Dirty tactics are being used to deceive you, they were originally outlined in a playbook leaked by Edward Snowden titled ‘The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.’
Deny / Disrupt / Degrade / Deceive
Let’s illustrate how the 4 D’s work with a real-world example.
Example – Overseas property investors
News stories broke recently about the impact of overseas property investors on NZ’s overheated house prices.
Real-estate figures leaked to the Labour Party, which cover almost 4,000 house sales by one unidentified firm from February to April, indicate that people of Chinese descent accounted for 39.5 per cent of the transactions in the city in that period.
Yet Census 2013 data shows ethnic Chinese who are New Zealand residents or citizens account for just 9 per cent of Auckland’s population.
And the response?
- DENY – There is no issue with overseas buyers
- DISRUPT – The data is not reliable
- DEGRADE – The claim is racist against Chinese
- DECEIVE – The housing issue is about supply
Even if Labour’s findings were the truth, these responses are designed to raise doubt, ultimately leading to inaction which is the intended outcome.