TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD
By Geoff Metcalf
July 29, 2002
Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.
* The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
* The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.
So we have another ‘Catch-22’.
The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration. It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.
It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."
Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend. However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.
“If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.
Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner. Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program. According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."
Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.
Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.
I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.
I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.” I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”
Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”. It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.
In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s. Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists. That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757
Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press. However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee. Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.
In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.
Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees. This is serious stuff.
Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode. That is not true but a convenient political spin job.
Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11. Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders. Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).
Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.” Not if congress has anything to say about it. Don’t expect anything fast. Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.
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Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers. A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com