Tagged: propaganda

‘How to identify misinformation’ – A reprint of the guide that the State Department purged

The US Department of State used to maintain a page on its website to advise people “How to identify misinformation.” The site, launched on March 9, 2005, has since been taken down and scrubbed from the State Department’s electronic archive. The URL was http://usinfo.state.gov/media/misinformation.html. An image of an archived State Department page that contains the text of a May 31, 2005...

In Forbes: Die-hard KGB men are still planting forged documents to pollute our thinking

“A once-feared KGB general now sits on suicide watch in a Vienna jail, a tawdry end to terrible tale. His strange story—worthy of a thriller—is a case study of how the former KGB uses forged documents to influence Western reporters, diplomats and politicians.” That’s the lead of my piece in Forbes, published September 3, which focuses on a former KGB...

Ketchum PR agency placed Putin’s NYT op-ed

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s controversial and effective New York Times op-ed was placed by a well-known public relations agency. The provocative piece ran on September 11. Americans view that date as the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack, but Putin, like all KGB officers, mark September 11 as the birthday of Bolshevik political police founder Feliks Dzerzhinsky. BuzzFeed Politics reports...

Cult of personality and satire surround Putin’s 60th birthday

The Russian government is outdoing itself with a Cult of Personality campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of strongman Vladimir Putin – an event that coincides with the sixth anniversary of the unsolved murder of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. The former KGB man, once known among his colleagues by the nickname “Stasi” for his work with the East German secret...

Muslim Brotherhood influence operations – The missing Wikipedia page

Someone pulled down a thoughtful Wikipedia page, “Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operations,” early in 2012. Having rediscovered a copy of the vandalized page, I post it here for the permanent record. What follows is taken verbatim from that Wikipedia page: Muslim Brotherhood Influence Operations From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search According to Peter Probst, a global terrorism expert...

Dr Waller to speak at 3rd annual Irregular Warfare Summit

(Institute of World Politics news release)  On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, IWP professor J. Michael Waller, PhD, will discuss “Foreign Propaganda, Perceptions and Policy: Countering Information Designed to Mislead or Persuade” at the 3rd Annual Irregular Warfare Summit in Washington, D.C.  The summit is organized by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement. Please click here for more information.

First ‘official’ report of the Boston Massacre

Domination of the narrative requires being the first to distribute a credible report. (Note that “credible” means “believable,” not “accurate” or “true.”) Reports are generally more credible if issued in the name of an organization or autoritative committee. Samuel Adams knew the propaganda value of committees, especially ones made up of elected officials, because they purported to represent the views of...

Strategic Influence: Public diplomacy, counterpropaganda & political warfare (2010)

Editor. Publisher: Crossbow Press (2010). After years of delay at IWP, my anthology, Strategic Influence: Public Diplomacy, Counterpropaganda and Political Warfare is now available to the public. The book is available from Amazon. Strategic Influence is the work of 13 scholars and practitioners in the fields of public diplomacy, counterpropaganda and political warfare. The book surveys the subjects from the American...

How to stop terrorist TV from trumping military information ops

While the Israel Defense Forces released its video quickly about the armed jihadist mobs who attacked Israeli commandos aboard the blockade-breaking Hamas ship, its speed was good in bureaucratic terms but still too slow for the infosphere. Allied militaries still must act faster, with the speed of commercial news organizations, and, like journalists, in anticipation of dramatic events as tense...

Russia creates too many questions about Polish plane crash

The Russian government’s actions raise too many questions about the April 10 airplane crash that killed many of the most anti-Russian leaders of Poland. My recent conversations with informed Polish sources reveal so many irregularities with how the Russian government handled the crash that nobody should presume that the disaster was accidental until all the facts are in. I knew...