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Kenneth O’Keefe on BBC’s Hardtalk

Ken O'Keefe (left) As a US Marine on the USS Ponce - Mediterranean summer 1990

Jun 25, 2010

An articulate and angry Kenneth O’Keefe, in a pretty intense interview, with BBC. He was on the MV Mavi Marmara ship carrying aid to Gaza, when Israeli commandos raided the ship, killing nine peace activists onboard and wounding several. Kenneth claims he helped disarm the Israeli commandos. He starts of at the very outset by stating, “Palestinians are killed everyday by Israelis and we never hear about it in the Media.” A classic BBC HARDTALK, every bit worth watching. (source)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Propaganda

The first lines: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” This was written in 1928. This nephew of Sigmund Freud worked in Woodrow Wilson’s creation, the Committee on Public Information, and saw firsthand how the public’s mind can be manipulated. Wilson was elected on a peace platform and had to transform the country to go to war against the German Kaiser. Bernays later helped publicize the American Tobacco Company, and is credited as a “father” of public relations. Anyone interested in understanding how the masses are molded by the powers that be must read this book!

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  1. annaoleary said, on October 8, 2010 at 12:11 am

    What a wonderful humanitarian thing to do. Ken speaks with such conviction I think he will get the aid to the children of Gaza despite the evil Israelis. Putting others before himself. How proud of him his kids must be.
    Viva Palestina.


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