The Department of Defense paid NFL teams more than $5 million over four years to buy moments that honored troops.
Patriotism is familiar at any sporting event. The PA announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, please turn rise for the National Anthem” or “turn your attention to our Hometown Hero” as the big screen shows military members and families.
It deeply affects our psychological thought patterns, without most people realizing it.
There is opportunity to connect our feelings toward the troops, memories of friends lost, of family’s service, even the people we might have been.
Now would it surprise people that moment is a paid commercial?
NJ.com reported that salutes to military were the product of marketing contracts bought with taxpayer money:
The Department of Defense and the Jersey Guard paid the Jets a total of $377,000 from 2011 to 2014 for the salutes and other advertising, according to federal contracts. Overall, the Defense Department has paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million during that time, of which $5.3 million was paid by the National Guard to 11 teams under similar contracts.
A show of patriotism before a game, should be viewed as war recruitment, because that’s what it is at this point.
Not too many people remember Pat Tillman for anything but his football career, but his case is relevant when talking about mass manipulation, the DOD and NFL.
Pat Tillman was a football star and a scholar. He had been openly criticizing the Bush Administration’s war on terror while serving as an active-duty US Army Ranger in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
He knew the war was wrong, but continued to do his duty faithfully and energetically. He complained to Navy SEALs, fellow rangers, Special Forces; anyone who would listen.
He was keeping a diary and he was looking forward to the day when he might return home to retake his position as a defensive safety for the Phoenix Cardinals.
Pat Tillman’s diary never came home either.
Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in what the best-case indicates was a surreal blend of bad judgment, homicidal madness, panic, grotesque mismanagement, lies, and a cover up.
Many will suspect and want to know if Pat Tillman was deliberately murdered to prevent his coming home to guest spots on ESPN, CNN, and all the networks. There is no doubt that he intended to speak out.
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