Webster Tarpley supplies us with an ad-hominem filled commentary on the Kennebunkport Warning Controversy on his radio show:
“Who opposes the Kennebunkport warning? We discovered going through this that if you take all the slanderous filth, counter-organizing, disinformation and so forth, about two-thirds of it comes from about half a dozen people as far as I can see. And let’s tell you who they are. First of all, you have to look at the site called truthaction.org. As far as I can see about two-thirds of the site appears to be devoted to slanders and vilification of the Kennebunkport Warning. This shows what one can only call the typical style of the counter-gang. In other words it takes elements from lots of people’s work including my own. They talk about truth squads, they have a candidate tracker, they talk about a general strike, they take things from Ron Paul, they take things from We Are Change, but then they mix in a huge dose of anonymous slander, vilification, denigration, calumny, libel, and defamation. The leading poison pen seems to be an individual called Cosmos. Now this I think is extremely objectionable. Here is somebody who will not tell you his real name but he demands the right to be a poison pen. Anonymous slanders are his stock and trade. He wants to slander you and vilify you from the shadows, spread disinformation, distortions. These are the venom-mongers, the merchants of pus who like to operate from behind the scenes. These are the wreckers and saboteurs, and of course the question is posed: Is this COINTELPRO? Is this the conform of the FBI counter-gang? Those are interesting questions. I can’t answer them, but they are very interesting.
Then we have somebody else called Colonel Jenny Sparks in quotation marks. She shows herself as a cartoon figure prancing in an abbreviated costume before the Union Jack. Another poison pen slanderer, another wrecker and saboteur. The only questions we have are, is this COINTELPRO, is this the current style of the FBI counter-gang?
So here we have Cosmos who shows you he looks like he’s trying to imitate Che Guavara or a member of the Sons of David baseball team. He’s hiding behind a huge beard, looks like the Italian aviators in A Night at the Opera. He’s got this army fatigue cap pulled down over his eyes so you can’t see him, he might as well be anonymous. Jenny Sparks completely anonymous.
Michael Wolsey, Visibility 9/11. He appears of course in shades, he’s got some cool shades on, he doesn’t want you to see him. Remember visibility911.com is not the same as 911visibility.org. 911visibility.org is a reputable website; you have Janice Matthews and many others who work there. This is visibility911.com with Michael Wolsey.
Another person who has been active in these slander operations is somebody called Arabesque. Arabesque has a blog devoted to discussing 9/11 news research and disinformation, and I think the disinformation department is absolutely admirable. He seems to have all the disinformation you could want. He’s pushing it and peddling it on this sleazy, smelly website. So thats arabesque911.blogspot.com.
The interesting thing about these people is that they all appear in the year 2006, 2007. What’s their track record in the 9/11 truth movement? Do they have any? Do they have contributions? Have they done anything to build the movement? Who are they? They come out of nowhere and then they set themselves up as leaders. Cosmos in particular starts saying that it’s time for everybody to get active on the eleventh on every month. Well we don’t need him to tell us this and to take credit for it.
I’m afraid also Jon Gold is somebody who has been in the movement, puts his blog at Arabesque and he has joined in the slanders.
These people have practiced a constructive fraud on public opinion. I think they operate with multiple pseudonyms. We do not know who they are. Colonel Jenny Sparks for all we know may be a cigar-chomping FBI agent or a branch of Shin Bet somewhere in the Occupied Territories or a subcommittee of the National Security Council. We simply do not know.
Colonel Jenny Sparks appears with no face. Arabesque has no face. Cosmos has got the cap pulled down over his eyes. Michael Wolsey’s got his shades on. These are the poison pens and the slander snipers and these are the people you have to watch out for.
And I think it is monstrous that a lot of people who have been in the 9/11 movement and have seen COINTELPRO in action in past years are now willing to go down this road once again with disinformation, distortion and the constant mania of people who insist on operating under false names, anonymous slanderers. It’s a despicable way to wage political activity.”
[transcript by CV]
When you attack someone instead of answering their argument it is called an ad hominem. The above passage has to be one of the most colorful examples seen so far in the 9/11 truth movement. From my paper, 9/11 Disinformation and Misinformation: Definitions and Examples:
“The third level of disinformation occurs by abusing the man (AD HOMINEM) in attacking the author or the editor of a work on irrelevant or misleading grounds that have little or nothing to do with the position the author or editor represents.” Jim Fetzer
“One of the telltale signs of disinformation is that the people promoting it engage in personal attacks.” Jim Hoffman
“Another important aspect of how disinformation in the 9/11 Truth Movement functions is through the use of attack and vitriol. While all types of people—professionals, academics and average people—can resort to nasty or inappropriate personal attacks when defending or promoting theories which conflict, the 9/11 Truth Movement has been packed with such attacks.” Victoria Ashley
Earlier, Webster’s publisher, John Leonard entered the fray calling 911blogger users “sock puppets” here, here, and here for being voted down and then posted a “call for unity” from of all places, Tarpley’s book. It was voted down unmercifully by 911blogger users.
Tarpley’s initial comments after this controversy began included:
“Reality is that the signers signed – the irrefutable, photographic, courtroom quality documentary proof is posted on the internet. In the light of this overwhelming evidence, it is understandable that most of the signers are reluctant to issue a flat denial that they ever signed. Rather, their denials are oblique and ambiguous doubletalk.”
“The only way you can get out of this is to prove that you are mentally defective, and nobody has tried that, so far.”
“The role of foundations in funding the peace movement and some of its leading activists is an immense factor of impotence and corruption.”
“And you cannot be an antiwar leader and be an agnostic about this, claiming you simply do not know or that you do not understand the concept of false flag. If you choose that cop-out, what kind of a peace leader are you?”
“Some of the signers, under the obvious threats of totalitarian forces, are lying in appalling fashion about what they signed and if they signed. You can see for yourself from the facsimile who signed. We need to move beyond these wretched individuals.[sic]“
Tarpley’s fellow LaRouche associate Craig Hill piled on with gusto:
“The hoax lies in the lies of the signers”
“The stupefying behavior of so-called peace activists who seem bent on making sure disaster strikes again”
“Dahlia Wasafi is the original instigator of the campaign to destroy the messenger and the message of the Kennebunkport Warning”
“Dahlia is worse even than a liar, she is either part of the war effort she claims she denounces or an idiot out of her depth.”
“Unlike Dahlia and Cindy, Bruce doesn’t play gotcha or switcheroo with those he thought were natural allies.”
“They are the ones of dubious integrity”
“The hoax here consists of a rally, essentially, by some of the signers to protect Dahlia’s family by amazingly, clumsily, arrogantly and stupidly destroying the credibility of a patriot who is simply trying to do what they have not the guts or brains to do on their own.”
“The bitterly dubious integrity of Cindy Sheehan or her crapulous judgment”
I’ll admit that I can say things I regret once in a while (who doesn’t?), but nothing near the level of unbelievable vitriol coming from the Kennebunkport promoters. Is it a coincidence or conspiracy that most of the attacks are all coming from LaRouche associates?
In fact, Cosmos of Truthaction has been getting “hate mail” for covering this controversy, and to hear calls for unity from these same people is quite frankly ludicrous.
Now, after uttering these ridiculous comments, Tarpley has the nerve to accuse us of “slanderous filth, counter-organizing, disinformation” and “CoIntelPro”? Truly bad comedy, Webster.
If the point of CoIntelPro is to divide and weaken activist groups, then why are all of the signers affiliated with LaRouche trying to do their dirty work?
This feeling of being spurned is probably best reflected by 911blogger art V, who commented:
“Mr. Tarply-How could you? After gaining so much respect for you I have absolutely lost all of it in the last week. First the whole fiasco with the Kenenbunkport Warning. At first I was not really sure what to think. Who is lying who is not lying (we are always trying to figure this out WHO IS LYING), but after listening to your little outburst the other night and your assault on the great people at TRUTHACTION.ORG, I know who is lying………it is you Mr. Tarply.”
A moderator at truthmove.org reports today that “I’m at the conference right now. [Tarpley] just called cosmos, jenny sparks, arabesque, michael wolsey, and john gold all cointelpro. he even put pictures of some of these people up on the screen.”
Jon Gold echoed my thoughts exactly when he replied, “Oh well, at least I’m in good company.”