The “New Age” of “Tit for Tat” in “Character Assassination” — 12/04/2014

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In the USA, from Ferguson, Missouri  “popular” riots, rejection of the  “preliminary” jury verdict, going through all the “alleged” “police assault and murder” cases, all over the country,  to the Bill Cosby “alleged” “sexual assaults”, maybe, there is a truth in the saying “the Truth Will Set You Free”, but, these days, you may have to swim in a “sea” of “you know what” to reach it……..;+)

One thing seems to emerge though, through the lines drawn…….

On the one hand, the “alleged” “abusive killers”police officers “offenders” are “white” against “black” males, and on the other hand, the “alleged””sexual assault offender” is a “black” male “cultural  icon” and the “alleged” victims are “mostlY” “white” females…….

Even though with Barak Obama as the US President, you would be excused to wonder how come something like that can happen under his watch, unless something is amiss and hidden, talk about a typical Martin Luther King (MLK) era  “racial””standoff” trying to “cloud” the “Rainbow”and “muddy the water” of “racial harmony”…….

What is happening is a reminder of “tit for tat” in “character assassination” tactics……..

“Character assassination is a deliberate and sustained process that aims to destroy the credibility and reputation of a person, institution, social group, or nation. Agents of character assassinations employ a mix of open and covert methods to achieve their goals, such as raising false accusations, planting and fostering rumours, and manipulating information.”

“Character assassination is an attempt to tarnish a person’s reputation. It may involve exaggeration, misleading half-truths, or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the targeted person. It is a form of defamation and can be a form of ad hominem argument.”

“For living individuals targeted by character assassination attempts, this may result in being rejected by their communityfamily, or members of their living or work environment. Such acts are often difficult to reverse or rectify, and the process is likened to a literal assassination of a human life. The damage sustained can last a lifetime or, for historical figures, for many centuries after their death.”

“In practice, character assassination may involve doublespeak, spreading of rumoursinnuendo or deliberate misinformation on topics relating to the subject’s morals, integrity, and reputation. It may involve spinning information that is technically true, but that is presented in a misleading manner or is presented without the necessary context. For example, it might be said that a person refused to pay any income tax during a specific year, without saying that no tax was actually owed due to the person having no income that year, or that a person was sacked from a firm, even though he may have been made redundant through no fault of his own, rather than being terminated for cause.”

“Charging an opponent with character assassination may have political benefits. In the hearings for Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States, supporters claimed that both Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill were victims of character assassination.

“The International Society for the Study of Character Assassination (ISSCA) specializes in the academic study and research of how character attacks and assassinations have been executed in both history and during contemporary times.”

“The effect of a character assassination driven by an individual is not equal to that of a state-driven campaign. The state-sponsored destruction of reputations, fostered by political propaganda and cultural mechanisms, can have more far-reaching consequences. One of the earliest signs of a society’s compliance to loosening the reins on the perpetration of crimes (and even massacres) with total impunity is when a government favors or directly encourages a campaign aimed at destroying the dignity and reputation of its adversaries, and the public accepts its allegations without question. The mobilisation toward ruining the reputation of adversaries is the prelude to the mobilisation of violence in order to annihilate them. Official dehumanisation has always preceded the physical assault of the victims.”

Veritas vos liberabit (Latin) is a variant of Veritas liberabit vos (the truth shall set you free), verse 8:32 of the Gospel of JohnPilate has the philosopher‘s response in verse 18:38: “Quid est veritas?” (“What is truth?”).”……….

“The English variant “And Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free” is carved in stone in the OHB (Original Headquarters Building) of the Central Intelligence Agency.”………….

Something to remember that is adding to the confusion and the need for more vigilance on anybody’s part is that, these “character assassination”, and “tit for tat”, unfortunately, are true for “any” “color” of the “Rainbow”, and, anyone can be their victim……..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tit_for_tat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_assassination
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veritas_vos_liberabit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

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