The Memory Hole and Torture.
Diary Entry by wagelaborer.
Improved methods of propaganda no longer make it necessary to physically alter past records. Simply coating the corporate media with the new story is enough. How US torture was turned into a new development. In George Orwell’s book, 1984, Winston Smith’s job at the Ministry of Truth was to rewrite history. Part of the job was to literally send the old documents down the memory hole to be incinerated. Then he wrote the new history as ordered by the ruling class. No traces of the old history were allowed to be saved.
As it turned out, none of that was necessary. By the time of the actual 1984, Ronald Reagan was President. The United State was supporting “freedom fighters” in Central America and in Afghanistan, sending billions to fund the muhajadeen, and setting up schools in Pakistan, where children were trained with US suppplied textbooks in the ways of jihad. We were officially supporting Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war, sending him arms, intelligence, and biological and chemical weapons. But we also sold arms in secret to Iran, although they were officially our enemy.
All of this is now down the memory hole, but only figuratively. Today the documentation isn’t burned, you can still find it, but it doesn’t matter. The Ministry of Truth, now called the corporate media, simply presents the new truth in an authoritative manner and the proles accept it without question. We are now told that everyone loved Ronald Reagan, and the 2008 election was about who got to be the new Reagan. The Afghan freedom fighters turned into terrorists, but the Central American ones remained heroes, all without historical comment. The madrasses are now bad. We have always been at war with Iran and Iraq.
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