Disinformation: A Secret Intelligence Tool

What is disinformation, and how does it differ from misinformation?

Misinformation is incorrect or misleading information presented as fact. It is falsified information used to mislead people from the truth. An example was the constant, four year barrage of misleading journalism by the mainstream media against former President Trump. What may have been true was swallowed up in the lies of misinformation. Even when the lies were exposed, there was no acknowledgment or retraction of the falsehoods.

Disinformation is a Soviet (now Russian) intelligence term. They are operations for disseminating false information through official non-communist outlets against Western, in particular American, powers and rulers. The purpose is to distance the information from the intelligence agency, and make it appear to come from accepted sources. “Disinformation (i.e., dezinformatsiya) is a secret intelligence tool, intended to bestow a Western, nongovernment cachet on government lies,” (“Disinformation,” Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa and Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak, p.35).

An example may go like this: Let’s say Russian intelligence released documents stating that the Israeli Military was mass murdering Palestinian civilians. They release this information in the Moscow media. This would be misinformation to their own people. The rest of the world probably wouldn’t pay much attention to it, and for good reason. On-the-other-hand, if these documents were released to Western media and ascribed it to a Western source, this would be disinformation. The world may not believe what comes out of Moscow media, but Western media gives it more credibility.

The Valid And The False

When combing through the myriad of current event information, it has become more and more difficult to distinguish between the valid and the false. This is largely due to communist disinformation schemes that have been taking place over the last 100 years or so. Loyalty to the ideology has blossomed into all facets of government bureaucracies. Government officials, powerful business leaders, media moguls, and the education system have been infiltrated and exploited. Seeds that were planted and accepted decades ago are now in fruition. Here are some things to consider, in my opinion, when sifting through the endless information available:

  • If the information is intent on destroying a society and way of life, it needs to be red flagged. No nation is perfect, and no one has the right to destroy a way of life because its past is less than stellar. All nations and people groups have done the same sins.
  • Does the ideology reconcile or call for vengeance? Reconciliation will want to forgive the past and work for a better future. Vengeance will work to destroy any opposition or perceived opposition to the cause. Every Marxist takeover has divided the nation and its families. Divide and conquer is the strategy. The youth are particularly vulnerable to ideologies that promise social justice and equality of income — a heaven on earth scenario — which ignores human nature, personality flaws, personal growth and development, different felt needs and beliefs, intelligence, and creativity. We’re all different and somethings come easy, and some things we learn the hard way. The “pursuit of happiness” varies with all of us. Freedom, opportunity, and self-determination cannot co-exist with Marxist ideology.
  • Is the movement, or law, or doctrine based in reality, or is it idealism? Commerce and industry works efficiently for both the business and the consumer within a narrow set of parameters: that is, for both the business and the consumer to prosper. A strong middle class, in my opinion, seems to show a balance between industry/consumer relations where both are prosperous. There will always be the rich and the poor. A large “in-between” is the best we can hope for. Human nature doesn’t change: corruption, greed, violence, selfishness, lying, deceit, slander, murder, and other such things have always been since man sinned. Marxist idealism (all idealism for that matter) doesn’t take into account that no political system or law can stop human nature. The reason for the American form of government is to mitigate the effects of corrupt leaders by the distribution of power and voting. But it takes an educated and involved public for it to succeed.

These are just a few bullet points to help zero in on possible disinformation schemes and propaganda strategies.

Russian Disinformation

“Russia became the first major power to make deception a permanent national policy, which eventually distorted every facet of Russian tsarist and communist society” (“Disinformation”, p. 36). But disinformation has been, and is used, widely across the globe.

When the communist Bolsheviks took over Russia, “The new communist rulers assassinated the tsar, his family and his aristocracy, abolished the country’s governing institutions, demolished her millennial religion, seized the land owned by wealthy Russians, confiscated the country’s banks and industrial enterprises and killed off most of their owners. Russia’s history, traditions, social customs, ethical values, and everything else that had ever meant something before the October Revolution of 1917 were thrown upside down and inside out— even if only for the sake of change” (“Disinformation”, p.37).

There is a growing trend in the United States that socialism will work; that it just needs to be done the right way. The Bolsheviks did it the “right way” according to Marxist doctrine. We read the results above. A conservative estimate of Russian Marxist non-military deaths — 20 million. That doesn’t include the trauma and broken hearts of those that suffered the death and imprisonment of loved ones. The Russian economy suffered resulting in a wealthy bourgeoisie upper class and everyone else equal in their struggle for necessities. The Marxist promise of a better life was unfulfilled, unlike the prosperous middle class nation that we have enjoyed for so many years.

The sobering and frightful reality is seeing the results of decades of disinformation tear apart Western societies. The anti-American American is an astounding thing to witness. The willingness to destroy ones own prosperity and culture is horrid. It’s social suicide. Our war hasn’t been a military campaign such as the Bolshevik revolution, but a war of disinformation that we never even acknowledged existed. We played into the hands of the disinformation machine of the Marxist and the traitors within our own institutions.

Disinformation Organizations

“During the Cold War, more people in the Soviet bloc worked for the disinformation machinery than for the Soviet army and defense industry put together” (“Disinformation”, p. 38).

And they were a busy bunch. Disinformation organizations were started and funded by the USSR, KGB run, and appeared totally innocent and detached from communist ideology.

Each organization would always have a kernel of truth to give it some credibility. That “truth” may be a Nobel Prize winner, a scientist, or anything that may make the deceit appear legit. Even the word “disinformation” was made to look non-Russian. Romania’s espionage service (the DIE) launched a hearsay campaign that the word disinformation was a French word. Though the word didn’t appear in the official French dictionary, the “Larousse”, in 1952, or even in 1978, there are those today that believe that it is a French word, which shows the effectiveness of disinformation.

Organizations started by Soviet intelligence include the World Peace Council, the World Federation of Trade Unions, the Women’s International Democratic Federation, the International Union of Students, and the World Federation of Democratic Youth.

The World Counsel of Churches succumbed to the control of Soviet foreign intelligence and is still under its control. By 1985, the WCC elected Emilio Castro as general secretary, an avowed Marxist.

Russian disinformation organizations aren’t the only globalist, anti-American organizations. There are “home grown” ones also, which I won’t get into at this time.

The idea and purpose of this write is to inform the reader of the great effort that the Marxist have undertaken to undermine our Republic and Western civilization. Knowing how the enemy operates helps us to combat its influence, both in our personal lives and in society. Make no mistake, we are at war, and the winner takes it all.

Stay strong and prepared!

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