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Conspiracy Theorists That Work With Russia – Useful Idiots


Russia and Russians love sensational news, a lot of it is considered conspiracy theories. Come up with a wack-a-doodle storyline, build a framework of questionable “facts” around it, and flesh it out with eyewitnesses and ‘experts’ who will say almost anything for a television show.  The people who put these together are called conspiracy theorists, and they’re not just restricted to Russia.  Russian “news” programs usually remotely Skype them onto one of their programs when used.  They are useful for Russian propaganda because some are American so-called experts appearing on Russian television supporting the latest wack-a-doodle storyline.

Alex Jones is considered one of the ultimate conspiracy theorists in the US, he’s worked closely with RT and Sputnik, and supplied much of the ilk that passed as journalism before the US 2016 election. But there are others, all looking for fame and glory.

One such conspiracy theorist is Jake Morphonios – from his YouTube channel’s ‘about’ section:

“chief investigator for the Blackstone Intelligence Network. His background is in financial crimes investigation, journalism and Middle Eastern geopolitics. Jake has worked as a strategist and adviser to several political campaigns, including those of presidential candidates Steve Forbes and Ron Paul.”

Prior to this, Jake Morphonios ran a service called End Times News Report, but it was under fire by YouTube and others for broadcasting fake news.

Blackstone Intelligence Network has an actual website, which is not well maintained, their YouTube channel is better.  It is new and chock full of conspiracy theory videos. More can be found doing simple searches.

Jake Morphonios, on Twitter (@morphonios), doesn’t miss an opportunity for self-promoting. 

Jake may have changed the name of his ‘service’ from End Times News Report to Blackstone Intelligence Network, but he’s still churning out wack-a-doodle YouTube removable videos.

Notice, please, this is an American saying exactly what RT, Sputnik, and other Russian propaganda channels say.  It gets worse.

He has already appeared on Russian Television and is working on more.

Morphonios is the very definition of a “Useful Idiot”. From Wikipedia,

“In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause of whose goals they are not fully aware and who is used cynically by the leaders of the cause. The term was originally used to describe non-Communists regarded as susceptible to Communist propaganda and manipulation.”

Here is an RT story on Bohemian Grove, followed by Morphonios’ version on the Blackstone Intelligence Network channel on YouTube.

By himself, Jake Morphonios is ignorable. Useful idiots can easily be ignored. But he has 7,552 followers on Twitter, 171,011 subscribers on YouTube, and the Russian Troll Farm may retweet him from hundreds of their accounts.

Useful Idiots are but one more tool in the toolbox which is known as Russian Information Warfare. They are not illegal, but their activities act accumulatively with propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, fake news, trolls, revisionist history, and other tools.  They aim to undermine Western democracy, cause chaos and confusion, and promote Russian national interests.

There have been plans submitted to counter Russian propaganda. None are comprehensive, systemic, or holistic. Most are technology driven, which is necessary, but there are many tools and activities ignored.  I have a solution.

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