Why does much of the world believe that the U.S. government masterminded the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? Why are Christianity and Judaism continually targeted for denigration and defamation in many parts of the world? And how was Pope Pius XII, who personally saved countless Jews from Hitler's Holocaust, transformed into a Nazi sympathizer?
The common thread connecting these questions was an ongoing campaign of artful, intelligent, and skillfully executed disinformation masterminded by the former Soviet Union, a campaign that is active to this day.
That is the central premise of “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategy for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism,” by Ronald Rychlak, (above) associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Rychlak was invited to discuss his book at the Columbus School of Law on Jan. 15 by the law school’s Federalist Society.
He explained that most of the information contained in the volume is sourced to his collaborator, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former chief of Romania’s intelligence service and the highest- ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West.
Pacepa has lived under an assumed identify in the United States for 25 years with a two million dollar bounty on his head. He is credited by the CIA as the only person in the Western world who single-handedly demolished an entire enemy espionage service--the one he himself managed.
Rychlak/Pacepa note that for effective disinformation to be spread credibly by western media, it must come from a trusted source, contain at least a nugget of truth, and there must never be any original documentation produced to prove the messages.
The method has worked wonderfully well. The book maintains that “disinformation is still very much alive in the age of Obama, remaining a powerful engine in the ongoing socialist transformation of America.”
Rychlak left time for questions from students at the end of his talk and slide presentation.