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Busted! Pentagon Paid British PR Firm $500mm To Create Fake Al Qaeda Propaganda Videos

  • Pentagon Paid British PR Firm $500mm To Create Fake Al Qaeda Propaganda Videos
    by Tyler Durden,  
    Per new discoveries revealed by the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the United States government paid over $500mm to a British public relations firm, Bell Pottinger, between May 2007 and December 2011 to create fake Al Qaeda propaganda films aimed at tracking terrorist viewing locations.  According to a Bell Pottinger insider, propaganda films were categorized into three categories with “White” being accurately attributed, “Grey” being unattributed, and “Black” being falsely attributed material.  The media firm created various types of content ranging from TV commercials to news items and “fake Al Qaeda propaganda films.”

    The work consisted of three types of products. The first was television commercials portraying al Qaeda in a negative light. The second was news items which were made to look as if they had been “created by Arabic TV,” Wells said. Bell Pottinger would send teams out to film low-definition video of al Qaeda bombings and then edit it like a piece of news footage. It would be voiced in Arabic and distributed to TV stations across the region, according to Wells.

    The third and most sensitive program 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.”

    The “Black” propaganda videos included tracking software linked to a Google Analytics account so U.S. military officials could track the location of people watching the content around the globe.  The content was distributed by U.S. marines who would drop the videos at various locations during patrols.  The whole process was described by one Bell Pottinger employee as a “pretty standard part of the industry toolkit.

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October 5, 2016 - Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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