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Did CIA Director William Casey really say, "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false"?
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That being said, it's worth pointing out two things:
- As far as I can tell, there's only one "source" for this attribution, a journalist named Mae Brussell. That's it. No one else, to my knowledge, has ever corroborated this. A single source tends to be problematic in that you have little way of knowing if it's in fact accurate; if a quote was transcribed incorrect...
The meeting was in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House, not far from the Cabinet Room. I was present at the meeting as Assistant to the chief domestic policy adviser to the President. Casey first told Reagan that he had been astonished to discover that over 80 percent of the 'intelligence' that the analysis side of the CIA produced was based on open public sources like newspapers and magazines.
As he did to all the other secretaries of their departments and agencies, Reagan asked what he saw as his goal as director for the CIA, to which
he replied with this quote, which I recorded in my notes of the meeting
as he said it. Shortly thereafter I told Senior White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, who was a close friend and colleague, who in turn made it public. Barbara Honegger
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I told Mae about it when we worked together ...
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Not that it matters. No conservative I know retains the ability to think off script, let alone rise above his indoctrination, and neither the script or their indoctrination allows this to be real.
So as far as they're concerned, it simply isn't possible.
Neither was David Stockman's admission that the idea of 'trickle down' was to bankrupt the federal government so they could finally do away with social security, while making themselves filthy rich...
Or Reagan being a traitor for negotiating with the Iranians BEFORE he was elected....
Or Bush II stealing the 20...(more)
The fact that our “leaders” continue to put our brave young men and women in harm’s way, as we also kill millions of “others”, and the American people stand idly by, is proof enough for me. “So and so is evil and he oppresses his people, so we need to remove him and bring democracy to such and such country!” This has been the game plan for decades. In the info age we know all this. A convicted war criminal like Eliot Abrams is hired by a president the media and the Democrats hate and call a liar, and we suddenly suspend our disbelief, and follow blindly into another regime change war while ...(more)
It's hard to say for certain that someone didn't say something, but there are so many made up "quotes" floating around that I'd be unlikely to believe something like that unless I knew where it came from...(more)
I am not familiar with that particular quote, but that sounds like the hubris of the CIA. You have to understand, you put a janitor in charge of the other janitors, and he becomes king shit of the janitors. And so it goes all the way to the point where you put someone in charge of an agency which no longer answers to the president, the senate, congress, the UN, or any force on Earth, there is no way you are not going to have anything but a problem. JFK wanted to dissolve them for that reason, 6 months later…
In the 1990s we had to change the policies regarding Diplomatic Identification and I...(more)
It does appear he said something very much along those lines, though I doubt it meant what it appears to mean absent the context. He made the statement not long after he became the Director of Central Intelligence, during a discussion of the fact that, to his amazement, about 80 percent of the contents of typical CIA intelligence publications was based on information from open, unclassified sources, such as newspapers and magazines. Apparently, and reasonably, he judged that about the same proportion of Soviet intelligence products was probably based on open sources, as well. That meant tha...(more)
The only reason I even bothered to answer this,...(more)
No. Various false sources claim “my friend said (he or she) heard it at a meeting. . . .” but the quote appears only in fringe group blogs and websites. Is it possible? Yes, possible, but it is hard to imagine without documentation that the generally sharp Casey would say something so stupid and damning for the CIA, an organization in which he had great pride.
About two years ago, one Barbara Honneger said in Quora that she was there. But I can find no credible news source that affirms this.
It is possible that Director Casey said it without any negative significance for the American people. How?
Assume that CIA launched disinformation in a hostile country to impact them. Then international news agencies picked it up and it got published by media in the US. If the disinformation were harmless to the US, then our Federal Government would not comment and would let the disinformation stand. To repudiate it might have bad effects on national security. ...(more)
The CIA once had influence in a number of English language publications abroad, some of which stories were reprinted in the US media. This was known as "blowback", and unintended in most cases.
The CIA fabricated a story that the Russians in Afghanistan made plastic bombs in the shape of toys, to blow up children. Casey repeated this story, knowing it to be disinformation, as fact to US journalists and politicians.
“Barbara Honegger” i took a look at her history it seems legit that she worked in the White House …. which has a personal connection to the program. however since we are talking about a disinformation program …. I really wonder is this source credible to begin with? Since we are looking at a person who has conspiracy theories with poor science regarding 9/11. Do we not understand that this source itself MIGHT BE within the parameters of the disinformation program? XD Amazing
They made it some years ago. Proof:
Barbara Honegger? LOL. She is anything but a credible source.