Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Class of Deceit

Think, Singapore.
"Well you know, corruption is not just a Jon Stewart joke don't you?"

"I don't know what you are talking about."

The question is a recursive joke. A joke about a joke.

The answer is a standard red flag statement employed by the deceiver type.

The pattern? Ask a question that is likely to involuntarily engage the analytical mind of the receiver. When the recipient has been trained to buy time, keeping a deception alive, canned statements (like, "don't know...") emerge. The manipulator is suddenly playing defense.

The questioner is now in the lead and it is for her/him to lose. Furthermore, she/he is also in control of the dialog's pace at this point.


One case of probable cause is sometimes all it takes to crack a shield of deception. Since, sophisticated denial suggests a big prosecutorial prize, it also indicates where to strategically direct limited resources. Small independent teams composed of the highly trusted can accomplish much. Several are best to protect the mission, if something in one should go wrong.

© 2011 Buzz Hill

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