Two pieces of disinformation that have been filling up my In Box in multiples are the claim that "Obama got his private army slipped into the health care bill" and "We're being set up for a Reichstag Fire. An anonymous Fed says so!"
Lynn Stuter deals with the first claim:
Subject: Hoaxes, more hoaxes, hoaxes galore
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 09:46:40 -0700
Hoax e-mails are flying, fast and furious. They are getting very annoying.
The first one claims that the health care bill passed, signed into law by the resident in the Oval Office on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 is HR 3200. "You've got to check this out" with a link to a YouTube video expounding on the horrors of HR 3200.
This is not true. The bill signed into law on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, is HR 3590.
HR 3200 was introduced in July 2009; the last action was in October 2009; it has not moved since. This does not mean we should ignore it; but please, do not mistake it for the actual bill signed into law.
The next hoax, circulating, is that "via section 430" of HR 3590, Obama got his "own private army."
The actual language in HR 3590 starts at Section 5209 and amends a bill passed in 1993 establishing a commissioned medical corps by striking "not to exceed 2,800". The hoax e-mail leaves out the following language from HR 3590:
"SEC. 5209. ELIMINATION OF CAP ON COMMISSIONED CORPS.
Section 202 of the Department of Health and Human Services
Appropriations Act, 1993 (Public Law 102–394) is amended by
striking ‘‘not to exceed 2,800’’."
In other words, the commissioned medical corps was established by Public Law 102-394 passed in 1993, amended by striking "not to exceed 2,800" in HR 3590.
The bill people need to be concerned about, regarding "Obama's private army" is HR 1388 (P.L. 111-13) signed into law on April 21, 2009.
Folks, I know there are a lot of scared people out there; I understand.
But there are ways to check this stuff out. Let me go through it one more time.
All federal legislation introduced can be found on the Congressional Legislation website at http://thomas.loc.gov. This is their official site. All amendments and actions on a bill are listed on this website under the bill number.
If you go the that website, in the search field, input "H.R. 3590", above the search field click on the button for "bill number", then hit "go", the bill will come up. . .
From this page you can obtain a searchable .pdf of the bill under "Text of Legislation" or simply by clicking .pdf behind GPO (Government Printing Office) directly above it.
Please, in the interests of not spreading disinformation or misinformation, check these things out before hitting the "forward" button.
They are a colossal waste of time and only serve to muddy the waters with disinformation and misinformation. They make the people in the conservative cause look like a bunch of neophytes who will believe anything that shows up in their inbox.
Lynn M Stuter
And then there is the "Reichstag" report.
Unfortunately Douglas J. Hagmann has a reputation for being less than honest, both about his own work and the facts. See Debbie Schlussel here.
Money quote from one of her readers:
Your research and analysis on Islamic Fundamentalist Terror is well done. However, I believe another “investigator” located in Pennsylvania is attempting to capitalize financially on “intelligence investigations” throughout the electronic world by using open source information gathering techniques. These techniques include, but are not limited to, subscribing to news alerts from sources abroad, surfing weblogs, and watching broadcasts. Unfortunately, Mr. Douglas J. Hagmann, Director, Northeast Intelligence Network, and his site www.homelandsecurityus.com is using these techniques to misrepresent his personal analysis, and those of his supposed “investigators.” I also believe he is attempting to latch on to those already climbing the ladder of success independent of others.
Recently, he posted an “investigation” which he cited you as a source. I understand the professional courtesy extended by citing your information is prudent. However, Douglas J. Hagmann, and a few of his “investigators” mimic at times, usually more often than not, the practices of [Jerome] Corsi [DS: who similarly plagiarized a column I wrote]…plagiarism.
This is definitely not the first time Douglas J. Hagmann of the Northeast Intelligence Network has published plagiarized information, nor do I suspect the last. He does not appear to be a credible person, nor would I want him citing any of my work as a source period. Prior to September 2001, Mr. Hagmann was using his investigative prowess to look for “Bigfoot” and “UFO’s” in, and around Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. Ashtabula, Ohio to be specific. Mysteriously, the links to the story in the “Star-Beacon” in Ohio have been removed and or deleted. Mr. Hagmann was cited as a private investigator who reviewed the video tape of the incident, and then affirmed it was real and credible.
Referencing the above stories [DS: see below about the stories] regarding terrorism, it has now been reported to me that WorldNetDaily [DS: Whatta coincidence! WND is the site that ran Jerome Corsi's plagiarism of my work, and refused to do a thing about it] has now picked up the story of Mr. Hagmann. I believe they will be next on my list today for e-mail. I believe Douglas J. Hagmann, of the Northeast Intelligence Network, at www.homelandsecurityus.com, is a complete and utter fraud period.