Thanks to the OP for a very useful and informative thread.
During the course of many discussions in the 9/11 forum, it became obvious to me that some of the "debunkers" were not sincere in their posts.
However, I found that it often made sense to interact with them as if they were sincere posters.
Doing so requires a good deal of patience and
a refusal to be goaded by obvious insincerity into some breach of the T&C, which could lead to being banned, or even worse, losing ATS points!!
I reasoned that the shills were posting in the attempt to influence, not me, but readers who might not be as well informed as I was and who might have
a psychological predisposition to want to believe the lies told to them by the Bush administration and by the shills working or volunteering for
Often these lies were infantile and transparent, or chuckleheaded and competely unreasonable.
By patiently meeting these liars on the level of their lies with simple easy to understand truths, that undermined their position, I believe that I
was possibly winning converts to the truth in a demographic that brainy truthers seldom address.
Looked at that way, the shills and disinfo agents perform a valuable service for the truther community. When they post in the manner they do, it is
done as part of a well researched strategic plan, undoubtely researched at the cost of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars.
When truthers patiently respond to the posts of these organized shills, we, in effect, appropriate those hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of
taxpayer funded research, and put them in the service of the taxpayer, working for his interests, instead of against them.
Propaganda ju jitsu
Using the enemy's strength against him.
No matter what is done or said by the criminal overworld
, intelligent people, working on the side of the angels, can counter it.
edit on 3-7-2011 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)