Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”
By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.
Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today…
“It was fun, fun, fun. Where else could a red-blooded American lie, kill, cheat, and rape with the sanction of the all-highest?” – Col. George Hunter White, Federal Narcotics Officer, OSS Counterintelligence Officer, CIA Bureau Chief (quote refers to his decade of work for the CIA)
From the moment you came out of your mother’s womb, you were still connected to light, to God, to the universe, to everything. Where the mind couldn’t process, all of your senses were working overtime. Love filled your heart and curiosity consumed you.
Then it began. Life took hold, and with every breath, a new word, a new idea, and a new perception were thrusted into your mind. They weren’t your own, but you digested them as best you could. The teachers played their roles, parents followed what they were taught, the radios buzzed with noise, and televisions blasted you with imagery to fill your databank.
Before long, you were doing as told, obeying the rules, staying on everyone else’s schedule, and studying what you were told to learn. By the time you began forming deep thoughts of your own, you had been stripped of your senses, primarily your sixth sense. That connection experienced as a baby was a distant memory. You were now part of the system, the indoctrination, the inevitable slide of hand, being groomed by those who weren’t the wiser.
One day, your mind was swirling with endless ideas about the world, and you dared to discuss it in school, or maybe at home. But you were quickly brushed off because these very ideas did not align with what others had been taught and instructed to teach. How could they respond or discuss that which they themselves could not comprehend or even begin to entertain? So, you stuffed it away and became more disconnected..
If you are inured to disgusting images, are you more or less likely to pick a front-row seat at the guillotine? More or less likely to vote a “liberal” or “conservative” ticket?
To a surprising degree, a recent strand of experimental psychology suggests, our political beliefs may have something to do with a specific aspect of our biological makeup: our propensity to feel physical disgust…
The brains of liberals and conservatives reacted in wildly different ways to repulsive pictures: Both groups reacted, but different brain networks were stimulated. Just by looking at the subjects’ neural responses, in fact, Montague could predict with more than 95 percent accuracy whether they were liberal or conservative…
What is Psychopolitics? According to Lavrentiy Beria, Psychopolitics is a lesser known division of Geopolitics and is used to maintain dominion and control over the thoughts of the masses, as well as the highly educated. How is Psychopolitics applied? Psychopolitics is a form of psychological warfare and its main purpose is creating the necessary chaos to make the population of the targeted nation view communism as the only alternative to the problems they face. In other words, it’s a deliberate campaign to turn the values, ethos and culture of enemy nations completely upside down so the people have no idea which leg to stand on when it comes to defending their nation. Psychopolitics is the deliberate infiltration of a nation’s institutions with the intent of incrementally changing the mindset of the population against their own country. America is the victim of a psychopolitical assault designed to keep us controlled in the parameters of fake political parties and identity politics. Race, sex, wealth, family life, media, religion and education are all weapons used against the masses to guide their opinions through a dialectical process so that they are favorable to the Psychopolitical agenda. Psychopolitics is a Democrat party feigning outrage at a Republican president for fake “Russian Collusion” who a few years earlier, donated money to their campaigns as a Democrat, while an entertainment addicted nation watches like its a soap opera. Psychopolitics is doing whatever is necessary to keep the people from understanding anything.
Psychopolitics is the art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus and masses; and affecting of the conquest of enemy nations through “mental healing.” Lavtentiy Berea “A Synthesis on the Russian Textbook on Pyschopolitics.”
According to The Black Book of Communism, between eighty-five and one hundred million people were brutally murdered by Communist regimes in what has become known as the greatest carnage in human history. There are others however who would place that figure well above one hundred and fifty million. Communists, in their false worldview, believe that anyone who does not share in their idea that the state should be the ultimate authority, or the highest entity that explains human existence are “mentally ill.” The tragic result of this misguided belief is a need to be rid of those who stand in the way of their goal of complete and total equality…
I was a psychotherapist in New York for ten years. I’ve often been asked my reasons for ending my therapy practice, and here they are. I touch on the subjects of the screwed-up mental health system, the unscientific nature of diagnosis and psychiatric medications, the stress of working with traumatized clients, vicarious trauma in the therapist, payments and awful insurance companies, the exhausting nature of the work, the heavy responsibility, pressure to use force on clients (which I never did), and professional liability, to name a few…
“In the author’s opinion, Ponerology reveals itself to be a new branch of science born out of historical need and the most recent accomplishments of medicine and psychology. In light of objective naturalistic language, it studies the causal components and processes of the genesis of evil, regardless of the latter’s social scope. We may attempt to analyze these ponerogenic processes which have given rise to human injustice, armed with proper knowledge, particularly in the area of psychopathology. Again and again, as the reader will discover, in such a study, we meet with the effects of pathological factors whose carriers are people characterized by some degree of various psychological deviations or defects.” (Lobaczewski, 42)
With very few exceptions down the ages, discussions in moral philosophy – the study of right conduct – have failed to systematically investigate the origin, nature, and course of evil in a manner free from supernatural imaginings. Evil was often considered something to be endured rather than something that could be understood and eliminated by rational measures. And – as Lobaczewski demonstrates – the origin of evil actually lies outside the boundaries of the conventional worldview within which the earlier moral inquiries and literary explorations were conducted. Evil requires a truly modern and scientific approach to lay bare its secrets. This approach is called “ponerology”, the study of evil, from the Greek “poneros” = evil.
The original manuscript of this book went into the furnace minutes before a secret police raid in Communist Poland. The second copy, painfully reassembled by scientists working under impossible conditions of violence and repression, was sent via courier to the Vatican. Its receipt was never acknowledged – the manuscript and all valuable data lost. In 1984, the third and final copy was written from memory by the last survivor of the original researchers: Andrew Lobaczewski. Zbigniew Brzezinski blocked its publication.
After half a century of suppression, this book is finally available.
Read excerpts from book at website:
PSYCHOPATHS: ALMOST HUMAN
Introduction Aquired Deviations Inherited Deviations Case Studies
PONEROLOGY: EVIL IS A DISEASE
Introduction Psychopathy: The Cause of Evil Ponerology: A New Science
Diagnosis Susceptibility: The Natural World View The Genesis of Evil Signs and Symptoms of Evil Causes of Evil Communicability or Ponerization
Political Ponerology is shocking in its clinically spare descriptions of the true nature of evil. It is poignant in its more literary passages revealing the immense suffering experienced by the researchers contaminated or destroyed by the disease they were studying.
Political Ponerology is a study of the founders and supporters of oppressive political regimes. Lobaczewski’s approach analyzes the common factors that lead to the propagation of man’s inhumanity to man. Morality and humanism cannot long withstand the predations of this evil. Knowledge of its nature – and its insidious effect on both individuals and groups – is the only antidote.