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Old October 3rd, 2016, 06:35 AM   #1
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BREAKING: Pentagon Caught Paying PR Firm $540 Million to Make Fake Terrorist Videos R

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According to a new joint investigation by the Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Pentagon paid a PR firm based in the U.K. over half a billion dollars to make fake terrorist videos in Iraq as part of an enormous propaganda campaign.

PR firm Bell Pottinger fabricated short TV segments designed to imitate Arabic news networks and “fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee,” reports the Bureau.
High-ranking U.S. military officials worked with the firm’s employees at Baghdad Camp Victory to create anti-terrorism propaganda to imitate the real thing, the Bureau claims.

Besides the Pentagon, Bell Pottinger’s list of clientele reads like the who’s who of unsavory characters — Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s foundation, Margaret Thatcher, and the government of Saudi Arabia, for example.

Bell Pottinger’s former chairman, Lord Tim Bell, reportedly confirmed to the Times collaborated on a “covert” military operation “covered by various secrecy agencies” — and reported to the CIA, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council.

According to the report, the firm was brought to Iraq and began working shortly after the United States first invaded, under the condition it negatively portray Al Qaeda — and then track who watched the propaganda.

Both the White House and General David Petraeus, then commander of coalition forces in Iraq, signed off on the program — thus the president was almost certainly well aware of its existence.

“In the first media interview any Bell Pottinger employee has given about the work for the US military in Iraq, video editor Martin Wells – who no longer works for the company – told the Bureau his time in Camp Victory was ‘shocking, eye-opening, life-changing,’” the Bureau reports.

By tracking U.S. Army contracts, records of federal procurement transactions, reports for the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, corporate records from Bell Pottinger, and more, the Bureau was able to discover the extent of the program.

One military contractor, who spoke with the outlet to explain the three types of labels given to media operations, or Ops, used in Iraq during that time, said:

“White is attributed, it says who produced it on the label. Grey is unattributed and black is falsely attributed. These types of black ops, used for tracking who is watching a certain thing, were a pretty standard part of the industry toolkit.”

Records revealed the operation involving the PR firm cost well over $100 million each year — and at its height, employed more than 300 British and Iraqi staff.

All told, the Bureau “identified transactions worth $540 million between the Pentagon and Bell Pottinger for information operations and psychological operations on a series of contracts issued from May 2007 to December 2011.”

A former Bell Pottinger employee, Martin Wells, discussed his unusual job with the Bureau in an interview, saying he had no idea what the job was about when he came on board in 2006.

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pretty sad. can't they find enough real videos??
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ok, so show that their evidence is wrong.
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ok, so show that their evidence is wrong.
The source or in this case sources themselves, if this story was even partially fact, then actual news services would be all over it.
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The source or in this case sources themselves, if this story was even partially fact, then actual news services would be all over it.
free thought breaks many stories and their "bias" is against the state. they have no dog in the race be it "R" or "D"

they sighed their sources. disprove them if you wish or don't but just attacking the source w/o any reason then just because you disagree w/ their POV is silly
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free thought breaks many stories and their "bias" is against the state. they have no dog in the race be it "R" or "D"

they sighed their sources. disprove them if you wish or don't but just attacking the source w/o any reason then just because you disagree w/ their POV is silly
if the story could be proven to be fact I'd agree , problem is it reeks of conspiracy theories.
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if the story could be proven to be fact I'd agree , problem is it reeks of conspiracy theories.
i agree, but in my experience free thought is pretty solid in what they release and since i posted that here i have seen other organizations picking up the story.
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i agree, but in my experience free thought is pretty solid in what they release and since i posted that here i have seen other organizations picking up the story.
i saw that too.
My statement about free thought goes for the other organizations too.
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