Inventing Propaganda Slogans for “Bill of Rights” Day


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This CIA declassified document was recovered from the internet archive. It was declassified in 2004. This document is from Dr. Robert C. Tryon to Dr. James Phinney Baxter the III (head of R &A). This document is a live demonstration of sorts, of Tryon inventing propaganda slogans for the message they wish to convey on “Bill of Rights” day.

“The concept is complex, having at least three elements:

l . The day is a solemn commemoration of our Bill of Rights.

2. Because of our declaration of war, it is an occasion to signal the coalescence of all our military, economic and cultural forces hitherto somewhat lacking a common directive.

3. It is an occasion on which we dedicate ourselves to the fight ahead of us for the freedoms in which we believe.

The function of this day is to signalize the unification of these three elements.”


Some example slogans proposed:

Four to One for Freedom!

Right Shall Rule!

Fight for the Right!

Win for Freedom!

Unite for Right and Might!

Build for Freedom!

Right makes Might!

Down Axis, Up Freedom!


That’s pretty sick when you consider who these people are really working for, and what this war (WWII) was really about.


Document details

DATE: December 10, 1941


NAMES mentioned:

  • Dr. Robert C. Tryon- Psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley; part of organizing for the Psychology Division in September 1941; later in R&A Branch.  The R&A (Research and Analysis) Branch was initially led in 1942 by Dr. James Phinney Baxter III (President of Williams College) and then later by Harvard historian Dr. William Langer in 1943.Tryon also began work as a “behaviour geneticist” in 1942 while working for the OSS. He experimented on rats to see if skill in maze-solving could be passed on to offspring. {Ref} – Introduction to Psychology
    *See Alternate History of Dianetics – Roaring 40′s second part for more on Tryon and Geoffrey Gorer – British born, “anthropological researcher” of Yale’s Institute of Human Relations,  and Time magazine in 1944 documented that he was doing secret research in Washington for the British Government.
    *See Time Magazine, August 07, 1944 – Science: Why are Japs, Japs?
  • Dr. James Phinney Baxter III (President of Williams College) and current head of R&A branch.
  • David Morris Potter – Analysis of Rumors in collaboration with the OFF and the Office of Education. Mr. Potter was a professor of history, Yale University and he joined the Stanford University faculty in 1961 as Coe Professor of American History.    Ref: Cloak & Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961 by Robin W. Winks (New York: William Morrow and Company, 1987), pp. 495-97.    Potter, of all the periods of history to write about, wrote a book concerning the “impending crisis” leading up to the American Civil War.The_impending_crisis_america_before_the_civil_war_-_potter

*OFF = Office of Facts and Figures (U.S. government), a War Department propaganda organization established by President Roosevelt in 1940, headed by Archibald MacLeish (pictured below) and his deputy was Edgar Ansel Mowrer.

Archibald MacLeish - hotchkiss grad '1911


David M. Potter
David M. Potter OSS


Robert Choate Tryon – head of R&A psychology division



Dr. James Phinney Baxter III

James Phinney Baxter III - OSS R and A head 1942


Images and PDF files


For those who don’t know – OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition and when that is done on images, it makes it so you can search the images for certain words or phrases that you are looking for.

Here is an OCR’d PDF file of all the pages of this document.

Inventing Propaganda Slogans for “Bill of Rights” Day


Following are the individual images of the document, for those who prefer to look at them that way.

(click to enlarge)

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