by Scott Creighton
This is a disinformation alert. Be careful of the images you link to or share concerning Israel’s genocidal actions in Gaza.
[W]e suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity. (Page 219.) Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein
Max Blumenthal recently re-tweeted this and since I have respect for Max concerning this issue, I did the same before checking it out:
I thought it looked a little off but re-Tweeted it just the same. The destruction is epic.
Turns out, I found out only minutes later, it’s actually Homs, Syria not Gaza as Dr. Ziara claims.
Here is the original photo, published on Business Insider back in early May of this year. The destruction is from Obama’s “moderate” regime change forces shelling Homs for 3 continuous years. It’s a ghost town.
As you can see, it’s the same picture. The photo is one of a series showing the decay in Homs since the destabilization campaign began years ago. The photo was apparently taken by Ghassan Najjar for Reuters.
If photos like this one are passed around under the guise that they are from Gaza, it will inevitably undermine the legitimacy of all the other real photos of Israel’s disgusting work. Please make sure you check the source of anything you re-tweet or post links to in comments.
I have erased the Tweet I sent out with this image listed as being from Gaza and asked the Dr. and Max for an explanation. So far, neither have replied.
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