What Can We Learn From the Pando / Intercept Divide?

INTRO

This is likely to be long and rambly. Mostly, I’m writing it to get my own thoughts organized so I can stop thinking about it. I’m not expecting kumbaya or anything similar. Nor am I seeking to stir up trouble or open any old wounds.

Probably there’s a lot of extraneous stuff in here as well. That’s because the big picture is important as is attempting to repair or redress this incredibly broken system those of us in the US have to deal with.

BACKGROUND

In 2010, the following three pieces were written. The second is a response to the first and the third a response to that response.

Mark Ames and Yasha Levine, “TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal,” Nation, 23 November 2010:

http://www.thenation.com/article/tsastroturf-washington-lobbyists-and-koch-funded-libertarians-behind-tsa-scandal/

Glenn Greenwald, “Anatomy of a journalistic smear job,” Salon, 24 November 2010:

http://www.salon.com/2010/11/24/tyner/

Mark Ames and Yasha Levine, “A Response to Glenn Greenwald,” Nation, 25 November 2010:

http://www.thenation.com/article/response-glenn-greenwald/

{Note that some time has passed and perhaps some perspectives have changed a little. For example, Misters Ames and Levine now live in the US, while Mr. Greenwald now lives in Brazil. Given Rio’s reputation for having a very active CIA station, there must at least be a small piece of common ground. Additionally, I’m sure events such as transpired with the Guardian over the NSA/GCHQ documents, the detainment of Mr. Miranda in the UK, and the theft of a laptop made at least some forms of government harassment visceral for Mr. Greenwald. On the other hand, he makes mention of the possibility of government reprisals against Mr. Tyner in his response, so perhaps that was already in mind just over five years ago.}

The main question revolves around the backlash against TSA airport screening. The secondary question is about whether the backlash against it is a grassroots or “astroturf” {a movement that appears to be a grassroots movement or a spontaneous “will of the people” action and is in reality backed by a corporation, wealthy individuals, government, or some other powerful entity}. The third thing is about the treatment of one John Tyner in the first piece.

If there is indeed some reason for Koch and others to want to bash TSA {there is, privatization, which is, if climate change doesn’t get us first, going to be the principle reason for the decline of this country}, then this issue is also a bit of a chimera. On the one hand, we want our rights and dignity. On the other, we don’t want special business interests using infringement on either to result in handing over essential government services over to low-paid contractors who will provide worse service but receive less bad press for it just so rich assholes can make a buck.

Backing up a little, I recall back during the early healthcare reform debate that people like Keith Olberman suggested that the people, typically senior citizens, disrupting town hall meetings on the subject must have been paid Koch brothers plants. No such connections were ever found. Why? I’ll get to that in a minute. But in the meantime, compare the visions in our heads of what healthcare reform was going to be and what we got and ask yourself if it’s even worth discussing a past fight over something that fell so short of the promise.

I can easily see this chimera problem, by the way, as being what is behind a lot of the attention on the police shootings. By merely suggesting that there is a lot of media attention on these and that there might be a special business interest reason for it {privatization of police was a primary goal of Blackwater, as Mr. Scahill knows} it makes it sound like I’m callous to, mostly African-Americans, being gunned down by police. I am not. I am merely suggesting that the idea that we demand changes from our government will likely result in changes for the worse, not better, because that is Washington’s current and recent past track record. If they can find a way to make a buck, they will. We are to that point.

A brief anecdote: I saw petitions in Michigan to build another bridge to Canada in order to, I was told, alleviate traffic, provide competition, and some other things. Sounded good during the pitch. The real reason? So some wealthy man could make a bunch more money by owning a bridge subsidized by taxpayers. Framed as being in the public interest, sold to me by ordinary people who may not have even been aware of any ulterior motives, and it sounded like a good idea.

ARE WE BEING PLAYED?

So how do we wind up in these situations where it appears as if “the people” are speaking but are wittingly or probably more often unwittingly serving some other purpose?

Let me count the ways. For starters, here’s what FBI was able to accomplish in the 1950s and 1960s without any magical powers that I am aware of:

Groups and individuals have been harassed and disrupted because of their political views and their lifestyles. Investigations have been based upon vague standards whose breadth made excessive collection inevitable. Unsavory and vicious tactics have been employed–including anonymous attempts to break up marriages, break up meetings, ostracize persons from their professionals, and provoke target groups into rivalries that might result in deaths. Intelligence agencies have served the political and personal objectives of presidents and other high officials. While the agencies often committed excesses in response to pressure from high officials in the Executive branch and Congress, they also occasionally initiated improper activities on their own and then concealed them from officials whom they had a duty to inform.

{Citation here https://mccoyote.wordpress.com/coint/}.

Stop and think about that for a moment. Pit two groups or individuals against each other without either being aware that it was the FBI behind it. Destroyed marriages, got people ostracized from their professions. And CIA did/does this with entire nations.

Then there’s Cass Sunstein’s “cognitive infiltration” and Alex Jones’ very popular disinformation efforts. This latter is most likely connected to intelligence subcontractor Stratfor {Jones hired two people from Stratfor, was or perhaps still is a subscriber, and I.W. shared Stratfor’s IP address early in their creation} which in turn is most likely connected to CIA and/or one or more of the other US intelligence agencies. We are being fed info-crap by our own government.

Then, we have discovered more recently, that the Koch brothers do indeed have their own intelligence division that keeps an eye on protestors.

Then we have not only the JTRIG slides from the Snowden trove but also, after at first denying it, the Department of Defense {and again some indication of CIA involvement if only guilt by association} in controlling the kinds of stories that people see in their feeds on social media. This was billed as being part of preparing for civil breakdown, and yet was a response not to any kind of civil unrest but rather the financial shenanigans of too-big-too-fail banks.

At the same time, there’s this guilt-by-association or personal politics thing that, really, is at times overdoing it.

SWITCHING GEARS SLIGHTLY, BRIEFLY

I not only worked on the Ground Zero Mosque project in 2009 {which had clear connections to both the FBI and CIA, and was likely being used–illegally–as an election wedge issue to mobilize the bases of both major parties} but also a housing project in Almaty, Kazakstan. I ran across this gem just recently, even though the article is from months ago. I did read elsewhere that some soldiers alleged there is a US biological weapons base there in late 2013 or early 2014.

Sarah A. Topol, “Black Cat in a Dark Room: A Week in the Mysterious Sleeping Villages of Kazakhstan” BuzzFeed, 23 July 2015:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/sarahatopol/a-week-in-the-mysterious-sleeping-villages-of-kazakhstan

There are some bizarre similarities here with regards to hallucinations in Krasnogorsk, Kazakstan in 2010 with what transpired in Pont-St-Esprit, France in the 1950s. From the former:

When Lyuba woke up four days later, she didn’t remember anything. The nurse told her she’d had a stroke. Lyuba tried to stand. She put her legs down, but it was as if they didn’t exist — there was nothing under her. These legs aren’t mine, she thought.

Residents started noticing helicopters flying overhead — could they be spraying something? People saw ghosts. One woman saw UFOs, small red and blue orbs that hung a few feet above the earth; others swore they’d seen them too.

From the latter:

Eventually, the young man was tied down with thick leather straps, in a prone position on his back, onto a cot in a local jail cell. Within minutes, however, he had loosened one strap and chewed the others in pieces with such a frenzy and intensity that some of his teeth fell out of his bloody mouth. When he finally managed to break loose, he screamed that monsters were attacking him and he seized the metal bars of his cell, frantically trying to escape. With superhuman strength, he was able to bend them slightly, before he was again restrained.

Another young lad of about twelve years of age ran about the town screaming that dead people were rising up out of the ground at a nearby cemetery. “They’re coming to eat us, they’re coming to eat us alive,” warned the frantic boy….

{H.P. Albarelli, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, Trine Day, 2011, p. 351}.

See also, Alex Pasternack, “Why the U.S. Is Building a High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab in Kazakhstan,” Motherboard/VICE, 27 August 2013:

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/why-the-us-is-building-a-high-tech-plague-lab-in-kazakhstan

And, Jeffrey K. Silverman, “Secret Bio-War Program Discovered,” Veterans Today, 6 October 2013:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/10/06/georgia-to-open-lugar-biolab-to-russian-experts/

{Scroll down for the Kazakhstan portion}.

BACK TO THE POINT

But I had no idea that any of my work was in any way connected to the intelligence community at the time that I worked on those projects. It was just work. Which means that if I didn’t see it then lots of other people don’t see it either.

AND THE BUTTON

I am indebted to Edward Snowden and the people who reported on what he revealed. It does little good to say that, because he leans Libertarian or because NSA is government and it doesn’t seem to directly damage companies like Palantir, Booz Allen Hamilton, HBGary Federal, etc. that we should then not concern ourselves with surveillance {and look again, more than that–GCHQ online PSYOP similar to what USDOD’s Minerva seems to want to accomplish} when NSA, CIA, FBI, etc. all protect these contractors from scrutiny and responsibility; when they actively abuse their powers perhaps just so our approximately 70% private intelligence community can be further privatized; when these gross violations of privacy are abused for both political and financial purposes. Government both hold the contracts and are charged with holding private contractors responsible for abuses. The buck has to go there.

At the same time I am indebted to Mark Ames for his reporting on both the sort of natural result of privatization and Reaganomics as it pertains to “going postal” {since my ‘marriage’ was destroyed by the government and I was ‘ostracized’ from my profession, resulting in my having to resort to being a security guard for a time just to survive financially as well as spending my small retirement fund} and the less naturally occurring version of that involving Lois Lang and her shooting of a CIA money man who became too flashy to allow to continue {since some of the newer, field instead of lab, techniques were likewise employed against me}.

Totally get that we need hard evidence. But also get that the situation is so dire, and the motives often so obvious, that it seems like losing a battle over principles against an opponent who has none, who is very practiced at lying, excuse-making, and hiding and protecting evidence from discovery, and most importantly manipulating people into doing what it wants.

That is all. Mind those chimeras; they are a bitch.

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US Blatantly Goes Full Nazi

https://twitter.com/EFF/status/681539107852435456

Yonatan Moskowitz and Lee Tien, “Human Research Loopholes Alive and Well,” EFF, 28 December 2015:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/12/human-research-loopholes-alive-and-well

There’s discussion of an intelligence community exception to human experimentation. One can give comments to the Department of Health and Human Services until the 6 January 2016 deadline regarding this:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=HHS-OPHS-2015-0008-0001

It also includes, very vaguely, the MINERVA Initiative nonsense, where DoD controls the flow of information people see on social media so as to control the national mood and attitudes. Where have we ever seen the like? {Lower portion, CIA and USAID in Afghanistan and Pakistan}.

Of course the truth is far more bleak. We are already well beyond the experiments of the Cold War and into domestic operations that include everything from building phony narratives for support of policies that are not in the public interest, to maligning African Americans, Muslims and others, to swaying elections, up to and including assassination and fear-mongering via so-called lone wolf shooters.

But at least there’s some related discussion. The fact that the Obama administration is on the one hand asking for comment while also asking for the exception is of course to confuse you. They want it or we wouldn’t be discussing it. As with a group only being as smart as the dumbest person in the room, a system is only as benevolent as its most malevolent act. And this one is pretty far off the deep end as things go already.

My comments:

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You can read more about those two memos here. Not really even close to capturing the entire picture since use of these kinds of things also includes the more mundane COINTELPRO style mind games and military PSYOP, but it is a sometimes necessary piece depending on what it is they are trying to accomplish.

It always seems to boil down to a few things. Old money and how CIA and DoD {for that matter FBI and many contractors} serve it first and foremost, though there’s a shift towards multinational corporations these days, and the radical religious people who tend to wind up among the Joint Chiefs of Staff and places like Langley and the other side of the financial scam/quick money revolving door {think of Willard Mitt Romney and Bain Capital here}. How much more self-deception do you need beyond constant cash flow while clutching a rosary or that extra book tricking your mind into thinking the Big Guy approves of your murder, war crimes, torture, brainwashing, mayhem and circumvention of the Bill of Rights BAMN?

Magical thinking among those who have nuclear weapons. Nothing to worry about, I’m sure.

It’s Kind of Circular

Before I launch into the point of yet another “Oh yes it is” post, please take note of the following. First, a news article about a man who shot at drivers in Michigan because he believed that they were out to get him.

Crimesider Staff, “Mich. highway shooter sentenced gets 6-to-10 years in prison,” CBS/AP, 4 February 2014:

cbsnews.com/news/michigan-highway-shooter-sentenced-gets-6-to-10-years-in-prison/

Casteel’s attorney, Doug Mullkoff, did say before Langford-Morris announced her judgment that Casteel was “very troubled” at the time of the shootings and didn’t wish his actions “upon himself or the victims.”

“Raulie Casteel did not choose mental illness. It chose him,” Mullkoff said. “He had no history of mental illness before this period in his life. He never was diagnosed until after his arrest.”

During the Livingston County trial, Casteel testified that he shot at the other motorists near the busy Interstate 96 corridor between Lansing and Detroit over a three-day period in October 2012. He said he did so impulsively and because of wild, uncontrolled delusions and paranoia, believing the other drivers were part of a government conspiracy against him.

The shootings terrified the region for weeks, leading commuters to change their driving habits and forcing schools to keep children inside at recess.

While the terrorism charge brought by the state attorney general’s office covered all the shootings in Livingston, Shiawassee, Ingham and Oakland counties, Tuesday’s sentencing came in a case brought by prosecutors in the latter county for shootings that happened there.

Casteel had faced 60 charges, including attempted murder, in Oakland County for shootings in Commerce Township and Wixom.

His lawyers and family members favored the plea deal, because it allows him to receive the ongoing mental health counseling he wants. Defense attorney Doug Mullkoff has said his client was diagnosed with delusional disorder, a condition associated with maintaining false, persistent beliefs despite evidence to the contrary.

I agree with Doug. Of course I’ve also met Doug. He was the Squidgate defense attorney.

Next, before I reiterate all the various methods the unscrupulous could employ to get results like this in a human being, the undisputed history of having researched it during the Cold War, and the probable motives for doing so, yet another method recently came to my attention, this time via a second Naval Research document. What I write here is by no means an exhaustive analysis, merely another method that jumped out at me and fits well with some of the older ones described in past posts.

John D’Andrea, C.K. Chou, Sheila A. Johnston, Eleanor A. Adair, “Microwave Effects on the Nervous System,” Naval Health Research Center Detachment, January 2003:

researchgate.net/publication/8999863_Microwave_Effects_on_the_Nervous_
System

Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB)
Permeability The blood–brain barrier (BBB) prevents high molecular weight substances in the blood from getting into the brain. This barrier protects the brain from foreign toxic substances but allows passage of the molecules that are necessary for metabolism. A number of causes, such as edema, anoxia, hypertension, and ionizing radiation, have been shown to induce BBB changes, often increasing permeability of substances to the brain. The radio tracer method of Oldendorf [1970] is often used to allow for a quantitative measurement of test substance penetration. The RF induced BBB permeability increase was controversial for many years. Now most researchers believe that the permeability change is associated with an increase in temperature induced blood flow.

–page S127, 22 in the PDF.

Simply put, the BBB prevents many bad things from getting into the brain. Increase the permeability–that is the amount and kinds of substances and/or pathogens that can pass through this barrier–and you can give a person any number of diseases and conditions, many affecting cognition, mood, and perception, and some of which can result in death. This is yet another traceless method of killing someone or at least ruining their life, turning it into a living hell.

You’ll note the inclusion of hypertension alone as a possible cause of increasing the permeability of the BBB. This actually may explain why isolation and trauma–as noted in the CIA’s brainwashing document–can result in schizophreniclike symptoms including hallucinations. Read if for yourself.

Apart from this, you also have the myriad substances CIA tested on some witting, some unwitting subjects, most notably LSD-25, but including probably 80 substances altogether.

Then there is the Frey effect, also known as the radiowave hearing effect or the microwave auditory effect. It was first demonstrated in the mid-1970s. More recently, the US Army’s CALL {Center for Army Lessons Learned} had “voice-to-skull devices” defined on their website but at some point they took it down. The Federation of American Scientists kept a copy. {You can also note again the two DoD info memos released on the same day: one to circumvent the OIG, the other to define damage from non-lethal weapons as having to be permanent and physical in the eyes of the Pentagon}.

This effect can make a person think that they are crazy because they either hear voices or experience strange involuntary thoughts that seem to come from someone or somewhere else. This is where tinfoil hat comes from.

Moving on, a short list of infamous people who were also subjects of CIA mind control programs or operations: Ted “The Unabomber” Kaczynski, “Whitey” Bulger, Lois Lang. What else do these three have in common? They all killed people.

Now for a list of people I’ve met. As I noted some time ago, I found myself working six hours a week at a plant owned by the Koch brothers. I found this, once I discovered who owned it, strange and a little alarming. Strange, because I couldn’t imagine how they missed me. A little alarming because I ran a PSYOP on some of the Kochs’ top lobbyists while living in Minneapolis. Though I was not told specifically that if I did that that my life would be returned to me, that the harassment and hellishness would stop, I was desperate enough to try almost anything to find some semblance of normal. Of course, things only got worse because the Democrats don’t care about human beings any more than Republicans do.

But how did I wind up working at Koch {as an outside contractor}? A young man whom I went through orientation and drug screening with suddenly seemed to go crazy in February of 2013. He called in to work claiming that “they” were after him, had given him a flat, and had murdered his aunt on the Interstate. His supervisors told me that they did find a story about a woman shot but that it was not his aunt.

He became increasingly disturbed, stopped answering his phone, and became a no-show at work. I was called in to cover part of his shift.

Then there are the many, many so-called TIs {targeted individuals} I’ve met and/or interacted with on the Internet and telephone. They, on the one hand, typically make some claims that I don’t believe to be true about how and why bad things happen to them, but on the other have some experiences that I and other people have also had without knowing about those experiences.

It’s a process that practically covers itself up. You are harassed to the point of madness and then madness takes over and pushes mere perception to the breaking point. Whether you were actually drugged, are experiencing the side-effects of sleep deprivation, emotional exhaustion, and the changes that occur in the brain via the BBB and the stomach via stress changed in the bacteria there, which wind up sending too much dopamine and/or serotonin, you can no longer trust your own judgment, so why would the police, your friends, family and co-workers, or reporters? It’s murdering a person without actually killing them. It is the science behind “driving someone crazy.”

The first question, or hurdle, is why isn’t there more evidence that this is happening now? Where is the Edward Snowden of dirty tricks and covert ops by proxy dupes?

The first thing you should know about covert field operatives is that they have almost certainly broken the law. They are, by virtue of their occupation, open to blackmail. They don’t tell on their employers because their employers have the dirt on them. This was what made the OPM hack so disturbing; it contained the dirt on many intelligence professionals. Side note: If it is truly in the hands of the Chinese, then you can bet that the two main political parties in the US also have a copy, and vice versa. Things often play out very differently than rhetoric might make it seem, and China is still a maker of cheap stuff for the US.

So, there’s our first problem: Whistleblowers aren’t likely because they will be smeared by the corporate media. These smears might drown out the message.

Next, they of course are brainwashed; subjected to the same kinds of propaganda that many of the rest of us are, but with much, much, tighter control. For example, we know that the ODNI forbids all intelligence employees from reading The Intercept. They are more likely to follow orders in the first place because that’s what their training did; combine that with “anything that didn’t come from the Director is a Russian|ISIS|Anarchist|Girl Scouts of America plot” and you can just keep on turning a blind eye, assuming that you are in the know despite being subject to surveillance, compartmentation, and the daily force-feeding of bullshit that only smells a little like apple pie.

Then there’s internal security and the FBI to contend with. While little is known about the former currently, there was one chief of CIA security known to wear swastikas. And, of course, the FBI has no compunction about destroying people for their bosses and Wall Street. You’ll find no decency, no sense of right and wrong, no thirst for justice in the Department of Justice of the United States. This is one of the reasons why this is place is so absurd, so comically Orwellian to the point it paradies parody on an almost daily basis.

Now, on to the probable motives. This is an important discussion because people cannot believe something is true unless they can see why someone would do it. Tell them that it already happened during the Cold War and they’ll shrug it off as overzealousness fighting the “Soviet threat.” It is insufficient to say that something outside most of our experiences is happening without also presenting some reason why it is happening.

It is ridiculous to think that CIA HQ did not know that torture didn’t work. It just is. The Agency studied it and frequently noted that it fails to provide valuable intelligence because the subject will say whatever they think that the torturer wants to hear. To ascribe patriotism or ignorance to doing something that made finding the truth more difficult is preposterous. It simply is, there is no other explanation that fits all the facts except that they were looking for any and all excuses to continue expanding the War on Terror. There just isn’t, sorry. It’s not bureaucratic overreach. Someone knew exactly what they were doing: Manufacturing intelligence.

This is an example of what I mean about motive. You can discern them by looking at history, cause and effect, and what has been said about a situation in order to divine it.

The targeting of some Americans by the US intelligence community is pretty much the same. It serves to curb rights because it increases fear of “them” and forces people to trust the “us.” This, in turn, makes even more of these kinds of operations possible.

At the same time, it keeps security contract money flowing. It is estimated that 70% of the intelligence community is private. This means that, for example, of the over $1 trillion spent on homeland security {$1.4T at time of WaPo Top Secret America expose}–the task, not the Department of alone–over $700 billion is going to private spy firms. Some of these firms also do business for Wall Street, Fortune 500 companies, and have various connections to the political elite of the GOP, DNC, and TP movement.

If you want some cold comfort, the idea is to create an atmosphere in which Americans are ready for World War 3. No, really. Water, oil, climate change I’m sure all get bandied about as excuses. Of course, it’s really about distracting us from who is robbing us and who is making some people crazy enough to go out and shoot people because they can’t take it anymore. It’s kind of circular like that.

One of the things that clued me in about all this occurred in Minneapolis, in the early Summer of 2010. During a very unpleasant walk to go sell some DVDs at a pawn shop in order to eat, I happened across an intersection. Across the way was a very large shooting range. I had one of those involuntary thoughts. “Wouldn’t it be fun to go learn to shoot?” Of course, I immediately decided that it would not. But I filed that away and it wasn’t until much, much later that I learned some of the possible ways an intelligence apparatus could make that happen. I also wondered what would have happened if I hadn’t been so damn reasonable, had an inkling already that something was hinky.

On occasion I like to bait a hook to see if I get a nibble. Two days ago, I ended a Twitter tirade {related to the Navy document above} thusly, with a quote from Longfellow:

While out and about yesterday evening, I had this involuntary thought. Keep in mind, though I have followed the man on Twitter for some time, I follow 2,000 people, so I rarely see his tweets unless someone else RTs them. It wasn’t until after this thought that I bothered to see what this John Rain fellow is all about. {And, by the way, there’s a TV series starring Keanu Reeves on the way next year}.

“I want you to favorite Barry Eisler on Twitter. He has the solution.”

Favoriting someone means that every time they tweet, the app on the phone makes it show up as a notification. Currently the app only shows the most recent.

But I was cautious of this bizarre advice that came seemingly out of nowhere. I had already had a swift kick in the groin earlier in the day after viewing my Facebook feed, seeing something I did not need to see all the way at the very top. Sorry, but it’s personal, so I’m not sharing that. I will, however, remind you of MINERVA, the DoD/CIA project to see what happens when you control what people see on social media.

From Wikipedia:

John Rain is a fictional character created by Barry Eisler. He appears in eight of Eisler’s espionage novels as an assassin for hire who specializes in making his victims appear to have died of natural causes.

And that is how the intelligence community of the United States attempts to radicalize its own citizens. Imagine if I thought that advice came from God, the Devil, a dead relative, or a UFO. That’s how they roll. This is what’s happening. I hate being the bearer of bad news, but I hate being the target of this kind of crap even more.

Circular, dude.

Bonus links:

Similar to the story of the “Socrates of SIGINT” here:

Peter Maass, “The Philosopher of Surveillance: What Happens When a Failed Writer Becomes a Loyal Spy?,” The Intercept, 11 August 2015:

https://theintercept.com/2015/08/11/surveillance-philosopher-nsa/

You have a couple, a scifi writer and his wife a fantasy writer, who work for the Pentagon on, you guessed it, non-lethal weapons. Meet Chris and Janet Morris:

He is a defense policy and strategy analyst and a principal in M2 Technologies, Inc.

…best known for her fantasy and science fiction and her authorship of a non-lethal weapons concept for the U.S. military.

Janet is not new to this blog.

Mind Games

Here’s a very simple example of what being manipulated looks like and how it affects us unconsciously even when it’s a little obvious it has been done. Starting at the 16:22 mark of this episode of Brain Games, you’ll see how two teams wound up acting very differently and what the results were. Then you’ll see how they were prepped psychologically to make this the case.

Brain Games – Season 3 – Episode 14 – “Risk”

That is just about as simple as you can make it and still maintain the idea that his can be done on larger scales. Are there realworld examples? Yes, there are:

Barney Frank Confronts Woman At Townhall Comparing Obama to Hitler

This was one of those things that make Keith Olbermann, who had his show on MSNBC at the time, suggest that these folks may have been bribed by the Koch brothers to disrupt the meetings. No such connection was ever found.

A possible reason for that: Because you don’t have to actually pay people. You just have to scare the shit out of them. Behind many mass email chains lies a political operative or a group of them. We see this most often during an election, when flyers arrive in the mail discussing things like banning the bible, or whathaveyou. Now, we have these practices year-round in order to alter and influence policy, legislation, and court rulings. They are written to exploit existing fears and expand to beliefs that serve a larger political purpose, sometimes to create the appearance of false consensus or at least one based on disinformation.

This is what the Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency have been up to, including testing it on Facebook and other social media. The project we know about is called MINERVA and it reportedly grew out of the 2008 financial crisis. Researchers initially denied the project had Defense funding, but that was later proven to be a lie. As proponents of mass surveillance like to point out, if the government and its private partners have nothing to hide, why hide what it is funding? What it is doing?

Banks nearly destroyed the financial system, so of course the Pentagon wants to know how to manipulate people and make them crazy, angry, depressed, fearful, desperate, and–one cannot help but wonder–violent. The only real explanation for that two-part chain of events involves feces, a hill, and gravity.

But I hope it is easy to see how easy it is to do, and how effective it can be even on a small scale. Being bombarded with images, such as we will be all day on 9/11 this year, has a major effect on our perception of the world. And it doesn’t always lead to a clearer understanding of it, often just the opposite.

The Seven Seals of Doom

Draw all chalk arrows towards The Deep State.

I. The Revolving Door – no longer is merit based on performance towards goals of protecting American interests as the public has been led to view them but rather those of NATSEC and multinational corporations. Government employees create needs and then go out into the private sector and win bids for the need created inside. It’s an incestuous cycle that burns through tax dollars at an alarming and NATSEC threatening rate but receives no criticism from many so-called fiscal conservatives.

Perhaps not unrelated, political donations from many Top Secret America companies are considered classified and not subject to public scrutiny.

II. The Private NATSEC Corporation – besides the cycle described above, these companies have been known to target private citizens engaged in Constitutionally protected First Amendment activities as well as those seeking redress through the civil court system.

Then there is the general question of government responsibility and hiding in the private sector:

WaPo, “Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws,” Radley Balko, 26 July 2014:

washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/06/26/massachusetts-swat-teams-claim-theyre-private-corporations-immune-from-open-records-laws/

III. Mission Creep – unable to support itself under the excuses for under which it was expanded, Top Secret America and the Department of Defense itself expanded their missions to include stifling dissent over financial crimes. This has been shown to include MINERVA, which grew out of the banking crisis, interestingly. Banks almost cripple world economy and DoD response is to create MINERVA targeting American people for manipulation. What’s wrong with this picture?

Programs and tools like those exposed by Edward Snowden and Jeremy Hammond/Barrett Brown present a large temptation for freedom-haters within government and the private sector. Tartan and Trapwire, for example, are the propagandist’s wet dream. These kinds of sockpuppet software packages make it possible to alter public perception by leveraging a few operatives to make them seem like an entire crowd, a majority.

Unfortunately, nearly all human beings over estimate their own intelligence and those of lower intelligence tend to over estimate theirs more. People believe that they are not susceptible to being manipulated, would know if it were being done to them.

IV. Surveillance, Propaganda, PSYOPs – these items, combined with the tools already mentioned above, make this manipulation easier. Even manipulation of NATSEC and law enforcement employees is accomplished, resulting in perhaps the rash of shootings we’ve seen, especially of homeless, mentally ill, and minorities. Radical opinions, whether ISIS, the Tea Party, or the Ferguson PD, did not appear out of thin air.

image
Duke Cummingham John McCain with the same people who recently cut off a reporter’s head.

“People like this ultimately fail.” –Barack Obama

Yeah.

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Some liberal media will go through long-winded cultural and social explanations for situations like that in Ferguson, Missouri, twisting their spines into pretzels, resulting in “magic bullet theories” designed to sound too complex for mere mortals to grasp.

Compete horseshit. It’s Deep State propaganda.

It should be noted that this is exactly what Cass Sunstein suggested should be done: to create a false picture of reality by creating conspiracy theories covertly and then to use the excuse that people hold anti-government views to take away rights and arrest those so manipulated.

V. Loss of Narrative Control – like the government, a large, overwhelming portion of the mainstream media caters to the Deep State, the multinational, and not to the interests of the average citizen. The narrative becomes “if you don’t give up your rights to let us protect you, you will die.” Fear becomes the reason, rational thought perishes before it and is short-circuited by images of boogeymen ravaging in our heads.

VI. Hypocrisy – The Military Industrial Complex, not just an American phenomenon, arms as many sides in all conflicts as possible and then owns politicians like Peter King of New York {see end of article}:

NYTimes, “In Washington, Second Thoughts On Arming Police,” Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt, 23 August 2014:

nytimes.com/2014/08/24/us/in-washington-second-thoughts-on-arming-police.html

While on the other hand politicians decry use of these weapons and even people trained by NATO like ISIS and Al Qaeda. This is the biggest scam in human history I think, setting up villains and then knocking them down. Of course that’s been CIA’s primary occupation on the operations side since its inception.

This has created a situation where more chaos equals more profit combined with sectors wielding so much power that they can create it on a whim and win-win while everyone else loses-loses.

VII. Rise of the Psychopath – as above with corporate America, so below with the government and the intelligence community. Sociopaths. I have nothing against them personally, it is a human condition and cannot be helped any more than other personality traits.

But at least since the 1990s it has been reported that sociopaths now excel within large companies. It is in part a factor of being able to lay people off or dump toxic waste without remorse, but also the drive to do better than the previous fiscal year as a result of that being the requirement from Wall Street to see positive stock results. Interestingly, this has gone beyond the fiduciary responsibility of protecting stock holders and now corporate officers frequently defraud stock holders for their own, personal financial gain.

Insert Jurassic-Parking vampires back into existence metaphor here.

Additionally, corporations are people with protected “civil rights” and people are objects to be used, abused, exploited in turf wars between agencies and political parties. There is no moral high ground in any of these sectors being occupied. The scandal, the crime, is the covert civil war itself, not simply what the war is about.

And So It Came To Pass

When I wrote The Wisp, a story involving privatization of the intelligence community and warfare, I had thought that I was gazing down the road ten years or so. It wasn’t until the WaPo exposé Top Secret America that I realized it had already happened mostly in 2004 and 2005.

Twenty-two months ago or so, I started a “Fauxpocalypse” novel entitled Infernis. The idea behind the fake end times term, self-fulfilling prophecy can be as dangerous as, in my opinion perhaps moreso, than the supernatural. For the unfinished novel, a system that absorbs too much of those beliefs is susceptible to the same delusional thinking. Think HAL 9000 meets War Games.

Then, about 10 and a half months ago, started the sequel, Inthrallis. This one is in part based on experiences with some of those items listed in that old 1955 draft CIA MKULTRA memorandum:

11. Substances which will produce “pure” euphoria with no subsequent let-down.

12. Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.

I may expound on that later, but as I’ve noted below, the scope of the project quickly grew and before 1960 they were looking at what makes us decide to vote, child personality development, mental illness, minorities, criminals, hypnotism, means of control and altering personality, etc.

August of last year was before the MINERVA stuff made it into the news. It’s apparently gotten a nickname now, “FBULTRA,” which I think is appropriate.

The theme of Inthallis is similar in that it still circles around self-fulfilling prophecy but this time it’s a sort of anti-Christ figure. Superstition as crowd-control and flimflam predates even Judaism, so it should not be taken as an attack against religion as a whole.

Superstition and inquistion-lite are making big comebacks.

Exorcism:

VICE, “EXORCIST REVIVAL,” Staff, 16 June 2014:

vice.com/read/exorcist-revival

VICE, “Why the Vatican’s Recognition of Exorcism Is Important,” Kayla Ruble, 4 July 2014:

news.vice.com/article/why-the-vaticans-recognition-of-exorcism-is-important

Witch Hunts:

NYTimes OpEd, “The Persecution of Witches, 21st-Century Style,” Motch Horowitz, 5 July 2014:

nytimes.com/2014/07/05/opinion/the-persecution-of-witches-21st-century-style.html

In some communities, it is chiefly young men who take on the role of witch hunters, suggesting that they may see it as a way to earn prestige by cleansing undesirables and enforcing social mores. That many of the self-appointed witch hunters are men highlights another baleful aspect of the phenomenon: The majority of victims are women. The Rev. Jack Urame of the Melanesian Institute, a Papua New Guinean human rights agency, estimates that witchcraft-related violence there is directed 5 to 1 against women, suggesting that witchcraft accusations are used to cloak gender-based violence.

Another factor, particularly in Central Africa and its diaspora communities, is the advent of revivalist churches, in which self-styled pastor-prophets rail against witchery and demon possession. They often claim to specialize in the casting out of evil spirits, sometimes charging for the service. Many of those congregations have emerged from Western evangelizing efforts.

Globalization means that paranoia over black magic and spirit possession are no longer confined to developing nations. Mass migration has made this a pervasive problem. In January, a Queens, N.Y., man was arrested for beating to death with a hammer his girlfriend, Estrella Castaneda, 56, and her daughter, Lina Castaneda, 25; Carlos Alberto Amarillo told the police that the women were “witches,” who had been “performing voodoo and casting spells” on him.

There’s lots more. Our ally and assistant chief shaper of foreign policy, Saudi Arabia, for example, and the UK.

Persecution of LGBTs:

MotherJones, “Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Crackdown: Scott Lively has stirred up hate from Moscow to Kampala. Watch him in action,” Mariah Blake, 10 March 2014:

motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/scott-lively-anti-gay-law-uganda

HuffPo, “Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Is One Of My ‘Proudest Achievements,’ Claims Pastor Scott Lively,” Gay Voices, 24 September 2013:

huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/24/russia-scott-lively-_n_3982608.html

He also blames the Ukraine situation on gays, but then so does Putin:

The Advocate, “Putin Claims ‘Gay Nazis’ Behind Ukrainian Unrest: The Russian president takes a page out of a notorious antigay American evangelical’s playbook and claims that gay people are the cause of the current conflict in Ukraine,” Sunnivie Brydum, 16 May 2014:

advocate.com/world/2014/05/16/putin-claims-gay-nazis-behind-ukrainian-unrest

The problem, the Ukraine’s neonazi movement is not Russia’s doing, but rather the US and NATO:

Global Research, “The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine,” Michel Chossudovsky, 2 March 2014:

globalresearch.ca/the-u-s-has-installed-a-neo-nazi-government-in-ukraine/5371554

“The flowering of democracy” in Ukraine –to use the words of the New York Times– is endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. It’s a bipartisan project. Lest we forget, Senator John McCain is a firm supporter and friend of Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok (Image right).

mccain-and-svoboda-leader

And it comes back around full circle:

DailyMailUK, “Palin under fire over African pastor friend who waged witch-hunt against woman he believed caused car crashes,” Paul Thompson, 18 September 2008:

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1057181/Palin-African-pastor-friend-waged-witch-hunt-woman-believed-caused-car-crashes.html

Lest you think 2016 and beyond will look any different:

Gawker, “You’ll Never Guess Hillary Clinton’s Favorite Book,” Hamilton Nolan, 16 June 2014:

gawker.com/youll-never-guess-hillary-clintons-favorite-book-1591353415

NYTimes, “The Next Act of the Neocons: Are Neocons Getting Ready to Ally With Hillary Clinton?” Jacob Heilbrunn, 5 July 2014:

nytimes.com/2014/07/06/opinion/sunday/are-neocons-getting-ready-to-ally-with-hillary-clinton.html

I really am starting to wonder about that brain injury–attributed to a fall–that Karl Rove has been accusing Hillary of having. I know, consider the source…but have some problems squaring Obama and Clinton on so many issues these days without resorting to the mind affecting tech and/or intimidation hypotheses.

Alex Jones and Stratfor

If you can get past the overboard laying it all on the Jews, read the rest of the reblogged post below. He lays out part of the case that, yeah…Alex Jones works with or for CIA subcontractor Stratfor. The Neocons, for example, are largely not Jewish, and are also largely responsible for the destruction of democracy such as it was in the US.

In addition to that post, you can check out the copy and pasted portion of a deleted LinkedIn resume of a person he hired that includes work at Stratfor in post #7 here, Molly Maroney:

Intern
Stratfor
Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Services industry
October 2009 – January 2011 (1 year 4 months)

You can also note the deleted vids from Google’s YouTube, though they may have been the double-back switcheroo touting the wrong Alex Jones.

Which, the way these people think, was done by them to stay out in front of the truth coming out. That is, present a false version {A.E.Jones was Stratfor’s webmaster} of a story that actually draws a true conclusion {A.E.Jones has connections to Stratfor/CIA}, debunk the false evidence {different Alex Jones was Stratfor’s webmaster}, and if the truth is discovered {A.E.Jones does have connections to Stratfor}, it gets drowned out because “it was debunked.”

You can also read the somewhat prophetic or nearly-there comment in post #4. What Jones does is rile people up and present them to the Deep State for screwing over. This is very similar to what the Minerva program seems to be about. Harry Reid labeling the Bundy Ranchers as domestic terrorists gets us part way there. DoD’s Minerva targeting Occupy should make the rest clear.

Some bot-like parroting jackass on Twitter last night was almost correct on this: those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. Almost, because despite not having a history to point to, the military industrial complex was beaten back during the war in Vietnam despite or because of, Watergate, COINTELPRO, MKULTRA, MOCKINGBIRD, MHCHAOS, etc. But this younger generation, like all of them, think they have it all figured out and don’t see these same goddam ops happening except on steroids. The goal this time is much larger and the tools have over half a century being sharpened.

The sheep graphic in the post below, not too far off the mark.

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