History Main / RevealingCoverUp

21st Oct '17 8:44:41 PM Yuihime
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* Literature/HarryPotter in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9443327/1/A-third-Path-to-the-Future A Third Path to the Future]]'' is immune to telepathy but in such a way that telepaths since a void when they try to read his mind, basically announcing that he's blocking them.

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* Literature/HarryPotter in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9443327/1/A-third-Path-to-the-Future A Third Path to the Future]]'' is immune to telepathy but in such a way that telepaths since sense a void when they try to read his mind, basically announcing that he's blocking them.
15th Oct '17 9:14:04 PM DanielCase
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** Likewise with any effort to throw drug-sniffing dogs off by concealing the contraband in something seemingly "innocent" like coffee grounds or peanut butter; dogs are trained to discreetly alert on those smells, particularly when they smell them in places that no one would expect to smell them like a car's front grille.
5th Oct '17 9:21:58 PM bwburke94
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* The official policy of the [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump Administration]] whenever something blows in their face seems to be to deny it ever happened even against overwhelming evidence, a policy that has been referred to by members of the administration as 'using alternative facts'.
** Another example: What caused the investigation as to whether Trump worked with Russia to help taint the 2016 election in his favor wasn't anything the Democrats said or did, even though they first brought up the accusations, but Trump himself contacting FBI director James Comey and asking him to stop looking at people in his administration that might have ties one way or another to Russia, Michael Flynn being one of the biggest examples. When Comey refused, Trump fired him, which caused the whole matter to blow up even further, especially because of the possibility that Trump could have committed obstruction of justice. At the end of July 2017, there's still no public evidence of Trump ''himself'' (as opposed to everyone around him) having conspired with Russia, but plenty of evidence of Trump attempting to sweep it under the rug.
30th Sep '17 5:19:12 PM PixelKnight
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** But is subverted in a rather interesting fashion in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', when word is intentionally spread that a murder is ''not'' to be reported to the Watch, knowing that Vimes will find out sooner or later and come snooping around. The person who gave the order does this because he ''wants'' Vimes to unearth and stop the immoral activities of his superiors, which he himself is powerless to stop. (When Vimes works this out he's offended at the thought he might ''need'' to be tricked into being interested in a murder.)
** Also subverted in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' when in order to cover up the fact that [[spoiler: he had tried to have his brother killed as an excuse to start a war, the Crown Prince of Klatch (the Discworld's country of Saudi Arabia stereotypes)]] had various stereotypical items (coins, sand, everything but a "camel under the pillow" etc) left behind to make Vimes think that someone was trying to ''make him think'' that the assassin was Klatchian.

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** But is subverted in a rather interesting fashion Exploited in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', when word is intentionally spread that a murder is ''not'' to be reported to the Watch, knowing that Vimes will find out sooner or later and come snooping around. The person who gave the order does this because he ''wants'' Vimes to unearth and stop the immoral activities of his superiors, which he himself is powerless to stop. (When Vimes works this out he's offended at the thought he might ''need'' to be tricked into being interested in a murder.)
** Also subverted Inverted in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' when in order to cover up the fact that [[spoiler: he had tried to have his brother killed as an excuse to start a war, the Crown Prince of Klatch (the Discworld's country of Saudi Arabia stereotypes)]] had various stereotypical items (coins, sand, everything but a "camel under the pillow" etc) left behind to make Vimes think that someone was trying to ''make him think'' that the assassin was Klatchian.
27th Sep '17 5:10:38 PM Linda58
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** In "All My Exes Live in Essex" the murder victim is ''stripped down to skeleton'' and disguised as an educational tool for medical students. The speed and skill in which the body was stripped to the bone allows Holmes to deduce the killer is also a doctor; and the fact that the hyoid bone (and only the hyoid bone) is missing tells him the victim was probably strangled, as strangulation often breaks the hyoid bone.
24th Aug '17 12:28:42 PM MetaFour
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* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). Creator/CharlesBronson's character arrests a washed-up mafia killer, who claims to know information about an impending hit which he'll trade for immunity. Bronson isn't impressed until the man is gunned down in front of him, right after being handed over to the NYPD.



* ''Film/{{Unknown 2011}}'': Dr. Martin Harris is traveling abroad when he gets injured in a car accident. After waking up in a hospital, Harris finds that his wife and colleagues don't recognize him any more--and his wife is with some ''other'' guy claiming to be Dr. Martin Harris. The first Harris doesn't believe this, but all evidence points to him ''not'' being who he thinks he is. He returns to the hospital, prepared to accept that he really has gone crazy... and then an assassin comes to kill him. Harris escapes, now knowing that there really is a conspiracy, and tears the entire thing down.



* ''The Stone Killer'' (1973). Creator/CharlesBronson's character arrests a washed-up mafia killer, who claims to know information about an impending hit which he'll trade for immunity. Bronson isn't impressed until the man is gunned down in front of him, right after being handed over to the NYPD.
* ''Film/{{Unknown2011}}'': Dr. Martin Harris is traveling abroad when he gets injured in a car accident. After waking up in a hospital, Harris finds that his wife and colleagues don't recognize him any more--and his wife is with some ''other'' guy claiming to be Dr. Martin Harris. The first Harris doesn't believe this, but all evidence points to him ''not'' being who he thinks he is. He returns to the hospital, prepared to accept that he really has gone crazy... and then an assassin comes to kill him. Harris escapes, now knowing that there really is a conspiracy, and tears the entire thing down.
24th Aug '17 12:26:02 PM MetaFour
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* ''Film/{{Unknown2011}}'': Dr. Martin Harris is traveling abroad when he gets injured in a car accident. After waking up in a hospital, Harris finds that his wife and colleagues don't recognize him any more--and his wife is with some ''other'' guy claiming to be Dr. Martin Harris. The first Harris doesn't believe this, but all evidence points to him ''not'' being who he thinks he is. He returns to the hospital, prepared to accept that he really has gone crazy... and then an assassin comes to kill him. Harris escapes, now knowing that there really is a conspiracy, and tears the entire thing down.
17th Aug '17 8:13:48 PM Kalmbach
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* This fact has saved several journalists that have speculated on classified information. In 1944, a crossword puzzle in a London newspaper coincidentally used several codewords for the upcoming Normandy landings and massive deception campaign. It turned out that the author had no idea that he was using the codewords, but nothing was done as doing anything would draw attention to it. It was later revealed that his students had overheard the words being used around military camps and presented them to him. Similarly, though in a less innocent case, Col. Robert R. [=McCormick=], who was still an isolationist, speculated that the US had broken Japanese codes and was left alone so to avoid drawing attention.

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* This fact has saved several journalists that have speculated on classified information. In 1944, a crossword puzzle in a London newspaper coincidentally used several codewords for the upcoming Normandy landings and massive deception campaign. It turned out that the author had no idea that he was using the codewords, but nothing was done as doing anything would draw attention to it. It was later revealed that his students had overheard the words being used around military camps and presented them to him. Similarly, though in a less innocent case, Col. Robert R. [=McCormick=], who was still an isolationist, the isolationist publisher of the Chicago Tribune, speculated that the US had broken Japanese codes and was left alone so to avoid drawing attention. attention.



* The Dreyfus affair started as a bad investigation and a worse trial sending an innocent man to a horrible jail. When the errors were being unravelled step by step, the perpetrators choose to defend the initial error and the real perpetrator by more and more lies and outright forgery, ending with a grotesque anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about a "Jewish syndicate". It didn't work.
* Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sexual abuse scandal came to light after federal investigators looked into his illegally structuring hush money payments to his victims to avoid his bank reporting large transactions to the government as required by law.

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* The Dreyfus affair started as a bad investigation and a [[KangarooCourt worse trial trial]] sending an innocent man to a horrible jail.HellholePrison. When the errors were being unravelled step by step, the perpetrators choose to defend the initial error and the real perpetrator by more and more lies and outright forgery, ending with a grotesque anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about a "Jewish syndicate". It didn't work.
* Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sexual abuse scandal came to light after federal investigators looked into his illegally structuring hush money payments to his victims to avoid his bank reporting large transactions to the government as required by law. Incidentally, this provision was part of the PATRIOT Act, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard a piece of legislation he had championed.]]



* The official policy of the [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump Administration]] whenever something blows in their face seams to be to deny it ever happened even against overwhelming evidence, a policy that has been referred to by members of the administration as 'using alternative facts'.
** Another example: What caused the investigation as to wether Trump worked with Russia to help taint the 2016 election in his favor wasn't anything the Democrats said or did, even though they first brought up the accusations, but Trump himself contacting FBI director James Comey and asking him to stop looking at people in his administration that might have ties one way or another to Russia, Michael Flynn being one of the biggest examples. When Comey refused, Trump fired him, which caused the whole matter to blow up even further, especially because of the possibility that Trump could have committed obstruction of justice. At the end of July 2017, there's still no public evidence of Trump ''himself'' (as opposed to everyone around him) having conspired with Russia, but plenty of evidence of Trump attempting to sweep it under the rug.

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* The official policy of the [[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Trump Administration]] whenever something blows in their face seams seems to be to deny it ever happened even against overwhelming evidence, a policy that has been referred to by members of the administration as 'using alternative facts'.
** Another example: What caused the investigation as to wether whether Trump worked with Russia to help taint the 2016 election in his favor wasn't anything the Democrats said or did, even though they first brought up the accusations, but Trump himself contacting FBI director James Comey and asking him to stop looking at people in his administration that might have ties one way or another to Russia, Michael Flynn being one of the biggest examples. When Comey refused, Trump fired him, which caused the whole matter to blow up even further, especially because of the possibility that Trump could have committed obstruction of justice. At the end of July 2017, there's still no public evidence of Trump ''himself'' (as opposed to everyone around him) having conspired with Russia, but plenty of evidence of Trump attempting to sweep it under the rug.
1st Aug '17 9:46:02 PM Medinoc
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** Another example: What caused the investigation as to rather Trump worked with Russia to help taint the 2016 election in his favor wasn't anything the Democrats said or did, even though they first brought up the accusations, but Trump himself contacting FBI director James Comey and asking him to stop looking at people in his administration that might have ties one way or another to Russia, Michael Flynn being one of the biggest examples. When Comey refused, Trump fired him, which caused the whole matter to blow up even further, especially because of the possibility that Trump could have committed obstruction of justice.

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** Another example: What caused the investigation as to rather wether Trump worked with Russia to help taint the 2016 election in his favor wasn't anything the Democrats said or did, even though they first brought up the accusations, but Trump himself contacting FBI director James Comey and asking him to stop looking at people in his administration that might have ties one way or another to Russia, Michael Flynn being one of the biggest examples. When Comey refused, Trump fired him, which caused the whole matter to blow up even further, especially because of the possibility that Trump could have committed obstruction of justice. At the end of July 2017, there's still no public evidence of Trump ''himself'' (as opposed to everyone around him) having conspired with Russia, but plenty of evidence of Trump attempting to sweep it under the rug.
29th Jul '17 12:07:33 AM billybobfred
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* ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'': [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2000/07/07/ozy-and-millie-424/ Tiberius takes the cake]]. He's in charge of the UFO cover-up conspiracy, but managed to pull this trope. What makes it [[EpicFail particularly embarrassing]] is that [=UFOs=] ''genuinely don't exist'' in this comic.
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