As long-time readers know, I hold to the quaint and paranoid notion that many email hoaxes -- of the sort routinely debunked by Snopes -- are actually propaganda exercises. Our esteemed Australian correspondent, "Nick Possum" (a.k.a. Gavin Gatenby), has uncovered a particularly unnerving example.
According to a powerpoint presentation making the rounds of inboxes everywhere, a brownie camera magically turned up in a locker stored in an unspecified location. The camera was filled with spectacular, high-quality images of the attack on Pearl Harbor -- pictures never seen before.
Spectacular they are. But, in reality, they've been available to one and all for the past 66 years, although some have been cropped to appear unfamiliar. Gatenby tells the story here
My questions are simple ones: Why would anyone concoct this elaborate lie? Why go to such an effort to place the words "Pearl Harbor" in the forefront of American consciousness this Fourth of July? (The viral distribution of a 600 KB powerpoint file takes some effort to initiate.) In an earlier post, we have noted the ABC News report of a terror "spectacular" planned for this summer.
Have a happy Fourth. We're making barbecue chicken sandwiches, and we're taking the pooch to a local park.
Gatenby tells me that he is not Nick Possum; he is Nick Possum's amanuensis. And my ladyfriend decided that we had to stay home this Fourth, when she found out that HBO was running all six Star Wars
films in sequence. Why does everything on Tatooine cast only one shadow?)