Sunday, August 5, 2018

HOW COVERT AGENTS INFILTRATE THE INTERNET TO MANIPULATE, DECEIVE, AND DESTROY REPUTATIONS







One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.
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:

Other tactics aimed at individuals are listed here, under the revealing title “discredit a target”:

Then there are the tactics used to destroy companies the agency targets:


GCHQ describes the purpose of JTRIG in starkly clear terms: “using online techniques to make something happen in the real or cyber world,” including “information ops (influence or disruption).”

Critically, the “targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, “hacktivism”, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.
The title page of one of these documents reflects the agency’s own awareness that it is “pushing the boundaries” by using “cyber offensive” techniques against people who have nothing to do with terrorism or national security threats, and indeed, centrally involves law enforcement agents who investigate ordinary crimes:

No matter your views on Anonymous, “hacktivists” or garden-variety criminals, it is not difficult to see how dangerous it is to have secret government agencies being able to target any individuals they want – who have never been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crimes – with these sorts of online, deception-based tactics of reputation destruction and disruption. There is a strong argument to make, as Jay Leiderman demonstrated in the Guardian in the context of the Paypal 14 hacktivist persecution, that the “denial of service” tactics used by hacktivists result in (at most) trivial damage (far less than the cyber-warfare tactics favored by the US and UK) and are far more akin to the type of political protest protected by the First Amendment.
The broader point is that, far beyond hacktivists, these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity even though they’ve been charged with no crimes, and even though their actions have no conceivable connection to terrorism or even national security threats. As Anonymous expert Gabriella Coleman of McGill University told me, “targeting Anonymous and hacktivists amounts to targeting citizens for expressing their political beliefs, resulting in the stifling of legitimate dissent.” Pointing to this study she published, Professor Coleman vehemently contested the assertion that “there is anything terrorist/violent in their actions.”
Government plans to monitor and influence internet communications, and covertly infiltrate online communities in order to sow dissension and disseminate false information, have long been the source of speculation. Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, a close Obama adviser and the White House’s former head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, wrote a controversial paper in 2008 proposing that the US government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites, as well as other activist groups.
Sunstein also proposed sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups” which spread what he views as false and damaging “conspiracy theories” about the government. Ironically, the very same Sunstein was recently named by Obama to serve as a member of the NSA review panel created by the White House, one that – while disputing key NSA claims – proceeded to propose many cosmetic reforms to the agency’s powers (most of which were ignored by the President who appointed them).
But these GCHQ documents are the first to prove that a major western government is using some of the most controversial techniques to disseminate deception online and harm the reputations of targets. Under the tactics they use, the state is deliberately spreading lies on the internet about whichever individuals it targets, including the use of what GCHQ itself calls “false flag operations” and emails to people’s families and friends. Who would possibly trust a government to exercise these powers at all, let alone do so in secret, with virtually no oversight, and outside of any cognizable legal framework?
Then there is the use of psychology and other social sciences to not only understand, but shape and control, how online activism and discourse unfolds. Today’s newly published document touts the work of GCHQ’s “Human Science Operations Cell,” devoted to “online human intelligence” and “strategic influence and disruption”:

 

Under the title “Online Covert Action”, the document details a variety of means to engage in “influence and info ops” as well as “disruption and computer net attack,” while dissecting how human beings can be manipulated using “leaders,” “trust,” “obedience” and “compliance”:

The documents lay out theories of how humans interact with one another, particularly online, and then attempt to identify ways to influence the outcomes – or “game” it:



We submitted numerous questions to GCHQ, including: (1) Does GCHQ in fact engage in “false flag operations” where material is posted to the Internet and falsely attributed to someone else?; (2) Does GCHQ engage in efforts to influence or manipulate political discourse online?; and (3) Does GCHQ’s mandate include targeting common criminals (such as boiler room operators), or only foreign threats?
As usual, they ignored those questions and opted instead to send their vague and nonresponsive boilerplate: “It is a longstanding policy that we do not comment on intelligence matters. Furthermore, all of GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the Secretary of State, the Interception and Intelligence Services Commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. All our operational processes rigorously support this position.”
These agencies’ refusal to “comment on intelligence matters” – meaning: talk at all about anything and everything they do – is precisely why whistleblowing is so urgent, the journalism that supports it so clearly in the public interest, and the increasingly unhinged attacks by these agencies so easy to understand. Claims that government agencies are infiltrating online communities and engaging in “false flag operations” to discredit targets are often dismissed as conspiracy theories, but these documents leave no doubt they are doing precisely that.
Whatever else is true, no government should be able to engage in these tactics: what justification is there for having government agencies target people – who have been charged with no crime – for reputation-destruction, infiltrate online political communities, and develop techniques for manipulating online discourse? But to allow those actions with no public knowledge or accountability is particularly unjustifiable.
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8 comments:


  1. Greenwald: Jewwy Chicken-Little

    Don't forget Greenwald is self-admitted Jew and homosexual, so his info is most likely fairly worthless. Still, one can easily deal w. his info given here on its own terms since it isn't too voluminous.

    For as long as u have an I-net without censorship then u have what u need and can't ask anything more.

    For people have a right to lie and speak opinions which often aren't founded in the OBJECTIVE reality; problem then for them is less people, over time, tend to listen to them--like in Greenwald's case, no doubt.

    Greenwald says, "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."

    So foregoing assertion by Greenwald is just another lie by the Jewwy homo. Only thing which destroys usefulness of I-net is the coercive censorship as of monopolies by Jew-controlled entities like fake-book, Jew-tube, and Jewgle--then it's all lies all the time, and the only "truths" are put in place to set-up the lies.

    Otherwise, Greenwald's screeching is pretty meaningless--"people are lying and "ATTEMPTING" to lie and control, manipulate...," etc.--well, Greenwald, u Jews always and always have been trying to do that (why people hate u so), but it only reflects on u, no one and nothing else.

    Thus fake-book, Jew-tube, and Jewgle lose their customers in face of honest competition--which competition only the typical Jew-sponsored dictatorship can try to over-come by coercive measures which is evidently what Greenwald is aiming for as he bleats like the typical Jew liar that because there's lying, it discredits the I-net. No Jew, it only discredits liars and Jews like u.

    For it's simply our human responsibility to have to deal w. lies and information as we go through life. Thus one learns to dealing w. lies and liars--that's why our Western civilization, and indeed, all civilizations, have hated and discriminated against Jews, for example. See Talmudical.blogspot.com, RevisionistReview.blogspot.com, and Come-and-hear.com for expo on satanic Jew religion of warfare against mankind.


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    1. Some of your assertions do have merit, the Jewish problem is huge and threatens the West. Even though Greenwald does not specifically expose this in his columns, give him credit for getting this information out.

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    2. Jews: Agents Of satanism, Death

      Problem is when Jews tell u something u think is useful, u quickly find it's already out and expounded by many, and now Jews are only trying to "spin"--like Greenwald, in this example.

      Regarding the Jew problem, note they're simply satanists/subjectivists, satanism being extreme subjectivism, holding reality being mere product of consciousness/mentality, making themselves God. So Jews are ALWAYS a potential problem, criminals, psychopaths, and monsters, given their filthy, satanic religion of "midrash" (subjectivism)--see Talmudical.blogspot.com, RevisionistReview.blogspot.com, and Come-and-hear.com for expo.

      Worst, Jews are most sublime COLLECTIVISTS who cohere, collude, and conspire for their subjectivistic impositions, and problem arises esp. when the stupid goyim become corrupt and over-populated, given to satanism/subjectivism themselves, BUT NOT NEARLY AS WELL OR CLOSELY ORGANIZED--which allows more cohesive, organized Jews to dominate--esp., as I note, in times of cultural and economic decline, as we find ourselves now in "Decline of the West," by Oswald Spengler.

      Observe now Jews control and dominate the CENTRAL-BANKING, a criminal enterprise by it's very nature, literally legalized counterfeiting, putting-out nearly INFINITE waves of currency ("inflation"), not real money, real money being commodity-based, as of gold/silver, the new issues of currency devaluating the existing stocks in circulation, the people impoverished, defrauded, enslaved, destroyed. See Mises.org for expo on central-banking; use their site search-engine.

      So the large problem is the satanic "decline" of the culture in HUBRIS which affects over-populated gentiles in the natural CYCLIC history, as noted by Spengler, afore-mentioned, which is then dominated by Jews, gentiles never recovering as satanism is literally a culture of DEATH, as we see fm Agenda-21 and -2030.



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  2. Why does Veterans Today say that Wikileaks is Mossad directed?

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    1. "It's Jews, Stupid"

      Because, OBVIOUSLY, it doesn't put-out info too directly against kikes--WHICH would automatically and immediately get wikileaks TOTALLY banned fm any- and everywhere--WHICH actually tells u WHO and WHAT the real problem is.

      So Wikileaks evidently has elected to deal only w. goyim--as way of getting by the kike censors who are EVERYWHERE.

      So, it isn't perhaps so much "directed," but certainly affected and influenced by MOSSAD and Jews in general--try to getting a clue. "It's Jews, stupid."

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    2. Good question.

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  3. According to Snowden-leaked "classified" documents, the US Gov't has been under ALIEN CONTROL since the "Ike" Administration. THEY LIVE and THEY ARE WALKING AMONG US! THEY are experts at Mind Control and Deception. THEY have genetically engineered a new, hybrid race of humanoid ALIENS! THEY were visible all over Sandy Hook and at the Boston Marathon "shootings". Lash [Pacific Palisades] and Pollock [Las Vegas] were specimens of that emerging Hybrid, Humanoid ALIEN RACE. The ALIEN AGENDA is to REPLACE the Human Race!

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    1. Heck yeah, and U'RE one of them, too, ain'tcha?--ho ho ho oho

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