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The Onion produced a very convincing (on first blush) fake video
on what is purported to be HR-8791, the Homeland Terrorism
Preparedness Bill. Not only is there not a HR-8791, there is not a
Congressman John Haller. Nor is the logo on the lower right a
C-SPAN logo. Furthermore, Pennsylvania's 12th District is held by
John P. Murtha. Murtha's held that seat since 1971.

There appears to be no length some people will go through to convince the rest of us that things we suspect our government of doing are actually happening. The production work on this video is very good. The dialogue worthy of a movie script. Perhaps even an Oscar because there is a lot of suspense built in. I particularly liked the verbiage when the actor portraying the fictitious Rep. John Haller (who does not exist, at least not in recent Congressional history) talking about the anticipated revolution, said: "...should the event happen in urban areas..." he pauses, then using Jesus' name as an expletive, he says, "...that's classified...surpassing our darkest nightmare." When you see the wide angle view, you see what is purported to be Congressman John Haller at the podium in the House chamber. Good editing. Of course, the speaker's too far away to tell who he is. But note the backdrop. There is a tier of desks behind him where two women are sitting. To the right of the two women is an empty chair. In the closeup shot of the fictitious Haller the empty chair is directly behind him. There are no other people behind him since the "Congressional setting" is just that—a movie setting. The scariest part of the dialogue, of course, is when he says: "...a new Bill of Rights shall be drafted and approved by...classified..."

The real tragedy here is that when you cry wolf enough times, and your falsehoods are revealed, when someone else shouts the truth from the rooftops, those who heard the lies will be convinced that the truthful warnings are more ramblings from the conspiracy crowd that thrives on crying wolf.

 

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