The manipulators rely on emotional images and messages, not facts. They depend on willing partners in the mainstream media who amplify the easy and glib characterizations of who and what is good and bad. The manipulators depend on their audience not asking questions or investigating on their own. In these times of rapid spread of visual and text information via social media, the potential for deceit is huge.One weapon that the capitalist directors of the Empire use to contain and control dissent is the creation of front activist groups that purportedly advocate for social justice and humanitarian causes, but really serve the ruling class by diffusing dissent, leading activists down blind alleys, or serving in foreign countries to destabilize governments ("responsibility to protect") as we have witnessed in the various "color revolutions".
Keep in mind that our minders are globalists and they think globally. Thus, their applications of these astroturf organizations as activist non-profit organizations or NGOs (as well as infiltration and corruption of existing advocacy groups) to control and steer dissent works just as well here as it did in Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Georgia, the Balkans, Ukraine, and as we see in this article again in Syria to impose a no-fly zone.
This article focuses on one such astroturf organization, Avaaz; but we have seen many more here in the US such as the Tea Party, 350.org, Americans For Prosperity, and Alliance for Excellent Education.