The Free Dictionary online defines smoke screen as:
1. A mass of dense artificial smoke used to conceal military areas or operations from an enemy.
2. An action or statement used to conceal actual plans or intentions.
The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Iran captured another foreign drone within their borders. But the report also states that the US Navy denies any drones are missing.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) The Navy is disputing Iranian claims of another captured drone aircraft. A Navy spokesman says there are no missing drones in the Middle East. Iran didn't provide details of its claim but the Iranian state TV's Arabic-language channel showed what appeared to be an intact ScanEagle drone. The Navy says some of the aircraft have been lost at sea in the past, but none recently.
Another AP report from the wire, posted an hour later, states the following:
A spokesman for the 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, says all U.S. drones in the region are ``fully accounted for.'' Other nations in the Gulf, including the United Arab Emirates, have drones in service.
This smells of a smokes screen, an attempt to deflect attention away from an intelligence operation that's used and abused drones all around the world.
Interestingly, these short news items mentions nothing about the CIA, who have been known to fly drones in various countries. Also, there is no mention of a drone captured by Iran late last year, or about the drone that Iran fired upon just a few months ago.
|Drone captured by Iran from late 2011|
Understandably, the copy provided by the Associated Press is for radio broadcast, which are supposed to short and succinct. Thankfully, looking at other long-form stories about the most recent drone claim, the full story is provided with historical context, but it seems to give fleeting mention of the CIA's involvement (see USA Today's story here). Certain elements of the mainstream media seem to be complicit in putting up a mass of dense artificial smoke (statements through news stories) used to conceal military areas or operations, actual plans or intentions.
History proves that the CIA not only spreads disinfo and propaganda in overseas press, but also here in this country. Watch Frank Church talk about how the CIA can manipulate the news in the United States below or at this link:
Start learning how to identify disinfo, propaganda and smoke screens ... As a media consumer, it's the responsible thing to do.