In times of universal deceit, telling
the truth is a revolutionary act.
         - George Orwell


Napoleon once observed that "history" is a set of lies agreed upon. In an era of ubiquitous fake news and information warfare, this has never been more true. The very concept of objective truth in history is fading out of our world. Pure propaganda and outright lies are passing into our history textbooks as unquestioned truth, condemning future generations to false views about historical reality. But the task of sifting through the lies and propaganda is overwhelming, limited by the ambition and time constraints of most observors. Only those who have dedicated their lives to sorting reality from falsehood are qualified to rewrite "consensus" history as a duty to humanity. The contributors to this site endeavor to do just that.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Countering "Conspiracy Theorists" - Same Tactics 50 Years On

 
      Many attribute the beginnings of our modern surreal era of war, propaganda, fake news and psychological operations to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.  The factual 'history' of the assassination was whitewashed in the Warren Commission Report, released in September, 1964. In the years which followed, skeptics and critics worked hard to dissect the Report and show its glaring inconsistencies, ommissions, and outright fabrications, calling into question the official narrative of the murder of the president.  The conspirators within government and their accomplices were now running scared, afraid of being exposed and causing a crisis in confidence. Something needed to be done to silence the critics before the truth got out.
     On April 1st, 1967, the CIA issued a memorandum entitled "Countering Criticism of the Warren Report". Despite being issued on April Fool's Day, it was no joke. The secret memo, addressed to the heads of the military and CIA, outlined ways the intelligence establishment should go about disparaging anyone challenging the official "lone gunman" narrative and discrediting alternative theories. The methods for discrediting "conspiracy theorists" outlined in that memo are still being used today.



CIA Memo #1035-960 was not released to the public until 1996, nearly 30 years after it was written.  But in it we find most of the tactics used by figures in the establishment to discredit vocal critics.  In 1967, polls showed that upwards of 46% of Americans did not believe the official conclusion of the Warren Commission Report. Attorney Jim Garrison was beginning his independent investigations into the assassination, threatening to uncover the truth that Oswald was a patsy and that the CIA was the true mastermind behind the killing. The Memo was labelled 'Psych', short for "Psychological Operations", and was aimed at confusing the wider public who did not have the time to do the hard research themselves.  Here are the techniques the Memo's authors came up with to defend the official cover-up story and attack its critics:

1. Label critics as "conspiracy theorists" and use the term repeatedly in a pejorative fashion.  Make it so the application of this label to someone became a death-blow to their career and reputation.  Critics would then think twice about voicing any questions or doubts about the official narrative.

2. Attack the messenger, not the message.  Dig up dirt on critics, to call into question their credibility.  "Everyone has a skeleton in their closet" - bring them out for everyone to see, as a distraction from their criticisms of the official narrative.

3. Label critics "foreign agents" and "Russian propagandists" - enemies of America who are rooting for the wrong team.

4. Target especially those in the media and politics, since their voice is loudest and most respected. Utilize CIA plants in media, and compromised politicians, to spread fake news that is conducive to spreading the official story.

5. Claim repeatedly that there is "no new evidence" to warrant a changing of opinion from those established by the CIA early on.

6. Assert that a "massive conspiracy" would be impossible to conceal.  Assert that "secrets THAT big cannot be kept; people would be talking to the press." The absence of such revelations would become proof of their non-existence.
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Does any of this sound familiar?  This is the TEMPLATE for discrediting and disparaging anyone who questions the official narrative on any number of historical occurrences.  The biggest of these, of course, is 9-11.  The tactics mentioned in this Memo went into overdrive to counter the arguments of those who questioned the official story of the events of that day.

Sadly, the methods for silencing critics have gone a step further.  Just as hundreds of witnesses and whistleblowers died under mysterious circumstances in the 1960's related to the Kennedy assassination, so too do people find themselves mysteriously "disappeared" in more recent times. Countless examples can be alluded to. A host of clever methods have been used to make assassinations of critics look "natural" or "suicidal", and the list of these methods gets ever more creative with each passing year.

The take-away of all this?  We need to be educated to all these clever methods, and be on guard against all the psychological warfare tricks used by the "guardians of official truth". Don't be afraid to speak the truth, and don't be afraid of the label "conspiracy theorist".  We're ALL conspiracy theorists now.

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