You Can Hack Propaganda Like a CIA Analyst: Richards Heuer Describes the Approach

By Toamatapu

6 min read

Reading Psychology of Intelligence Analysis by Richards Heuer (1999)

In this final piece covering Heuer’s seminal work on intelligence analysis, Myth Composer is going to share with readers how they can read the news like a CIA analyst reads their intelligence reports.

The News is Going to be Wrong

With the Internet people can access a great number of sources just like analysts. With this great access comes the probability of interacting with conspiracy theories that not only exist on forums and conversations, but can be sponsored by the media. Conspiracy theories become probable explanations since they are the product of causal explanations and filled with bias. “Intelligence analysts are more exposed than most people to hard evidence of real plots, coups, and conspiracies in the international arena. Despite this—or perhaps because of it—most intelligence analysts are not especially prone to what are generally regarded as…

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