What is the New COINTELPRO?

NOTES AND INTRO

{Author’s preemptive note: If a human rights or news organization were not once in a while infiltrated and even subverted from its mission, I would be compelled to consider that that organization possibly poses no threat to corrupt practices and those who practice them.}

First, using the term COINTELPRO implies we’re talking about the FBI and mostly only the FBI. This is likely not true. Having said that, the practices I am referring to are strictly illegal and FBI, whether directly involved or not {it likely is in one way or another}, is the primary investigative body of the Department of Justice and therefore knows the answer. Even the slightest form of harassment, when it comes from an organization, falls completely under the law Title 18 USC Section 241, Conspiracy Against Rights. Additionally, one of FBI’s favorite charges to bring against anyone even tangentially involved in investigations in which it engages is accessory after the fact. No matter who is involved, the FBI and the Department of Justice are accessories after the fact.

Title 18 USC Section 241, Conspiracy Against Rights:

Section 241 of Title 18 is the civil rights conspiracy statute. Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same). Unlike most conspiracy statutes, Section 241 does not require that one of the conspirators commit an overt act prior to the conspiracy becoming a crime.

The offense is punishable by a range of imprisonment up to a life term or the death penalty, depending upon the circumstances of the crime, and the resulting injury, if any.

TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 241

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same;…

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

And yet, for some reason, those who carry these things out don’t seem concerned about being prosecuted.

BACKGROUND – WHY DOES IT CONTINUE?

There are lots of things to point out here. First there’s the Senate and various little fiefdoms. We can see this was the case in the Cold War as well, when the Senate pretended to investigate the intelligence community but was just as much investigating itself:

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.

Church/Tower, Book II: Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans, page 5.

Of course those people they reported to likely also knew something was going on. They just didn’t want to know officially. See our Legislative Branch again here regarding CIA’s assassination weapons which they seemed so surprised about, how some of their members, Customs and the FBI had all seen them:

MR. SENSENEY: And I might add that many of your own members here, not on this panel, but many Members of Congress also observed these [weapons].

SEN. HOWARD H. BAKER JR.: Well, you are very generous. None of us saw them; is that right?

Church/Tower, Vol. 1.

They know but don’t admit that they know.

Next, the still as far as we know standing agreement between the Department of Justice and the CIA:

Incredibly, when the subject of possible federal prosecutions of CIA officials for capital crimes and felonies, such as murder and drug trafficking, came up in their discussion, [CIA General Counsel Lawrence] Houston informed [President Ford’s Chief of Staff, Donald] Rumsfeld and [Rumsfeld’s chief assistant, Richard B. “Dick”] Cheney that there was little cause for concern.

Explained the Agency’s General Counsel, since early 1954, following the death of Army biochemist Frank Olson, a secret agreement between the CIA and the U.S. Department of Justice had been put in place whereby the violation of “criminal statutes” by CIA personnel would not result in Department of Justice prosecutions, if “highly classified and complex covert operations” were threatened with exposure. The agreement had been struck between Houston and Deputy Attorney General William P. Rogers in February 1954, not long after Frank Olson’s death, and still remained solidly in place.

Jeffrey Kaye and HP Albarelli, “Cries From the Past: Torture’s Ugly Echoes,” Truthout, 23 May 2010:

http://truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/89725:cries-from-the-past-tortures-ugly-echoes

Now let’s take a look at more recent developments.

BACKGROUND – FOIA “REFORM”

Though there are, according to folks who follow it, some good things to come out of the changes to the FOIA system, the Intelligence committee put some things in there to prevent, even if the things are 25 years old or older, being exposed to the public who paid for them.

However, the bill also includes carve-outs for the intelligence committee, added at the last minute by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, that would protect so-called “sources and methods” information from any of the new provisions.

“The changes to the House FOIA bill, added as a result of a last-minute demand of HPSCI, is a pattern that is becoming all too familiar and objectionable” Patrice McDermott, executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org, said in a statement. “The efforts to exempt the Intelligence Community are not acceptable. They are particularly offensive in this bill intended to promote openness across the federal government.”

CJ Ciaramella, “FOIA Rundown: House passes FOIA reform bill, dolphin necropsies, and more,” CJCiaramella FOIA Rundown Newsletter, 15 January 2016:

http://tinyletter.com/cjciaramella/letters/foia-rundown-house-passes-foia-reform-bill-dolphin-necropsies-and-more

While the House bill is a good step in the right direction, last-minute carve-outs for the frequently FOIA-ed 17 agencies that make up the Intelligence Community from the bill’s improvements are troubling.1 Added at the insistence of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI), the carve-outs exempt the Intelligence Community (IC) from certain provisions, including “language that states that currently-protected information relating to ‘sources and methods’ would not be subject to disclosure under any of the amendments in the bill”. The bill exempts the IC from necessary reforms to the consultation process; a big mistake as intelligence agencies are the biggest consultation abusers. The bill also contains a provision requiring agencies to publish “a list” of of all denied material unless the disclosure is prohibited by law. This is another tremendously beneficial provision of the bill, but it will be watered-down if the IC is exempted.

Lauren Harper, “Overall Good FOIA Reform Bill Passes House With Troubling IC Carve-Outs,” National Security Archive Blog, 14 January 2016:

https://nsarchive.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/overall-good-foia-reform-bill-passes-house-with-troubling-ic-carve-outs-frinformsum-1142016/

Note that ‘sources and methods’ is another way of saying ‘highly classified and complex’ as noted regarding the DoJ/CIA agreement in the quote above.

They have something to hide.

BACKGROUND – HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION

Intelligence Activity Exemption

The proposal includes exemptions for intelligence surveillance activities. Since the intelligence communities have long histories of using creative interpretations of the law and regulations, we believe that any exemption should be subjected to heightened review. As we write:

[The policy] offers practically no limitation to an intelligence community with a history of expansively interpreting limited exemptions. There should be a discussion, a representative list, or at a minimum a modifier added here to give future courts or administrative law judges some sort of applicable standards to apply if a dispute arises.

Dave Maass, “More Needs to Be Done to Strengthen Protection of Human Subjects in Scientific Experiments,” EFF, 7 January 2016:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/01/more-needs-be-done-strengthen-protection-human-subjects-scientific-experiments

Much of this is about privacy of medical records, but the above is the focus here. There’s also the massive manipulation of online discourse though, by the US Department of Defense’s MINERVA, which like the UK’s GCHQ/JTRIG department whose slides made it clear they are targeting everyone, not just terrorists, is using social sciences online.

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However, things can get very muddied easily as to what they are. What is a covert operation? What is interrogation? What is torture? What is research? What is a medical treatment?

By leaving these kinds of things vague and ambiguous, intelligence agencies, the military, and their private partners can deny doing any one of them by quickly reclassifying anything they do as falling under one of the other categories.

This is not new by any means. The CIA being investigated as part of the assassination program–which may have arose out of ARTICHOKE–when they retained deadly fish toxin was a good example of this. When the White House ordered the destruction of all chemical weapons as a good faith move toward easing tensions with the USSR, the CIA considered the fish toxin a biological weapon because it came from a fish. When the subsequent order then came to destroy all biological weapons for the same reason, they switched back to considering it an inorganic material. Finally, when questioned by the Senate on the subject, they simultaneously claimed that it was being kept for medical research {the amount retained was orders of magnitude higher than all of the medical schools in the US combined could use} and that they simply lost track of one of the most deadly substances known to man.

Switch the subject now to rectal feeding. Is it a medical treatment for people on hunger strike? Or is it punishment or torture? Or is it part of a “brainwashing” program, to break down the personality in order to paint whatever the Agency desires upon the tapestry of a human’s psyche?

See also how Chelsea Manning was treated while at the prison at Quantico. Was it really a medical issue, the process just short of suicide watch, or was it an attempt to force a plea deal in order to limit exposure of the information possessed by Wikileaks?

There are multiple barriers to getting at the truth and these barriers are not accidental. They are the intentional subversion of accountability. But that is not to say that both Legislators and Executive branch officials are unaware that it is happening; merely that they do not acknowledge it.

WHAT DO I THINK IS HAPPENING?

Here’s where we move from the mostly historical and current events presented by news and those who watch the watchers as best they can to my experiences and interactions with others and how I think that they fit this big picture. Note, much of this is carefully considered after six years of attempting to diagnose what precisely is wrong and how such blatantly illegal actions could take place regardless of whom I or others contact about it.

The first most obvious thing, which only became clear after I was targeted myself, is that some of what occurs is field training. As I’ve noted many times, I witnessed sudden bizarre changes in two women who worked at a theater in 1989 and 1990. I also met a woman who was having similar problems and who had worked there in 1988. There were also lots of small things that, in retrospect, kind of resemble the sort of ploys you might see on the old Mission: Impossible TV show.

Divisions were created. Some of the events were so strange and seemingly defied explanation that I, for a time, became religious. The idea that we were being used by the government as training dummies for something like COINTELPRO just never occurred to me, or if something similar did, seemed so alien to what the news and media teach us about how the world works that it was easier to chalk it up to the supernatural than try to make sense of some bizarre conspiracy concocted by people we are told every single day exist only to protect us and our families from harm.

These were mostly subtle things, like noises or electrical effects that seemed to coincide with something someone said. We were also largely sleep deprived, getting up in the morning for class, working all day, putting on a show, and then prepping the stage for the next performance. We were easy targets.

More recently I have had opportunity to interact with many people who claim to be subject to some form of harassment. What I started noting was a small number who had history of mental illness before the harassment began. How was I to reconcile this?

Though they sometimes made many claims that I do not believe, often lodged in the middle of this were a few things that matched the experiences of people who had no history of mental illness. How was that possible?

It became obvious. Just as a bunch of interns at a Summer theater were used as targets, so are sometimes those afflicted with mental illness. It is the perfect cover, because they will never be believed. Their history alone makes them unreliable witnesses as far as most people are concerned. This provides several benefits to the psychological operations specialists and their command structure:

1} The targets will not be believed {note again EFF’s concern about medical records};

2} Because the claims are similar to those who do not suffer from mental illness, it will tend to make those who are not mentally ill might actually be because their claims are similar to those who are;

3} It proves to the command structure that the field specialist has no empathy for a helpless target, much as a sniper would be required to prove;

4} There’s a financial side-benefit for Wall Street, cheap labor advocates, and greedy sociopaths in general that is not unlike what happens when poor neighborhoods are flooded with drugs. That is it creates the impression that the mentally ill are a burden on society and excuses the public from caring about them and therefore becomes an impediment to any sort of single payer options for those who cannot care for themselves.

These two groups, those with a history of mental illness and those without, represent the first two levels of training. Beyond this, it becomes targeting high profile or influential individuals, whistleblowers, sometimes journalists, activist attorneys, and sometimes just to create a phony narrative.

But even this last category has the potential to fall under both national security and human research just as the examples above might when it is an organization practices in deceit making those decisions. Utilizing some new method, which would be ‘highly classified’ and therefore not subject to FOIA nor prosecution by the DoJ, and at the same time have some operational goal. If anything related to the operation became noticed by outsiders, it could be categorized as whichever was most beneficial to retaining the secrecy involved.

WHO ARE THE NON-FAMOUS TARGETS?

Many times I had thought I knew the answer to this over the years and as many times I have found that my “list” is too short. Of course the real answer is pretty much everyone indirectly, but in this section I mean directly.

There’s a woman who simply lived too close to some kind of EMP weapon test. She suffered a brain injury and was harassed, driven crazy so that the existence of the weapon would remain secret and so there would be no chance of her being able to file a civil suit against whichever aerospace corporation owned the weapon.

There’s a woman who simply prevented a mass workplace shooting by alerting authorities before it was carried out. Whether this was from some kind of shortselling that was foiled, or an op simply designed to eliminate someone’s competition is not clear. What is clear is that she was a successful nurse for 20 years before this happened and she was ostracized from her profession due to a patient claiming she groped him. This is classic for covert operations where the target is accused of something distasteful and that removes any chance of support from friends and family who, like the juries in the Making a Murderer cases, cannot fathom a reason why officials would lie about someone and frame them up.

Then, as noted before, there’s people like Myron May. May was a successful African-American attorney for many years. His entire life crumbled rapidly and he decided to try to raise awareness and go out via similar to “suicide by police.” While there could be additional motives for doing this to someone like May, it is obviously in part about “justifying” the bigotry that many people feel by creating phony narratives, anecdotal “evidence,” which if you spend much time on the Internet you know means a lot more to most people than percentages and other statistics. Again, this would serve to remove public empathy for the poor via guilt-by-association-via-skin color.

AND WHY IS THAT?

They are intentionally keeping us at each others’ throats. This is basic, ancient governance at work. Keep the rabble going after some other group you don’t like and they aren’t as likely to show up on your doorstep with pitchforks and torches saying “Pass single payer now,” “Raise the minimum wage,” “End the wars you are getting richer and richer off of,” etc.
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It is also viewed as expanding the markets for NATSEC. If you can show that people of a particular skin color, religion, background, sexual preference, etc. are more prone to violence they you open up the possibility of new and expanded contracts for the intelligence community which is reportedly 70% private. That’s right, for every dollar spent, 70 cents goes into the public sector. It is a business. These people are in part drumming up business behind a veil of lies, covert operations, and ‘highly classified’ methods that cannot be scrutinized.

This is what they do. This is why they do it. What’s troubling me is not actually the nature of their game, but how few of us seem capable of connecting the dots within it. It’s greed. Is that hard to understand?

SEE ALSO

See also, regarding the bad portrayal of mental illness in film {which, to its credit, Hollywood spent some time in 2015 trying to repair somewhat}, that mass media teaches even when its stated function is entertainment and profits.

It might be tempting to write off these depictions of mentally ill people as merely harmless Hollywood distortions, but as advertising executives thoroughly understand, media images insidiously work their way into the collective unconscious of society and influence the way we all regard the world around us. Although none of the images described can be said to have arisen de novo, the question of whether society’s perceptions of the stereotypical representations came first cannot be resolved without empirical research. Regardless of which came first, it is important to recognize the effect that cumulative viewing of such images may exert.

Steven H. Hyler, “Stigma Continues in Hollywood,” Psychiatric Times, 1 June 2003:

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/articles/stigma-continues-hollywood/page/0/2

And why that power comes with responsibility that should also mean accountability:

As I said, this hypocrisy isn’t interesting because it’s so utterly undeniable. However, what is interesting—and profoundly telling—is King’s explanation for his behavior. He says simply that “it makes no sense to talk about other [read: non-Muslim] types of extremism.”

The remark, of course, typifies a broader sentiment in America and raises the most important “why” question: Why do so many like King see extremist acts by non-Muslims as mere isolated incidents that “make no sense to talk about,” yet see extremist acts by Muslims as a systemic problem worthy of military invasions and now congressional witch hunts?

David Sirota, “The ’80s Origins of Today’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry,” Truthdig, 10 March 2011:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_80s_origins_of_todays_anti-muslim_bigotry_20110310

And note again how books published by the same country marketed to different places were published around the same time in, you guessed it, the 80s. See bottom portion.

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The Chimera: A Propaganda Trap + A Rant

In Greek mythology, a chimera was an animal hybrid, typically depicted as a lion with a goat head protruding from its back. In biology, it has multiple meanings, but one of the most interesting is a living organism with two sets of genes. This can even happen to human beings and has on rare occasion been the subject of criminal cases and the glut of cop shows we are bombarded with daily.

But this is a new definition, though similar, which I am crediting to Ali Gharib, yet another denizen of Brooklyn I never had the opportunity to meet, but whom I follow on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account you should follow him as well: @Ali_Gharib .

He mentioned it in reference to a news story. Attempting to take a stand on the issue within the story presents problems because the subject is made up of multiple “DNA.” That is, your gut may tell you to take stance A, but then if you applied stance A to a different situation, you would find yourself violating your own personal code. If, on the other hand you took stance B, you’d have a similar problem.

What I’m talking about is very similar. It is different than a Trojan Horse news story where you support an idea in theory but later realize it can be applied in ways you would not want. For example, this week’s flavor of “suspicious” is of course Muslims because that is what the US government and it’s friends on Wall Street want; someone to focus all your worries and fears on that is not them or the big banks, which are the real source of our troubles. A scapegoat, really, for greed and power lust, for selfish politicians and ivory tower CEOs.

The case I’m going to use as example is not the one he mentioned, but rather one I saw via Thomas Drake. It seems a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative arm and associates had made some headway into finding financial connections between various Muslim charities, individuals, and Mosques. While I may question, given the climate in the United States, the veracity of their findings {would Al Capone’s donations to orphanages make those orphans gangsters?}, let us assume that he believes what he is saying. Additionally, he thinks what they had may have prevented the San Bernardino shooting. Further still, he says that the Department of Justice came in and erased all their work stating that they were protecting the civil rights of those people and organizations because none of the ones involved were designated terrorist organizations.

Philip Haney, “Administration nixed probe into Southern California jihadists,” The Hill, 16 December 2015:

thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/263284-administration-nixed-probe-into-southern-california

Where do you even begin with that story? DoJ does not care about civil liberties. The entire notion is absurd. But to insinuate that they should not have stopped the work DHS was doing is to imply they should not care. Even though they really don’t. Then you get into profiling from there. Don’t want to profile? Then you must want things like San Bernardino shooting to occur. Never mind that there is gun violence in San Bernardino all the time that doesn’t get national attention because it isn’t terror-related.

From there, you can get into gun control versus, for example, drugging everyone and the fact that the real concern for our politicians is not public safety in the first place–if it were we’d have single payer and more better-paying jobs. It’s just a game of exploitation to them, shoveling money to Smith & Wesson or Pfizer depending on which they are most friendly with. But I digress.

The point is, some stories are intentionally problematic. It doesn’t address, for example, that the US is largely responsible for Daesh/ISIS/ISIL in the first place and the resulting 60,000,000 refugees from our wars in the region. Doesn’t address that the US essentially created the Taliban and Al Qaeda in order to take the poppy fields from the USSR.

It becomes a massive puppet show of distractions and misdirections. War crimes become normalized. Torture gets swept under the rug, ready to return and it hasn’t even entirely gone away. GITMO may not get closed at all, or if it does it will just be moved elsewhere, probably a Navy or CIA ship {if it isn’t already}. The United States of America is literally out of control and not doing what it claims but, sadly, more often the opposite. And there isn’t anyone to tell her to stop. She is power mad, psychotic, and steamrolls over anyone it can get away with.

And all of that for the benefit of a few at the expense of the many. It’s upside down as well as backwards and sideways. The notion that it’s about protection, security, etc. is an old one and being used exactly the same way despots have done throughout the past 80+ years. We keep saying, “Wow, government sure is stupid” because we keep assuming that their stated goals are their stated goals; they aren’t. The idea is changing the rules as much as you can in order to protect the oligarchs, the multinationals, the politicians, the spies, and the top military commanders from accountability for robbing the rest of us, for throwing us in harm’s way for their benefit, and ultimately for so exacerbating climate change that it cannot be said to be everyone’s fault for breathing and driving a car. No, they have intentionally and consistently prevented common people from forcing changes in that area. The fault lay with them, not the rest of us. But, as things stand, it will be the rest of us who pay the price.

The History of Slime, or, You’re Next, Sister

As noted below, this is mostly an expansion on the previous post, in this case magnifying power’s practice of demonizing groups for its own selfish ends. We really need to start considering the huge implications of 21st Century COINTELPRO, MHCHAOS and how, when these programs are active, things really are not often what they seem.

BACKGROUND – THE JEWISH CONSPIRACY

Probably the famous/infamous case of maligning an entire group of people is that of anti-Semitism. But where did the “Jewish conspiracy” originate?

From a forgery, a book called The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion, first printed in Russia in 1903. Henry Ford printed 500,000 copies in the US in the 1920s and Hitler made it standard in schools starting in 1933 despite having been exposed as a forgery in 1921.

Though anti-Semitism predated the book, it gave anti-Semite groups something to hold up as evidence of evil intent by Jews the world round. This sometimes persists even today.

BACKGROUND – MALIGNING AFRICAN AMERICANS

Though the FOX crowd loves to point out how long ago the Civil War was, etc. the problems associated with racial bigotry continued far later. The best example is, after WWII, both the Veterans Administration and Housing & Urban Development gave white veterans inexpensive housing. African American veterans were denied this and essentially sent to ghettos.

This is where two noxious myths came from. The first, whites pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps when it was really a social program. The other being that war is good for the middle class. It was, in that very narrow sense, only because the wealthy and corporations were taxed at would-blow-Bill-O’Reilly’s-mind levels. This was not just a result of paying down the war debt, but was widely accepted as a way of preventing another Great Depression.

The irony here can be found in both myths. The anti-reparations crowd really doesn’t get that they have benefited from white “reparations” after WWII. The pro-war crowd has disconnected itself from taxation and redistribution of wealth downwards in order to maintain a healthy society.

It only gets worse from there. The reporting of the late Gary Webb, though often maligned also as saying something he didn’t, that is it was an act of racism as well as greed, was probably accurate. We can see the same where Afghanistan and Honduras are concerned. Stealing the heroin from Russia and then increasing the output while running death squads and maintaining military bases after ousting Zelaya makes that pretty clear. Lest you think this is all about the US, it isn’t. Investors in Honduras infrastructure include China, Japan, the UK, and some EU countries.

Given all that, it seems not only likely that it was more kicking of the poor while they’re down, but also much, much larger and systematic than when Webb reported on it. We are not only the real power behind the big drug cartels, we also coddle international banks who launder their money and fund terrorism. This is why so many stories about the minutiae are for many purposes a waste of time to write and read. If you cannot see the big picture, what’s the point of arguing about one or two of a thousand symptoms of the same disease that is power and its tendency to abuse?

This is all about power; not party or philosophy. Purely mercenary and selfish, it is foolhardy to look for power figures who oppose what they clearly all support.

For example, though the Clintons like to brag about getting 1 million people off of welfare, there are several things that do not really indicate that this was necessarily a good thing. Where do the people who cannot eat and cannot find a job wind up? Automation, outsourcing overseas, and productivity, AKA overworking people, mean that there aren’t enough jobs to go around, and due to higher demand, don’t pay enough to rescue the economy from itself.

Then there is support from the private prison industry for Hillary right now. We are the most imprisoned country per capita on the planet. Is it any wonder when there is money to be made that this happened?

The system itself creates situations where the choices are bad and worse. And so lots of people wind up circling the drain and getting labeled as “Superpredators,” a term Hillary Clinton herself used referring to African American teens.

Then you have Barack Obama who, as I stated in the previous post–and this one is really a continuation of that one–released 600 prisoners and didn’t even make a dent in the statistics. We incarcerate more than that in a day.

Identity politics, though less offensive than Trump’s blatant racist remarks or Cruz’ friends’ calls for internment camps for atheists, is in effect the same without the insult added to the injury. At least on the larger scale; I’m quite certain that there are those who work for them engage in the same kind of bigoted language. The assumption that because candidate X is this or that means that they will favor this or that is a false one.

Trump’s comments serve to draw voters to Hillary and drive voters to the GOP at the same time. Dividing us is the goal here, lest half of us show up in the Financial District in Manhattan, the other half on the Mall in DC, demanding a new New Deal.

BACKGROUND – ISLAMOPHOBIA

Horrific education, a favorite thing to get cannibalized in order to shove money instead to places where it seems to wind up in the pockets of politicians, bureaucrats, bankers and brokers, has lead to an unbelievably ignorant public. Most don’t know the simplest things about Islam. How much worse when they don’t even get reminded where Al Qaeda and the Taliban came from?

Surveys also show that people who do not know any Muslims personally are more likely to think they are all violent and prone to terrorism. We can call this the ‘boogeyman’ effect and leave it there, I suppose. In war, and this is a war of a kind, more financial than cultural despite what you would read in right- and leftwing leaning outlets alike, demonizing the other side is part of it. This is where most of it comes from.

But, there is a problem. Though the most recent big news attack {as far as I know, I’m busy writing this right now}, the one in San Bernardino, did involve a couple who were Muslim. And despite stories like this one, where the real motive may have been to rob a train {something so-called fiscal conservatives and war hawks alike can understand and get behind: Piracy}, it’s the meme, the image that sticks with most people. Think of it this way:

“News said another shooting was done by a Muslim or a black. Lesson: Avoid Muslims and blacks.”

We are a pattern-matching-for-survival species, and that is what happens in the heads of many people. The nuances, the root problems, the specifics, don’t matter to them. Simpler to avoid and either allow, or push, leaders to spy on all these people and limit their freedoms. Never mind the specifics indicate that it doesn’t help, that these WASPs are also included in these dragnets, and that the potential for financial, personal and political abuse is not only likely but already reported on in some instances.

THE POINT – ADDING LGBTQA TO THE HITLIST

While my story is complicated in many ways, the bottom line is they hoped, and still hope, to push me to violence in order to both silence me on being a witness to illegal activities and to start building the same kind of “forgery” that implicates gays in the same way that they have done to African Americans and Muslims. That’s it.

And despite what you might see on the cover of OUT magazine’s anniversary issue {could you imagine putting Reagan, who appointed one SSM justice, or Cheney, who supported SSM before Obama and Clinton, on that cover?}, Barack Obama and the people who work for him were all on board with that. Clearly. It is impossible that it could be otherwise. See either Wicked Game or my IAMA on Reddit for more on that.

This is why I say we cannot afford to elect another Republican {nor stealth-GOP Libertarians} nor Democrat {nor “Independent” Bernie Sanders who counts FBI and CIA, with two of the worst civil and human rights records in US history as social programs} to be elected.

That leaves Green Party for me. As far as voting goes, the only hope I see–and it will not be a panacea by any means–is to get third parties their 10% of the vote in order to start breaking the stranglehold that the two thoroughly corrupt parties and their false choices present.

The political spectrum looks like this:

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Where, wedged just between the D and R, is Hitler. They’ve so filled our heads with left-dread, that we now see anything near the center, much less to the left of it and less far than these two are to the very far right, as some terrifying thing that must be avoided.

I’m terrified now, aren’t you? And they’ve had it all for a long time. We can do better, but only if we get desperate enough to stop choosing the lesser perceived weasel.

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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.

State Dept. Was Looking for Answers

Here:

blogs.state.gov/stories/2015/02/20/what-solutions-do-you-think-are-most-critical-countering-violent-extremism?page=1#comment-29379

So I gave them some:

The most important pieces involve taming the military industrial complex and its incessant need for more contracts, etc. This is the biggest problem by far because once you set up a system where profit is dependent on unending problems and give that system nearly limitless power and secrecy in which to operate, the results are obvious: unending conflict. The second issue is closely related and that is getting media and intelligence back to proportion. Both have become politicized and cherry pick info rather than provide assessments related to reality. This results in public panic rather than realizing dying from lightning, or accident, is more likely than terrorism. Also related, end the spinoff programs related to MKULTRA that were used on, for example, Whitey Bulger and Ted Kaczynski, and maybe even the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan by CIA after they acquired the Russian acoustic psycho-correction system.

America creates most of its own monsters, so this boils down to looking in the mirror. Not something we’re likely to do, so just continue pretending.

What’s Persona Management?

Here come the jesters, one, two three…

Patrick MacGuire, “Why Is Barrett Brown Facing 100 Years in Prison?,” VICE, 31 January 2013:

vice.com/en_ca/read/why-is-barrett-brown-facing-100-years-in-jail

Alongside Abraxas and Cubic on those tax filings is another company called Ntrepid. According to Florida State’s records of corporations, Richard Helms is the director of that company. In 2011, Barrett’s work helped lead the Guardian to their report that Ntrepid won a $2.76 million-dollar contract from Centcom (U.S. Central Command), to create “online persona management” software, also known as “sockpuppetry.” To break it down in plain English, online persona management was created to populate social networks with a bunch of fake and believable social media personas to “influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.”

Yeah, but how is pro-American defined? We seem to be more interested in provoking anyone and everyone to violence in order to go spend more warbucks.

Nick Field and Ian Cobain, “Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media: Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda,” The Guardian, 17 March 2011:

theguardian.com/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks

The project has been likened by web experts to China’s attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

And again, the history of the CIA and its relationship with the American people and the troops as an adversarial one, as an enemy:

This concept of guerilla warfare as a political war turns Psychological Operations into the factor that determines the results. The target, then, are the minds of the population, the entire population: Our troops, the enemy troops, and the civil population.

CIA Guerrilla Warfare Manual

In case you still aren’t getting that you are the target and that your head is full of bullshit…

Michael B. Kelley, ” The NDAA Legalizes The Use Of Propaganda On The US Public,” Business Insider, 21 May 2012

Davis defines IO as “the integrated employment of electronic warfare (EW), computer network operations (CNO), psychological operations (PSYOP), military deception (MILDEC), and operations security (OPSEC), in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp adversarial human and automated decision making while protecting our own.”

If you don’t agree with the genocide of Muslims being performed by your government in order to take your money and give it to billionaires in the defense industry who then kick some back to the criminals you elected, then are you making “adversarial” decisions? Seems plain that you are.

IO are primarily used to target foreign audiences, but Davis cites numerous senior leaders who want to (in the words of  Colonel Richard B. Leap) “protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will” by repealing the Smith-Mundt Act to allow the direct deployment of these tactics on the American public.

Davis subsequently explains the “cumulative failure of our nation’s major media in every category” as they continually interviewed only those senior U.S. officials who had top-level access, even as the officials given that clearance were required to stick to “talking points” given to them by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Not about you anymore anyhow. They just want you to shut up while they take every last cent you’ve got.

Sean McElwee, “The Rich Own Our Democracy, New Evidence Suggests,” Occupy/AJAM, 18 February 2015:

occupy.com/article/rich-own-our-democracy-new-evidence-suggests

I, for one, welcome our 20% Lycra overlords.

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The Fauxpocalypse Will Be in Post-Production

…do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens Although the nations are terrified by them…
Jeremiah 10

The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the original false conception come true. This specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning.
Robert K. Merton
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4609267?sid=21104962933701&uid=4&uid=2 *

The irony of that latter quote is not lost on me. However, I think that, a} anyone who reviews the record will see that I have certainly had impetus to alter my behavior and, b} I believe that the only way out–if any–is through. There just isn’t any other way apart from doing something the Deep State would like and I very much would not like. This is not a thrill ride. This is not fun for me, except for those oases where I make it so. This is survival and passing on possibilities of serious problems for many people should the momentum and trends continue in the way that they have thus far.

One problem among many of the people I like and admire is I think that they are so reasonable and not prone to falling for really ridiculous narratives that they also fail to see that so many of us in fact are not reasonable and will fall for any explanation sufficiently presented with money behind it so long as it is repeated long enough and backed up by some connection to personal experience, typically one that we cannot explain. We wind up dismissing, for example, what “flyover state” really means and the increasing popularity of CIA/Stratfor subcontractor Alex Jones and his many misleading conspiracy theories.

You can dismiss them for yourself as silly or crazy, but if a majority, or a sizable, motivated minority, believe something strongly, you are hard-pressed to talk them out of it. Especially when those same theories include labeling you a liar for doubting them in the first place. Perception is reality, somebody once said. It is no wonder our elected leaders, even when well-intentioned, often fall back to supporting simplistic falsehoods rather than try to fight public opinion when it is in serious error.

The table below represents my reaction to the glut of “you are now dumber” TV. I’ve blogged about this before, but never gone to research exactly which titles and why.

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