Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist)
by H. Michael Sweeney copyright (c) 1997, 2000 All rights reserved (Revised April 2000)
Built upon Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression by David Martin, the following may be useful to the initiate in the world of dealing with veiled and half-truth, lies, and suppression of truth when serious crimes are studied in public forums. This, sadly, includes every day news media, one of the worst offenders with respect to being a source of disinformation. Where the crime involves a conspiracy, or a conspiracy to cover up the crime, there will invariably be a disinformation campaign launched against those seeking to uncover and expose the truth and/or the conspiracy. There are specific tactics which disinfo artists tend to apply, as revealed here. Also included with this material are seven common traits of the disinfo artist which may also prove useful in identifying players and motives.
The more a particular party fits the traits and is guilty of following the rules, the more likely they are a professional disinfo artist with a vested motive. People can be bought, threatened, or blackmailed into providing disinformation, so even “good guys” can be suspect in many cases.
UPDATE 7/21/09: A reader’s excellent suggestions have been added at the end of this article.
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by Jon Gold
July 19, 2009
Over the years, 9/11 Family Members Kristen Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza, and Monica Gabrielle, or the September Eleventh Advocates, have written open letters about different issues concerning the 9/11 attacks. I have compiled every letter that I have (not every letter is written by all of them), and put them into one file for you to download. I figured that along with the report written by Lorie Van Auken and Mindy Kleinberg regarding how well the 9/11 Commission answered the 9/11 Family Steering Committee’s questions, as well as the new report on the nano-thermite, this could be printed and handed out to people. Please spread this around, and thank you.
July 16, 2009
Posted at YouTube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_aTbznZDT0
A brand new, powerful music video from David Ippolito. (That Guitar Man from Central Park) Watch this video. Please leave your own comments. Be heard. Download this song for free at www.thatguitarman.com. But… PASS THIS VIDEO ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW! (You and me… let’s make it “cool to care” again.)
By Bruce Crumley
July 19, 2009
It isn’t easy to have sympathy for Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person
convicted in connection with the September 11 terror attacks. During his trial,
Moussaoui pledged his allegiance to Osama bin Laden and prayed that al-Qaeda
succeeds in its violent jihad against the U.S; he also mocked the families of
9/11 victims and dared the court to inflict the harshest punishment for the
crimes which, after veering erratically between denial and advocacy, he finally
took responsibility for. In May 2006, a jury decided against the death penalty
but sent Moussaoui, now 41, to life imprisonment and near total isolation in
ADX Supermax prison.
Now Moussaoui says he regrets pleading guilty. But, he has a problem: U.S. law does not allow those who have taken that route to appeal their cases. His only shot at winning a lighter sentence is the July 14 decision by a federal appeals court in Virginia to re-hear arguments that the government had failed to turn over key evidence to Moussaoui and his lawyer that might have helped in his defense. As politically untenable as it may seem, President Barack Obama should support Moussaoui’s efforts to win another trial. (Check out a story about “Bombers Row” in a Colorado’s Supermax Prison.)
Why? Because justice and sympathy are different issues. Moussaoui’s courtroom antics and declarations were outrageous but the prosecution of his trial was a farce nonetheless. Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema repeatedly criticized certain aspects of the… Continue reading
By Chris Mondics
Inquirer Staff Writer
Jul. 17, 2009
Sen. Arlen Specter suggested during Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing
yesterday that the Obama administration sought to block Supreme Court review
of lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for the Sept. 11 attacks for fear of offending
an important ally.
The remark came as the Pennsylvania Democrat questioned Sotomayor on whether
the Supreme Court, by deciding ever fewer cases, had effectively ducked important
constitutional questions left unresolved by lower courts.
In a July 7 letter to Sotomayor, Specter also raised the issue of Saudi involvement
in the attacks, asserting that “plaintiffs’ counsel had developed considerable
evidence showing Saudi complicity.”
Law firms representing thousands of victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families,
along with insurers and other interests that suffered economic losses, sued
the government of Saudi Arabia and senior members of its royal family, alleging
that they financed Islamic charities that, in turn, bankrolled al-Qaeda.
On June 29, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of lower-court rulings
that the Saudi government and members of its royal family cannot be sued under
U.S. law for allegedly supporting terrorism. Shortly before that ruling, the
Obama administration filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the court to reject
the case, in part because the administration had not given its sign-off.
The Center City law firm Cozen O’Connor represents most of the insurers in
the case and led the Supreme Court appeal. The South Carolina-based firm Motley
Rice represents thousands of 9/11 victims and their… Continue reading
The Corbett Report
17 July, 2009
Government sources immediately began blaming North Korea for the recent cyberterror attacks on South Korea and the U.S., despite having no evidence to back up those claims. Now, an examination of the evidence by independent computer experts show that the attack seems to have been coordinated from the UK. The hysterical media coverage in the attack’s wake, however, echoing the government line that it was likely the work of North Korea, served to cement in the minds of many that this was an act of cyberwarfare.
The idea that this surprisingly unsophisticated attack could have come from a well-organized, hostile state or terrorist group comes as a blessing in disguise to those groups, agencies and advisors who have been calling for greater and greater federal snooping powers in the name of stopping a “cyber 9/11″ from happening.
The “cyber 9/11″ meme stretches back almost to 9/11 itself. Back in 2003, Mike McConnell, the ex-director of the National Security Agency (NSA), was fearmongering over the possibility of a cyber attack “equivalent to the attack on the World Trade Center” if a new institution were not created to oversee cyber security. Since then, report after report has continued to use the horror of 9/11 as a way of raising public hysteria over “cyber terrorism,” a subject more often associated with juvenile hackers and lone misfits than radical terrorist organizations.
The real reason behind the invocation of 9/11 in the context of “cyber terror”… Continue reading
By Harry R. Weber (AP)
July 17, 2009
ATLANTA — A federal judge ruled Thursday that airlines and other companies
in the industry that are being sued by families of terrorism victims can’t question
FBI agents about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The defendants wanted to depose the agents and sought access to other evidence
related to the investigation of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people
in order to show at trial that the government’s failure to catch the terrorists
and prevent the attacks mitigates and excuses any alleged fault on the aviation
The government objected.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York said the defendants
have also argued that the terrorists likely would have succeeded even if the
defendants had exercised due care.
"The issues to be tried relate to the acts and omissions of the aviation
defendants, not the government," Hellerstein wrote in his ruling. "The
government’s failures to detect and abort the terrorists’ plots would not affect
the aviation defendants’ potential liability."
There was no immediate comment from the defendants or their lawyers. Spokespersons
for UAL Corp.’s United Airlines, AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and US Airways
Group Inc. declined to comment. Lawyers for several airlines did not immediately
return calls seeking comment. Other defendants include Delta Air Lines Inc.,
Continental Airlines Inc., AirTran Airways, Boeing Co. and several airport authorities
and security companies.
The judge said he plans to set a trial date for the lawsuits involving three
wrongful… Continue reading
On April 4th, 2004, my son Casey was killed serving the United States Army in Iraq during the illegal occupation started by the Bush Administration.
That illegal occupation was made possible because of the attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001, resulting in the deaths of 2,973 people.
Since that horrid day, victims’ family members have been doing everything within their power to seek justice and accountability for what happened, with little to no success. It is shameful that almost 8 years after the fact, they have been denied this. The official 9/11 commission report was a sham and a mockery of justice, not justice.
Currently, there is an effort underway in New York City to get a new investigation
onto the ballot by this November. The New York City Coalition for Accountability
Now (www.NYCCAN.org) is currently attempting
to get enough signatures to make this happen, and they need your help. I wholeheartedly
support and endorse this effort.
Please do what you can to support this effort, and thank you.
July 15, 2009
For eight years I have lobbied and supported investigations and litigation in an effort to learn the whole truth behind the death of my son Joseph and the murder of so many others. I’ve always been hopeful we’d get the answers we deserve and that we’d see accountability exacted within the halls of Congress, the White House, DoD, CIA, FBI, State and Justice Departments.
However, there are still too few answers to too many questions even as promotions and medals are handed out rather than pink slips or prosecutions. Excessive secrecy and redactions still cover-up the truth and leave us in the dark about: terrorist financing from still unnamed foreign nations, suspicious pre-9/11 stock market activity, pre-9/11 warnings to the President, the Attorney General and others, the infamous 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry Report, The Holy Land Trial, Riggs Bank wire transfers, faulty NYFD radios that didn’t work in ’93, Ground zero toxins breathed by thousands, a 9/11 narrative derived from torture induced testimony, etc., etc. I could go on and on.
No American who believes in his country should settle for being in the dark about all this over seven years after the event. I won’t and I can’t for the sake of my son and for the country. For this reason I feel compelled to support a new investigation in NYC led by family members and others who will produce an accounting we can be proud of.
Three thousand dead civilians. A President… Continue reading
tedwalter [at] nyccan.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2009
9/11 Families, First Responders and Survivors Gather at City Hall to
Endorse 2009 Ballot Referendum to Establish New Official 9/11 Investigation
in NYC, Call on New Yorkers for Support
New York – Outside City Hall today relatives of 9/11 victims, first responders
and survivors of the September 11th attacks gathered to endorse a November ballot
initiative to establish a new 9/11 investigation under the auspices of the city
government of New York. Support on the street is high, the group says, and polls
indicate a majority of New Yorkers wants a new investigation.
On June 24, the group leading the ballot initiative, the New York City Coalition
for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) filed a petition containing 52,000 signatures
with the office of the City Clerk. The official filing initiated a 60-day period
specified in Section 37 of the New York Municipal Home Rule Law in which the
City Council is asked to review the petition and approve its placement on the
upcoming November ballot.
Since this milestone filing, the group has gathered an additional 15,000 signatures
and received several endorsements from prominent leaders. Renowned whistleblower
and former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, who TIME magazine selected as one of three
“Persons of the Year” in 2002, endorsed a new investigation yesterday,
as reported by RAWSTORY (http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/07/ex-fbi-agent-why-i-support-a-new-911-investigation/).
Bill Doyle, who lost his son Joseph, has been an outspoken leader of an active
community of relatives of the… Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2009
Contact: Justin Keogh
Phone: (510) 292-4710
Electronic mail: http://www.ae911truth.org/contactus.php
Architect to Speak in DC on 9/11 World Trade Center Destruction
Professional group to present evidence to Congress
Berkeley, CA — Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, the nonprofit group DC911Truth will bring San Francisco Bay Area architect Richard Gage, AIA, to Washington, DC, for a series of public events and meetings with congressional representatives. Gage represents more than 700 architects and engineers who cite evidence for explosive demolition as the cause of the destruction of the three World Trade Center towers on 9/11. After careful examination of forensic data inconsistent with the official account, these professionals are calling for a new, independent investigation into the 9/11 attacks.
A practicing architect for more than 20 years, Gage is the founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth). Comprised of more than 4,500 total petition signers, members, architects, engineers, physicists and scientists, the organization contends at its website, AE911Truth.org, that the official FEMA and NIST reports fail to explain the towers’ destruction. The group’s evidence includes the admitted free-fall of Building 7, the constancy of the acceleration of the North Tower, and nanothermite residues in the WTC dust. Events
Coming up All This Week — Live VideoCast & News Reports
Richard Gage, AIA at Architect’s Convention in Washington DC.
Mon-Fri: July 13-17 on the spot reports — meetings with Congress & on the floor.
Live Video-cast Lecture Thurs. at 3 & 5pm Pacific – 6 & 8pm Eastern – 10:00 & 00:00 GMT
Click here to watch live VideoCasts when available.
Stay tuned to No Lies Radio for breaking news reports from DC.
719 Architects and Engineers Call for New Investigation of 9/11.
Evidence of Explosives Found in Destruction of All 3 WTC High-Rises.
Thousands of Architects at DC AIA Convention Come Face to Face With 9/11 Truth!!
AE911Truth will be speaking individually to your Congressional Reps and Senators.
AE911truth’s booth, with two large LCD screens, showing the dramatic demolitions of the WTC Twin Towers and Building 7, will stand out dramatically — and will present the opportunity to inform thousands of architects about long-evaded truths regarding the destruction of the 3 World Trade Center high-rises on 9/11. For more info and to sign their petition for a new investigation, visit ae911truth.org
July 14, 2009
It was the best turnout ever for the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth! Perhaps because we spoke in tandem with the new hard-hitting Fire Fighters for 9/11 Truth? The hard working dedicated 9/11 Truth folks in Seattle completely went to town on marketing and brought in a sea of 580 faces! The Universities were thoroughly canvassed — including the last minute faculty box stuffing at the Architecture Dept at the University of WA.
It was the best turnout ever for the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth speaking in tandem with the Fire Fighters for 9/11 Truth! The hard working dedicated 9/11 Truth folks in Seattle completely went to town on marketing and brought in a sea of 580 faces! The Universities were thoroughly canvassed — including the last minute faculty box stuffing at the Architecture Dept at the University of WA.
Erik Lawyer of FF911Truth and Richard Gage, AIA of AE911Truth double teamed the crowd for an hour each and then answered questions together for an hour. Before the event we had 45 believing that planes/fires brought down the twin towers and afterwards only 4! The remainder believed that controlled demolition was responsible. Before the event we had 61 who were unsure and after only 14. So 88% of what we could call newcomers were moved off of their positions! A total of 26 folks had not heard of bldg 7. We had 10 firefighters, 4 architects, and 14 engineers. 4 were… Continue reading
from Barrie Zwicker
July 14, 2009
Canadian-born James Douglass of Birmingham, Alabama is a Christian pacifist, a 9/11Truther and author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books).
The book rose to number 31 on Amazon’s best seller list two weeks after Oliver Stone appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on June 26th last holding a copy of the 2008 book, which was shown on camera. Stone said it is a “great book.”
The question “why” that Douglass’s book addresses in the case of JFK’s assassination arguably is also the most important question concerning 9/11. Douglass recently has been added under “Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth” on http://PatriotsQuestion911.com
Douglass’s book deserves wide readership. It’s a tremendously well-researched work, one of the best of the 400+ books on JFK’s assassination. Douglass conducted original interviews with people now able and willing to talk after decades of silence. He also drew on thousands of recently released US government documents to reveal the logic of the plot to kill Kennedy. The plot’s purpose was not only to assassinate a president who was turning toward peace but also to implicate the Soviet Union and Cuba in his murder so as to justify pre-emptive attacks upon them. The parallels with 9/11 are highly educative.
Douglass’s editor, Robert Ellsberg, feels the Stone endorsation is a peg upon which to “re-promote” the book. I agree and commend it thoroughly to all frequenters of 911blogger.com. For the Stone interview, go to… Continue reading
The CIA assassination programme that was recently in the media was actually first partially revealed by the Washington Post in 2005, when details enabling his originator to be identified were published. The programme made news in the last few days as CIA Director Leon Panetta admitted that the agency withheld information about it from Congress, although the CIA never actually used it to assassinate anybody. Nevertheless, the programme’s “duties” seem to have been taken over by something journalist Seymour Hersh called an “executive assassination wing” that was run out of the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney, and this grouping did go on missions and kill people.
The programme was first mentioned in Dana Priest’s groundbreaking article that highlighted the existence of the CIA’s network of black sites, CIA Holds Terror Subjects in Secret Prisons, which was published in November 2005. Priest wrote of the programme:
The CTC’s chief of operations argued for creating hit teams of case officers and CIA paramilitaries that would covertly infiltrate countries in the Middle East, Africa and even Europe to assassinate people on the list, one by one.
But many CIA officers believed that the al-Qaeda leaders would be worth keeping alive to interrogate about their network and other plots. Some officers worried that the CIA would not be very adept at assassination.
“We’d probably shoot ourselves,” another former senior CIA official said.
This section of the article was ignored… Continue reading
By Coleen Rowley
July 14, 2009
In the absence of my being there in New York City to stand with the 9/11 families,
first responders and survivors, I offer the following statement in support of
your goal of a new investigation into the attacks of September 11th and the
NYC CAN campaign to place it on the ballot for November.
At the time of 9-11, I had been an FBI agent for over 20 years.
My main responsibilities by then were teaching criminal procedure to FBI agents
and other law enforcement officers, mostly about 4th Amendment search and seizure,
5th and 6th Amendment law of interrogation, right to attorney and constitutional
protection of rights to “free speech”, due process, habeas corpus,
and against cruel and unusual punishment. A week before 9-11, I and the rest
of the FBI’s ethics instructors were mandated (as a result of an earlier
public FBI scandal) to give a one hour PowerPoint presentation, a form of remedial
training on “law enforcement ethics” which I accomplished in a fairly
perfunctory way, just reading the slides.
After 9-11, with the knowledge I had of the bitter internal dispute inside
the FBI that was being hushed up but had kept some of our better agents from
possibly uncovering more of the 9-11 plot before it happened, I couldn’t
forget two of the slides in that Law Enforcement ethics curriculum: “DO
NOT: Puff, Shade, Tailor, Firm up, Stretch, Massage, or Tidy up statements of
fact.” And “Misplaced Loyalties:… Continue reading
July 14, 2009
For years now, New Yorkers, Americans in general, and millions around the world
have been plagued with deeply troubling questions about what really happened
on September 11th, 2001. Let down and betrayed by the non-findings of the farcical
911 Commission and its white-washed “report”, victim’s family members
and patriotic citizens have taken matters into their own hands by using the
peaceful and democratic means of the New York State Constitution to resolve
The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) has filed a petition
containing 52,000 signatures calling for a referendum on the creation of a New
York City independent commission to begin an investigation with power of subpoena.
Unlike the 9/11 Commission, this one will not simply support the least inconvenient
conclusions using cherry picked evidentiary findings. Instead it will carefully
examine ALL of the evidence, including that which suggests that explosive, controlled
demolition was the true cause of the high-rise collapses witnessed that day.
This is a historic opportunity to make real progress towards accountability
and justice in the single most relevant, unresolved event of modern times. It
is an opportunity for REAL change, and it is one that America cannot afford
to waste. In order to override City Council if the referendum is vetoed, NYC
CAN needs only 20,000 more signatures, which would virtually ensure that the
voice of the people not be muted or ignored in this matter. If NYC CAN gets
these 20,000 signatures, the referendum WILL go on the ballot, and New York
City will be able to vote for justice!…
By David Seifman
July 14, 2009
New York Post
Some 9/11 families are pushing for a November referendum to create a city commission
with subpoena powers to study the attacks, The Post has learned.
Officials are taking the effort seriously, since the group, the New York City
Coalition for Accountability Now, submitted 52,000 signatures and is paying
the $75,000 cost of counting and verifying them. …