Domestic terror 'plots' as disinformation
Sun May 13, 2007 01:46

Domestic terror 'plots' as disinformation
by devtob
Sat May 12, 2007 at 10:13:19 PM PDT

[Promoted from the Diaries - MB]

The Columbia Journalism Review's "real time media criticism" site has a short, but powerful, criticism of the way that "stuff of farce" terror plots are too much of what we get from the Bush/Cheney/Rove Republican Department of Justice in the domestic war on terror.

These informer-assisted indictments usually happen at a time, like now, when the Bush/Cheney/Rove regime's popularity is at a low ebb.

Almost every one is more akin to disinformation -- the deliberate dissemination of false information, in these cases, about the real level of the terrorist threat -- than to the essential truth about real domestic terrorist threats.

The latest instance is the Fort Dix Six, who were evidently encouraged to be more violent by their FBI informant.

Paul McLeary of the CJR sees a pattern of the Bush/Cheney/Rove regime making terrorist mountains out of loudmouth molehills -- the Miami "Seas of David" "plot" in particular.

More below.

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