77th Brigade meant to be involved in overseas ‘combat operations’ but name-check during press briefing shows resources turned inward on UK
The UK’s Chief of Defence Staff, Sir Nicholas Carter, has confirmed live on television that a secretive disinformation brigade formed to carry out ‘non-lethal warfare‘ on overseas targets is operating on the UK population during the coronavirus pandemic.
When it was formed, an army spokesperson said that 77th Brigade
is being created to draw together a host of existing and developing capabilities essential to meet the challenges of modern conflict and warfare. It recognises that the actions of others in a modern battlefield can be affected in ways that are not necessarily violent.
But at Wednesday evening’s press briefing, Carter said that the brigade was “helping to quash rumours from misinformation, but also to counter disinformation”:
Bristol academic David Miller has noted that the 77th Brigade’s tactics include the use of fake social media profiles – a tactic that the Department of Health and Social Care has been accused of adopting to shore up public perception of the Tories’ performance in the pandemic.
The Tories have been using similar tactics to manipulate people for years via its ‘nudge unit’, starting with involuntary experimentation on benefit claimants exposed by the SKWAWKBOX seven years ago.
But the fact that they are now using military ‘psyops’ resources, created to conduct ‘non-lethal warfare’ by misleading and manipulating foreign enemies, on the people of the UK to push a message that they can’t even get straight themselves seems to have drawn little comment from the UK’s ‘mainstream’ press and broadcasters.
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