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The Propaganda Tactics Being Used Against Barr

Source Epoch Times
BY JOSHUA PHILIPP, May 13th, 2019

News Analysis

An illusion is currently being propped up, by politicians and the media, in the case against Attorney General William Barr. If you’ve only been following the legacy news outlets, you likely see Barr as a villain, compromised by President Donald Trump and attempting to withhold evidence of collusion in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Yet, if you’ve been reading the information yourself, you’ve likely seen that Barr declassified the Mueller report and withheld only the parts related to grand jury investigations—information he cannot make public without breaking the law. Now, Democrats in Congress are holding Barr in contempt for not breaking the law, and all the talking heads are repeating the same slogan of “treason, obstruction, collusion!”

The propaganda tactic the Democrats and legacy news outlets are using comes straight from the propaganda playbook of Adolf Hitler, who wrote in “Mein Kampf”: “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”

Strategic Slogans

The effect of these repeated slogans is that Barr is discredited in the minds of those who follow these political figures, news outlets, and talking heads—which ironically were just exposed by Barr and the Mueller report for lying to these same people for close to two years about the now disproven Trump–Russia scandal.

Again, the Democrats are using a tactic from Hitler. “Mein Kampf” states that when there is a change around the points being repeated in the propaganda campaign, “it must not alter the content of what the propaganda is driving at, but in the end must always say the same thing.”

“For instance, a slogan must be presented from different angles, but the end of all remarks must always and immutably be the slogan itself,” he wrote.

This is exactly the tactic they’re using. Democrats and the legacy news outlets have repeated that Trump colluded with Russia and that Trump attempted to obstruct the special counsel investigation. When the Mueller report concluded that Trump neither colluded with Russia nor obstructed the investigation, these same figures continued pushing the same false narratives—and did so by expanding the narratives to include Barr when he exposed their falsehoods.

In other words, they continued using the same slogan (“treason, obstruction, collusion!”), regardless of evidence. Staying true to Hitler’s playbook, the Democrats and legacy news outlets merely presented the slogans from different angles by using them to discredit Barr.

Meanwhile, by discrediting Barr, they’ve also discredited his conclusions on the Mueller report in the minds of their followers—thereby protecting themselves from the fallout to their lies.

Their tactic of discrediting Barr in the public consciousness will also act as an ideological smokescreen going forward. If Barr brings charges against possible crimes committed to create the fake Trump–Russia scandal—or the “Spygate” scandal, in which the Obama administration used the manufactured rumors to spy on the Trump team—the propaganda tactic now being used against Barr will make it appear he’s doing so with partisan intent.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) (C) presides over a mark-up hearing where members may vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not providing an unredacted copy of special prosecutor Robert Mueller's report in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington May 08, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Art of Deception

The purpose of psychological warfare is to alter the way a person interprets information. To accomplish this, the information doesn’t necessarily need to be altered—just the conclusion that people arrive at.

This is mainly accomplished through the subversion of a target’s “cycle of meaning.” The symbology theory on how people interpret reality, and how groups can manipulate it, is explained in depth in the book “Blood Sacrifices: Violent Non-State Actors and Dark Magico-Religious Activities” by the Terrorism Research Center.

It states, “We, as a species, do not perceive objective reality but, rather, a series of limited, mediated, and interlinked symbolic schemas that we, as individuals, assume to be ‘reality.’”

According to the cycle of meaning, when a person sees an image, the image invokes meaning according to what the person has learned about the image, or the image invokes emotions according to the person’s past experiences. The theory holds that the collective of these experiences constitutes a person’s worldview.

Propagandists look to manipulate this process, using conditioning tactics similar to Ivan Pavlov’s experiments on dogs, in which dogs were conditioned to salivate at the sound of a bell. By associating food with the sound of a bell, the scientist conditioned the dogs to associate the excitement of eating with the sound of a bell. From the standpoint of propaganda, this subverted the dogs’ cycle of meaning to associate that feeling with the symbol of a bell.

This is also how agitation propaganda works. The propagandist intentionally agitates the emotions of a target, then tells the target to associate the emotion with a political issue. The political issue then becomes a symbol that triggers the intended emotional response.

Using this same tactic, Democrats and legacy news outlets have taught their followers to interpret Barr as a symbol of the same emotions they agitated when framing the false Trump–Russia scandal. Rather than admit their lie, they perpetuated it by expanding the slogans they used in this campaign to include Barr.

Thus, through these methods, the propagandists have turned Barr into a symbol of obstruction. The result is that, in the eyes of their followers, anything Barr now does will be interpreted as obstruction. This tactic has allowed the Democrats and legacy news outlets to avoid the fallout of lying about the Trump–Russia scandal, and to continue their deception.

Barr Reviewing FBI Conduct During 2016 Election In Separate, Wide-Ranging Probe

Originally published by Zerohedge
April 4th, 2019

Attorney General William Barr will appear before the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday for the first time since special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his Russia report surrounding the 2016 US election, reports Reuters

While the session is intended to explore the Trump administration’s $29 billion Justice Department fiscal 2020 budget request, Barr will undoubtedly face questions about the Mueller report and when Congress might expect to see a redacted version.

Barr has been working with Mueller to redact sensitive portions of the report, including grand-jury information following a ruling last week at the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. He has indicated that it will be ready by mid-April, in just a few days. 

Mueller turned his confidential report over to Barr on March 22 following a 22-month-long probe into whether Donald Trump may have colluded with Russia during his 2016 presidential campaign and whether Trump later obstructed inquiries into the matter.

On March 24, Barr released a four-page letter to Congress laying out what he said were Mueller’s main findings. Barr is expected to submit a redacted copy of the full report to the public and Congress by mid-April, or even sooner. –Reuters

Democrats are using the redactions to suggest that Barr and the Trump administration are holding back vital information which they hope might deliver the impeachment they’ve sought for more than two years, despite Mueller’s findings of no collusion – and AG Barr and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein determining that Trump did not obstruct the probe.

On Monday, Rep. Doug Collins – the top Republican on the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee, wrote a scathing letter to the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) accusing him of putting Attorney General William Barr in an “untenable but politically convenient situation.” Barr would be forced to “break the law” if he provides an unredacted report – and he doesn’t, Nadler will “label him as part of a cover-up.” 

According to Barr’s written testimony, the Attorney General will focus Tuesday’s discussion on issues including immigration enforcement, the opioid epidemic and combating violent crime. 

He is scheduled for a Wednesday appearance in front of a Senate appropriations panel.

Update4: Attorney General William Barr says that he is reviewing the “conduct” of the FBI during its original 2016 Trump-Russia investigation, following calls by GOP legislators to investigate the origins of the probe. 

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Aaron Rupar@atruparReplying to @atrupar

Barr confirms that he is “reviewing the conduct of the [Russia] investigation,” and indicates he still takes Devin Nunes seriously13910:03 AM – Apr 9, 2019112 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

After explaining that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has a pending investigation into FISA abuse, Barr said “I am reviewing the conduct of the Russia investigation, and all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016.”

Shirtless Pundit @zachhaller

Barr: “I am reviewing the conduct of the Russia investigation, and all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016.”7711:23 AM – Apr 9, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy26 people are talking about this

The comments come after House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said over the weekend he was preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week regarding alleged misconduct by DOJ and FBI officials during the Trump-Russia investigation. It is unclear whom Nunes will refer for investigation, and what the process at the Justice Department might be. –Fox News

Barr says he hasn’t seen Nunes’ referrals yet, adding “Obviously, if there is a predicate for investigation, it will be conducted.”

Update3: Barr says that the Justice Department’s Inspector General is working on reviewing the process used by the FBI to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, and that the IG report will be complete in May or June. Barr also said that he’s overseeing a separate wider investigation. 

Michael Tracey@mtracey · 6hReplying to @mtracey

Barr reiterates that Mueller is currently participating in the redaction process, and says the rationale for all redactions will be specifically explicated. Barr says the Report will be issued “within a week,” consistent with what he said all along. Another blow to the truthers.

Michael Tracey@mtracey

Barr says the DOJ IG is working on a review of FISA process as it relates to Trump/Russia investigation (phony Dossier was cited to obtain warrant on Carter Page.) Says review will be complete in May or June. Barr also overseeing a separate, wider review. Reckoning coming soon.89010:04 AM – Apr 9, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy446 people are talking about this

He also said he will testify before the Judiciary Committees about all aspects of the Mueller report upon its release, including working with Rep. Nadler to explain the redactions.  

Michael Tracey@mtracey · 6hReplying to @mtracey

Barr says the DOJ IG is working on a review of FISA process as it relates to Trump/Russia investigation (phony Dossier was cited to obtain warrant on Carter Page.) Says review will be complete in May or June. Barr also overseeing a separate, wider review. Reckoning coming soon.

Michael Tracey@mtracey

Barr affirms his willingness to testify before the Judiciary Committees about all aspects of the Report once it is released. Also says he will work with Rep. Nadler to provide further information about redacted portions. Zero indication of any coverup or second-order conspiracy.52510:11 AM – Apr 9, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy180 people are talking about this

Update2: Barr says that the redacted Mueller report will be ready for release in one week, and that he is relying on discretion in deciding what to make public. 

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Morgan Chalfant@mchalfant16

Attorney General Bill Barr has arrived for his appearance before a House Appropriations panel to testify on the DOJ budget. We expect some members to ask about the Mueller probe and report. Stay tuned!39:31 AM – Apr 9, 2019See Morgan Chalfant’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacy