The Art of Cover Ups
The thing to remember about the Art of Cover Ups can be summarized in ten easy lessons:
1) Successful conspiracies are possible.
“Secrets are easy to keep, as long as you control the detection systems, the communications systems, and the interference systems.” - Stanton Friedman
2) Never consider the government a suspect.
“There is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that [people] had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” - President Wilson in The New Freedom
3) Control the proof, and thereby control the truth.
“Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense. To hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel.” - Admiral Roscoe H. Hillenkoetter, First Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, from the New York Sunday Times, 28 February 1960.
4) Use an official investigation only to confirm a cover story.
“Based upon unreliable and unscientific surmises as data, the Air Force develops elaborate statistical findings which seem impressive to the uninitiated public unschooled in the fallacies of the statistical method. One must conclude that the highly publicized Air Force pronouncements based upon unsound statistics serve merely to misrepresent the true character of the UFO phenomena.” -- Yale Scientific Magazine (Yale University), Vol XXXVII, No 7, April 1963
5) Always include some element of integrity in a cover story.
“No UFO reported, investigated and evaluated by the Air Force has ever given any indication of a threat to our national security.” -- Air Force, 1980
“Further scientific investigation of UFOs is unwarranted.” -- Air Force, 1980
“Always have an element of truth; then speculate!” -- National Inquirer
“Never believe in anything until it has been officially denied.” -- Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)
6) Always deride contentiously any evidence supporting a conspiracy.
“Though presented as an earnest investigation into the reports of UFO sightings and activity, declassified documents reveal that the Condon Committee never sincerely intended to investigate the physical reality of the existence of UFOs. In an early memorandum by one of Dr. Edward U. Condon's staff, it was boldly stated that ‘the trick would be, I think, to describe the project so that to the public, it would appear a totally objective study... one way to do this would be to stress investigation, not of the physical phenomenon, but rather of the people who are doing the observing...’”
7) Accept at face value any evidence opposing a conspiracy.
“Strictly in terms of the sociology of science, the refusal to consider the facts of the UFO phenomenon is a remarkable statement about the narrow limits within which our society authorizes the serious pursuit of knowledge.” - Jacques Vallee... Confrontations
8) Allow only “official” institutions to certify “facts” -- assume all else is rumor.
“Proof doesn't matter if a culture has decided that the proven thing is impossible. It will not be accepted as a reality, regardless of the validity of the evidence to prove its existence.” - Dr. John Mack, July 4, 1997, Roswell, New Mexico
9) Marginalize, intimidate, and silence dissent.
“For other analysts, the key concern is the effect on government administration. The potential dark side is captured in studies warning about the emergence of a ‘computer state’ (Bumham 1983), a ‘dossier society’ (Laudon 1986) and a ‘Surveillance’ that may limit personal liberty in the United States (see, also, Bell 1979). These studies show that the new technology may facilitate the monitoring and surveillance of people on the job and elsewhere, the amassing and merging of enormous statistical data banks for profiling individuals and their activities, and the restriction of access to ‘Strategic’ and ‘secret’ information. After all, the U.S. government has more data on its citizens than any totalitarian government has on its citizens.” - “Cyberocracy Is Coming" by David Ronfeldt, International Policy Department, RAND
10) Closure is God.
“Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” - Sir Winston Churchill
Then there is the adage: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about the answers.” -- Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
This seems particularly relevant as corporate/accounting debacles mushroom throughout the United States and world economies. In particular, why don’t we hear more about who blew the whistle? And who’s going to jail, and who isn’t.
For the present, all of these things take a back seat as dictators in residence talk foreign affairs and unjustifiable war in order to distract anyone -- in particular the captive Media
Which, of course, is the reason for wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and any other nation with notable access to or reserves of black gold.
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