Interviewed by Fox News about the Putin-Trump-Brennan imbroglio, Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, quietly mentioned the term "active measures," a Cold War Soviet operation carried out by the KGB.
It’s unusual to witness an upper echelon elected official using a term usually uttered exclusively by Soviet intelligence operatives and Western scholars. Listening to Burr, it appears we can construe the alleged cyber propaganda campaign to influence U.S. elections as "active measures" all over again. This likely means an organized and ongoing plan to fabricate negative announcements, discredit public leaders, infiltrate media, the university, and branches of the federal government.
And since Putin is hardly equipped to mount a military action of any consequence against the U.S., you could say the new Cold War will be fought with new weapons Russia can match, i.e. the action will be displayed on computer screens. Instead of Mutually Assured Destruction it will be death by software.
Major General Oleg Kalugin, formerly the top Soviet spy in the U.S., and later Chief of counterintelligence for the KGB, summarized active measures against the "main adversary," the U.S., in a presentation to the Raleigh Spy Conference in 2003. Summarizing one year alone — 1981 — his officers pushed Soviet anti-American propaganda by "funding or supporting 70 books, 66 feature and documentary films, more than 100 television stations, 4685 articles in magazines or newspapers, 300 conferences or exhibitions and 170,000 lectures around the world."
KGB active measures abound, notably influencing college students to turn against the Vietnam War, introducing left-wing ideology in the education system, succeeding to radicalize professors into PC foot soldiers, and slanting mass media to use the news as politically correct propaganda.
In most news organizations, all it takes is one active measures, fellow-travelling, PC-leftist sitting in editorial meetings to ask, "shouldn’t we be writing or broadcasting important social issues? Don’t we need to remind America it has failed to fix racism, women’s equality, and gender issues instead of publishing entertainment news, business activities, and sports? Or, we must seek diversity in people and events we cover. We focus too much on white males instead of minorities."
No editor, college president, or CEO dare face the employee who advocates common sense over sensitivity to "victimization." The PC advocates will vociferously attack dissenters as racists, homophobes, or misogynists — labels most people fear.
Active measures lies have a way of sticking. An example is the case of former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who has been lampooned consistently — on TV, in films, in books — for being a homosexual in a relationship with assistant Director Clyde Tolson. Today, more people know that than have heard of Harry Truman. Yet, they are victims of active measures.
The Moscow Center and a department of the KGB concocted a plan to discredit Hoover, as they do world leaders, mostly due to FBI attacks on communist organizations and fronts in the U.S. The Moscow team fabricated that Hoover was homosexual and sent it as a news story to an English-speaking news service in India controlled by the USSR. The compliant U.S. media fell for it. It was a lie but it caused harm to an American right-winger, so why check the sources?
But staining the reputation of a class enemy with active measures is not left to the KGB alone. American cells are practiced and effective at ruining careers of those who dare challenge the PC party line, especially in colleges and universities. Those who stuck to traditional learning, rather than join the radical scholars, were victims of whisper campaigns impugning their integrity. The goals of the PC radicals were to deny them tenure, force resignations, and inform other schools not to hire them. The radical scholar insurrection has no need for any of that today. All the professors are in the PC camp.
Bernie Reeves founded five regional publications and the Raleigh Spy Conference. His writing has appeared in National Review and American Thinker. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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