American Indians and the CIA : Buying Silence With Advertising

Hopi elder Dan Evehema, sitting on a couch at his home on the Hopi mesa in 1996, warned: “Don’t take grant funding, they will control you.”

How advertisers like the CIA and FBI use dollars to control and silence people.
By Brenda Norrell

In case you noticed the alarming, large advertisements by the CIA Clandestine Services on the front web page of a national American Indian newspaper this week, or the ad by the FBI as one of the main sponsors of the National Congress of American Indians annual convention [Oct. 19-24] in Phoenix, it is good to remember how advertisers and funders control the media and organizations.

First, for newspapers, there is the outpouring of dollars for large ad spaces in prime sites. For Indian organizations, there is financial backing for events or programs.

When the newspaper, or Indian organization, does something the funder doesn’t like, they often threaten to halt the advertising dollars. “We can’t go along with that,” they say, or “We can’t support you if you do this …”

If it means losing a large sum of money, the publisher or Indian organization is likely to concede to the demands. This may mean refusing to publish an article, firing a staff member, dropping a columnist or speaker, or halting the spread of certain ideas and issues. This is one reason that the media in the United States is heavily censored now, as advertising dollars dry up and sales decline.

Sometimes, the funder doesn’t have to say anything, by accepting the dollars, compliance is bought and sold.

Along the US/Mexico border, the threat of the loss of US dollars in appropriations often means that elected Native American officials will not voice the truth about Homeland Security and the construction of the US border wall. The issues of Indian sovereignty, desecration of burial places and the violation of federal environmental laws are silenced.

During NCAI’s convention in Phoenix in October, will those border issues be presented? Will the truth be told about the worldwide carbon scam, which offers fictional carbon credits to enrich the World Bank?

Will the assassinations of Indigenous Peoples by mining corporations in the Americas be exposed, or the diseases resulting from mining, power plants, drilling and pollution in Indian country in the US and Canada be addressed?

Will the casino rich tribes in southern Arizona, with the crowds pouring into their casinos, explain why so many of their own members are still living in poverty?

Years ago, one of the Hopi elders, Dan Evehema, sitting on a couch at his home on the Hopi mesa, warned: “Don’t take grant funding, they will control you.”

Urging Hopi to resist the formation of the US puppet tribal council, Evehema was among the Hopi Sinom that warned if coal mining was carried out on Black Mesa, and Navajos were relocated to make way for the mining, calamities would occur in the world, including natural disasters.

Meanwhile, watch the advertisements for sponsors and financial backers. These will tell you a great deal about who is really in control and why you are reading, hearing and seeing, what is in front of you.

As always, follow the money and resist.

Source / Censored News / Posted Oct. 11, 2008

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3 Responses to American Indians and the CIA : Buying Silence With Advertising

  1. Since this is going on not that far from us, we’re pretty current on this topic.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    There may be smoke here, but there’s no fire. The CIA and the FBI are indeed trying to recruit Native Americans for the Clandestine Service. Why? Because many tribes are actually highly patriotic, and join, and become veterans of, the US Military in larger percentages than almost any other demographic. They are also smart, and blend in well with other cultues. And while a white face stands out in 2/3 of the world, many Native Americans appear identical to numerous Asian subgroups. Should a Native, however, be singled out for being an American citizen, they are able to point out a history of oppression to deflect prejudice or suspicion. The CIA is also heavily targetting Native Americans with ads in such publications as — The Washington Post… Natives really are a good choice for the CIA. As for the FBI — well, one of the Natives who shows up for the protest mentioned above – will probablly be an undercover FBI agent…

  3. Anonymous says:

    For that matter, Natives look like regular folks everywhere from the Mexican border to Tierra del Fuego too. Reservations are America’s third world, with almost all tribal governments being dysfunctional, and the majority corrupt. Just like third world governments. Natives are the Americans used to coping with, and understanding, these issues – and are ideally suited for working in most of the countries of the Americas. Several of the most widely spoken Native languages in this country, are practically intelligible to a number of Central Asian populations, making Natives ideal candidates to learn those languages and fit in in those countries. No matter what they’re suspected of – if they stay away from English – it will never be American citizenship. While the CIA of old may have been about training Williams graduates for cold war assignments in Europe, the modern world needs intel from everywhere, and none better to get it on the ground in most of the world, than Native Americans. This is a legitimate recruiting campaign.

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