I started so I might as well finish it.
I see them from a country mile away, a country mile is supposed to seem longer than a straight road due to the bends in it. The dis-info crowd will always have more resources than me/us, as they have a seemingly endless budget, and we have only keyboards and voices, if you think for 1 second there are no other powerful players on here that are that dis-info merchant, you better rethink my friends, I am not quite crazy enough to point them out, as that would make all my charity efforts on here vanish in an instant.
Whilst I stay happily under the radar for now, allow me to show you how and why government do this, first the how.
You will have to click along on some links my friends, due to plagiarism rules.
You may well wonder about the material we have chosen to present below. For one thing, it has been around for a while, though mostly on obscure websites. For another, its authors are unknown. More important, we cannot say how accurate, overall, is the analysis offered in it.
Nonetheless, it is tantalizing — and raises some important issues, no matter its provenance.
The document claims to reveal the techniques — dirty tricks, really — that are practised by trolls, saboteurs, provocateurs, dis-informants, spies and other government operatives, as well as their fellow practitioners of the dark arts.
One thing is certain: we’ve all experienced the frustration of dealing with this phenomenon. We just don’t always recognize it for what it is.
Without even knowing it, you may have witnessed these techniques in action. Perhaps in a political forum that feels somehow manipulated to suppress certain facts and points of view. Or in the deceptive comments that often follow a controversial article. Or in the disruptive behaviour at a town hall meeting that seems oddly choreographed. Or at a meeting of activists where the “wrong” people seem to be taking over.
Like toxic mushrooms, the words and actions of these operatives can look harmless. That is why they can so easily poison the well of information.
You may be tempted to write off trolls as harmless nuts, but that may not be the case at all. We know from experience that some of the less harmful techniques described here are a cousin of a PR tactic called “astroturfing,” a tried and true method of some of the most powerful corporations and private interests in America. It is a classic control technique, wielded by those on top to prevent “inconvenient” facts from reaching the public, and to neutralize any action the public may want to take should they learn of these facts.
You are most likely to see these techniques at work where discussion centres on such high-stakes issues as political assassinations, the destruction of land and lives by oil companies and other corporations, the man-made causes of climate change, and so on.
Before we get to the tricks themselves, we should take a quick look at their origins.
Treachery is as old as mankind, but let’s start with the late J. Edgar Hoover, the old trickster behind the FBI’s Counter-intelligence Program, also known as COINTELPRO.
According to www.publiceye.org, Cointelpro was designed to “increase factionalism, cause disruption and win defections” inside the Communist Party U.S.A…. disruption of the Socialist Workers Party (1961), the Ku Klux Klan (1964), Black nationalist groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam (1967), and the entire New Left, including community and religious groups (1968).”
The US Senate’s so-called Church Committee (chaired by Sen. Frank Church of Idaho), which investigated Cointelpro, reported, “Bureau witnesses admit that many of the targets were non-violent and most had no connections with a foreign power.” Such targets included non-violent citizens against the war in Vietnam, the non-violent Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and prominent civil rights workers.
The FBI claims Cointelpro operations ended in 1971.
Did they? The Internet did not exist during the period the FBI admits Cointelpro was active, but the author labels the methods described below as “Cointelpro Techniques.” Wherever they came from, they are still clearly in use. (As many of our readers probably know, other alphabet agencies use these techniques, and have greatly expanded upon them.)
Part 1 is about methods for taking control of a news group. These instructions were presumably written by a Cointelpro operative to be used by other operatives — and not the general public, so they are not always clear. We have therefore rewritten some of these passages, and we offer explanations parenthetically when we think they are needed. Wherever possible, we try to preserve the style of the original document.
If you have a better explanation for any of the actions described below, or if you want to add your own observations to this ongoing collection, please let us know. We would love to hear from you.
The bottom line: Our purpose here is to inform you about some of the “dirty tricks” that may be shaping and distorting what you read online. Far from endorsing these attempts to hijack free and open discourse, we believe that exposing them can help blunt their power to confuse and control. Forewarned is forearmed.
Even the great Graham Hancock had his share of them.
They made him feel so ill he almost died 2 years ago, until he realised it was a small group, all saying the same things, bought and paid for by the establishment he was trying to expose, for the frauds they are.
I read in the UK that there were thousands of military trolls, please feel free to click the links below.
If you’ve ever been attacked by what are known as internet trolls and wondered if they were being paid to attack you, you might be closer to the truth than you realized.
Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the government actually employs and pays internet trolls to comment on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, among other sites. Often, they are paid to “guide” the conversation with government-supported beliefs and propaganda.
According to a new and fascinating article from the DC Clothesline.
In the UK, the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG) is a specialized unit within the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). If it wasn’t for Edward Snowden, we probably still would never have heard of them. This particular specialized unit is engaged in some very “questionable” online activities. The following is an excerpt from a recent piece by Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman…
Though its existence was secret until last year, JTRIG quickly developed a distinctive profile in the public understanding, after documents from NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed that the unit had engaged in “dirty tricks” like deploying sexual “honey traps” designed to discredit targets, launching denial-of-service attacks to shut down Internet chat rooms, pushing veiled propaganda onto social networks and generally warping discourse online.
Lets get some links down on the blockchain for prosperities sake, if nothing else.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, through whom document-leaker Edward Snowden previously rattled the entire National Security Agency, is now confirming Western intelligence networks strategize to place “trolls” on the Internet to undermine, discredit and destroy critics.
Yes, there are paid government trolls on social media, blogs, forums and websites
Do you want solid proof that paid government shills are targeting websites, blogs, forums and social media accounts?
By Michael Snyder | End of the American Dream
For years, many have suspected that government trolls have been systematically causing havoc all over the Internet, but proving it has been difficult. But now thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden and revealed by Glenn Greenwald, we finally have hard evidence that western governments have been doing this. As you will see below, a UK intelligence outfit known as the Government Communications Headquarters, through a previously secret unit known as the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group, has been systematically attempting “to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse”. This should be deeply disturbing to anyone that values free speech on the Internet.
It isn’t just that the British government is trying to influence what people are thinking. The reality is that this is far bigger than a mere propaganda campaign. As Greenwald recently noted on his new website, the “integrity of the Internet itself” is at stake…
Source = https://www.intellihub.com/yes-paid-government-trolls-social-media-blogs-forums-websites/
Whilst digging for sources, I came across this excellent steemian, added bonus time. @pressfortruth. https://steemit.com/life/@pressfortruth/how-to-spot-a-government-troll-and-what-to-do-about-it.
I hope I gave you something to think about, as always please do your own research, do not just believe me for the sake of it, I have all our interests at heart, and that of my children, we can make this world a better place, if we know our enemy, and how to spot them, before we end up with nobody left to talk to, as the world goes full on into paranoia mode.
Be safe, have fun, relax and enjoy, above all else though, know thy enemy, then you can avoid them.
Deliberators verdict = The truth will set you free.
Deliberator = Definition of deliberator
: one that deliberates
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