With a significant number of Britons sceptical and millions hostile even to the thought of being forced to receive a Covid vaccine, the British Army has reportedly deployed an ‘information warfare’ unit to stamp out anti-vax information online. Offline, hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens continue to protest lockdowns in the streets of British cities.
The British government is expected to green light a coronavirus vaccine and begin its distribution next month.
Michael Walsh, international journalist says, ‘corruption ends only when the ruling caste is denied the opportunity to invest and profit from wars, migration, the virus and vaccines. If the police were really doing their job they would be raiding parliament and the homes of politicians.’
In addition to the logistical challenge of getting millions of doses to the public, the government also faces the challenge of peddling the vaccines to a hostile public.
According to a recent poll by the British Academy and the Royal Society, more than a third of people in Britain say they’re either uncertain or very unlikely to take the vaccine.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, ministers are preparing to launch a massive public propaganda assault to convince people to take the jab. Behind the scenes, however, the Times reported that the British Army has mobilised the 77th Brigade’s Defence Cultural Specialist Unit to monitor and counter ‘online propaganda against vaccines.’
The unit was formed in 2010 and worked alongside psychological operations teams in Afghanistan, studying the behaviour of the civilian population and giving cultural and linguistic advice to ground troops, according to the brigade’s own website.
However, according to a number of media reports, the unit counts at least one Twitter executive among its ranks and is said to create and manage fake social media profiles to shape public opinion. The media discovered that the 77th Brigade’s speciality, according to a plaque on the wall of its Berkshire base, is creating ‘behavioural change.’
With the rollout of a vaccine imminent, the unit is ‘already monitoring cyberspace for Covid-19 content and analysing how British citizens are being targeted online,’ according to the Times.
The Times’ report does not detail exactly how the unit will fight back against anti-vax content, or even what kind of content will be targeted.
A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told the Times that the brigade’s efforts are ’not being directed at the UK population,’ and leaked documents reportedly suggest that its strategy includes ‘gathering evidence of vaccine information from competing states, including Russia and China.’
Despite the apparent focus on Moscow as a hub of vaccine information, Russia was the first country in the world to approve a Covid-19 vaccine and a second Russian-made jab will be made available to the public next month.
Meanwhile on the streets of London, record-breaking crowds gathered on Saturday to protest the government’s lockdown measures, as a system of tiered restrictions will come into force on Wednesday.
Critics argue that this system is simply an extension of the current national lockdown, and as the demonstrators in London chanted ’freedom’ and ’stop controlling us,’ police violently arrested more than 150 people, including the aged and children, mostly for defying the Westminster regime’s lockdown restrictions.
While many feel unjustly controlled by the lockdown, the government has also reportedly deployed its intelligence agencies to control public opinion online.
In addition to the 77th Brigade’s efforts, GCHQ, the UK’s signals intelligence agency, has been tasked with countering online information, according to the Times.
Though its exact role in this fight remains unknown, the media revealed that the agency has previously’ developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information,’ manipulated online polls and covertly influenced online discussion. According to documents leaked by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the British public have been targeted by GCHQ.
Be aware of ‘Media Speak’. Anti-Vax information is termed ‘propaganda’ or ‘misinformation’. Government edicts are termed ‘information’. Source
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