I know about the articles. My point is that the WTBTS attempts to play both sides. They don't want to be perceived as a cult that resorts to extreme shunning, yet they use shunning as a weapon.
Their FAQ section was altered recently in regards to shunning. ( We have a thread about it somewhere..) They are now being more honest in their FAQ section, yet will lie in a court of law to appear more like a mainstream sect of Xianity.
The ORG has a special section on Judicial committees in the Flock book. They are very specific about association with non-family members. Why not just say, "association with any disfellowshipped person.." Simply put, they need the loophole for PR. They can point to the Flock book to prove that they do not break up families.
Then we have the articles you mentioned. The articles for the Dubs, not the public in general. They show the hardline stance that WTBTS Lawyers skirt around in Court. As you also mentioned, the Flock book speaks of "necessary dealings" with family, a nebulous term.
We can actually use the Flock book to our advantage by pointing out:
1) Association with DF'd family is not grounds for judicial action.
2) Jeehoober allows necessary interaction with DF'd family.
When you tell Elders that the CO is contradicting the Flock book, and then quote the proof, their brains freeze for a moment and they get a very puzzled look. That's when you remind them that they are in no position to tell you what association is necessary or not.