This is really interesting to me. I also wonder to what extent such things were done in nations such as Egypt where revolutions have occurred.
I would also like to know what would the morality be of this covert program according to Catholic moral and social teaching? Would Catholic moral and social teaching support covert programs aimed at hopefully stimulating citizens of an oppressive government to try to make their government more just or to start a revolution? I really don’t know the answer concerning this which is why I ask. The one thing on my mind though is that this whole thing seems dishonest. Clearly since it was a covert action there had to be some dishonesty going on in order to keep it secret. However, I do think that bringing about a more free and just government in nations with an oppressive government is a good thing but I just wonder if this program was a moral way of doing that or not. If it is not, what would be a moral way of bringing about such change or stimulating the desire to bring about such change or encouraging/helping citizens of an oppressive government to bring about change?
Another thing I wanted to mention and I may very well be wrong on this is that this article has alerted me to the fact that the government can create secret programs which nobody knows about with the intention of manipulating society. The potential for abuse of something like this has me a little concerned. I mean, what if our nation’s government was to become even more oppressive than it already is (concerning religious freedom and other freedoms under attack) and the government wanted to manipulate us into supporting it in a secret manner? I suppose one could argue that the mass media is definitely a way to bring about change in society through propaganda and such but as far as I know, we still have freedom of the press in our society and so it’s not controlled by the government. I have, however, heard of a few attempts of the government at silencing the press on certain issues.