By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Stories that the Pentagon manufactured Ebola in a laboratory have been surfacing in a number of U.S. and foreign media outlets, helping to create even more of a panic over the spreading disease.
A new variation of an old Soviet charge, it is designed to besmirch the reputation of the United States in black Africa. In the hands of Russian disinformation specialists, it could spark protests against the stationing of U.S troops in Africa to restrict the Ebola outbreak.
It turns out the charges are based on a book written by one Leonard Horowitz, who cited Soviet and pro-Cuban sources for his sensational allegations, and also claims tuning forks can be used as “healing instruments” to confront a looming “biological apocalypse.” He sells them for $26 each.
Horowitz thinks the media are covering up his book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola, Nature, Accident or Intentional?, as the source of the “headline news in Liberia” about “the man-made origin of Ebola and AIDS.”
But if the panic over AIDS was any indication, the Russian disinformation apparatus will make sure the bogus charges about Ebola get even more attention.
Before he lost his job over broadcasting false charges about George W. Bush’s National Guard record, CBS Evening News anchorman Dan Rather had reported in 1987 that an American military laboratory had developed the virus that caused the AIDS epidemic. Without batting an eye, he cited a Soviet publication as a legitimate source. Rather offered no rebuttal to the sensational allegation.
The liberal anchorman, who will be played by Robert Redford in a film about Rather’s disputed report on Bush’s National Guard service, had fallen for a Soviet ploy to use the AIDS charge against the U.S. as a way to divert attention from the Soviet program to develop Ebola and other viruses as weapons.
It is significant that the Ebola charge has emerged in a Russian publication, Pravda.
It doesn’t seem to matter that the Pravda story, “USA created Ebola virus as biological weapon?,” was put in the form of a question, and even quoted Russian scientists as doubting a U.S. role. The point is to get the information into the public domain, in order to create the impression that the U.S. is engaged in secret and subversive activities. That has always been the purpose of Soviet-style disinformation.
The Ebola disinformation surfaced in a Liberian newspaper on September 9, 2014, in a letter by an American professor.
The “Dear World citizens” column, by Dr. Cyril Broderick, has since been picked up by various Internet sites and “news” organizations, including Alex Jones’ Infowars, Global Research, Iranian Press TV, Information Clearing House, and something called 21st Century Wire.
Labeled by some critics as the “nutty professor” and a crackpot, the professor’s “research profile” claims he is president of the International Society of African Scientists.
Other local and regional sources, such as “Face 2 Face Africa,” described as “The Premier Pan-African Voice,” have picked up the story. One quoted Broderick as authoritatively explaining “how the deadly disease made its reappearance” through the work of the U.S. Department of Defense.
In fact, however, the U.S. has led the effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, even deploying as many as 4,000 soldiers and spending $500 million to fight Ebola in West Africa.
Broderick, a faculty member associated with Delaware State University, claims his sources are “legitimate.” But his main source, the 1996 book by Leonard Horowitz, Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola, uses pro-communist sources that were part of the worldwide Soviet disinformation network.
After Dan Rather bought into it, the phony charge surfaced again in 2008, when President Obama’s anti-American pastor, Jeremiah Wright, cited the claim during a National Press Club appearance.
The charge that AIDS is a plot against blacks has been used by people like Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan to inflame race relations.
Jeremiah Wright had specifically cited the Horowitz book, telling the National Press Club audience, “Have you read Horowitz’ book—Emerging Viruses—AIDS and Ebola?”
Reading the book is helpful and enlightening. On page 363, it says, “For years preceding the end of the Cold War, the KGB gathered evidence, that Russian officials ultimately reported, suggesting an American origin of AIDS. Officials alleged that the AIDS virus had been a Pentagon invention—a germ unleashed for political purposes in Zaire.”
So Horowitz cited the KGB as a source.
As I also previously noted, the Horowitz book, on page 364, reproduced a Soviet “Pravda” cartoon depicting the “American origin” of the AIDS virus. He gave “courtesy” credit to Covert Action Information Bulletin, and cited individuals associated with the publication as legitimate sources of information on this topic.
Covert Action Information Bulletin was associated with Philip Agee, the CIA defector who collaborated with the Cuban Communists.
Former KGB officer Oleg Gordievsky admitted the Soviet KGB role in spreading the AIDS charge against the U.S. in his 1990 book, The KGB—The Inside Story. Gordievsky called the charge a “fabrication” that “also took in some of the Western media.”
In 2001, when I challenged Horowitz on his sources, he accused me of being a “McCarthyist.”
On October 28, the Wilson Center is featuring a discussion, “The AIDS Conspiracy: KGB and Stasi Disinformation,” looking back to the 1980s when the disinformation campaign was running at full-speed and how even the “free media in West Germany played a central, if unwitting role, as multipliers of the KGB’s disinformation thesis” on the Pentagon manufacturing AIDS.
Hopefully, the role of the “free media” in the U.S. will also be covered.
However, all of the mechanisms that were used by the Reagan administration to rebut the Soviet AIDS disinformation have been dismantled.
As a result, the U.S. will continue to get a black eye internationally for trying to save the lives of black Africans.
By: Sher Zieve
Just when we thought we’d put this one to bed, like all totalitarian ideologies and peoples, the Muslims simply invaded through another room in our home!
[Pardon the title…]
******** Muslims bound and determined to plant a mosque at Ground Zero no matter what we think
“…the condo is simply holding Cornaire accountable for failing to fully disclose how the space would be used and how many people would use it.”
Further reading: ‘Ground Zero mosque’ faces eviction from rich condo board
And never forget the subverted and corrupted Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania, until it is altered or demolished and replaced. From two excellent patriot bloggers and Sher Zieve, earlier:
By: Arlen Williams
Tomorrow [This week] Lord providing and I don’t get zapped with a DEW gun tonight (wink), I will enter a brief article in Gulag Bound. This is a draft of it’s opening:
This breaking story about our collectivist government’s readily apparent eavesdropping and harassment of Sharyl Attkisson dovetails with occurrences which my closest patriotic friends and I have experienced since 2008. We have been holding back on some of it, for the proper time.
This is the time to spell it out: from suspicious problems with computers, to our sites hit with attacks, to very curious data and telephone line problems, to clearly intentional telephone harassment, to a helicopter or drone shining spotlights in the middle of the night onto and into our homes, to being followed down the highway, then accosted at a service station and other events.
It is time for patriotic media activists who have lifted the Obama Democrats’ rock and looked under it, to being reporting our own stories and collating them. These must also be amassed with accounts of the IRS and related harassment of patriotic organizations. Perhaps a class action suit is in order, perhaps a RICO investigation. We won’t know until we compare notes. Let us do it publicly.
The beginning of today’s article in the New York Post:
A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.
In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.
“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.
She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.
Attkisson says the source, who’s “connected to government three-letter agencies,” told her the computer was hacked into by “a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”
Attkisson’s exchange about this with Bill O’Reilly, June 2013:
Hello and welcome to the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we award the famed golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!
Here are this weeks’ nominees…
Former Secretary of State, Senator And First Lady Hillary “Benghazi Babe’ Clinton!!
The Independent Sentinel: Hillary Clinton, for being a political hack.
This week she said:
“Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said.
“You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she continued. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”
“You know, one of the things my husband says when people say ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington,’ he said, ‘Well, I brought arithmetic,’” Clinton said, which elicited loud laughs from the crowd.
Of course business creates jobs. She’s playing to the hate the rich crowd. This is a woman who makes $2,777 per minute per speech.
Obama Labor Secretary Thomas ‘Puto’ Perez!!
The Noisy Room: Labor Secretary Thomas Perez who proclaimed that President Barack Obama will take “aggressive executive action” on immigration, which Perez said will bring about more “shared prosperity.”
Addressing the National Press Club this week, Perez, who is reportedly on the short list to be Obama’s next attorney general, said the country needed to “fix our broken immigration system” with comprehensive amnesty legislation that is “big and bold” to ensure that there is “shared prosperity,” which he said is a goal of his Labor Department. Though the Congressional Budget Office determined that comprehensive amnesty legislation would lower the wages of American workers, Labor Secretary Perez championed it.
“Shared prosperity” is Progressive collectivist speak for “shared poverty.” Marxist weasel-worthy.
Turkish President and all around Islamist weasel Recep Tayyip Erdoğan!!
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: For watching from the sidelines as Kurds and ISIL are in a bitter battle for the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border.
For whatever reasons, the Turks do not dig Kurds and their fear of a brand new nation state called Kurdistan shows up Erdogan as cold and calculated as the ancient Bolsheviks that ran Russia in the last millennium. On paper anywrought, Turkey is big and strong and could certainly handle any minorities wanting to secede, yet their behavior towards the Kurds in Kobani is beyond the pale.
CNN ‘News Anchor’ Carol Costello!!
Nice Deb: Although CNN News Anchor Carol Costello shouldn’t have a job after her disturbing antics, last week, she does deserve to be considered for the esteemed title of Weasel of the Week in my humble opinion.
In the shocking segment, Costello could barely contain her glee over hearing new audio of Bristol Palin describing her assault at a party in Alaska a few weeks ago. In fact, Costello called it “quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.”
Costello then proceeded to describe the “massive brawl” and before playing the audio she told her viewers “so sit back and enjoy.”
What you were asked to “sit back and enjoy” was the sound of a tearful and near hysterical Bristol Palin describing to the police the physical assault she had just experienced.
Despite overwhelming approbation from fellow journalists and conservatives appalled by her hypocrisy, Costello has thus far resisted offering an apology on the air for gloating over Bristol Palin’s distress, instead opting to offer a weak and weaselly apology to Politico.
People that hate Sarah Palin so much ought to be in jail. There is no place in America for such hate by proxy.
Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!
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