Auf Wiedersehen, Miss American Pie

You might find some solace in the fact that a country with a partial electorate this gullible and people in positions of power this insane and/or manipulative…

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…is going to get what it deserves. But the question came up regarding this prediction when I was discussing it the other night:

Travis Getty, “Here’s How the US Empire Will Devolve Into Fascism and Then Collapse — According to Science,” Raw Story, 7 December 2016:

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/heres-how-the-us-empire-will-devolve-into-fascism-and-then-collapse-according-to-science/

[a Norwegian professor at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University, Johan Galtung] predicted in his 2009 book, “The Fall of the American Empire — and then What?” that the U.S. was plagued by 15 internal contradictions that would end its global power by 2020, and Galtung warned that phase of the decline would usher in a period of reactionary fascism.

American fascism would spring from its capacity for global violence, a vision of exceptionalism, a belief in an inevitable and final war between good and evil, the cult of a strong state leading that battle, and a cult of the “strong leader.”

Galtung said all of those elements presented themselves during the Bush era, but he fears fascist tendencies could sharpen under Trump as those cultists lash out in disbelief at the loss of American power.

The sociologist identified unsustainable economic, social, military and political contradictions that would eventually topple the U.S. as a world power.

“What’s going to take its place?”

What indeed?

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While a portion of this is nothing new, the point is I had not carried my thinking quite far enough. The point? There are people in government who don’t just want to cripple the federal government; they want to completely destroy it.

They want to set up Ted Cruz’s Dominionist/Seven Mountains kingdom, reflecting more Saudi Arabia than true Sharia Law, though certainly there are elements of legislating the bedroom that would fit with this nutty element’s intrusion upon what occurs between consenting adults. This while ignoring what occurs in the military between a non-consenting adult and a rapist. Since this works in the favor of multinationals who are waiting their turn to run the world, it continues and the loony tunes march toward inverted fascism and/or fascism seems inevitable. Imagine the Saudis controlling the Taliban and you get the idea with the difference being a Western spin with Jesus instead of Mohamed on the war banners.

This is because only a state–and then only a powerful one–could possibly present an obstacle to direct corporate control of the planet.

And that is largely because the intelligence community is just following orders. Nur nach Befehlen. Can you hear me now?

{Some tags are unrelated to the main point, eg., FINDERS.}

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The Interrupted Democracy

“…I wondered fleetingly, if [the Hills’] interracial marriage might be involved in Mr. Hill’s disturbance.”

“Will plays no part whatever in hypnosis, and the belief that hypnotizability is a manifestation of a weak will is false. The factors which influence hypnotizability are the intelligence of the individual, his conscious willingness, and the unconscious resistance or submissiveness. The latter are not always manifest on the surface…”

–Benjamin Simon, MD

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BBD – Blather On The Disorient Express {Updated}

With reference to the incredible French train averted ‘terrorist’ attack.

Doug Bolton, “France train gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani ‘dumbfounded’ at terror allegations and claims he found AK-47 ‘by chance’ in a park,” Independent, 23 August 2015:

independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/train-gunman-ayoub-elkhazzani-is-dumbfounded-at-terror-allegations-claims-he-found-ak47-by-chance-in-a-park-10467965.html

Speaking to BFM-TV, David said: “He is dumbfounded that his act is being linked to terrorism,” adding that El-Khazzani describes himself as a homeless man.

“He says that by chance he found a suitcase with a weapon, with a telephone, hidden away,” she said.

“He said he found it in the park which is just next to the Midi Station in Brussels, where he often sleeps with other homeless people.”

Explaining what El-Khazzani claims he planned to do with the rifle, David said: “He planned to hold up the train, then shoot out a window and jump out to escape.”

While this could be a bunch of defense lawyer rubbish, something should be said about the assumption of terrorism simply because a Muslim is holding a gun. They do commit crimes related to money now and again just like the rest of the world.

It also reminded me of the beginning of the attempt to turn me into a terrorist by Obama’s thugs. In Brooklyn in early 2010, there were several keys left laying around, usually right out in front of our condo but also at a spot I frequented to work out in Prospect Park.

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Aha. Knew I captured at least one.

One of the keys I recall was to some VIP area at an airport. Another seemed to be a locker. Whether airport also or a train or bus station, I either don’t recall or it wasn’t clear. There were also what appeared to be apartment and car keys.

This is the kind of thing that, out of context, I would tend to leave to chance, to coincidence. But combined with having been drugged and harassed so intensely and persistently around that time, I would have to say no.

This is a traceless way to entrap someone. The focus of any arising case becomes on the shooter, not on where the shooter got the gun, which would remain a mystery. {The answer, of course, DHS, FBI, CIA, DIA, INSCOM, JSOC, etc., or the usual Top Secret America private contractor suspects}.

But once you are in the legal system and the Department of Justice is on the case, you can abandon all hope of a fair trial, unless you are an elite, in which case they will move Heaven and Earth to protect you.

What was in those lockers? No idea. But it aligned well with the little “game” that ‘Balding’ and I played, where he presented my doctor’s appointment as some sort of loony check-up for being drafted and I pretended to go along with it at times in order to find out why I was being harassed.

It turned out, of course, they wanted a violent reaction when a court case I attended came back with a guilty verdict. I was quite pleased to have foiled that outcome.

But you might be saying to yourself that it would still be breaking the law, that maybe there is some value in attempting to entrap random people by the method of leaving weapons in their path.

I would then remind you that your free will is in question even under normal circumstances as neuroscientists and psychologists still aren’t settled on what free will is to begin with. How much more so, then, when there is a team of Federal thugs harassing, drugging, tricking, ruining you financially and socially, and otherwise brainhacking you to the point of madness? Merely in order, in my case, to A} roll-up/limited hangout a program so goddam illegal that it technically could be called surreptitious slavery, and B} as noted many times, create the fear of LGBT that the United States government and Wall Street have succeeded in doing with Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, and some other minorities they don’t deem worthy of protection nor see as having any intrinsic value. This, of course, leads to C} providing justifications for contracts to watch and further harass these groups in order to support the bloated intelligence industry as excuses for war do for the related defense industry. They are all about the fear, and while fear works to an extent as a market force, in the long run it kills consumer confidence. Say hello to our permanent shitty economy.

While calling these practices false-flag may not be 100% accurate, after all it still requires some sort of cooperation on the part of the patsy, it is neither 100% the patsy’s doing. What to call it? Gray-flag?

Guess I’ll stick with MKULTRA, COINTELPRO, and NKINTRA for now.

Update 1: Added photo of one set of keys.

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What’s Jared Got to do With Iraq?

Pretty much nothing. If there’s a lesson to take from the Jared situation, it is probably that power tends to corrupt. People start indulging their worst aspects when they think that they can get away with it. This applies to pretty much anyone with even a modicum of power. But it did remind me of a few things.

Before I get going on a tour of the covert horror show, why is what I’m going to cover important?

1} Barrett Brown would be covering something like this, and in a much better manner, were he not a political prisoner. That is what he is, stop making excuses for a giant machine filled with spooks who know how to manipulate people and the media.

2} We have another Bush running for POTUS. Really, are we not able to get enough after the Saving & Loan Scandal from 41 and the near complete financial meltdown from 43? Oh, right, it actually made a few people even wealthier, so screw the 99%. Banksters rule.

3} It involves indirectly another political prisoner, Matt DeHart.

4} We cannot seem to, in general, grasp that we have a few million spooks in this country alone, many of them in the private sector, and that there just isn’t enough for them to do in the category of things we actually expect them to do. Therefore, they cook up other things and provide illegal services to Wall Street and petty, vengeful, greedy politicians.

But it did remind me of UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter. I detailed what happened to two other NJSF interns, and what someone tried to do to me, in Wicked Game chapter 4 as well as what happened to Ritter and how it may relate to MKUTLRA subproject #109, Pharmacological Age. The chapter is long, but the Ritter section is at the end of the chapter, just before the notes.

What is the broader picture here? For that, we may have to look at the context.

First, there was the ‘Downing Plan.’ This was the result of a discussion between US and UK officials on how to garner support–and a legal basis–for invading Iraq. It included discussion of a false-flag-ish operation in which Iraq would be tricked into shooting down a plane upon which ‘UN’ would be painted on the side. While UK representatives opposed this proposal from their American cousins, one thing became clear: the Neoconservatives were very concerned with being prosecuted for war crimes. They wanted a solid legal basis for invading Iraq.

Note also that Ritter rejected the advances of Achmed Chalabi. Chalabi was the Pentagon’s favorite for replacing Saddam Hussein, a noted con artist and criminal, as well as very probably a double or triple agent working for Iran. Another thing that people don’t seem to grasp, many Joint Chiefs love instability because it provides opportunities for future military industrial complex profits down the road. They don’t want peace when they can fill their pockets forever on Permawar.

CIA to the neocons’ rescue. And on more than one occasion in all likelihood. Besides the character assassination against Scott Ritter, who as I noted in the chapter was literally explaining away the Bush administration’s WMD lies on CNN only to be cut off mid-sentence in order to go to Condaleeza Rice stating the exact opposite, there was Amerithrax. Jim Woolsey in particular. Jim Woolsey of later Booz Allen Hamilton, who also makes a couple of appearances in Wicked Game.

It appears that FBI investigated why CIA was attempting to frame Iraq for the Amerithrax attacks. An alleged document indicating the existence of this investigation was what Matt DeHart allegedly received from a member of Anonymous.

This should come as little surprise as FBI was investigating a lot of people who, not shitting you here, they thought were secret Muslims. This issued from politicians having ties to organizations that FBI thought also supported terrorism.

Of course Matt is up on charges completely unrelated to the investigation and instead something closer to what they got Ritter for. This is common tactic, even when the charges have no basis in reality, in order to dissuade support and to scare people about entering jail at all and therefore making them easier to coerce. See that chapter 4 again for field testing on American’s by the US government during and after the Bush 41 administration.

There are so many examples of kiddie porn among government employees, and so very few that resulted in prosecution and in some cases even firing, that one could only look at the Catholic Church or the British Government for a more corrupt system of cover-up. While I don’t want to see a theocracy, the Obama administration keeps making the case for some kind of morality within government. I swear, that man is the Koch’s best friend and a staunch GOPer when it comes to what he actually does as opposed to what he says.

History repeats itself again and again. Maybe it isn’t so much a flat circle as an ashtray.

BBD – Going With the Gut

“Yes, stand a little out of my sun.”
–Diogenes, in one of several attempts to tell the conqueror Alexander the Great politely to go f— himself, after being asked if there was anything he could do for the philosopher.

There are a few things on the backburner right now. One is a follow-up to the post about Jason Leopold uncovering that the Obama administration bases its actionable domestic intel on FOX News and warmongering think tanks in attempting to paint African-Americans as terrorists. Since then, there have been several new articles mentioning other think tanks doing similar, including one where a UK stinker suggests that conspiracy theorists may join ISIS. Between you and me, there’s a rumor going around that this guy likes to draw derogatory pictures of Mohammed in his spare time. But far be it from me to repeat gossip.

There is some overlap with this post regarding this overall phenomenon–think tanks make up reasons for more contracts, contracts get issued, money is flushed down the toilet and some of it makes its way back into the grubby hands of politicians–albeit only in the intended effect. I’ll explain at the end.

Though there were a few limited instances of weird mood, etc. after Plamegate, it wasn’t until Squidgate that, for example, my ex told my best friend behind my back that he was considering having me committed. I’ve detailed that in Wicked Game, even entitled a chapter regarding it and tried to explain the tortured logic of some emails and other actions I’d taken. Starting at about the middle or a little after of December 2009, my behavior altered somewhat dramatically.

I cannot place a date on when things went back to something resembling normal. This was and is more of a process than an event, and that came in spurts, setbacks, repeat. It’s something I’ve been reluctant to discuss, lest it invite a relapse.

Is it possible? Some background.

BACKGROUND

The MKULTRA draft goals memo dated 5 May 1955:

1. Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.

5. Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.

What is item 1 referring to? Seems pretty obvious. Character assassination of witnesses, whistleblowers, journalists, activists and others who might question or reveal the massive cash cow scam that NATSEC has become.

And item 5? The ability to harass and make bankrupt the same kinds of people by making them and their doctors believe that they have some disease or other.

Next, let’s discuss briefly Dr. E. Fuller Torrey. Torrey was quoted by the New York Times as describing Oscar Ortega-Hernandez as “classic schizophrenia” after the latter took some shots at the White House with a rifle some years back.

What Torrey neglected to mention was that he once worked at St. Elizabeth’s in Washington, DC, and that St E’s was once home to MKULTRA research. More recently, St. E’s was investigated by the Department of Justice for reports of violent behavior involving the patients there. A report was issued citing remedies for malpractice.

Further, Dr. T. forgot to mention that he subscribes to the theory that schizophrenia is not genetic, but biological in nature. That is, some substance or pathogen is responsible though susceptibility may involve some genetic factors.

Is this possible? Let’s see what some psych articles might tell us about it. You don’t have to click them, I’ll summarize the point.

Dale Archer MD, “Gut Bacteria Transplant: A New Treatment for Anxiety?” Psychology Today, 24 September 2013:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201309/gut-bacteria-transplant-new-treatment-anxiety

Emily Deans MD, “Schizophrenia and the Gut: Intestinal inflammation is linked to major mental illness,” Psychology Today, 21 September 2012:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201209/schizophrenia-and-the-gut

The idea, working backwards, is that anxiety, depression, and even schizophrenia are related to neurochemical imbalances in the brain. In the latter case, there are opposing camps that state an over abundance of dopamine or serotonin are to blame.

But where do these chemicals come from? From the digestion process. Bacteria that aid digestion produce chemicals to the brain. Some varieties produce neurotransmitters and that may cause this chain reaction that ends up at emotional and/or psychological problems.

As I’ve been quite fond of pointing out, typically our brain chemistry determines our emotional state, and then we decide why that might be by looking around to see why. It’s the reverse of what we tend to think it is, at least under normal circumstances.

The suggestion is that severe trauma may trigger the dying off of certain bacteria and therefore the promotion of others that generate the chemicals. This may explain why, per the US Government’s own brainwashing document, isolation and trauma can result in hallucinations and other schizophreniclike symptoms. There is a hot debate right now, though neither Obama nor any other POTUS will end it despite flowery rhetoric, that solitary confinement can cause the same kinds of problems. We are literally creating mental illness and intentionally so in order to perpetuate the for-profit prison system on the macro level and to allow sadists to enjoy themselves on the micro one; just like the torture program.

But back to the point, are we all looking at the world with gut-bug-colored glasses? Has this mystery been solved to the point that this information can be used by spooks in order to achieve nefarious goals? Can you cause depression to the point that people like Gary Webb, Aaron Swartz, and Sandra Bland might succumb to it? This theory both competes and overlaps with the MKOFTEN study of pharma side effects one I’ve discussed in the past.

At any rate, I guess I know what it’s like to an extent. I’ve tried using several metaphors in the past, none of which really live up to the experience.

One was sort of like being trapped inside your own head and only able to communicate your thoughts via jokes, poetry, symbols, song lyrics–the words of others. The ability to form coherent trains of thought or to verbalize what is going on is crippled. See again item 1 above.

Another time I suggested dropping a cement block on your foot and attempting to do algebra while still in excruciating pain. While that gets close, I think it may not last long enough for the layman to get it.

Perhaps this new one may help. Move your workplace into a van or other vehicle. Drive to a location where there is a jackhammer in use. Try to get some work done only while the jackhammer is going. You might actually be able to get a few things done with practice. However, you will be incredibly exhausted due to the level of concentration required. You won’t be able to keep it up for long, and your work will suffer.

In any case, the how may go back to MKULTRA again and The CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception, also known as Mulholland’s Manual or the “Magic Manual” in the list of subprojects. The methods and means have likely improved since then.

THE POINT

But on to the next point regarding personal experience. I have also written about having been poisoned. I referred to it as “poison lite”: Not so serious that hospitalization was required, but I had to sleep sitting up for fear of drowning in my own vomit.

This began at the end of March of 2012 and continued for several weeks, after seeming to go away just long enough that I dared eat a full meal again. In any case, I wound up feeling as though my digestive tract had shut down. I started munching on two or three different probiotic products {these are for replenishing bacteria that aid in digestion} and yogurt {which also contain some of that}, and eventually felt more normal.

The side-effect: A chronic cough that is related to digestion. But as time has rolled on by, I haven’t had anything like what someone might refer to as episodes either.

Is it possible that the “poison” was doing just what I thought it was, and the purpose was to get rid of whatever dopamine- and/or serotonin-enhancing bacteria I may have been slipped in December of 2009? Was that horrible experience a purging of the bad gut bugs?

Now we get to the why. The timeline {if you are a target of any kind you should compile one} makes it clearer. While I was awaiting some fate or other in Minneapolis, my ex got married in November of 2011. As noted, it would have been nearly impossible to have repaired that relationship being schizo-lite, confused, and unable to verbalize my situation even if I had understood it. So they waited until it was clearly too late to start the “cure.”

The purpose, then, to make me realize what they had done in the hopes of driving me to violence. This in turn would be used so that some think tanks could claim that LGBTQetc are more likely to become terrorists than others. You’ll also note the likelihood of doing similarly with the mentally ill.

That is why. This is how.

This is really happening. As you can see, had I obliged them and done as they required–that is gone postal or whatever some place–an interesting question could be raised, though it wouldn’t be until 50 years from now. How much of this would have been my fault and how much the fault of those who harassed, drugged, etc. me? Where does “free will” end and human sockpuppetry begin?

You cannot entirely call it false flag in this case, can you? False flag implies party A performed an operation and party B was blamed for it. In this case, both party A and B are involved.

This is the world we live in now. One where ignorance is encouraged so that power can increase the value of its own knowledge. So that the NATSEC industry can create boogeymen upon which to profit on the one hand and to distract us and the media with on the other. It is times like these when I start to wonder if Wicked Game isn’t going to have a happy ending.

Saucy Jack

There have been several people dismissed recently from the APA with regards to aiding, abetting, and protecting the CIA’s and Department of Defense’s torture program. As I’ve noted recently, there are almost certainly other items the APA has worked with the intelligence community to try to achieve. As the Red Scare was the excuse for abuses that lead to the Church/Tower and other hearings, so it the global war on terror the excuse today. We’ve already seen proof that so many other programs have been reinstated, sometimes even “legalized” by Congress, that we were told in the 1970s were illegal and were assured would never happen again. Opening mail, mass surveillance, spying on and harassing journalists and others, assassination by drone, torture/interrogation/brainwashing, and human experimentation have all been shown to have been occurring since 9/11 {and some of it even before}. How likely is it then that MKULTRA and COINTELPRO have been overlooked?

I’ve written about this before, so this is more of a refresher. The idea of using psychopaths in the service of “government” or multinational corporations is not new. Nor did it begin with the work of Peter Watts:

Rifters II: Maelstrom

Rifters III: Behemoth

But he is good at making the motives and possibilities clear in fiction, taking the ideas of experts and other science fiction writers and running with it. In these two books, a character named Achilles Desjardins is used as a drone pilot. Typical assignments include containing outbreaks of diseases and rebellion via deadly flying robots. He is controlled largely with drugs, until that all goes horribly wrong.

Now, let us recall that the Secretary of Defense was unable to say with any certainty when asked by Congress that the domestic drone rollout which transpired last year would not be used against the American people. Let’s also recall the much-ado about why/should various commercial airlines have been shot down on 9/11. Then, if you really want to dig deep, recall that the original OPERATION NORTHWOODS called for shooting down a plane full of American college students in order to build support for an invasion of Cuba; after being criticized, the modified plan called for shooting down a plane full of dead bodies.

If there’s one meme that must be dispensed with, it is that anyone in power wakes up wondering how they can help the average citizen. That is not what power does, it is not what it thinks about. Rather, how to exploit them is foremost in Power’s mind.

Enter Dick Cheney’s “Walk on the Dark Side.” The speech in which he used the phrase was rather vague in terms of details. But consider this:

Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski was a CIA test subject. Notorious mobster “Whitey” Bulger was a test subject. Though I have in the past considered him more of an after-the-fact subject of study, Aquarius {though not very accurate historically} has reminded me just how deeply Charles Manson was in the LSD subculture–LSD having been invented on behalf of and extensively tested by the CIA. I may have to rethink that. Lois Lang, shooter of a CIA bag man, was also involved in behavioral modification studies. Multiple MKULTRA subprojects were dedicated to mental illness, and psychopathy in particular.

How then, can one ignore the possibility–probability!–that some thinktank wrote that there should be some manner of harnessing the many serial killers roaming free inside the United States and using them in the war on terror? In an era of mass surveillance? It seems only logical when you want to build a spook army to look for talent who is already good at getting away with murder.

Is there any other basis, apart from the psychological profile of the parties involved and historical precedent, for this idea? Of course there is. The stats on serial killers by the national expert:

Christopher Beam, “The Decline of the Serial Killer,” Slate, 5 January 2011:

slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2011/01/blood_loss.html

Statistics on serial murder are hard to come by—the FBI doesn’t keep numbers, according to a spokeswoman—but the data we do have suggests serial murders peaked in the 1980s and have been declining ever since. James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University and co-author of Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder, keeps a database of confirmed serial murderers starting in 1900. According to his count, based on newspaper clippings, books, and Web sources, there were only a dozen or so serial killers before 1960 in the United States. Then serial killings took off: There were 19 in the 1960s, 119 in the ’70s, and 200 in the ’80s. In the ’90s, the number of cases dropped to 141. And the 2000s saw only 61 serial murderers. (Definitions of serial murder” vary, but Fox defines it as “a string of four or more homicides committed by one or a few perpetrators that spans a period of days, weeks, months, or even years.” To avoid double-counting, he assigns killers to the decade in which they reached the midpoint of their careers.)

There are plenty of structural explanations for the rise of reported serial murders through the 1980s. Data collection and record-keeping improved, making it easier to find cases of serial murder. Law enforcement developed more sophisticated methods of investigation, enabling police to identify linkages between cases—especially across states—that they would have otherwise ignored. The media’s growing obsession with serial killers in the 1970s and ’80s may have created a minor snowball effect, offering a short path to celebrity.

And any indication of APA involvement? Yes:

Spencer Ackerman, “Psychologist accused of enabling US torture backed by former FBI chief: Louis Freeh calls report that preceded Stephen Behnke’s ousting from the American Psychological Association leadership a ‘gross mischaracterization’,” Guardian, 12 July 2015:

Behnke has longstanding connections to the FBI. His CV cites his work since 2001 on an FBI child-abduction and serial murder research advisory panel. A John D Behnke, who appears to be his brother, served as a long-time and distinguished FBI agent before joining Freeh’s risk-management firm as a managing director.

Certainly, FBI being retooled to being more Jack Bauer and less Will Graham {and “coincidentally” less interested in fraud committed by banks, for example} could have had something to do with the decline. Assume for a moment, for the sake of argument, that the 2000s should have +/-120 serial killers. Let’s say 20 were found suitable and recruited by the intelligence community for training and special ops. What about the other 40?

USA Today, “Series Of Missing Ohio Women Stirs Fears Of Serial Killer,” WFMY News, 25 June 2015:

wfmynews2.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/25/ohio-serial-killer/29266757/

That town in Ohio is just one of several places with similar issues. Who is the most likely target of serial killers?

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It’s a stereotype for a reason.

The idea then? Local police get sex workers “removed.” They also {with or without the help of the killer} can frame any local criminal they please with the crimes and get them put away as well. It becomes a win-win for a misguided, holier-than-thou, superstitious, fear-mongering and -infested system that also “just happens” to love money and power more than anything else.

Terms: Ghosting

There’s a new definition, a new trend, given the label “ghosting.” Before we get into that, I wanted to first lay out some of the other definitions.

First, there’s a form of identity theft wherein the thief takes on the identity of a deceased person. In the pre-9/11 days, this typically consisted of requesting the birth certificate of a dead person with a birth date close to the thief’s real one so that the new identity would be plausible. The way the paperwork filing worked, birth certificates were traditionally kept separate from death certificates, so the supplying municipality would not even necessarily know that they were supplying a dead person’s proof of birth.

Another definition is when law enforcement “misplaces” a person in custody. They move them around, leaving them in bureaucratic limbo, in order to hold them longer than they would be allowed normally for any number of reasons. The Muslim groups one often saw on the streets of New York City selling books and speaking through megaphones were allegeldy ghosted in this manner on 9/11. The excuse given was that it was for their own protection.

Still other definitions relate to video and photography, with various intended and unintended artifacts appearing on the media.

The most recent, newish trend being discussed is breaking up by ignoring the other party’s phone calls/messages and texts. This is usually discussed in terms of Hollywood and other celebrities, but certainly the behavior is nothing new.

Finally, the definition most appropriate for this blog involves a form of harassment. It is the moving, temporarily hiding or rearranging property. In some cases I’ve also been told that items can be sabotaged. New batteries run out of juice the same or next day. Water bottles have holes in the bottom. All the way up to financially debilitating home and auto problems.

The primary purpose seems to be to make the target appear to be mentally ill, from what I can tell from comparing stories from TIs. The typical scenario involves the inability to locate some object that is important to the target. After perhaps telling others in the home/at the workplace, perhaps even attempting to get their help in locating the object, it suddenly reappears, usually in an obvious place. The target recalls searching that location and those around the target think, “Yeah, sure,” and their confidence in the target’s reliability/sanity is shaken.

It works as one step in the process of isolating the target, who is likewise attempting to try to imagine what happened based on their experience, which only naturally includes wondering if the people they share the home/workplace with are responsible.

Ghosting is just one of many harassment categories and other kinds are typically employed at the same time or close on the heels of others. Combined with the surreptitious administration of drugs, the target rarely avoids the intended effects for long.