How many of these 17 statements fits what the USDA
is doing to the NAIS Opponents????
Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression
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.
- Dummy up. If
it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen.
- Wax indignant. This
is also known as the “How dare you?” gambit.
- Characterize the charges as “rumors”
or, better yet, “wild rumors.” If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able
to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through “rumors.” (If they tend to believe
the “rumors” it must be because they are simply “paranoid” or “hysterical.”)
- Knock down straw men.
Deal only with the weakest aspects of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men.
Make up wild rumors (or plant false stories) and give them lead play when you appear to debunk
all the charges, real and fanciful alike.
- Call the skeptics names like
“conspiracy theorist,” “nutcase,” “ranter,” “kook,”
“crackpot,” and, of course, “rumor 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.
- 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).
- Invoke authority.
Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.
- Dismiss the charges as “old
- Come half-clean.
This is also known as “confession and avoidance” or “taking the limited hangout route.”
This way, you create the impression of candor 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.
- Characterize the crimes as impossibly
complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.
- 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.
- Require the skeptics to solve
the crime completely. E.g. If Foster was murdered, who did it and why?
- Change the subject.
This technique includes creating and/or publicizing distractions.
- Lightly report incriminating
facts, and then make nothing of them. This is sometimes referred to as “bump and run” reporting.
- Baldly and brazenly lie.
A favorite way of doing this is to attribute the “facts” furnished the public to a plausible-sounding,
but anonymous, source.
- 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.
- 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.