JOE BIDEN ADVANCE TEAM RECOMMENDS BRITISH APPROACH TO FIGHTING RUSSIA – START THE DISINFORMATION BEFORE THE FACT, THE FAKE BEFORE THE TRUTH — DOUBT IS RUSSIAN MIND CONTROL

by John Helmer A junior member of Joe Biden’s team in waiting to take over the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council has recommended the US employ the British method of fighting Russia with the technique of […]

by John Helmer

A junior member of Joe Biden’s team in waiting to take over the Pentagon, the State Department, and the National Security Council has recommended the US employ the British method of fighting Russia with the technique of “getting ahead of adversary tactics to strike either just before or immediately after a major decision, vote, or event.”

Doubt, she concludes, is a Russian tactic of mind control. Truth by itself isn’t enough to  combat the Kremlin. Propaganda is required in advance to ensure public confidence and to deter Russian skepticism.

Rachel Ellehuus wrote this in a report she released at a Washington think-tank on Monday, July 20.  Entitled “Mind the Gaps: Assessing Russian Influence in the United Kingdom”, Ellehuus said “an analysis of the UK experience offers some indicators as to what deters Russia. In the case of the Skripal poisoning, UK officials’ success was due to several factors. First, there was coordinated messaging. Rather than each department issuing its own response (creating gaps for Russia to exploit), the various stakeholders ultimately coordinated their response through the Cabinet Office…Second, the messaging was followed by the public release of evidence to include the identity of the Russian agents, closed-circuit television footage of them around the crime scene, and records of their hotel and flights. Finally, the international community called out Russia on the international norms it had violated. Their words were then followed by punitive measures.”

Ellehuus presented her report in a webinar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She was joined by the British Ambassador to the US, Dame Karen Pierce, and Luke Harding, an info-warfare reporter. Ellehuus’s report [2]and Harding’s appearance were paid for by the State Department. “On the funding”, Ellehuus acknowledged by email, “this is a U.S. government grant from State Department’s Global Engagement Center.”

Ellehuus was a director of European and NATO policy at the Defense Department during the Obama Adminstration; she  now works with a Washington consulting firm called Westexec [3],  created [4]by Michèle Flournoy, front-runner to be Biden’s choice for Secretary of Defense if he wins election in November;  and by Antony Blinken [5],  front-runner to be the new Secretary of State or National Security Advisor. Flournoy has been Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Blinken [6] was Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Advisor, and he is currently foreign policy spokesman for Biden’s campaign.   Between 2009 and 2012 Ellehuus was on secondment as a US official in the Strategy Unit of the UK Ministry of Defense.

Everything Russia, Russians or journalists reporting Russia do counts as “malign influence activities”, according to Ellehuus. “These are intransparent [sic], deceptive, or manipulative in nature. In terms of attribution, Russian disinformation efforts are deliberately opaque, drawing on a mix of attributed television and print media, blogs and websites with unclear attribution, and non-attributed social media accounts backed by bots and trolls. Malign influence efforts include, but are not limited to, activities such as disinformation, elite capture, and illicit financing.”

This isn’t racial profiling or ethnic hatred.  Ellehuus makes an exception for “routine activities of statecraft such as the exercise of soft power or legitimate public diplomacy efforts.” Russia and Russians are exceptional there too, she says, because their routines are always hostile. “Feeling constrained by and excluded from an equal footing in the existing international order, Russia calculates it has more to gain from undermining the international system than from embracing it. According to Russia’s zero-sum mentality, Russia benefits when the countries on its periphery are unstable, when strong international players such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany are weak, and when international organizations of which Russia is not a member, such as NATO and the European Union, are divided.”

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