Active Measures — The collection of Russian Agitation, Disinformation, and Propaganda Methods made evident through covert or subtle Influence Campaigns applied to wrecking the political coherence and cohesion of EU/NATO for the purpose of reestablishing Political Absolutism in the same and then using the most thuggish of feudal and medieval methods to leverage loyalty and wealth from them for contribution to the Greater Imperial Glory of Moscow, the Russian “mafia state” it has come to represent, and the immense enrichment of its oligarchy.https://conflict-backchannels.com/2020/02/13/active-measures/
Kaplan, Alex. “Trump has repeatedly amplified QAnon Twitter accounts. The FBI has linked the conspiracy theory to domestic terror.” Media Matters, August 1, 2019.
Iyengar, Rishi. “Twitter takes down 7,000 accounts linked to QAnon.” CNN Business, July 22, 2020.
From the above references, one might suggest that in or with President Donald J. Trump, Washington, like Moscow, has had some kind of energized disinformation factory. It may not be the President’s factory, but he has encouraged and endorsed baseless conspiracy theories and the most disingenuous innuendo involving his political enemies.
Among the more stunning of this morning’s headlines: “The White House is pushing a conspiracy theorist fired from the NSC for a top Pentagon position” (CNN Politics, July 20, 2020).
Related: Winter, Jana and Elias Groll. “Here’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC.” Foreign Policy, August 10, 2017. Here’s a key excerpt —
Trump is being attacked, the memo says, because he represents “an existential threat to cultural Marxist memes that dominate the prevailing cultural narrative.” Those threatened by Trump include “‘deep state’ actors, globalists, bankers, Islamists, and establishment Republicans.”
The memo is part of a broader political struggle inside the White House between current National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and alt-right operatives with a nationalist worldview who believe the Army general and his crew are subverting the president’s agenda.https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/08/10/heres-the-memo-that-blew-up-the-nsc/
Foreign Policy has the full memo embedded in its account.
Said Rich Higgins back in February: “Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman wasn’t the first staffer to be fired from President Trump’s National Security Council and escorted from the premises by security. I went through the same ritual on July 21, 2017. But in contrast to Col. Vindman, I lost my job because I was loyal to the president” (by Rich Higgins for WSJ Opinion, February 12, 2020).
Well, here in an NYT lead (by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, August 11, 2017) is evidence of what Higgins thought was necessary for pleasing President Trump —
WASHINGTON — A cabal of leftist “deep state” government workers, “globalists,” bankers, adherents to Islamic fundamentalism and establishment Republicans are conspiring to remove President Trump and impose cultural Marxism in the United States, according to a former White House aide whose darkly worded memo detailing the alleged conspiracy got him removed last month from the National Security Council.https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/us/politics/rich-higgins-memo-national-security-council.html
Who has placed themselves behind the QAnon distribution?
Who has been reading and ingesting the garbage?
Who among Americans believes everything an American president might care to tell them (especially this American president)?
Bigoted, fake, weak, willful and enamored, apparently, of the kind of powerful others known to the west as dictators, who, aware of the pain he has caused others through multiple bankruptcies and countless and apparently limitless lies can respect him out of love rather than fear?
Have some Americans been so duped and convinced of “HIS” nobility in character that they cannot admit to themselves that they may have been fooled?
Americans will now have to educate themselves in relation to the collected legacies of the nation without regard for immediate resources and public or private channeling. To have become this ignorant, this vulnerable, to such an ignoramus: politically and socially obscene and tragic.
Alba, Davey. “Debunking 4 Viral Rumors About the Bidens and Ukraine.” The New York Times, October 29, 2019.
Oppenheim, James S. “FBI, ANTIFA, and Swamp Gas.” BackChannels, July 1, 2020.
Oppenheim, James S. “The Confidence Man — He’ll Tell You Anything.” BackChannels, November 23, 2019.
Stanton, Zack. “You’re Living in the Golden Age of Conspiracy Theories.” Politico, June 17, 2020.
Venook Jeremy. “20 Conspiracy Theories Trump Has Pushed Before and During His Presidency.” Center for American Progress Action Fund, May 19, 2020.
Regarding President Trumps big dumb “Crowdstrike” attempt at misdirecting the attention of the American public —
Gramer, Robbie and Amy Mackinnon. “Impeachment Trials and Conspiracy Theories: A Match Made in Hell.” Foreign Policy, January 24, 2020.