Inner-nets. One of the most consequential and relatively little remarked upon phenomenon of the modern West is the metastasizing relationship between nation and state. The latter being conceived in varying designs and degrees as a steward for the former. The relationship should be commensal: with the state serving to further the interests of the nation. Fundamentally, it has no intrinsic purpose exclusive to the people for whom it was created to serve. And historically when states have failed to execute, nations have executed the fails.
To phrase the message to our government apparatchiks in Al Pacino’s layman’s terms: What you are hired for, is to help us. Does that seem clear to you? To HELP us. Not to FUCK US UP! To help men who are going out there to try to earn a living, you fairy. You company man.
Though this directive seems not to have been delivered with sufficient thrust. For the relationship has increasingly undergone a malign transition. Western states have uniformly pivoted from a relatively salutary role, through neutrality, to now open hostility. The state has declared war on the nation…and the rout has been brutal.
The piece below captures a glimpse of a state ranging untethered from its nation: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. [Two Notes: 1) The article depicts a dense farrago of almost comic-book villainy. I don’t know if all is true, but the fact that it is supported by NBC News must lend some air of skepticism. 2. The documents appear to apply exclusively to British government activities, though The Five Eyes Alliance would appear to make them applicable to all of us.]
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.
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.
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.
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”
What follows are some of the alleged agency slides that establish methods for manipulating the public’s online discourse. State vs. nation: your tax dollars at work.
It appears I may have inadvertently included a couple from my private records, but presumably the point is made. Either this is an elaborate prank or our governments have become buffoonishly evil beyond all bounds of decorum.
Though the Five Guys spying and fries conglomeration is certainly not alone in molding the public to a more preferably docile state. Another government reportedly has their own, quite active, hasba-something.
I have no comment on the links above, though if readers would like more information on these programs, please contact the Station Chief of Mossad, North American Operations, in care of this address.
So to conclude with a question. With what does your loyalty reside: a nation or state? The winner of that poll will determine the future of Powerpoint slides everywhere.