17 December 2018
Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Really? The government of the United States of America has meddled in the elections of foreign governments since who knows when. I am really shocked at the arrogance of our elected officials suggesting that we should waste our elected official’s time and our tax money to prove or disprove this alleged activity. Even wi going back to after the end of world war II, let me bring this to your attention… Taken from : https://www.britannica.com/topic/Radio-Free-Europ
“The CIA ended its involvement in Radio Free Europe’s financing and operation in 1971, and control was transferred to a Board for International Broadcasting appointed by the U.S. president”.
More Information: Available to anyone on the internet…
RADIO FREE EUROPE.
Radio Free Europe (RFE), established in 1949, and Radio Liberty (RL), established in 1951, were the most successful propaganda vehicles of American psychological warfare during the four decades of the Cold War. The radio stations run by the United States government contributed to a great extent to the survival of democratic values and desire for freedom among the people of the Soviet bloc countries.
In June 1948 the National Security Council adopted George Kennan‘s proposal and created a new department within the CIA, the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), for conducting covert operations. Kennan’s draft stated that these operations should include propaganda, economic warfare, subversion, and assistance to underground resistance movements and refugee liberation groups. The actions had to be so planned and executed that the U.S. government could plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them. In a memorandum on 29 October 1948, Frank G. Wisner, the first head of the OPC, outlined four functional groups of the office, the first of which was in charge of “psychological warfare,” including the use of the press and radio.
The communist takeover throughout the Eastern European region in 1948 accelerated the organizational work. The National Committee for a Free Europe (NCFE), created in early 1949, assembled prominent Eastern European émigré politicians and intellectuals and established a publishing division, Free Europe Press, and two broadcasting divisions. RFE targeted the Soviet satellites in Eastern and Central Europe. RL broadcast in Russian and in the languages of the republics of the Soviet Union. The recruitment of the editorial and research staff started in 1949.
Now let’s remember that the internet didn’t exist back then, so open air radio was the only means to distribute or interfere in the lives of targeted groups or countries. Today the internet is the prime means of perpetrating any covert activity. So what is the difference between the US governments attempt of swaying peoples opinion back then using the radio or, even if they can prove Russia’s meddling, Russia’s use of the internet?
Bottom line,,,,,, the answer is, “NOTHING”. Our elected officials are just trying to sway the voter’s opinion for the next elections when none of this has anything to do with anything inside the United States. Our politicians, both Republican and Democrat, should get on with working on the countries’ issues and stop this stupidity.
If our lawmakers had any brains they would pattern after China: Block communications from coming in from unfriendly sources if it bothers them so much. But hey, then we get into the FREEDOM of SPEECH… “we can’t have it both ways…or can we?”
NEW SUBJECT but in the same line of this topic. When I was involved with a US Corporation in the middle east, our company was required to sign a document declaring that it would not support any black list products or suppliers, by the host country. I found this all so stupid because our own US government published a black list of countries that US Corporations were not permitted to sell to or have activities with. SO, OUR GOVERNMENT CAN HAVE BLACKLISTED COUNTRIES OR ITEMS THAT CONNOT BE EXPORTED TO SPECIFIC COUNTRIES, BUT OTHER COUNTRIES CAN’T DO THE SAME? Just what does the government, elected by the people of United States of America, think it is?