Coming out of a typology of Organised Persuasive Communication (under
development with Eric Herring, David Miller and Piers Robinson) I present
misdirection as an important, and frequently used, aspect of contemporary deceptive
propaganda. I offer a definition of misdirection, and explain how it is different from
other common forms of deceptive propaganda techniques. I explain the importance of
misdirection, and illustrate its usage with examples taken from the Bush
administration’s torture-intelligence policy (2001-2008). The example extends to the
UK’s complicity in this torture policy.