For the uninformed, and for those who delight in conspiracy theories (what? here?), the disinformation campaign run by right-wing pundits against the
Obama-Davis relationship has all the earmarks of a classic disinformation campaign.
As a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer with specific training in Deception Analysis by the C.I.A. in 1989, I am researching political
disinformation. My security access was indeed Above Top Secret, as I had intelligence SCI (SI/TK/G) and operations Special Access Program access.
I am familiar with disinformation campaigns, starting with Operation Fortitude protecting the D-Day invasion, through Operation Left Hook protecting
the coalition drive into Kuwait, and deconstructing “deliberate misrepresentation” of the Iraqi threat this century.
Consider the Iraqi threat in 2002. Does anyone deny that the Bush administration deliberately misrepresented the Iraqi threat to garner support for
the invasion? Now THAT was a disinformation campaign!
Most Americans, unlike most foreigners, believed without question that Iraq was working with Al Qaeda, and believed without question that Iraq had
stockpiles of WMD. They believed these due to deception ("deliberate misrepresentation") by the Bush administration. Any disagreement?
The same disinformation technique, albeit on a smaller scale, was used by right-wing opponents of Barack Obama. Through innuendo, half-truths and
outright fabrication, Obama’s opponents have deliberately misrepresented a casual family friendship as sordid political indoctrination sessions or
worse. In their fervor to malign Obama, they sought to transform the legacy of a relatively obscure leftist poet into a “Stalinist agent” who
corrupted Obama’s values. Slander and libel were their tools of the trade, because truth was no obstacle. Destroying Davis’s reputation was
Although “I'm hardly interested in proving my research to Kincaid or any of those whose work is a travesty to scholarship," University of Kansas
Professor Edgar Tidwell, whom AIM's Cliff Kincaid cites as "an expert on the life and writings of Davis," dismisses misrepresentation of Davis's
influence in one simple paragraph:
"Although my research indicates that Davis joined the CPUSA as a "closet member" during World War II, there is no evidence that he was a Stalinist,
or even a Party member before WWII. Further, to those attempting to make the specious stand for the concrete, there is no evidence that he instructed
Barack Obama in communist ideology. Frank Marshall Davis did NOT believe in overthrowing the USA. He was committed to what the nation professed to
be. For him, communism was primarily an intellectual vehicle to achieve a political end-a possible tool for gaining the constitutional freedoms of
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans" (see my.barackobama.com...