"ENTERING THE WORLD OF GEORGE ORWELL: Operation Mass Appeal And Operation Rockingham" by Kurt Nimmo ANOTHER DAY IN THE EMPIRE: Life in Neoconservative America http://www.KurtNimmo.com/ December 31, 2003 [Copyright (c) 2003 in the U.S.A. and Internationally by Kurt Nimmo and/or Another Day In The Empire. All rights are reserved.] "A Google news search does not turn up a single mention of Operation Mass Appeal in the "mainstream" corporate media. Is it any wonder the vast majority of Americans are essentially brain-dead when it comes down to understanding how their government with the help of the Brits staged the entire invasion of Iraq and predicated it on a slew of lies? ""The [British] Secret Intelligence Service has run an operation to gain public support for sanctions and the use of military force in Iraq," writes the London Sunday Times http://www.Subliminal
News.com/archives/000122.php. "The government yesterday confirmed that MI6 had organized Operation Mass Appeal, a campaign to plant stories in the media about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction." ""A senior official admitted that MI6 had been at the heart of a campaign launched in the late 1990s to spread information about Saddam's development of nerve agents and other weapons, but denied that it had planted misinformation." "Since Saddam didn't actually have any WMDs http://www.Infor
mationClearinghouse.info/article4708.htm after Gulf Invasion I, the only logical conclusion is that the "information" was contrived and planted. "Google turned up zero results on Operation Rockingham in the corporate media. "Established after the first Gulf War, Rockingham 'cherry-picked' intelligence to fit the hidden agenda of justifying sanctions and, later, war with Iraq," writes Subliminal News (see link above). "The politicized process produced misleading intelligence to the rest of the British government, much as the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans http://www.CooperativeResearch.org/wot/iraq/office_of_spe
cial_plans.html did here in the US." "David Kelly http://www.FromTheWilderness.com/free/ww3/101
403_kelly_1.html made reference to this operation before he turned up dead, as many intelligence operatives do when they stray from the straight and narrow. "Within the defense intelligence services I liaise with the Rockingham cell," admitted Kelly the day before his mysterious death. ""Britain and America were involved [in the 1990s and up to 2003] in a programme of joint exploitation of intelligence from Iraqi defectors," former UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter told the Scottish Sunday Herald http://www.Guardian.co.uk/comment/
story/0,3604,1089931,00.html in June. "There were mountains of information coming from these defectors, and Rockingham staff were receiving it and then selectively culling [picking out] reports that sustained the [WMD] claims. They ignored the vast majority of the data which mitigated against such claims." ""Only one other official reference to Operation Rockingham is on record, in an aside by Brigadier Richard Holmes when giving evidence to the defense select committee in 1998," explains the Guardian (see previous link). "He linked it to Unscom inspections, but it was clear that the Rockingham staff included military officers and intelligence services representatives together with civilian MoD personnel. Within, therefore, the UK intelligence establishment -- MI6, MI5, GCHQ and defense intelligence -- Rockingham clearly had a central, though covert, role in seeking to prove an active Iraqi WMD programme." "The people who created Rockingham are "a group of ideologues with pre-determined notions of truth and reality," Ritter told the Sunday Herald. "They take bits of intelligence to support their agenda and ignore anything contrary. They should be eliminated." ""We've entered the world of George Orwell," Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer, told the Herald http://www.Mindfully.org/Re
form/2003/Blair-Secret-Cabal8jun03.htm. "I'm disgusted. The truth has to be told. We can't allow our leaders to use bogus information to justify war." "So long as the Bush Ministry of Disinformation is allowed to spread lies and deception -- and not report on such things as Operation Mass and Operation Rockingham -- there will be more invasions, more mass murder, more profits for the war merchants and Bush and Cheney's business buddies. "Here's my New Year wish, as hopeless as it is -- every American will refuse to watch or read and mindlessly believe the lies repeated by the BMD and investigate these issues for themselves. "Of course, I may as well wish for a pony." " Kurt Nimmo is a photographer, multimedia artist and writer living in New Mexico. To see his photo work and read more of his essays, visit his excellent “Another Day in the Empire” weblog: http://www.KurtNimmo.com/ "