Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A World of Stalking Fools: Strange Tales of Homeland Security and the Future of Mass Surveillance (Part Four: Methods of Resistance)

[Part Three of this series can be found by clicking HERE.]

Despite the dire seriousness of the gangstalking phenomenon (and if he had the ability to speak to us today, someone like Trayvon Martin could probably attest to how serious this situation really is), the bungling, Barney-Fife-quality of some of these perps can nonetheless be darkly amusing at times. 

Some of these amateurs, the ones they throw right into the field with very little training, manage to make complete jackasses of themselves.  Recently, my friend Dion had to drive from Humboldt to San Francisco for a doctor’s appointment.  Upon arriving in the city, he spotted a gangstalker on his tail.  After experiencing ten-plus years of  implacable surveillance, it's not surprising that Dion can identify one of these perps almost at a glance.  The telltale signs are unmistakable.  The body language, shifty behavior, and relentless shadowing all combine to reveal the obvious.  After all, the entire purpose of a gangstalker is to be noticed.  They’re not spies.  In fact, they’re the opposite of spies.  Their purpose is to do everything they can to get the target’s attention while appearing to be harmless to everyone else around them.  In this case, however, the gangstalker in question apparently decided to bring his girlfriend along with him—perhaps to show off his glamorous job as one of the new breed of Stasi police officers?  This perp was in his early twenties and a bit of a bungler.  Dion has had so much experience with these creeps, he could tell right from the start that this had to be the kid’s first night on the job.  So instead of trying to resist the wave, he dove into it.  He decided to approach them.  The perp seemed increasingly nervous as Dion proceeded to hit on the perp’s girlfriend.  The girlfriend, also in her early twenties, seemed to like the attention and broke the sacred rule of not interacting with the target.  Eventually, the perp had to drag his girlfriend away from Dion

As they were walking down the street, the girlfriend giggled and waved goodbye to Dion and whispered to her boyfriend, “He didn’t seem too bad.”  Oh, not like the al-Qaeda terrorist and/or child pornographer you had been told about?  Apparently, this perp’s girlfriend possessed more critical thinking skills than all these other gangstalkers combined. 

Case in point:  How easy it is for these surveillance organizations to indoctrinate the perps into believing the very worst about a targeted individual is made clear by an episode of What Would You Do?, a hidden-camera-type TV show that regularly airs on Primetime, an ABC television news magazine.  (You can see this particular segment on YouTube under the title “Obedience To Authority--From A Stranger--TV Show ‘What Would You Do’”).  The producers of the show hired a private detective to stand outside a grocery store.  An actress with a baby in a stroller is walking along casually buying produce from an outdoor fruit stand.  The detective approaches a random passerby, flashes the person an official looking badge, then tells the person, “Hey, see that woman over there with the baby in the stroller?  That’s not her baby.  She’s a kidnapper.”

“Oh, really?” says the incredulous passerby. 

“Yes.  Really.  Now I need you to help me.  I’m going to save the baby from that evil witch.  What I need you to do is distract her—ask her the time, anything—while I sneak up behind her and grab the kid.  Can you do it for me?”

In a nation raised on cheap television melodramas, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that every person the detective stopped was perfectly willing to go along with what’s clearly a kidnapping in process

Each person did indeed stop the innocent looking mother and distracted her while the rumpled detective grabbed the baby, hopped in a van, and drove away!  One guy even blocked the mother’s progress like a football player blocking a pass while the actress screamed, “Help!  My baby!  Help!  Please!”

One woman looked extremely nervous when the surprise camera crew jumped out of the bushes and started asking her questions like, “Excuse me, ma’am, may I ask you a question?  Why did you choose to believe what that man told you?”

Realizing she had just helped a complete stranger steal a woman’s child for no good reason at all, the woman looked extremely distressed as she ignored their questions, leaped into her SUV, and peeled out of the parking lot. 

This is exactly the process used to lure perps into gangstalking.  These types not only require no training whatsoever, they don’t even demand any pay.  All you have to do is sound somewhat authoritative, flash a shiny badge, and say, “See that guy over there?  He’s a domestic terrorist.  He’s been talking about blowing up buildings.  He’s a child molester.  He’s a rapist.”  In the 1950s, they would’ve accused him of being a Communist.  The label doesn’t matter.  It just has to sound somewhat believable, and the innate vigilante in all of us will leap at the chance to carry out some much-needed unofficial street justice. 

The infatuation with the vigilante fantasy is very much engrained in American pop culture.  This need for vengeance is integral to so many folkloric pulp characters throughout the twentieth century and beyond, from Zorro to The Shadow to Batman to Dirty Harry to Charles Bronson in Death Wish, that the average person will jump at the chance to become a part of that fantasy, even if the reality is the exact opposite of the fantasy.  The obvious irony is that the people in the above mentioned scenario thought they were preventing a kidnapping when, in fact, they were helping to commit a kidnapping.  This mirrors how many of the perps are convinced that they’re fighting against domestic terrorism (because that’s what they’ve been told by the men with the shiny badges) when, in fact, they’re helping to commit acts of domestic terrorism against innocent, patriotic civilians.   

This love of vigilantism recently played itself out within the arena of a college classroom.  Consider Tom Roussey’s 3-26-14 article entitled “GMU Law Professor Pepper Sprayed During Lecture”:
Several charges are pending against a man who walked into a classroom on George Mason University’s Arlington campus and pepper sprayed a law professor.
The school says that on Wednesday afternoon during a law and literature class in this fourth floor classroom, an intruder entered.  He jumped up on the desk, announced that he was making a citizen’s arrest, and then pepper sprayed Professor Tyler Cowen in the face.
Cowen ran into the hall, and the intruder chased him until an off-duty officer who happened to be a student in class caught him at one of the building’s exits and held him until police arrived.
ABC7 was the only station there as police took the suspect into custody.

Ironically, the school says Cowen was teaching a unit on vigilantes—so some students may have initially thought that the situation was fake.
“It just seems bizarre, because I think of George Mason as a really safe campus,” said student Kristie Colorado.
12 to 15 people, including the professor, were briefly treated by medics for breathing issues.
Students at George Mason’s Arlington campus received an email about the attack hours after it happened.
“It's definitely very concerning that someone can just come into a building and assault a professor like this,” said student Shannon Orcutt.
The school says the professor was not seriously hurt and refused to be taken to the hospital.  Students were sent home for the day
“He’s a pretty big name in the economics department,” said Colorado.
Cowen is an economist and author and is one of the most well-known professors at George Mason.
It remains unclear as to why the suspect did this; the school says he is not a student at the school, and his name will be released after he appears before the magistrate and is officially charged.

Let’s briefly reread one paragraph in the article:  “Ironically, the school says Cowen was teaching a unit on vigilantes—so some students may have initially thought that the situation was fake.”  Consider the possibility that this was not ironic at all—that it was the entire reason for the attack.  In our current culture, one must not lecture about vigilantism or make a public stand against it.  After all, vigilantism is a very ugly word for the noble new profession pursued by the George Zimmermans of the world:  the 21st century profession of choice known as Surveillance Role Player, Super Patriot Extraordinaire, Fulltime Gangstalker, or Halfass Nazi Stormtrooper.  In this brave new world of ours, we can all know what it’s like to be Batman and the Joker all rolled into one:  We commit the crimes while solving them at the same time.  At this rate all crime should be wiped out within a few generations.  Eventually, of course, there will be so many gangstalkers that there will be no one left to stalk.  I guess they’ll have no choice but to stalk each other at that point, but let’s worry about that when the time comes.  For now let’s just enjoy the fun. 

But what about those of us who don’t want to join in on the fun?  How do you resist these amateur stormtroopers when they come creeping around your neighborhood?

Very often victims of gangstalking feel helpless and alone.  They can even doubt their own sanity (the main objective of gangstalking).  The only reason they can’t trust their own senses is because they know absolutely nothing about gangstalking, as no mainstream media outlet has acknowledged the phenomenon, not even as urban legend.  As H.P. Lovecraft once wrote, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” (12).  Therefore, getting the word out about the phenomenon—in any form necessary—should be the targeted individual’s primary goal.  Any prior knowledge on the part of the target, no matter how meager, will help to prevent the perps from using their gangstalking methods as a means of driving innocent people insane.  Eliminating that major tool of the gangstalkers will go a long way in rendering their entire operation completely useless.

In other words, the first helpful action you can take for yourself is to know you’re not crazy.  Once you’ve got that out of the way, you can begin to fight back.

I suggest taking advantage of an excellent website called and studying in-depth the section entitled “Tactics for Fighting Back.”  These down to earth, prosaic methods are—for the most part—well within the capabilities of the average person.  It might be helpful if I briefly highlight some of the best pushback tactics proposed by this site:

Targets of organized stalking must wage a two-front war:  we must act locally to expose the harassment to neighbors and others, and we must expose what is happening on a national level as well.  Both objectives are critical […].

Targeted individuals need to exploit asymmetrical warfare principles.  As much as possible, we should employ tactics which are unpredictable, creative, cheap, simple and bold.  The worst thing a victim of organized stalking could do would be to adopt a cautious defensive posture […].

Gang stalking perps (including corrupt members of local law enforcement agencies) will not want to attract attention to their gang stalking crimes by doing battle with you in a public way, so they have to be very reserved in their efforts to suppress your exposure of what is happening.  You should exploit that […].

The author proceeds to offer such tactics as purchasing counter-surveillance and security equipment.  This requires some amount of money, of course.  If you don’t have enough funds to do this, it’s not at all expensive to photograph and/or videotape the perps, then post these photos and/or videos online. advises:
Don’t post photos in a way that could be considered libelous.  For example, don’t write a caption which says ‘These are my stalkers.’  Instead, say something like ‘Here are some people I have seen near my residence, where I’m being gangstalked.  Maybe one of these people witnessed something that could be helpful.’
The most important tactic involves the dissemination of the truth.  Distributing flyers, a time honored American tradition, costs very little and is quite effective in dispersing cutting edge information among those who should be made aware of what’s actually happening in their neighborhood or their country or their world.  Even a highly trafficked website may never be encountered by the people most in need of seeing it; however, a provocative flyer taped to one’s front door cannot be overlooked or ignored.

You will accomplish multiple objectives by distributing flyers:  (a) your neighbors will have some clue about what is happening—which could force the local street-level perpetrators to limit their harassment somewhat, (b) the local police will be forced to contend with some inconvenient questions from citizens about what is happening, (c) the (non-cowardly) members of the news media might investigate and report on it, and (d) such reporting could create pressure for members of Congress to acknowledge the reality of organized stalking—and perhaps initiate an investigation—as was done by the U.S. Senate’s Church Committee during the 1970s regarding the FBI’s infamous Cointelpro operations and the CIA’s Project MK Ultra.
Leaving aside other low cost methods of transmitting information such as clever chalk messages scrawled on sidewalks outside the residences of known gangstalkers, subversive bumper stickers and business cards, and pithy self-inking stamps, one should never forget the old-fashioned, direct approach:

[S]ending letters to your representatives in Congress calling for an investigation into domestic counterintelligence crimes is a smart thing to do, and it requires very little time and effort.  You should send your letter (or email) to the member of the House of Representatives who represents your congressional district, and to both of your state’s senators […].  Consider writing your letter in the form of a question rather than an assertion.  Although you are in a position to be certain of the reality of gang stalking, the person to whom you are writing does not have such first-hand experience, and cannot know whether your claims are credible.  So instead of saying ‘this is happening and you should look into it,’ it might be more productive to ask whether the person you are writing to has any knowledge of the media reports about what appear to be domestic counterintelligence operations, and suggesting that an investigation is in order.
And let’s not neglect to exploit the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) while it’s still in existence:  “FOIA requests can be used to (possibly) find information about your personal situation—for example, whether you are under investigation or on a watch list.  It can also (possibly) be used to find information about organized stalking generally.”  I suggest using the key words “Surveillance Role Players” or “Cultural Role Players” in your FOIA request in order to narrow the possible results. 


A much more in-depth examination of these pushback techniques can be found by clicking HERE.  Though I certainly encourage readers to visit, it’s also important to note that these are by no means the only methods of self-defense available to a target of gangstalking.  Other (far more esoteric) possibilities follow in Part Five of this series.

When engaged in a battle—whether face-to-face or otherwise—remember that it’s always best to turn your opponents’ perceived strengths into weaknesses.  For example, I once met a man named Marc at a backyard barbeque in Venice, CA who had been a member of the Church of Scientology for ten years.  When Marc realized that the Church was nothing more than a brainwashing cult and that he had been taken for a very costly ride, he opted out of the organization; however, the Church of Scientology does not take kindly to deserters, even less so than the U.S. military.  Church members proceeded to stalk and harass Marc nonstop for weeks at a time.  Fortunately for Marc, he had ten years worth of high level Scientology training to use against them.  He knew and understood their methods.  The Church had spent an entire decade instilling in Marc a very important idea:  that enemies of the truth were not to be tolerated, and that the best way to eradicate the enemy was to use his own weapons against them.  Using this method, L. Ron Hubbard and his Church had performed successful counterintelligence programs against the Internal Revenue Service for years and had gotten away with these crimes; they had been attacking the field of American psychiatry for decades, ever since the 1950s, in the same way.  (For evidence of this, I suggest reading Bent Corydon's well-researched book entitled L. Ron Hubbard:  Messiah or Madman?)

My friend took Hubbard’s dictum to heart and used his extensive knowledge of the Church’s harassment techniques against them all.  He knew their standard operating procedure would be to send one of their True Believers on a mission to trail Marc all over town in order to off-balance him, intimidate him, and generally drive him crazy-paranoid.  Because he knew this, Marc was able to get the jump on the Church and would begin each new day by tailing his tail before the intimidation campaign could even get off the ground.  Eventually, the poor Church operatives got the hint and backed off.  (Former Army intelligence officer Julianne McKinney, who suffered through similar gangstalking tactics for years, has related similar stories about successfully intimidating her harassers.  I recommend listening to an illuminating radio interview with McKinney, which can be heard in its entirety on YouTube under the title “US Army Intelligence Officer:  Gang Stalking Phenomenon is Precursor to Coming Holocaust.”)

Turning the tables on your enemies is always richly satisfying, of course; however, this particular method of resistance might be out of reach for some targeted individuals.  If so, it’s imperative to change the rules of the game to one’s own advantage.  Refuse to play on their board where the rules are stacked against you.  Make your own rules instead.  In fact, make your own game board from scratch….

To Be Continued In “A World of Stalking Fools” Part Five (Coming Soon)….

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