Bloggers, conspiracy theorists and people who challenge establishment narratives on the Internet were all likened to ISIS terrorists during a chilling Congressional hearing which took place yesterday.
The hearing, hosted by the House Foreign Relations Committee, was titled “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information,” and accused Russian state broadcaster RT of weaponizing “conspiracy theories” to spread propaganda.
One of the speakers giving testimony was former RT host Liz Wahl, who made a public spectacle of quitting Russian state media last year in an incident stage-managed by neo-con James Kirchick, himself a former employee of Radio Free Europe – a [US] state media outlet.
Remarking that the Internet provided a platform for “fringe voices and extremists,” Wahl characterized people who challenge establishment narratives as a “cult”.
“They mobilize and they feel they’re part of some enlightened fight against the establishment….they find a platform to voice their deranged views,” said Wahl.
Referring to comments made in January by US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) chief Andrew Lack, who characterized RT as a threat on the same level as ISIS and Boko Haram, Wahl said the comparison was justified.
“By using the Internet to mobilize people that feel displaced, that feel like they’ve been on the outskirts of society, and give them a place where they can find a sense of belonging, and maybe make a difference in their own way, and it’s a problem,” she said.
Wahl went on to bemoan the fact that conspiracy theorists were “shaping the discussion online, on message boards, on Twitter, on social media,” before asserting that the web had become a beacon of “disinformation, false theories, people that are just trying to make a name for themselves, bloggers or whatever, that have absolutely no accountability for the truth, that are able to rile up a mass amount of people online.” …
Wow, I had no idea I was working for RT or russia. Those sneaky commies had me all mixed up what with physics and deduction and historical recollection and all. Thinking is just too complicated. Obviously we all need to be a little more careful about questioning the dictates of our authority figures and be thankful for their esteemed guidance.
But I’m confused. I thought ISIS was the “good guys”, at least according to the obama administration. http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2015/11/democracy-now-demonstrates-what-it-means-to-be-a-good-german/ So what am I supposed to believe? That they can’t make up their minds or … or … or … could they be LYING? Obviously I’m mistaking their superior knowledge and humanitarian benevolence for corruption. But I have to admit that it’s striking how similar they appear.
50 years ago you would have been called a conspiracy theorist if you questioned the tonkin gulf hoax which got this country into the murderous attack on vietnam. I don’t know how many people I’ve met whose lives were ruined by that bankster/industrial business venture. Any one of them is worth all the stuffed shirts who are lying us into WWIII.
These people are very richly deserving of deportation to face justice in one of the hellholes they created. It would be real war on terror.
BTW: Wahl took exception to russia’s “intervention” in crimea.
However heartfelt her resignation speech was, she was a victim of her own country’s propaganda machine.