Monday, March 08, 2010


Image from: An academic study of spin

Remember the Incubator Story and the Dodgy Dossier story?

In 1991, a Kuwaiti girl claimed that she had seen the murder of Kuwaiti children by Iraqi soldiers.

"They took the babies out of the incubator ... and left the babies to die on the cold floor," she said.

The public relations firm Hill and Knowlton arranged this testimony.

The incubator story turned out to be untrue.

Kuwaiti girl 'Nayirah' testifying before Congress.

In September 2002, the UK government produced the 'Dodgy Dossier' which claimed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction.

This dossier, which was a load of nonsense, was written by Paul Hamill.

On 6 March 2010, the Mail on Sunday (UK) reported that Paul Hamill, the Dodgy dossier aide, now works for Hill and Knowlton, the White House lobbying firm.

The intelligence dossier produced by Paul Hamill "included out-of-date research cut and pasted from the internet."

It was "crudely cobbled together from magazine articles and an out-of-date thesis by an American student."

Paul Hamill is now Director of Government Services at Hill & Knowlton, America’s most influential lobbying firm.


An academic study of spin


Penny said...

amazing, behind all bullshit, there is a public relations firm!

Edo said...

Edward Bernays would have been proud!

gyg3s said...

I recall the spate of kidnappings of westerners immediately after the invasion of Iraq. Ken Biggely being an example of said.

One thing that puzzled me about the kidnappings was the currency of the ransoms demanded.

Some of the demands were in US dollars; some demands were in Gold.

I could see why an Iraqi kidnapper would demand payment in gold ... but why would he demand payment in US dollars?

Expressed in manner more pertinent to your theme: what sort of kidnapper make a ransom demand - under the circumstances suggested - in US dollars?

nobody said...

Hey Aa, the usual compliments etc. for all the excellent stuff lately.

Mate, you did know that 'Nayirah' was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US, yeah? She actually has a page in wikipedia under 'nayirah', her real name apparently.

Anon said...

Many thanks for the info.

- Aangirfan

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