What is national security journalism?

I recently came across an article, Journalist Joshua Foust Outed As Government Contractor, in which that particular national security journalist, who calls himself a “freelance journalist”, was accused of being a contractor for the federal government. 

While trying to find out what a national security journalist is, I came across The National Security and New Media Journalism Project, which is sponsored by the Center for Security Policy. This group is a neo-con think tank. According to its self-description:

For twenty-five years, the Center for Security Policy has pioneered the organization, management and direction of public policy coalitions to promote U.S. national security. Even more importantly, the Center’s mission has been to secure the adoption of the products of such efforts by skillfully enlisting support from executive branch officials, key legislators, other public policy organizations, opinion-shapers in the media and the public at large.

The philosophy of “Peace through Strength” is not a slogan for military might but a belief that America’s national power must be preserved and properly used for it holds a unique global role in maintaining peace and stability.

The process the Center has repeatedly demonstrated is the unique ability that makes the Center the “Special Forces in the War of Ideas”: forging teams to get things done that would otherwise be impossible for a small and relatively low-budget organization. In this way, we are able to offer maximum “bang for the buck” for the donors who make our work possible. This approach has enabled the Center to have an outsized impact.

In 2012, the Center for Security Policy sponsored a conference, Mightier Pen 2012, at the Union League Club in New York City. The Union League Club was founded in 1863, during the Civil War. While perhaps only a coincidence, according to Wikipedia:

The founders aimed to establish a political governing elite in support of the Union. They recognized that a centralized government was essential to their prosperity.

The highlight of the 2012 conference was the presentation of the Mightier Pen award to Roger Ailes, current president of Fox News Channel and former president of CNBC. The reason for the award:

Mr. Ailes personifies the qualities extolled by the Mightier Pen award. Under his guidance, Fox News has transformed coverage of national security and related issues.

Ailes was a Republican political consultant during the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. According to Wikipedia:

Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign (1989)…

Days after the 9/11 attacks, Ailes gave President George W. Bush political advice indicating that the American public would be patient as long as they were convinced that Bush was using the harshest measures possible…

In 1988, Ailes wrote a book with long-time aide Jon Kraushar, called You Are the Message: Secrets of the Master Communicators, in which he discusses some of his philosophies and strategies for successful performance in the public eye.

Ailes was somewhat a mentor to Rush Limbaugh. According to Wikipedia, he “convinced a syndicator to bring Rush Limbaugh from radio to television and became executive producer of [Limbaugh’s] late-night show.”

Limbaugh, who seldom has guests on his radio show, invited or allowed Bill Gertz to tout his book. Gertz is the advisory board chairman for the National Security and New Media Journalism Project. According to Wikipedia:

He has taken classes at Washington College and George Washington University. He has also written for National Review, The Weekly Standard and Air Force Magazine. He has lectured on defense, national security, and media issues at the Defense Department’s National Security Leadership Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, the FBI National Academy, the National Defense University, and the CIA. He has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He lives in Maryland. Gertz is a follower of the Unification Church.

The Unification Church, that would be the “Moonies”. Some interesting facts from Wikipedia:

Unification Church members believe that Jesus appeared to Mun Yong-myong (his birth name) when Moon was 15 on April 17, 1935, and asked him to accomplish the work left unfinished after his crucifixion…

Moon formally founded the Unification Church in Seoul [Korea] on May 1, 1954, calling it “The Holy Spirit(ual) Association for the Unification of World Christianity.”

The Unification Church has sponsored many organizations and projects over the years; including businesses, news media, projects in education and the arts, and political and social activism

Church members regard Moon as the Second Coming of Christ…

[Their holy book] upholds a belief in spiritualism, that is communication with the spirits of deceased persons…

In 1977 the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the Committee on International Relations, of the United States House of Representatives, found that the South Korean intelligence agency, the KCIA [Korean Central Intelligence Agency], had used the Unification Church to gain political influence within the United States and that some Unification Church members had worked as volunteers in Congressional offices.

The head of the Center for Security Policy is career “public servant” Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. According to Wikipedia:

Gaffney began his public service career in the 1970s, working as an aide in the office of Democratic Senator Henry M. Jackson, under Richard Perle. From August 1983 until November 1987, Gaffney held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration, again serving under Perle. In April 1987, Gaffney was nominated to the position of US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. He served as the acting Assistant Secretary for seven months, though his confirmation was ultimately blocked by the United States Senate. In 1988, Gaffney established the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a neoconservative national security and defense policy organization.

Gaffney appeared on FahrenHYPE 9/11, the conservative documentary that was a rebuttal to Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11.

Where is all this leading? The government has been using media to sway public opinion for decades. So, what’s “new” about the CSP media journalism project?

Roger Ailes and those who head the CSP and their project are neo-cons. In other words, they are part of the corrupt establishment. The Left has its own shills who pretend to oppose the Right when in reality they’re on the same side. The only two sides are us and “them”. “They” are the global elite and their minions, those who play a part in the fulfillment of their plans.

Everyone has an agenda. However, as seen in the outing of Joshua Foust, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which side someone is on.

As for the term “national security journalism”, I’ve found it used for these neo-con journalists as well as for the group that includes “leakers” Snowden and Assange. However, Daniel Estulin, who wrote about the Bilderberg group, also wrote Deconstructing Wikileaks. According to Amazon’s description of the book, it “seeks to expose Assange as an intelligence asset tasked with sustaining the global status quo.”

So, is a “national security journalist” merely a journalist who writes about national security issues, or is it someone who manipulates our thinking about such issues as a means of promoting a particular agenda?

Finally, there’s this –  found on blacklistednews.com, “Obama’s new choice for NSA review committee, Cass Sunstein, wrote a paper in 2008 advocating the use of covert government propaganda to counter conspiracy theories online.”

Sunstein wrote a paper in 2008 advocating very creepy stealth measures against “conspiracy theories.”

In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein 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 Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government.  This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.

And remember, a big mandate for this committee is not to review the programs to see if we can make them more privacy-protective, but simply to increase our trust in them. Which goes to the core of what Sunstein was talking about in his paper: using covert government propaganda to, in this case, better sell covert government spying.

The agenda is to “sell” their covert plans to the masses. Why else would they have a “master communicator” with massive political ties, such as Roger Ailes, running news stations? Why was communist and atheist Ted Turner allowed to become a media mogul? This advocate of population control, as are all the global elite, owns, among many other cable stations, CNN and the Cartoon Network.

Truth is found in the one book that has most had its authenticity questioned: the Bible. All else is suspect. Those who trust the Scriptures should study them to discover what God foretold about the times in which we live.

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