By: Philip | 08-20-2017 | News
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Coffee, Cognitive Infiltration and Infowartainment

The recent hullabaloo of that grandest of e-celebs Alexander Emrick Jones and his violent altercation with a Starbucks Assassin of some sort offers an opportunity to bring up some glaringly obvious issues with the Jones personas “coverage.” Jones’ face-off with “a literal goblin” and “bot.” Perhaps Jones was spurred on by the urge to up the ante from Cernovich’s most recent brush with death meeting up with a deadly “Replicant.” Yes, Mike Dershosfriend and Jones, as is their fashion, once again managed to insert themselves in some near brawl with yet another “agent of the alt-left”

After being assaulted with a burn that was clearly hotter than the tepid liquid he’d been doused in on the streets, <i>Infowars</i> “exposed” the caffeinated assassin as no other than “fake wrestling” MC and actor Jake Stratton. Seattle PD in a tweet announced that they wouldn’t look into the matter because “as far as they know it could have been an actor playing Alex Jones. With all the recent talk of dog-whistle words that have been bandied about in the media of late, it’s interesting that they would use this particular phraseology.

Only 4 months ago, Alex Jones came out imploring his audience to pay no heed to the baseless rumors that he was in fact, a stage show, an actor. Now where would such harmful and false rumors could have possibly been sourced from? In April, Jones was in the midst of a custody case and his lawyer’s statement, in a court of law, was just that. The Jones on Infowars was a “character” he was “playing” for the benefit of his viewing and listening audience. But of course, the Alex Jones/Infowars “persona” would indignantly resist any classification that the character he is playing is an act, that itself is part of the act.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The person that did it is Jake Stratton. I have a mutual friend of his and trust me (as a random stranger) but this was real.</p>&mdash; brett OGIN (@mushvillemayor) <a href="">August 18, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Friends of Strattton insist that the actor and staged wrestling MC was not “in on” the seemingly staged event, but even before his identity was revealed many viewers, even some of the hard core Jonesian Kool-aid drinkers felt the scene seemed a bit “put on.” Well of course, he wasn’t in on it. This could be a big bump for Jones and Stratton. The formerly obscure actor can now get interviewed by Vice and will have a great story to tell at bars and parties of how he was “the guy who assaulted Alex Jones with coffee.” If Stratton truly was the “goblin” in question and Seattle PD do not follow up, could it be possible that Seattle PD is also “in on it.”

Ah, but for what purpose? It really works all around for all involved. Alex Jones trends on Twitter, his fan base get to witness, first hand the rise of the dangerous “alt-left” coffee splashers, the media gets to poke a bit of fun at the expense of Austin’s best known blowhard and conspiracy theorists are made to look like simpletons who can’t tell the difference between a supplement pyramid scheme and a valid news program.

<h2><strong>COGNITIVE INFILTRATION GAMES</h2></strong>

Cass Sunnstein, author of the book “On Rumors” and father of the masterpiece of subversive genius that is “cognitive infiltration” plays a big role in all these disinformation games. Cass Sunstein was formerly the head of the Orwellian OIRA (Office of Intelligence Regulatory Affairs). Cognitive Infiltration was the brainchild of Sunnstein and Adrian Vermeule and refers to the infiltration of conspiracy theorist culture by paid plants or “schills” as mis and disinformation agents used to muddy the pool. Using “cognitive provocateurs” and miscellaneous front groups the plan was to infiltrate the corners where conspiracy culture evolves and take a hand in twisting the narrative to suit the powers that be.

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Salon has some choice words about the <a href=” “>Sunstein affair</a>:

<blockquote>”In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunnstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-“independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunnstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.”</blockquote>

Read or download the full paper <a href=””>here</a>.

Paid off pundits (or “wingnut welfare” as Rational Wiki deems it) and “independent analysts” like the PropOrNot team who propagated a list of “fake news” purveyors that Washington Post later had to admit they could not even vouch for the validity of the “anonymous experts.”

<blockquote> “We’re getting a lot of requests for comment and can get back to you today =) [smiley face emoticon]. We’re over 30 people, organized into teams, and we cannot confirm or deny anyone’s involvement.” </blockquote>

<a href=””>Glenn Greenwald’s excellent expose of WaPo/PropOrNot’s fake “fake news” list, “<i>Washington Post</i> disgracefully promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist from a new Hidden and very Shady Group”</a href> pulls no punches.

<blockquote>In his article, the Post’s Timberg did not include a link to PropOrNot’s website. If readers had the opportunity to visit the site, it would have become instantly apparent that this group of ostensible experts far more resembles amateur peddlers of primitive, shallow propagandistic clichés than serious, substantive analysis and expertise; that it has a blatant, demonstrable bias in promoting NATO’s narrative about the world; and that it is engaging in extremely dubious McCarthyite tactics about a wide range of critics and dissenters.

To see how frivolous and even childish this group of anonymous cowards is — which the Post venerated into serious experts in order to peddle their story — just sample a couple of the recent tweets from this group:

Awww, wook at all the angwy Putinists, trying to change the subject – they're so vewwy angwy!! It's cute ???? We don't censor; just highlight.

— PropOrNot ID Service (@propornot) November 26, 2016

Fascists. Straight up muthafuckin' fascists. That's what we're up against. Unwittingly or not, they work for Russia.

— PropOrNot ID Service (@propornot) November 22, 2016

As for their refusal to identify themselves even as they smear hundreds of American journalists as loyal to the Kremlin or “useful idiots” for it, this is their mature response:

We'll consider revealing our names when Russia reveals the names of those running its propaganda operations in the West ????

— PropOrNot ID Service (@propornot) November 25, 2016

<i>The Washington Post</i> should be very proud: It staked a major part of its news story on the unverified, untestable assertions of this laughable organization.</blockquote>

Jones and many others seem to be no more than a “limited hangout.” They leak just enough of the story to twist it into something else. Both the Patriot Act and NDAA put a choke hold on free speech. As of December 2016, the powers to counter information and promote disinformation were expanded. As <i>Zero Hedge</i> writes:

<blockquote>As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information. Introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 seeks a “whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions” to counter “foreign disinformation and manipulation,” which they believe threaten the world’s “security and stability.” Also called the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016 (S. 2692), when introduced in March by Sen. Rob Portman, the legislation represents a dramatic return to Cold War-era government propaganda battles. “These countries spend vast sums of money on advanced broadcast and digital media capabilities, targeted campaigns, funding of foreign political movements, and other efforts to influence key audiences and populations,” Portman explained, adding that while the U.S. spends a relatively small amount on its Voice of America, the Kremlin provides enormous funding for its news organization, RT.

“Surprisingly,” Portman continued, “there is currently no single U.S. governmental agency or department charged with the national level development, integration and synchronization of whole-of-government strategies to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation.” </blockquote>

But Alex wouldn’t do that. Surely the “it’s just an act” bit was merely a True Patriot forced into a tough spot in order to retain some custody of his children. Alex wouldn’t and couldn’t work with Feds, right?


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=""></a> … …<a href="">@RealAlexJones</a> Alex Jones exposed, parents were CIA agents, <a href="">#Masonic</a> lineage family <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ťŕũ†hếr ᾹйØй (@AntiGlobalist) <a href="">May 21, 2017</a></blockquote>

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See that’s a tricky one there. Alex <i>does</i> work with Feds. Strategic Forecasting, like Infowars, is based in Austin, Texas. StratFor is also a known intelligence front. They have an Alex Jones working with them, but not that Alex Jones. Tricky, eh? The real StratFor smoking gun is Molly Maroney, former intern with StratFor who now works for Alex as editor-in-chief of Infowars since Summer 2013.

That isn’t Alex’s only StratFor connection though, according to Timothy Fitzpatrick the StratFor offices were used for a photo op still used on Jones’ donation page. A phony story regarding Stratfor was planted to throw the vigilant off the trail. In addition, Stratfor is within spitting distance of <i>Infowars</i> HQ. Both businesses were founded in Austin, Texas in 1996 and Stratfor seems to have attempted to get political figures with a Jones connection elected in Texas.

If you don’t recall, exposing the StratFor affair was what led to Barrett Brown being initially arrested. Barrett was a journalist for Dallas’ <i>D magazine</i> and in coordination with Anonymous uncovered a paper trail involving mass civilian surveillance coordinated by the security state front known as Strategic Forecasting. Barrett spent years in prison for his efforts in exposing Strategic Forecasting. A good bit of that time, he couldn’t receive mail as he was listed “en route.” Reports of lack of sufficient medical attention for rib injuries sustained during arrest suggest that the ride to prison on the FBI “party van” was a long and bumpy one.

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So not only does it seem glaringly apparent that Alex Jones is no more than a federally backed puppet and mascot for conspiracy culture, but may even be closely connected to groups which are actively targeting real journalists. Yet another reason to be aware of schills, spooks and subversive agents in the world of para-politics.

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