Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality.

McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has also conducted extensive research into the assassination of JFK, the events of 9/11, and the plane crash that killed US Sen. Paul Wellstone.

The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, his latest books include The Evolution of Intelligence (2005), The 9/11 Conspiracy (2007), Render Unto Darwin (2007), and The Place of Probability in Science (2010).

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US propaganda campaign against Russia could lead to nuclear catastrophe

There is a great chance that Washington’s response to a false alarm will bring the end of life on earth.

by Jim Fetzer (and Press TV)


Washington’s unprecedented propaganda campaign to demonize Russia and President Vladimir Putin could lead to a nuclear catastrophe, to an American scholar in Madison, Wisconsin.

Professor James Henry Fetzer, an editor at Veterans Today, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday while commenting on a former White House official’s article in which he warned that the US is pushing the world towards a nuclear armageddon.

“The propaganda campaign attempting to demonize Vladimir Putin and Russia is reaching unparalleled heights today, as Paul Craig Roberts has astutely delineated in his recent report about the frightening combination of extreme disinformation unrelated to the realities of the situation in the world, with 450 US ICBMs on hair-trigger alert, which, as he observes, could lead to a nuclear catastrophe,” Fetzer said.

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“The question that has to be raised is why all of this propaganda is taking place which is so pervasive, so extensive, so intense, which I believe can only be understood against the of appreciating why any nation or party would have an interest in or benefit from demonizing Vladimir Putin and Russia,” he added.

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“It appears to me is that the motives trace back to Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu who is outraged that Russia is providing Iran with advanced air defense systems, that are going to make all but impossible for Israel to launch an attack upon Iran’s nuclear facilities,” he noted.

“The events of 9/11 were artificially contrived by the CIA, the neocons in the Department of the Defense and Mossad to change US foreign policy from one in which – at least officially – ‘we’ve never attacked any nation that have not attacked us first’ to one in which we regain an aggressor nation [status], immediately launching attacks on Afghanistan, subsequently on Iraq, then on Libya, ongoing efforts to undermine Syria, and one expects that Iran is in the offing in the background as the ultimate target,” said Fetzer, the co-founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.

On September, 11, 2001, unprecedented attacks destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon in Washington. The attacks also killed nearly 3000 Americans.

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US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists but independent analysts say it was a false-flag operation carried out by US neoconservatives along with the Israeli intelligence agencies in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.

“In addition, we have the neocons, where it must be remembered that most of these neocons are dual US-Israeli citizens,” Fetzer pointed out.

He went on to say that neoconservatives, such as Andrew Lack, are “conducting extraordinary disinformation campaign to even discredit Russia Today, which along with Press TV, maybe the most reliable truth-telling news outlets in the world today, suggesting that truth-tellers are terrorists.”

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“The situation is very, very bad. We now have US military drills in Europe, that are angering the Russians, but where the US, Britain, France and Jordan have refused to name [ISIL] as a terrorist group,” the American scholar noted.

“In the background [of the] success of the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] arrangement, the new alternatives to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Russia is providing these air defense systems, China is going to develop a nuclear reactor for Iran,” he observed.

“There is a growing strength of relationship between Russia, Iran and China, which is a very positive development,” he underlined.

In his concluding remarks, Fetzer said, “The situation is very troubling. Paul Craig Roberts is quite brilliant. He has done a wonderful work, and all of us have must pause and consider why there’s this fanatic effort to attack Putin and Russia, when they represent sane voices in a world of chaos today.”

US nuclear ICBMs Peacekeeper, Minuteman I and Minuteman III on display near F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, the US. (file photo)

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Will Washington Kill Us All?

Paul Craig Roberts

Did you know that Washington keeps 450 nuclear ICBMs on “hair-trigger alert”? Washington thinks that this makes us “safe.” The reasoning, if it can be called reason, is that by being able to launch in a few minutes, no one will try to attack the US with nuclear weapons. US missiles are able to get on their way before the enemy’s missiles can reach the US to destroy ours.

If this makes you feel safe, you need to read Eric Schlosser’s book, Command and Control.

The trouble with hair-triggers is that they make mistaken, accidental, and unauthorized launch more likely. Schlosser provides a history of almost launches that would have brought armageddon to the world.

In Catalyst, a publication of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Elliott Negin tells the story of Soviet Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov. Just after midnight in 1983 the Soviet Union’s early warning satellite system set off the alarm that 5 US ICBMs were headed for the Soviet Union.

Col. Petrov was supposed to inform the Soviet leader, who would have 8 to 10 minutes to decide whether to launch in retaliation. Who knows what he would have decided. Instead Col. Petrov used his judgment. There was no reason for the US to be attacking the Soviet Union. Moreover, Petrov reasoned that an American attack would involve hundreds of ICBMs, possibly thousands. He checked whether Soviet ground-based radar had detected incoming ICBMs, and it had not. Petrov decided it was a false alarm, and sat on it.

It turned out that the early warning system had mistaken a pattern of sunlight reflection on clouds as missiles. This was a close call, but Negin reports that “a failed computer chip, and an improperly installed circuit card are some of the culprits” that could initiate nuclear war. In other words, the sources of false alarms are numerous.

Fast forward to today. Imagine an American officer monitoring the US early warning system. This officer has been listening to 15 years of war propaganda accompanied by US invasions and bombings of 8 countries. Terrorist warnings and security alerts abound, as do calls from American and Israeli politicians for nuking Iran. The media has convinced him that Russia has invaded Ukraine and is on the verge of invading the Baltics and Poland. American troops and tanks have been rushed to the Russian border.

There is talk of arming Ukraine. Putin is dangerous and is threatening nuclear war, running his strategic bombers close to our borders and holding nuclear drills. The American officer has just heard a Fox News general again call for “killing Russians.” The Republicans have convinced him that Obama is selling out America to Iran, with Senator Tom Cotton warning of nuclear war as a consequence. We will all be killed because there is a ‘Muslim’ in the White House.

US Republican Senator Marco Rubio (2nd R) makes opening remarks during a markup meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the proposed nuclear deal with Iran April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Why isn’t anyone standing up for America, the patriotic American officer wonders, just as the alarm goes off: Incoming ICBMs. Are they Russian or Iranian? Was Israel right after all? A hidden Iranian nuclear weapons program? Or has Putin decided that the US is in the way of his reconstruction of the Soviet Empire, which the American media affirms is Putin’s goal? There is no room for judgment in the American officer’s mind. It has been set on hair-trigger by the incessant propaganda that Americans call news. He passes on the warning.

Obama’s Russophobic neocon National Security Advisor is screaming: “You can’t let Putin get away with this!” “It might be a false alarm,” replies the nervous and agitated president. “You liberal…! Don’t you know that Putin is dangerous!? Push the button!”

And there goes the world.

Considering the extreme Russophobia being created among Americans by the Ministry of Propaganda, the demonization of Vladimir Putin–the “new Hitler,” Vlad the Impaler– the propagandistic creation of “the Russian threat,” the crazed neocon desire for US world hegemony, the hatred of Russia and China as rising rivals capable of exercising independent power, the loss of American Uni-power status and unconstrained unilateral action.

In the midst of these emotions and minds swayed not by facts but by propaganda, hubris, and ideology, there is a great chance that Washington’s response to a false alarm will bring the end of life on earth.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

How much confidence do you have in Washington? How many times has Washington–especially the crazed neocons–been wrong?

Remember the 3-week “cakewalk” Iraq war that would cost $70 billion and be paid out of Iraqi oil revenues? Now the cost is $3,000 billion and rising, and after 12 years the radical Islamic State controls half of the country. To pay for the wars the Republicans want to “privatize,” that is, take away, Social Security and Medicare.

Remember “Mission Accomplished” in Afghanistan? Twelve years later the Taliban again control the country and Washington, after murdering women, children, funerals, weddings, village elders, and kids’ soccer games, has been driven out by a few thousand lightly armed Taliban.

The frustrations of these defeats have mounted in Washington and in the military. The myth is that we lost because we didn’t use our full force. We were intimidated by world opinion or by those damn student protesters, or blocked from victory by some gutless president, a liberal… who wouldn’t use all of our power. For the right-wing, rage is a way of life.

The neocons believe fervently that History has chosen America to rule the world, and here we are defeated by Vietnamese guerrillas, by Afghan tribesmen, by Islamist fundamentalists, and now Putin has sent his missiles to finish the job.

Whoever the White House fool is, he will push the button.

The situation is deteriorating, not improving. The Russians, hoping for some sign of intelligence in Europe, contradict Washington’s anti-Russian lies. Washington calls truthful contradiction of its own propaganda to be Russian propaganda.

Washington has ordered the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a US government agency, headed by Andrew Lack, a former chairman of NBC news, to counteract an alleged, but non-existent, “Kremlin Troll Army” that is outshouting the Western presstitutes and “perpetuating a pro-Russian dialogue” on the Internet. In case you don’t remember, Lack is the idiot who declared RT to be a “terrorist organization.” In other words, in Lack’s opinion, one that he can enforce, a truth-teller is a terrorist.

Andrew Lack, a former chairman of NBC news Lack epitomizes Washington’s view of truthful reporting: If it doesn’t serve Washington’s propaganda, it is not true. It is terrorism.

Lack hopes to control RT with intimidation: In effect, he has told RT to shut up and say what we want or we will close you down as a terrorist organization. We might even arrest your American employees as aiders and abettors of terrorism.

To counteract a Revanchist Russia and its Internet Troll Army, the Obama regime is handing $15,400,000 to the insane Lack to use to discredit every truthful statement that emerges from the English language versions of Russian media. This amount, of course, will rise dramatically. Soon it will be in the billions of dollars, while Americans are evicted from their homes and sent to prison for their debts.

In his budget request, Lack, who seems to lack every aspect of humanity, including intelligence, integrity, and morality, justified his request, which will be granted, for the hard-earned money of Americans, whose standard of living is falling, with the wild assertion that Russia “threatens Russia’s neighbors and, by extension, the United States and its Western allies.”

Lack promises to do even more: “The US international media is now set forth to refute Russian propaganda and influence the minds of Russians and Russian-speakers in the former Soviet Union, Europe and around the world.” Lack is going to propagandize against Russia inside Russia.

Of course, the CIA organizations–the National Endowment for Democracy and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty–will be enriched by this anti-Russian propaganda campaign and will support it wholeheartedly.

Paul Craig Roberts speaking to RT


Therefore, the Union of Concerned Scientists’ call for cooperation with Russia to take ICBMs off hair-trigger status is unlikely to occur. How can nuclear tensions be reduced when Washington is building tensions as fast as it possibly can? Washington’s Ministry of Propaganda has reconstructed Putin as Osama bin Laden, as Saddam Hussein, demonized figures, bogymen who evoke fear from the brainwashed American sheeple. Russia is transformed into al-Qaeda lusting for another attack on the World Trade Center and for the Red Army (many Americans think Russia is still communist) to roll across Europe.

Gorbachev was a trick. He deceived the old movie actor. The deceived Americans are sitting ducks, and here come the ICBMs. The crazed views of the American politicians, military, and people are unable to comprehend truth or to recognize reality.

The propagandistic American “media” and the crazed neoconservatives have set humanity on the path to destruction.

The Union of Concerned Scientists, of which I am a member, need to come to their senses. It is impossible to work out a reduction in nuclear threat as long as one side is going all out to demonize the other.

The demonization of Russia and its leader by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, and the rest of the American Propaganda Ministry, by almost the entirety of the House and Senate, and by the White House makes reducing the threat of nuclear war impossible.

The American people and the entire world need to understand that the threat to life on earth resides in Washington and that until Washington is fundamentally and totally changed, this threat will remain as the worse threat to life on earth. Global Warming can disappear instantly in Nuclear Winter.

This article originally appeared on paulcraigroberts.org. Reprinted with permission from the author.


Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest books: The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

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14 Responses to "US propaganda campaign against Russia could lead to nuclear catastrophe"

  1. beth mitchell  April 24, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Your article on MARET Tsarnaeva has been scrubbed, so I am posting an update here:

    Part I:
    Elena Teyer 4-25-14 1:00PM
    8 hrs ·
    Here is new email from Maret Tsarnaevs, Johar’s aunt:
    “None from the Tsarnaev’s family (Anzor’s relatives, either form paternal or mother’s side) from Russia were allowed to go to Boston. Those, who initially were planned to be included in the list, finally, were crossed out of that list. One cousin of Anzor, whom they (the defense) had in their list, flew out within a group, from Moscow to Boston, was not allowed to enter the States at the Logan airport, and was returned back last night from the Logan airport in Boston back to Moscow.
    Looks like the rest of Dzhokhar’s relatives, they talk about, are only from Zubeidat’s side. I don’t know exactly, who is in that group.

    • beth mitchell  April 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Edit 4-24-15
      Elena is U.S. army ret. & mother in law to assassinated Ibrahim Todashev

  2. beth mitchell  April 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Part II: message from MARET Tsarnaeva:
    …”Don’t expect them to testify, it is not even in the plan of the defense. When I asked Alisha (said she was in charge of the logistics to process visa issues for that group) and William Fick, what is the purpose of taking all these relatives (whom Dzhokhar might not even recognise, when he sees them in court), Alisha reasoned that it is to make personal connection of the jurors with relatives in the court room. Alisha said: when jurors look at these relatives, they might find that some of them would remind them of their own uncle, or aunt, or a cousin, or…. and that way, there can be a personal connection attached to it, and with that connection, the jurors might get easy on choosing the punishment for Dzhokhar.

    • beth mitchell  April 24, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Part III:
      When I heard that reasoning of Alisha (one from the defense team, who was at Anzor’s mother’s home for the last time in March 2015), I was sickened to my stomach. It was ridiculous to process given explanation.
      I suggested them to stop wasting their taxpayers money, and to work on hard facts of the evidence at hand, that clearly showed that Dzhokhar was not with black backpack, filled with a heavy crockpot, that he didn’t place that device and didn’t set it off (not to mention, that the brothers were not at that marathon at all, and the pictures and video of them were fabricated by the FBI from day one).
      I felt urge to tell both of them: Alisha and William Fick that I am glad, that they both have children, that for what they had done to Dzhokhar, they will answer to God, since all of them know how innocent Dzhokhar is.”

  3. beth mitchell  April 24, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Part 1:

    Your MARET TSARNAEVA article has disappeared!

    HERE iS THE LATEST Update:
    1:00pm est 4-24-15

    Elena Teyer ( todashev’s mother in law U.S. army retired)

    Here is new email from Maret Tsarnaevs, Jahar’s aunt:
    “None from the Tsarnaev’s family (Anzor’s relatives, either form paternal or mother’s side) from Russia were allowed to go to Boston. Those, who initially were planned to be included in the list, finally, were crossed out of that list. One cousin of Anzor, whom they (the defense) had in their list, flew out within a group, from Moscow to Boston, was not allowed to enter the States at the Logan airport, and was returned back last night from the Logan airport in Boston back to Moscow.
    Looks like the rest of Dzhokhar’s relatives, they talk about, are only from Zubeidat’s side. I don’t know exactly, who is in that group.

  4. Miyog  April 23, 2015 at 1:49 am

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.


  5. williammartin  April 23, 2015 at 12:12 am

    The only real problem with nuclear war is that a lot of innocent dogs would die.

    My other observation is how much does it cost to print the USAF logo’s on Missiles that you can’t read when they blow you up or in transit to said targets?

    • moneytalks  April 24, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Either there are no ” higher powers ” or they are not yet sufficiently interested in the existential threats to the sheeple masses . The sheeple themselves are not especially cognizant of such threats .

  6. ProtectUSA1st  April 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Walled off: In Non-Rebel Eastern Ukraine, frustrations with Kiev mount_ Just like in ISRAEL “The Great Wall”
     The Ukraine Psycho PM called it, “The Easter Border of Europe.”

     “The War in Donbass will be Over One Day, and Normalizing Relations with Russia will be a Priority,” says Vadim Karasyov, director of the independent Institute of Global Strategies in Kiev.”
     “We are Really Dreading May 9th this year,” Sidorenko says. “There are many thousands of people who are Red Army war veterans, their children or supporters, who are going to march, and they are going to be carrying Soviet symbols and flags. This is usually a happy day. But this year it could be trouble.”
     “We lived better under [deposed President Viktor] Yanukovych, before these new people came, says Alexander Kirsch, a deputy of the Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, who is from Kharkiv and an adviser to Prime Minister Yatsenyuk.”
     “In a still unsolved assassination attempt of Mayor Gennady Kernes, Kharkiv, Ukraine who was shot while jogging in Kharkiv a year ago, he spent several weeks recuperating in ISRAEL. Now in a wheelchair, he is back at the city’s helm and more than ever at loggerheads with the Kiev authorities.”

    Walled off: In Non-Rebel Eastern Ukraine, frustrations with Kiev mount. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2015/0422/Walled-off-In-non-rebel-eastern-Ukraine-frustrations-with-Kiev-mount

  7. ayelyahbenjamin  April 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    this needs to be under Warzone not Politics…President Putin is an enemy to our enemy…propaganda propelling war, preparing the ground…. mass murdering media of the Murdoch kind, feeding scripts not conversant with reality …. conjuring to life through lies enforced… leading America into an ambush…define this “Washington” that it would do this to its own….our enemy moves through lying media first…blow it to kingdom come

  8. Allesandro  April 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    The Neocons have taken over our media, 6 companies 90% Control. They are NOT just influencing American, Western and World perceptions of what’s happening and why, but pushing us toward WW-3.

    They hope to ride this out in bunkers in the U.S., Israel, or elsewhere, at the detriment of all of us, stocked with every amenity paid for by us. The idea is we work and pay for them to live and prosper, away from harm, and when disaster strikes, we die in the open, Some Deal?

    It should be seen for what it is, a supremacist Satanist death cult, the KMafia.

  9. Detlef Reimers  April 22, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Because this subject is so central to really understand the “quiet revolution” in the USA, which happened around 2000 and endangers the whole world up to this day, I want to add some thoughts here. Many of this is also true in european countries, but with other political backgrounds.

    If you didn’t realized yet, the real revolutionary force in the US began it’s work already in the Carter administration, but it grew really forceful for the first time during Reagon’s years and later even more. The long path was the same in all western countries. In Britain, Tony Blair smashed the social democrats to peaces with his 10 points program, which – right after him – Gerhard Schröder copied fro Germany. Reagan and Thatcher had already opened the way to unlimited looting – away from producing, going to solely international money business – which produces nothing but depth and economic agony. Clinton finished the job by killing the Glass-Steagal act and then came the war real lords – Bush I, II, III?

    American conservatism was totally highjacked by trotzkyist internationalists, who were busy to destroy everything, which had any value. The mammon now, in economics, military and social affairs is nothing but blatand destruction.

  10. ManCavePatriot  April 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    “All we are saying…….is give peace a chance”. Sorry, that message went out with 5 shots in the back at the Dakota. Random act of violence?………I don’t think so!

  11. Detlef Reimers  April 22, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Jim, you’re quite right in your assesment about Paul Craig Roberts.

    What I would like to add is the observation, that too many of the “real” conservatives didn’t realize that there is a sharp distinction between beeing conservative and beeing revolutionary (I mean in the baddest sense to imagine) under the cover ofr conservatism.

    Some years ago, I bought a book from Robert L. Bradley jr., “Capitalism at work”. Please, Mr. Fetcher read this book. You will understand why this totally misunderstanding happened in the USA. You will read “their” story of Ayn Rand, Allan Greenspan and the whole crowd from “their” own perspective and you will very quickly realize, that they didn’t understand anything – really nothing at all – but they where very happy to work for “them”.

    Mr. Robert realizede his own misunderstanding of “revolutionary conservatists” and he’s busy, trying to bring others on his own level of expertise, but mostly – I have to say this – leaving out the elefant in the room.

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