Select two of the Questions to Ponder for this week for your posting. Please select only two and do a thorough job on them. Do not attempt to respond to all of the questions. We are looking at the basic concepts that we will continue to encounter through the rest of the course in many different time periods and situations. In each one you may be surprised to find how these ideas continue to influence the outcome of events.
Questions to Ponder:
Your initial post should be at least 250-500 words in length (not including references listed at the end). Please respond to at least 2 other students and one follow up question. Responses should be a minimum of 150 words in length and include references to the material.
Student Response #1:
According the Webster’s Dictionary defines deception as: “the act of making someone believe something that is not true: the act of deceiving someone: an act or statement intended to make people believe something that is not true.” In many cases it is hard to actually tell a lie, as human beings, our physiology can make us sweat, tremble, stutter or even make us blush. But deception is an art for those who cannot lie but are master of deflecting the truth to an unknown level.
There are very different times in human literature and history where deception plays an integral part to achieve a goal. The Trojan horse has been in both history and fictional literature, in technology it has been used too to describe computer viruses that attack computer networks. During the Holocaust, Oscar Schindler saved thousands of lives thru the use of his businesses after the Nazis massacre a whole town. The Nazis also created extermination camps that were fronts for fabrication buildings for planes, weapons and ammunitions. Mobster organizations maintained law enforcement officials at bay, behind hundreds and thousands of businesses while laundering money and committing bribes, extortions, and murder. Some of the most famous serial killers maintained a dull life while hiding their crimes, serial killers like John Wayne Gacy volunteered for the children hospital as Pogo the Clown by day and at night he would kill young men. How every single one of these men deceived hundreds of thousands of people is feat.
Governments have to maintain a level secrecy when conducting clandestine operations. There has been very few times when our government has worked clandestine operations that have become deceptive with help from other governments. Last year the film Argo exaggerated what CIA operative Tony Mendez did to assist six Americans to escape Iran during it coup d eta of 1979. The real story showed that the six Americans received assistance from Canadian ambassador, Ken Taylor. Mendez created a crazy and unusual plan to make a fake movie with the idea of making the six Americans part of a scouting location crew for a movie. Mendez managed to extradite seven people including himself while eluding Iranian authorities. It was the ultimate deception act, it was public and at the same time humiliating for the Iranians.
The art of deception is an incredible skill for anyone looking to avoid a major conflict. Lying can create it shares of problems and it can (of course) be less credible than deception.