Russian meddling in America’s democratic processes is a big story at the moment. It is also an old one, too much ignored.
Back in the 1980s a Russian defector, Yuri Bezmenov, explained how Soviet espionage operations in the United States were being carried out. For a variety of reasons, Bezmenov’s observations went largely unnoticed or remarked upon at the time.
The video I share features an interview with G. Edward Griffin produced in 1984. In it, Bezmenov makes the claim, “The main emphasis of the KGB is not in the area of intelligence at all… Only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage and such. The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion or active measures… or psychological warfare.
“What it basically means is to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their communities and their country.”
I propose that Bezmenov proved prophetic for our time. That is to say, each of us today has a burden to separate fact from fiction, whether we like it or not.