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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 10:51 AM
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A Strategy of Lies (Col. Sam Gardiner)
Edited on Sun Jun-12-05 11:08 AM by trof
I remember watching Col. Gardiner on PBS's NewsHour before and during the initial invasion of Iraq and thinking "Now this guy seems to have it right."
Boy, does he ever. I don't guess we'll ever see this on CNN, but here, as they say, is the whole enchilada.
trof

A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods

The 56-page investigation was assembled by USAF Colonel (Ret.) Sam Gardiner. "Truth from These Podia: Summary of a Study of Strategic Influence, Perception Management, Strategic Information Warfare and Strategic Psychological Operations in Gulf II" identifies more than 50 stories about the Iraq war that were faked by government propaganda artists in a covert campaign to "market" the military invasion of Iraq. Gardiner has credentials. He has taught at the National War College, the Air War College and the Naval Warfare College and was a visiting scholar at the Swedish Defense College.

According to Gardiner, "It was not bad intelligence" that lead to the quagmire in Iraq, "It was an orchestrated effort that began before the war" that was designed to mislead the public and the world. Gardiner's research lead him to conclude that the US and Britain had conspired at the highest levels to plant "stories of strategic influence" that were known to be false.

The Times of London described the $200-million-plus US operation as a "meticulously planned strategy to persuade the public, the Congress, and the allies of the need to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein." The multimillion-dollar propaganda campaign run out of the White House and Defense Department was, in Gardiner's final assessment "irresponsible in parts" and "might have been illegal."

"Washington and London did not trust the peoples of their democracies to come to the right decisions," Gardiner explains. Consequently, "Truth became a casualty. When truth is a casualty, democracy receives collateral damage." For the first time in US history, "we allowed strategic psychological operations to become part of public affairs... What has happened is that information warfare, strategic influence, and strategic psychological operations pushed their way into the important process of informing the peoples of our two democracies."
http://www.earthisland.org/project/newsPage2.cfm?newsID=491&pageID=177&subSiteID=44

Here's his report in 6 pdf files. The organization of the Office of Global Communications is right out of Hitler's Ministry of Propaganda. It's no surprise to see the names of Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, Mary Matalin, Scooter Libby, etc.
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/documents/truth_1.pdf
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/documents/truth_2.pdf
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/documents/truth_3.pdf
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/documents/truth_4.pdf
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/documents/truth_5.pdf
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/documents/truth_6.pdf

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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 10:53 AM
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1. "When truth is a casualty, democracy receives collateral damage."
Edited on Sun Jun-12-05 10:55 AM by understandinglife
Bookmarked. Nominated. Thank you for posting.

Peace.

But one example of the other 'collateral damages' caused by Bush's lies

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4173.htm


www.missionnotaccomplished.us - Please, everyone, don't stop at 500,000 signatures; don't stop at 10,000,000 signatures; don't stop until Bush and the neoconsters are indicted and prosecuted for their heinous crimes against humanity and our Constitution.
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 10:57 AM
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2. great stuff - thanks!
bookmarked, saved and nominated
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 11:00 AM
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3. The preface is interesting re: Mark Fineman.
Edited on Sun Jun-12-05 11:01 AM by trof
Preface
My intent was not to do this myself. The work had to be a combination of the
kind of research I was doing and investigative journalism. I could do the outside part.
Someone had to talk to those inside. After my return from an information warfare
conference in London in July, I began looking for interest in one of the major
newspapers. I found that interest in Mark Fineman at the LA Times.
Mark had covered the war and previously had been bureau chief for the paper in
Philippines, India, Cyprus and Mexico City. Although he had covered some of the
stories I examined in my research, he saw very early the point I was making about the
implication of their being seen as a whole, the strategic picture. We continued to
exchange e-mails, talk by phone and met four times after our initial session. He shared
information he was uncovering. I shared my developing research.
Mark Fineman died of an apparent heart attack while on assignment in Baghdad
on September 23, 2003.

Is it tinfoil hat time?
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 12:15 AM
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26. I remember reading
how they would purposley target places where journalists were staying. I remember one hotel specifically.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 09:13 AM
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32. yes, great read
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 11:03 AM
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4. Here is another thread which includes Col. Gardiner and additional
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 11:10 AM
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6. That was my inspiration to google Col. Gardiner.
Need to thank the poster.
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Beam Me Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 11:03 AM
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5. WOW bookmarked and nominated
:kick:
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 12:04 PM
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7. got a special folder for this.. and nominated..
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 01:12 PM
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8. Whoa!
This guy, Gardiner, is obviously a pinko-commie-LIEberal.

His accusations could lead to impeachment of the greatest pResident we have ever had. Quote: "....could have been illegal."

Thank gawd there is no video of the pResident lying to the American people, because if there was we'd be seeing it on the LIEberal press every night, eh?

It's all too clear that the intellignce was sound, and there really were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It's just that certain LIEberal, highly honored military people, have turned commie and decided to destroy America.

:sarcasm:
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 02:39 PM
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9. Holy shit! I hope this is some of the additional documents Conyers
is talking about having for the hearings.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 12:17 AM
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27. Me too
Is this guy going to be at Conyers' hearing?
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schrodingers_cat Donating Member (448 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 03:32 PM
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10. kick!
:kick:
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 04:03 PM
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11. Schrodingers cat
Funny. In a post yesterday, someone asked "Guess what's in the box".

I guessed shrodingers cat, and by gawd here you are!
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johnaries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 06:41 PM
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14. Schrodingers cat? Weren't you gassed?
Or did I just imagine that?
Welcome to DU! :hi:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 04:21 PM
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12. I sent this to ABC, CBS, NBC with the subject line:
"Why aren't you covering this?"
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Roy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 12:29 AM
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28. Was Conyers also on your 'gift list'?
nt
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mrsadm Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 08:17 AM
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31. This is why ABC etc. is not covering this
The original article was published in November 2003
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 09:22 AM
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33. Sometimes it just takes awhile
for the TRUTH to bubble up to the surface. Folks weren't ready for this in 2003, but they ARE NOW!!! :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 06:33 PM
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13. k
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 07:02 PM
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15. and another
I want this to get around.
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RBHam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 07:11 PM
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16. Kicked and nominated...
The truth hurts.
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 08:55 PM
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17. Good info to revisit and examine!!!
Thank you!
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 09:02 PM
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18. Thank you. Here is a quote from Hitler's "Mein Kampf" that fits very well

In view of the primitive simplicity of their minds they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big.

Such a falsehood will never enter their heads and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others; yes, even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt and waver, and continue to accept at least one of these causes as true.

--Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, part I chapter X


It's not a new strategy. The vulnerability of honest people in their inability to see through the true monsters was noted long, long ago:


It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good. -Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator, writer (106-43 BCE)
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jimshoes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 09:15 PM
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19. kicked, bookmarked
and saved pdf's for later reading. At a glance, Gardiner's work is very interesting to say the least.
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 09:20 PM
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20. Hope the colonel's insurance is paid up.
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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 09:21 PM
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21. kick (nt)
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Kindigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 09:29 PM
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22. Just WOW
:wow:
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nicholieeee Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 11:36 PM
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23. wow
how'd you find this??
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-05 11:38 PM
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24. Let's keep at the media--we're getting somewhere
:bounce:


Just a reminder of some very, very important links:

To sign Congressman Conyers letter

http://www.johnconyers.campaignoffice.com


To put and keep pressure on the Mainstream Media:

http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/takeaction.html#awaken


http://www.afterdowningstreet.org


C-SPAN--Ask them to cover the Hearing on Thursday, 16 June:

events@c-span.org


Peace
O8)

Here is my standard letter to the Media:


Dear Sir/Madam:

As you know, on May 1 of this year a document now commonly referred to as |The Downing Street Memo was released into the British Press. This document raises serious question about how the administration was handling intelligence related to Iraq and appears to suggest that the Bush Administration had already decided on war when publicly it was claiming that no such decision had been made. Now further documents have been released in the British media which cast even further doubts.

These documents and other documents suggest that the Bush administration was determined to fix intelligence around a predetermined policy. Some of these documents make it clear that the administration had no credible plan for dealing with the post-war occupation.

It is most disturbing that there has been a virtual media blackout regarding The Downing Street Memo and other disturbing documents.

Even more disturbing is the absence in the America media of any credible in-depth follow-up discussion or coverage regarding strong, credible and independent evidence that the Bush Administration intentionally mislead the U.S. Congress, the media and the American people.

I do hope you will accept the responsibility to address this issue and provide serious investigative journalism into this matter.

Furthermore, on Thursday June 16, 2005, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other House members will hold a hearing to consider testimony concerning the Downing Street minutes and questions of possible fixing of prewar intelligence. I do hope you will be giving full coverage to these events.

Sincerely,
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Triana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 12:12 AM
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25. Has anyone sent this to Conyers?
He has a tipline and he must see this before wed/thur.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 12:52 AM
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29. America; duped, conned, played for fools. By the US government.
And most rightwingnuts are still total rubes.
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-05 12:59 AM
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30. The Evidence Is Mounting
Seems like every day, more completely DAMNING evidence comes out, yet the MSM remains silent.

We are living in a fascist state.

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