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Passage 3

     "Should we succeed in exposing the Holocaust and its
     spin-off industries, it will lay bare a criminal
     conspiracy of such parasitic nature and global reach
     involving entire nations, branches of governments etc.
     that it will cast dark shadows on some of the most
     revered public figures in America, Germany. Israel and
     elsewhere. That's why doubting Holocaust scholars and
     just ordinary revisionists are being so mercilessly
     persecuted around the world. "


This passage is structured as `cause+effect.' The first
sentence (the cause) asserts that those who assert the truth
of the Holocaust are engaging in a criminal activity and
moreover, this activity involves a widely ranging group of
individual, nations, etc. The second sentence (the effect)
states that a particular group, namely `doubting Holocaust
scholars' and `Revisionists' are being persecuted. This
sentence is a passive without an overt agent. Thus, by the
given-new principle of information distribution, the
implicit agent should be known or accessible to the reader
from the overall context. In this instance, the agent is
most relevantly the `criminal Holocaust industry.'

Thus, the writer explicitly states that the `Holocaust
industry' is a criminal conspiracy (without evidence,
violating `quality') which is implicitly secret (since it
can presumably potentially be `exposed,' and `exposure'
implies secrecy). Moreover, the writer asserts that this
same group is persecuting a group of revisionist scholars
and Holocaust doubters, and that the reason for this is that
the `Holocaust industry' must maintain its secrecy.

The expression `Holocaust industry' is, finally, a code term
for Jews. Thus, the writer implies that Jews are engaged in
criminal activity and are persecuting the revisionist
scholars, thereby inviting the reader to single out Jews as
an identifiable group and to treat them as a group with
dislike and loathing, as is fitting for a group of

Passage 4

     ''This issue of the Holocaust has long, long ago ceased
     to be a matter of individual and collective Jewish
     suffering or of economic and human rights injustices
     done to some Jews over 50 years ago. It has become a
     quasi-criminal enterprise, an octopus-like industry
     with its own lobby, promoters, legal arm, public
     relations branch - even enforcers. "


In the first sentence, the writer asserts that the Holocaust
issue has ceased to be something (namely, `a matter of
individual and collective Jewish suffering or of economic
and human rights

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injustices done to some Jews over 50 years  ago'). The fact
that something has ceased to be implies that the something
once existed. Thus, the first sentence of the passage
implies that

     "the Holocaust issue was once a matter of individual
     and collective Jewish suffering of economic and human
     rights injustices done to some Jews."

That is, the first sentence entails the truth of the
Holocaust (as defined as `a matter of individual and
collective Jewish suffering of economic and human rights
injustices done to some Jews').  The use of `some' in this
passage belittles the Jews and trivializes their complaints
and concerns.

The second sentence refers again to the Holocaust issue
(`it' takes as its antecedent the subject NP of the first
sentence, namely `This issue of the Holocaust') and asserts
that it has become a criminal enterprise. Since `This Issue
of the Holocaust' is an epithet for Jews in general, it
implies that Jews are engaged in a criminal activity of
considerable complexity (with its own lobby, etc.).
Moreover, the expressions `enterprise,' `octopus-like,' and
`industry' all invoke the industrial metaphor, again a code
expression which can be linked to the Nazi bureaucratic;
inhumane, and industrial approach to the Final Solution.
Here, however, the reversal strategy is used so that now it
is the Jews who are the bureaucratic inhumane
industrialists, while the Germans are the victims.

Since the passage attributes negative and criminal
properties to Jews, it invites the reader to despise and
hate Jews as a group. Paradoxically, it also invites the
reader to conclude that even if there were some truth to the
Holocaust (now taken to mean the destruction of (some)
Jews), the reader is still entitled to hate the Jews.

Tab 15. Power Letter - January 1996

Passage 1

     "The absence of a straitjacket that America enjoys when
     it comes to Freedom of Speech is the envy of the world.
     Will Americans yield and dance on the Zionist leash? We
     will see, I don 't think so ''


This passage uses the device of a rhetorical question in the
second sentence. As is usually the case with such a
rhetorical device [sic], there is an implicit presupposition
without which the question makes no sense. In this instance
it is that there exists a (metaphorical) `Zionist leash,' a
controlling mechanism, by which a group, Zionists (Jews)
influence and direct Americans. Without this presupposition
being assumed, the question is senseless. Moreover, the use
of the verbs `yield' and `dance' and the noun `leash' has
important implications. The first, `yield,' takes as a part
of its meaning that the entity affected (Americans, in this
case) is giving up something

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against its will. The second. `dance,' is used
metaphorically to suggest that the entity is performing at
the behest of someone else, in this instance Zionists, and
finally `leash' suggests a master-subordinate relationship
in which the unwilling subordinate is the Americans and the
master is Zionists.

Accordingly, the passage implicitly asserts that Zionists
are attempting to control Americans, and since Zionists is
an epithet for Jews, it suggests that Jews are manipulative
and place themselves in a superordinate position. This image
is of course reinforced elsewhere by the notion of the Jews
as a chosen people.

Passage 2

    "There are really only three enemies of freedom in
    Canada - and, for that matter, the world.
    Enemy #1 is public apathy toward those who would
    curtail freedom of speech and self righteously censor
    Enemy #2 is the Zionist Holocaust Promotion Lobby who
    terrorizes, brow beats and persecutes all true patriots
    into submission - people who differ with their version
    of history and  who question or blow the whistle on
    their parasitic Holocaust extortion racket.
    Enemy #3 are various career-seeking politicians who are
    intellectually lazy or who are too prejudiced (and
    maybe too beholden) to ever have thoroughly
    investigated both sides of this controversy. These are
    the government bureaucrats and law enforcement people
    individuals who curry favor, fame and fortune by doing
    the bidding of this powerful, ruthless, hypocritical
    Holocaust Promotion Lobby - all the while realizing
    full well what the actual facts are!"


This passage asserts the existence of the `Zionist Holocaust
Promotion Lobby,' an epithet for Jews, as a distinct group.
The term `Zionist' is here again used interchangeably with
Jews, an obviously incorrect direct association (since there
can be Jews who are not Zionists and vice versa) The passage
then associates with this group strongly negative attributes
as reflected in the choice of negative expressions through
the verbs `terrorize,' `brow beat,' `persecute,' the
adjective `parasitic,' `ruthless,' hypocritical,' and the
nouns `extortion' and `racket.' The reader, observing the
cooperative principle, would assume that evidence exists for
these assertions, although none is offered here.

The use of the term `controversy' elevates Holocaust denial
to a status on a parallel with the view that the Holocaust
did exist, thereby attempting to provide a tone of scholarly
acceptability to Holocaust denial.

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Another interesting aspect of this passage is its conspiracy
theory content. It implies the existence of a well-defined
Jewish group (the `Zionist Holocaust Promotion Lobby) which
is engaged in a deliberate. wide ranging, and focused
activity, the goal of which is the illicit corruption of
governments. In the resulting picture, Jews are painted as a
world-wide, perverse, corrupting force, thereby inviting the
reader to view them with loathing, abhorrence, and hatred.

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