After giving “Disinformation” wide coverage on his news service last month, Glenn Beck featured in lengthy interview segments on his radio and television programs the uniquely insightful bestseller co-authored by a former Soviet bloc spy chief and a law professor
“When you read this book … it will change your perspective on just about everything that you think you know in history,” Beck declared on the “Glenn Beck Radio Program Tuesday.
“It is absolutely fascinating, because it opens your eyes.”
Now at No. 21 overall on Amazon.com’s book sales list, “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism” is co-authored by Romania’s former No. 2 leader under communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, and University of Mississippi law professor Ron Rychlak.
During the Cold War, Pacepa presented invaluable intelligence information to the U.S. and was praised by President Ronald Reagan after he became the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official to defect to the West. Ceausescu posted two different million-dollar bounties on Pacepa, who today lives in the U.S. under an alias as a “proud American citizen.”
Beck followed up Tuesday with in-studio interviews with Rychlak on the “Glenn Beck Radio Program” and his television show, “The Glenn Beck Program,” on the Blaze TV.
Rychlak, a historian and law professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law, teaches courses in constitutional law criminal procedure and terrorism and the law.
Pacepa is unable to do radio and TV interviews, because of continued threats on this life.
In the email interview last month, Pacepa said he hoped his book would “help President Obama abandon his craving for Marx’s utopian ideology, ‘to each according to his need,’ which is transforming the United States into a decaying socialist country in all but name.”
Duping Jimmy Carter
In the radio interview with Rychlak Tuesday, Beck noted that Pacepa came to the U.S. with Ceausescu in 1978 to visit President Jimmy Carter at the White House when the U.S. believed the Romanian leader was a maverick who would cooperate with the West.
But Pacepa knew Ceausescu was duping Carter and told the American president so when he defected to the U.S. only months later.
“Instead he decided to listen to all the Soviets,” Beck said of Carter. “And then Ronald Reagan got into office and started listening to the good general, and that changed the course of history.
Beck observed that now “we have another Jimmy Carter in office.”
Explaining how disinformation works, Rychlak told Beck that the “worst harm is implanting false ideas.”
“You implant doubt, cause people to question their values, their beliefs by tearing down Western values, you create a vacuum that allows Marxist thought to expand,” Rychlak said.
Listen to Glenn Beck’s radio interview with Rychlak:
He pointed out that when you know the information is coming from your enemy, you don’t trust it.
“If they can get it to come from the United States, if it comes from Washington, if it comes from the New York Times or one of those sources, people tended to believe it,” Rychlak said.
“We are starting to be suspicious of those [sources] today, but they tried to intentionally implant false ideas into trusted sources [at the time],” he said.
One example of disinformation was how Soviet propagandists transformed the image of Pope Pius XII from a hero who saved Jews to a Nazi sympathizer. Rychlak is the author of a book about Pius, “Hitler, the War, and the Pope.”
Alive and well
In “Disinformation,” Rychlak and Pacepa explain that disinformation is alive and well under the Obama administration after the Soviet Union employed it as a strategy to undermine freedom, attack religion and promote terrorism worldwide.
In the radio interview, Rychlak pointed to the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans as an example.
“We have a false story coming from our government, coming from a trusted source,” he told Beck, insisting the attack was the result of a protest against an anti-Muslim Internet video.
Rychlak recalled he was teaching a course on terrorism and the law at the time.
“I came into my class next morning and said, ‘Let’s pull up the video.’ In 30 seconds I said, ‘Turn it off.'”
His students immediately recognized it was preposterous that the video could have been the cause of the terrorist attack.
“We all knew this couldn’t be it,” Rychlak said. “That’s the lie we got from our government. A trusted source, pushing us in a different direction, so we don’t notice in fact what is happening.”
In the television interview, Beck tested out his understanding of the definition of disinformation, in contrast with propaganda.
“From Putin to Russia Today to us, that’s propaganda. But from Putin to the New York Times, a trusted source, then that’s disinformation, right?” Beck asked.
“Correct. Disinformation comes from a trusted source,” Rychlak said. “[But] it’s a political activity by a foreign government.”
‘Reminiscent of Genghis Khan’
Beck and Rychlak recalled John Kerry’s charges before a congressional panel in 1971 against Vietnam veterans as another example of disinformation.
Kerry claimed Americans in Vietnam had “personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephone to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.”
Rychlak explained: “We’re not saying that Kerry was an agent of the Soviets at all. He was a young man who probably was fooled, but he became a trusted source. He spread disinformation, probably unintentionally, not knowing what he was doing.”
In his email interview last month with Beck’s Internet news service , Pacepa offered an insight relevant to the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
He said the “very idea that the Soviet Union was defeated is disinformation in itself.”
“The Soviet Union changed its name and dropped its façade of Marxism,” Pacepa said, “but it remained the same samoderzhaviye, the historical Russian form of autocracy in which a tsar is running the country with the help of his political police. ”
Pacepa noted that during the Soviet era, “the KGB was a state within the state,” but now “the KGB is the state.”
‘They would kill him for it’
Beck praised Pacepa on his radio show last month after the former spy chief’s interview with his news service.
Beck pointed out that nearly 40 years after his defection, Pacepa still was living under an alias due to threats on his life that began with Ceausescu’s dispatching of assassination squads from Romania to the U.S.
“He held information that was so important that they would kill him today for it,” Beck said. “Think of that.”
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See Beck talk about Pacepa and “Disinformation” on the “Glen Beck Radio Program” last month: