One of the techniques of psychological warfare is propaganda aimed at influencing or changing the feelings, ideas and behaviour of the target group in line with specific objectives. This technique was employed on a regular basis by certain circles throughout the course of the BAV case. Every subject raised in connection with the BAV community during the months in which the Security Department investigation was carried out was distorted by various media institutions as part of the psychological warfare concerned, and although the expert witness reports proved that these accounts were false allegations not a word regarding this appeared in the press.
GROUNDLESS ALLEGATION 1
TARGET GROUP: The public
PSYCHOLOGICAL PROPAGANDA WORDS: Among the incriminating devices unearthed were a secret camera, a secret camera headpiece, and a micro secret camera.
RESPONSE: In the first days of the police operation various dailies wrote that a “secret camera” had been located, though this report turned out to be a lie. The things referred to as secret cameras were ordinary security cameras that can be found in many a detached house garden or workplace entrance.
In addition, the 15 January, 2002, expert witness report presented by the Engineering Faculty of Boğaziçi University clearly stated that the cameras deliberately referred to as secret cameras were security cameras that were freely on sale everywhere, that these were not secret cameras and that they lacked the technical features necessary (such as image recording etc) to make them secret cameras.