(LifeSiteNews) — Following many years of government and legacy media lies across broad spectrums of topics, perhaps intensifying most recently with regard to the COVID-19 phenomenon and the relentless pushing of its dangerous and ineffective experimental gene-based “vaccines,” many may wonder if they can trust government information on other significant matters, particularly the current war in Ukraine.
Remarkably, according to NBC News, government officials have answered this question in the negative by admitting that they regularly circulate war-related “intelligence” which they rate as “low-confidence,” “based more on analysis than hard evidence,” or which is just simply false, as a means of fighting an “information war against Russia.”
The April 6 article reported that officials have deliberately imparted false or poorly evidenced claims regarding possible chemical or false flag attacks from Russia, that Putin was “being misled by his own advisers,” and that Russia was petitioning China for military assistance.
The piece opens in the following way, emphasis added:
It was an attention-grabbing assertion that made headlines around the world: U.S. officials said they had indications suggesting Russia might be preparing to use chemical agents in Ukraine.
President Joe Biden later said it publicly. But three U.S. officials told NBC News this week there is no evidence Russia has brought any chemical weapons near Ukraine. They said the U.S. released the information to deter Russia from using the banned munitions.
It’s one of a string of examples of the Biden administration’s breaking with recent precedent by deploying declassified intelligence as part of an information war against Russia. The administration has done so even when the intelligence wasn’t rock solid, officials said, to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin off balance.
In reference to the excerpt above, independent journalist Caitlin Johnstone observed, “So, they lied. They may hold that they lied for a noble reason, but they lied. They knowingly circulated information they had no reason to believe was true, and that lie was amplified by all the most influential media outlets in the western world.”
Here is a second example from the NBC report of the Biden administration admittedly spreading false information about the war:
Likewise, a charge that Russia had turned to China for potential military help lacked hard evidence, a European official and two U.S. officials said.
The U.S. officials said there are no indications China is considering providing weapons to Russia. The Biden administration put that out as a warning to China not to do so, they said.
Thirdly, based on information received from U.S. officials in late March, the New York Times reported that Putin had been “misinformed by his advisers about the Russian military’s struggles in Ukraine” due to their fear of telling him the truth.
But two U.S. officials told NBC that this information “wasn’t conclusive” but was rather “based more on analysis than hard evidence.” The report also quoted retired U.S. intelligence officer Paul Pillar, who explained that such information could not be verified. “There’s no way you can prove or disprove that stuff,” he said.
The report goes on to state that many “officials acknowledged that the U.S. has used information as a weapon even when confidence in the accuracy of the information wasn’t high. Sometimes it has used low-confidence intelligence for deterrent effect, as with chemical agents, and other times, as an official put it, the U.S. is just ‘trying to get inside Putin’s head.’”
Speaking to this same report, former congressman and presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul acknowledged that even if this was the goal, the White House instead is getting “inside America’s head with false information meant to shape public perception of the conflict. They lied to propagandize us in favor of the Biden Administration’s narrative.”
Johnstone also summarized an article by professional neoconservative “war monger” Max Boot as having announced in February this “new era of info ops” in which “intelligence releases [are] designed not to tell the truth but to influence Putin’s decisions.”
In addition, around the same time, Glenn Greenwald highlighted an interview with former British intelligence chief John Sawers in which he indicated that “many western ‘intel leaks’ media outlets are dutifully conveying aren’t real leaks but propaganda messages designed to undercut Putin.”
The byline of this NBC report includes Ken Dilanian, an “intelligence and national security correspondent” who was exposed in 2014 as having a “closely collaborative relationship” with the CIA, to which he “routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories” prior to publication when working for the Los Angeles Times.
For this reason, Johnstone affirms “you may be certain that [with this NBC article] you are reading exactly what the managers of the U.S. empire want you to read.”
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Christians are being attacked relentlessly by violent Hindus in India, but some Indian states are compounding this persecution by jailing those accused of converting Hindus to Christ.
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Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, then-General Secretary of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India, said as early as 2018 that even members of the ruling Barathiya Janata Party (BJP) are "using false accusations to incite hate. And nobody in their party or in the government is revoking their problematic statements.”
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**Photo Credit: Video screenshot of a statue of Christ about to be destroyed by authorities in Karnataka on February 14, 2022**
In speculating on why government agencies are basically informing the public that they are routinely lying to them, Johnstone states the only plausible reason she can conceive of is “that they are confident the public will consent to being lied to.”
“We may now simply be at the stage of imperial narrative control where they can begin openly manufacturing the consent of the public to be lied to for their own good,” she proposed.
“In liberal circles there does appear to be widespread acceptance of the world’s most powerful government using the world’s most powerful media institutions to lie to the public for strategic gains,” Johnstone considered.
In the meantime, late last year, a Gallop poll found that confidence in the media among U.S. adults had reached its second lowest level in recorded history, revealing that only 7 percent say they have “a great deal” of trust in the media. And last July, a Rasmussen poll discovered that 58% of likely voters agree with the phrase that the media are “the enemy of the people.”
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