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“New Knowledge” and the same old same old

Kit Knightly

Jonathon Morgan, CEO of New Knowledge and former State Department employee.

Most of us in the UK-based alternate media are familiar with the Integrity Initiative by now. A disinformation campaign funded by the foreign office through the (very dodgy sounding) Institute for Statecraft. Their job was to smear people opposing Theresa May’s government – be they foreign or domestic. The scale of the scandal hasn’t been appreciated by the public, thanks to the muteness of the mainstream media, but the foreign office using public money to have the intelligence agencies smear the opposition should be enough to bring down any government.

Thanks to some excellent work by people in the alternate media and some MPs, the Integrity Initiative’s website is currently empty “pending an investigation of data theft”. More honestly, it had become an embarrassment. They will likely disappear and then relaunch under a new name, and may indeed have already done so. For now, the Integrity Initiative is done.

Less well-known in this country is New Knowledge, a direct US-based parallel of the Integrity Initiative. They’ve been conducting “counter-propaganda” and “social media experiments” in the US since 2015, but only just hit the headlines.

Who are “New Knowledge”?

A good question – we don’t really know. Their website claims to have “thousands of volunteers”. This may or may not be true – we only have three named people:

…but what a three they are. Jonathon Morgan, formerly of the State Department and Brookings Institute. Ryan Fox, formerly of military intelligence. Renee DiResta, formerly of Wall Street.

The State Department, military intelligence and Wall Street. The unholy trinity.

Obviously, some questions present themselves. Primarily, can we really trust all those “formerlies”? How did these three start this project? How do they know each other? Where does their funding come from?

We don’t know. What we do know is that, somehow, these three crazy kids got together and decided to use their money (we don’t know where they got it from) and their army of volunteers (we don’t know who they are) to “combat disinformation”. A noble goal indeed.

Let’s see how they did…

Why is New Knowledge in the news?

This “think tank” recently made the headlines in the US because they were caught attempting to manipulate the Alabama Senatorial election. This is not a fringe “conspiracy theory” claim – it was in the New York Times, twice.

It’s now known that New Knowledge took part in various social media-based attempts to swing the Alabama senate race in favour of Democrat Doug Jones. These efforts were varied and odd. They included creating a fake Facebook page, purporting to be a group of Baptists who supported Republican candidate Roy Moore, because they believed he would help them ban alcohol statewide. They also encouraged (and/or created) independent candidates from the conservative right, in efforts to split the Republican vote.

We don’t know what impact it had – but Jones did win a very narrow victory over Moore (fewer than 22,000 votes).

However, this was – by far – the most important facet of this story:

It involved a scheme to link the Moore campaign to thousands of Russian accounts that suddenly began following the Republican candidate on Twitter, a development that drew national media attention.

New Knowledge pretended to be Russians supporting a Republican candidate in order to discredit him by association. They freely admit it:

We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,”

So it seems rather than “combatting disinformation”, New Knowledge actively spreads disinformation to achieve political goals.

They are staffed by State Dept. and intelligence agency veterans, and they spread false information to swing elections. That makes them a Psy-Op:

Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behaviour of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.

So what was the reaction?

Mild. Disappointing. On multiple levels.

Just like the Integrity Initiative coverage in the UK, the wider implications of corruption were completely ignored. The story was always framed in terms of “fighting back against the Kremlin”, or “turning Putin’s methods against him”. The coverage focused on this being a “gift for the Kremlin” because it appeared to undermine the claims of Russiagaters (Note “appears to undermine”, rather than “undermines”).

New Knowledge (NK), of course, denied they were attempting to corrupt democracy in Alabama. Morgan called the Alabama operation an “experiment” testing the effectiveness of “Russian methods”. He claimed it was specifically “designed to have as little impact as possible”. (How you can “test the effectiveness” of something designed to have no impact is unclear to me).

No evidence is supplied to corroborate Morgan’s version of events. In fact, there’s no reason to think this is a one-off at all. This is just the one we know about. Deep State psy-ops are like ants, for every one you see…there’s a hundred you don’t. A single sighting means there’s a whole colony nearby.

All of the national media and pundits resolutely ignored the very large elephant in the very small room – NK have existed since 2015. Before the 2016 Presidential election. The NYT warns these tactics could make the 2020 election ugly – but they don’t relate it back to the 2016 election at all.

This is not about Russia “corrupting our practices” or us “employing Russian methods”, this is evidence that there NEVER WAS any “Russian interference”, that “Russia’s methods” are actually our methods. Evidence that “Russiagate” is a Deep State psy-op designed to discredit and control Donald Trump’s administration.

Rather predictably, none of the media articles takes this angle.

And, unlike the Integrity Initiative, New Knowledge’s website is very much alive and well. Outside of political corruption, there’s also levels of financial corruption. New Knowledge CEO Jonathon Morgan is also one of the builders of Hamilton 68 – a program which claims to track Russian “bot” activity. On the one hand, he works for a think-tank which fakes bot activity, on the other, he charges people for a product he claims tracks bot activity. There is, of course, a massive opportunity for fraud and corruption there.

But, far from being rebuked, sanctioned, or punished in any way – New Knowledge seems to be functioning just as before.

In fact, NBC News already ran a story claiming progressive Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is being backed by the Russian “propaganda machine”

They cite New Knowledge as an expert witness.

Conclusion

In summary, a shadowy think-tank staffed entirely by State Department and intelligence veterans is using funding from unknown sources and volunteers of unknown identity to pretend to be Russians on social media in order to discredit politicians and political movements in the United States. This should be a Congressional hearing. But instead, it’s a back-page “oh, did you know” story.

The following are important questions that need answering:

  • How is the New Knowledge group funded?
  • Are they paid by the government or military?
  • Who are these “thousands of volunteers”?
  • Are they the US equivalent of the UK’s 77th Brigade?
  • What other elections were targetted by New Knowledge (or similar) operations?

Just like the Integrity Initiative, New Knowledge works by concealing its true nature and intentions. It is layer after layer of deception and darkness. It can be beaten, the same way II was beaten – by bringing it out into the open and exposing lies to the light of truth.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Loverat

Great article and just shows the freak show we are living in. While reading about religion and events going on in the world I stumbled across this site today – read by 1 million people worldwide. It talks very much in terms of US being on the side of right – and Russia, China, and Iran the threats to humanity. Many of the false narratives, propaganda and paranoia repeated in the articles. But don’t worry – apparently god will save us and deal with the bad guys from the East! https://www.thetrumpet.com/ Depressing – but at least it’s a good example… Read more »

James Connolly
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James Connolly

Well done Kit. The lesson seems to be to direct the spotlight onto their face and hold it there. Something MSM will not do.

Kathy
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Kathy
David Macilwain
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Your link Kathy – on which I have written in “The Nurse’s Tale” on AHT – illustrates the fact that the Two Eyes has not been hindered, leave alone defeated, merely continuing its activities more covertly. Perhaps Kit didn’t really mean that – and his follow-up on New Knowledge illustrates the ongoing threat from this multi-national disinformation consortium. Despite writing on the Two Eyes, and continuing to research its activities (the site was back up briefly a few days ago) we seem to make no progress in alerting ordinary people to this malignant cancer in Western society. We also make… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

Thank you for your post. I have now read your predating piece. I am sure this is a common {coincidence}!!! And am again struck by how It has become so easy for the establishment to fill positions at senior levels in the appropriate departments etc. Just in time to take control when such things happen.
It is sad that so many people still don’t realize how things work and how deep this all goes. Tech just makes the whole misinformation/ propagandizing so much easier and more opaque.

Kathy
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Kathy

Just to clarify. I meant that the Military nurse happening to be the first responder as the coincidence!!!. Rereading my post I realize this may have been interpreted as in relation to the article.

BigB
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BigB

It’s absolutely imperative to deconstruct the psyop reality of the cognitive elite. As far as I am concerned, it is also becoming imperative to construct a new reality – a new universal humanity. The psyop realism – based on duality – is built on false assumptions, predicated on false assumptions, predicated on false assumptions …in infinite regress. That is why it is becoming more and more bizarre and unreal – its very dualistic premises are all unreal. Unreality and unfreedom are predicated on unreality and unfreedom …also in infinite regress. There is no point we can return to in the… Read more »

lundiel
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Apologies for going a bit off thread here but there has been an, up till now, very successful propaganda campaign run in full view by the media and various remain groups in this country with the dual objectives of getting a second referendum and destroying Corbyn. The second referendum “PV” campaign used YouGov polls as “evidence” of Labour members wanting a PV. Anyone can join YouGov, submit political affiliation details and agree to be polled on their choices. These polls showed overwhelming support for another referendum by Labour members and voters which flew in the face of reason. Why would… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Is that the same Jeremy Corbyn who wants a Customs Union (with a say – LOL!); a strong Single Market: and refused to rule out a second referendum? That’s a very successful propaganda campaign that actually got him to stand up in Parliament and call for it? Sorry about the Standard, but it includes fairly incontrovertible proof that the Labour leader has no intention of delivering Brexit.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-news-latest-jeremy-corbyn-backs-plans-to-force-second-eu-referendum-a4045166.html

lundiel
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It doesn’t change the fact that Best for Britain is very anti Corbyn and using YouGov as “evidence” of anything other than the views of YouGov contributors who may or may not be Labour supporters/members is without precedent, as far as I’m aware, and should be accompanied with a warning that the polls “may reflect the views of people unconnected with Labour”, or similar. As it is the media, led by the Guardian and Independent along with BBC and Channel 4 have enthusiastically promoted a psyops campaign as fact and no one has questioned it.

BigB
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BigB

Your proposition is that Corbyn is being smeared with the intention of getting a second referendum (PV) that Corbyn has refused to rule out backing? Isn’t that as confused as Labour’s own policy? I deliberately chose a link with a video of him saying it. I could have gone with various utterances of Starmer and Thornbury, laying out Labour strategy of general election, renegotiation with EU, PV …in that order. All options are on the table – except ‘no deal’ or actually leaving. The whole emphasis in renegotiation is on the basis of closer ties. In other words: a Brexit… Read more »

lundiel
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I;m sorry, you seem to be arguing about the effect of the psyops/propaganda campaign that has been waged to promote a second referendum and remove Corbyn. I am not arguing about Labour policy, but the highly questionable method of changing it. Labour promised to honour the result of the referendum, since then we have been inundated with YouGov polls claiming that Labour members/supporters are overwhelmingly in favour of a second referendum. Labour’s policy has been modified to include a possible second referendum as a direct result of fake polling by YouGov. It came very close to succeeding and I want… Read more »

lundiel
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PS. If you read btl comments in the Guardian and Indy these days, people claiming to be left of centre (haha) reserve most of their hatred for Corbyn. Try telling them that Labour support remain.

BigB
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BigB

Labour supports remain, and has done for months. If they came to that position because of fake YouGov polls: how venal and spineless is that? If people can hear the words Customs Union, etc. in the video above – and hear ‘Leave’ …quite frankly, that is their delusion. If you haven’t read my comments before – if you are talking about Brexit psyops: there is only one – EU Military Unification. It is the deal, the whole deal, and the only deal. We are ceding our military to a proto-fascist, sub-imperial satrap, supranational dictatorship. Anyone who is party to this… Read more »

Joseph W. Walker
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Joseph W. Walker

Why does Mr. Morgan have a merkin on his face?

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

Excellent investigative reporting Kit, cheers. Thank god for alternative media. Where would we be without it? I couldn’t resist, but used your link to New Knowledge…. and went snooping. These people are completely obsessed with, and brainwashed with the whole Russiagate rubbish. Its gone beyond farce. WHERE is the evidence?? But hang on, there is none. Its a massive Psy Ops to demonise Putin, demonise Russia, and yes, as you point out, keep Trump in check. And these cretins, along with the presstitutes in the media are playing with fire – they are playing with All our lives by pushing… Read more »

Some Random Passer-by
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Some Random Passer-by

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Joerg
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Joerg

To me a very fishy organisation is “COMMON PURPOSE“. On Wikipedia we read of the Daily Mail saying: “like some giant octopus, Common Purpose’s tentacles appear to reach into every cranny of the inner sanctums of Westminster, Whitehall and academia […]” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Purpose_UK ).

Joerg
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Joerg

Some more:
Here is a critical article to “Common Purpose”:
“Common Purpose is a political charity using Behavioural Modification” – https://www.cpexposed.com/about-common-purpose

But on Google I really had to dig for it. If you, on Google, give in “Common Purpose” and also limit the time by pressing the button “last year”, for several pages Google only shows you links of the “Common Purpose” organisation itself – or otherwise links, which present a positive picture of “Common Purpose”.
So Google obviously favours “Common Purpose” in its search listing. This also alarms me.

Peter Charles
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Peter Charles

Google favours far more than that. As part of looking into Brexit I Googled “Total UK investment into the EU” which seemed to me to be a perfectly unremarkable search. Every return in the first two pages was about EU investment into the UK, not one result was the other way around. I had to use DuckDuckGo to actually get what I was looking for. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised as I have noticed for a long time that for anything controversial Google is a waste of time, only returning the government/MSM narrative.

Nicholas Riley
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Nicholas Riley

There is a wealth of information on Common Purpose at https://www.ukcolumn.org/search/node/common%20purpose

Joerg
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Joerg

@Nicholas Riley
Thank You for the link! Great!

Gary Weglarz
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Gary Weglarz

Excellent post Kit. Thanks. New Knowledge and it’s proven and admitted manipulation of the American Congressional election last fall, followed now by doing their “Russian-bot” smearing of Tulsi Gabbard on NBC, should be huge news in the U.S. and should be spurring criminal action. Yet of course no one in MSM really wants to deal with something that totally undercuts their “Russiagate” narrative, and which also shows the deep state intelligence apparatus at work that is fabricating “Russian” links as part of a massive disinformation campaign. So we literally have evidence of an intelligence connected organization posing as Russian-bots to… Read more »

tutisicecream
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I’ll have a go Kit at answering your questions. How is the New Knowledge group funded? The deep pockets of the CIA/Pentagon unaccounted unaudited finance streams for various nefarious operations. There will also be the more circuitous route for Gov funding via shell orgs such as NED etc. Are they paid by the government or military? As above Who are these “thousands of volunteers”? As above. Are they the US equivalent of the UK’s 77th Brigade? They are an off-shoot. What other elections were targeted by New Knowledge (or similar) operations? All elections in client states. In non client states… Read more »

Savorywill
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Savorywill

Excellent article, Kit!!! Many thanks for this. It is so obvious that the reason Trump won is very simple. Hillary was a horrible candidate. Her actions in Libya alone, as well as going from being apparently broke, in her words, when leaving the White House to being a multi-millionaire 16 years later (which her income as senator and secretary of state could not possibly account for). At least Trump became a multi-billionaire as a businessman, not a politician, never having run for any office before 2016. He also complained about the corruption in the lobbying industry and actually, I read,… Read more »

0use4msm
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0use4msm

the foreign office using public money to have the intelligence agencies smear the opposition should be enough to bring down any government.

Considering how much this is business as usual, with a very long history indeed, that’s basically the same as saying “enough to bring down every government.”

mark
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mark

We can no longer believe anything we are told, certainly not anything appearing in the MSM. Not ANYTHING, not even the sports results or the date at the top of the page. We have been lied to about just about EVERYTHING, for many decades, if not over a century. Bayonetted Belgian Babies, Iraq Incubator Babies, Iraq WMD, Syrian Gas Hoaxes, Skripal, it’s all the same. You could fill a book with other known obvious examples. Refuse to believe ANYTHING they say, no matter how generally accepted it is. ESPECIALLY if it is generally accepted. The “holocaust” is a prime example.… Read more »

ZigZagWanderer
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ZigZagWanderer

This probably won’t be available for very long due to the censorship currently being implemented. It shows how the narrative about THAT number may have developed. 8 minutes long. https://youtu.be/YqACgRA6XuI

mark
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mark

Thanks for that, ZZW. This highly improbable 6 million figure seems to have a long provenance, not just as a political talking point from WW1 if not earlier, but in Talmudic religious passages. It occurs there as a fantastical casualty figure in historical Biblical events. I think the Romans were accused of killing 4 billion Jews. Billion with a B.

flaxgirl
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Re Kit’s article – it would be hilarious if not so appalling. I agree with you, Mark, to a fair degree but we can work out quite a lot that’s not true and for certain things it’s quite easy as they have distinct hallmarks such as staged terror and certain other events. As told to false-flag analyst, Ole Dammegard, by an insider, the power elite justify their crimes against us by TELLING us with signs which they believe puts the onus on us to call them out. According to them, if we don’t the fault’s on us and they are… Read more »

bevin
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bevin

Those who deny the German government’s responsibility in the killings of millions of, in effect, prisoners do not do so in order to rescue the truth from a campaign of propaganda but to legitimise the nazi regime and to denigrate the soviet union. And, by implication, socialism. Unsurprisingly those who deny what is called the Holocaust are generally first in line to exaggerate the numbers of casualties caused by governments run by communist parties- while there is a cottage industry devoted to Holocaust denial Robert Conquest’s clear propaganda is regarded with the sanctity allotted to serious scholarship. In point of… Read more »

mark
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mark

Yes, Bevin, casualty figures of deaths under communist governments are other examples that need to be treated with considerable scepticism. You are quite right. But I couldn’t include everything. There are too may examples. I’ve always been sceptical about the one million figure for the Rwanda genocide – if only because I find round numbers suspicious. It sounds to me like a case of someone saying, “I haven’t got a clue, I’ll make something up.” Then it’s repeated ad infinitum till it becomes holy writ. In the 1300s, the Papacy produced a report saying that 42 million people had died… Read more »

mark
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mark

You can’t just take anything at face value any more – that is the point. Most of what we have been told turns out to have been lies and propaganda. I have no doubt that atrocities have been committed in most wars. There’s no need to whitewash anything or anybody. In Yugoslavia, a fictitious genocide of 100,000 people by the Serbians was invented to justify bombing and dismembering the country. It didn’t happen – though all sides committed atrocities, and plenty of them, including atrocities against the Serbians. But when you know that you have been lied to a thousand… Read more »

Cherrycoke
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Cherrycoke

” The US is threatening to invade Venezuela in the interests of freedom and democracy because of their great concern for the welfare of the Venezuelan people. The US invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. Putin is a crude cartoon villain thug who wanted Skripal murdered purely for the fun of it. President Assad is a demented psychopath who gasses his own people purely for the fun of it. The Syrian jihadis are noble freedom fighters. The White Helmets are heroic rescue workers. And Father Christmas is working hard with all his elves in Lapland to get the… Read more »

mark
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mark

How many reasons would you like, C? One is just financial. Money, readies. In the 1950s, world Zionist organisations demanded, and got £6.600 per head (in 1950s money) from Germany for every supposedly murdered Jew. The more “victims”, the more money. There were claims of “6 million Jews” in danger of being massacred from the early 1930s, indeed from the end of WW1, when Hitler was still serving in the German Army. The figure seems to be part of a political mantra that was being bandied about decades before WW2. It would make sense as an action replay of all… Read more »

Martin Usher
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Martin Usher

The active murder campaign happened because the original solution to the Jewish question — relocation to labor camps — was denied to the Germans by the advancing Red Army. Jewish people were not the only untermensch to cop it, though — the Slavs were going to get reduced to serf status. The plan for conquest of Russia was to drive to the Urals, eliminating two thirds of the population and any vestige of Russian culture (cities like Leningrad were to be razed), leaving the remainder to be serfs, slaves for the conquering master race. (This, incidentally, explains Russian sensitivities about… Read more »

mark
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mark

Is this true though, F? Atrocity footage can be faked quite easily. There are British companies which do this professionally, for legitimate reasons, like training first responders. But the same companies have been actively involved in the Syrian Gas Hoaxes. The BBC showed footage of dead Arab civilians and described these as “Syrian civilians murdered by Assad.” They were actually Iraqi civilians killed in the bombing of Iraq in 2003. Some footage of mass open air cremations of “holocaust victims” have been shown to be German civilians killed in bombings of places like Dresden. When the Red Army liberated areas… Read more »

flaxgirl
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I know a ton of fakery goes on, Mark, but you can’t fake emaciation. It wouldn’t surprise me though if some fakery and lies occurred with the Holocaust. They always have to fiddle with the truth.

So you think the Gladio bombings were staged too? I don’t know about any others but the 1980 Bologna station bombing was definitely staged, at least, death and injury of the people was. I’ve only found one person on the internet who things Bologna was staged too so I’m glad someone else does.

The other fakery you quote is interesting.

mark
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mark

Bologna was staged by Gladio as a false flag when the Italian Communist party started regularly winning 30-35% of the vote in the 70s. The Red Brigades and the Baader Meinhof gang were controlled opposition created for the same reason. It’s the same story with the Belgian supermarket shootings of the early 1980s. Armed men burst into Belgian supermarkets armed with automatic pistols and pump action shotguns and gunned down shop workers and shoppers at random. There were 28 killed and many more wounded. The gunmen didn’t steal anything apart from some bottles of alcohol and cartons of cigarettes. There… Read more »

flaxgirl
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So I’m not clear, Mark, Do you think Bologna was completely staged as in no death or injury or that it was a “genuine” false flag where death and injury occurred? If you think death and injury were real you might be interested on my webpage on the 1980 Bologna and 2017 Mogadishu bombings because the evidence very clearly shows neither of them were real. I’m also going to add the 2002 Bali bombing when I’ve done a little more research to confirm what indicates they was also staged. https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/bologna-1980-and-mogadishu-2017.html OK, so emaciation can be faked (my goodness) but not… Read more »

mark
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mark

I keep an open mind on that, F. Some of these are “genuine” in the sense that a bombing or shooting occurred and people were killed and injured, though the whole operation was orchestrated by the Deep State or other actors. I think that is probably the case with Bologna, but you have to keep an open mind. In others, it is highly unlikely that people were killed as reported. There were recent “terrorist” attacks in France where supposedly Jewish people were murdered. There were no post mortems and the alleged victims were spirited away for instant burial in Israel.… Read more »

flaxgirl
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I think death and injury in Bologna were faked just as they were at the Boston Marathon and many, many other events – didn’t know about recent events in France (my God there are so very, very many of them) – see https://occamsrazorterrorevents.weebly.com/bologna-1980-and-mogadishu-2017.html.

And I’m totally on board with the Masonic numerology and symbology and am familiar with the great figuring of the number 22 at Manchester. The bombing also occurred at 22:33 (BBC), 22:31 (Wikipedia).

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

A hipster at the helm?
They breed in a bottomless cesspool of narcissism, ambition and greed.
The world is flucked.

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

Bloody hipsters everywhere Fair Dinkum! Especially in the part of Melbourne I’m in. Every direction you look….. Hipsters. Its like being on the set of a zombie movie!And some of them even think they’re ‘socialists’. Go figure….

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

Brunswick Gezzah.
It must be the epicentre for self-centredness.

Gezzah Potts
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Gezzah Potts

Fair Dinkum: nope, not Brunswick, but not far from there. The whole inner suburbs are hipster central anyways. Don’t want to bang on about hipsters (ugh) as want to comment on Kit’s article once I get home.