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The Big Lie

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks to the media with members of Senate Republican leadership, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, after their weekly policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By Monday, 09 September 2019 01:52 PM Current | Bio | Archive

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Joseph Goebbels Nazi Minister of Propaganda

There was a time in our history when we believed we could count on the objectivity of the press. Some reporters were more professional than others, some newspapers were more obviously partisan, but by and large there was a belief that facts mattered and that the goal of journalism was to establish the truth.

No more.

The media has been weaponized, particularly on the left, and its goal now is not to establish the facts but to create them and to convince the American people of their authenticity.

Witness the obscene media obsession with the manifestly false narrative that the United States Government is maintaining "concentration camps" at our southern border and herding migrants and asylum seekers into them.

Witness the spectacle where the absurd allegations of junior members of the House of Representatives that women are being forced to drink from toilets are repeated endlessly without any attempt to corroborate the veracity of the claims.

Journalism is dead. The lie is not exposed. It is simply repeated over and over and over until the public accepts that the mere fact of its repetition must give it weight.

There are, in fact, plenty of objective facts to examine, but they are buried in a blizzard of propaganda and lies.

Stung by the allegations of abuse and misconduct at the border the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Arizona took the unprecedented step in July of this year of posting a video showing the inside of a Border Patrol processing center.

Roy Villareal, the chief patrol agent in the Tucson sector noted explicitly that the purpose of the video was to counter the false narrative regarding the existence of inhumane conditions in detention facilities.

In the video, readily accessible online, Villareal walks through the facility where the video was made showing supply rooms filled with diapers, baby wipes, and extra clothes. He also displays carts loaded with toothbrushes and food items for the migrants.

Addressing directly the claim that detainees are forced to drink from toilets, Villareal demonstrates that aliens held at the facility have sinks and water coolers available to them and then drinks the water to show that it is safe.

In July Fox News in California visited an immigration detention facility in Adelanto, California run for Immigration and Customs Enforcement by the GEO Group, a private company. It found, and filmed, a law library, a 24-hour healthcare center, a mental health clinic and outdoor soccer fields. Fox News also found that detainees had unlimited phone calls, legal advice and seven-day-a-week religious services. It found no evidence of abuse.

Citizen activist Candace Owens toured a detention facility in Florida late last year.

She emerged incensed at allegations of mistreatment and described the library, nurse’s station, beach volleyball court, and nutritious food she found inside. Furious at the lies being told about detention facilities, Owens said that the facility was far more comfortable than the public schools she attended in Connecticut.

Sens. Joni Ernst, Bill Cassidy and James Lankford toured multiple detention facilities in July of this year in response to repeated claims of inhumane conditions. Ernst said afterward that Customs and Border Protection personnel were "extremely compassionate."

She noted that about 60% of agents’ time is “spent dealing with the humanitarian crisis” rather than keeping the border safe.

"What we don’t hear about on the news is the fact that when the Democrats were pushing back and not wanting to fund the hygiene items and all of the extra resources needed for these detention facilities . . .  those agents were pulling money out of their own pockets to buy diapers and formula," Ernst said. "They care a lot about the people that they’re charged with."

Ernst had these comments about the specific claim that detention facilities were comparable to concentration camps, adding how angry those comments made her.

"I need to push back on that," Ernst said. "I mean, it is so disrespectful to call them concentration camps, and I push back heavily on that. There are only certain people who are calling them that, and I would say that’s anti-Semitic. That is inappropriate."

One would think that extensive video evidence of the reality of the conditions inside detention centers for those violating our laws and deliberately attempting to cross our border illegally would go a long way to dispelling the lie that the United States Government is guilty of conduct on a par with that of a Nazi regime that committed mass murder on an unprecedented scale. One would be wrong. The goal is not illumination.

It is precisely the opposite. It is to substitute for the truth a false narrative, which will justify the political aims of its proponents, and it is working.

Already we see on the street the impact of this rhetoric. At least two domestic terrorists have staged attacks this summer alone in which they explicitly referenced the concentration camp allegations and likened the United States Government to the Third Reich.

Willem Van Spronsen, an Antifa member, firebombed a federal migrant detention center in Tacoma, Washington and had to be shot by guards after he tried to detonate a large propane tank at the facility. Spronsen left a manifesto in which he justified his actions explicitly as a response to the existence of "concentration camps."

After Spronsen’s attack a second terrorist, Connor Betts, struck in Ohio, where he murdered nine people. Betts’ Twitter account included numerous posts against ICE agents, including one that said, "these people are monsters," and multiple posts condemning police, and supporting Antifa protesters.

The drumbeat continues. The big lie is repeated endlessly and the facts that contradict it are simply ignored. Day by day the lie comes closer and closer to being accepted as the truth.

Somewhere Goebbels is smiling.

Charles "Sam" Faddis is a Veteran, retired CIA operations officer, senior partner with Artemis, LLC and published author. With degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Law School, he is a contributor to sofrep.com, Newsmax, and The Hill among others. He regularly appears on many networks and radio programs as a national security and counter-terrorism expert. Sam is the author of "Beyond Repair: The Decline And Fall Of The CIA" and "Willful Neglect: The Dangerous Illusion Of Homeland Security." To read more of his reports, Click Here Now.

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