See highlights of Ronald Rychlak’s presentation:

As the No. 2 man in power in his nation, he lived a life of luxury, rubbing shoulders with world leaders such as Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro and President Jimmy Carter.

On a visit to the White House, he heard Carter say his boss, communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, was a great leader and one with whom he could do business.

And yet, standing nearby his boss, a stunned Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa knew first-hand that Ceausescu was, in reality, a “butcher, committing genocide against his people.”

Pacepa thought, “I can’t believe we fooled the leader of the United States this badly.”

So began a fascinating look deep inside the world of communist disinformation presented by the co-author of Pacepa’s blockbuster book, Prof. Ronald Rychlak, at the International Spy Museum Jan. 16.

In the 40-minute talk, Rychlak, who teamed up with Pacepa to write “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism,” brought alive through fascinating accounts – many drawn from Pacepa’s insider experience – the widely misunderstood and still remarkably influential Russian-born “science” of disinformation.

WND Films has produced a video of highlights of the talk, which can be seen at the top of the page.

The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display.

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. Before co-authoring “Disinformation” with Pacepa, he authored several other books, including “Hitler, the War, and the Pope.”

Read about the source of today’s chaos, from a top Soviet bloc defector who watched it develop, in “Disinformation.”

The museum notes that Pacepa was the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West. Pacepa exposed the massive crimes and corruption of his former boss, Romanian President Nicolae Ceauescu, giving the dictator a nervous breakdown and prompting him to post two different million-dollar bounties on Pacepa’s head and send assassination squads to the U.S. to find his former spy chief and kill him. Fortunately, all such attempts failed, and Pacepa, at 85, today lives in the U.S. as a “proud American citizen.”

In his presentation, Rychlak discussed important disinformation campaigns, including the transformation of Pope Pius XII from a wartime hero into a Nazi sympathizer, the spread of anti-Semitism in the Middle East, the campaign to turn Americans and their Congress against the Vietnam War, and the Kremlin’s secret cultivation of modern Islamic terrorism.

Rychlak also screened highlights from the accompanying documentary by WND Films, “Disinformation: The Secret Strategy to Destroy the West.”

Pacepa was unable to appear because he still lives under a protective identity due to ongoing threats to his life.

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa

Pacepa was once involved with mass deception at the very highest levels of the vast Soviet bloc intelligence machine. Due to a crisis of conscience, he “left the dark side,” defected to America in 1978 and became a major asset to America’s intelligence community. The CIA has praised his cooperation for providing “an important and unique contribution to the United States.” President Ronald Reagan referred to his internationally bestselling book, “Red Horizons,” as “my bible for dealing with dictators.”

Rychlak recently talked about the book on “The Sean Hannity Show.”

The International Spy Museum, which opened in 2002, is the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to espionage. It’s also the only museum in the world to provide a global perspective on spying.

The museum’s Advisory Board of Directors and Advisory Council include former FBI and CIA director Judge William Webster, and former CIA director James Woolsey. Coincidentally, Woolsey wrote the “Introduction” to “Disinformation.”

The museum says its mission is to “educate the public about espionage in an engaging way and to provide a context that fosters understanding of its important role in and impact on current and historic events.”

NOTE: The “Disinformation” book and film can be purchased separately, or – for a limited time – bundled together at a fantastically reduced price.

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