There are many Americans who are under the illusion that we have a free press, and that we have freedom of information. They think this is true because all Americans are taught that Freedom of the Press is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Thus sometimes I cover certain topics, and the argument against it is sometimes, "Surely this will be all over the media." This is simply not true. Major media corporations are under the control of large corporations. Media serves for entertainment, and thus helps in brainwashing people to constantly buy things to support a consumer economy. Thus materialism is valued over spirituality. But here is one thing many people do not know: the CIA has well placed assets within major media corporations.
Thus we should be wary in accepting what the government says, or what the media says, as an "absolute source of truth." This is a logical fallacy: it is called Argument from Authority. This logical fallacy is not only used by the media as a means of brainwashing, but it is also the means used in religion to keep the minds of the people under control. It is a method that is as old as Babylon. It affects the way we think about government, and the way we think about religion. It effectively places our minds in a prison.
In the 1950s, certain events began taking place and the U.S. government and military wanted to keep them hidden from the public. This led to the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Nominally they are only supposed to act against foreign countries, but that is also simply not true. In the 1950s, the CIA decided to take control over the media and the free press. This is known as Operation Mockingbird:
Operation Mockingbird is a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, and was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA's views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating units of the CIA.So how do they do this? They place key operatives in each media corporation, or simply just bribe journalists. Does it still happen? Yes it does. From German Journalist Blows Whistle On How The CIA Controls The Media:
Key people were recruited to work unofficially for the CIA, beginning in the 1950s:“I was bribed by billionaires, I was bribed by the Americans to report…not exactly the truth.”- Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of one of Germany’s main daily publications, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
In 1948, Frank Wisner was appointed director of the Office of Special Projects (OSP). Soon afterwards, OSP was renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), which became the CIA's covert action branch. Wisner was told to create an organization that concentrated on "propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world". Later that year, Wisner established Mockingbird, a program to influence foreign media. Wisner recruited Philip Graham from The Washington Post to run the project within the industry. According to Deborah Davis in Katharine the Great, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles."So how does this affect the way we think? In many ways. The media will want to do the following:
1. To trust the financial system without question, and prevent proper oversight of world finance.The list goes on and on. It is a documented fact: for important topics we do not have a free press. The internet has begun to break this control, as well as smaller independent organizations. Note that television has the potential to become a very useful educational tool. And yet it is filled with absolute junk. Whether we like it or not, humans are suggestible, and few question what they are told unless they educate themselves. The methods are simple: control the agenda, control the questions and answers, and when necessary, keep repeating a lie over and over until people believe it.
2. To increase monetary profits for corporations, and prevent corporate oversight.
3. To support U.S. sponsored wars without question.
4. To create a fear of enemies, such as terrorists, in order to justify wars and implement laws for population control.
5. To have unquestioned support for the State of Israel, and to completely blackout the genocide they commit against native Palestinians.
6. To completely blackout any objective reporting on UFO sightings, and make it an object of ridicule.
7. To create hatred against Islam and Muslims, in order to implement political control over the resources of the Middle East.
THE POWER OF TRUTH AND THE OPPOSING POWER OF PERVERTED MIND CONTROL
Spiritual and personal power comes from the power of truth. In the revelations of the New Church, this is repeated over and over, for there are two aspects of the Divine: Divine love and Divine truth. It is through Divine truth, knowing, learning, and living it, that one's personal faults and sins become exposed. When truth is perverted and mixed with falsehood, this is known as spiritual profanation. It destroys the power of truth. When people use the truth for their own selfish purposes, that again becomes a profanation of the truth.
In ancient times, some of these methods of mind control were well known, and became secret arts of the priesthood and false prophets to control and manipulate people. In the revelations of the New Church, there is something that is a surprise to many: these methods of mind control and propaganda is called witchcraft, enchantments and sorcery. In the dark ages, and in modern times, the definitions of these words has been perverted to such an extent, that sometimes an actual spiritual gift is labelled as "witchcraft." But that is not the meaning of the word. It is a form of perverting the truth. In the book of Exodus, there is this following commandment:
You shall not permit a sorceress to live (Ex. 22:18).This is seen by many as primitive and out of date, and was perhaps used in the Dark Ages for witch hunts. But that is not the meaning of the word. It is for those who pervert the truth with falsehood, and then teach and manipulate others by perverting the truth. Swedenborg, who is focused on the spiritual side of things, always relates his statements to the church, but in reality it is applicable to everyday life, even to those outside the church:
"A sorceress" signifies those in whom something of the church is conjoined to the falsities of the evil of self-love; "thou shalt not cause to live" signifies the deprivation of spiritual life. (Heavenly Arcana, n. 9187)Thus in the spiritual church this commandment is no longer a justification for the death penalty, but rather in the spiritual sense it means those who engage in such activities will lose something in their spiritual life. For spiritual life is dependent on good and truth. When one perverts the truth towards falsehood, it becomes a justification for evil. So methods of propaganda and mind control fall under this commandment. It is a universal spiritual law:
"A sorceress. That this signifies those in whom something of the church is conjoined to the falsities of the evil of self-love, is evident from the signification of sorcery, as the falsities of the evil of self-love conjoined with such things as are of the church. There are two things which make heaven and thus spiritual life with man, truth of faith in the Lord and good of love to Him. And there are two things which make hell and thus spiritual death with man, the falsity of faith and the evil of self-love. The two latter are conjoined in those who are in hell, and make the infernal marriage; but the two former are conjoined in those who are in heaven, and make the heavenly marriage." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 9188)Some may wonder, why are women targeted in this commandment? In the spiritual sense, women and the female sex represent affections of the will, the emotional side. Men and the male sex represent the truth, the intellectual side. Together they make a marriage, for love and truth must be conjoined. When the truth is perverted, one can engender hatred and fear in the will. They way "sorcery" works is to repeat a statement over and over and over, until someone takes it to mind and commits to a course of action. When looked at objectively, it can be completely illogical. When the truth is perverted, this logical side of things is disabled, and one can get people to do very evil things. As religion in itself is persuasive, thus religious brainwashing can cause people to commit very stupid terrorist acts.
The other reason why women are targeted in this, is that many women use it to control their husbands when they wish to dominate them. They will suspend any discussion of what is true and false. They then engage in repeating the same thing over and over, until consent is obtained and the course of action is committed. It is something women do not wish men to know about. It can be used for both good and evil, as wives are needed to moderate the men.
The persuasive power of perverted truth, combined with the desire for power, is what is known as sorcery:
"This conjunction it is which is signified in the internal sense by sorceries. The reason why these falsities are falsities of the evil of self-love, is, that all evil springs principally from that love, and falsity as well as evil, since they cohere together. Thus it is plain that in such persons there is no spiritual life, because it has been destroyed by falsities of evil; and so far as they have conjoined these falsities to truths, so much of spiritual life have they extinguished in themselves; and since instead of being alive they thus have become dead, it is said, Thou shalt not suffer them to live." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 9188.2)The Divine opinion on matters such as propaganda and media control, or using false religion, is not favorable:
"That sorceries or witchcrafts are such falsities, is also plain in Micah: I will cut off the cities of thy land, and will throw down all thy strongholds: I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers (v. 11, 12) — where the cities of the land stand for the false doctrinals of their church, which are called witchcrafts, because they destroy the truths of faith. In Nahum: Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well-favoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts (iii. 4) — where whoredoms are perversions of truth, and witchcrafts falsities therefrom." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 9188.5)So, from a heavenly perspective, the methods of the media for propaganda and mind control is known as a well favored harlot and whoredoms, which are "sold" to nations. In the spiritual sense nations are those who are in good, thus the whoredoms in effect pervert even what is good in people, to get them to consent to evil. Thus we can conclude:
"By sorcerers and enchantments in the Word, where they are mentioned, is signified the art of presenting falsities so that they appear as truths, and of presenting truths so that they appear as falsities, which is especially effected by fallacies." (Heavenly Arcana, n. 7297)So beware of logical fallacies, such as argument of authority, and appeals to emotion and pride, especially those that engender fear and hatred. Always check the facts, and ask if something you are told is true. Avoid generalizations. Educate yourselves to know the truth, for in truth there is power, and in ignorance there is evil.
Below is an old song, Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles. If stars are knowledges of truth, and video is media propaganda, then it is quite relevant. What prompted this blog post is I was talking to a repair man, who is from Palestine and his family is back there. The State of Israel is committing genocide against them, and this is completely blacked out in American media. Young people there are dying every day. There is a motto from the Mossad, By way of deception you shall make war.