Corporation does that. It’s why Bills are so long and impossible to read. Deep inside is buried the evil things they plan for us. Once the CIA was started, there was no stopping it from conducting foreign policy as they pleased, especially after they became a self funded criminal enterprise. Everyone wonders why we have military bases in most countries on Earth. They are called lily pads to run criminal enterprises from with impunity from local authorities. Which country has the balls enough to go bust the US military running drugs out of their base anywhere they want? Here’s Eustce’s bit on the creation of the CIA

      1. Yes, dave kraft, thank you for that short 8-minute video clip of Eustace Mullins. It was jam packed with great information. I am now motivated to go back and watch other videos on the web of Eustace Mullins’ as he is such a wonderful quality information source.

        I think Mr. Mullins gave a good objective body of truth regarding the relationship of the banking powers and the “Zionist Jewish” interests, but he did not always make the best distinctions in defining his terms.

        I personally adhere to the idea that we need to be careful in exactly who we mean when we say “Jews.” That is a big trap and one of many tricks of the deceivers.

        There are those “who say they are Jews but are not” and there are apparently those of “all Israel” in the end times.

        To me, the more I study, the more I see that it is those “who say they are Jews but are not” who are the major deceivers in this world system. They do not care one whit about the people of Israel, the nation of Israel except as a vehicle to take over all of the Middle Eastern countries, nor those who are called “Zionists.” That is all crafty cover for those who want a

        One World Death and Slavery System For ALL.


        I know thy tribulation and thy poverty, but thou art rich: and thou art blasphemed by them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
        Apocalypse 2:9


        Behold, I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie. Behold, I will make them to come and adore before thy feet. And they shall know that I have loved thee.
        Apocalypse 3: 9
        And so all Israel should be saved, as it is written: There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
        Romans 11:26

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