The KGB-manufactured Lie of the Century KGB-TV and Russian Active Measures Against the United States

The KGB-manufactured Lie of the Century KGB-TV and Russian “Active Measures” Against the United States By Cliff Kincaid President Reagan launched an ...
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The KGB-manufactured Lie of the Century

KGB-TV and Russian “Active Measures” Against the United States By Cliff Kincaid President Reagan launched an information counter-offensive, exposing communist disinformation and propaganda. Soviet lies were exposed.

But now they’re back. The Russians, led by virtual dictator Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy, are using their state-owned media to besmirch the reputation of America. Their purpose is to weaken the United States internationally and cause distrust in American institutions. They don’t care if the president is Obama or anyone else. Their target is America, just like it was when the Soviets were running the Kremlin’s propaganda apparatus. These operations are “active measures” -- intelligence operations to damage the United States and further the interest of Soviet/Russian foreign policy. Thomas Boghardt, historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., notes “the continuity between Soviet and Russian active measures,” and quotes former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin as saying, “It’s a tradition, it’s not something new. That’s important to see the past projected onto the present -and the future.” What has changed is that the Russians now do openly what the Soviets used to do covertly, and how major conservatives and libertarians are acting on behalf of the Kremlin. The Moscowfunded Russia Today (RT) propaganda network is an example of how Russia’s new “active measures” apparatus operates. America’s Survival, Inc.

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Labeled as “KGB-TV,” the channel has been described by Konstantin Preobrazhensky, a former Soviet KGB officer who defected to the West, as “a part of the Russian industry of misinformation and manipulation” designed to mislead foreign audiences about Russian intentions. He says Russia Today television utilizes methods of propaganda that are managed by Directorate “A” of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service. He explains, “The specialty of Directorate ‘A’ is deceiving world public opinion and manipulating it. It has got a lot of experience over decades of the Cold War.” Media carriers for the Moscow-funded channel, which changed its name to RT from Russia Today to mask the foreign connection, include Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Verizon Fios, Cox Cable, RCN Cable, MHz Networks, and Dish Networks. MHz, which provides RT to dozens of public TV stations, is itself a public television programming service that receives taxpayer money from the federally-funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In fiscal year 2011, for example, the CPB funneled $27,580,113 into MHz Networks and its affiliates. While RT features a left-wing “progressive” host, Thom Hartmann, and has links to The Huffington Post and other left-wing websites and publications, analyst Toby Westerman believes the target audience also includes conservatives: RT uses a wide variety of special effects, including computer animation to livenup their broadcasts, a far cry from the stiff Soviet era broadcasts… The message, however, is much the same: anti-Western and especially antiAmerican propaganda. The target audience consists of those who either already hate America or who see America as an over aggressive global bully. Surprisingly, this view is also echoed among some U.S. conservatives who take a highly critical, even a one-sided, view of U.S. actions in the world. Some in the American conservative movement have called into question the anti-missile system in Poland, NATO expansion into Eastern Europe, and the concern over Moscow's actions in several trouble spots in the world. Interestingly, like the old Soviet media, RT is still quoting and featuring interviews with American communists. Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party and Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation have been on Russia Today denouncing America and calling for communist revolution. At the same time, however, Pat Buchanan, once a staunch anti-communist who served President Reagan as his communications director during the Cold War, has appeared on RT. Buchanan’s opposition to the Evil Empire, as Reagan correctly called it, has given way to an unseemly

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David Duke and Putin adviser Aleksandr Dugin

embrace of former Soviet KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, the virtual dictator of Russia who served the “Evil Empire” for decades. Buchanan’s recent column went under the title, “Is God Now on Russia’s Side?” Buchanan argues that Putin is a Christian and Russia is now a Christian nation. He cites profamily statements by Putin, and anti-gay and pro-life laws passed in Russia. But like the Soviet propaganda and disinformation that Buchanan fought to expose when he worked for Reagan, the Russian rhetoric and legislative maneuvers cannot be considered legitimate. It is a show, designed to mask the dangerous path Russia is on, both domestically and internationally. We are apparently supposed to ignore, or forgive, Putin’s violations of human rights, including murders of journalists, and the invasion of Ukraine. On the website of the conservative group, Tradition, Family & Property, Luiz Sérgio Solimeo writes: Putin is adept at exploiting the religious sentiments of his people and their aversion to the anti-natural vice the West exalts so much. He also knows how to spark the admiration of many outside Russia who remain faithful to the principles of natural and revealed morals. But how hard is it for the KGB—one of the most sinister and efficient institutions ever created by human wickedness—to have one of its agents, well-trained in so many arts, including the clever use of psychology, to say beautiful words? One cannot but suspect that Putin’s conservative statements are nothing but “psychological tricks” he learned from his KGB masters. Analyst J.R. Nyquist writes: “It is entirely natural for a Communist to become a pretend capitalist. Lenin did so in the 1920s, while Stalin joined with capitalism in the early 1940s. There was “peaceful coexistence” in the 1950s under Khrushchev, Détente under Brezhnev, and perestroika under Gorbachev. And today, in Moscow, Vladimir Putin pretends to be a Christian. Who is simple enough to believe in this latest deception? Of all people, Patrick J. Buchanan…”

From Pat Buchanan’s website He adds, “Buchanan forgets that Putin himself is recently divorced, that Russia was the first country in history to allow abortion under all circumstances, having the highest number of abortions per female of child-bearing age as of 2010. Buchanan also forgets that Russia is a 3

major center of international organized crime, prostitution and drug trafficking. As reported by CNN, child porn is legal in Russia, which has served as a haven for pedophiles. Moscow is not some shining City of God, as Buchanan implies. It is the metropolis of deception. Moscow supports Communist revolutionaries in Africa and Latin America to this very day.” There is absolutely no evidence, aside from rhetoric, to suggest that Russia in general and Putin in particular have been converted to Christianity. Instead, what we are witnessing is a massive Russian “active measures” campaign that has ensnared many American conservatives, convincing them that Putin is somehow a legitimate alternative to President Obama’s decadent worldview. The main flaw in Buchanan’s argument is the lack of any real evidence that Russia has come to grips with—and disavowed—its Soviet past. To the contrary, Putin laments the passing of the USSR and has put the former KGB, now the FSB, in charge of the power centers in Russia. He celebrates Russian spying on America. Analyst Toby Westerman has put together a list of examples of how international communist ideology still guides the conduct of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer and one-time head of its successor agency, the FSB. “I don’t see why it is so difficult to see the ideology behind Putin,” Westerman says, noting that Putin has declared, “There is no such thing as a former Chekist.” The Cheka was the forerunner to the KGB and stood for the All-Russian Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage. “The mission of the Cheka was to defend the Communist Revolution and to destroy its enemies,” notes Westerman. “[Cheka head] Felix Dzerzhinsky carried out his task with stunning brutality and efficiency. The Cheka developed what became a legendary reputation for kidnapping, torture, and murder. In its first years of operation, Cheka victims numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Although officially dissolved in 1922, the Cheka’s methods and mission continue to the present. All current and “retired” Russian intelligence officers consider themselves as Chekists. Today, Russia is controlled by the Chekist Putin, and his spy associates. Russia is, in reality, a ‘spyocracy.’” Examples of the Soviet KGB’s living legacy include:     

Putin sang the KGB unofficial anthem with the Russian spies who were deported from the U.S. in 2010 shortly after their arrival in Russia Putin has praised the work of Soviet spies (such as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who stole U.S. atom bomb secrets for the Russians) A plaque dedicated to Kim Philby, the Soviet mole and double agent, was placed on the wall outside Russia’s foreign intelligence service headquarters Soviet Red Star markings have returned to Russian military aircraft The cruiser Aurora, which played an important role in the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, was made into a museum.

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Soviet symbols, such as the hammer and sickle, were displayed with pride during the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony in Russia A supporter of Crimea joining Russia was photographed holding a poster of Stalin in front of the statue of Lenin in Simferopol’s Lenin Square The Russian Orthodox Church published a calendar for 2014 dedicated to Stalin The music of the Russian national anthem is the same as the old Soviet anthem

“Their minds are in 1917,” Westerman says of Putin and his former KGB associates. Bill Gertz, who writes for The Washington Free Beacon and The Washington Times, says the situation is somewhat confusing because Putin and his cronies have dropped the Marxist component of Marxist-Leninism while retaining the Leninist aspect. They realized, he said, that Marxism as an economic theory didn’t work. The term Leninism refers to the ideas of Vladimir Lenin, the preeminent figure in the Russian Revolution of 1917 who taught the supremacy of the Communist Party.

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In Ukraine, the revolution has been decidedly anti-communist in character, with dozens of Lenin statues and monuments being toppled in various cities. Gertz said that both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations “vastly misunderstood” what is going on in the former Soviet Union. “They are trying to re-establish a Soviet-style system.” J.R. Nyquist explains another fatal flaw in Buchanan’s reasoning: “Like a Cold War Leftist, Buchanan has no strategic foresight, no sense of how the KGB actually operates, how ‘active measures’ work, or how deeply the West has been penetrated by Russian agent networks. He does not know that the Cold War never ended, and that many defectors have publicly said as much. He has somehow forgotten that Russia is the only country that can destroy the United States in less than an hour.” Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking Soviet bloc defector, confirms that Russia is “the first intelligence dictatorship in history.” Two brave Russian investigative journalists, Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, have captured the nature of the problem in their book, The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB. Rather than embrace Christianity, the evidence shows Russia has embraced the Russian Orthodox Church, always a tool of Soviet intelligence. As we noted in an AIM Report back in 1984, John Barron’s authoritative book, KGB, said that the KGB’s Directorate 5 is assigned to “clandestinely control religion in the Soviet Union” and to “insure that the Russian Orthodox Church and all other churches serve as instruments of Soviet policy.” Barron added, “The directorate placed KGB officers within the Russian Orthodox Church hierarchy and recruits 5

bonafide clergymen as agents. Much of its work is accomplished through the Council on Religious Affairs, which is heavily staffed with retired and disabled KGB officers.” Nothing has really changed. In fact, the Russian Orthodox Church is even closer to the regime these days. Former KGB officer Konstantin Preobrazhensky has called it “Putin’s Espionage Church,” and devotes a major portion of his book, KGB/FSB’s New Trojan Horse, to its use by the Russian intelligence service. The scholarly paper, “The Occult Revival in Russia Today and Its Impact on Literature,” demonstrates the existence of something as sinister as the regime’s domination of the church for its own political purposes. It describes how “post-Soviet Russia” has embraced New Age and occult ideas, even what the author, German academic Birgit Menzel, calls “dark” or “evil forces.” “The occult has always been used for different ends, for purposes that range from benignly spiritual to totalitarian or fascist,” she writes. Menzel’s detailed article notes the impact of Theosophy on Russia and Russian Marxists. Founded by a Russian mystic named Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891), who wrote The Secret Doctrine, Theosophy teaches that man can become God through mystical experiences, and can even perform miracles. Traditional Christians have a different view. Theosophy, writes Dr. Peter Jones, one of the world’s foremost experts on paganism and the occult, is part of a movement which “plans to eat the Christian church alive in the days ahead.” He says Theosophy is at “the spiritual heart” of the United Nations and notes that the Lucis Trust (originally the Lucifer Trust) is an occult Theosophist group in charge of the United Nations’ Meditation Room. In Russia, Menzel cites evidence that the Soviet secret police had “special agents for occult matters” who monitored the theosophical society in Russia, several esoteric orders, and even a “secret society” of some kind. One of many fascinating revelations from Menzel’s well-researched 2007 article is that Aleksandr Dugin, now an adviser to Putin, has incorporated some of these ideas into his theory of “geopolitical Eurasianism,” a revival of the Russian empire that includes Islamic Iran. She writes, “Since 2000, Dugin has moved to the center of political power close to the Putin administration by a deliberate strategy of veiling his mystic-esoteric ideology…”

This is the same Dugin who was photographed meeting with former American Ku Klux Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke in Russia. Duke argues, like many Russian nationalists, that communism was imposed on Russia by a Jewish banker conspiracy. Robert Zubrin, the author of several articles about Dugin, points out the similarities between the National Socialism of Hitler and Dugin’s original National Bolshevism. He says Dugin gave up 6

on the idea of his own political party so he could become an adviser to Putin’s United Russia Party. For a time, he worked with the Russian Communist Party, the second largest political party in the country next to Putin’s United Russia. As part of this transformation, Zubrin says, Putin himself became a spokesman for tradition and morality, even though the Russian government “runs the biggest organized human trafficking operation in the world,” kidnapping Russian girls and selling them around the world as prostitutes. “Nobody should be fooled by Putin’s claim of being a defender of conservative morality,” Zubrin says. “There’s far more depravity in Russia, including homosexual depravity, than there is here,” he says. “In the Russian army, boyish recruits are subject to homosexual rape by officers as a form of hazing, and the regime protects this.” Equally troubling, there are reports that Dugin’s vision of a resurgent Russia is built in part on the ideas of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), a Satanist who described himself as the “Beast 666,” or Antichrist, of the Book of Revelation. “It [is] worth mentioning that in early 90s the National Bolsheviks and their main ideologist Aleksandr Dugin tried to bring Aleister Crowley’s ideas to wide popular masses in Russia with enviable persistence,” one observer of the Russian political scene noted. Some analysts say Crowley, who visited Russia twice (in 1898 and in 1913), was a mastermind of an international conspiracy rooted in Satanism, and that he helped the Communists in Russia and his philosophy played a role in the subsequent rise of the Nazis in Germany. His associates included Walter Duranty, the correspondent for The New York Times who achieved notoriety— and a Pulitzer Prize—for helping cover up the crimes of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, such as his murder of millions of Ukrainians. As incredible as it seems, S.J. Taylor writes in her book about Duranty, Stalin’s Apologist, that Duranty and Crowley participated in drug-taking Satanic orgies. In a series of rituals conducted in Paris in 1913, Crowley received a “sacrament” from “a certain priest, A.B.,” who Taylor says was Duranty. The sacrament was semen. Taylor said that, during these orgies, verses were chanted, including one consisting of “Blood and semen! Blood and semen!” Buchanan writes that he was “startled to read” that the newsletter from the social conservative World Council [sic] of Families had hailed Russia as a “pro-family leader” and that the group’s conference this fall was being held in Moscow. Buchanan asked, “Will Vladimir Putin give the keynote?”

Buchanan failed to notice that the conference has been “suspended,” in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The World Congress of Families says, “The situation in the Ukraine and Crimea (and the resulting U.S. and European sanctions) has raised questions about the travel, logistics, and other matters necessary to plan” the Moscow event.

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In other words, the Americans planning to go to Moscow and attend services at Christ the Savior Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church would not be able to spend the Russian rubles that were coming their way. Those rubles were supposed to be provided by Putin crony Vladimir Yakunin, a former KGB officer like Putin who runs the monopoly Russian Railways and reportedly stole millions, if not billions, from public expenditures on construction projects related to the Sochi Olympic Games. Some of the stolen funds were used to build a fancy estate for Yakunin that includes a guest house, a servants quarters, a garage for 15 cars, sauna, swimming pool and prayer room. The World Congress of Families (WCF) has been collaborating with the Russians since at least 2008, when it participated in the World Public Forum, another group founded by Yakunin. Larry Jacobs of the WCF said at the time, “Much credit should be given to Vladimir Yakunin, who has invested his time and resources for the betterment of world civilizations.” In the March 2014 edition of his Decision magazine, a publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Franklin Graham came down on Putin’s side, saying, “Lest we forget, it has not yet been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the retreat of godless communism. Just a few generations ago, America held the high moral ground. How the times have changed!” He went on to suggest that Vladimir Putin’s Russia had taken the high ground because of its passage of anti-homosexual rights legislation. He said, “Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue—protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda—Russia’s standard is higher than our own? In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues. Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.” At the same time, he said, “To be clear, I am not endorsing President Putin. To survive in the KGB and rise to power in Russia, you have to be tough. His enemies say he is ruthless. To some, he is a modern version of a czar. His personal life has its own controversies.” Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, counters: “…I’m just not buying it,” adding that Russian officials are using the language of Christianity without concern for the content of Christianity. On a personal note, Moore had adopted two sons from Russia, before Russia prohibited adoptions by Americans. He added, “…you have children that are languishing in orphanages, they're aging out of the orphanages, and then they're just left to fend for themselves, often in prostitution, or substance abuse or even suicide. Don't tell me that that’s pro-family values.” Major Russia Today (RT) propaganda themes:         

The 9/11 terrorist attacks were an “inside job.” Barack Obama is an agent of the CIA. The U.S. is run by a corrupt government with an extensive surveillance apparatus (the NSA) and a criminal intelligence operation (the CIA). Israel and “neocons” secretly manipulate U.S. foreign policy. The Bilderbergers and other “secret” groups run the world and the U.S. Vladimir Putin is a Russian patriot and a Christian, and Russia serves as a check on American power. NATO must be stopped and dismantled. Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden are all whistleblowers. Ron Paul and Rand Paul are political figures worth supporting in the U.S.

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