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Psychological Operations- The Basics

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” God 

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” Donald Rumsfeld 

The battle is only won or lost in the mind. Ireland had been occupied by England for eight hundred years. During all that time they never surrendered their identity or gave up the resistance. 

A maze photoAsk yourself what defines who you are. Is it nationality, religion, ethnicity, economics, sexual orientation, or something else? Probably like most people you are a mixture of various components. I knew people in high school who identified with a rock and roll singer. What you define yourself as directly influences how you think and act. If you aren’t very patriotic the burning of an American flag isn’t going to trouble you as somebody who is very dedicated to the country.

The United States government engages in a mass manipulation of the population. Take a look at 911 for example. There are a whole host of problems with the official position. There is a whole range of opinions upon the events on that dreadful day. Some believe everything the government says, while some will say that Mossad with help from others detonated the buildings. I am not going to argue that issue right now. What I am going to say next are indisputable facts.

The attack on the United States happened September 11, 2001. The Patriot Act was introduced into Congress on October 2 and passed October 11. The length of the Patriot Act is 342 pages. Now I am a writer and that is a lot of writing. For a novel that would be about 100,000 words. I think we can safely assume that the Patriot Act was written before the events of 911. Furthermore the events of 911, whatever their origins, were exploited to pass something which greatly curtailed the rights of citizens of the United  States.

There is the concept of shock and awe. The events of 911 were so traumatic that we weren’t in a good state of mind when the Patriot Act was passed. Under normal circumstances, it would come under scrutinization and fierce opposition. But in the guise of ‘national defense’ during a crisis, a bad law came into being. It is a law after all that undermines our ‘freedoms.’

In history class, I was told to remember the Main but there was no mention to the Liberty. Why is that?

So here is the scenario that when things happen in the world everybody puts their spin on it. There are few objective thinkers out there. Rather people have agendas and look at how certain events can be exploited to advance their own cause. We need to take this one step further. Not only are events exploited for spin but fake events are created to manipulate the public. This goes into the realm of what is called ‘conspiracy thinking’.

The label ‘conspiracy thinking’ is, in fact, something created to cause people who question the official story derision. It is a mocking term. Once more ‘conspiracy thinkers’ run the whole spectrum. Some don’t believe anything at all, like putting a man on the moon, to 911 be an inside job, to the school shootings all fake. I can say a lot about those things but I want to say things that are unarguable. The ‘Gulf of Tonkin’ incident which helped ignite the war in Vietnam was a fabrication. Furthermore, despite Donald Trump’s promises the files on the JFK assassination have not been released. We have waited fifty-five years but still, the public cannot know the truth. Ask yourself why. If we were told the truth about the killing there should be no reluctance to release the files.

The important thing about the manipulation is the be aware that it is done on a regular basis. Every time a politician runs for an office, expect them to lie profusely. Do you really think that we’re going to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it? I’m still waiting for Guantonomo Bay to be shut down. Let’s face it we cannot trust our government officials in the slightest bit. They are self-serving egomaniacs bought and paid for by Wall Street.

There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Colin Powell before the United Nations could only produce cartoon drawings of the weapons, despite our potent and massive spying apparatus.  Not one single photograph. Congress beat the war drums and the public swallowed the kool-aid to fight yet another war for oil. Spurred on by lies, just like the incubator babies being slaughtered in Kuwait were false.

So here’s the thing, don’t trust what you see and hear on the news without proper investigation. We have been manipulated and we will be manipulated in the future. Question authority and demand evidence. Above all think before you act.

Please check out my book “The Lost Cantos Of John Kaniecki” It is a pleasant look at life from idealic eyes, uplifting and spiritual.


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Psychological Operations- The Basics

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Psychological Operations- The Basics. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2019, from


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