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New 'Red Scare' ... Universities Hotbeds for Un-American Activities?
FBI Fears American Universities 'Swarming with Spies' ... Foreign spies have become much more common in America's higher education institutions over the last five years, reports Bloomberg. The FBI says many of them are Chinese nationals. The end of the Cold War did a lot to deepen international scientific collaboration, prompting universities to broaden their global activities. Students on American soil have become even more multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. But this openness also exposed the vulnerability of academic institutions to scientific and industrial espionage, as well as to the theft of advanced technologies, US national security officials believe. "We have intelligence and cases indicating that US universities are indeed a target of foreign intelligence services," Frank Figliuzzi, Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director for counterintelligence, told Bloomberg. – Bloomberg
Dominant Social Theme: The enemy has penetrated American universities and must be repulsed. The FBI will need a bigger budget.
Free-Market Analysis: The FBI has discovered that American Universities are swarming with spies. This is ironic because US Intel agencies generally have been responsible for generating false-flag "war on terror" operations that have been criticized by the US legal community.
There are difficulties, in fact, with many "war on terror" operations in particular, with charges of entrapment surrounding more than a few of these episodes. It can surely be speculated – and has been – that terrorist hysteria is being whipped up to justify US Intel generally and to expand budgets.
This sort of thing, unfortunately, is part of a larger history that goes back at least to the 1950s in the US and the so-called communist scare that the FBI in particular was involved in hyping.
Many in the US, especially on the Left, have been content to consign the "Red Scare" in America, with its paranoia, citizen spying and general domestic distrust, to the "bad old days." But it looks like these days may be returning.
The US Intel-industrial complex, as we reported yesterday, is revving up its military motor in South America, building new bases in Argentina and basically proclaiming its right to intervene in its "back yard" as necessary. The justification is the "war on terror" and the possibility that Iran might seek to use regions of the Americas as places from which to attack the US.
The same justifications were, of course, used in the 20th century. The US needed a strong presence in Latin America in order to deter communist aggression. Seen from this perspective, it is perfectly logical to speculate (from a directed history standpoint) about whether US leaders where ever as oppposed to Cuba's Fidel Castro as they appeared to be.
Castro certainly provided the US with a rationale for continued alertness and interference in the region. One might be tempted to say that if Castro hadn't existed, it might have been necessary to make him up.
The 1950s saw the height of the Red Scare. Hysteria reigned over reasonable explanations. The war on terror hasn't reached these proportions but it surely seems to be building.
Yes, gradually the narrative seems to be evolving. First it was Afghanistan; now it's Iran. Russia and China are said to be in the Persian Camp. Are the BRICs being swapped in for the now-dead USSR? The old playbook is being updated. Here's some more from the article:
The FBI believes American universities are the ideal place for recruiting informers and agent penetration. Agents' activities could range from conducting research with respected scientific teams and taking photos of hi-tech equipment and documents, to barefaced copying of files with sensitive data from personal laptops.
Hi-tech espionage targets academic centers and corporations' scientific and technical research alike, the FBI says. According to a 2011 US Defense Department report, attempts by East Asian countries, China in particular, to gain access to developing technologies and cutting-edge research in the US grew a stunning eightfold in 2010 compared with the previous year.
Above all, foreign intelligence activities concentrate on information systems development, construction of lasers, aeronautics research and underwater robot production, the report said ... China alone directed 76,830 students to US universities in 2010-2011, more than any other country. The FBI says many Chinese researchers who have received an American education and started working in American companies do have a tendency to commit corporate espionage.
The Chinese focus is especially telling, in our view. The language used in this Bloomberg article is reminiscent of Cold War rhetoric aimed at the "Russian threat." Then, the USSR was considered a prime danger to "free America." Now the Chinese are being groomed as a replacement.
With hindsight, we tend to doubt that the USSR was ever as grave a threat as it's been made out to be. There's plenty of substantive evidence that the power elite – the one that wants to run the world, in our view – helped fund the Russian Revolution, just as they apparently did Hitler's rise.
Now the same thing is taking place in China. This is ironic as the Chinese financial system and economic infrastructure is basically Western. The largest Chinese trading partner in modern times has been the US.
The idea that the Chinese are developing into some kind of implacable enemy of the US is surely hard to believe. It is more likely an elite dominant social theme than a reality. The powers-that-be used these fear-based promotions to frighten the middle class into accepting global solutions that promote the one-world concept that the elites are intent on realizing.
This worked well in the 21st century when much of the globalists' infrastructure was created. But in the 21st century, much of this "directed history" has been exposed by what we call the Internet Reformation. This is making it a good deal more difficult for elite, fear-based narratives to be successfully implemented.
Conclusion: This doesn't stop the elites from trying, however. The elite playbook is not especially subtle. It includes authoritarianism, economic depression and war. The idea is to distract people and make them so miserable that they will welcome globalist solutions, or at least not object. Time will tell how well this works in the 21st century.
Posted by LloydMiller on 04/14/12 07:17 PM
What nonsense. The Red Scare of the 1950s was, of course, accurate. Reds from FDR's "Red Decade" found a home at the Universities. The Red Scare was DEFEATED along with MacCarthy by the Establishment Media and the Reds multiplied on campus. As the decades wore on the Government more and more became populated by these University educated REDS, steeped in Marxism, feverishly working for bigger and government. . . shifting after the demise of the Soviet Union from Marxist to Environmentalist & ethnic/racial division motivations.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Right. Except the "Reds" were apparently placed in high office by the Rockefellers among others. Some scare.
Posted by R on 04/14/12 11:57 AM
And to sum it all up in current nomenclature, it is the spread of modern day "Liberalism" throughout all of our so-called institutions of 'higher learning' over the past many decades. This neurosis called 'liberalism' often relies upon the concepts of False Guilt to acquire control over the "masses" and is indeed manifested by "political correctness" which also now includes "Femifacism". Cultural Marxism is far more accurate and descriptive when describing "liberalism" and "political correctness".
Liberalism = Political Correctness = Thought Police = TYRANNY!
Posted by Bobby7 on 04/13/12 09:21 AM
Learned Helplessness:What the CIA & FBI Are Teaching The American People
Learned helplessness occurs when an animal is repeatedly subjected to an aversive stimulus that it cannot escape. Eventually, the animal will stop trying to avoid the stimulus and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation. Even when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness will prevent any action.
While the concept is strongly tied to animal psychology and behavior, it can also apply to many situations involving human beings. When people feel that they have no control over their situation, they may also begin to behave in a helpless manner. This inaction can lead people to overlook opportunities for relief or change.
Discovery of Learned Helplessness
The concept of learned helplessness was discovered accidentally by psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven F. Maier. They had initially observed helpless behavior in dogs that were classically conditioned to expect an electrical shock after hearing a tone. Later, the dogs were placed in a shuttlebox that contained two chambers separated by a low barrier. The floor was electrified on one side, and not on the other. The dogs previously subjected to the classical conditioning made no attempts to escape, even though avoiding the shock simply involved jumping over a low barrier.
In order to investigate this phenomenon, research then devised another experiment. In group one, the dogs were strapped into harnesses for a period of time and then released. The dogs in the second group were placed in the same harnesses, but were subjected to electrical shocks that could be avoided by pressing a panel with their noses. The third group received the same shocks as those in group two, except that those in this group were not able to control the duration of the shock. For those dogs in the third group, the shocks seemed to be completely random and outside of their control.
Later, the dogs were placed in a shuttlebox. Dogs from the first and second group quickly learned that jumping the barrier eliminated the shock. Those from the third group, however, made no attempts to get away from the shocks. Due to their previous experience, they had developed a cognitive expectation that nothing they did would prevent or eliminate the shocks. (Seligman & Maier, 1967).
Learned helplessness in action at Guantanamo Bay
It makes me sick to read about some of the interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo Bay, where the CIA applied Martin Seligman's theory of 'learned helplessness' to try and break the spirit of the inmates (most of whom have still yet to be charged with any crime).
Seligman didn't know his ideas were being applied there. Ironically, his theory of 'learned optimism' is now being imparted to every US soldier through the Pentagon's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness programme, this time with Seligman's active participation. Build us up, break them down. That's the spirit.
Here is a Huffington Post article by Peter Jan Honigsberg, professor of law at the University of San Francisco, and the author of Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror:
"The first day I was at Guantanamo, they put me in a little cage. There was a toilet hole and I thought this is the bathroom and they will then take me to my cell. Later, they brought me food. 'Why food?' I thought, 'This is a bathroom.' Only the next day did I realize this was my cell where I was to stay." -- Ayub Muhammed
The CIA's intention to create a climate of "learned helplessness," that is, of shattering the men's spirits, emerged throughout the interviews. For example, the guards and interrogators did their best to try to break a detainee who was a fourth level black belt karate expert and another detainee who was a former boxer. The US personnel forced a hose down the throat of the karate expert and poured water into the hose. They hung the former boxer by his wrists for five days. On the other hand, a detainee who "went with the flow" and was not a "physical threat," had a relatively easier experience. He had already learned the value of "helplessness."
The complicity of the medical profession was a reoccurring theme. The boxer who was hung by his wrists for five days was let down periodically to be examined by a doctor. Then he was hoisted up again. He passed out on the third day, but they continued to hoist him up for two more days. Two other men described how they were interrogated during surgery. Each man was under a local anesthetic. Any detainee who wanted medical care needed to go through his interrogator.
While brutal treatment was always intense at Bagram and Kandahar air bases, Guantanamo was described by many of the men as a "psychological prison." Some men were held in isolation for nearly the full time that they were at Guantanamo -- over four years in isolation for one man. Initially, prisoners were placed in isolation for five days. But, when the military learned that people could easily tolerate the relatively short periods of isolation, the military increased the length to weeks, months and even years. One man, who was afraid of isolation and willing to say anything that the interrogators wanted to hear, was advised by other inmates that isolation became less frightening with each return visit.
Some men endured detainment in Guantanamo by reflecting on their families, their religion, stories in the Koran, and the value of patience. Others accepted their "fate," believing that they could not change it. Still others relied on "hope," expecting that they would ultimately be released because they knew they were innocent.
Two people told said that their worst experience was observing others beaten while they could do nothing about it. Another person's worst experience was the unknowing of what would happen in the future. A Uyghur described his feeling of betrayal by the United States. The Americans had assured him that any information he gave to U.S. officials would not be passed on to the Chinese. When he was later interviewed by Chinese officials in Guantanamo, the Chinese diplomats repeated to him all that he had told the Americans.
Posted by Bobby7 on 04/13/12 09:01 AM
About the Frankfurt School
Dr. Gerald L. Atkinson CDR USN (Ret.)
Copyright August 1999
Who in America today is at work destroying our traditions, our family bonds, our religious beginnings, our reinforcing institutions, indeed, our entire culture? What is it that is changing our American civilization?
Suppose you were to learn that nearly all of the observations made in this series of essays are completely consistent with a 'design' -- that is a concept, a way of thinking, and a process for bringing it about. And suppose one could identify a small core group of people who designed just such a concept and thought through the process of infusing it into a culture. Wouldn't you be interested in at least learning about such a core group? Wouldn't you want to know who they were, what they thought, and how they conjured up a process for bringing their thoughts into action? For Americans with even a smidgeon of curiosity, the answer should be a resounding yes!
Just such a core group did, indeed, exist. History identifies a small group of German intellectuals who devised concepts, processes, and action plans which conform very closely to what Americans presently observe every day in their culture. Observations, such as those made in this series of essays, can be directly traced to the work of this core group of intellectuals. They were members of the Frankfurt School, formed in Germany in 1923. They were the forebears of what some proclaim as 'cultural Marxism,' a radical social movement that has transformed American culture. It is more commonly known today as 'political correctness.'
'Cultural Marxism' and 'critical theory' are concepts developed by a group of German intellectuals, who, in 1923, founded the Institute of Social Research at Frankfurt University. The Institute, modeled after the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow, became known as the Frankfurt School . In 1933, when the Nazis came to power in Germany, the members of the Frankfurt School fled to the United States. While here, they migrated to major U.S. universities (Columbia, Princeton, Brandeis, and California at Berkeley). These intellectual Marxists included Herbert Marcuse, who coined the phrase, 'make love, not war,' during the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations.
By promoting the dialectic of 'negative' criticism, that is, pointing out the rational contradictions in a society's belief system, the Frankfurt School 'revolutionaries' dreamed of a utopia where their rules governed . "Their Critical Theory had to contain a strongly imaginative, even utopian strain, which transcends the limits of reality." Its tenets would never be subject to experimental evidence. The pure logic of their thoughts would be incontrovertible. As a precursor to today's 'postmodernism' in the intellectual academic community,  "... it recognized that disinterested scientific research was impossible in a society in which men were themselves not yet autonomous... the researcher was always part of the social object he was attempting to study." This, of course, is the concept which led to the current fetish for the rewriting of history, and the vogue for our universities' law, English literature, and humanities disciplines -- deconstruction.
Critical theory rejected the ideal of Western Civilization in the age of modern science, that is, the verification or falsifying  of theory by experimental evidence. Only the superior mind was able to fashion the 'truths' from observation of the evidence. There would be no need to test these hypotheses against everyday experience.
The Frankfurt school studied the 'authoritarian personality' which became synonymous with the male, the patriarchal head of the American family. A modern utopia would be constructed by these idealistic intellectuals by 'turning Western civilization' upside down. This utopia would be a product of their imagination, a product not susceptible to criticism on the basis of the examination of evidence. This 'revolution' would be accomplished by fomenting a very quiet, subtle and slowly spreading 'cultural Marxism' which would apply to culture the principles of Karl Marx bolstered by the modern psychological tools of Sigmund Freud. Thus, 'cultural Marxism' became a marriage of Marx and Freud aimed at producing a 'quiet' revolution in the United States of America. This 'quiet' revolution has occurred in America over the past 30 years. While America slept!
(edited version) Please GOOGLE "About the Frankfurt School"
Posted by venkat on 04/13/12 08:53 AM
DB, Please write a post on Russia and what it could do going forward. And on quick recollect, Russia was not a colonial power monger the way Europe was - is my history knowledge correct? And when Russia fell in 1991 there was no talk of any soft/hard landing - the way foam is being spread for the falling empires now. Did the power elite play any role in the fall of Russia? Also please write a post about how USA propped up China by giving away manufacturing contracts from Nixon visit onwards. What are the underlying reasons seen then? And was 9/11 staged by any chance to upset the $ and prop up then newly launched Euro? And how long would the Middle East continue to price oil in $, and would they be willing to infight between Shia/Sunni so that the PTB can play them? And if USA really wishes for democracy in Iraq, Iran, Afghanisthan, Egypt, Libya, Syria et al why do they not say they wish to see democracy in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan et al?
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You obviously know the answer to these questions .. or believe you do. We have stated that we are believers in directed history, so feel to extrapolate ...
Posted by norm741 on 04/12/12 06:15 PM
Mossad has been allowed to roam freely in the US. Just another example of the power of the Jewish Lobby, UTUBE mossad spying in US
Posted by taoofnothing on 04/12/12 06:01 PM
Why in the world would spys want to attend US Universities? What could they possibly be learning, except for maybe some of the research and development departments... of which most likely have heavy qualifications to get into. I have first hand experience with US Universities and can tell you that most of them are full of b.s. Easy A's, without learning anything useful. If you ask hard questions you get tagged as a trouble maker. They want good obedient students that don't question anything. If you don't understand something many of the "teachers" don't want you to ask but tell you to "figure it out yourself". I guess the moral of the story is: why pay thousands to a University when you can self-teach yourself for pennys on the dollar? Because at many Universities, that is what you do: self-teach yourself.
Posted by Spectator on 04/12/12 04:50 PM
Please edit: "This worked well in the 21st century when much of the globalists' infrastructure was created. But in the 21st century... "
First should be "20th century".
Posted by rossbcan on 04/12/12 04:39 PM
Here's the response I do and expect to get for the next little while, and why:
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... but, with deepening social / economic collapse, the degree of intelligence (and courage) required to be open to the truth is rapidly declining, IMHO. I have been decades ahead of the curve on this and, many who once considered me "fool" are "converted".
Because, we are rapidly approaching the tipping point, for the majority where further costs of "predators in control" are just as much of a serious short term, as long term survival threat.
What else do they EXPECT when they "rule" by threatening long term survival in order to extort less costly short term survival "concessions". That the costs would never integrate such that further submission EQUALS collective doom? The "problems" they have created to be dealt with, by others "tomorrow", are here, today, IN OUR FACES.
An inevitable consequence of the short term "smash and grab" gains, no accountability of politics and their "cronies", rationalizing away the "rule of law" TO "rule of THEM".
Your misgivings are due to believing in constants and not seeing the implacable, but small gains of trends and, where they must lead.
To quote one of "Bedtime for Bonzo" fame: "What cannot go on, must end".
Posted by TimurTheLame on 04/12/12 03:51 PM
" there are far more US, than THEM"
I would like to believe that but again reality interferes. Between the three factors of apathy, ignorance and distraction your duality would probably be three parts: US, THEM and EVERYONE ELSE.
In plain English, if you were to go into a random coffee shop or bar and talk in the manner as post on DB, am I to assume this would result in lively and intelligent discussions or would it likely result in a consensus of "shaddap, the Jays are playin"?
Life does not imitate DB, the internet reformation notwithstanding. That is why democracy 'works' for THEM.
I am stating what must be obvious for most who frequent DB because there still seems to be a formidable undercurrent of otherwise intelligent people who just can't climb past the 75th rung of a 100' ladder but are proud
to be 50 rungs above the 'dummies'. The old chestnut "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.." is a subtle profundity.
Posted by rossbcan on 04/12/12 12:24 PM
"linkages between the US power elite and China's development"
is because the US commies destroyed US productivity and the Chinese Commies were ahead on the "road to serfdom" curve, could see the writing on the wall (end of THEM) and decided it was "neccessary" to step back and "allow" minor free enterprise (false hope, harvest later) among the serfs while keeping firm control of larger enterprises and finance (Merchantilism) for themselves. So, US Commies allowed slave labor produced products to undercut and destroy whatever US productivity remained, to appease the western masses with trinkets, while US "seed corn" is hemorraged to offshore predators.
This too, is failing, as it must. Free enterprise ONLY FUNCTIONS when people are FREE to keep their "fruits of labor", else, why bother. A billion+ enraged (bait and switched) Chinese is not something any sane person wants aimed at them.
Posted by gabe on 04/12/12 11:56 AM
It seems to me that the linkages between the US power elite and China's development should be a major focus of the alternative media... as should the colinkages between the House of Saad, Wahabism and the AngloSphere power elite.
During the Cold War and rise of Hitler the public had no awareness of what had occured... even now today it seems most of the public is unaware of teh strong support the US gives to Saudi Arabia.
Posted by rossbcan on 04/12/12 11:34 AM
"criticized by the US legal community."
criticism (words are just impotent hot air), yes (to maintain plausible deniability), hyprocrisy, yes, action, no:
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face it. "we, the people" are the only and final line of defense against tyranny. In fact, the Nuremburg laws applied to take down the Nazis (while ignoring similar Allied war crimes as "neccessary") specifically state that peoples whom do not resist tyranny become morally and legally culpable "accessories to crime", the "reason" why Germans, even those who resisted the Nazis were collectively punished.
It is no surprise that when tyrants wield the apparatus of state and judiciary that "dissenters" are decreed guilty of the subjective "crime" of "Un-American Activities". We heard this from THEM during Vietnam and virtually all wars of colonialism. Fact is, it is "Un-American" to be a free, thinking, morally aware individual.
THEY claim that "You are either for or against us". By denying us the right to CHOOSE "uninvolved" and forcing us to subsidize their "American Activities", THEY have created a self-fulfilling prophesy. We are now "against them" and, there are far more of US, than THEM.