Identity theft, hoaxes and post-hoc reasoning

So far in this period of struggle since 2006, I’ve uncovered two identity thefts, one of which I reported to authorities and one of which I reported not the theft itself but the circumstances to a friend. The remarks of the counter-terrorism official John Brennan have added cyberwarfare and identity theft into the brew.

As I explained back in 2006, when authorities take your private information, it is at risk for theft, possession by the mafia for instance. I’ve argued many times that under capitalism we want to defend privacy. On the other hand, we want government accountability, and so far, I’ve gotten none.

I’ve had many, many Aesopian references from people that believe that my lynching is part of the royal flush of the intelligence world where someone really scored a very difficult hit. On the other hand, even the people making these references are not directly helpful to my cause. No matter how one slices it however, the appearance of a real world third party infiltration gambit has been used as part of a hoax at the very least — a criminal conspiracy.

I prefer the hoax theory myself, because it’s easier to pull off than what has been represented to me. Carrying out a trigger action is easy, but getting the second leg at the level I’m told the second leg of an interlocking scandal happened is extremely difficult.

It’s entirely possible to run a trigger action and then create a hoax based on identity thefts for everything else. The political appearance and effect would be the same.

Regarding post-hoc reasoning, another comment by Brennan has me pointing out the following, which is that the intelligence community as constituted is involved in post-hoc production because there is no official agenda. Usually the U.$. boss is a pragmatic politician. It’s not really post hoc for a Republican to complain about the Christmas Bomber getting Miranda rights, because Republicans have been on record regarding that many times since 9/11. (I do understand some subtle political messages in that conversation.) If Republican reasoning is post-hoc, it could be on account of some ineptitude at the origins of the question.

The benefit of MIM Thought, is that people know where it is coming from and its motivations are less apt to shift from day-to-day and individual-to-individual. The idea of principal contradiction between imperialism and oppressed nations is both a statement about reality and an agenda. Many others in the Anglo-Saxon world do not have that and thus are free to shift from day-to-day on a post-hoc basis, including in the intelligence community.

MIM’s ease-of-accountability is especially important prior to 9/11, because MIM is now claiming that the motivations of others is suspect in 9/11 context. Bush wanted the Iraq War and he got it. Others wanted the Afghanistan war before 9/11 and they got their wish too. Hence, when Matlock criticizes “incompetence” regarding 9/11, we prefer to say that the politicians competently started two wars. The charge of “incompetence” aside from being individualist assumes that some individuals did not want the results they got.

If Nancy Pelosi is correct that Bush handed Obama a bunch of bad cards that bespeaks a certain kind of competence. The leaders of the Republican Party may be much more intelligent than the Republican voters. It’s not necessary to deny Obama when he says that 190 terrorists went to prison under Clinton and Bush with non-Gitmo style processing. Another example is Clare Short. It takes a certain kind of competence to get a country into a war amidst many doubts, so hand it to Blair. Competent warmongering and incompetent peace-making could be difficult to separate.

Individualism lends itself to post-hoc reasoning, because patterns of motivation can change frequently thus making it impossible to be wrong. MIM can question the motivations of 9/11 related struggles without being post-hoc or targeting individual politicians on a fabrication-of-the-day basis because we made a choice on the principal contradiction and agenda.


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