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National Endowment for Democracy
In the 1980s, CIA propaganda experts and military psy-war specialists oversaw the creation of special programs aimed at managing public perceptions in targeted foreign countries as well as inside the United States.
... [Ronald] Reagan’s CIA Director William J. Casey played a key behind-the-scenes role in pushing [a] political action initiative, which recruited well-heeled private-sector conservatives to subsidize the secretive government operations.
... Casey used a senior CIA propaganda and disinformation specialist named Walter Raymond Jr., who was placed inside the National Security Council in 1982, to oversee the project and to circumvent legal prohibitions against the CIA engaging in propaganda that might influence U.S. public opinion or politics.