Thursday, April 13, 2017

17 Techniques for Truth Suppression


“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
- Edmund Burke


Contemporary global politics are so intrusive, that they/it cannot be ignored, especially by weblogs dealing with such esoteric concepts as synchro-mysticism. Our esteemed colleagues over at the Secret Sun and Visup have recently posted important contributions on this topic. Clearly, there is more to the picture than meets the eye.

We have previously commented that: you can't make this stuff up. If you were to read a spy/thriller novel that featured a boy/supreme leader, a crass capitalist/president with no emotional intelligence, a Leninist/Ba'ath president/dictator, and a cunning ex-KGB president/oligarch... you wouldn't believe it. However, such a scenario is exactly what appears to be going down... as we speak... here in crazy town.

In these turbulent times, it is important to have a political memory. As crazy and dangerous as the situation is, there are observations from the past that can be useful in disentangling the cloak and dagger schemes and maneuverings of current affairs.

With that said, the prime directive of Tek-Gnostics, is to provide the requisite tools (Tek) needed to facilitate the direct experience (Gnosis) of the shadowy netherworld of High Weirdness that has become our Brave Noö World. In the spirit of political memory and providing such tools and resources to help navigate the strange days we live in, we have dusted off the following article. This little gem was written in 1999 by David Martin. Even though it was originally written over 18 years ago, it serves as a valuable field guide for understanding the insane political quagmire we find ourselves living through...

 Constant vigilance!!!      - J ♥

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Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.

1) Dummy up. If it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen.

2) Wax indignant. This is also known as the "How dare you?" gambit.

3) Characterize the charges as "rumors" or, better yet, "wild rumors." If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through "rumors." (If they tend to believe the "rumors" it must be because they are simply "paranoid" or "hysterical.")

4) Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspects of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors (or plant false stories) and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.

5) Call the skeptics names like "conspiracy theorist," "nutcase," "ranter," "kook," "crackpot," and, of course, "rumor monger." Be sure, too, to use heavily loaded verbs and adjectives when characterizing their charges and defending the "more reasonable" government and its defenders. You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned. For insurance, set up your own "skeptics" to shoot down.

6) Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money (compared to over-compensated adherents to the government line who, presumably, are not).

7) Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.

8) Dismiss the charges as "old news."

9) Come half-clean. This is also known as "confession and avoidance" or "taking the limited hangout route." This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal "mistakes." This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken. With effective damage control, the fall-back position need only be peddled by stooge skeptics to carefully limited markets.

10) Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.

11) Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. E.g. We have a completely free press. If evidence exists that the Vince Foster "suicide" note was forged, they would have reported it. They haven't reported it so there is no such evidence. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press who would report the leak.

12) Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely. E.g. If Foster was murdered, who did it and why?

13) Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or publicizing distractions.

14) Lightly report incriminating facts, and then make nothing of them. This is sometimes referred to as "bump and run" reporting.

15) Baldly and brazenly lie. A favorite way of doing this is to attribute the "facts" furnished the public to a plausible-sounding, but anonymous, source.

16) Expanding further on numbers 4 and 5, have your own stooges "expose" scandals and champion popular causes. Their job is to pre-empt real opponents and to play 99-yard football. A variation is to pay rich people for the job who will pretend to spend their own money.

17) Flood the Internet with agents. This is the answer to the question, "What could possibly motivate a person to spend hour upon hour on Internet news groups defending the government and/or the press and harassing genuine critics?" Don t the authorities have defenders enough in all the newspapers, magazines, radio, and television? One would think refusing to print critical letters and screening out serious callers or dumping them from radio talk shows would be control enough, but, obviously, it is not.

- written by David Martin December 28, 1999