President Trump touched a raw nerve with former CIA Director John Brennan by insinuating he leaked the “fake news” about Russia possessing compromising data on the President. Days later Trump spokesperson Ms. Kellyanne Conway had a contretemps with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. She claimed Press Secretary Sean Spicer was offering “alternate facts” about the size of the Inaugural crowd.
We are not talking about ‘spin’ which is different ways of looking at the same situation or set of facts. Fakes news and alternate facts are fabrications devoid of reality. The British excel in the latter and utilized them for three decades during the armed conflict in Ireland. Their use was unquestioned by most US and Irish media, journalists and politicians who believed , naively of course, the British were sincere in seeking an end to the conflict.
The shared language nurtured a collaboration between Britain’s MI-5 & MI-6 and America’s CIA (formerly the OSS) and the FBI. This decades old ‘special relationship’ is complicated and conflicting agendas and trust issues arise did arise; the Suez Canal crisis a good example. No surprise then that it was a former British MI-6 operative, Chris Steele, working for the CIA who cited the existence of compromising info on President Trump in Russian hands. The blessing of Steele’s credibility by the New York Times was swift. Its Public Editor proclaimed Steele was “… respected in his craft…” as though describing a diamond cutter or electrician.
As a result of this long collaboration, the U. S. deferred to the British spooks for intelligence about the conflict in Ireland. Anyone see the fault in this logic?? The British shared nourishing tidbits like fake news and alternate facts about NI for several reasons. First, funding was needed for MI-5 and MI-6 bureaucracies so that ‘enemies’ like Sinn Fein could be labeled, monitored, smeared and murdered. Second, data needed to be collected or ‘created’ so the UK could guide US policy to a ‘security’ agenda i. e. turn the Catholic civil rights movement and protests into a Communist plot. Third, whenever British lawlessness and violence was required distracting events were created and cover-up measures employed to portray an alternate reality for media and governments alike.
Here’s how it has worked.
BLOODY SUNDAY—The Widgery Report was filled with ‘alternate facts’ and fake news about shots fired at the soldiers, armed protestors and criminal agitators. After 40 years of lying the truth of those 13 murders was documented. Now the obstruction strategy is in place to make sure no soldier, commander or politician is held accountable.
STORMONT SPY RING & OMAGH BOMBING—After the 1998 Accord the unhappy security services were anxious to smear Sinn Fein and restore London rule. A fake spy ring at Stormont story was created which suspended local rule. Only later was it revealed that at the center of the spy ring was a British spy. In Omagh, Co Tyrone several months after the Agreement was signed, dissident Nationalists planted a bomb and gave a 30 minute warning. MI-6 and police were monitoring the bombing team for days and had an informer in their midst but let the bomb detonate. The security services reasoned the deaths were a small price to pay to break the peace treaty and keep the military/security services payroll economy. The fake news story about lying untrustworthy IRA terrorists and loyalist fears about troops leaving didn’t scuttle the Agreement but not for want of the British trying.
MacBride Fair Employment Principles & Adams Visa Denial
State and local governments were considering linking the Principles to pension investments and purchases. The UK hired various religious from institutions they subsidize to be witnesses at hearings who lied about anti-Catholic discrimination and the Fair Employment Agency that was designed to fail. The image of a religious war was a bonus feature of this alternative ‘facts’ campaign. Irish-American groups sued the U. S. Department of State for denying a visa to Gerry Adams then an elected Member of Parliament, and a published author who had never been arrested. Compelled to justify their denial, the Attorney General provided copies of articles from Britain’s Fleet Street rag press, previously fed to them by the Ministry of Defense. The fakes news in these articles all proclaimed Adams was an IRA chieftain.
Royal Ulster Constabulary & Assassinations of Elected Officials
Prime Minister Thatcher lied about British democracy and the rule of law in N. I. to President Reagan and in an address to Congress. She created this alternative reality to overcome a ban on the sale of arms to the RUC. The police were providing targeting info to loyalist bigots and psychopaths who carried out the killing of Catholics, helped the killers escape and protected them from prosecution. The police were invaluable in assisting Army SAS units in the assassination of 6 freely elected Sinn Fein Councillors and 11 campaign workers. This legacy of lawlessness beginning with Ballymurphy killings in 1971 and suppressing democracy by extra-judicial assassinations is the ‘alternate reality’ the British are currently covering up by stalling and obstructing inquests and investigations.
All of this deceit has been crafted for one purpose: to keep Americans ignorant of the facts and the reality of Britain’s malice. The Churchill bust (it’s probably bugged) is now back in the Oval Office. Nothing says “Welcome to America” like the visage of an alcoholic, anti-Semite and a deceitful bullying imperial racist. Prime Minister May recently returned to London acutely aware that Americans are suckers for fake news and the “special relationship” fable has kept the U. S. firmly in British hands.