Originally published on July 11, 2014
false information that is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.
Many have inquired as to why Alex Jones was not included in the Patriot Deception – Traitors exposé. There were several reasons but the simplest is that the characters revealed in that piece were ideologically aligned with Russia. Although Jones is openly assisting in this information warfare campaign, I don’t believe him to be an ideologue. I believe him to be an opportunist. This description does nothing to diminish the impact of his treason but it does place him in a different category than those mentioned previously.
The Patriot Deception series has been viewed by a wide audience that includes bloggers, political pundits, media personnel, politicians, and an assortment of military and intelligence personnel. Of course it has also been read by a large number of InfoWars fans and Kremlin junkies ranging from the Putin fan club types to actively involved disinformation agents of the Kremlin itself. As a result, there has been no shortage of trolls and Putin-lovers available to insult and attack me. In fact, they are now using my Twitter handle as a hashtag after blocking me so I wouldn’t be aware of their continued assault on my online acquaintances. I see them anyway. Mostly because they aren’t particularly intelligent people. What I find shocking is that the attacks primarily come from Americans, not Russians. Perhaps Russia’s American assets are more dedicated to their mission than their Russian counterparts?
Apparently, Jones and the InfoWars staff were also made aware of this series which prompted them to repost an older video in which Jones threatens to punch in the face anyone who calls him a Russian agent, something Jones pronounces as “Rooskie agent.” The InfoWars Facebook page reissued the short “Rooskie” video the day after The Patriot Deception – Introduction hit the web. The video itself existed because I am not the only person who has accused Jones of working in the interests of Russia. In fact, the accusations have existed for several years. I became aware of these previous pieces during my research for this series. Those previous accusations failed to gain traction, however, and the Patriot Movement within the United States has continued to blindly follow the propaganda issued by the Kremlin and perpetuated by Alex Jones and his staff.
I diligently searched for an out for Jones. Generously providing him with benefit of the doubt, I allowed for the possibility Jones was simply a fool, a puppet being manipulated by those behind the scenes at InfoWars, such as the characters described in my Traitors piece. I found no way of excusing him, however. I do not believe Jones is an idiot, something he would have to be in order to be duped so completely by the likes of Paul Joseph Watson and Kurt Nimmo. Although Jones is obviously not the brains behind the content found on InfoWars and Prison Planet, he is most certainly aware of his organization’s obvious slant toward mother Russia.
Aside from his fear-mongering and profiting from Russia’s ever expanding Information Warfare budget, Jones is also an economic hypocrite. Himself a member of the 1%, (or 5%, depending on which measurement used) Jones often froths at the mouth as he rails against the rich who are sucking the world dry in order to maintain their hold on their powerful positions within the elite. His followers suck it up, ignoring facts and choosing to be led astray by a snake oil salesman. Granted, Jones does not actually sell snake oil but, available in his InfoWars Life Store, you can purchase such amazing products as Lung Cleanse and Liver Shield, which, oddly enough, are oils that come in a bottle, just like the charlatans of old. Therefore, in addition to spewing Russian propaganda to the masses, by definition, Jones is, in fact, a snake oil salesman.
Almost frightening is the ease with which Jones succeeds in his ruse. His website, InfoWars.com, is appropriately named. He openly informs you that his operation is one giant Information Warfare campaign. He also warns you, “Because there’s a war on for your mind.” To the unwashed masses who hang on his every word, he is a messiah of the information age. For those who lived through and fought the Cold War, he is as subtle as a Nikita Khrushchev speech. How and why Jones allowed himself to be sucked into the role of Kremlin propagandist is anyone’s guess. I would suspect his motivation was strictly financial. This is mostly due to the fact that Jones doesn’t appear to tow the Russian line himself, leaving that role to his writers and editors. Jones plays the affable buffoon while others attempt to rationalize Russian aggression and excuse death and destruction committed by the Kremlin, all the while proclaiming the United States the greatest threat to world peace.
We will discuss Jones further during this series but, for now, there are bigger targets in my sights. I will brace myself for the onslaught of dueling challenges that are sure to follow.