"When in peril,
or in doubt,
run in circles,
scream and shout."
So, I get a call yesterday asking me to use my sources to verify this site's email "alert" from one "M. Freebyrd."
The first clue is Freebyrd's use of "DEFCOM" and "DEFCON" (the latter being military shorthand for "Defense Condition.") interchangeably. What a "DEFCOM" is, I have no clue, but from the body of the message it would seem "Freebyrd" is the nom d'guerre of Chicken Little.
Sent: 9/23/2010 8:45:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: NATIONAL DEFCOM ALERT- Status/ Level 3 Preparedness- Report Immediately
THIS IS A LEVEL 3 NATIONAL ALERT TO ALL MILITIA AND COMMAND UNITS NATIONWIDE................U.S. TROOPS HAVE BEEN ORDERED FOR 18 HOUR STANDBY FOR POSSIBLE DOMESTIC DEPLOYMENT ON AMERICAN SOIL
ALL UNITS NEED TO REPORT IN TO THEIR COMMANDERS AND COMMANDERS NEED TO REPORT IN TO THE DEFCOM PAGE FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND UPDATES.
INTEL HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND COMES FROM SEVERAL SOURCES
82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION (Fort Bragg, NC) PUT ON STAND BY AS WELL AS 101st AIRBORNE (Fort Cambell , KY)
PLEASE REPORT IN TO NATIONAL ALERT DEFCOM PAGE AT www.PatriotResistance.com
Let us review, shall we, the term "disinformation."
Disinformation is intentionally false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately. It is synonymous with and sometimes called Black propaganda. It may include the distribution of forged documents, manuscripts, and photographs, or spreading malicious rumors and fabricated intelligence. Disinformation should not be confused with misinformation, information that is unintentionally false.
In espionage or military intelligence, disinformation is the deliberate spreading of false information to mislead an enemy as to one's position or course of action. In politics, disinformation is the deliberate attempt to deflect voter support of an opponent, disseminating false statements of innuendo based on the candidates vulnerabilities as revealed by opposition research. In both cases, it also includes the distortion of true information in such a way as to render it useless.
Disinformation techniques may also be found in commerce and government, used to try to undermine the position of a competitor. It is an act of deception and blatant false statements to convince someone of an untruth. . '
Unlike traditional propaganda and Big Lie techniques designed to engage emotional support, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at the rational level by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions.
Another technique of concealing facts, or censorship, is also used if the group can effect such control. When channels of information cannot be completely closed, they can be rendered useless by filling them with disinformation, effectively lowering their signal-to-noise ratio and discrediting the opposition by association with a lot of easily-disproved false claims.
A common disinformation tactic is to mix some truth and observation with false conclusions and lies, or to reveal part of the truth while presenting it as the whole (a limited hangout).
The Cold War made disinformation a recognized military and political tactic. Military disinformation techniques were described by Vladimir Volkoff.
Now, I don't know M. Freebyrd so I cannot deduce his motives for blasting out such a "warning" designed to excite the credulous.
I do know after wasting a little time checking this out that it is apparent bullshit. The 82nd's four brigades are, for the first time in a while, all back in country now. There are still some 5,500 troops of the 18th Airborne Corps (also headquartered at Bragg) deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and some of the SpecOps aviation assets are doing an exercise in Europe. The state-side units are involved in retraining, leaves, rotations and the normal business of units just back from deployment.
You would think that such Chicken Little-ism would terminally discredit its "patriot" purveyors but how then can we explain the continued embrace of folks such as Mark Koernke and Alex Jones? Each breathless "Oh-my-Gawd-we're-ALL-gonna-DIE!" prediction is debunked by events, only to be followed by another and another. Do they ever admit their error or explain why or how they were conned? No. And the next time, the same credulous (or, uncharitably said, STUPID) people believe them all over again.
Were this embrace of disinformation occurring in a vacuum, it would be harmless, I suppose, but it is not.
Real events are threatening enough, thank you very much, and we don't need lies circulated to ratchet up the angst any more than it already is.
Disinformation (unless it is very skilled) is only believed by those predisposed to do so. It is designed that way. But remember, there are some who are sitting and waiting for an excuse to commit a Fort Sumter. How tragically ironic if such an act were to be committed based upon a lie repeated by a fool.
Yet these "patriots" apparently feel no remorse for their recidivism -- whether of lying or stupidity we are left to guess.
For those of us with more than half a brain, I urge you to ignore this kind of crap and wait for reality. Do not take decisions (or even allow yourself to waste time) based upon the fevered imaginings of "Poultry Patriots."