The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has just released a shocking report revealing that the US Government has paid Bell Pottinger, a British P.R Firm, $540 Million to make propaganda videos.
Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.
The agency’s staff worked alongside high-ranking US military officers in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.
In the first media interview any Bell Pottinger employee has given about the work for the US military in Iraq, video editor Martin Wells – who no longer works for the company – told the Bureau his time in Camp Victory was “shocking, eye-opening, life-changing.”
Bell Pottinger produced reams of material for the Pentagon, some of it going far beyond standard communications work.
Bells most ‘sensitive’ work for the US was making fake Al-Qaeda videos:
The third and most sensitive programme described by Wells was the production of fake al Qaeda propaganda films. He told the Bureau how the videos were made. He was given precise instructions: “We need to make this style of video and we’ve got to use al Qaeda’s footage,” he was told. “We need it to be 10 minutes long, and it needs to be in this file format, and we need to encode it in this manner.”
US marines would take the CDs on patrol and drop them in the chaos when they raided targets. Wells said: “If they’re raiding a house and they’re going to make a mess of it looking for stuff anyway, they’d just drop an odd CD there.”
Just about every Country in the World participates in Propaganda programs, the US has one of the largest operations alongside Russia and the UK. For this very reason, we should not accept anything that we see or hear without extensive further investigation.
Information is very powerful, it has the ability to change perceptions and opinions – regardless of