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Friday, November 11, 2011

Psy-war on the American people

File this one under "You knew it was happening, but it's still shocking to see them admit it": Gas and oil companies are hiring military psy-op specialists to persuade the public to take on a fracking-friendly attitude:
In the following recording, given to CNBC, one presenter tells the crowd to download a copy of the Army's counterinsurgency manual. "Because," he said, the movement opposing the industry is an "insurgency."
In this next recording (also given to CNBC) the speaker tells listeners that his organization maintains several military veterans who served as psychological warfare specialists. These former "psy ops" soldiers, he explains, are using their skills in Pennsylvania.
In his forum called “Designing a Media Relations Strategy To Overcome Concerns Surrounding Hydraulic Fracturing,” Range Resources communications director Matt Pitzarella explains how to "overcome stakeholder concerns" surrounding fracking.
“We have several former psy ops folks that work for us at Range because they’re very comfortable in dealing with localized issues and local governments,” Pitzarella said. “Really all they do is spend most of their time helping folks develop local ordinances and things like that. But very much having that understanding of psy ops in the Army and in the Middle East has applied very helpfully here for us in Pennsylvania.”
It was during Anadarko Petroleum's manager of external affairs, Matt Carmichael's, session on “Understanding How Unconventional Oil & Gas Operators are Developing a Comprehensive Media Relations Strategy to Engage Stakeholders and Educate the Public" that he suggested his colleagues:
“Download the U.S. Army-slash-Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual, because we are dealing with an insurgency,” Carmichael said. “There’s a lot of good lessons in there and coming from a military background, I found the insight in that extremely remarkable.”
The paranoia of these people...! Anyone who disagrees is labeled an "insurgent." Anyone doesn't want to do what a corporation demands is labeled an "insurgent."

Y'know what that kind of attitude may one day create? A real insurgency. God forbid -- still, sometimes I think that these right-wing corporatist maniacs won't be happy until there's actual civil war in this country.
"...sometimes I think that these right-wing corporatist maniacs won't be happy until there's actual civil war in this country."


Give the man a cigar!

You, Joseph, have brilliantly solved the mystery of why all the FEMA camps are standing empty and ready, why the giant new NSA snooping archive is being built in Texas, why Homeland Security is practicing "papers please" checkpoints for all modes of public and private transportation, why the 'Net-Kill switch is urgently needed, why facial-recognition/security/red-light cameras (with listening technology) are sprouting at every busy intersection, why Facebook was intel-funded, and why Alex and all the lesser Joneses have clear sailing (on the high seas of the "alternative media") to daily stoke the populist fires of paranoia and resentment with inflamatory half-truths and urban legends -- urging the ever-more alienated (and impoverished) rabble to "TAKE AMERICA BACK!!!"
This is insane. Sign the online petition and let Range's higher-ups know this won't be tolerated!
There's a long history of the oil/gas and nuke industries getting spooked up when the millions of $ in lobbying and propaganda don't work.

In this slice of covert life, Tom Ridge is a central layer. Ridge, former PA Gov and Homeland Security Czar under W, is chief strategist/spokesman for the Marcellus Shale Coalition aka Fracking Central (Exxon, Shell, Chesapeake, big fish oil r all members). Ridge runs his own consulting firm, rife with military and intelligence types including Gen. John Gordon, former Deputy Director of the CIA and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (redundant and oxymoronic).

Also, Anut Yoran is on Tom's board -- Anut is the former CEO of In-Q_Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA. Proving spooks can take a bath in the stock market like the rest of us.

I see phony enviro groups pop up all the time -- reasonably funded, unreasonably adversarial, gunning more for other enviros than Energy Inc.
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