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|Newmedia@aol.com: Desperate Deception|
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <email@example.com> is the temporary home of the nettime-l list while desk.nl rebuilds its list-serving machine. please continue to send messages to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and your commands to <email@example.com>. nettime-l-temp should be active for approximately 2 weeks (11-28 Jun 99). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:54:21 EDT From: Newmedia@aol.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Desperate Deception Y'All: Just callin' y'alls attention to Thomas E. Mahl's "Desperate Deception: British Covert Operations in the United States, 1939-44" (Brassey's, Dulles, VA, 1998). I just finished reading it and . . . I was shocked. Shocked. As is well known, MI-6 (SIS) set up an interesting little operation in NYC way back then, which, among other things, formed the backbone of the OSS, the parent of the CIA. Run by William Stephenson, "Intrepid", the British Security Coordination office had previously been documented in Montgomery Hyde's "The Quiet Canadian" (or "Room 3603" in it's US publishing) -- which, in turn is a rehash of a secret after-action report referred to by Mahl as "BSC Account." But, until Mahl published his book, the full extent (and overall context) of BSC activity wasn't known except to "insiders." Seems that BSC: Mounted a massive propaganda campaign to brand all "isolationists" as Nazis (fueled by fabricated "attrocity" documentation produced out of a clandestine photo-lab in Toronto), managed to marginalize and then boot out the key member of the House who opposed U.S. entry into WW II (Hamilton Fish), sent a string of female agents into the bed of the key opposing Senator Vandenberg (who subsequently swung sharply to support entry), engineered the nomination for President of Willkie by the largely "isolationist" Republicans in 1940 (Willkie was a lifelong Democrat who had never run for national office), infiltrated Gallup, Roper and all the other "pollsters" and pumped out completely phony polls pointing to huge popular groundswell for entering the war, operated dozens of fron organizations, while getting huge cooperation from Henry Luce's Time, Inc, the New York Times and virtually using the New York Herald Tribune as a full-time mouthpiece of British Intelligence. Oh, yeah, Mahl documents how a secret treaty (drafted by BSC) extends the British Official Secrets Act to the U.S. Funny, the NYTimes never mentions that when they report that the much basic historical material post-WW II still has not been released to the public. All this to get the U.S. into the war. Surely nothing like that could happen again, right? Seems that Americans were wary of being duped into another foriegn war after massive documentation pored out following WW I about how the U.S. was "tricked" -- by Britain -- into entering that fight. Interestingly, following WW II, historians and others involved closed ranks and blocked any return to such discussion, and, to this day, "isolationist" remains a very effective attack-label in U.S. foreign policy circles. So, bombing without a ground invasion (to avoid stirring up an "isolationist" U.S. public) for a war that was fought substantilly with British propaganda, sounds vaguely familiar. Could the U.S. be "tricked" once again? Naw, that couldn't happen now. Now we have the Internet and propaganda of that sort simply doesn't work anymore. As we all know. Nevermind, Mark Stahlman P.S. Oh, yeah, then there's the fascinating Op-Ed in today's (June 16th) NYTimes. Jason Goodwin's "Learning from the Ottomans" suggests that the only solution to the problem of the Balkans is . . . a new Empire. Pointing out that 42 Grand Viziers were Albanian and the greatest of the Grand, Mehmet Sokullu, was a Serb, Goodwin suggests that *all* the states of the Balkans be invited to join the European Union. Tomorrow. Invited to join the new Empire. Hmmm . . . maybe history has some lessons, after all. As long as you know where to look, of course.