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The US Government’s Pattern When Lying

Whenever the U.S. Government wants to demonize a person or group in order to justify attacks on them, it follows the same playbook:  it manufactures falsehoods about them, baselessly warns that they pose Grave Dangers and are severely harming our National Security, peppers all that with personality smears to render the targeted individuals repellent on a personal level, and feeds it all to the establishment American media, which then dutifully amplifies and mindlessly disseminates it all.

Glenn Greenwald

It seems to me Greenwald has outlined the pattern of attack very well.  As Greenwald points out, this is the pattern the Government has used in everything from the run up to the Iraq War to its recent attacks on Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

I think it could benefit nearly everyone to make a study of the above pattern in the hope that we will thereby be less likely to fall for the BS when it comes down.  Understanding how the Government is likely to lie to us might even be considered one of the duties of any good citizen.  As the Founders of the Republic anticipated, American freedoms and liberties must constantly be defended against the corruption of the American Government.  No one can do that for us.  We must do it for ourselves.

10 thoughts on “The US Government’s Pattern When Lying”

  1. I don’t think that we know that Assange has not perpetrated sexual assault – they filed police reports before there were those leaks – so I don’t appreciate the assumption that he must be framed. Are they paying more attention to these sexual assault cases than others? Yes. Does that mean they are made up? Not at all.


  2. I have never cared about Assange and do not care now. If he raped the infatuated women or simply screwed them bareback I do not care. I do not care about Wikileaks or any other type leak until it affects me. I am apposed to the principle of the rules being applied differently depending on the person. Rules are rules and either apply equally or are wrong. Providing a venue for violations of security is criminal and rape is generally criminal. Only one set of rules exists. If Wikileaks enabled crimes it is conspiracy and if Assange raped those women a jury will have to convict the same way they would anyone else.


  3. Mr Assange is innocent until proven guilty, so it works in our countries. The leaks however do bother me. In a way they are a public service and illustrate how we are regularly duped by our governmemnts…but that any intelligent person knew and the stupid don’t care.
    On the other hand some individuals may have been put at risk, even life threatening risk. Other revelations could eventually trigger severe conflicts between countries and make diplomatic efforts impossible for the mistrust surrounding them and the fear that some secret understanding may be aired to the general publc.
    Thus Wikileaks is a mixed blessing, it may be rendering a public service while simultaneously doing great harm.


    1. Having sex with someone without their consent (while they are sleeping, as in the case of his second victim) is sexual assault – at least as it is defined by the laws in my state (and most other states that I know of, and apparently, the laws of Sweden).

      Also, people are allowed to withdraw their consent at any point during sex (as is the case of his first victim). As soon as someone says no – and the other person continues (in this case, while physically hold them down) – that is now sexual assault. (Again, this is based on the laws in my state, and in neighboring states, and, again, apparently, in Sweden.)

      So, I’m not sure which countries you are referring to where it wouldn’t count as sexual assault…and I’m certain you could find countries where it does not – countries where there are not laws against sexual assault, at all, period. But, I am highly skeptical of that defense.


  4. Notwithstanding the validity of the point re our government demonizing people it dislikes by emphasizing their personal flaws, I never did like Mr. Assange. Simply, he came across to me and admitted to the media that he liked stirring things up. He presents himself arrogantly. One can hardly gripe when good comes of it, but that does not make him a personally sympathetic individual. In this case, Mr. Assange’s demeanor makes it all the easier for the government to smear him at a personal level, so I am trying to be extra-vigilant about sorting fact from fiction here.


  5. I agree, and deeply with Paul Costo on this one. I don’t view, as I said on my blog, Mr. Assange as a hero, but as reckless. I’m not sure I really think of him as an evil, nor as a enemy of some sort, simply reckless and willing to play by his rules to his satisfaction. That he released information that proves our governments are run by people who range from the unethical to the moronic means he released info proving what we all know and in free societies should readily talk about.

    As far as the pattern of what government does to demonize supposed enemies, I think the Greenwald quote is pretty spot on. The government’s pattern worked very well for awhile during the Five Day War when the U.S. Government duped nearly every media outlet into thinking that Georgia’s thug was somehow not at fault.


  6. Hello Paul,

    In the end I would not say that it would matter if in general people more attuned became adept at picking up discrepancies of truth in Government statements. Simply because all the spin and propaganda is designed for the masses who show no inherent interest in the facts that ground reality and are shrouded by the media.

    In the end while there might be more noteworthy critics of governmental action, the result would be the same.


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