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Youth Movement Promotes US Military Presence in Central Africa
The Intel Hub ^ | March 8, 2012 | Nile Bowie

Posted on 03/08/2012 7:00:29 PM PST by Whenifhow

Edward Bernays believed that society could not be trusted to make rational and informed decisions on their own, and that guiding public opinion was essential within a democratic society.

Bernays founded the Council on Public Relations and his 1928 book, Propaganda cites the methodology used in the application of effective emotional communication.

He discovered that such communication is capable of manipulating the unconscious in an effort to produce a desired effect – namely, a capacity to manufacture mass social adherence in support of products, political candidates and social movements. Nearly a century after his heyday, Bernays’ methodology is apparent in almost every form of civic and consumer persuasion.

The platform of social media is being used in unprecedented new ways, one such example is a new online documentary about the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), an extremist rebel group operating in Central Africa.

The documentary is unprecedented, not for its educational attributes but for its capacity to use visual branding, merchandising and highly potent emotional communication to influence the viewer to support US military operations in resource rich Central Africa under the pretext of capturing the LRA’s commander, Joseph Kony.

The Lord’s Resistance Army was originally formed in 1987 in northwestern Uganda by members of the Acholi ethnic group, who were historically exploited as forced laborers by the British colonialists and later relegated by the nation’s dominant ethic groups following independence. Together with the Holy Spirit Movement, the LRA represented the armed wing of a resistance faction aiming to overthrow the government of current Ugandan President and staunch US military ally, Yoweri Museveni.

The LRA was originally formed to combat ethic marginalization, but soon became dominated by Joseph Kony, a self-proclaimed spiritual messenger of the (Christian) Holy Spirit. Kony utilized his messianic persona to lead a syncretic spiritual movement based on Acholi tribal beliefs’ and extremist Christian dogma.

It is claimed that LRA seeks to establish a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments, however its inner ideological mythology is largely unknown. In an effort to mobilize a large scale armed resistance, the LRA routinely recruited child soldiers and forced them to commit heinous acts such as cannibalism and mutilation on others who resisted to join the rebel group during their extensive twenty-five year campaign.

KONY 2012 is directed by Jason Russell and runs just thirty minutes; the video has received over twenty million views on YouTube and Vimeo and it’s national support group on Facebook is said to gain 4,000 members each hour.

The highly produced feature is narrated from the perspective of Russell and his attempt to explain the Lord’s Resistance Army to his infant son, Gavin. The video features footage from Russell’s trip to Uganda (prior to 2006, when the LRA was still operating in the region) and introduces the viewer to Jacob, a Ugandan boy who was formally recruited by the LRA as a child soldier.

Russell presents various montages of ethically diverse groups of students raising their fists in the air, sporting KONY t-shirts, and scenes of mass celebration in response to President Obama signing the S. 1067: Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.

The bill was passed without congressional approval, and allows the US to deploy military forces in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan (at the consent of those nations) in pursuit of LRA rebels.

The film further advocates the requirement of public support for US military operations in the region through forms of street activism, encouraging viewers to purchase Action Kits ($30.00) and posters ($10.00) featuring images of Joseph Kony. Russell then targets specific celebrities and US policy makers and pressures them to endorse the campaign against Kony. Perhaps most absurdly, Russell suggests that without mass public support from the American public, the US would withdraw its military presence from the region.

This is the first large-scale campaign to mobilize social medialites to aggregate public support for what would otherwise be, controversial pro-intervention US foreign policy.

The production relies on highly charged and often unrelated emotional triggers, which ultimately rely on the viewers sense of compassion in tandem with a lack of prior information on the subject to produce a desired result – explicitly, the villainous mythification of Kony and the mainstream acceptance of US presence in Africa through a proposed archipelago of AFRICOM military bases in the region.

The production targets an age group between thirteen and twenty-one, and uses a level of academic vocabulary appropriate for a young adult audience with a limited attention span; the narrator at one point even insists the viewer pay attention. The viewer is encouraged to form an emotional connection to Russell, as we witness unrelated footage of his child’s birth.

The viewer is then subsequently associated with Russell’s role as a nurturer to his young son, before shifting to scenes of Russell nurturing the Ugandan child soldier, Jacob. Russell is shown prophetically pledging to stop the LRA to the traumatized and crying young boy. The intimate portrayal of emotion in these scenes work to further incite a reactionary response from the viewer, towards the preordained conclusion suggested in the narrative – a mass mobilization of support for the US military in their efforts to stop Jacob’s source of trauma. Bernays’ would be beside himself.

KONY 2012 is produced like any other sleek marketing campaign – instead of stimulating elements of self-satisfaction like advertisers would do to promote a product, US military intervention is justified to end an atrocious humanitarian catastrophe.

The film also plays on an underlying theme of the White Man’s Burden, a notion that persons of European descent inherit a quality of guilt for their ancestors’ inclination for slavery and colonialism, requiring an activist response to finally correct the situation by “saving Africa.” During the Nigerian civil war in 1967, western media successfully used images of starving children for the first time to strengthen public support for military aid to the secessionist Republic of Biafra before rebel forces were defeated. This film attempts to purportedly “change the conversation of our culture,” however it remains a highly sophisticated refurbishment of pro-military interventionist foreign policy propaganda, dependent on dangerous subliminal messaging.

Furthermore, the film was produced by an organization called Invisible Children, Inc., who have been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide necessary information in the Bureau’s standards assessment. Invisible Children, Inc. has failed to disclose a list of sponsors (beyond the donations of American high school students), and has also earned a low rating in accountability from Charity Navigator because they won’t let their financials be independently audited.

In a 2011 financial statement, the organization disclosed that only 31% of all the funds they receive are used for charitable purposes, with the majority allocated toward travel expenses and employee salaries. Invisible Children has also been accused of fraud and voter manipulation in a recent charity contest sponsored by Chase Bank and Facebook. The group’s Co-Founder and President, Laren Poole addressed the International Criminal Court in 2009 alongside Aryeh Neier, President of George Soros’ pro-war Open Society Institute.

Invisible Children has partnered with two other organizations, Resolve and Digitaria, to create the LRA Crisis Tracker, a digital crisis-mapping platform that broadcasts attacks allegedly committed by the LRA.

On its list of corporate sponsors, Resolve lists Human Rights Watch and the International Rescue Committee. Digitaria’s website boasts commercial clients such as CBS, FOX, MTV, ESPN, Adidas, NFL, Qualcomm, NBC, National Geographic, Hasbro and Warner Brothers. While KONY 2012 attempts to portray itself as an indigenous activist movement bent on bringing justice to African children, its parent organization is affiliated with the upper echelon of the US corporate media and a network of foundation-funded pro-war civil society groups with a long history of fomenting pro-US regime change under the banner of democratic institution building.

According to Invisible Children’s own LRA Crisis Tracker, not a single case of LRA activity has been reported in Uganda since 2006. The website records ninety eight deaths in the past year, with the vast majority taking place in the northeastern Bangadi region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a tri-border expanse sharing territory with the Central African republic and South Sudan.

Since December 2009, the eastern Djemah region of CAR has seen occasional LRA activity; the western Tambura region of South Sudan has experienced even less. The LRA has been in operation for over two decades, and presently remains at an extremely weakened state, with approximately 400 soldiers. Due to the extreme instability in northern DRC after decades of rebel insurgencies and Rwandan/Ugandan military incursions into the nation, it remains highly unlikely that cases of violence in the region can be sufficiently investigated before concluding LRA involvement.

The whereabouts of Joseph Kony are completely unknown; he was last seen in crossing between Sudan and CAR in 2010, according to unverified reports. The US military currently has one hundred military officers training and overseeing the Ugandan military in anti-LRA operations. Due to the complete absence of LRA activity in Uganda, it becomes feasible that the US may be planning further operations in the resource rich DRC. Over six million Congolese nationals have been killed in war since 1996, largely with US complicity.

The regimes of Paul Kagame in Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni in Uganda have both received millions in military aid from the United States. Since the abhorrent failure of the 1993 US intervention in Somalia, the US has relied on the militaries of Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia to carry out US interests in proxy.

Paul Kagame of Rwanda has been given free reign by the US to conduct military operations inside DRC in the on-going ethnic conflict in that region following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. For Ugandan participation in the fight against Somalia’s al Shabaab, Museveni receives $45 million dollars in military aid.

The US has contributed enormous sums to these nations and now is beginning to consolidate its presence in the region under Barack Obama and AFRICOM, the United States African Command. The LRA has contributed to less than one hundred unverified deaths in the past twelve months. Considering that the United States completely ignored events in DRC and Rwanda that collectively resulted in nearly seven million deaths, their participation against the ailing Lord’s Resistance Army is completely absurd by comparison.

Through AFRICOM, the United States is seeking a foothold in the incredibly resource rich central African block in a further maneuver to aggregate regional hegemony over China. DRC is one of the world’s largest regions without an effectively functioning government. It contains vast deposits of diamonds, cobalt, copper, uranium, magnesium, and tin while producing over $1 billion in gold each year.

It is entirely feasible that the US can considerably increase its presence in DRC under the pretext of capturing Joseph Kony. The US may further mobilize ground forces, in addition to the use of predator drones and targeted missile strikes, inevitably killing civilians. In a press conference at the House Armed Services Committee on March 13, 2008, AFRICOM Commander, General William Ward stated that AFRICOM will further its regional presence by “operating under the principle theatre-goal of combating terrorism”.

During an AFRICOM Conference held at Fort McNair on February 18, 2008, Vice Admiral Robert T. Moeller openly declared AFRICOM’s guiding principle as protecting “the free flow of natural resources from Africa to the global market”, before citing China’s increasing presence in the region as challenging to American interests.

The crimes of the Lord’s Resistance Army have been documented in the past and they are truly despicable actions. Presently, the operations of the LRA have nearly dissolved and their presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is difficult to verify.

While the pro-war filmmakers behind KONY 2012 naively call for the US military to assert its place in the conflict, an independent fact finding mission would be far more effective in assessing the seriousness of the LRA threat in the present day.


TOPICS: Education; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: africa; huffpo; josephkony; propaganda; rwanda; s1067; uganda
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Video :KONY 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc&feature=player_embedded

Two websites associated with the video http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/

http://www.invisiblechildren.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/

1 posted on 03/08/2012 7:00:34 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Toespi; Wizdum; ElkGroveDan; knews_hound; woofie; rogue yam; ILS21R; smokingfrog; higgmeister; ...

Video :KONY 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc&feature=player_embedded

Two websites associated with the video http://kony2012.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/

http://www.invisiblechildren.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/

Connecting the dots
Post 36
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856154/posts?page=36#36

This is a video about Joseph Kony in Uganda who is kidnapping and killing children.
It is a public relations type video. This is the Lord’s Resistance Army (11:58) which is why Obama sent troops (advisors) to Uganda.
This group” was successful in influencing Obama to make this decision with the help of 20 Culture makers (Hollywood names) and 12 Policy makers such as John Kerry, Clinton, Harry Reid, Romney, Condolesa Rice, George Bush Jr., Boehner, etc. (23:10-24:48) and are listed on their website.

“Our goal is to change the conversation of our culture (25:28) and ask who is Joseph Kony.”
They have kits to track the impact of the donations.

They talk about covering the night on April 20th meet at sundown as a movement to plaster posters everywhere and that everything will be upside down.

They claim that “the people” have the ability to change everything because we are bigger than those with the money. “The people of the world can protect each other.”
1. They are extremely organized – reminds me of the left. The right should be taking notes.
2. April 20 (26:26)
3. Cover the night (26:28)
4. Upside down (27:33) [Could this be the “bottom up” Van Jones talked about?]

Uganda: #StopKony2012 - For Most Ugandans Kony’s Crimes Are From a Bygone Era

http://allafrica.com/stories/201203080907.html

Article that OPPOSES the “KONY 2012” campaign...
“Kony 2012: Why I’m Opposed To The Campaign” (via Sabotage Times)

http://www.sabotagetimes.com/life/kony-2012-why-im-opposed-to-the-campaign/
Excerpt:
Military intervention may or may not be the right idea, but people supporting KONY 2012 probably don’t realise they’re supporting the Ugandan military who are themselves raping and looting away. If people know this and still support Invisible Children because they feel it’s the best solution based on their knowledge and research, I have no issue with that. But I don’t think most people are in that position, and that’s a problem.

http://allafrica.com/ click on Petroleum and search for Tullow Oil

OIL FOUND IN UGANDA = TIME FOR US TROOPS TO DEPLOY TO UGANDA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqXrxTe-shw

Obama Sends 100 US Troops to Uganda to Help Combat Lord’s Resistance Army
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/10/obama-sends-100-us-troops-to-uganda-to-combat-lords-resistance-army/

President Obama Talks About Joseph Kony
Obama “...it is an INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATION for us to try to take them out...”

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/president-obama-talks-joseph-koni-15879153

Panetta: ‘International Permission’ Trumps Congressional Permission For Military Actions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5zNwOeyuG84


2 posted on 03/08/2012 7:03:19 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow
"You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress."

- Panetta

3 posted on 03/08/2012 7:09:05 PM PST by wolf24
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To: wolf24

Congressman Introduces Resolution Reaffirming Use of Military Without Congressional Approval is an Impeachable Offense

http://theintelhub.com/2012/03/08/congressman-introduces-resolution-affirming-use-of-military-without-congressional-approval-is-an-impeachable-offense/

North Carolina Representative Walter Jones has introduced a resolution into the House of Representatives that reaffirms the fact that the use of the military without Congressional approval is an impeachable offense.


4 posted on 03/08/2012 7:14:56 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Oh hell no! We are not the worlds police and they tie our soldiers hands behind their back. NO!


5 posted on 03/08/2012 7:18:15 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic

China has interests there, let them.


6 posted on 03/08/2012 7:19:03 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Whenifhow

From the article:

President Obama signing the S. 1067: Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.

The bill was passed without congressional approval, and allows the US to deploy military forces in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan (at the consent of those nations) in pursuit of LRA rebels.


7 posted on 03/08/2012 7:25:04 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Kony is African for “Emmanuel Goldstein”


8 posted on 03/08/2012 7:26:29 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Whenifhow

Somehow I get the feeling if it was called the Atheist Resistance Army, these people would support him.


9 posted on 03/08/2012 7:28:23 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Whenifhow

Were I in the military and ordered to go to Uganda, I’m afraid I’d have a serious problem with that.


10 posted on 03/08/2012 7:36:19 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Whenifhow

Note that we have unlimited funds to go after East Africa’s Lord’s Resistance Army on both political and military fronts, but it’s hands off West Africa’s Boku Haram [Islamic] terrorists.

Wonder why that is? It’s a real head-scratcher.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 7:36:49 PM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: dfwgator

Time for the two minutes of hate!


12 posted on 03/08/2012 7:40:48 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Whenifhow

http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/

From the above link,

“I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to the KONY 2012 campaign.

KONY 2012 is the product of a group called Invisible Children, a controversial activist group and not-for-profit. They’ve released 11 films, most with an accompanying bracelet colour (KONY 2012 is fittingly red), all of which focus on Joseph Kony. When we buy merch from them, when we link to their video, when we put up posters linking to their website, we support the organization. I don’t think that’s a good thing, and I’m not alone.”


13 posted on 03/08/2012 7:46:42 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Whenifhow

Some counterpoints:

"I do not doubt for a second that those involved in KONY 2012 have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I'm strongly opposed to the KONY 2012 campaign."

Why I'm Opposed to the Kony Campaign

Should I Donate Money to Kony 2012 or Not?

14 posted on 03/08/2012 7:50:38 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Whenifhow
 
 
 
Thanks for the quick quotes and link compilation - people would be fools to take all this concern about Uganda at face value since all the usual leftist suspects are lining up to cheerlead it. Something else is in the works under the radar.
 
BTT
 
 
 

15 posted on 03/08/2012 7:54:37 PM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: FreedomPoster
 
 
 
Good grief - gender indeterminate
 
 
 
 

16 posted on 03/08/2012 7:56:54 PM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: Irenic

This is a job for “Holder’s people”.


17 posted on 03/08/2012 8:01:54 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Whenifhow

I am still unsure how I feel about this, I am leaning to the “Why are these leftists promoting more military intervention, isn’t this what they are against?”

Also, would it not be easier to send in a seal team and kill this guy, although the result I fear would be someone worse or as equally bad taking his place, also the Ugandan military is just as bad.

I heard about Kony about a year ago, and the LRA. It’s making the rounds on Facebook, at first I was like, good get this guy, but the more I think about it, I realize it’s very hypocritical of the left and their “anti-war” agenda. I feel like this video may have been made for a reason to get our military there for other interests, other than removing Kony.

If just for humanitarian reasons, and it’s the right thing to do....I’m not sure I agree. The right thing to do, I believe, would be as I said before, send in a seal team, and kill this guy.

A friend sent me the video on Facebook, I said much the same thing.....he said, they want to bring him to trial. Why?


18 posted on 03/08/2012 8:08:38 PM PST by IamCenny
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To: FreedomPoster

I just love the “cat shat on my head look”..../sarc


19 posted on 03/08/2012 8:11:06 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Whenifhow

Get a contract with the African governments involved for some soldiers of fortunate to go over and take the jerk out. The activists can fund the operation.

Don’t use the US military like this.


20 posted on 03/08/2012 8:14:48 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: IamCenny

Is there any question that leftists created the chaos of the Arab Spring? That was violent.
This is part of the Globalist agenda - to create the chaos and acquire the resources of the country.

http://allafrica.com/ click on the menu > BizTech and choose Petroleum and search for Tullow Oil

Here is one article:

Uganda: Tullow Finally Signs $2.9 Billion Oil Deal

http://allafrica.com/stories/201202240673.html

Tullow Oil yesterday concluded the sale of two thirds, or 66.6%, of its assets in the Albert Grabben to France’s Total and China’s CNOOC for $2.9bn, bringing to an end a ticklish issue that had held back oil activities for more than a year.


21 posted on 03/08/2012 8:27:11 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Whenifhow.


22 posted on 03/08/2012 8:29:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Whenifhow
This morning I checked a regional news website and was very surprised that the following Kony article was listed as "Most popular":

Making Joseph Kony a household name

I smell an October surprise in which obama heroically saves the day by capturing the dastardly Kony. These stories are part of the set-up. We probably already know where he is.

23 posted on 03/08/2012 8:41:23 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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Wrong. It is not in our interests to let China dominate Eastern Africa. It is in our interests to support our allies and destroy Kony’s LRA and Al-Shabaab.


24 posted on 03/08/2012 9:07:18 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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Article, # 2 , - and esp. # 23.

Thanks, whenifhow.

25 posted on 03/08/2012 9:20:57 PM PST by LucyT
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I was watching it (no sound) over the shoulder of my daughter. Just watching it I could tell it was propoganda - pretty slick stuff, lots of quick images to get the pulse and hope going. Especially for a young kid. Interesting to read about the methods used in this thread.

As I told my kids - there are a lot worse folks in the world than this Coney Island guy. And why should we be so worried about him all of a sudden. (Almost every youtube video has a link now about “getting koney”.) I told my kids it was probably a “wag-the-dog” type thing.


26 posted on 03/08/2012 9:23:37 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: 21twelve
 
 
I was watching it (no sound) over the shoulder of my daughter. Just watching it I could tell it was propoganda - pretty slick stuff, lots of quick images to get the pulse and hope going. Especially for a young kid. Interesting to read about the methods used in this thread.
 
Good observation. The usual tip-off is being long on hysterics & theatrics, short on detail and facts. The trick for young folk is to develop the skills to accurately discern what is or is not being said, and not get manipulated by how it's being said/presented.
 
 

27 posted on 03/08/2012 9:58:19 PM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: LucyT; pillut48

Joseph Kony 2012: Obama administration congratulates success of campaign (another Red Herring)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2856714/posts

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/9132991/Joseph-Kony-2012-Obama-administration-congratulates-success-of-campaign.html


28 posted on 03/09/2012 5:32:40 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

According to their Audited Financial Statement, the Invisible Children had as their stated purpose in the beginning of their organization in 2004, “Programs include educational and microeconomic initiatives in Central Africa benefiting over 11,000 people as well as biannual tours, awareness events, and fundraising campaigns statewide.”

However, also according to this same statement, “The Organization experienced very strong and unexpected revenue near fiscal year end 2011, which is reflected in unrestricted net assets at June 30, 2011.”

Under the line item: “Net Increase In Cash” 2011 is $4,923,140., whereas, for the year 2010 the Net Increase In Cash was $35,629.

Interesting to note, is what the report deems as RECENT activity. “Recently, the Organization has expanded its operations to Central Africa to address the plight of the most recent victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) reign of terror who live in some of the most remote regions of the world.” The report describes a five step strategy, the 5th being, “promoting the arrest of Joseph Kony and top LRA commanders.

Read the report in pdf at the following link:

http://c2052482.r82.cf0.rackcdn.com/images/737/original/FY11-Audited%20Financial%20Statements.pdf?1320205055

In their 2011 Annual report, special thanks is given to the following:

1Love, Aid for Africa, Better World Books, Billabong, Bobby Chang, Bridgeway Foundation, Charity: Water, Chase Community Giving, Crawford Family Foundation, Digitaria, Dungu-Doruma Diocese, Else de Temmerman, Enough, Fidelity Foundation, Gary and OJ Shansby, Halogen, Humnaity United, Interactive Radio for Justice, International Justice Mission, Josh Rodarmel, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Kristen Bell, Maurice Mariano Family Foundation, National Christian Foundation, National Philanthropic Trust, New Venture Fund, Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Pac Sun, Pandju Merali Foundation, Project 7, Rachel Bilson, Resolve, Salesforce.com, Sean Parker, Segal Family Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange, StayClassy, TechnoServe Inc., Tom Shadyac, UNHCR, University of California Irvine/Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, University of Southern California/Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, United Nations DDRRR, The Voice Project, Warby Parker, Wildlife Conservation Society, Wilmington Trust.

Here is the pdf link to the Annual Report:

http://c2052482.r82.cf0.rackcdn.com/images/895/original/AR11_small_final2.pdf?1325722694

Additional information in the Annual Report I found interesting, was the report on the “The Fourth Estate.” In August 2011, the Invisible Children Organization hosted a three day conference by this title. 650 youth attended. (I am assuming these are the youth pictured in the viral video.) At this conference, participants engaged in discussions of public policy, international justice, effective fundraising, and what it means to be an empathic citizen. Participants were both educators and students from many countries.

Jason Russell, in the report, says of the conference, “We thought we were coming together to teach all of you the way forward...and you instead taught all of us (including the speakers) what the future is going to look like.” He added, “But there were things I was experiencing and hearing and feeling that were beyond imagination.” And then he quotes from one of the participants, Carly Parmer, saying she said, “There are no words to describe The Fourth Estate. I told my mom and my friends, you now just have to watch me live. My actions and life will be the words.” Jason Russell ends his note with a quote from “Mama Oprah” saying “Intention Rules Your Life.”

My conclusion, based on the organizations own reports is that this is a progressive organization typical of those we have learned to become aware of. The setting of the specific date— April 20, 2012 for the Kony2012 campaign on the heals of the “99% Spring” “TRAINING” going on April 9-14 is suspect. Also of interest, maybe totally unrelated, certainly hope it is, is the historical significance of April 19.

Would love to know if anyone could shed light on any of the organizations listed in the Special Thanks section.


29 posted on 03/09/2012 9:43:04 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: LucyT

Ping to #29. This is what I have uncovered.


30 posted on 03/09/2012 9:47:21 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: Whenifhow

>The bill was passed without congressional approval, and allows the US to deploy military forces in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan (at the consent of those nations) in pursuit of LRA rebels.<

How on earth does a bill get passed without House approval???


31 posted on 03/09/2012 9:58:44 AM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Darnright

That was a direct quote from the article:

Russell presents various montages of ethically diverse groups of students raising their fists in the air, sporting KONY t-shirts, and scenes of mass celebration in response to President Obama signing the S. 1067: Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.

The bill was passed without congressional approval, and allows the US to deploy military forces in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan (at the consent of those nations) in pursuit of LRA rebels.

The film further advocates the requirement of public support for US military operations in the region through forms of street activism, encouraging viewers to purchase Action Kits ($30.00) and posters ($10.00) featuring images of Joseph Kony. Russell then ......


32 posted on 03/09/2012 10:07:33 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Darnright

Link
http://www.theresolve.org/lra-disarmament-and-northern-uganda-recovery-act-of-2009

Excerpt:
Record-breaking level of Congressional support

Following introduction in May 2009 by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and Representative Brad Miller (D-NC), the bill gained an average of 20 cosponsors a month until passage the next year. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate on March 11th, 2010 with 65 Senators as cosponsors, then passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on May 13th, 2010 with 202 Representatives as cosponsors. These 267 Members of Congress helped bring to the President’s desk the most widely cosponsored bill Africa-related piece of legislation in the last 37 years, or as far back as electronic records document.

“These 267 Members of congress” Link
http://www.theresolve.org/pages/list-of-congressional-cosponsors


33 posted on 03/09/2012 10:13:26 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow; daisy mae for the usa
 
 
Excellent work guys and/or gals. There's certainly a stench to all this alright. Way too organized, synchonized and polished - like a marketing campaign to sell laundry soap or a PR drive to polish a politician's image. Whatever it is, I cannot see it as sincere. There's smoke here, it's a matter of finding the fire and identifying what sort of fire it is. The bad news is that all this interesting info is sitting on a thread with 33 replies (soon to be 34).  Needs to be bundled up and sent over as a neat package to anyone with a big microphone and a pulpit, such as Brietbart's "BigGov" dot com, Mark Steyn, Rush, Hannity, Malkin, Beck - whomever. This needs some resources applied to get a light shined onto it so what's really going on will unravel and come out.
 
 
 

34 posted on 03/09/2012 11:33:03 PM PST by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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To: lapsus calami; Whenifhow; lastchance; FreedomPoster; LucyT; Ben Barrack

New info from another thread thanks to Ben Barrack.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2857229/posts

Also, for those who haven’t seen #29—— follow the money. Anyone know anything about any of these organizations worth questioning?


35 posted on 03/10/2012 7:37:55 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: daisy mae for the usa

Other sources;
Article:
KONY 2012, Invisible Children’s Pro-AFRICOM and Museveni Propaganda
http://blackstarnews.com/news/135/ARTICLE/8007/2012-03-08.html

Invisible Children’s goals initially may have been to publicize the plight of children caught in Uganda’s decades-long conflicts; lately, IC has been acting as apologists for General Yoweri K. Museveni’s dictatorship and the U.S. goal to impose AFRICOM (the U.S. Africa Military Command) on Africa.

This video is the promoter of the video on CNN with Piers Morgan

Kony 2012 Filmmaker: Kony, you hear us, surrender #KonySurrender
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaBxTfa2yUs&list=UUupvZG-5ko_eiXAupbDfxWw&index=5&feature=plcp


36 posted on 03/10/2012 8:17:48 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow; bluecat6; silverleaf

Blue and Silver— pinging y’all to this thread. Wonder if you might have any insight into the names in #29. Do any of these foundations, etc., ring bells related to other foundations and private organizations you already have heard about? This KONY thing has a smell.


37 posted on 03/10/2012 8:48:52 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: daisy mae for the usa

Here is info on just one of those on the list.
Project 7
http://www.project7.com/

http://www.project7.com/mission/

Kony 2012
http://www.project7.com/2012/03/kony-2012/

Project 7 on Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/project7

Save the Earth
http://vimeo.com/37634038

Products for Good
http://vimeo.com/37634652

Costa Mesa, CA
project7.com
We make products that help fund projects in seven areas of need. Join our community and “Change the Score.”
project7.com
changethescore.com

Project7 (@Project7) on Twitter
https://twitter.com/#!/project7

Project 7 | Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/Project7

Project 7 Water Authority

http://www.project7water.org/


38 posted on 03/10/2012 9:33:03 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

That’s an interesting organization. Basically, as I understand, they are selling a few goods and passing a portion of profits to non-profits.

I know that Oprah is one of IC’s biggest contributors. She has done a lot to help in Africa. Who could doubt the needs of people on this entire continent?!

I am concerned about the angle that may be occurring with IC that has to do with the using of a true-hearted cause to promote a political agenda. The opposing view to this IC thing seems to believe that is exactly what is going one. But without some money trail— it is only an opinion.

Maybe IC is on the up and up? I just have questions. The viral video has too many psychological manipulation techniques in it for me to trust this movement, especially when its greatest appeal is to our American youth.


39 posted on 03/10/2012 9:55:45 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: daisy mae for the usa

Nothing that stands out. Anneburg in is there...we know that is is familiar. JPMorgan - so a national name.

Rest look like West Coast organizations.


40 posted on 03/10/2012 10:01:46 AM PST by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: daisy mae for the usa

Fidelity Foundation
http://www.fidelityfoundation.org/

About Us - Fidelity Foundation
http://www.fidelityfoundation.org/aboutus/
History
For nearly 50 years, the Fidelity Foundation has focused its grant program on strengthening nonprofit organizations. Established in 1965, the Foundation was the vision of Edward C. Johnson 3d, the current chairman of Fidelity Investments, and his father, Edward C. Johnson 2d, who founded Fidelity. Since inception, the Fidelity Foundation has distributed more than $200 million dollars to qualified nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada.

Fidelity Foundation electronic ballot system - Fraudwatchers
http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/showthread.php?t=13658

Contact info

http://www.tgci.com/funding/fdnresultnew.asp?thisID=17979

Fidelity Foundation
Click Here to Visit the Foundation’s Website
Address 1: 82 Devonshire Street
Address 2: S2
City: Boston
State: MA
Zip Code: 02109
Contact: Margaret Morton, Sr. Program Vice President
Telephone: 617-563-6806


41 posted on 03/10/2012 10:09:14 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: bluecat6

Thanks for taking a look! :)


42 posted on 03/10/2012 10:30:00 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: Whenifhow

Are you familiar with the website Muckety? On this you can look up influential people and see how they are connected. For instance, the organization you just referenced is run by Edward C. Johnson and his daughter Abigail also participates. They are both listed on the Forbes billionaire list, along with George Soros. But they did not support Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. It is a very interesting site!


43 posted on 03/10/2012 10:50:04 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: daisy mae for the usa

Here’s the Muckety for Edward C Johnson III

http://www.muckety.com/Edward-C-Johnson-III/97330.muckety

You might be able to identify several non-profit groups using this link.
Non Profits
http://www.muckety.com/listings/nonprofitsA.html


44 posted on 03/10/2012 11:09:42 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

I think I’ll run the list through over a few days. So far not seeing anything stand-outish to verify the opposing view. It may be that IC is just adept at film making and didn’t consider that those of us who don’t like to see psychological manipulation techniques aimed at kids might find this suspicious. Live and learn, sometimes.


45 posted on 03/10/2012 11:25:58 AM PST by daisy mae for the usa
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To: daisy mae for the usa

The Problems with ‘Stop Kony’

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/03/problem-stop-kony/49634/

What’s the real problem?

Well, it’s their financials. As Vice’s Alex Miller reported this is what their tax forms look like, and it’s been circulating the internet:

screen shots on the site


46 posted on 03/10/2012 9:30:49 PM PST by Whenifhow
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To: Darnright; Whenifhow
>The bill was passed without congressional approval, and allows the US to deploy military forces in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan (at the consent of those nations) in pursuit of LRA rebels.<

How on earth does a bill get passed without House approval???

How on earth is this happening during an election year in the US when the economy is faltering? Shouldn't we be minding our own house first?

47 posted on 03/10/2012 9:39:22 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

How on earth is this happening during an election year in the US when the economy is faltering? Shouldn’t we be minding our own house first?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Post 7 and 33 reference the legislation as being from 2009


48 posted on 03/10/2012 9:49:07 PM PST by Whenifhow
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Mar 10, 2010: This bill passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent. May 12, 2010: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote. Introduced May 19, 2009
Referred to Committee View Committee Assignments
Reported by Committee Nov 17, 2009
Amendments (1 proposed) View Amendments
Passed Senate Mar 10, 2010
Passed House May 12, 2010
Signed by President May 24, 2010
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-1067


49 posted on 03/10/2012 10:18:53 PM PST by anglian
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To: anglian

In 2010, Royce – a former chair of the Africa Subcommittee – was an original sponsor of the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. The successful legislation made it the policy of the United States to “apprehend or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield.”
http://royce.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=281113


50 posted on 03/10/2012 10:23:38 PM PST by anglian
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