Child Sex Trafficking & Cognitive Dissonance

Source: North Eastern Intelligence Agency

By Douglas J. Hagmann • June 27, 2017

Human trafficking and in particular, child sex trafficking, is an incredibly difficult topic to contemplate and even more difficult to discuss. It exemplifies the absolute worst of humanity. It is the proverbial third rail of societal and political discourse that most people will avoid at all costs. Failing avoidance, cognitive dissonance takes over, for most people cannot fathom this level of human depravity.

But fathom and confront it we must. In so doing, we should expect and will encounter denials, pushback, accusations of “fake news” and claims of hyperbole. Such opposition to exposure is interesting itself, for it originates not just from the usual suspects, but even from many on the “conservative” side of the political and social spectrum. This alone deserves and requires a separate report.


Many Americans were horrified by the accusations of child sex trafficking and pedophilia associated with “Pizzagate,” a much maligned and equally misused term that was thrust into the English lexicon following the publication of the Podesta emails by Wikileaks last fall. As it quickly trended, Pizzagate embodied a moving target of definitions, activities, individuals and groups, seemingly taking on a life of its own.

Misapplication of the term, the subject, and the activities began rapidly at multiple levels and in different venues, serving to exacerbate the public’s misunderstanding of the larger issue. While some of this confusion appeared to originate through the naiveté of a well-meaning percentage of the public outraged over such distasteful and evil activity, those of us aware of the issues watched as certain detractors deliberately muddied an already fetid swamp. Facilitating in attacking the legitimacy of valid concerns was a dutifully compliant and complicit media, running interference for their political icons and denizens of the crowded swamp in an election environment.

It must be understood that in this swamp, there is no distinction between political parties, and no ideological differences exist in network designations. A thread of shameless unity surpasses the normalcy of political bias.

Almost like it was orchestrated, the topic of Pizzagate in all its iterations suddenly became toxic due to a combination of seemingly disparate events. Much like the moving definition of “fake news,” the new term Pizzagate included issues beyond its meaning, including people and places that quickly became the focus of investigation in an open, crowd sourcing environment.

To be certain, such tactics have merit and value, and often keep people “honest.” Having over 30 years of investigative experience, however, I’ve seen cases quickly go sideways when information is released prematurely to the public, which is the reason most investigators are extremely cautious about sharing information with the press. In this case, however, it is clear that the most damage done to honest open source investigation was done by the corporate media and agents working on behalf of those potentially involved.

The result was the public was “gamed” and the issue held up to ridicule when the exact opposite should have happened. To many, “Pizzagate” is now synonymous with “fake news” and unfounded “conspiracy theories.” Honest people seeking the truth are publicly marginalized by pejoratives used by certain individuals and groups, many who should themselves be under investigation.

In summary, many elements of what is known and somewhat understood as Pizzagate are unfortunately real. Pizzagate, however, is but one element of a much larger issue that too few refuse to discuss.

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