This is Abovetopsecret.com, and where there are conspiracy theories there are disinformation agents. I ask you though, do you know what disinformation
is? Do you know how it is spread?
/dɪsˌɪnfərˈmeɪʃən, ˌdɪsɪn-/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [dis-in-fer-mey-shuhn, dis-in-]
+False information, as about a country's military strength or plans, publicly announced or planted in the news media, esp. of other countries.
+Deliberately misleading information announced publicly or leaked by a government or especially by an intelligence agency in order to influence public
opinion or the government in another nation: "He would be the unconscious channel for a piece of disinformation aimed at another country's
intelligence service" (Ken Follett).
+Dissemination of such misleading information.
+Misinformation that is deliberately disseminated in order to influence or confuse rivals (foreign enemies or business competitors etc.)
1965–70; dis- 1 + information, as trans. of Russ dezinformátsiya < F désinform(er) to misinform + Russ -atsiya ≪ L -ātiō
In the terms of ATS.com disinformation and disinfo agents are those who spread falsehoods of any subject in order to confuse any who read said
A classic example of disinformation is known as Operation Fortitude. During World War II, The Allies deliberately leaked information that a large
invasion force would be coming from Kent, England. Where-as the truth was the main force would be attacking the Normandy Beachhead to the far
For a more modern view of disinformation history all you need do is type
"modern day disinformation"
into google.com and find a wealth
of sites devoted to the subject.
Now on with what you came to read!
The 25 Rules of Spreading Disinformation
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" 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 so 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 with denial 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. 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 them 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. 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 loose interest more quickly without having to
address the actual issues.
13. Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards with an apparent deductive logic in a way that 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 items 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 may require 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 an unavailable to subsequent
investigators. Once a favorable verdict (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) is achieved, the matter can be considered officially closed.
[edit on 5/9/2009 by Tentickles]