- Published on Sunday, 03 April 2016 11:40
It used to be said, "with pen and paper you can make a mistake but with a computer, you can screw up in spades". Information communication technology (ICT) has transformed society and the political economy, mainly for the better, but technology is a double edged sword which brings benefits, often at a high price.
Pre-internet, limited information channels maintained ignorance through control of printed media, radio, TV and Hollywood. Access to limitless information on the world wide web opened the possibility of unfettered learning and global communication. The free thinking pioneers of the internet enjoyed unconstrained freedom but over time that freedom has been eroded through interference from governments and others seeking to control access and content. More sinister is governments' and intelligence services' use of surveillance technology to close down dissent.
Fostering Compliance And Obedience: The Consequence of Mass Surveillance
It wasn't until the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, that the world finally had a confirmation about the mass surveillance that the United States was conducting. Thanks to the leaked revelations, the public finally got a glimpse into the inner-workings of the worlds most impressive spying apparatus. Although we were told that the spying was needed and was established in order to catch terror plots, we find that the mass NSA phishing expedition has failed quite miserably at achieving its intended goal. However, it has worked effectively in another chilling manner and that is by way of silencing minority opinions.
ICT and the internet expanded the opportunities for PSYOPS and manipulation of public perception. Representative democracy allows people to choose and support candidates according to their political and personal preferences, based on their understanding of the political economy but if that understanding is founded on false information and misleading narratives, it is no democracy at all.
How to Hack an Election by Jordan Robertson, Michael Riley, and Andrew Willis
Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.
Electronic voting and technology generally provide the opportunity to manipulate election and referendum results directly; there is evidence of electoral fraud in both elections of George W Bush and the Scottish referendum on independence from the UK. However, irrespective of specific opportunities to vote, the overwhelming impediment to change and what perpetuates the atrocities and inequities in the world today, is the widespread ignorance of how we are being played. Our beliefs are founded on lies and misinformation, rendering us incapable of exercising wise judgement. The recent spate of false flag attacks in France and Belgium has prompted irrational acceptance of the closing down of freedom, in spite of all the evidence, both current and historic, that such attacks are specifically to manipulate perceptions. There is a long history of false flag attacks which are no longer "conspiracy theories" but openly admitted by the perpetrating governments and yet most people seem incapable of joining the dots to the present day.
Governments Admit that Much of Modern History Has Been Manipulated By False Flag Attacks by Washington's Blog
Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror
Unless we refuse to be cowed by these false narratives, the descent into servitude and perpetual war will continue. There is a clear pattern to the false flag attacks in the 21st century which follow the tradition of operation Gladio during the cold war. US imperial wars since WW2 should be viewed in this context.
We can stop this insanity but the first step is to reject false narratives by comparing and contrasting information and analysis. Over time one begins to recognise reliable sources and develop antennae to pick up when you're being lied to. The battle is for your mind.