Category: Deception

‘How to identify misinformation’ – A reprint of the guide that the State Department purged

The US Department of State used to maintain a page on its website to advise people “How to identify misinformation.” The site, launched on March 9, 2005, has since been taken down and scrubbed from the State Department’s electronic archive. The URL was http://usinfo.state.gov/media/misinformation.html. An image of an archived State Department page that contains the text of a May 31, 2005...

BBC and CNN air faked Hamas injury report

Both the BBC and CNN aired staged Hamas footage of a Palestinian man who faked an injury from an Israeli counterattack, and whom collaborators whisked away as if he was wounded. CNN’s Anderson Cooper re-broadcast a BBC-originated video feed on November 15, even after the BBC feed had been exposed as a fake. The falsehood was not reported in the...

When is the truth deception? When is deception the truth?

This question came up in my foreign propaganda class: When is the truth deception, and when can deception be the truth? Sometimes metaphors can be the best means of explanation. Even fiction, well-presented, can boil down complicated or philosophical issues to something that everyone can understand. Let’s let Captain Jack Sparrow answer the question for us, in this shot from...

Blinded vigilance: How Deutch and Tenet helped weaken the CIA prior to 9/11

by J. Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15, 2001 While the terrorists and their sponsors were plotting to hijack airliners and crash them into Manhattan skyscrapers and the Pentagon, senior CIA officials were compelling analysts and operations officers to attend sensitivity-training classes and sew diversity quilts. That is a fact. It also is a metaphor for why the United States, with...

Blinded vigilance: How Deutch and Tenet helped weaken the CIA prior to 9/11

by J. Michael Waller, Insight magazine, October 15, 2001 While the terrorists and their sponsors were plotting to hijack airliners and crash them into Manhattan skyscrapers and the Pentagon, senior CIA officials were compelling analysts and operations officers to attend sensitivity-training classes and sew diversity quilts. That is a fact. It also is a metaphor for why the United States, with...

Subsidizing Russia’s nuclear scientists

by J Michael Waller, Insight, April 5-12, 1999 Nearly six years ago, Congress and the Clinton administration launched a visionary scheme to help the scientists and engineers designing the Soviet weapons of mass destruction to put their skills to civilian use. The goal was to prevent them from working for rogue regimes such as Iran, Iraq or North Korea. As...