Naomi Klien is writing about the methodology of the psychological warfare being conducted by the U.S. against it's own citizens and the rest of the world. She finds evidence of this tactic in way torture is being used to engender fear and so function as a mechanism of social control:
...This fear has to be finely calibrated. The people being intimidated need to know enough to be afraid but not so much that they demand justice. This helps explain why the Defense Department will release certain kinds of seemingly incriminating information about Guantánamo--pictures of men in cages, for instance--at the same time that it acts to suppress photographs on a par with what escaped from Abu Ghraib. "What she does not address is that this state of "knowing/not knowing" is the desired outcome of the many U. S. PsyOps techniques directed against its own civillian population.
This strategic leaking of information, combined with official denials, induces a state of mind that Argentines describe as "knowing/not knowing," a vestige of their "dirty war."
A fine example is the deliberately created plethora of glaring anomalies in the video depcting the beheading of Nick Berg. Viewed on face value (not knowing), the video looks like a ruthless and savage act by Iraqi 'terrorists'.
But Berg was shown in video wearing orange jumpsuit identical to the jumpsuits used at Guantanamo. The chair that Berg was seated in during the filming was the exact same kind as seen in a color photo taken at the Abu Ghraib Prison. The walls and baseboard seen were the same color as in Abu Ghraid prison.
These, and other anomalies 'discovered' by researchers, were deliberately planted so as to be found. Thus mainstream 'not knowing', was counterpointed by the internet 'knowing' the murder of Berg was an inside job. Both groups were manipulated by video images which were traumatic to view. It's called trauma programming.
The trauma content is used to enable the implanting of the desired PsyOps outcome deep in the psyche. Among the 'not knowing' the Berg video served to smear Iraqis as 'animals'. Among the 'knowing' it was meant intimidate antiwar resistance.
The PsyOp began with abuse of Al- Queda 'suspects' in Guantanamo Bay. If you saw photos of chained, blindfolded prisoners in Guantanamo, you already got the velvet glove component of the intimidation message.
With the beheading of Nick Berg, the gloves came off. The Guantanamo-clad victim, Nick Berg turned out to be one of YOU. One of you college intellectuals. One of you humanitarians. One of you middle-class liberals. Don't be fooled by the words around the images. It's the images which matter. You see, it's your subliminal consciousness at which all this is aimed. The images depict a brutal authority.
From Guantanamo to Berg has been one massive PsyOp to ensure you get the message that resistance is useless and downright dangerous.
And the same type of tactics have been used to intimidate those who see through the pretence of arab hijackers being responsible for 9/11. The September 11 attacks were coincident with the release of the CD 'Party Music' by the group 'Coup'. It was a classic of PsyOps technique -which triggered the destabilizing flip/flop between knowing and not knowing that a coup had just taken place in the USA.
What is eerie is that nobody is writing about the widespread use of these Psywar tactics in news content aimed at Western civillian populations. Are the media -mainstream and alleged alternative- really that dumb?
Or are they just playing dumb?
See Also: Iraqatrix