Reports continue that communications in and around New Orleans are
being purposely jammed by the US government (see Sep. 2 article below). The
jamming is having an adverse impact on emergency, disaster recovery, and news
media communications. The jamming is even affecting police radio frequencies
in Jefferson Parish, according to an Australian news report.
Jamming radio and other communications such as television signals is part of
a Pentagon tactic called "information blockade" or "technology
blockade." The tactic is one of a number of such operations that are part
of the doctrine of "information warfare" and is one of the psychological
operations (PSYOPS) methods used by the US Special Operations Command. Jamming
is currently being used by US forces in Iraq and was used by the US Navy in
the botched coup attempt against President Hugo Chavez in April 2002. US Navy
ships off the Venezuelan coast jammed diplomatic, military, emergency services,
police, and even taxi cab frequencies in Caracas and other large cities.
From "The Manchurian Printer," Simson L. Garfinkel [The Boston
Sunday Globe, March 5, 1995, Focus Section, Page 83]:
"Not surprisingly, the unclassified version of the Pentagon's report
barely mentions the offensive possibilities of Information Warfare---capabilities
that the Pentagon currently has under development. Nevertheless, these capabilities
are alluded to in several of the diagrams, which show a keen interest by the
military in OOTW---Operations Other Than War. "They have things like information
influence, perception management, and PSYOPS---psychological operations,"
says Wayne Madsen, a lead scientist at the Computer Sciences Corporation in
northern Virginia, who has studied the summer study report. 'Basically, I think
that what they are talking about is having the capability to censor and put
out propaganda on the networks. That includes global news networks like CNN
and BBC, your information services, like CompuServe and Prodigy,' and communications
satellite networks. 'When they talk about 'technology blockade,' they want to
be able to block data going into or out of a certain region of the world that
they may be attacking."'
ALERT: WMR readers should be aware that web sites like Democratic Underground
are "locking" information on the radio jamming in Louisiana and the
corruption involved in FEMA hurricane disaster preparedness (IEM Team contract).
Readers should also be aware that the Pentagon's technology blockade strategy
extends to the Internet. Web sites like Democratic Underground and Daily Kos
have a lot of explaining to do when they censor critical information during
a national emergency. These web sites, along with Fox News and the other news
sources with overt and covert political agendas, are not serving in the public
interest and should be avoided as sources for important information - WM
See previous article from Lookingglassnews
Who is jamming communications in New Orleans?