Monthly Archives: February 2013

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From the Annual Report 2012
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Operation Mockingbird (Veronica Crociani)

mockingbirdOperation Mockingbird was a secret CIA campaign to spread disinformation and false stories to foreign governments during the cold war. They did this by manipulating the media diffusion and focusing only on propaganda interest, sabotage, and subversions. It was later revealed by congressional hearings, that the CIA program consisted of literally paying off editors and reporters of most mainstream news outlets.

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Student Work 2013: WIKI LEAKS (Haley Hughes)

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WikiLeaks is an international online organization that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources. The website started on October 4, 2006 in Iceland and since then, has released a number of documents that have become front-page news. Early releases included information of the Afghanistan war and the corruption of Kenya. On the WikiLeaks website, they have a number of articles and files including Syria files, Spy files, and the GIfiles; all of which are available to the public. The positive aspects to WikiLeaks is that their goal is to keep governments honest and to inform the people about their own society. Being a non-profit organization, they are able to work cooperatively with other publishing and media organizations around the globe. In November 2010, WikiLeaks helped release U.S State department diplomatic cables. Controversy arose when it became public that an encrypted version had been available through “BitTorrent” for months. WikiLeaks than blamed the UK guardian for the mishap and the U.S Justice Department later began a criminal investigation on the WikiLeaks website.

In my opinion, I think that releasing private information to the public can sometimes be helpful and useful, but at the same time, it can put people endanger and cause chaos in society. Especially since the sources are anonymous, it is more difficult to understand the information when you don’t know who is posting it.

Sources:

WikiLeaks.org

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/wikileaks

COINTELPRO (Charlotte MacKinnon)

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The FBI created COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program) in 1956 as a way to stop and prevent Communist activities in the United States.  It later expanded and included many domestic groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panther Party.  However, the government took it a step too far.  Instead of merely spying on these activists, they used intimidation to scare away any new members, discredited the groups, and permanently disrupted the groups as they made the activists seem like agents.

COINTELPRO planted false media stories about these domestic groups and even made fake pamphlets with the groups names on it.  They maliciously spread false information about meetings and events and forced others, such as employers and landlords, to give them a hard time.  COINTELPRO used the legal system to exploit these groups and make them appear as criminals.  It is even noted that officers gave perjured testimonies to secure guilty verdicts and justify the false arrests.

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Hacktivism (Ayse Ozbay)

oai4T2VdpGmOPw7Ej9HK89XrLyAHacktivism is defined as the use of illegal digital tools in pursuit of political ends. In other words – as is evident by the word itself – it is hacking computers and computer networks for activism purposes. The term was first coined in 1996 by a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow hacker collective named Omega. Hacktivists claim that the proper use of technology can lead to the same, if not more effective, results like those of protests, civil disobedience and activism.
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The Stargate Project (Samantha Lucci)

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Russell Targ is a physicist and author of several books on extra-sensory perception (ESP) and psychic abilities. As a senior staff scientist for Lockheed Martin he was one of the forerunners in developing peaceful applications of the laser, and he helped to launch an investigation into psychic abilities by the Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s-1990s. The project was known as Stargate.

Keith “Blue” Harary has a doctorate in psychology from Duke University and the Union Institute. Since the age of 17 he has worked extensively in studies of sensory-altering experiences, and those of personality and perception. In the early 1970s he was studying at Duke and living in the lab of the school’s Psychical Research Foundation for $35 a month. His background in psychical experimentation earned him an invitation to be a consultant in a classified program. The program was called Stargate.

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Operation Northwoods (Anna Cheffy)

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Operation Northwoods was a series of false flag proposals used to benefit the Cuban War. In 1962, the plot was planned by the U.S. Department of Defense, but was rejected by the Kennedy administration. The proposals involved using the Central Intelligence Agency, and other operatives, to commit perceived acts of terrorism in the United States. These acts were meant to be blamed on Cuba to create public support among Americans for a war against that nation.

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Operation Monarch (by: Mariel Rothman)

Operation Monarch is said to be a form of behavioral modification through trauma based psychological mind control, leading to the creation of undetectable “mind-controlled slaves”. Himmler, a Nazi SS officer, is known to have been the leader of the psycological research in the early 1960’s. After World War II, the CIA brought both German and Italian scientists, who were working on Monarch programming in Germany, back  with them to the United States.

The first victims of Operation Monarch were men who were captured MPD spies. However, the second group of men were tricked into becoming a part of Operation Monarch. Continue reading

Autobiography (Sean McGuire)

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Hello all, my name is Sean McGuire and I’m a Junior Communications major from the Universityof Maryland, College Park. I am from Bergen County, New Jersey and have an older sister who is twenty-three and a younger brother who has just entered his first year of college. I am fifty percent Irish, as my dad’s parents immigrated to the United States right before he was born and fifty percent Italian, my mothers’ parents coming straight off the boat from Sicily. This is my first time being in Rome and it has been a huge lifestyle change!

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Operation Paperclip (by Tiffany Wong)

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Operation Paperclip was a post-World War II organization created by the American Office of Strategic Services. Overseen by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA), this program aimed at recruiting scientists of Nazi Germany and utilizing their expertise. At the same time, JIOA hoped to keep its new German scientific knowledge under American wraps, denying it from the Soviet Union, the UK, and even a divided Germany.

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