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The Billionaire's Brain Hackers

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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:44 PM
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How many billionaires do you know?

For most if not all of you, the answer will be zero. What might surprise you is that at least one shady billionaire knows a lot about you. In fact, he's been cyberstalking you, your friends and family on social media — gathering information about you without your permission — and worse yet, his goal is nothing short of manipulating your mind to recreate the world in his vision.

In 1989, a TV producer and ad exec named Nigel Oakes founded the Dynamics Working Group at University College London and from this, BDI was formed the following year by Oakes and a group of international investors and researchers. The Behavioural Dynamics Institute describes itself this way:


We are a private, not-for-profit, non-partisan institute that fosters multidisciplinary collaboration between psychologists, anthropologists, behavioural biologists, mathematicians, communication scientists, and behavioural economists – amongst others – to investigate complex human group or societal issues where behaviour change is key.


Three years later, Oakes and friends decided it was time to put BDI's mass behaviorial modification research into practice and to this end, Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) was formed. Considering their clientele and the nature of their work, it's not surprising that there's very little to be found in the media regarding the company's projects. From the company's elections division's about page:


SCL Elections has unrivalled experience in delivering campaign success via measurable behavioural change. Our staff has worked for more than 20 years on over 100 campaigns in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

As a company we offer a fully comprehensive package of Election Services, ranging from advanced electoral polling, audience research and behavioural analysis, through to a full electoral campaign management solution including operational tools and in-country advisory services.


The company's defense division's about page gets closer to truth of the matter:


The key to mitigating the risks and optimizing the rewards of influence and information dominance lies in the understanding and implementation of a rigorous process of target audience research and analysis. Such a process must involve the social sciences (including fields such as sociology, psychology, anthropology) at the behavioral as well as attitudinal levels. This does not exclude kinetic solutions but does position full target audience profiling and analysis as the filter through which kinetic and non-kinetic decisions are made. SCL Defence is the market leader in the creation, implementation and evaluation of target audience projects for governments and military organizations worldwide. PSYOPS, Public Affairs, Information Operations, Target Audience Analysis, Social Intelligence and Strategic Communication are just some of the key areas in which we work.


I was able to find a few specifc details in an archived copy SLC's history page from 2013:


In 1990 the first field trials for this methodology were undertaken by SCL Ltd, a project management and implementation company, who successfully broke up a strike at a UK car transporting plant. The following year, SCL was credited with saving Lloyds of London by using scientific communication to persuade its many then financially crippled investors to reinvest a further £1bn.

A string of further successes in the commercial sector encouraged SCL to offer its unique capability to International Militaries for independent critical evaluation*. Following a comprehensive analysis of the methodology and thorough assessment of its effectiveness, SCL Defence now supplies the world's leading militaries, including both the US and UK Departments of Defence.


While specific names aren't revealed of course, the archived projects page outlines some of their work. The following were the captions under the images at the top of this post:


Design and develop a permanent military strategic communication facility capable of delivering strategic and operational psyop campaigns for a South Asian country.

Production of a five-tiered training programme covering strategic, operational and tactical Psyop and the design and re-equipping of a communication facility. The personnel had to be able to take over the new facility after only six months.

Design, build and install a Homeland Security Centre for an Asian country. The Opcentre can override all national radio and TV broadcasts in time of crisis.

Design and installation of a Strategic Communication Centre to improve a country's ability to conduct Public Diplomacy.

Recruitment, training and equipping an operational and tactical Psyop and Civil Affairs military unit for a British Commonwealth country.

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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:44 PM
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In 2005, SCL debuted itself to the "public" at the Defense Systems & Equipment International (DSEI) 2005 conference, described as "the world’s largest fully integrated international defence exhibition featuring land, sea and air products and technologies."

Their exhibit was covered in of all places, Slate.

You Can't Handle the Truth


LONDON—Over the past 24 hours, seven people have checked into hospitals here with telltale symptoms. Rashes, vomiting, high temperature, and cramps: the classic signs of smallpox. Once thought wiped out, the disease is back and threatening a pandemic of epic proportions.

The government faces a dilemma: It needs people to stay home, but if the news breaks, mass panic might ensue as people flee the city, carrying the virus with them.

A shadowy media firm steps in to help orchestrate a sophisticated campaign of mass deception. Rather than alert the public to the smallpox threat, the company sets up a high-tech "ops center" to convince the public that an accident at a chemical plant threatens London. As the fictitious toxic cloud approaches the city, TV news outlets are provided graphic visuals charting the path of the invisible toxins. Londoners stay indoors, glued to the telly, convinced that even a short walk into the streets could be fatal.

This scenario may sound like a rejected plot twist from a mediocre Bond flick, but one company is dead set on making this fantasy come to life.

Strategic Communication Laboratories, a small U.K. firm specializing in "influence operations" made a very public debut this week with a glitzy exhibit occupying prime real estate at Defense Systems & Equipment International, or DSEi, the United Kingdom's largest showcase for military technology. The main attraction was a full-scale mock-up of its ops center, running simulations ranging from natural disasters to political coups.

Of course, the idea of deluding an entire city seems, well, a bit like propaganda.

"If your definition of propaganda is framing communications to do something that's going to save lives, that's fine," says Mark Broughton, SCL's public affairs director. "That's not a word I would use for that."

Then again, it's hard to know exactly what else to call it. (Company literature describes SCL's niche specialties as "psychological warfare," "public diplomacy," and "influence operations.") The smallpox scenario plays out in excruciating detail how reporters would be tapped to receive disinformation, with TV and radio stations dedicated to around-the-clock coverage. Even the eventual disclosure is carefully scripted.

In another doomsday scenario, the company assists a newly democratic country in South Asia as it struggles with corrupt politicians and a rising insurgency that threatens to bubble over into bloody revolution. SCL steps in to assist the benevolent king of "Manpurea" to temporarily seize power.

Oh, wait, that sounds a lot like Nepal, where the monarchy earlier this year ousted a corrupt government to stave off a rising Maoist movement. The problem is, the SCL scenario also sounds a lot like using a private company to help overthrow a democratically elected government. Another problem, at least in Nepal, is that the king now shows few signs of returning to democracy.


In 2013, with the financial backing of the shady billionaire, SCL spawned a new company with a planned focus on US politics, partnering with researchers from Cambridge University's famed psychology and neuroscience departments. One of these researchers is Dr. Aleksandr Kogan who took on the task of cyberstalking Americans on Facebook:


Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL), was first introduced to the concept of using social media data to model human personality traits in early 2014 by Dr Aleksandr Kogan, a lecturer at Cambridge University’s renowned psychology department.

Kogan established his own company in spring that year and began working with SCL to deliver a “large research project” in the US. His stated aim was to get as close to every US Facebook user into the dataset as possible.

The academic used Amazon’s crowdsourcing marketplace Mechanical Turk (MTurk) to access a large pool of Facebook profiles, hoovering up tens of thousands of individuals’ demographic data – names, locations, birthdays, genders – as well as their Facebook “likes”, which offer a range of personal insights.

This was achieved by recruiting MTurk users by paying them about one dollar to take a personality questionnaire that gave access to their Facebook profiles. This raised the alarm among some participants, who flagged Kogan for violating MTurk’s terms of service. “They want you to log into Facebook and then download a bunch of your information,” complained one user at the time.

Crucially, Kogan also captured the same data for each person’s unwitting friends. For every individual recruited on MTurk, he harvested information about their friends, meaning the dataset ballooned significantly in size. Research shows that in 2014, Facebook users had an average of around 340 friends.


Kogan promised users the data was strictly for research purposes and of course that was a lie.


By summer 2014, Kogan’s company had created an expansive and powerful dataset. His business partner boasted on LinkedIn that their private outfit, Global Science Research (GSR), “owns a massive data pool of 40+ million individuals across the United States – for each of whom we have generated detailed characteristic and trait profiles”


While focused on the US, there was one recent campaign that the firm may — or may not — have worked on. A November, 2015 press release announced that they'd been contracted by UKIP-supporting rich guy Arron Banks's Leave.EU (yes, that's an ironic domain). Side note: Banks is an insteresting character who owns a diamond mind in South Africa and who had questionable holdings exposed in the Panama Papers release.

In a piece about the company, Wired cited an unnamed source who in turn cited conversations with "operatives" in the company who downplayed the company's involvement in Brexit. When questioned, the company's CEO Alexander Nix said, "We’ve never perpetuated anything positive or negative about our involvement."

Take from that what you will.

Pedantic as I am, I have to stop here for a moment to bring up the antagonist from the 1995 movie Lord of Illusions (written and produced by Clive Barker) — Nix — who was literally a mind hacking sorcerer with a brainwashed cult of followers and who was bent on world destruction.




posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:45 PM
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If you've read this far, you've no doubt noticed that I have yet to name either the billionaire in question or the SCL offshoot. I toyed with the idea of doing a little brain hacking of my own and misidentifying him as George Soros early in the first post and then revealing his real name at the end.

After all, many are prepared to believe just about anything when it comes to Soros — and not that he's not a horrible oligarch having undue influence and meddling in world affair's — but this isn't like many Soros theories involving a nominal grant trickled down from his foundation through a network of social welfare orgs.

This is a company that specializes in running PSYOPS campaigns to disinform, mislead, influence and manipulate unwitting populations. Through deceitful, unethical and surreptitious methods, they've amassed data on tens of millions of Americans if not hundreds of millions and you can imagine countless millions more around the world.

The mission of this company is to find out as much about every single one of us as possible so that they can tailor what we see and hear for the purpose of manipulating our minds.

This isn't the only marriage of big data and micro-targetting strategies in the modern landscape of electioneering. In fact, both of the major US parties have multiple integrated systems for this purpose. Those are bad. Many would say very bad. This is in my opinion, potentionally so much worse.

We in the CT scene have collectively let our game slip. You won't read about this information warfare on Infowars. There's no slickly produced video on YouTube to tell you about this silent coup. Paul Joseph Watson isn't going to take a break from manufacturing anti-Islam propaganda to tell you about them. They won't be counted among the "globalists" when Alex Jones psychotically rants and fake cries.

You sure won't be reading anything about it on Breitbart News. (more about that shortly)

The name of the shady billionaire is Robert Mercer. The new SCL Group company is Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica first started receiving significant news coverage when it was revealed that they were working for the Ted Cruz campaign which was then supported by what is essentially Robert Mercer's private PAC, Keep The Promise I / Make America Number 1.

For those unfamiliar with Robert Mercer, he's a hedgefund billionaire who is the principal investor in Breitbart News. He's also fund Stephen Bannon's faux public integrity org (itself a data mining outfit) the Government Accountability Institute. Mercer paid for the production of the Bannon-produced movie adaptation of the book, Clinton Cash, written by Breitbart editor-at-large, Peter Schweizer, also of the GAI.

Ironically enough, it was The Conservative Tree House who pointed out that participation in the Breitbart online presidential poll resulted in the harvesting of personal information by none other than Cambridge Analytica.

Robert Mercer is now the largest backer of Donald Trump. After the exit of Manafort, Cambridge Analytica was embedded into the Trump campaign.

This thread also serves as an update to my two threads from yesterday. The first of these threads details the takeover of the Trump campaign by Mercer and his operatives (Conway, Bannon and Bossie). The second thread delves into the involvement of another person on the Mercer payroll, Rudy Giuliani, in the now widely discredited "FBI leak" as "reported" by Fox New's Bret Baier as well as the interesting role of the book Clinton Cash and its author and finally, James Kallstrom, longtime friend of both Trump and Giuliani.

I'm going to go ahead and post what I've gotten written up and then I'll follow up in this thread with interesting details I've uncovered in my research.



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:45 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian


How many billionaires do you know?


Two.



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:46 PM
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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:53 PM
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I also know somebody who worked for Donald Trump in the 80s. In October of 2015 I had lunch with him in Miami Beach and I asked him point blank if Trump was a Clinton plant or if he is really serious about his candidacy.

My friend looked me square in the eye and told me Donald Trump could absolutely destroy Hillary Clinton in a general election.

Keep in mind he is a Democrat and I happen to know that he isn't voting Trump.



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:53 PM
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originally posted by: theantediluvian
If you've read this far, you've no doubt noticed that I have yet to name either the billionaire in question or the SCL offshoot.

There's no need to. I knew right from the start that it would be Trump.



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:55 PM
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There's no need to. I knew right from the start that it would be Trump.


And you would be WRONG. Congratulations.
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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:57 PM
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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 08:58 PM
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originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: BlueShaman


There's no need to. I knew right from the start that it would be Trump.


And you would be WRONG. Congratulations.

It's being employed in Trump's campaign though.


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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:02 PM
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a reply to: BlueShaman

Why don't you try reading the op?


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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:09 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Group think, social manipulation through visuals. It's always been talked about and known but you've shown a great trail through it and how it's being used in the election.

I read your words and will go back through the sources now. Great read and a great write up.

It is my opinion that anyone who will actually read through your presentation here will have some of their bias confirmed. The folks that are actually effected more than likely will not read the words or the sources.

Do you believe the same sort, maybe even if not as in depth, are going on in the Dem camp? I certainly do.

S*F I may not agree with you all the time but damn, this is good.

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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:15 PM
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posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:16 PM
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Billionaires like to dip their hands into everything....

Mercer's boy was Ted Cruz, that failed so he joined the Trump train. Meh... billionaires....



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:21 PM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Still reading and digesting this material, but this stood out to me:



The problem is, the SCL scenario also sounds a lot like using a private company to help overthrow a democratically elected government.


I'll have to come back to this later. It gives me a few ideas.

Thanks AD!



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:24 PM
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ENOUGH!

This is not the Mud Pit. If you can't post on topic please move on before posting bans become necessary.

Do not reply to this message.



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:26 PM
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originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: BlueShaman

Why don't you try reading the op?

I read it and your message appears to be that we are getting mind-controlled by Cambridge Analytica into voting for Trump. So it still reads like an anti-Trump thread, unless you're trying to portray Trump as a victim who had no choice but to let Mercer take over his campaign and I'm not seeing it. If that's the case, I take what I said back.



posted on Nov, 5 2016 @ 09:30 PM
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This really isn't an 'anti-Trump' thread - his name is merely incidental (see post above by "imitator") to the facts...

...I honestly don't have a 'horse' in the current electoral race, so I read the OP with an open mind and no preconceived opinions -

- and truly, the information presented should put every single ATS member on guard, regardless of their political inclinations.

It's scary stuff...
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