Disinformation — A Quick Note about Facts & Truth

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer. And yet he was in the right! They were wrong and he was right.”

George Orwell — Nineteen Eighty-Four

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

Aldous Huxley

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

Mark Twain

February 13 2020 — Many years ago, a former high ranking officer of the US Intelligence Community told me — seriously — that the FBI and the CIA have never let “stupid facts” interfere with “their truths”. The Lockerbie Case and the Iraqi WMDs fiasco are certainly cases in point. I will keep on repeating this until my last day: Facts matter; Truth never dies. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Long ago, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously stated that:

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

The current pseudo-theories of “alternative facts” constitute an unacceptable denial of truth and reality.

Denying “the evidence of your eyes and ears” has always been the modus operandi of all dictatorships.

This week, the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF have revealed an extraordinary story.

Global encryption company CRYPTO AG was owned and controlled by the US and German Intelligence Agencies, allowing the CIA and the BND to eavesdrop on 100 of adversaries and allies alike for decades.

Two decades ago, I reported this collusion and, over the years,  I have posted many details that were not revealed this week.

Some are highly relevant to current issues such as the UN investigation on the assassination of Dag Hammarskjold.

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Many people are wondering how I could have uncovered this story so long ago. I will take the time to answer this question in a post to be published soon. There is no hurry…

But for now, I would like to remind you the importance of studying, researching and analysing the facts!

Whatever subject I investigate, from the Lockerbie Case to the Havana Syndrome, I always begin by working out the very best timeline I can manage.

This is a theory of mine. No lie — no matter how professional — can survive a good timeline. So, pay attention to the facts!

Facts & US Presidents

John Adams served as the second president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Adams once remarked that:

“Facts are stubborn things.”

On August 15 1988, during the “Farewell Address at the Republican National Convention”, Ronald Reagan famously said [1] :

“Facts are stupid things.”

On August 2 1988, during a campaign stop, Vice-President G.H.W. Bush commented [2] :

“I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are. … I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.”

 

 

Does Truth still matter in this post-truth era?

On August 19 2018, during an appearance on Meet the Press, President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Chuck Todd that:

“Truth isn’t truth!”

Sorry Rudy, but some folks think otherwise…

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Buddha

Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.

Isaac Newton

The only way into truth is through one’s own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.

Simone Weil

There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.

Leo Tolstoy

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.

Mahatma Gandhi

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

John F. Kennedy

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

Mark Twain

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

Harry S Truman

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Albert Einstein

Although, the word ‘disinformation’ was certainly used by English-speaking Intelligence Agencies (CIA, MI6), it did not appear in English dictionaries until the late 80s.

Disinformation’ first made an appearance in English dictionaries in 1985, specifically in the Webster’s New College Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary.

In 2017, the term “fake news” was named Collins’ Word of the Year. Collins defines it as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting”.

REFERENCES

“America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.” — Oscar Wilde

‘Kinder, gentler’ and other George HW Bush quotes — CNBC

August 15, 1988: Farewell Address at the Republican National Convention —  UVA – Miller Center

1 — This was clearly a slip of the tongue.

2 —  The comment was about the USS Vincennes’ mistakenly downing a commercial Iran Air flight, killing 290 civilians.

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Disinformation — A Quick Note about Facts and Truth

 

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