Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
by H. Michael Sweeney
copyright (c) 1997, 2000 All rights reserved
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Built upon Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin, the following may be useful to the initiate in the world of dealing with veiled and half-truth, lies, and suppression of truth when serious crimes are studied in public forums. This, sadly, includes every day news media, one of the worst offenders with respect to being a source of disinformation. Where the crime involves a conspiracy, or a conspiracy to cover up the crime, there will invariably be a disinformation campaign launched against those seeking to uncover and expose the truth and/or the conspiracy. There are specific tactics which disinfo artists tend to apply, as revealed here. Also included with this material are seven common traits of the disinfo artist which may also prove useful in identifying players and motives.
- Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
- Become incredulous and indignant.
- Create rumor mongers.
- Use a straw man.
- Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule.
- Hit and Run.
- Question motives.
- Invoke authority.
- Play Dumb.
- Associate opponent charges with old news.
- Establish and rely upon fall-back positions.
- Enigmas have no solution.
- Alice in Wonderland Logic.
- Demand complete solutions.
- Fit the facts to alternate conclusions.
- Vanish evidence and witnesses.
- Change the subject.
- Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents.
- Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs.
- False evidence.
- Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body.
- Manufacture a new truth.
- Create bigger distractions.
- Silence critics.