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Wed Jan 11, 2012, 12:47 PM

25 common Disinformation Tactics

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Reply 25 common Disinformation Tactics (Original post)
wildbilln864 Jan 2012 OP
jberryhill Jan 2012 #1
wildbilln864 Jan 2012 #2
jberryhill Jan 2012 #3
OnTheOtherHand Jan 2012 #4
wildbilln864 Jan 2012 #10
OnTheOtherHand Jan 2012 #11
Ace Acme Dec 2013 #16
Make7 Jan 2012 #5
OnTheOtherHand Jan 2012 #6
Make7 Jan 2012 #7
AZCat Dec 2013 #15
Make7 Dec 2013 #17
Ace Acme Dec 2013 #18
AZCat Dec 2013 #19
Ace Acme Dec 2013 #21
AZCat Dec 2013 #22
Ace Acme Dec 2013 #23
AZCat Dec 2013 #24
Ace Acme Dec 2013 #25
AZCat Dec 2013 #26
AZCat Dec 2013 #20
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2012 #8
jberryhill Jan 2012 #9
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2012 #12
RKP5637 Jan 2012 #13
Ace Acme Dec 2013 #14

Response to wildbilln864 (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 04:43 PM

1. Glad to see you are still kickin', Bill

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 06:28 PM

2. thanks jb

good to see you are too!

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Response to wildbilln864 (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 06:45 PM

3. It would be great if you posted some summary comments w/ the videos


But I know I'm not likely to change your style in that regard.

Just a friendly suggestion.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 07:47 PM

4. yeah, I wish everyone would do that

We've all seen a lot of videos. Maybe we haven't all seen a lot of 9/11-related videos, but most of us have. It can be hard to get interested in watching a video on any side of any issue -- or a pootie video, for that matter -- without some sense of what makes it stand out.

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Response to OnTheOtherHand (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 07:51 AM

10. so don't watch!

simple solution.

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Response to wildbilln864 (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 08:08 AM

11. right, I didn't watch

But it makes me wonder why even bother with a discussion board, if people think that posting links to YouTubes is an end in itself.

ETA: And once I found the content, I thought it was pretty interesting, although presumably not for the reason you thought it was. I think the Truth Movement is riddled with many of these behaviors, although I think they generally aren't "disinformation tactics" but rather defense mechanisms (in a cognitive sense, not a Freudian one).

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 07:42 PM

16. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation

 

http://www.whale.to/m/disin.html

Note: The first rule and last five (or six, depending on situation) rules are generally not directly within the ability of the traditional disinfo artist to apply. These rules are generally used more directly by those at the leadership, key players, or planning level of the criminal conspiracy or conspiracy to cover up.

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.
2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the 'How dare you!' gambit.
3. Create rumor mongers. Avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations. Other derogatory terms mutually exclusive of truth may work as well. This method which works especially well with a silent press, because the only way the public can learn of the facts are through such 'arguable rumors'. If you can associate the material with the Internet, use this fact to certify it a 'wild rumor' from a 'bunch of kids on the Internet' which can have no basis in fact.
4. Use a straw man. Find or create a seeming element of your opponent's argument which you can easily knock down to make yourself look good and the opponent to look bad. Either make up an issue you may safely imply exists based on your interpretation of the opponent/opponent arguments/situation, or select the weakest aspect of the weakest charges. Amplify their significance and destroy them in a way which appears to debunk all the charges, real and fabricated alike, while actually avoiding discussion of the real issues.
5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary 'attack the messenger' ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as 'kooks', 'right-wing', 'liberal', 'left-wing', 'terrorists', 'conspiracy buffs', 'radicals', 'militia', 'racists', 'religious fanatics', 'sexual deviates', and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.
6. Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism, reasoning -- simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent's viewpoint.
7. Question motives. Twist or amplify any fact which could be taken to imply that the opponent operates out of a hidden personal agenda or other bias. This avoids discussing issues and forces the accuser on the defensive.
8. Invoke authority. Claim for yourself or associate yourself with authority and present your argument with enough 'jargon' and 'minutia' to illustrate you are 'one who knows', and simply say it isn't so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.
9. Play Dumb. No matter what evidence or logical argument is offered, avoid discussing issues except with denials they have any credibility, make any sense, provide any proof, contain or make a point, have logic, or support a conclusion. Mix well for maximum effect.
10. Associate opponent charges with old news. A derivative of the straw man -- usually, in any large-scale matter of high visibility, someone will make charges early on which can be or were already easily dealt with - a kind of investment for the future should the matter not be so easily contained.) Where it can be foreseen, have your own side raise a straw man issue and have it dealt with early on as part of the initial contingency plans. Subsequent charges, regardless of validity or new ground uncovered, can usually then be associated with the original charge and dismissed as simply being a rehash without need to address current issues -- so much the better where the opponent is or was involved with the original source.
11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions. Using a minor matter or element of the facts, take the 'high road' and 'confess' with candor that some innocent mistake, in hindsight, was made -- but that opponents have seized on the opportunity to blow it all out of proportion and imply greater criminalities which, 'just isn't so.' Others can reinforce this on your behalf, later, and even publicly 'call for an end to the nonsense' because you have already 'done the right thing.' Done properly, this can garner sympathy and respect for 'coming clean' and 'owning up' to your mistakes without addressing more serious issues.
12. Enigmas have no solution. Drawing upon the overall umbrella of events surrounding the crime and the multitude of players and events, paint the entire affair as too complex to solve. This causes those otherwise following the matter to begin to lose interest more quickly without having to address the actual issues.
13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards or with an apparent deductive logic
which forbears any actual material fact.
14. Demand complete solutions. Avoid the issues by requiring opponents to solve the crime at hand completely, a ploy which works best with issues qualifying for rule 10.
15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions. This requires creative thinking unless the crime was planned with contingency conclusions in place.
16. Vanish evidence and witnesses. If it does not exist, it is not fact, and you won't have to address the issue.
17. Change the subject. Usually in connection with one of the other ploys listed here, find a way to side-track the discussion with abrasive or controversial comments in hopes of turning attention to a new, more manageable topic. This works especially well with companions who can 'argue' with you over the new topic and polarize the discussion arena in order to avoid discussing more key issues.
18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents. If you can't do anything else, chide and taunt your opponents and draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish and overly motivated, and generally render their material somewhat less coherent. Not only will you avoid discussing the issues in the first instance, but even if their emotional response addresses the issue, you can further avoid the issues by then focusing on how 'sensitive they are to criticism.'
19. Ignore proof presented, demand impossible proofs. This is perhaps a variant of the 'play dumb' rule. Regardless of what material may be presented by an opponent in public forums, claim the material irrelevant and demand proof that is impossible for the opponent to come by (it may exist, but not be at his disposal, or it may be something which is known to be safely destroyed or withheld, such as a murder weapon.) In order to completely avoid discussing issues, it may be required that you to categorically deny and be critical of media or books as valid sources, deny that witnesses are acceptable, or even deny that statements made by government or other authorities have any meaning or relevance.
20. False evidence. Whenever possible, introduce new facts or clues designed and manufactured to conflict with opponent presentations -- as useful tools to neutralize sensitive issues or impede resolution. This works best when the crime was designed
with contingencies for the purpose, and the facts cannot be easily separated from the fabrications.
21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor, or other empowered investigative body. Subvert the (process) to your benefit and effectively neutralize all sensitive issues without open discussion. Once convened, the evidence and testimony are required to be secret when properly handled. For instance, if you own the prosecuting attorney, it can insure a Grand Jury hears no useful evidence and that the evidence is sealed and unavailable to subsequent investigators. Once a favorable verdict is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed. Usually, this technique is applied to find the guilty innocent, but it can also be used to obtain charges when seeking to frame a victim.
22. Manufacture a new truth. Create your own expert(s), group(s), author(s), leader(s) or influence existing ones willing to forge new ground via scientific, investigative, or social research or testimony which concludes favorably. In this way, if you must actually address issues, you can do so authoritatively.
23. Create bigger distractions. If the above does not seem to be working to distract from sensitive issues, or to prevent unwanted media coverage of unstoppable events such as trials, create bigger news stories (or treat them as such) to distract the multitudes.
24. Silence critics. If the above methods do not prevail, consider removing opponents from circulation by some definitive solution so that the need to address issues is removed entirely. This can be by their death, arrest and detention, blackmail or destruction of theircharacter by release of blackmail information, or merely by destroying them financially, emotionally, or severely damaging their health.
25. Vanish. If you are a key holder of secrets or otherwise overly illuminated and you think the heat is getting too hot, to avoid the issues, vacate the kitchen. .

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Response to wildbilln864 (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 07:55 PM

5. I am the only one who is reminded of DulceDecorum's "Truth Suppression Techniques" posts? ( n/t )

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Response to Make7 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 08:12 PM

6. I didn't remember DulceDecorum at all, but there ya go

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Response to OnTheOtherHand (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 11, 2012, 08:26 PM

7. Now imagine it with music.

DulceDecorum not too infrequently would list the number and title of a "Truth Suppression Technique" to use as the subject line when replying to some people that apparently were saying things to suppress the truth. I always felt that it was an honor for those on the receiving end. The "Alice in Wonderland Logic" one might have been the favorite (if my memory serves me).

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Response to Make7 (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 12, 2013, 08:38 AM

15. Sometimes I am a bit nostalgic for the old days.

The forums were much more active, and the posters much more creative back then.

Leave it to SCIENCE to put a damper on things. I didn't even get flying cars and personal jetpacks as a consolation prize.

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Response to AZCat (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:52 AM

17. Things were far more interesting on DU2.

Now it appears like there are only a couple of people interested in the forum at all. Maybe they should change the name back to the Septeber 11 forum - perhaps some people are just having trouble finding it.

I do like the fact that the new DU software lets me know when someone replies to a post of mine that I made almost two years ago - I guess it took you a while to come up with something clever to say.

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Response to Make7 (Reply #17)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:42 AM

18. Nonsense two years ago is still nonsense today. Like the 9/11 Commission Report.

 

and the FEMA report, and the NIST reports.

There are only a couple of people interested here, as I said, because some people here are very good at making intimidating statements with no actual substance behind them, and others of you threaten banishment.

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Response to Make7 (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 09:36 PM

19. It also could be that the speculation on September 11th...

is on a downward trend. Perhaps those people who legitimately had questions have found answers, and all that's left are the perennially unsatisfied.

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Response to AZCat (Reply #19)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 12:28 AM

21. No, what happened is that the people who were concerned about corruption in the intelligence

 

agencies and the investigative agencies got real, real discouraged that the public at large did not care about
corruption--and even used it as an excuse for a self-serving cynicism. They got discouraged that the public
did not share their concern for justice and for the preservation of democracy.

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Response to Ace Acme (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 08:01 AM

22. No, I don't think that's true.

The people who have concerns about corruption and democracy are still at it, at least in my experience.

The ones who got excited when they watched "Loose Change" because it was the cool counter-culture thing to do seem to have fallen by the wayside.

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Response to AZCat (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 18, 2013, 10:06 AM

23. Your experience seems to be with people who are afraid (for professional reasons)

 

... to challenge the official story.

The 9/11 widows, as examples of 9/11 activists, give every indication that they are discouraged into near-silence by the unwillingness of people like you to help them get transparency to serve justice and democracy.

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Response to Ace Acme (Reply #23)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:02 AM

24. No, that wouldn't be it.

I used to work with a prominent member of AE911Truth, and he didn't have a problem discussing alternate theories at work with other engineers. As far as I know he felt no professional repercussions for expressing his opinions.

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Response to AZCat (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:14 AM

25. But you no longer work with him. How is his professional life going now? nt

 

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Response to Ace Acme (Reply #25)

Thu Dec 19, 2013, 12:16 AM

26. He passed away a couple of years ago.

Prior to that it was going okay.

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Response to Make7 (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 17, 2013, 11:18 PM

20. One thing I like about the new DU...

is that it keeps track of edits to posts, so I can go back through and check the history. Sometimes it can be quite illuminating.

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Response to OnTheOtherHand (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 09:51 PM

8. Very timely..we have a troll in one of the groups

and I will post this as needed.

Thanks....

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 01:34 AM

9. Whoa, hold on


We are heading into a crippling loon depletion situation here.

I still think CS should have special rules.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 06:32 PM

12. You give special rules to one kid, they ALL want special rules

then there is no "special" left.

However, group hosts CAN block troublemakers from a group
and
group hosts CAN lock a post for no reason at all
altho I would be personally resistant to using that power except in the most flagrant of situations.

Jus saying.

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Response to wildbilln864 (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 10:52 PM

13. Excellent!!! n/t

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Response to wildbilln864 (Original post)

Tue Dec 10, 2013, 04:04 PM

14. Collect the whole set! Trade them with your friends! nt

 

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