Surviving on the Battlefield in the Information War
But above all, people must personally dedicate themselves to following the truth no matter where it
brings them, having the courage to accept a reality that may not necessarily mesh with their current
perception. The inability to do this will render moot all other means of determining the veracity of
any given report or piece of analysis.
Find the Original Source
This is fundamental. When anyone, anywhere makes a claim, whether it is in a historical
documentary or book, or regarding current events, one must find the original source. Where did this
information come from? Is it a direct quote? If so, can this quote be verified? If the quote is “alleged”
or “leaked” or otherwise second-hand information or the sources never revealed, it is impossible to
verify and therefore impossible to consider as verified.
Often conversations relayed by second-hand sources serve as the basis of propaganda. It is
essentially the process of placing words into the mouths of people who never said anything of the
sort. Media that repeatedly uses quotes that are impossible to verify may be engaged in
If the quote is confirmed, that alone does not mean that what was said was “true.” It simply means
that someone made a statement - the veracity of which must be determined through other means.
Finding the source of a claim often helps shatter long-held myths. This is particularly true in regards
to historical matters.
Follow the Money
All protests, political movements, and armed struggles require immense amounts of resources to
start, perpetuate, and most importantly to succeed. They also require leadership. If one finds
themselves reading reports of events that do not mention funding or the names of specific leaders,
either those reporting on the events don’t have these facts and should make note that such
information is both missing and essential to find, or misdirection and disinformation is at play.
Omitting these facts has been done intentionally across the Western media to obfuscate Western
involvement particularly in “political uprisings” and “armed rebellions” that are made to appear
spontaneous and indigenous but are in fact long-planned, foreign-backed conspiracies. The so-
called “Arab Spring” is perhaps the most notorious example of this, where the Western media failed
intentionally and repeatedly to identify the funding and individuals involved in both street protests
and subsequent armed attacks on security agencies across the Middle East and North Africa
Had the public carefully read through reports, and followed the money, they would have found a
combination of US State Department money and the Anglo-American-backed Muslim Brotherhood
behind each and every “uprising” across the Middle East, with Al Qaeda forming the subsequent
armed groups that overran Libya and are currently leading attempts to overthrow the government of
Look at What People Do, Not at What They Say…
There are media reports, government press releases, op-eds, analysis, and policy papers of every
kind. Many times, these various sources contradict each other. How does one go about determining
which is true and which is disinformation? It is quite simple, don’t simply listen to what reporters,
analysts, and policymakers say, look at what they and those they have influence over are doing.
The United States claims that it is fighting the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) in Syria. However, if
we “follow the money” and realize that it is impossible for ISIS to sustain its fighting capacity within
Syria or Iraq alone, and requires an immense amount of resources from abroad to continue its
operations, we realize those resources are undoubtedly passing through territory the US and its
allies in fact control.
That the US is not interdicting these vital supplies, including additional fighters, weapons, and cash,
is proof that claims in the media and amid government press releases that the US is “fighting ISIS”
Conversely, in veteran journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection,” he
stated explicitly, citing US and Saudi officials, that the West and its regional allies planned to use
sectarian extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda to wage a regional proxy war against Syria and Iran.
This also so happens to be precisely what is now playing out across the MENA region. Hersh’s
analysis can be tracked down through his sources, by following the money - as only state-
sponsorship can explain Al Qaeda and ISIS’ fighting capacity in Syria, Iraq, and beyond - and by
simply looking at what is now unfolding across the region.
None of what the current corporate media or government press releases say can be verified in a
similar manner, and certainly, none of what is said by the West currently, matches what is actually
happening on the ground.
Finally, let us consider policy papers released by corporate-funded think tanks like the Brookings
Institution. Such policy papers have repeatedly laid out plans for arming extremists, incrementally
invading and occupying Syria, and eventually toppling the Syrian government. This too, is precisely
what we see happening on the ground, though the Western media and Western representatives
claim the cause is not a premeditated Western conspiracy, but a series of coincidences and
unfortunate turns of fate.
The truth is hard to arrive at, not only because people intentionally seek to fool others, but because
often, many unintentionally fool themselves. Reality can be unpleasant. Watching a nation be
destroyed can be heartbreaking and the desire to insulate oneself from the pain through cognitive
dissonance can be overwhelming. However, one of the greatest maxims in human conflict is to truly
know yourself and know your enemy. Truth isn’t just a matter of virtue, it is a factor that will make
the difference between victory and defeat.
If victory over the forces of greed and hegemony is truly our goal, then we must face the facts no
matter how unpleasant. Our failure to do so will cost us everything - and those driven by greed and
hegemony know. That is why they have invested so much in clouding reality and obfuscating the
truth. We must invest more in seeing through this clouded reality, and discover the truth, no matter
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online
magazine journal-neo.org New Eastern Outlook”.
How Lobbies, Intelligence Services and Advertisers Dictate
Mainstream Media Content
by Global Research Editors
21st Jun 2015
Recently, several journalists who worked in the (institutional) media exposed its corrupt nature,
weighing in on the growing mistrust it inspires. We hope the following will inspire you to support
Former chief political commentator of the Telegraph, Peter Oborne, resigned from the newspaper
because it would not publish articles on HSBC for fear of losing advertising revenues. The bank is
known for money-laundering for the Mexican drug cartels as well as its involvement in tax evasion
In an opinion piece called “Why I resigned from the Telegraph” he wrote:
“The coverage of HSBC in Britain’s Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers
allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself
is in peril…From the start of 2013 onwards stories critical of HSBC were discouraged. HSBC
suspended its advertising with the Telegraph… HSBC, as one former Telegraph executive told
me, is “the advertiser you literally cannot afford to offend” (Peter Oborne, Why I have resigned from
the Telegraph, Open Democracy, February 17, 2015)
When it comes to powerful lobbies’ influence on media content, the Zionist lobby is very well known
for accusing journalists and editors of anti-Semitism and imposing its own propaganda. Even so-
called progressive newspapers such as The Guardian are subject to Zionist propaganda.
David Cronin writes:
I submitted an exposé of how the pro-Israel lobby operates in Brussels. While waiting to find out
if the piece would be used, I phoned Matt Seaton, who had taken over as comment editor. We had
a pleasant conversation but Seaton stressed that he regarded the subject as sensitive.
I, then, modified the piece to make its tone less polemical. Still, it was not published…
Cronin decided to write about his experience when he realized that The Guardian was much less
reluctant to offer platforms to Israeli politicians and their Zionist propaganda:
“Daniel Taub, Israel’s ambassador to the UK … uses a quote attributed to Golda Meir, Israel’s prime
minister from 1969 to 1974, to hit back at aid agencies who accuse Israel of impeding Gaza’s
reconstruction: “We will only have peace when our enemies love their children more than they hate
ours.” The inference that Palestinians hate Israelis more than they love their children is a racist
caricature… In February, the paper gave Yair Lapid, until recently Israel’s finance minister, a
platform to describe calls for a cultural boycott of Israel as “shallow and lacking in coherence.
(David Cronin How The Guardian Told Me to Steer Clear of Palestine, Electronic Intifada, 11 March
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung‘s former editor Udo Ulfkotte recently published a book called
“Bought Journalists. How Politicians, Secret Services and High Finance Control the Mass Media”
(Gekaufte Journalisten), in which he explains how journalists manipulate the masses for powerful
Saying he believes a medical condition gives him only a few years to live, and that he is filled with
remorse, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest
newspapers, said in an interview that he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA
and published them under his own name. Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to
drive nations toward war. (Ralph Lopez, Editor of Major German Newspaper Says He Planted
Stories for the CIA, Reader Supported News, February 04, 2015)
Another book stirred some controversy lately, Au service de la République, (Serving the Republic)
Roger Auque’s memoirs published posthumously. Auque, a well-known journalist who worked for
major French magazines as well as the French Canadian public network Radio-Canada, admitted: “I
was paid by the Israeli secret services to lead operations in Syria, using reporting as a cover.” Le
Figaro, one of France’s leading magazines for which he worked, writes that “he also offered his
services to the DGSE, (the French CIA) before becoming an object of interest for the CIA.”
Contrary to Ulfkotte, who’s filled with remorse, the French reporter was “not at all ashamed of this
These few examples show once again the importance of independent media and how the
corporate mainstream media is nothing but a mouthpiece for powerful interests who do
not want you to be informed but rather want to manufacture consent and keep you in the
dark about important issues.
* Embrace no-longer views broadcast news and newspaper media as "mainstream" as fewer and
fewer people watch or read or believe in these outlets. All future reference to them by Embrace will
be: "institutional" outlets.- i.e. stagnant and unchanging, representing old established political
ideologies and not putting integrity or "truth" first.