[Marxism] Fwd: Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos - The Daily Beast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Oct 2 10:13:28 MDT 2016


Pentagon Paid for Fake ‘Al Qaeda’ Videos
A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory 
characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist 
videos.

By Crofton Black & Abigail Fielding-Smith of The Bureau of

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars 
to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of 
Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of 
Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to 
track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.
The agency’s staff worked alongside high-ranking U.S. military officers 
in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.

Bell Pottinger's former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed to the Sunday 
Times, which has worked with the Bureau on this story, that his firm had 
worked on a “covert” military operation “covered by various secrecy 
documents.”

Bell Pottinger reported to the Pentagon, the CIA and the National 
Security Council on its work in Iraq, he said.

Bell, one of Britain’s most successful public relations executives, is 
credited with honing Margaret Thatcher’s steely image and helping the 
Conservative party win three elections. THE AGENCY HE CO-FOUNDED HAS HAD 
A ROSTER OF CLIENTS INCLUDING REPRESSIVE REGIMES AND ASMA AL-ASSAD, THE 
WIFE OF THE SYRIAN PRESIDENT.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/01/pentagon-paid-for-fake-al-qaeda-videos.html?via=desktop&source=facebook



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