SURVEILLANCE : Gang Stalking and America’s Police State Government

Everyone has either personally experienced – or witnessed someone else experience – a dog straining against its leash to the point where the dog is essentially taking its owner for a walk, rather than the other way around.

Currently, America is the dog owner, and the dog taking us for a walk is the government-industrial complex of intelligence agencies (the CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, etc.), law enforcement agencies (the FBI, DEA, etc.), the Pentagon, and the corporate partners of those entities – the defense and security contractors such as Lockheed-Martin, Pinkerton Security (now Securitas), and Blackwater (now “Puppies and Rainbows, Inc.” or whatever they’re calling themselves these days).

The dog is leading the way and dictating the pace. People familiar with gang stalking (or for that matter drone assassinations) might say that the dog has slipped its leash altogether. Or to use the taxonomy of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the pigs and the dogs have formed a profitable unholy alliance – which is now almost impossible to rein in, because at the top, things are done in secret (for “national security” reasons) and because all the jurisdictional and public-private boundaries have been erased. More than half of the employees of the NSA – one of sixteen intelligence agencies, and one which is even larger than the CIA – are private contractors.

Spying on Americans – and incarcerating them – are lucrative businesses, and the privatization of those activities helps the government escape liability.

On June 13, 2013 Democracy Now! interviewed Christopher Pyle, a former military instructor who exposed the CIA and Army’s monitoring of millions of Americans in the 1970s (and became the target of a smear campaign to discredit him as a result). He was asked about the NSA “PRISM” scandal recently revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who was employed by the private contractor Booz Allen. This is what he said:

CHRISTOPHER PYLE: It’s important to note that the vice chairman of Booz Allen happens to be Mike McConnell, who was former director of NSA and of national intelligence. There is a revolving door between high government positions and private corporations, and this revolving door allows these people to make a great deal more money upon leaving the government, and then being rented back to the government in a contractor capacity. And that’s part of the corruption of the system.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Now, one of the things you’ve also said is that the top-secret designation is a way to—is more of a way for the government officials, the bureaucrats and the contractors not to be held accountable than it is to actually protect secrets that the government needs to protect. Could you expand on that?

CHRISTOPHER PYLE: Well, yes. The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures, only binds the government, doesn’t bind corporations. That’s a serious problem. The reason we have privatization of prisons, in some ways, is for governments to escape liability. They put the liability on the private corporations that run the prisons, and they just charge their liabilities as an operating cost.

Presidents, most members of Congress, and the Department of Justice overwhelmingly defer to the will of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the Pentagon – rather than, for example, civil libertarians and peace activists, because that’s the easiest course politically. The same dynamic is at work on the local level, where it is almost always easier for mayors and city council members (and the news media) to reflexively side with the police.

America’s military, police, and intelligence agency expenditures – and its incarceration rates – dwarf those of all other countries. The city of New York reportedly has a thousand police officers assigned to work exclusively on counter-terrorism duties. Our massive infrastructure for warfare, intelligence, policing, jails, and prisons might be less disturbing if Americans trusted their government. That’s not the case though, and it isn’t just gang stalking victims who think the government is deeply rotten.

A national poll by the Pew Research Center in January 2013 found that “trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low,” and a Gallup poll released on May 27, 2013 found that nearly half of all Americans (47 percent) believe that the federal government “poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

Much of the abuse of power by America’s government has been rationalized by the need to support “The Drug War” and “The War on Terrorism,” although the underlying premises and strategies of both of these campaigns – as practiced – are constantly disproved by reality.

In addition to being inherently violative of individual liberties, the “War on Drugs” has also been a massive strategic failure ever since its implementation by President Nixon (exactly as alcohol prohibition was). The policy is sustained by inertia, self-righteous hypocrisy, ignorance, and the political influence of the parasitic entities who profit from it (the DEA, the incarceration industry, pre-employment drug screening companies, etc.).

In addition to the enormous social and financial costs of drug prohibition, there is also a corrosive effect on the integrity of the nation’s police forces. Americans relying on mainstream news media for information have no idea of the extent to which the drug war is corrupting America’s law enforcement agencies. Police corruption cases involving drugs are so common that the anti-prohibition organization StopTheDrugWar.Org publishes a weekly review of drug-related crimes by police officers. The group never seem to run out of news – and these are just the cops who get caught. Browse through some of the news at this site if you have doubts:

This Week’s Corrupt Cop Stories

Similarly, apologists and opportunists who unconditionally support the strategies and tactics of the “War on Terrorism” rarely acknowledge either the associated diminution of domestic civil liberties or the international blow-back generated by the federal government’s tendency to throw its weight around – as argued by people such as Michael Scheuer, Glenn Greenwald, Noam Chomsky, Ron Paul, and others. Critics are often marginalized by the two major political parties and by the establishment news media for daring to seriously question the government’s agenda, strategies, and tactics.

“Gang stalking” is one of the extreme manifestations of America’s tendency toward militarism and police state governance (along with drone assassinations, warrantless surveillance of email, etc.).

Gang stalking is the modern version of the FBI’s infamous Cointelpro operations. More widespread, sophisticated, and diabolical than Cointelpro and other historical examples such as Red Squads, gang stalking incorporates some of the secret police and citizen-spy tactics of East Germany’s Stasi, psychological operations (“psyops”) tactics, modern surveillance and information technology, and it essentially delegates the street-level operations to criminals and vigilante “neighborhood watch” operatives.

Although the activities of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and Homeland Security are shrouded in secrecy, the national strategy of gang stalking is presumably assisted by the vast intelligence infrastructure, such as the network of “data fusion centers” (information-sharing hubs which use technology developed by Lockheed-Martin and others), as well as by human facilitators such as “Terrorism Liaison Officers” – government and civilian operatives entrusted with hunting for “suspicious activity” as described, for example, in the disturbing July 2, 2008 article in The Progressive, posted in the “Gang Stalking News” section of this website.

America’s Founding Fathers would be horrified at the extent to which we have become a nation of sheep who surrender our rights and liberties to authority figures in the name of security. Few citizens give much thought to the secret activities of the NSA, CIA, and other such entities. While that is understandable, it creates a dangerous absence of monitoring and restraint.

Part of the cultural problem is a common attitude of passive acceptance of whatever the government does. The underlying assumption is that Americans should do what the government tells them to do – rather than the other way around. Americans need to reassert control over their government; they need to teach the dog to heel.

The other closely-related element of the cultural problem is ignorance. Americans are shockingly ignorant of the activities of their government. A March 2011 Newsweek poll found that 73 percent didn’t know why we fought the Cold War, and 29 percent couldn’t even name the vice president. Perhaps most disturbing, 44 percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights.

A population with such deep ignorance and passivity provides a huge supply of potential recruits for gang stalking operations. Such people are easily manipulated.

Better-educated Americans have heard about scandals such as the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and Iran-Contra, but even those people are mostly unfamiliar with even darker conspiracies, such as the CIA’s Project MK Ultra.

I urge everyone reading this to briefly review some of the well-documented and non-disputed historical details about MK Ultra that were uncovered by the U.S. Senate’s Church Committee investigations. The crimes committed by the CIA against American citizens in that secret program are profoundly disturbing, and as such they provide perspective on the plausibility of claims about the government’s alleged acquiescence in gang stalking. A review of the FBI’s Cointelpro operations is also instructive.

Readers should do their own analysis of the available evidence on gang stalking – and take advantage of the vast array of online information sources to watch for reports of government abuses of power. American democracy is not something which can be left to run in “auto-pilot” mode; it will be plagued by institutional rot – especially in matters where it operates in secrecy.

For targeted individuals who are victims of gang stalking, the important thing is to never give up. As I mention in the “Tactics for Fighting Back” section of this website, persistent efforts to expose gang stalking will eventually lead to victory.

Already the digital public square is filled with information and rhetoric which the government would prefer to censor, but cannot, posted by Americans fed-up with the corruption, secrecy, and abuses of power in the upper echelons of government and corporations. Even the federal government’s massive self-serving security apparatus and its abettors in mainstream media institutions cannot effectively monitor and control the flow of information anymore. Dissent is harder to marginalize and censor in a digital landscape filled with whistle-blowers, citizen-journalists, bloggers, and alternative media websites (from all across the ideological spectrum).

Independent thinkers, entities such as Wikileaks, and movements such as Anonymous have created an information network in which citizens no longer have to wait for the New York Times to expose the next Pentagon Papers conspiracy – or the Washington Post to expose the next Watergate scandal.

Gang stalking targets need to challenge the rodents in our nation’s food chain, and support political reformers (progressives, libertarians, and others) who defend the individual rights and liberties of Americans against the predatory inclinations of powerful government and private institutions. Don’t let America mutate any further into a police state; it’s time to push back.


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