Still disinclined to do full fledged posts, but let’s freshen up the discussion a little. Here’s a couple things that found their way onto my timeline recently:
From the New York Times:
Licio Gelli, Italian Financier and Cabal Leader, Dies at 96 – Notice the headline doesn’t call Gelli a fascist, which is certainly the way in which he most mattered historically.
Of course the obituary goes into that, but the omission from the headline encapsulates the odd ambivalence you find whenever the msm contends with a ruling class reactionary. The Times calls this secret society-leading plotter of right-wing coups, murders and bombings, “buccaneering” and says this:
But if Mr. Gelli was a scoundrel to many Italians, to others he held out the promise of stability in turbulent times, when the Communist Party was advancing at the polls and the economy was declining.
I love The Times‘ “to many”/”to others” construct where, say, Italians who don’t think right wing plots and deadly false flags promise stability are peas in a pod with, well, fascists.
Elsewhere the obituary quotes Gelli’s lawyer claiming that this utterly irredeemable, career fascist slimeball was a “‘scapegoat’ for the government’s own failings.” Y’know, for balance. The Times makes no mention of Gelli’s likely ties to Operation Gladio and The CIA. That would be nutty conspiracism.
Speaking of the intelligence apparatus and its plots, The Intercept published its 10,000th blockbuster — based on secret documents! — that, in fact, simply aggregates information readily available from mainstream sources. True to form, TI also wraps these “revelations” in dishonest, minimizing spin.
Promising juicy secrets from a document “thick with previously undisclosed information” that offers “rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police inside the United States,” the article simply adds largely trivial details about phone surveillance operations and techniques so widely known that even I was able to cover most of the same ground here and here.
The article is mostly about Stingrays and drtboxes, cell phone tower emulators that capture massive amounts of user data and which are in wide use by both federal agencies and numerous police forces. Regular readers may recall that I wrote about this when The Intercept and the rest of Snowden Inc. were crowing (albeit guardedly) over the end of mass telephone surveillance.
Of course, no Intercept blockbuster is complete without online discipline for the rightfully unimpressed, so those who dared to suggest that even the source document was old, were shamed in The Intercept and insulted on Twitter by Intercept staff and The FOG.
Thoughts on these comments or anything else that strikes your fancy are most welcome.