The Triumph of Thierry Meyssan, by Paul Matthews

«When, on September 6, 2006, President Bush admitted to the existence of the secret torture program of the CIA, he defended the practice, arguing that it had yielded information that saved lives. It was based on the false reports of the CIA and he was unaware that it manufactured evidence instead of searching for it. From that point, the Atlanticist media descended into barbarism and debated the merits of torture by presenting it as a necessary evil». The Congressional report on torture confirms that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attacks of September 11 – Thierry Meyssan : 15 Decembre 2014 (Cf. infra).

Quién puede pensar en  él? c. 1814-1823 Francisco de Goya y Lucientes Sepia wash and Indian ink,Museo del Prado, Madrid
Quién puede pensar en él? c. 1814-1823 Francisco de Goya y Lucientes Sepia wash and Indian ink,Museo del Prado, Madrid

The founding chairman of the Voltaire Network multilingual website has finally come into his own. In two articles in 2009 [1] and 2014 [2] he highlights the rôle of a certain “US academic”, Martin Seligman, relating to the real nature of the Camp Delta «conditioning» and detention centre at Guantánamo Naval Base. All of which has to be seen in the light of the recently published US Congressional report on the secret CIA torture programme and concerning a vast criminal operation, known officially as «Extraordinary Rendition» ie the system for kidnapping and sequestering people from all over the world put in place by the CIA and the US Navy during the presidential terms of office of both William Jefferson Clinton and George Walker Bush.

Some would use the word apotheosis after the years the French author and investigative journalist spent in the wilderness after publishing 11 Septembre : l’Effroyable Imposture (9/11 : The Big Lie) and a companion volume Pentagate. English-language editions of both now republished by USA Books.  Here is the man who has courageously defended in public the governments of Muammar Gaddafi  and of Bashar Assad during a so-called Arab Spring [3] and whose website helps expose numerous scandals including Operazione Gladio [4].

Rightly observing that «real-time information has been paradoxically transformed into a show in which the truth is incidental» [5] he is anticipated by Karl Marx (alienation theory and commodity fetishism) and Guy Debord (Society of Spectacle). But in an existence crucified increasingly by money worship, Mother Nature’s commodification is yielding an abundance of stigmata inconceivible before the twenty-first century.

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His geopolitical stance obliged him to leave France. Thierry Meyssan  was the first to qualify opponents of the Syrian Government as «Contras», in reference to «counter-revolutionaries» in Nicaragua, funded by the CIA in the 1980s Thanks partly to him we are aware, firstly, of the programme leading to the kidnapping and imprisonment worldwide of more than 80 000 people aboard 17 flat-bottomed boats stationed in international waters  and, secondly, of the true purpose and character of the  “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Despite the report’s numerous blacked out passages , journalists have been able to identify the flunkeys reponsible for supervising the torture sessions. Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen [6] were the psychologists under government contract and who in 2005 established a business together which appears to have proven a lucrative concern.

But the icing on the cake is surely the «philosophy of learned helplessness» elaborated by Martin Seligman and based on the work of sociologist Albert D Biderman, (1923-2003) concerning brainwashing and the torture practised by Korea and NorthVietnam to obtain «confessions» for propaganda purposes. In the USA  as well detainees are «encouraged» to «confess» to «crimes» they have not committed, the United States’ torturers being guided by this researcher in psychology and professeur at the University of Pennsylvania  to experiment and improve each and every “coercive” method on their human guinea pigs.

For example forced feeding by procedures called rectal hydration and rectal feeding. One’s reminded of the horrors of the Church and the Holy Inquisition, of «la gégène», (torture by electroshock) used in the Algerian War of Independence, la «baignoire» (bathtub torture) applied by the Gestapo and of its modern form : simulated drowing or waterboarding, whose utilisation had been long denied.

Therry Meyssan is not the only whistleblower and the list preceding and following on from former RAND Corporation  military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, is long and distinguished. [7] Some like  Karen Silkwood paid with their lives for their indiscretions. Others like, Mordechai Vanunu, Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, with incarceration.  Sibel Edmonds lost her job and carried on fighting to continue to inform the public. [8]

What distinguishes Thierry Meyssan and his combat from those of other French whistleblowers of the  environmental health school– such as Henri Pézerat, André Cicollela or Gilles-Eric Séralini – is its strictly géopolitical dimension. The anchor of the Voltaire Network is deemed a «conspirationist» and treated like a pariah by the mainstream medias in France and elsewhere, under anglo-zionist control, via «orientations» inspired by le Cercle de l’Oratoire et le club Le Siècle. Thus his adversaries range from the trio : Philippe Val-Caroline Fourest-Fiammetta Venner [9] to the «engineer, journalist and sophrologist»  Perline. [10]

In his chat show Tout le monde en parle  in March, 2002, [11] Thierry Ardisson discusses the Affair of Thierry Meyssan, whom he had interviewed two weeks previously. [12] He confronts Alain Finkielkraut and Laurent Joffrin, then editor-in-chief of le Nouvel Observateur, which had dubbed Thierry Meyssan «négationniste».

Given the rôle of the press, Thierry Ardisson disputes the use of such a term to describe any legal or natural person who dares cast doubt on the official version of September 11th. Especially as this neologism was first coined in 1987 by historian Henry Rousso to refer specifically to those questioning the reality of the Jewish genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany during World War II ! Thierry Ardisson challenges Laurent Joffrin on the media’s passivity and lack of curiosity over grey areas of the attacks. What happens next [13] is history :

«In April 2002, le Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) wrote to France Télévisions, rebuking Thierry Ardisson for lacking in discernment after Thierry Meyssan had appeared in his programme  A copy of this letter was sent to all CSA regulated audio-visual media outlets. Meyssan is no longer invited to French channels, including an Arte Théma evening broadcast on conspiracy theories, where he might have been considered to feature as a key player» (Cf.

The same Wikipedia seems to want to hide the identity of the author who, writing in a Russian weekly Odnako (ОДНАКО) is very well briefed about Martin Seligman’s conduct. Thus he becomes “a Frenchman resident in Lebanon” with no name (Cf. Unless of course one can understand Russian (Cf. “ТАЙНА ГУАНТАНАМО” [archive] Тьерри Мейсан, Однако (Российская Федерация) Сеть Вольтер 21 октября 2009). «Тьерри Мейсан» is «Thierry Meyssan». Such is the power of the Franco-Zionist lobby following the 9/11 attacks, long before the censorship which befalls Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala,  apostles of the single track mind idealogy are thus bringing all their influence to bear upon French speaking editors to have excommunicated someone who is no stranger to death threats. [14]

Whether by propaganda or by the force of arms, «Western democracies» have never ceased the proselytism of their brand of liberalism and their variant of the market economy. As WikiLeaks, Press TV and RT have found to their cost, freedom of expression operates like a one way street in a globalisation process supposedly to facilitate the international exchange of world views, products, ideas and other aspects of culture.

Paul Matthews
Poet & Writer

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

Foot Notes

[1] The secret behind Guantánamo by Thierry Meyssan ( english 20-05-2010)

[2] The Congressional report on torture confirms that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attacks of September 11

( english 15-12-2014)

[3] Le printemps arabe : une revolution contestée – Des Frères musumans au service de Soros (8e partie Ali El-Hadj-Tahar

( français 13-05-2013).

[4] Le nouveau Gladio en Ukraine par Manlio Dinucci ( français 18-03-2014).

[5] L’effet CNN par Thierry Meyssan (  français 19-05-2003).

[6] U.S. Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11’s Wake By SCOTT SHANE ( english11-08-2009)

[7] List of  whistleblowers ( english)

[8] Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds: ‘US is arming rebels in Syria’ ( english 21-12-2011),

[9] Left Wing “Division”: Caroline Fourest’s “double discourse” by Cédric Housez ( 01-12-2005).

[10] Daniel-Schneidermann licencie la modératrice du forum d’Arrêt sur Images ( français 07-10-2003).

[11] 11 Septembre : Ardisson confronte Finkielkraut et Joffrin ( français 26-12-2009).

 [12] Thierry Meyssan chez Ardisson ( français16/03/02).

[13] Thierry Ardisson : “Je regrette parfois d’être trop sympa…” ( français Numéro 32 Printemps 2012)

[14] Thierry Meyssan and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya under death threat in Tripoli ( english 22-08-2011).Western Spies And Snipers Threaten Independent Journalists Thierry Meyssan and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya With Death in Libya Saman Mohammadi The Excavator ( english 23-08- 2011).

2009 : Chief of Staff of the Army, General George W. Casey Jr., talks with Dr. Martin Seligman during a Comprehensive Soldier Fitness programme intitled «Strong minds, strong bodies». Picture Credits :
2009 : Chief of Staff of the Army, General George W. Casey Jr., talks with Dr. Martin Seligman
during a Comprehensive Soldier Fitness programme intitled «Strong minds, strong bodies».

Picture Credits :

Who Can Think of It? 1814-23
Sepia wash and Indian ink, 205 x 142 mm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Quién puede pensar en él? 1814-1823
Lavado de la sepia y tinta china, 205 x 142 mm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

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