Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Garbage in, Garbage out, again — Paul Robinson

I’ve complained before about the habit of the intelligence community of inviting evidence from a very narrow group of experts, occupying what can only be called an extreme position. Well, here we go again.…

Applebaum, Browder, Donnelly, Lucas, and Steele. Really??? I’m assuming that most readers know these names, but just in case you don’t, it’s like they’ve pulled in all the most discredited, Russophobic ‘experts’ they can find, and ignored everybody else who has any sort of knowledge of the subject. This is not a representative sample of expert opinion about Russia.…
The so-called intelligence community is obviously not as much as about intelligence as "operations," here, sewing domestic propaganda. The "intellgence" operation is about disinformation.

Professor Robinson is under the illusion that this lacuna is due to bad method in intellence work. It is nothing of the sort. The choice is hardly accidental. It is intentionally biasing the case for a political purpose carried out by the operational arm of the "intelligence" services in league with a complicit media.

Garbage in, Garbage out, again
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

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