Phantasms of Freedom
A product of fantasy: as
a : delusive appearance : illusion
b : ghost, specter
c : a figment of the imagination
A figment of the imagination or disordered mind.
Q: Are you delusional?
1) Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
2) The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved.
Q: Are you Free?
This worked liked a charm;
“Education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished.” ~ From Bertrand Russell’s book (Page 50 – The Intended Result of Education)
A 50-page CIA memo, known as “CIA Dispatch 1035-960,” instructed agents to contact their media contacts and disparage those, like Garrison, criticizing the Warren Commission findings that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK and acted alone. The 1967 document is here in the original, and here in reformatted text of its summary.
“If I call you a conspiracy theorist, it matters little whether you have actually claimed that a conspiracy exists or whether you have simply raised an issue that I would rather avoid… By labeling you, I strategically exclude you from the sphe re where public speech, debate, and conflict occur.”—professors Ginna Husting and Martin Orr of Boise State University
Minutes of CIA meeting that same year indicated fear that Garrison would win a conviction.
More generally, Operation Mockingbird was the CIA’s secret program to plant stories in the nation’s most prestigious news outlets.
“With this [CIA] memo and the CIA’s influence in the media,” author Peter Janney wrote in a guest column on our site last fall, “the concept of ‘conspiracy theorist’ was engendered and infused into our political lexicon and became what it is today: a term to smear, denounce, ridicule, and defame anyone who dares to speak about any crime committed by the state, military or intelligence services.”
Janney, whose late father Wistar Janney had been a high-ranking CIA executive, continued: “People who want to pretend that conspiracies don’t exist — when in fa ct they are among the most common modus operandi of significant historical change throughout the world and in our country — become furious when their naive illusion is challenged.”