An empire seeking to covertly overrun a targeted nation would ideally do so with an opposition movement featuring the complete obfuscation of all ties to its foreign sponsors. And for centuries under Imperial Britannia, and now under its most recent reincarnation, Anglo-American "globalization," that is precisely what has been done. Opposition groups led by agents of foreign interests have cultivated well-meaning but ultimately exploited followers to execute agendas not in their own best interests, but agendas serving foreign interests, for centuries.
However, in the information age, the ability to expose these ties has become increasingly easy. As a truly independent alternative media grows beyond the shadow of state propaganda globally, the ability expands to inform larger sections of the population of these time-tested geopolitical and public manipulations.
Images: Russia has a problem. Caught red-handed - Russia's opposition, long accused by the Kremlin of being foreign-funded, and who have well documented ties to the US State Department, are caught filing into the US Embassy in Moscow in January of 2012, just days after agitator Michael McFaul began his stint as US Ambassador to Russia.
In fact, the alternative media has become so effective, we teeter on the edge of undoing the system of imperial trickery all together. Had Russia attempted to pass a new bill in the past, requiring foreign-funded NGOs to disclose their funding and foreign sponsors on all their websites and materials handed out, and required them to register as an "NGO carrying out functions as a foreign agent," the West's assertion that it represented "curbs on Internet, media, and activists" would go virtually unanswered, and a perceived "injustice" would pervade public perception regarding the legislation.
However, now, when the LA Times attempts to spin Russia's new legislation as such, as it did in an article literally titled, "Russia's lower house OKs curbs on Internet, media and activists," it can be pointed out that the new bill requires in reality, the transparency these alleged NGOs demand "rhetorically" in their quest to undermine Russia in the name of a more "open" society.
Image: From the US State Department's own National Endowment for Democracy (NED) website, the Moscow Helsinki Group (listed as the Moscow Group of Assistance in the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords) is clearly listed as a recipient of US funding. MHG's leadership believes disclosing this information more publicly and being listed as an "NGO carrying out functions as a foreign agent" is "despicable. One could easy argue that foisting upon unsuspecting Russians a foreign agenda couched as legitimate activism is equally "despicable."
The LA Times in fact, illustrates in their own article just how absolutely necessary this new legislation is. After claiming "the bills passed by Russia's State Duma are seen as the latest attempt to crack down on resistance to the rule of President Vladimir Putin," the Times goes on to cite the "Moscow Helsinki Group" (MHG) and their objection to the bill, never mentioning that it is in fact a direct recipient of US State Department money via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) - and instead, merely states it receives "grants from aborad." In turn, the NED fails to properly inform the public of the corporate-financier interests, not human rights or "democratic" interests, represented throughout its Board of Directors.
Source and full piece: Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report, 14 July 2012