Sunday, 27 May 2018

Homicidal Frankensteins: The Role of the Intelligence Agencies in the Syrian Crisis


Introduction: 


In the Iran-Contra Affair "the National Security Council (NSC) became involved in secret weapons transactions and other activities that either were prohibited by the U.S. Congress or violated the stated public policy of the government."  

”It was planned that Israel would ship weapons to Iran, and then the United States would resupply Israel and receive the Israeli payment.”  

The president at the time, Ronald Reagan, “gave the impression of knowing little of what was going on.” Several investigations were conducted. Neither found any evidence that President Reagan himself was aware of the multiple programs’ details.

“The funds were first sent to Saudi Arabia” . The Saudi businessman “Khashoggi was an important middleman in the arms deals behind the Iran-contra scandal”  .

When we reflect upon this issue , we come to notice a few interesting details:

The relations between the main players of this scandal were severely complicated. Iranian officials and citizens called the United States at the time “The Great Satan” and Israel “the Small Satan”. It was not unusual to hear declarations like “Israel should be annihilated”. The percentage of Iranian citizens who shared this view with Iranian officials was not small. The feelings that the Israelis and Americans harboured against the Iranians were not much different.

When we talk about Saudi-Israeli or Saudi-Iranian relations, the landscape looks similarly messy.

How can these countries meet and sign sensitive agreements when they are sunk in such grudge oceans?

When we try to describe the relations between countries, we have to differentiate four different levels of power:

1. The ordinary citizens who are not directly involved in political decision-making.

2. The officials, i.e. the technocrats, ministers, government officers and so on. This level is supposed to care about the interests of the whole nation. However, the views and values of this level are not necessarily the same as that of most citizens.

3. The military complexes and intelligence service agencies .

4. A small circle of leaders and key persons who direct the military complexes and intelligence service agencies.

  

Of course, the four levels described above are not completely disconnected from each other. Important to remember here is: the relations between the countries at each level don’t necessarily reflect the relations at other levels.

Just because the individuals of two countries have peaceful feelings towards each other, that doesn’t necessarily hold true for other levels. Vice versa, when war is declared between some countries, that doesn’t mean that the relationship between these countries’ top level power centers are in the same state of conflict.

 

What we need to keep in mind is: the interests, values and views of each level are not the same. Thus, we shouldn’t talk about them collectively. Otherwise we would end up misunderstanding a lot of political issues today. It is too easy to be manipulated and fooled.

When we say “the Americans invaded Iraq” we are committing a paradigm mistake, one which led to huge misconceptions. What happened was: the top level of decision-makers in the United States made the decision to invade Iraq. This means that the majority of Americans were not invading but were rather victims of this invasion. Furthermore, the US decision-makers responsible for this invasion conspired with figures from Iraq itself. These Iraqis were not among the invaded, but were in fact part of the invasion.

Thus, the contradiction in international politics is not always between nations, i.e. Americans against Iraqis. Rather, the contradiction in many cases lies between, on the one hand, the politicians of all nations, and on the other, the general citizenry of those nations. Correcting this misconception is the first step towards understanding modern political events, and to finding solutions for the soaring wave of wars.








How and when did these organizations get to their unique position?


The acquisition of power by these bodies was not accidental. It happened gradually throughout history. It was an evolutionary process with roots going back to the middle ages and ancient times. However, this process witnessed its most dramatic leap during the world wars of the twentieth century[1].
Until World War II history was still based upon the sole decisions of dictators, kings and princes. World War II itself was driven by the unique perspectives and actions of one person, like Hitler, and developed out through the reactions of persons like Stalin, Churchill and others[i].
However, these dictators and rulers invested heavily in improving security services during World War II. There was no other option at that time. They were interested in defeating the enemy at any price. They handed to these services all nations’ resources and possibilities.  They also assigned many tasks to these organizations. These entities became not only espionage and military organizations, rather they expanded their work to include propaganda, media control, and crowd observation.

Since the World War II, these bodies have gained exceptional tools to retain their position as independent decision makers. These services gained organizational capabilities and structures that made them independent from the technocrat rulers. Their structure allowed them to maintain their power even after the wars ended.

These mechanisms are a mix of legal, political, and financial tools.  There also exist loopholes along with media “tricks.” Most important they have a wealth of studies, unlimited historical case studies and experience. In a phrase, there is a wealth of information.  

Mechanisms which were created at that time guaranteed them these exceptional privileges to the present. They have now their own view which doesn’t necessarily comply with the view of the majority of individuals or even with the technocrat politicians. Presently they are not now mere administrators for their countries’ leaders. They have an organic independent life on their own apart from their creators.


Later the intelligence organizations in the superpower countries developed similar structured organizations in the third world. The superpowers’ security services transmitted, conditionally and partially, part of their wealth of knowledge, experience and organizational capabilities to their counterparts in the third world. This way, the services in the developed world kept their domination over the third world. They own the knowledge which controls the crowds of these nations and they transmit it to specific groups which comply with their policies and goals.  

Where do the superior capabilities of these entities come from?



Historically, the human groups who were one step further in owning specific knowledge could dominate and control those who were one step behind.
Some nations who owned the knowledge about gunpowder, though they were far fewer, controlled other continents.

What knowledge can justify the superior position of these organizations over a nation?
Perhaps the long term accumulated and intensified knowledge over the short life-long divided ones.
The power sources of these organizations come mainly from focused information and  a profound experience accumulated in key fields.  These fields include propaganda, control of the media and public perception.

If this is true, why don’t the common people of a nation gain the same knowledge?
Here is the first tricky part in the story. When the nations were controlled by people using gunpowder, the people of the controlled nations actually knew that they were controlled. They strived to learn the nature of the control in order to restore their freedom. Those who are controlled by subtle weapons like manipulation, media or mind control don’t know that they are being controlled or manipulated. That is why they don’t have any motivation to learn about the nature of modern control.
Individuals can’t build airplanes or operations systems. Only huge organizations can. These organizations use the knowledge and experience of thousands of scientists accumulated across decades or even centuries, focus them in one project, then it could be done.

However what kind of products do such organizations deal with?
Here is the second tricky part of the story. While companies like Apple or Tesla rush to tell us about their products even before they produce them, the intelligence forces invest in products that they are keen not to talk about.  These products, if they would ever have names, they would be training programs called something like: “how to control minds” or a book called “how to influence nations’ opinions and direct them”, or software called “how to divide a nation, create a war and profit from it.”

 




The Science of Creating a War


“If the newspapers begin to publish stories about wars, and the people begin to think and talk of war in their daily conversations, they soon find themselves at war. People get that which their minds dwell upon, and this applies to a group or community or a nation of people, the same as to an individual.” Andrew Carnegie, circa 1908

The Prince” was written in the early 16th century. In this book, Niccolò Machiavelli explained a series of “tips and tricks” to contemporary leaders in order to teach them how to control nations and dominate crowds.
The title came from the principal person that Machiavelli wrote to, hoping for some favoritism. It could also be titled, “How the prince should behave to stay prince”.
However, if such book was written in our time in the United States, a completely different title would be chosen for it. It could be called something like, “How to dominate nations and control the crowds,” or “Controlling nations for dummies” or something similar.
The author would become a consultant and start big consultancy firm. He would start to target the wealthy governments who are thinking day and night how to maintain their superior position. The book could be taught in training programs. If the writer lived in Silicon Valley, he might consider developing an app called “how to control crowds.” 
If billions of dollars were invested to develop apps like Tinder or video games, how much money would you expect to be invested in such an app?
The business related to such products is not estimated in the billions of dollars, rather in trillions of dollars[2].
But who might be the users of such an app? Who might be the students of such a program or the readers of such books?
Here is how Anthony Robbins described his experience when he worked with the U. S. Army and the CIA:
 “Years ago, I had the unique opportunity of working with the U. S. Army, with whom I negotiated a contract to reduce certain training times for specialized areas. My work was so successful that I also went through  top-secret clearance and had a chance to model one of the top officials in the CIA, a man who'd worked his way up from the bottom of the organization. Let me tell you that the skills that he and others like him have developed for shaking another person's convictions and changing their beliefs are absolutely astounding. They create an environment that causes people to doubt what they've always believed, and then give them new ideas and experiences to support the adoption of new beliefs. Watching the speed at which they can change someone's belief is almost scary”[3]

The more artificial intelligence (AI) technology gets better, the gap between these Frankensteins and the common masses get bigger. Here is how Alon Ben David, defense reporter describes this view
“How Israel Rules The World Of Cyber Security” “We're talking about here is a total revolution of the whole concept of war it changes everything we thought about war and how it's been conducted and what are the rules and who is the enemy and can you recognize the enemy at all many countries have very dangerous cyber tools some are using it viciously like the Russians like the Chinese and are not shy of using them against other countries we all understand the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure and we all understand the vulnerabilities of privacy but what troubles me is the ability to affect the mindset of masses the mindset of Republic the Russians were manipulating American public mindset that's scary and that I suspect would eventually undermine most of Western democracies in the coming decade I fear that the good 70 years post World War two of prospering democracies in the Western world and prosperity economic prosperity are over!”[4]




[1] “Following the outbreak of war with Germany in 1914, the Foreign Section worked more closely with Military Intelligence. […] This was a period of dramatic growth and change for the Service, but its work had a major influence on the eventual victory.” Retrieved on 09.06.2018 from the British Intelligence Service, MI6’s official website: https://www.sis.gov.uk/our-history.html
[2] The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict, by Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz. ISBN: 978-0393334173.
[3] “Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0743409384





[i] Dictators improved the work of the intelligence organizations to meet the complicated challenges of modern international political realities. However, many facts played a role in helping these organizations reach this ultra-unique position:
-          The democratic changes in almost the entire world, which reduced the powers of presidents and kings[i][i].
-          The complicated work of decision making on an international scale. Modern technology made it necessary that decisions are be made based on long-term studies and experience, rather than the view of dictators.
-          This profits achieved because of this business proved to be the most important work, which achieved more than any other sector.
-          The huge and dramatic leap in the business size and concept. This leap was parallel to revolutionizing changes in science capabilities and scale.

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