Shortwave Radio Broadcasting: How To Steer A Nation To War

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 1.26.55 PMThe 1941 book, War On the Shortwave, by Harold N. Graves, Jr. illustrates how the Nazis used radio broadcasts very soon after the Jesuit priest Adolf Hitler was placed in power in 1933.

Hitler was a well-trained Jesuit, schooled in the art of propaganda and mind-control, and he used his gifts of oratory and persuasion to “lead” the German people to believe that the National Socialist Party, the Nazis, were the key to bringing the nation to world power.

Curiously, the FCC, in the Communications Act of 1934, began regulating all amateur radio broadcasts in America.

Mr. Graves, who was Director of the Princeton Listening Center and later served on the staff of the Federal Communications Commission, details how radio broadcasts can be used as a powerful tool of propaganda, and how Germany in WWII squandered it with lengthy and dull broadcasts that caused many a listener to rotate the knob to OFF.

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Its well-written 67 pages (40.51 MB) will keep you on the edge of your seat, not simply for its fascinating history but for the frightening story it weaves about how radio was used to influence large populations and sway public opinion.

America’s own Edward R. Murrow was deeply involved in these WWII propaganda efforts and is credited with masterfully guiding the American public in favor of going to war. Of course, the actual men behind the scenes of all this intrigue were the Jesuits, designing, building and implementing the most effective tools of spin ever devised.

Today, especially in active, war-torn regions of the globe, there is an assault on owners of shortwave radios. In February 2013, in Zimbabwe, Jesuit priest Robert Mugabe ordered a ban on all shortwave radio broadcasts from Zimbabwe, and directed his paramilitary forces to seize all shortwave radios.

“I used the Supreme Court to confirm there was no law to stop anyone from launching a radio service in Zimbabwe,” she recalled. “But when we started broadcasting, armed paramilitary broke down the door and seized our equipment.”  —Gerry Jackson

Ms. Jackson, who worked as a journalist and film producer in Zimbabwe for 20 years set up the country’s first independent radio station, which was forcibly shit down after just six days by Mugabe’s armed paramilitary forces. Jackson then established a shortwave station (SW Radio Africa) in London after an attempt to set up in Zimbabwe was blocked by the government. The station ceased broadcasting in November 2014 due to lack of funding.

Clearly, Mugabe and dictator’s like him are severely threatened by the use of shortwave radio broadcasts, which can easily foment public dissent against those martinets and their despotic regimes.

My advice to all good Americans: buy a shortwave radio, learn how to use it well, and then get an FCC license so you can operate it legally within the walls of America. There are three classes now: Technician, General and Amateur Extra; plus three grandfathered classes: Novice, Technician Plus and Advanced. Even the lowest class takes time and effort to become proficient, but isn’t your liberty worth it?