When Jean-Guy Allard reported that an EC-130J plane from the U.S. Air Force, similar to the ones used to broadcast anti-Cuba propaganda, was being used to attack Libya, a series of historic events and facts came to my mind.
No wonder the United States has modified three of its military aircraft to be able to disrupt communications in enemy countries.
Let’s remember that Hitler considered the radio as a unique weapon: "It is a terrible weapon for those that know how to use it," he wrote in Mein Kampf, in 1925. It is said that in 1933, when he became Chancellor, one of his main concerns was controlling the radio. Why is the radio so important in wartime?
According to U.S. Army experts in radio communications, the radio can be used to provide censored information to insurgent groups in countries at war. Radio programs are broadcast in the language of the target country, in order to better manipulate the audience. That is why it is important to teach the people how to deal with these kinds of aggressions in peacetime.
There are many examples that prove how the radio was used in the Second World War among conflicting factions. For example, a French radio station in Strasbourg, France, used to broadcast in German before the war, and it was banned by Goebbels in Germany. Likewise, there was another station in Stuttgart, Germany, which used to broadcast in French.
By 1941, there were 16 million radio receivers in Germany. The radio was the main instrument used by the government to maintain the "domestic front" and encourage devotion to Hitler. There was more leeway in the radio than in press. Later on, propaganda broadcasts were replaced with reports in order to cheer up the people with lively radio programs.
Specialists in communications considered the radio in Germany of that time as a political instrument, a powerful weapon to indoctrinate the country and the war beyond its borders.
Going back to Jean-Guy Allard’s article, we should study carefully what the fleet of EC-130J aircraft does. We need to know about the sabotage and disinformation "work" these military planes carry out.
Allard noted that one of these aircraft was purchased in 2006 by the owners of Radio and TV Marti to be used to broadcast anti-Cuba propaganda. It cost US$10 million. The journalist noted that despite its state-of-the-art technology, the EC-130J was not able to get around Cuba’s humble but efficient control system, and the Cuban government successfully blocked the radio attacks. The infamous mission ended up wasting millions of dollars from the taxpayers' money.
Translated by Silke Paez Carr