This is a book review of "Disinformation" by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa and Prof. Ronald J. Rychlak.
"Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking defector we have ever had from a hostile intelligence service" - chief of the Romanian intelligence. Professor Rychlak's ancestors immigrated to the U.S. from Poland. Both are American citizens.
So what were Romanian and Soviet spies spending their time on in the Cold War years? General Pacepa would say “framing,” i.e. rewriting history and manipulating records, documents, etc., to bring that about. To what end this dezinformatsiya?
KGB head Yuri Andropov put it this way:
Dezinformatsiya is like cocaine. If you sniff once or twice, it may not change your lief. If you use it every day though, it will make you an addict - a different man.
This long book is divided into four parts. The first part is about how the Russians developed and used disinformation. My blog on The Protocols is an example of how the Russians used disinformation. The second part is an anatomy of a disinformation campaign using "Hitler's Pope". The third part is the framing of the US Government using the assassination of John F. Kennedy as one of the examples. The fourth part is the unraveling of today's web of deceit.
After reading this book, it is easy to understand why most people would rather not face reality. It's much easier to ignore reality rather than face up to it.
To me, the decision I was faced with after reading this book was who do I trust and believe. It was an easy decision. I trust and believe our American intelligence agencies instead of the Russians.
This book is another open letter, this time written jointly with Professor Rychlak (whose ancestors had immigrated from Poland) and addressed especially to our fellow Americans. Let us reject the Marxist redistribution of wealth, which has transformed so many once-noble countries into lands looking like giant trailer camps hit by a hurricane, with their leaders roasting in Dante’s Inferno.
Let us, once and for all, also reject Marxism’s “science” of disinformation, its glasnost, and its political necrophagy that has been used so destructively over the years to squash freedom and bankrupt countries.
Let us return to our own American exceptionalism and its traditions of patriotism, honesty and fairness. The United States of America is the greatest country on earth. Let us keep it that way for future generations.
I recommend that all citizens concerned with our great nation read this book.
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