We must use fear as a method of neutralizing the enemy’s principal resource: the free circulation of ideas and information.
Brazil is a living laboratory for the observation of humanity’s darker impulses.
DoLaDoDeLá is the blog of Marco Aurélio Mello — a veteran TV Globo journalist fired, he for ideological unreliability, he says. It was a big to-do at the time in the industry.
Mello now works for the rival Record network as a special editor. Record, founded by the powerful Protestant evangelical domination IURJ, has been hiring dissident Globo talent away from the traditional market leader for some time now.
Mello says the manifesto translated below was placed on his windshield by an anonymous source, but that a computer-literate friend was able to interpret the headers of the printed electronic message and may be able to identify the source eventually.
He has not published a facsimile of the message yet, as he ought to, though. Old habits die hard when you work for decades at the Silver Venus: Worst. Television. Ever. Except maybe for Televisa and the incredible RCTV. Ecuadoran and Peruvian TV is pretty godawful, too, if it comes to that.
The Instituto Millenium is a lobbying group representing Brazilian media cartels such as Globo, Abril, RBS, Folha-UOL, and the Estado Group, all with extensive institutional ties to Opus Dei.
Millenium is essentially an implausibly deniable branch office of four neoconservative group in the U.S., which have provided soft money and organizing methods to ideological fellow travelers throughout Central and South America, with support from NED, STATE and USAID.
- Endeavor International
The methods of the Millenium are highly reminiscent of those used by Dick Morris and Rob Allyn in the Mexican elections in 2006, when they worked undercover in Mexico in violation of Mexican law. This is probably not an accident. Brazl’s top political marketer, a certain Sr. Manhanelli, is an associate of the CIGP at Florida University, where Morris is also an affiliated consultant.
As to the social entrepreneurs of Harvard, suffice it to say that the vice-chair of Endeavor International is the son of El Tigre, Emílio Azácarraga Vidaurreta, and heir to the throne of Televisa, a media group with 75% of the Mexican market. The chairman is one of those Bronfmans — the one who swapped his booze empire for control of Vivendi-Universal, now NBC Universal.
Brazil’s IBOPE-NetRatings was hired to police TV advertising during the 2006 Mexican campaign, but reported it had failed in its mission. As a result, an Amazon of black propaganda with a financial model along the lines of a SWIFT Boat campaign, later solemnly declared illegal by IFE, the federal elections institute, was aired during a strategic time period.
Nielsen NetRatings was later hired to explain away statistical anomalies in the live feed of the vote count — above — provided by a technology company belonging to the PAN candidate’s brother-in-law, hired without competitive bidding by IFE
As reported on CNN Español by Carmen Aristegui. See
The first act of the incoming PAN government was to propose and pass the so-called Ley Televisa, which among other things made renewals of public spectrum concessions automatic and immune to congressional oversight.
When a PAN senator, Santiago Creel, denounced the legislation as the fruit of corrupt dealings, Televisa mounted a massive slander campaign against him, associating him with Ye Gon Li, an alleged smuggler of methamphetamine inputs who claimed that the $250,000,000 seized at his Mexico City home was a PAN slush fund.
I have been writing a series in Portuguese explaining the neoconservative lobbying industry in the U.S. and the modus operandi of the four movementarian think tanks to Brazilian readers. I feel I owe this to my hosts. After all, Karen Hughes used to say that we expats ought to consider ourselves citizen-ambassadors combating the stereotype of the Ugly American and The American Friend.
More importantly, as I make a point of reiterating, my interest in the case is as a U.S. citizen royally pissed off about the use of tax dollars to fund political activities abroad that would be illegal at home. Ron Paul agrees with me.
This supposed manifesto of the Millenium Institute, we can at least say, is highly consistent with the rhetoric and tactics of the media campaign we have witnessed so far in this election year in Brazil.
It is also highly consistent with the tactics employed to oust Salvador Allende in Chile, as detailed by the Brazilian historian Moniz Bandeira in his book Formula for Chaos.
The emphasis on the emotional appeal is cribbed wholesale from Drew Westen’s The Political Brain, in a book co-authored by an American political consultant from IPSOS in Chicago — whose name lurks in the fine print on the book’s cover.
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
The purported manifesto:
1. A criação imediata do Instituto Millenium, que reuna pensadores capazer [sic] de forjar um discurso de forte apelo emocional, preferencialmente atemorizando a opinião pública.
1. The immediate creation of the Millenium Institute, a gathering of thinkers with the capacity to forge a discourse with a powerful emotional appeal, preferably one that will strike fear into the heart of public opinion.
2. A criação de meios de reduzir o campo de ação dos guerrilheiros (regulamentação severa, censura e manipulação).
2. The creation of means to reduce the range of action of the guerrillas (severe regulation, censorship and manipulation)
3. O esgotamento da capacidade do adversário de renovar as forças para uma nova ação (sufocamento).
3. Attrition of the enemy’s capacity to renew its forces for fresh action (suffocation).
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