Red pill or blue pill?

Spent time searching the subject of who your social media friends might be? Ever wonder what the intelligence agencies are up to with fake profiles? Driven mad at people who derail intelligent discussions? It’s simple. In information operations, the goal is to create people who ‘are what they think’ to the advantage of ‘the man behind the curtain’ (or a center tower as described in Foucaults panopticon).

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This collection of links may be helpful for lifting the ‘cover’.

Some history

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Covert operations

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Psychological warfare

‘Psychological Operations: Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives. Also called PSYOP. See also consolidation psychological operations; overt peacetime psychological operations programs; perception management. ‘ US Department of Defense

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Counter intelligence

“Don’t put your trust in revolutions. Some of them always come around again. That’s why they’re called revolutions.” ~ Quote adapted from a quote by Terry Pratchett, Night Watch
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Propaganda

Any form of communication in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly.

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Rewriting history

“History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always – eventually – manages to spring back into its old familar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.” ~ Terry Pratchett, Mort

Most (if not all) of the techniques used in rewriting history (revisionism) are for deception or denial and vary from using forged documents (the fog) as genuine sources (or inventing reasons to distrust genuine documents), to exploiting opinions by taking them out of their historical context.
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Disinformation

Unlike traditional propaganda techniques designed to engage emotional support, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at the rational level by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions.
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Shockdoctrine

What war correspondents and relief workers report is not only the fragility of the fabric, but the speed with which it can unravel. As we write this, no one can say with certainty where the unravelling of the financial and commercial fabric of our economies will end. Meanwhile, beyond the cities, unchecked industrial exploitation frays the material basis of life in many parts of the world, and pulls at the ecological systems which sustain it. ~ The Dark Mountain Manifesto

And a reply: Re-civ not un-civ

At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country’s vast oil reserves…. Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly out-sources the running of the “War on Terror” to Halliburton and Blackwater…. After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts…. New Orleans’s residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be reopened…. These events are examples of “the shock doctrine”: using the public’s disorientation following massive collective shocks – wars, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters — to achieve control by imposing economic shock therapy. Sometimes, when the first two shocks don’t succeed in wiping out resistance, a third shock is employed: the electrode in the prison cell or the Taser gun on the streets. ~ Naomi Klein

And what, if not fear, are they trying to inoculate us with in this country (Spain)? Fear of losing our jobs, for example, or of never again being able to find work, or of being offered nothing more than exploitation, plain and simple; fear of losing the right to healthcare, or being unable to provide adequate education for children; fear of ending up foreclosure victims, sleeping on the street; fear, finally, of being unjustly arrested for peacefully protesting at a demonstration. ~ Overcoming the shockdoctrine

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Sockpuppetry

We can’t physically meet most of the people we interact with on the internet. So we create avatars who represent us in the online world, personae that are designed (on some level, conscious or subconscious) to shape others’ ideas about who we really are. It is natural for us to create avatars that represent what we want to be rather than what we are. And it is only a short step from there to manipulating others’ perceptions of us to give ourselves an advantage of some sort, to deceive.

The internet has become a battlefield for virtual personalities—sockpuppets all attempting to gather information and using that information to help their causes and hurt their enemies. It’s a war without bystanders, for we’re all caught up in the fighting, whether we’re aware of it or not. ~ Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True? by Charles Seife.

To become puppet masters. Secret services have even used dead children to create spy and infiltration personae.

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There are many (other) reasons for us for consciously creating multiple, fake, anonymous or pseudonymous identities online (without becoming the petty tyrants we fight), not the least of which is to counter governmental and corporate sockpuppets.

 


  2 comments for “Red pill or blue pill?

  1. May 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I’m thanking you for da scores of people that SHOULD BE after checking out your post. Da information you put together is even eye-opening to eyes WIDE OPEN. {I know, it sounds painful}

    “At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country’s vast oil reserves….”

    “After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts…. New Orleans’s residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be reopened…. ”

    This last quote from your post immediately made me think of HAARP,,,,But EVIL OPPORTUNISTS also comes to mind. I wouldn’t be shocked or awed if it were BOTH. One thing is for sure, Da YOUTH is who this info must reach more than anyone. THEY MUST OVERCOME DA SHOCKDOCTRINE if we want to avoid da Hunger Games.

    Nuff jibberjabber, thanks again and keep dispensing REDS.

    -PAIX

  2. July 15, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Again a great post!

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