A long, long time ago I must have known next to nothing about what went on in the Soviet Union, but still, I must have sensed something was terribly wrong as I recall I was very anxious about the fact that I had landed at the Moscow airport even though I only had to wait for two hours before taking the flight back to home. Somehow I knew I was close to the very heart of the Evil Empire. Of course that didn’t stop me from trying to do some shopping in the Soviet style (hey, the Russkies did have some nice albeit expensive furry headwear at the time) but boy I was certainly relieved when the plane had put some distance between me and Moscow.
Those two hours spent at the airport were the only hours I ever did spend in the USSR.
Anyway, I was fascinated to find an old G. Edward Griffin’s video interview of KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov who took part in Soviet propaganda efforts in India and elsewhere. There’s certainly some revealing stuff about how the commies handled foreign intellectuals, also known as “useful idiots” or moral cowards, but I suppose the most important revelations are about subversion. From a transcript of the interview:
YURI BEZMENOV: Ideological subversion is the process which is legitimate and open. You can see it with your own eyes…. It has nothing to do with espionage.
I know that intelligence gathering looks more romantic…. That’s probably why your Hollywood producers are so crazy about James Bond types of films. But in reality the main emphasis of the KGB is NOT in the area of intelligence at all. According to my opinion, and the opinions of many defectors of my caliber, only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage as such. The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare. What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.
I have previously noted that von Bulow remarked after 9/11 that these days around 95% of the work of intelligence agencies deals with disinformation and deception (rather than on stuff we see in TV shows, movies and popular books) so it’s possible that with the advent of the internet they have had to increase their propaganda efforts to keep the lid on important truths. And certainly everyone in the know who still regularly sees people who don’t understand that the governments and the media lie all the time after for example seeing various 9/11 truth documentaries can attest to the truth of the claim that almost no one is able to come to sensible conclusions these days about things like that.
There’s of course more:
Most of the activity of the Department was to compile huge amount, volume of information on individuals who were instrumental in creating public opinion, publishers, editors, journalists, actors, educationalists, professors of political science, members of Parliament, representatives of business circles. Most of these people were divided roughly in two groups, those that would toe the Soviet foreign policy. They would be promoted to the positions of power through media and public opinion manipulation. Those who refused the Soviet influence in their own country would be character assassinated or executed physically, counter-revolution.
my KGB instructors specifically made a point, never bother with Leftists. Forget about these political prostitutes. Aim higher. This was my instruction. Try to get into wide circulation, established conservative media. Reach the filthy rich movie makers, intellectuals, so-called academic circles, cynical, ego-centric people who can look into your eyes with an angelic expression and tell you a lie. These are the most recruit-able people. People who lack moral principles who are either too greedy or to suffer from self-importance, they feel that they matter a lot. These are the people who KGB wanted very much to recruit.
In other words KGB wanted him to recruit psychopaths. I’m sure my readers aren’t too surprised. And I certainly think that’s the sort of people CIA, Mossad and MI6 like to recruit as well (it might also be worth to consider his very defection enabled him to reach conservative media and such though no telling if he was still actually working for the conspirators after escaping the Soviet Union.. he certainly uses one yiddish word at least two times in the interview and doesn’t mention the jewish angle so it’s possible he was jewish).
In any case it’s reassuring that Mr. Bezmenov certainly considered it quite possible that the Soviet Union would break apart due to internal causes way back in 1984 (he wasn’t a total fool). Though his observations about America after enduring years of subversion can hardly be considered such (he uses the word ‘demoralization’):
The result? The result you can see. Most of the people who graduated in the sixties, dropouts or half-baked intellectuals are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, educational system. You are stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them. They are contaminated. They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern. You cannot change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information. Even if you prove that white is white and black is black. You cannot change the basic perception and illogical behavior. In other words, these people, the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To rid society of these people you need another twenty or fifteen years to educate a new generation of patriotically-minded and, and common sense people who would be acting in favor and in the interests of United States society.
So far things don’t look any better with CommieBama and all.