December 20, 2014 http://www.nomorefakenews.com
“…it [the Sony hack] wasn’t just probably North Korea; it was North Korea.” George Clooney, Deadline Hollywood.
This article isn’t about new repressive Internet legislation, or Sony pulling the Interview movie, or theaters refusing to show it, or lawyers’ advice, or TMZ fodder.
It’s about Hollywood stars and how they claim to know what they know.
It’s simple, really. They’re naïve. They’re given that precious breathless thing: inside access. That’s the game.
You want a star to promote your narrative or your cause? Take him inside closed doors and hand him privileged information.
Well, not information. Conclusions based on secret “information.”
Clooney states that N. Korea hacked Sony? Somebody in Washington told him so: “Look, George, we know, okay? It’s for sure. We scoped it out. No question about it. We investigated. You can take it to the bank. We won’t release details, but I can tell you, as a friend, it’s true. Slam-dunk. Pay no attention to the idiots at Wired. They’re all speculating. They don’t know what we know. They can’t.”
Well, that’s it then. The hacker wasn’t the NSA or some other fed agency. It wasn’t an independent group. It wasn’t an insider at Sony. It was N. Korea.
This is the routine, over and over again with stars.
“Listen, GMO farming will save Africa. We have the data. Forget the crazies running around saying Monsanto is Satan. We’ve done the studies. This is Science.”
“We had nothing to do with the mess in the Ukraine. I promise you. That’s Russian propaganda.”
“Don’t believe the people who say we’re funding terrorists. That’s crap.”
The star doesn’t have to get his news from the NY Times. He can get it from the FBI, from the CIA, from the White House. The inside scoop.
Privilege. Access. Special briefings off the record. He’s a friend. Which is to say, he’s vulnerable. He can be used. He normally sees events at the level of one-inch deep, so when he’s handed “special” knowledge, he’s happy. He thinks he’s reached the bottom.
And his pals in government are true-blue, so he has to protect them. He can go off and say corporations are destroying America, but he can’t say they’re doing it with the collusion of the government. No, legislators are victims of corporate $$ and lobbying and can’t do anything about it. They can’t say no. It’s not their fault.
[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]He especially can’t say the Democrats and the Republicans are both decimating the country, or that, on the really important issues like Globalism, both parties are on the same page.[/pullquote]
Nor can he suddenly drift out of the conventional orbit and pick an issue on his own and blindside his government friends. Like the FDA, for example, who approve drugs that kill, at minimum, 100,000 Americans every year, like clockwork. Or the Fed Reserve, that august group of bankers who pretend they’re a federal agency and engineer booms and busts. Or the CDC, for whom lying is a way of life.
No surprises. Stay within the boundaries. Left vs. Right, progressives vs. liberals. Feed the conventional narrative.
The star doesn’t quite realize or admit that what he’s getting from “the inside” is just more conventional narrative dressed up with hush-hush.
And why didn’t the other big movie studios rally around Sony and stand together against a perceived intimidation tactic and a crushing of free speech?
Aside from the usual reasons—competition with Sony in the marketplace, glee at seeing a competitor thrown into chaos—there was no signal from their inside friends at the White House.
The other studio execs and big-time agents didn’t get a call to come together and mount a unified defense.
Absent their own courage, which is minimal in situations like this, they stood down, they remained silent—because that’s part of their bargain with government power players, too.
“Well, I guess the White House is handling this one on an international level, since North Korea did it. Not our business. Nobody important is demanding anything of us. We shouldn’t stick our noses in, as private citizens, and unilaterally make an issue out of the 1st Amendment. Free speech, the Constitution? That’s heavy stuff. Above our pay grade…it’s government turf.”
These Hollywood execs would never consider they’re getting a blast telling them they have no control over free speech…and that the warning could be coming from those same government insider pals of theirs.
If the thought does cross their minds, they won’t be emailing each other about it.
Clooney told Deadline: “I do know something about the news world. I was sitting on the floors of newsrooms since I was seven years old, and I’ve been around them my whole life.”
Maybe that’s the problem. He’s been listening to lies and cover stories and fakery for a long time.
In his estimable movie, Syriana, he left out one factor. Among all the forces at work engineering a massive corporate merger of energy companies, the US government was such a weak sister it couldn’t affect the machinations of those corporate titans.
Again, big gov is a victim. It has no clout.
During this Sony fiscao, the US Dept. of Justice must remain silent? It can’t weigh in publicly? It can’t take the lead and deal from strength? And the State Dept., likewise, has to keep its mouth shut, too?
Obama can only make a public statement (“Sony made a mistake” in not releasing the film) days after the fact? The President also takes a back seat during the scandal?
Kim Zetter, writing at Wired, throws a monkey wrench into the US government narrative:
“…in their initial public statement, whoever hacked Sony made no mention of North Korea or the film. And in an email sent to Sony by the hackers, found in documents that leaked, there is also no mention of North Korea or the film. The email was sent to Sony executives on Nov. 21, a few days before the hack went public. Addressed to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, Chairwoman Amy Pascal and other executives, it appears to be an attempt at extortion, not an expression of political outrage or a threat of war.
“’[M]onetary compensation we want,’” the email read. ‘Pay the damage, or Sony Pictures will be bombarded as a whole. You know us very well. We never wait long. You’d better behave wisely.’
“To make matters confusing, however, the email wasn’t signed by GOP or Guardians of Peace, who have taken credit for the hack, but by ‘God’sApstls,’ a reference that also appeared in one of the malicious files used in the Sony hack.
“A person purporting to be a Guardians of Peace spokesperson then emphasized again, in an interview with CSO Online published Dec.1, that they are ‘an international organization … not under direction of any state.’ The GOP’s members include, they wrote, ‘famous figures in the politics and society from several nations such as United States, United Kingdom and France.’
“The person also said the Seth Rogen film was not the motive for the hack, but that the film was problematic nonetheless in that it exemplified Sony’s greed and fed political turmoil in the region:
“’Our aim is not at the film The Interview as Sony Pictures suggests,’ the person told CSO Online. ‘But it is widely reported as if our activity is related to The Interview…’”
Clooney is quite, quite sure the Sony hack was the work of North Korea. In his Deadline interview, he says that with a little digging, anybody should be able to figure that out.
But his version of digging appears to be a tip and an assurance from someone inside the Executive Branch, where lies and cover stories are the daily bread of life.
To put the cherry on the cake, newly discovered emails from the Sony hack reveal that the CIA has been urging movie studio execs to help in the effort against ISIS. That would be the very same ISIS the US government has been supporting in Syria.
But don’t worry. If the White House says North Korea hacked Sony, then North Korea hacked Sony. The US government is a straight shooter.
And I have condos for sale on Jupiter.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at http://www.nomorefakenews.com