Preface and Readers Note
When I mention COINTELPRO
in this thread I am referring to the continuing use of the tactics
employed in the original FBI program. I also refer to new operations - in particular employed in cyberspace - that are currently in use by the FBI,
CIA, NSA and other arms of the state.
Many of the techniques used are intolerable in a democratic society. However, they continue to be utilised with the aim of combating perceived
threats to, " the existing social and political order."
another way of saying that they will stop at nothing - including taking away your democratic rights - to keep the elite in power.
Why would COINTELPRO tactics be deployed on Forums Like ATS?
According to a 1976 report to the US Senate,
"The unexpressed major
premise of much of COINTELPRO is that the Bureau has a role in maintaining the existing social order, and that its efforts should be aimed toward
combating those who threaten that order."
So, what has that to do with conspiracy or New Age forums? 'Conspiracy theorists' see inconsistencies and join the dots while 'New Agers' see
hypocrisy and imbalance in society. Both groups are likely to seek, "changes in the social and political order," - which makes them political
dissidents in the eyes of the powers that be.
Furthermore, forums are places where said political dissidents seek like minded people. According to the 1976 Senate Report, "COINTELPRO began in
1956, in part because of frustration with Supreme Court rulings limiting the Government's power to proceed overtly against dissident groups." No
prizes for guessing that one such dissident group, could be the conspiracy theorists on ATS.
Here is a video which takes a look at what is going on.
Is there anything we can do about it?
Should we all stop using these forums. That is a matter of personal preference. My opinion is that despite the obvious fact that they are used for
disinformation and manipulation, they can still be a positive force. Lots of information like that contained in this thread would find a far smaller
audience without them. Surely that is a good thing.
We may not be able to do a great deal to stop COINTELPRO tactics from being employed on our beloved forums. However, "To be forewarned, is to be
forearmed." So stop kidding yourselves that this isn't happening and educate yourselves. Here are a few tips.
All the best
edit on 28/6/11 by Pimander because: (no reason given)