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Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

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BFCSA Members, awareness is half the problem solved, so read this and be aware of the way that truth is suppressed so easily, even when it is right under our noses!!!

by DCDave

Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government.  When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed.  The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.

  1. Dummy up.  If it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen.

  2. Wax indignant.  This is also known as the “How dare you?” gambit.

  3. Characterize the charges as “rumours” or, better yet, “wild rumours.”  If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through “rumours.”  (If they tend to believe the “rumours” it must be because they are simply “paranoid” or “hysterical.”)

  4. Knock down straw men.  Deal only with the weakest aspects of the weakest charges.  Even better, create your own straw men.  Make up wild rumours (or plant false stories) and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.

  5. Call the skeptics names like “conspiracy theorist,” “nutcase,” “ranter,” “kook,” “crackpot,” and, of course, “rumour monger.”  Be sure, too, to use heavily loaded verbs and adjectives when characterizing their charges and defending the “more reasonable” government and its defenders.  You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned.  For insurance, set up your own “skeptics” to shoot down.

  6. Impugn motives.  Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money (compared to over-compensated adherents to the government line who, presumably, are not).

  7. Invoke authority.  Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.

  8. Dismiss the charges as “old news.” (STM: Sound familiar anyone?)

  9. Come half-clean.  This is also known as “confession and avoidance” or “taking the limited hangout route.”  This way, you create the impression of candour and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal “mistakes.”  This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken.  With effective damage control, the fall-back position need only be peddled by stooge skeptics to carefully limited markets.

  10. Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.

  11. Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance.  With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant.  E.g.  We have a completely free press.  If evidence exists that the Vince Foster “suicide” note was forged, they would have reported it.  They haven't reported it so there is no such evidence.  Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press who would report the leak.

  12. Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely.  E.g.  If Foster was murdered, who did it and why?

  13. Change the subject.  This technique includes creating and/or publicising distractions.

  14. Lightly report incriminating facts, and then make nothing of them.  This is sometimes referred to as “bump and run” reporting.

  15. Baldly and brazenly lie.  A favourite way of doing this is to attribute the “facts” furnished the public to a plausible-sounding, but anonymous, source.

  16. Expanding further on numbers 4 and 5 (e and f), have your own stooges “expose” scandals and champion popular causes.  Their job is to pre-empt real opponents and to play 99-yard football.  A variation is to pay rich people for the job who will pretend to spend their own money.

  17. Flood the Internet with agents.  This is the answer to the question, “What could possibly motivate a person to spend hour upon hour on Internet news groups defending the government and/or the press and harassing genuine critics?”  Don't the authorities have defenders enough in all the newspapers, magazines, radio, and television?  One would think refusing to print critical letters and screening out serious callers or dumping them from radio talk shows would be control enough, but, obviously, it is not.

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  • doyla66
    doyla66 Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    Thankyou so much for posting this, STM :D
    Educating ourselves so we can name the games others play.
    We are living the raw facts - their games deeply offend us.
    Name and shame the gamesters, con artists and soothsayers every time.
    They have to learn how to tell the hard core facts from spin.
    to those who would judge my situation, based on the cursory knowledge of a mediocre mind:
    Walk a mile in my shoes, then come and tell me your lies - if you've still got the strength to dare.

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    I'm appreciating this checklist again, STM.
    Knowing the game helps immensely when I'm challenged online.
    Of course there are people who don't want to deal with the fear engendered by finding out that the banks may not be what we believed they were and that we have been fed "propaganda" which we believed for years.
    I'm also glad that I don't have to win an argument in a public arena. Only trying to challenge, so far ... interesting. I really don't like fights but I don't need to educate them either.
    I'm genuinely curious and it's also my "training" to review all the evidence and test the hypotheses seeking the true story. That objectivity helps me to keep my cool with "bank defenders".
    Thanks again - a very helpful list :)
    "A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still".

  • doyla66
    doyla66 Wednesday, 29 August 2012

    A Man Convinced Against His Will...

    This is actually one of my FAVOURITE quotes and matches the list perfectly! Yes, it is sobering to realise just how easily manipulated we all are... Free Will? I feel like I've been a free 'dill' ...

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