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Denial & Deception

Updated on February 4, 2011

The Devil is a Liar!

The Devil is a Liar!

The Fall of Man…

“1)Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"

2)The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;

3)but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"

4)The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!

5)"For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6) When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” (1)

Thus, in the dawn of creation the first successful Denial and Deception operation was unleashed, and mankind has been paying the price ever since…


Moving forward to recent history; we find Denial and Deception operations are still being perpetrated by both state and non-state actors. From Saddam Hussein WMD debacle, to al-Qaeda and its propensity to deceive, onto modern day monolith the Peoples Republic of China, who have relied on stealth and guile in warfare dating back through the centuries, to their military genius Sun Tsu.


CIA offers insight and clarity into the Iraqi WMD failed effort to deceive the global community, as we discover “even as procurement and finance cut across all of Iraq’s technical development efforts, denial and deception were infused in these efforts as well. Much is known about Iraq’s various efforts to conceal WMD from UNSCOM after the Gulf War in 1991. The ISG, however, has uncovered more details about the extensive efforts undertaken by Iraq against UNSCOM and later UNMOVIC. Moreover, these efforts at deception did not end with the departure of inspectors in 1998, and indeed deception continued right up until war in 2003.”(2)


It appears that mankind’s “addiction” to deceive knows no bounds; as the aforementioned statement indicates, that the regime in Baghdad had a documented twelve year “run” at spinning the same web of deception regarding their possession of WMD.


The Iraqi leadership’s Denial and Deception element served vigorously as they worked to conceal the truth which was “in addition to WMD technologies, the ISG had continued to uncover a very robust program for delivery systems that were not reported to the UN. New information has been discovered relating to long-range ballistic missile development and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).”(3)


Moving forward to the non-state actor al-Qaeda who have “become increasingly adept at manipulating information about their operational plans and actions to exploit the vulnerabilities of militarily superior opponents. The surprise attack by al-Qa'ida against the United States on September 11, 2001 is the quintessential case in point. By adopting counterintelligence methods, including denial and deception, al-Qa'ida was able to camouflage its operational units inside the United States.” (4)


In fact it appears that al-Qaeda has taken Denial and Deception operations to a new level that could be “defined as 4th Generation Warfare (4th GW), which al-Qa'ida appears to have emulated: 4th generation warfare is highly irregular, unconventional and decentralized in approach. Asymmetrical operations are employed to bypass the superior military power of nation-states to attack and exploit vulnerable political, economic, population, and symbolic targets, thus demoralizing both government and its populace. Both organization and operation are masked by deception, denial, stealth, and related techniques of intelligence and counterintelligence tradecraft. They wear no uniforms and infiltrate into the populations of the nation-states they seek to attack.” (5)


In closing we take a predicative glance at China along with its close to four melliniums of practice in Denial and Deception. It appears that China has a “master plan” prepared for The United States of America and all others that oppose the Dragon. Mr. James Rickard an expert at Center for Contemporary Conflict at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California prepared a very enlightening document which represents “not an historical review of China's nuclear weapons program. It is an attempt to provide a view into its future by suggesting answers to the question of: What is the Role of Nuclear Weapons in China's grand strategy?” (6)


Mr. Rickard goes on to describe China’s strategy as "The Inferior Defeats the Superior," China assumes it can initially lull the opponent into complacency, or deceive him to take steps that will help China win...

The premises here are quite elaborate . . . These concepts of how "The Inferior Defeats the Superior" are claimed to be unique to China, and to have [sic] developed by Chinese strategists over thousands of years. For this reason, PLA authors employ extensive examples from Chinese ancient military campaigns which they  claim are the heart of Mao's military doctrines. Westerners are presumed to be ignorant of these Chinese "lessons learned" about Assassin's Mace employment concepts and the doctrines of "The Inferior Can Defeat the Superior”. (7) Although America has not even reached her 250th birthday; many may agree that the United States has endured much turmoil and growing pains in a brief timeframe, however America can and will continue to endure along as our posture remains vigilant.


References:
(1)Genesis Chapter 3 versus 1-6, The Holy Bible
(2) https://www.cia.gov/news-information/speeches-testimony/2004/tenet_testimony_03302004.html
(3) ibid
(4) http://fletcher.tufts.edu/faculty/Shultz/pdf/MERIA%20Article-1.pdf
(5) ibid
(6)http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/nps/rickard_chin_grand_strat_jul08.pdf
(7) ibid

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