The truth that government agents are influencing people online has been visible for some time to those who were looking. For example, in 2011, we got proof that military contractors and the US Air Force were doing this. (See here and here.) There were other facts as well, including the publicly-stated wishes of Cass Sunstein.
Most people didn’t see those stories, of course, and those who mentioned them were thought to be crazy. “If it was true, we’d have heard about it!”
In early February, however, we got serious proof, courtesy of Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald. Honestly, I expected this to be a big story, like many of the previous Snowden leaks. Instead, the story went almost nowhere. The “news” simply refused to cover it. And while the story did run on a few websites, I don’t know of it running in any major newspaper or on any TV news, except perhaps RT, the Russian 24/7 English-language news channel. (NBC did run a prior and less troubling story.)
But, we have the slides, and we now know what the NSA and its British partner, GCHQ, are doing to us.
The Manipulations You Pay For
Let’s start with this direct quote from the GCHQ on two tactics of their JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) program:
(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.
Here’s their slide for training agents how to discredit people:
These are their tactics for discrediting companies:
Here’s just one more, listing the tricks they use to manipulate people:
So, this is where we are. All the Anglosphere governments are – RIGHT NOW – building systems to manipulate us 24/7.
Please understand that it is far, far easier and cheaper for computers to do this work than to have actual humans at keyboards. And thousands of amoral engineers and psychologists are currently selling us out for mere paychecks, by programming computers to do just that.
If there is one message that I’d like to get across on this subject, it is this:
Your rulers are immoral, rapacious, and unrestrained. They are building a hell for you and your children right now.
I’m sorry if that seems strong, but speaking the truth leaves me no option.
Big Brother did not come with elections and clear choices; it came riding on the usual human weaknesses: fear, greed, and servility.