Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- US Media: From Sheep-Dipped Journalists to Black Holes & Double Standards

Welcome to our eleventh episode of Probable Cause. Per your requests, for this episode we are going to continue our coverage of the system’s indispensable tool-the media, as another major channel to infiltrate viable opposition, distort facts and truth, and disseminate and popularize propaganda.

In addition to sheep-dipped journalism, we are going to discuss several other methods and tactics utilized by the deep state to direct, control and censure information. Domestic espionage, censorship of pertinent information, and dissemination of misinformation by the media can take many different sizes and shapes. In relative terms some may be more innocuous than others, and some more indirect than belligerently direct. However, no matter the degree or behind-the-scene justification, the end result is the same.

As with our previous episodes I will be providing you with real-life examples and cases to illustrate these methods and practices, and their end results. And as always our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- Money, Sex, Blackmail & Sheep-Dipped Journalists

Welcome to our tenth episode of Probable Cause. In this episode we will cover another channel used by the powers to infiltrate viable opposition, to distort facts and truth, and to disseminate and popularize well-designed propaganda. We are going to talk about the media, both mainstream and pseudo-alternatives, and journalists.

As part of this discussion we will talk about how the internet was expected, supposed, to change certain dynamics that had been present in classic mainstream media operations, and whether those expectations came to fruition or not. We will discuss how the same tactics used against activist networks and movements have been put into action targeting the new alternative information mediums: from luring with money and blackmail to entrapment via sheep-dipped operatives.

We will then move to the state’s utilization of reporters as traps to detect, stop and catch sources and whistleblowers, and the lie called ‘honoring confidentiality.’ And finally we will talk about what happens when money as lure is not sufficient, so, the utilization of the good-ole blackmail tactic is used.

As with our previous episodes I will be providing you with real-life examples and cases as context, and will outline the tactic through a step-by-step account. I will be providing my take based on my experience and through my own personal lens and analyses. And as usual our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds- Making Our Way through Slippery Slopes & Thin Lines

Welcome to our ninth episode of Probable Cause. This episode is dedicated to a few macro points and questions that were raised by you through our discussions on the last few episode topics. Consider this episode a needed pause to reflect and recollect before we proceed to our next subtopic.

With our topics and related context and real-life examples we have been dealing with heavy doses of reality on the ground. We are lifting the curtains, letting the light in, to see the naked truth. We are pushing the illusions out of the way, and staring truth in the eye. And the truth is not pretty. Far from it: it is ugly and vicious. It seems ominous. In many cases it is like a cancer that has greatly metastasized. How many activists and whistleblowers stop and turn their backs when they look the beast in the eye? How many people cover their eyes or look the other way when they catch a glimpse of the beast? How do we resist this common fate?

Additionally in this episode we’ll be talking about the difference between Pollyanna-esque optimism and realistic optimism. We’ll be discussing the importance of recognizing and acknowledging obstacles before we begin to look for approaches to overcoming them, and the importance of knowing our enemy, our opponents and their methods and tactics. And finally, we’ll be addressing one of the repeated questions in our forum: When are we going to take action? Is it going to be only talk, talk, and talk? How and when we are going to put all this talk into action?

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Probable Cause with Sibel Edmonds: Deep State Sugar Daddies, Mega NGOs & Controlled Opposition

Welcome to our eighth episode of Probable Cause. During our previous episode we talked about one of several tactics used by the powers to counter viable activist movements: Use of Sheep-Dipped operatives.

In this episode we are going to discuss another widely-utilized strategy for the purpose of coopting, pacifying and neutralizing opposition groups, networks and grassroots activists: Coopting and neutralizing viable movements via deep-state-funded political NGOs. I will attempt to explain how this process takes place, why it has been a proven method for success (success for the powers; the deep state), and what happens when a movement resists the cooptation. As with the previous episode I will be providing you with a real-life example as context, and will outline the tactic through a step-by-step account.

What we are about to cover here is the real-life dead-end of many organizations that begin with very noble causes, with a small dedicated network of activists, who become viable opposition, thus, a target of suppression and cooptation.

As always, I will be providing my take based on my experience and through my own personal lens and analyses, and will pose macro questions for you to consider. And as usual our next episode will be based on your reaction, critique, responses and questions posed in the comments section below.

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Empire, Power & People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 111

A Counter-Hegemonic Foundation

EPPThis episode examines the ideas and planning behind a new organization that myself and a few friends are in the process of founding: 'Voice of Access: The People's Foundation'. This non-governmental organization is being founded on the basis of an historical understanding of the roles played by major hegemonic foundations (like Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, etc.) in social engineering and social control. With this understanding, the People's Foundation hopes to act as a facilitator, funding source and supporter for organizations, intellectual/research efforts, new media, activists and social movements that counter and challenge power structures instead of promote slow reform which pushes movements and intellectuals and activists into areas that are safe for the existing social order. The People's Foundation aims to help facilitate the transition to a revolutionary society. This episode examines some of the ideas and initiatives behind this broad objective.

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The New Great Game Round-Up: May 4, 2014

Xi Jinping Calls for Stability in Xinjiang- Terrorists Disagree, Tatarstan Fights Hostile NGOs & Terrorism & More!

*The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.

On April 27, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where he spent four days visiting schools, factories and companies as well as inspecting local armed police and watching a military exercise. Xi's visit came amid increasing efforts by the local authorities to contain “potential hazards to society” including growing too much facial hair. China's President lauded the efforts and emphasized the importance of Xinjiang's long-term stability to the whole nation. Therefore, fighting separatism takes top priority and Xi stated that China will deploy a "strike-first" strategy against terrorists in the region. Only hours after the Chinese leader had finished his four-day trip, the terrorists were the ones who struck first:

Three dead, 79 injured in Xinjiang railway station terrorist attack

Three people were confirmed dead and 79 others were injured in a violent terrorist attack at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday evening.

Four people are seriously injured but in stable condition, said the publicity department of the regional committee of the Communist Party of China.

Xi Jinping Calls for Stability in Xinjiang, Terrorists Disagree

According to Chinese media, the two suspected perpetrators of the attack are among the dead. The two terrorists reportedly stabbed people with knives before they set off explosives at the exit of Xinjiang's largest railway station. One of the two suspects was identified as Sedirdin Sawut, a 39-year-old citizen from Aksu prefecture. Aksu has been making the headlines in recent months due to terrorist activities. Police are now looking for ten family members of Sawut and all relevant authorities have been ordered to conduct a thorough investigation into the assailants and other suspects by all available means. But even before any details about the terrorist attack and its perpetrators had emerged, somebody could not wait to talk to Reuters about the incident. This did not go down well in China [emphasis mine]:

Instigation is the terror of terrors

But someone could not wait anymore. Hours after the terrorist attack, Dilxat Raxit, spokesman of the so-called World Uygur Congress based in Germany, was quoted by the media that "such incidents could happen again at any time."

Could he be more licentious by being not even bothered to gloss over his bloodlust? Anyone who preaches killing one's own kind is a murder.

Dilxat Raxit attempted to throw dust into people's eyes before the police investigation result is announced.

He claimed he was worrying about the situation of the Uygur people in Xinjiang following the terrorist attack. But that makes him sound more like a racist who seeks to sow dissension among ethnic groups and stigmatizes with intention a certain ethnic group he claims to represent.

Why? It's time to disclose the dark scheme behind which he and his organization conspire.

Dilxat Raxit, the Sweden-based spokesman of the NED-funded World Uyghur Congress (WUC), is the go-to-guy for Western media when it comes to terrorist attacks in China because he can be relied upon to sell the preferred narrative. It does not matter whether he has any idea what happened in Xinjiang or not. Raxit's task is to portray all terrorist attacks as inevitable consequences of government repression and his latest statement has to be seen in this context. The WUC plays a decisive role in Washington's East Turkestan project and is closely tied to Western intelligence. Like many other exile organizations, which have been cultivated by the CIA, the WUC is located in Munich in close proximity to the headquarters of the Bundesnachrichtendienst in Pullach. Due to the successful cooperation between WUC and Western media, Washington is able to downplay the U.S.-backed insurgency in Xinjiang:

China airs ‘frustration’ after US report challenges Beijing’s terror attack findings

Beijing expressed strong frustration over a US report that criticised China for failing to provide sufficient evidence of terrorist involvement in recent attacks and its reluctance to step up counter-terrorism co-operation with Washington.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry late last night accused the United States of having “double standards” and making “irresponsible remarks” a day after the US State Department released the Country Report on Terrorism last year.

The report challenged some of Beijing’s conclusions on who was responsible for recent violence, including a deadly car blast at Tiananmen Square.

Beijing blamed the deadly car blast at Tiananmen Square and many other terrorist attacks on the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). However, the ETIM is not even included on the U.S. State Department's official list of designated terrorist organizations. After the attack at Tiananmen Square had already indicated that Uyghur separatists might resort to killing civilians instead of targeting government offices and police stations, the latest terrorist attack in Urumqi seems to confirm this variation in tactics. More violence against civilians could succeed in attracting international attention to Uyghur claims of discrimination and thereby play into Washington's hands. The Chinese government seeks to prevent this and President Xi demanded "decisive actions" against terrorism in response to the attack. After all, Beijing's plan to lay another gas pipeline to Xinjiang is difficult enough without the terror problem:

Gas import: China abandons IP project, eyes TAPI pipeline

In a strategic move, China has shelved a plan to be part of the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline that faces the threat of US sanctions and has come up with an offer to join the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline to meet its growing energy needs.

According to sources, Beijing plans to lay a pipeline under the TAPI project from Gwadar to China, which will turn Gwadar Port into an energy corridor.

Afghanistan's "Peaceful" Election Fuels Hopes

Since U.S. and Saudi pressure killed the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, the Chinese government is now stuck with the highly doubtful Trans-Afghanistan pipeline. Although there has not been any progress on TAPI in years, some governments refuse to give up on the project. Both China as well as neighboring India are trying to secure as much gas supplies as possible and are therefore willing to support TAPI. In order to ensure stability in Afghanistan, the Indian government assists Kabul in training the Afghan security forces. Furthermore, New Delhi will help to equip these security forces with Russian arms:

India turns to Russia to help supply arms to Afghan forces

India has signed an agreement under which it will pay Russia to supply arms and equipment to the Afghan military as foreign combat troops prepare to leave the country, in a move that risks infuriating Pakistan.

But the decision to meet some of Afghanistan's military hardware demands - albeit sourcing them from Russia - points to a deepening role in Afghanistan aimed at preventing it from slipping back into the hands of the
Taliban and other Islamist groups that are hostile to India.

It comes as China, another big player in the region which borders Afghanistan via a small, remote strip of land, is preparing for a more robust role in Afghanistan, also concerned that the withdrawal of
NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep.

Perhaps, the optimism regarding TAPI's future and New Delhi's faith in the Afghan security forces can to some extent be traced back to numerous enthusiastic media reports about the supposedly peaceful presidential elections in Afghanistan. The "surprisingly smooth election" has been described as a turning point for the security forces by U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and it was also cited as a major reason for Washington's considerations to cut the U.S. force in Afghanistan to less than 10.000 troops. Unfortunately, all these reports about the peaceful election were not entirely accurate:

Officials: Despite Afghan election success, insurgents remain active

Contrary to initial reports, Afghanistan saw unusually high levels of violence during Saturday’s presidential vote, according to analysts and military officials, putting a dent in the prevailing narrative of a largely peaceful election.

“It was one of the most violent days in Afghanistan,” said U.S. Brig. Gen Dave Haight, who works with Afghan forces in some of the most violent areas of the country’s east. “It was not lost on the enemy that the election was a pivotal event.”

According to initial reports and New York Times propaganda, the presidential election was "cleaner" than the widely discredited 2009 election. But in fact, there is quite some evidence to the contrary. Abdullah Abdullah, the runner-up in the 2009 presidential election, is leading the polls and will face former World Bank technocrat Ashraf Ghani in a runoff. Washington favors Abdullah, whose close relationship with the CIA dates back to the 1990s, when he served as the spokesman for Ahmad Shah Massoud. Abdullah has already expressed his willingness to cooperate with the Taliban and this will be necessary if any pipeline is to be build across the country. The neighboring Central Asian states are keeping a close eye on developments in Afghanistan. Especially the Tajik regime is concerned about the Taliban's future role and wants to contain the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. In the last few months, the Tajik authorities have cracked down on Tajikistan's Islamic Renaissance Party. More recently, state media linked the party to the jihadi mercenaries fighting in Syria and its regional leader in the Gorno-Badakhshan province was arrested:

Islamic party functionary held in Tajikistan

The Gorno-Badakhshan regional leader of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (PIVT) has been arrested on suspicion of extremism, a spokesperson for the National Security Committee said.

"A criminal case has been opened with respect to the arrested Saodatsho Adolatov, a resident of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region, under Article 189 (inciting national, racial or religious hatred) of the Republic of Tajikistan Criminal Code," the spokesperson said.

If found guilty, the opposition member faces from five to 12 years imprisonment. The majority of those arrested on suspicion of membership in the banned religious party Hizb ut-Tahrir classified as extremist in Russia and Central Asia are tried under Article 189. 
 

Tatarstan Fights Hostile NGOs & Terrorism

Several years after Hizb ut-Tahrir has been banned in the region, the "conveyor belt for terrorists" is still keeping the Central Asian and Russian authorities busy. Five members of the organization were just sentenced in Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan. Hizb ut-Tahrir is also active in neighboring Tatarstan, where the local authorities have to deal with all kinds of hostile organizations:

U.S. Citizen Reportedly Deported From Tatarstan

A U.S. citizen working for an NGO has reportedly been deported from Russia's Republic of Tatarstan for visa violations. 

Media reports in Tatarstan cite the local Kazan TV station as reporting that an employee of the American Councils for International Education was deported on April 30.

American Councils has been working in the former Soviet Union for years, assisting local youth and scholars to receive and develop their education in the United States. 

Earlier this month, the American Councils' Moscow Office received notification from Russia's Ministry of Justice that the office's registration was no longer in compliance with the law governing international NGOs in Russia.

NGOs have long been used to provide cover for spies after everybody had figured out to look for intelligence agents in foreign embassies. Just last week, other NGOs in Tatarstan made the headlines by participating in a ridiculous American PSYOP. With these "non-governmental" organizations operating in Tatarstan, it is hardly surprising that the Russian republic is one of the terror hotspots in the country besides the North Caucasus:

Terrorists involved in attempt on mufti eliminated in Tatarstan

Terrorists, involved in the assassination attempt on the mufti, as well as in other crimes have been overpowered in Tatarstan (Russia’s republic in the Volga Federal District), the information centre of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) told ITAR-TASS.

“The bandits have been preliminarily identified. They are Rais Mingaleyev, born in 1976, and Beslan Nazipov, born in 1979, wanted for terrorist activity in the Republic of Tatarstan. They were the masterminds and perpetrators of a number of terrorism crimes, including an assassination attempt staged in Kazan in 2012 on Mufti Faizov of the Spiritual Department of Muslims of Tatarstan, the murder of head of the department’s education unit Yakupov, as well as a number of other terrorist actions,” the NAC said.

Rais Mingaleyev was reportedly closely connected to the insurgency in Dagestan, which has replaced the Chechen insurgency as biggest threat in the North Caucasus in recent years. Even the Dagestani Sports Ministry is now getting involved in the fight against terrorism. Dagestan's deputy Minister for Sport Zainal Salautdinov warned lately against extremists, who are using local gyms and sports halls to recruit young men for the war in Syria. Salautdinov emphasized the importance of preventive work to counter the influence of extremism in sports schools. Huge quantities of new recruits are badly needed to keep the insurgency running because terrorists have a short life expectancy in Dagestan:

Gunmen who plotted terror acts for May holidays destroyed in Dagestan

Gunmen who were plotting terror acts for the May holidays have been destroyed in the city of Derbent in Russia’s North Caucasian Republic of Dagestan, the information centre of the RF National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) told Itar-Tass.

On Saturday, April 26, a special operation was conducted in Derbent against dangerous criminals from the “southern” terrorist bandit group that “intended to stage a series of terror acts in the republic in the period of the celebration of the May holidays.”

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Christoph Germann is an independent analyst and researcher based in Germany, where he is currently studying political science. His work focuses on the New Great Game in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. You can visit his website here

What Does It Mean: Work Within the System To Bring About Change

What “They” Don’t Want You to Do: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

I want to talk about something that keeps coming up in the news, commentaries, NGO petitions and campaigns, and even in many of the interviews I conduct with my co-host Peter B. Collins. I want to talk about it without having to be polite and biting my tongue. Because I end up doing that a lot - in an effort to present my guests and their views - and do so without being too hard, contradictory or disrespectful. Believe me, it is hard. Sometimes I end up with blisters all over my tongue by the end of an interview. [Read more...]

The New Great Game Round Up- October 13, 2013

Gas Over Democracy, Xinjiang & the New Silk Road, Meet the World Uyghur Congress & More!

*The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.

This week's presidential elections in Azerbaijan ended with the expected result. Incumbent President Ilham Aliyev was officially reelected, winning almost 85 percent of the vote. Few would have mentioned the fraudulent elections and the crackdown of the Aliyev regime on the opposition if the Azerbaijani authorities had not committed a blunder [emphasis mine]:

Oops: Azerbaijan released election results before voting had even started Even still, one expects a certain ritual in these sorts of authoritarian elections, a fealty to at least the appearance of democracy, if not democracy itself. So it was a bit awkward when Azerbaijan's election authorities released vote results – a full day before voting had even started. [Read more...]

The New Great Game Round Up- October 6, 2013

Washington Arms Taliban, Banning Wahhabism & NGOs, Comeback of the Mujahideen & More!

*The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.

Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badakhshan and its role in Washington's plans for the region has been one of the major issues discussed in the weekly round-ups. In the last few days Badakhshan was again making the headlines with heavy clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces erupting in the remotely located province. Taliban fighters succeeded in taking control over Kuran wa Munjan District which sparked new concerns about of the security of the upcoming Afghan elections: [Read more...]

Villains, Heroes & Villain-Made Heroes

The Real Truth is Never Popular-When Truth Really Matters

We often hear of viewing the world in black and white terms. In many of my interviews I talk about the tendency of people to simplify politics by dividing its actors into two groups: guys in white hats versus guys in black hats. I don’t know how much of this is cultural, nor have I pinpointed a correlation further explaining this phenomenon. But I know one thing: in our current political world filled with deception and showcased on a stage of smoke and mirrors, this trend of seeking absolute heroes and villains counters the ultimate goal of finding the truth and real answers. [Read more...]

Obama-Media Scandals- Only the Tip of The Iceberg: Wiretapping of US Congress & Using NGOs as Traps for Whistleblowers

Hidden Traps for Government Whistleblowers

Isn’t it ironic? After more than a decade of intensive government witch-hunting directed toward government whistleblowers and truth-tellers- who also happen to be the most valuable sources when it comes to media and journalism, the US media has suddenly become alert and apprehensive to its government’s decade-long snooping, targeting, persecuting, and prosecuting of information-transparency sources. That is, now that their turn has come. [Read more...]

The US Establishment NGOs: The Shields for Imperial Presidency

“The Lesser Visible Foot-Soldiers for the Continuity of the Establishment & Survival of Imperial Presidencies

Have you heard the latest on Obama’s Justice Department secretly subpoenaing the telephone records of AP editors and journalists, and tracking their ingoing and outgoing calls?

All Right.

Have you been paying attention to ‘another latest’ on Obama’s IRS deliberately targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election? Did you know that the same IRS office under Obama released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year?

Okay.

Did you know that Obama and his administration have engaged in more government secrecy than even the Bush Administration?

Good.

Are you aware that Obama has persecuted and prosecuted more whistleblowers than all US presidents combined, and that he’s considered the worst president in the history of the US when it comes to whistleblowers and truth-tellers?

Great.

I am sure you would also agree on Obama securing his status as one of the most anti-liberties presidents in the history of this nation-Hint: NDAA

Fantastic!

Now I know the majority of Americans know, even those following establishment-mouthpiece media, all these facts. However, what this same majority doesn’t know is that it takes a village of sustainers, collaborators, obscurers and bottom-feeding foot soldiers to bring about, sustain, and shield an imperial presidency such as Obama’s. Let me give you a highly illustrative example extensively reported by Boiling Frogs Post two years ago: [Read more...]

The Reality Principle -Episode 14

“Congo & the Politics of Genocide” with Keith Harmon Snow

RPLogoThis week Eric examines the continued conflict and genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He explores the various factions on the ground as well as the forces behind the violence and the imperialist powers that support. Eric provides insight into the how the mainstream narrative of the conflict is entirely constructed in order to conceal the fact that the key figures in this conflict are all connected while the Congolese victims remain powerless and voiceless.

Eric is joined by Keith Harmon Snow, genocide investigator and filmmaker, who is the foremost expert on the true nature of the conflict in the Congo. Eric and Keith examine the politics of genocide, grounding their discussion in the issue of how dominant discourse frames the historical narrative of genocides. They discuss the complex history of Rwanda and the region in order to provide further insight into this conflict. Eric and Keith also discuss the role of the United States and the Western imperial powers in shaping and promoting this conflict and their strategic and economic motivations. Additionally, they also critique the corporations, NGOs and other powerful institutions which all play a role in misinforming the public about the truth of the Congo.

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 35

The Institutions of Imperial Domination

EPPIn understanding empire, we must understand the institutions which direct and implement the process of imperialism. Starting with the central institution of imperialism - the State - we find its history as emerging in response to economic inequality, to preserve for the few at the expense of the many. The results of this development, as history has shown, have shaped human civilizations over the past several thousand years, and most especially, the past few hundred years. Along with the state, banks, central banks, corporations, think tanks, foundations and NGOs all serve important functions in an imperial system. Together, they form a complex yet comprehensible imperial system of domination which we must better understand if we hope to challenge it and make it obsolete.

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Joseph Kony & More AFRICOM Wars over Oil

A Major AFRICOM & US State Department Campaign to Undermine Chinese Influence in Central Africa


By William Engdahl

InvChildAccording to their website, the American NGO, Invisible Children, claims now to have had over 80 million viewers to their YouTube video, “Kony2012,” since its release on YouTube a few weeks ago. For anyone with the patience to sit through the entire YouTube of Kony2012, it is questionable how truthful the figure of 80 million viewers is. Eighty million is unprecedented in YouTube history by all accounts.

The video features such prominent Hollywood personalities as Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Lady GaGa, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and other notables. It’s a slick, sentimental story directed by Jason Russell, a 33-year-old now-hospitalized American filmmaker who apparently just underwent a bizarre mental disconnect on the streets of San Diego.[1] The YouTube video depicts a young Ugandan, Jacob Acaye, whom Russell claims he befriended some ten years earlier after Acaye escaped conscription into Joseph Kony’s Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) as an 11-year-old killer. The film portrays Kony as the world’s worst beast and terrorist, in effect, Africa’s Osama bin Laden. [2]

The Invisible Children NGO is itself opaque. It reportedly rakes in millions from sales of such things as buttons, Invisible Children T-shirts, bracelets and posters priced from $30-$250, but it ranks low on transparency regarding other donors. The group, which employs around 100 people, is expected to raise millions of dollars from their “Kony2012” video, but so far it refuses to say how much has been donated or how it will spend the money. The founders of the group, who advocate direct US military intervention in response to the LRA, had been previously criticized for posing with guns alongside members of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in 2008, an organization widely accused of rape and looting. The group issued a statement in response: "We thought it would be funny to bring back to our friends and family a joke photo. You know, ‘Haha – they have bazookas in their hands but they're actually fighting for peace'." [3] HaHa… [Read more...]