"Gatekeeping" is the act of preventing others from recognizing an important, often vital, truth. The practice of willful gatekeeping is a deceptive and dishonest form of communication; a lie of omission, commission, and/or inference; a kind of disinformation. It typically involves keeping people from seeing the big picture, by withholding or suppressing some vital piece of circumstance-altering information, under the guise of telling people everything there is to know (excellent example of gatekeeping).
Ideally, a gatekeeper will keep certain thoughts from ever entering people's heads. Failing that, gatekeepers (usually plural) will distract and divert their attention from such thoughts, and try to get them to forget or, better still, disregard or even reject such ideas. One good way to understand the concept is to think of a gatekeeper as the opposite of a sidewalk barker.
Perhaps the best example of (crude, failed) gatekeeping with which most people are already familiar can be found in the movie The Wizard Of Oz, after Dorothy's dog Toto pulls back a curtain.
Suddenly Dorothy can see that the voice of The All-Powerful And Mighty Oz is coming from an ordinary man using a microphone. When the man sees what's happening, he has "the Wizard" command Dorothy to "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
Well, as we all know, telling someone to not recognize something is not the best way to get them to not recognize it. In the movie, Dorothy's attention was drawn to "the man behind the curtain", and she recognized that "The Wizard of Oz" was not real, and after that she never again feared another flying monkey.
So the basic goal behind gatekeeping is to subtly say, "Nothing to see here, Citizen! Move along." But it's not easy to get people to ignore something that's been pointed out to them. So, in order for gatekeeping to work, it has to be at least a little more subtle than just "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain". (Note that, when a gatekeeper's deceit is revealed and the deception is recognized, the typical reaction of the gatekeeper -- and his cohorts -- is to simply pretend that the fraud has still not been discovered, and even begin telling the same lie more frequently, including more pompously and vigorously, and perhaps also more subtly, by inferences [eg: the occasional fake Osama videos and other Muslim-hijacker prejudicial but proofless/prove-nothing stories and claims which surface at critical junctures]. That is the gatekeepers' only defense; it is a "goal line stand", a last-chance attempt to keep a pierced illusion afloat by continually breathing more hot air into it and trying to continue to rely and prey upon any residual herd mentality fear of their fading illusive boogey-man.)
Many people have begun to recognize how the mainstream and "alternative" media, as with Republicans and Democrats, keep us from learning certain truths. It's not easy to recognize connections among fake-opposition heads of hidden, multi-headed operations. But by focusing on 9/11, and reactions to it, lessons can be learned. There are more gatekeepers pervading the "9/11 truth movement" than most people recognize...
We have seen through the illusion of 9/11, and so the deceitful, pay-no-attention-to behaviors of the gatekeepers have become recognizable to us. We pay attention, and try to notice gatekeeping behaviors, and then try to recognize patterns to watch out for. As we recognize the rules of gatekeeping, or they are pointed out to us, we will publish them here.
Recognized Rules For Gatekeepers
Rule 1 - Avoid mentioning the piece of evidence, or possibility, which you are trying to keep from ever entering people's minds. Few people will notice what information is missing from a presentation, or what web site is not included in a list of links, especially if they are unaware of its existence. It also helps if the gatekeeping presentation is oversized and thus engenders info-overload.
- The entire 9-11 Commission Report! With one notable exception -- a mention of the rapidity of the fall of one tower -- every smoking-gun piece of evidence which disproves or even contradicts the government's conspiracy theory of 9/11 was omitted from the Commission's final report. (1 2) The Commissioners' 571-page report is the mind-numbingly tiresome official account of the disproven, impossible, discredited government conspiracy theory of 9/11, descibing many dots (real and otherwise), but omitting the information necessary to recognize the actual shape of the true big picture.
Further, then came a 149-page "omission report" put out by 911citizenswatch.org (2003-2007; founded by gatekeepers Kyle Hence and John Judge) which claims to tell people what was omitted from the 571-page report, yet it merely adds another layer of bloated (time-sucking) distractive diversionary gatekeeping by going on for so many (more) pages while never getting around to the most serious, glaring, smoking-gun omissions from the government's bogus report.
- Jim Hoffman runs some truthy 9/11 web sites, including 911review.com, which question some aspects of the hijacker-blaming Official Government Conspiracy Theory of 9/11. Note how Hoffman parrots the government regarding what hit the twin towers, and why, on 9/11. And then, at the bottom of the page, he presents a sequence of several frames from the only known video of the 1st WTC impact but omits the most remarkable one -- the one which makes it practically impossible to believe that the aircraft in the video is really AA Flight 11. screen shot
connect the dots...
Rule 2 - If the possibility or evidence you are trying to suppress has already been mentioned, come up with a false predicate upon which you can base sound logic to discount the possibility, to try to get people to disregard it. You can also do the reverse, and base unsound logic upon a valid assumption. If people like and respect you enough, largely based upon your credentials or reputation or what "side" you're perceived to be on, they'll probably be taken in by it, especially if you have fellow gatekeepers providing cover for you.
- First, Webster Tarpley and Dr. Steven Jones (who must surely know better) agree on the lie (1 2 3 4) that a fission device (eg, a uranium-based atomic A-bomb) is required to trigger a fusion device (eg, a hydrogen-based nuclear H-bomb). Then, based upon that false predicate, Tarpley tells his audience that since there was no evidence of a fission device having been employed at Ground Zero, everyone can 'therefore' rule out the possibility of any kind of fusion devices having been employed at Ground Zero: gatekeeping by Webster Tarpley and Steven Jones (audio)
- In this example, 911truth.org's Barrie Zwicker repeats his underlying lie 5 times (repetition is a key to successful propaganda). He is trying to get people to disregard the well-documented-but-uninvestigated incriminating 9/11 witness statements made by President Bush, and here is how he does it: First he falsely claims that Bush referred to a "regular" or "ordinary" TV, and then he says that "since he [Bush] cannot have seen it on regular TV as he claims..." gatekeeping by Barrie Zwicker (audio) (note: this disinfo is so blatant that it probably only works because so many people have a strong visceral reaction to Bush -- which Barrie Zwicker also helps rouse -- and strong feelings get in the way of logical thinking)
So feelings, as well as people, can act as gatekeepers. These include respect, trust, grief, anger, hate, and fear.
Rule 3 - Take advantage of people's emotions to provide cover for acts of classic, simple "Nothing to see here, Citizen. Move along." -type gatekeeping.
- In the first of these 2 audio examples, Bush-despising radio talk show host Mike Malloy has Bush-family-sin-uncoverer and guy-who-tells-us-how-false-flag-operations-work Webster Tarpley on his show. These opinion leaders would rather have others trust their stated beliefs than help save the Constitution by keeping an open mind and honestly considering the evidence and calling for a real investigation into Bush's statements. Note how they call Bush names and ridicule him and blithely rule out a likely possibility (again) instead of logically addressing the circumstances. But what gatekeepers do is not about honesty or logic; it is the job of gatekeepers to rule things out, without examination or analysis: gatekeeping by Mike Malloy and Webster Tarpley (audio) (Malloy again )
- Here is a crude web page example, in which Mike Rivero of whatreallyhappened.com simply slathers LIE LIE LIE (in the title bar, location field pagename, and article headline) at the top of the screen. To be fair, there is (or at least was) a "well maybe Bush wasn't lying" disclaimer paragraph buried near the bottom of the article, but what percentage of people will read that? And since Rivero
sayssaid that it is possible that Bush was not lying, then why the LIE LIE LIE treatment "above the fold"? What better way to get people who don't like Bush to pay no attention to Bush's loose-lips-sink-ships statements than for an opinion-leader who supposedly doesn't like Bush to pre-emptively brand (and subsequently ignore) Bush's repeated inadvertent public treason confessions as mere lies? Such slanted, disingenuous treatment of Bush's statements will have 2 forseeable effects: People who like Bush will devalue and disregard the article because they will conclude that its author "just hates Bush", while people who dislike Bush will place less importance on Bush's statements because they will disbelieve and disregard them as "Nothing to see here, Citizen. Just Bush lying again." It is illogical, if the point of the article is to get people to take Bush's 9/11 treason confession statements seriously (which would then open the gate, and cause folks to wonder why Bush's supposed political rivals, and the media, and academia, all ignore Bush's highly revealing statements), to so blithely mislabel them as lies like that.
- Disinformer Ken Jenkins, at a 2006 9/11 'truth' conference in Chicago, simultaneously encouraged 9/11 skeptics to become conspiracy theorists (as if a superior theory is needed to attack and disprove the government's impossible theory of 9/11), and discouraged them from using the government's own bogus 9/11 evidence to attack the government's credibility, out of fear that the bogus evidence would somehow reflect badly on the credibility of their theories! (Ken Jenkins' 9/11 disinfo )
Rule 4 - Distract people's thinking with diversions. War is the ultimate diversion; the 2003 invasion of Iraq was and is a distraction from 9/11. But not all diversions change the topic; the more that people can be made to feel comfortable in thinking that a relatively conventional chemical compound can account for what became of the World Trade Center, the less they will feel the need to look for a suitable, more rational (ie, possible) explanation for the highly unconventional Ground Zero evidence. When the diversion (ie, thermite) is less-extreme and a less-but-still-incriminating explanation than what actually occurred, that fits the definition of a "limited hangout". It also presents an easy target for those who like to attack 9/11 skeptics. Getting people to engage in false arguments related to the limited-hangout (IOW, barking up the wrong tree) will keep them from ever asking the right questions, much less obtaining the right answers.
- Talking about the average size of the particles in the ""Ground Zero"" 'dust', rather than the distribution of the sizes of the smallest particles -- which is what tells us how out of the ordinary 9/11 truly was, and indicates that extremely intense energy disintegrated solids into plasma.
- Talking about the melting point of steel, when it is so grossly misleadingly inadequate to discuss even the vaporization point of steel. ("Vaporization" seriously downplays the highly unconventional nature of what happened at ""Ground Zero""!)
- Talking about the "toxicity" of (what was in) the WTC 'dust'. This, too, acts to occupy people's minds with thoughts related to the chemical composition of the 'dust', rather than the existence of so many nanoparticles in it, and what that reveals, or even how that can cause mysterious health problems for first-responders.
Rule 5 - Muddle people's thinking with bogus terminology. The use of the word "pulverization" to describe the cause of so much ultra-fine 'dust', containing so many nanoparticles, at Ground Zero is misleading. For one thing, it falsely makes people think that a conventional grinding or crushing mechanism can account for the tremendous, highly unconventional WTC 'dust' production, when in fact there is no known "pulverization" mechanism which can adequately explain that evidence. By assigning a label with which people are already familiar and comfortable, people will tend to think of an occurrence in terms of that label, and will be far less likely to ever wonder about what unknown and less conventional processes might better account for what occurred, because they think they already understand something which they really do not. Another such word is "collapse", as this word infers that the WTC buildings passively failed under strain, when, clearly, they did not passively fail but were actively failed. Getting people to think of things in false terms will keep them from ever asking the right questions, much less obtaining the right answers.
Ironically, another example of bogus terminology is "left gatekeeper", which was designed to keep people who learn about gatekeeping trapped in the fake, false, phony left-right paradigm. Logical thinkers are encouraged to not use -- or even think -- that phrase, and should probably be wary of those who try to encourage others to use/think it. Logically, once a term or phrase (or paradigm) has been recognized as false, it probably should rejected and discarded -- it's too hard to not think false thoughts when one is thinking in false terms.
Possibly even more ironically, another example of the use of terminology in advanced gatekeeping is the unexpected and thus unappreciated use of correct terminology! This is higher-risk, but, if successful, very powerful psychologically. It also pre-empts its effective use by those who oppose the lie being kept. The best example of this is Ground Zero in New York City. The phrase "Ground Zero" is properly used to refer to sites of nuclear detonations, but if it can be successfully applied (kind of like hiding something in plain view) to an occurrence for which a false, conventional explanation has been repeatedly and successfully propagandized, then the term will have had its logical meaning and emotional impact already depleted in this context, thus making it harder, not easier, for truth-tellers to get people to consider and recognize the non-conventional reality of what happened there -- because the meaning of the correct term for it has already been blunted and twisted to vaguely mean something else.
Pronouns can powerfully represent far different things to different people. Consider the formerly popular, disinformative 911pravda terms LIHOP and MIHOP, which supposedly stood for Let IT Happen On Purpose and Made IT Happen On Purpose. Of course, "it" refers to the official hijacker-blaming conspiracy theory of 9/11, even though since 9/11 was covertly made to happen on purpose, contrary to the government's conspiracy theory, few people have any clue what 9/11 ("it") really was. But referring to "it" as if everybody does already know -- regardless of what LIHOP/MIHOP side a person may have taken -- gives a distinctly different impression. Getting truth-seeking 9/11 skeptics to take sides in that synthesized false dichotomy gives other, less-skeptical people the false impression that everyone already knows, and agrees upon, what happened on 9/11 -- in other words, what "it" was.
Getting people to believe that they already know all about something is the best way of keeping them from wanting or trying to learn more about it, so this is an ongoing strategy: Many of the long-time leading fake-opposition 911pravda gatekeepers are still (this linked-to disinformative 911pravda domain was created in late 2010) cooperatively duplicitously supporting the core elements of the lying government's big, deceptive, false, hateful, flat-earth-type (what-everybody-'knows') purported-hijacker-blaming conspiracy theory of 9/11, as they continue to disregard and ignore, and to help suppress awareness of, all the best, most incisive, evidence to the contrary. Apparently, many professional gatekeepers carefully choose their web sites' suggestive/misleading domain names...
Rule 6 - Time factor. Most lies fall apart eventually. Take, for example, the "surprise" attack on Pearl Harbor. Even today, many Americans remain unaware that the U.S. knew in advance that such an attack was coming. Further, even if everyone were aware of it now, it's too late for the knowledge to make any difference or do much good. So knowledge is power, but only for a limited time. Releasing the truth too slowly for the resulting knowledge to make any difference is also a form of gatekeeping. Time can be used (wasted) on both macro and micro scales.
- Upon the release of its report in 1964, all files of the Warren Commission were sealed from public view for 75 years (until 2039).
- Set up roadblocks and detours: anything which slows down the widespread uncovering of the lies being kept is good. Create and disseminate large phony intelligence operations intended to keep people thinking bad thoughts about the fall guy or fake enemy who's been falsely incriminated by the lies and trial-by-media which followed. "Able Danger" is a perfect example of this; even its name (like that of the patsy upon which it focused, Attack) was carefully chosen for mass consumption and maximum fear-mongering effect. Put out labels and limited hangouts and red herrings about thermite, and video fakery or "no planes", and ray beams for people to stop and take sides and agrue over; remember: every theory which is advanced not only reinforces the disparaged "conspiracy theorist" label on everyone who's merely seen through the government's impossible conspiracy theory, but it also serves to divert precious skepticism away from the government's impossible conspiracy theory.
- Make sure gatekeeping presentations are long but simple (preferably scholarly-sounding without demanding any heavy thinking, a kind of Mr. Rogers, PhD thing), and take up as much of the audience's time as possible; every minute they're being subjected to a fake-opposition limited-hangout shadow-boxing of the lie, referring to its fictitious elements (ie planes, hijackers) as if they were real, is another minute that there is no chance they'll be receiving information elsewhere which could help them to think their way out of those paper bags and see through the lies being kept hidden/alive.
Rule 7 - Advanced Gatekeeping: use humor to defuse the truth. If people can be made to laugh about horrible truths -- Jay Leno's nightly monologue is notorious for this -- the entertainment value of the humor can overwhelm the natural, normal, desirable human outrage at such horrors. Here is an example of the National Broadcasting Corporation (part of General Electric corporation, part of the military-industrial[-media] complex) referring to prior knowledge of 9/11 in a national, but not prime-time, TV broadcast in such a manner that people either do not notice the reference (ie, it is slipped into their subconscious) or do not take it seriously enough for them to become angry about it. Such gradual seepage into the collective consciousness prevents the occurrence of enough people ever becoming outraged at the same time, and thus defuses the potential for any mass uprising of discontent. If knowledge of a horrible crime is slipped into the public consciousness too gently and gradually to lead to any popular demand for significant changes to the corrupt establishment, the corrupt establishment is not threatened by even widespread knowledge of its egregious criminality.
Rule 8 - Advanced Gatekeeping: tell carefully-crafted double lies. When one's entire strategy is based upon the telling and selling of lies anyway, why not? When done properly, this has a powerful double-edged disinformative effect: it will not only "sell" a false premise, but it will keep people from ever noticing and questioning it, because they will devote so much energy to thinking about the claim which is based upon the false premise to consider questioning the premise (because it would make no sense to argue, as they do, over a claim based upon a fiction). This powerful disinfo tactic was used repeatedly in forming and continuously reinforcing The Big Lie of 9/11, so recognizing this tactic can be of great help in getting people to understand how what "everybody knows" about 9/11 is false, and how that came to be.
- Perhaps the best example of this tactic is when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld infamously said, regarding supposed Iraqi WMDs, "We know where they are." People became so focused on the double-false claim (that the military knew where 'they' were) that the false premise (that Iraqi WMDs even existed at all) became an unquestioned presumption, partly because it was mistakenly assumed that 1)Rumsfeld wouldn't tell double lies, and 2)there isn't room in only 5 words for 2 lies.