I remember the dual feeling of both shock and relief that came over me upon reading a story published in Harper's that chronicled the degree to which the CIA infiltrated mass media. The program earmarked financial rewards and a variety of grants doled out to those writers who pushed the old, familiar--U.S. good/Russia bad (or fill in the blank ____________ to produce alternative "enemies du jour") narrative.
Add in Project Paperclip and the knowledge that too many Nazi Scientists were enamored with their own 1950's version of Total Information Dominance (and awareness) and therefore pursued methods of covert mind control--via a captured media that relayed carefully calibrated messages, often. At this juncture, major inroads were advanced into breaking down the human mind through trauma-based mind control operations. Fascination with "the dark side" prompted U.S. military brotherhoods to import these "scientists;" and as is clear from the networks currently dedicated to torture (at a number of offshore prison camps), morally bankrupt policies took root and grew to serious and dangerous proportions.
Of course many of us were under the romantic notion that The Church Committee exorcized the demon of Big Brother's spying operations once and for all.
Enter 911: Another trigger that proved all too reminiscent of precisely the same "motivational device" deployed by Hitler to usurp Germany's existing bodies of law. In their place were instituted a very different basis for "civil liberties." Hello: NDAA and Patriot Act (newly instituted here inside "the homeland").
When Phil Donahue was demonized for challenging the War Fever drumbeat that fed into Bush's run-up to already planned ("case is being fixed FOR war" as The Downing St. Memo put it) wars; and no radio stations dared to play anti-war music, and as playwright Bill C. Davis put it, the media was saturated with "Generals: On Stage!" The only considered adult/reasonable/valid point of view was the one that rallied for war.
Nothing else was allowed to be aired in the same way that Obama held closed door meetings on the so-called Obama Care enforced-insurance-apparatus; and held similar closed door meetings to push TPP and TIPP... total corporate takeovers of global food, energy, media, medicine, and other supply trains. And to ensure that NO other voice could be heard to expose the criminal wrong-doing, a war on whistle blowers began.
I had no idea that this Aryan (Anderson Cooper) was a bona fide CIA spook. But note how deftly CIA protocols operate when under the guise of a free and open debate--as befitting a "free and open" society--the parameters of that debate are controlled by one schooled in manipulation, dis-information, and intimidation to the point where his own psyche has no doubt become too morally polluted to discern Truth from the daily served-up-salads of falsehoods; nor do such sycophants much care if The Truth Shall Set Them (the misinformed masses) free... so long as their team wins and Might Makes Right. (Mars rules--the ethos of warriors, at work. Whether in full Nazi uniform or that of a U.S. marine, it's a universal archetype that a particular population niche salutes... before all other "gods" and ideological premises.)
IT is armed and dangerous and self-professedly M.A.D.