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Acţiuni de dezinformare şi propagandă ale Securităţii împotriva Occidentului, 1948-1989, II
The Securitate’s Disinformation and Propaganda Actions against the West, 1948-1989

Author(s): Alina Ilinca, Liviu Bejenaru
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul National pentru Studiul Totalitarismului
Keywords: psychological war; Cold War; disinformation; propaganda; communist party; secret services

Summary/Abstract: The totalitarian nature of the conflicts of the 20th century and the extension of the concepts of national defense overpasses the traditional boundary between civil and military areas. Psychological war, which manifested either through a threat to use means of political, economical or military constraint, or through the effective use of these means, proved to be an important feature in the state-to-state relations. Psychological actions were in the core of the 20th century war. Various methods were used in order to ruin the moral of the enemy and to get support from the people. This paper presents the actions of disinformation and propaganda develops by the Securitate, the secret service of Romanian’s communist regime, in the Western’s countries. In the acceptation of the communist regimes, disinformation did not mean replacing the truth with a lie, but substitution the true information with the ideology.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 75-85
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Romanian