Tagged: disinformation

‘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...

In Forbes: Die-hard KGB men are still planting forged documents to pollute our thinking

“A once-feared KGB general now sits on suicide watch in a Vienna jail, a tawdry end to terrible tale. His strange story—worthy of a thriller—is a case study of how the former KGB uses forged documents to influence Western reporters, diplomats and politicians.” That’s the lead of my piece in Forbes, published September 3, which focuses on a former KGB...

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...

Russia creates too many questions about Polish plane crash

The Russian government’s actions raise too many questions about the April 10 airplane crash that killed many of the most anti-Russian leaders of Poland. My recent conversations with informed Polish sources reveal so many irregularities with how the Russian government handled the crash that nobody should presume that the disaster was accidental until all the facts are in. I knew...

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...