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EVERYTHING

YOU KNOW IS THE DISINFORMATION GUIDE TO SECRETS AND

LIES

• howard bloom • howard zinn • paul krassner • william blum • arianna huffington • noreena hertz • thomas szasz • greg palast • james ridgeway • wendy Mcelroy • kalle lasn • richard metzger • tristan taormino • Jonathan vankin • peter breggin, m.d. • lucy komisar • mike males • john taylor gatto • edited by russ kick

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2002 The Disinformation Company

book are Copyright

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Ltd.

their respective

authors and/or original publishers, except as specified herein, and and thank them for their kind permission.

Published by The Disinformation

Company

we

note

Ltd.

163 Third Avenue, Suite 108 New York, NY 10003 Tel.; +1.212 529 2330 Fax: +1.212.387.8152 www.disinfo.com Editor:

Russ Kick Gary Baddeley

Publisher:

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May 2002

reserved.

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or other retrieval system, or transmitted

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Disinformation

Company

Ltd.

The opinions and statements made in this book are those of the authors concerned. The Disinformation Company Ltd. has not verified and neither confirms nor denies any of the foregoing and no warranty or fitness

The reader

is

implied.

encouraged to keep an open mind and to independently judge for himself or herself whether or not what he or she knows is wrong. The Disinformation Company Ltd. shall have no liability or responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage arising from the information contained in this book or from the use thereof or reliance thereon. is

EVERYTHING

YOU KNOW IS THE DISINFORMATION GUIDE TO SECRETS AND EDITED BY RUSS KICK

LIES

grandmother, Aurora Kick, who nurtured into the skills of writing and editing.

To

my

my

love of language, helping to turn

it

— Russ Kick Thanks

of a personal nature are due to Anne, Ruthanne, Jennifer, and (as always) my parents, who give me support in many ways. The same goes for that unholy trinity of Billy, Darrell, and Terry, who

me

let

vent and

to

I'd like

thanks go to

tribution

many

to the

you now hold

book,

of this

in

It

takes a

lot

including

of people to

Last but definitely not least, contributors, without Is

whom

Wrong. None of you

ing

in

these pages, so

so strongly

me

your hands. And thanks also

other people involved

in

the creation and dis-

everyone

Consortium, Green Galactic, the printers, the

where.

letting

and taking a laissez-faire approach. Also, many Leen Al-Bassam, who turned a bunch of computer files line

into the beautiful object

head out

laugh.

thank Richard Metzger and Gary Baddeley for

book

edit the

make me

in

express

Disinformation,

and else-

book!

my

gratitude toward

all

there would be no Everything You

be able

will I

I

make a

at

retailers,

know you

because

to retire early

the

Know

of appear-

contributed because you believe

what you're doing. And you believed

me, which

in

I

deeply appreciate.

— R.K. Major thanks are due to everyone at The Disinformation Company, especially Alex Burns, Nimrod Erez,

everyone

at

Consortium



Lee Hoffman and Nick Hodulik,

Julie Schaper, Peter

Heege, Jim Nichols,

Michael Cashin, Katherine Bright-Holmes and the complete team, Brian Pang, A.J. Peralta,

Adam

Parfrey,

Mike Backes, Brian

Butler,

Peter Giblin,

Steven Daly, Howard Bloom, Douglas Rushkoff, Grant

Morhson, Joe Coleman, Genesis P-Orridge, Sean Fernald,

Adam

Mamatas, Alexandra Bruce, Matt Webster, Jose Caballer, Lisa Shimamura, Stevan Keane, Susan Mainzer and the Green Galactic crew, Ben Silverman, Howard Owens, Mark Koops and the gang at William Peters, Robert Sterling, Preston Peet, Nick

Morris

Agency NY,

Brandon

Geist,

Gail Silverman

and the team

at R.R. Donnelley,

Diego Hernandez and our friends

at

Bookspan,

Naomi Nelson, Sumayah Jamal, and all those who have helped us along the way especially the reviewers, buyers, and everyone working in bookstores, who have shown us so much love and sup-



port

—and YOU

for

buying

this

book!

— Gary Baddeley and Richard Metzger

EVERYTHING YOU

KNOW IS WRONG

is more tiian seems. Literally. From its beginnings almost a decade ago as an idea for an alternative Sixty Minutes-type TV news show to the book that you are now holding, Richard Metzger and Gary Baddeley have taken a dictionary term and given secondary meaning to a wide audience of hipsters, thinkers, anti-establishmentarians and the merely curious.

Disinformation®

it

it

The Disinformation® Website went

live

on September

13, 1996, to

immediate applause from the very same news media that

as being under the influence of both government and big business. the large

US media company

members

of his

funding the site discovered

The honeymoon was

and immediately ordered

it

it

short

—some three weeks

after

it

was

criticizing

launch the

CEO

of

closed down. Needless to say, Metzger and a few loyal

team managed to keep the site going and today is the largest and most popular Web, having won just about every award that's ever been dreamed up. it

news and underground

alternative

culture

destination on the

Disinformation®

music imprint

in

is

also a

the

US

TV

in

series, initially broadcast

shortly after the turn of the Millennium in

on the UK's Channel 4 and since licensed

to various

broadcasters around the world, a

a joint venture with Sony Music's Loud Records, and a huge counterculture conference, the in

2000. By the time

book rests

this

in

your hands. Disinformation®

will

Based in New York City, The Disinformation Company Ltd. is a vibrant media company They continue to look for the strangest, freakiest, and most disturbing news and phenomena sanitized, and policed fare that is found in the traditional media.

other media, too.

tinue to helm. nized,

n dvd

Editor

ever. Also contains highlights from the legendary Disinfo.Con

that in

held itself

Baddeley and Metzger con-

order to balance the homoge-

2000 conference.

Features Robert Anton Wilson, Douglas Rushkoff, Grant Morrison, Genesis P-Orridge, Joe Coleman, Paul Laffoley,

Kembra

Pfahler, Peter Russell,

Project,

Extreme Pornography, Satanism and much, much more.

To: Ttie Disinformation

Duncan

Guide

to

Laurie, Norbert Kox, Frank Bruno,

Media

Mark Pesce, Adam

Distortion, Historical Wiiitewaslies

and

Cultural

Parfrey,

The Montauk

Myths

ISBN 0966410076

Kick, a Village Voice columnist,

an interpretation of recent events

has collected essays from

writers across the fDolitical

spectrum offering

mainstream media. Taken as a whole, "read" the news. - Publishers Weekly

that is often counter to that of the

anthology represents an instruction manual

in

how

to

this

You Are Being Lied To acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment, and others

who want

Includes contributions from

James Ridgeway, Jim Over 60

was

in

and subversive TV show

Russ Kick

Russ

of which

2002 - Disinformation TV on DVD. Original, uncut version of the TV series that was too hot for USA Networks (banned) and the UK's Channel 4 Television (heavily censored). Richard Metzger hosts the most mind-warping, bizarre,

Coming

You Are Being Lied edited by

first

probably have manifested

articles in

to

keep the

truth

from us.

Noam Chomsky, Howard

Zinn,

Howard Bloom, Michael

Parenti,

Norman Solomon, Douglas

Marrs, Judith Rich Harris, Tristan Taormino, Jim Hogshire, Riane Eisler, Peter Russell, and dozens

all!

ABOUT DISINFORMATION

Acknowledgments About Disinfornnation Kichard Metzger Preface

4 5

8 10

|

Introduction

_LUCRE

Drug Companies:

Lexus

Sell the

Burn the Olive Tree,

Greg Palast and Oliver Shykles

|

Fast

Sell Hard, Sell

...

and Count the Bodies Later

11 |

Arianna Huffington

16 18

onathan Levy The Vatican Bank The Antitrust and Monopoly Myth Dominick T. Armentano Lucy Komisar Dirty Money and Global Banking Secrecy Noreena Hertz Globalization for the Good of All i

24

|

30

|

35

i

_THE HIGH

AND MIGHTY

The Senator's Ashes

38 44

Douglas Valentine Hpien Jefferson Lenskyj Olympic Industry Mythology The European Union Unmasked Lindsay Jenkins Watchdog Nation Cletus Nelson |

|

51

|

58

|

_7Wt/£ TRUE

CRIME

Henry: Fabrication of a Serial

The Monster

of Florence

Killer

64

Brad Shellady

|

'^n!' I

Witnesses to a Massacre: Other Participants in Columbine Russ Kick Charlie Manson's Image Paul Krassner - ^iHnevA/ay with Sandra Bisin Free Lauriane When Cops Become the Gangsters Joseph D. McNamara

72 74

|

|

|

|

85 87 88

_MIND AND BODY Bovine Bioterrorism and the Perfect Pathogen Fear of a Vegan Planet Mickey Z.

|

Gabe Kirchheimer

|

Mental

Illness: Psychiatry's

Phlogiston

|

Thomas Szasz, M.D.

Psychiatric Drugging of Children for Behavioral Control

|

Peter Breggin, M.D.

89

97 105 110

_SOCIAL DISTORTION Mike Mflies Myths About Youth Truth About Domestic Violence Philip W. Cook Postcards From the Planet of the Freaks Lucy Gwin |

The Whole

|

|

Toxic

TV Syndrome

Treatment or Pornography Prostitution

|

Jail: Is

|

Kj:

This Really a Choice?

Preston Peet

|

115 125 134 142 145 151

Wendy Mctiruy Wendy McElroy |

Two's Too Tough

|

Tristan

155 161

Taormino

How to Rid the World of Good Mi'^k Mamatas Why Women Need Freedom From Religion Annie |

|

EVERYTHING YOU

KNOW IS WRONG

Laurie Gaylor

163 167

_NOT ON TH E N IG HTLY N EWS Fission Stories: Nuclear Power's Secrets

|

172

David Lochbaum

181

New Revelations About Waco David Hardy The Bombing of PanAm Flight 103: Case Not Closed William Blum Leaders Against the Drug War Russ Kick "Call

It

Off!":

|

189 195 202

|

|

Votescam 2000 Untouchables Viva Kadaffi!

in

|

Jonathan Vankin

the Twenty-first Century

|

Dr. K.

Be the Chinese Century? Howard Bloom and Diane Scenes From a Secret War Peter Gorman Will

206 213

Jamanadas

"obert Steriing

|

This

i

Starr Petryk-Bloom

221

226

I

_911

AND BEYOND

The Accidental Operative

A

Canticle for

Battle Boring

September

Osama

Bin

Camelia Fard and James Ridgeway Laden Alex Burns

^"^^

|

237 239

|

|

11,

2001:

No

Surprise

|

241

Russ Kick

_HIDDEN HISTORY The Ludlow Massacre Howard Zinn lack Niedenthai Mushroom Clouds in Paradise Some Lessons From the Underground History of American Education |

|

Appendix A: More Secrets and Lies Russ Kick Appendix B: More Reading Russ Kick Appendix C: Publisher Information

|

John Taylor Gatto

258 268 274

288

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Contributors Article Histories

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introduction to the

first

bool