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How Covert Agents Infiltrate The Internet To Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations
oathkeepers.org via FirstLook.org ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Glenn Greenwald

Posted on 03/27/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT by Sheapdog

Edited on 03/27/2014 9:06:56 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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This article comes from FirstLook.org

by Glenn Greenwald

Greenwald 1A page from a GCHQ top secret document prepared by its secretive JTRIG unit

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. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

By publishing these stories one by one, 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. To see how extremist these programs are, just 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. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:

Greenwald 2Other tactics aimed at individuals are listed here, under the revealing title “discredit a target”:

Greenwald 3

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: capitalists; dhs; military; nutjobconspiracy; socialists
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1 posted on 03/27/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT by Sheapdog
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To: Sheapdog

And how did infowars get it?


2 posted on 03/27/2014 7:42:12 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: Sheapdog

0bama says “If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom.”


3 posted on 03/27/2014 7:43:32 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: Sheapdog

4 posted on 03/27/2014 7:44:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Sheapdog

Yes they will kill their fellow Americans


5 posted on 03/27/2014 7:44:57 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Sheapdog
leaked on March 24, 2014 by InfoWars,

As far as I read...

6 posted on 03/27/2014 7:45:06 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Sheapdog; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ..

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

7 posted on 03/27/2014 7:45:29 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: Sheapdog
The top secret document, mandated to be locked up and only seen by DHS agents—marked on every single one of its 160 pages that it should be seen by “Trusted Agents Only”—is a blueprint for what Obama is planning: Martial law and a declaration of war on the American people. "

Apparently not all so "Trusted Agents" as you got a leak Hoss.

8 posted on 03/27/2014 7:46:25 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Sheapdog; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty/Retiree ping.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 7:46:34 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Sheapdog

Interesting.

Painting,then Purging.

Where have we seen that before?

A really human aspiring dictator will even shed a tear (a la Saddam Hussein) as he rounds up his disloyal colleagues, never to be seen again.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 7:46:58 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: Sheapdog

The IRS was targeting Obama’s political enemies... that’s against the law... If Homeland’s doing the same thing they’re gonna be in a heap of trouble when Obama and dems are out of office...


11 posted on 03/27/2014 7:47:49 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Sheapdog

Any ideas on who is winning?


12 posted on 03/27/2014 7:51:28 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


13 posted on 03/27/2014 7:52:48 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: null and void; Jet Jaguar; Old Sarge; Velveeta; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; Myrddin; MamaDearest; ...
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14 posted on 03/27/2014 7:53:35 PM PDT by LucyT (If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: Sheapdog

Why isn’t Infowars out doing something useful, like looking for that missing airliner. They should be running low on fuel by now.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 7:53:47 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Sheapdog

I dare call it treason!

HF


16 posted on 03/27/2014 7:54:44 PM PDT by holden
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To: One Name

Much to the dismay and willful ignorance of liberal/progressives;

“Death by Government”, still trumps all.

http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM


17 posted on 03/27/2014 7:54:59 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: GeronL
Yes they will kill their fellow Americans

Yes they will. This is subtle, and maybe not so subtle a way for the dirt bags in government, to program millions of people to accept the murder of Americans by other Americans. By the time they start wholesale slaughter, many people will cheer them on.

18 posted on 03/27/2014 7:55:22 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Sheapdog
Cyber attacks are expected throughout the exercise by members of anti-government organizations, such as Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny and individuals sympathetic to their cause. (Page 5)

DHS fantasy (Obama) exercise. Cyber attacks on what? LoL. On your public website Yawwwwnn. I'm still awaiting for that big cyber attack that takes down the Internet and causes utter destruction. Psssst ...it's not going to happen as the web is too big and too redundant.

While some Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny members are capable of conducting adverse cyber operations, the greatest threat is current government employees sympathetic to their cause…[Also included] are employees within U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, National Guard, and Defense Information Systems Agency that may support Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny doctrine…Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny sympathizers may include both former and current members of the military……Recent reductions in force and early separation requirements have raised concern for disgruntled military and Department of Defense civilians… (Page 125)

Whaaat? You can't even trust your own people must tell you something. So what delusional appointed OBot wrote this? LoL.

19 posted on 03/27/2014 7:56:28 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: null and void

LOL, you got this one tagged.
Watch the suckers roll in.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 8:00:18 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: Sheapdog

While I don’t disagree with the message this stuff is crap.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 8:00:37 PM PDT by BreezyDog
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To: centurion316

I hear the clowns on CNN have that covered 24/7. Every silly theory including alien abduction to explain the missing Indonesian airline. Hehee...


22 posted on 03/27/2014 8:00:53 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Expropriate the expropriators
The expropriation of the expropriators is lawful, since the sizable property of the exploiting class was accumulated by robbing and mercilessly exploiting the working masses. Therefore, depriving the exploiters of their property is a legitimate and justified act. The working people thereby regain the wealth that they created, that is rightfully theirs, and that was taken from them by force.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 8:02:28 PM PDT by griswold3 ("Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8".)
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To: MNDude

Supposidly from somone at Oathkeepers. Infowars has a link to a PDF. I went there and all I saw were plans for a tabletop workup of another big Alaska earthquake. (I think today is the anniversary of the Big One.)


24 posted on 03/27/2014 8:03:01 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: BreezyDog
While I don’t disagree with the message this stuff is crap.

I don't doubt it was written. If you find the author of this "crap" you'll find that Obama groupie smoking Colorado weed.

25 posted on 03/27/2014 8:04:28 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: NoCmpromiz

I heard about this story the other day and went to find it on infowars and it was already scrubbed. It was gone from Drudge also. What that means I leave to speculation. Just because some of infowars and Jones perspectives are controversial and amateurish doesn’t mean there isn’t value in their perspectives. I personally believe most of Robert Welch’s and the John Birch Society’s views and analysis are proving themselves to be closer to the truth than anyone would have ever conceded until recently. Unfortunately a person has to do a lot of their own research and dig through primary sources and secondary sources that are hard to locate to be convinced of some of unpopular or minority views that seem like bs fantasy to those who only accept establishment sources as valid.


26 posted on 03/27/2014 8:07:18 PM PDT by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: Travis McGee; Noumenon

Real?


27 posted on 03/27/2014 8:08:59 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Welcome back.


28 posted on 03/27/2014 8:09:06 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Red Steel

Whaaat? You can’t even trust your own people must tell you something. So what delusional appointed OBot wrote this? LoL.


Someone not only dreamed this and wrote it. They advanced it and may have needed to defend it. In the end, it was approved (by who?) and allowed to be the theme of this exercise.

Who are these people? and what allows them to think this is fair game for what is supposed to be a DHS threat exercise ?

Since when did DHS get a mandate to go to war against Americans ?

Is the DHS bound to our Government or our Constitution?

When did the Government become our Constitution?

Our Constitution is as anti-Government as it gets.


29 posted on 03/27/2014 8:09:27 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: Sheapdog

Everyone could see that coming. Some were/are in denial. Others refuse to believe it. But, as sure as Monday follows Sunday, it is coming. it does not matter whether you believe it or whether you don’t believe it.


30 posted on 03/27/2014 8:10:14 PM PDT by sport
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To: Sheapdog

http://www.slideshare.net/BrianClaytonCharles/dhs-fema-national-exercise-program-capstone-exercise-2014-scenario-ground-truth-32824528


31 posted on 03/27/2014 9:12:44 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Sheapdog

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 9:18:12 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Sheapdog

Why is the present article so different from the one originally posted?


33 posted on 03/27/2014 9:20:11 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: holden

“I dare call it treason!”
___________________________________________
I gather your play on words refers to the 1960s book, None Dare Call it Treason.
America needs a new version of the book.


34 posted on 03/27/2014 9:23:10 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Sheapdog

Which John Birch Society’s views are proving correct?


35 posted on 03/27/2014 9:28:09 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

I think the moderator is hinting that due to the dubious nature of the source it might in fact be part of a disinformation campaign to poison the well so to speak.
I find that people here are able to sort through the BS but we don’t want to exacerbate the problem or get a bad reputation. Maybe the manipulation and disinformation is the filtering and denunciation of unacceptable stories that pertain to truths that are not meant for general public consumption at this time. Whatever, I’d rather have it out there than censored and let the chips fall. See my tagline.


36 posted on 03/27/2014 9:28:28 PM PDT by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: tbw2

Okay, that could be a long response and I’m tired of typing as I’ve spent too much time already on this site. Not to brush you off but I’ll get back to you with a response that does justice to your question in a day or two when I have some time.

sincerely


37 posted on 03/27/2014 9:32:45 PM PDT by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: Sheapdog
Alex Jones established himself as a kook years ago with his NASA faked the moon landing/911 truther/it's those Zionists stuff. Unfortunately some of his stuff could be true but since he has positioned himself in the kook fringe, I typically wait for a more reliable source.

The problem with that could be that now that he is a certifiable kook, just maybe he is being leaked stuff and no one will believe him now... ;-)

That scenario is certainly within realms of reality! With this bunch of commie anti-Americans in office anything is possible.

38 posted on 03/27/2014 10:03:17 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Sheapdog

Don’t know it that was clear... Infowars, Prison Planet, Alex Jones Youtube — they’re all Alex Jones...


39 posted on 03/27/2014 10:13:00 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: null and void

like boy scouts it is good to be prepared ;)


40 posted on 03/27/2014 10:17:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Sheapdog

bttt


41 posted on 03/27/2014 10:18:08 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Sheapdog

“working with NBC....” is a red flag for me. This may be authentic but I now need to be shown more.


42 posted on 03/27/2014 11:16:35 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Zeneta

I’m a big fan of Rummel. The Left doesn’t like facing up to his reality.


43 posted on 03/28/2014 12:09:42 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: GOPJ

Just like when the Clinton left office?


44 posted on 03/28/2014 12:24:31 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Mark17; GeronL

Have not will
Breitbart Hasting Brown you can name the others! Hit high profile targets to make examples is the communist way !


45 posted on 03/28/2014 12:57:59 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: tbw2

Well, I think on the U.N., for one. They’ve always wanted us out if the U.N., who are a bunch of morally bankrupt, ineffectual hypocrites.


46 posted on 03/28/2014 1:04:36 AM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Sheapdog

I an not covert!


47 posted on 03/28/2014 5:41:31 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mark17
This is subtle, and maybe not so subtle a way for the dirt bags in government, to program millions of people to accept the murder of Americans by other Americans. By the time they start wholesale slaughter, many people will cheer them on.

Yes, they have research and psyops and paid employees to mess with the internet 24/7 - but we can counter... We outnumber them. Wasn't it the 'Clinton war room boys' that started this? Too bad no one's willing to ask George Stephanopoulos about it... I'm sure he'd have some insights. Maybe O'Reilly or Hannity could ask...

48 posted on 03/28/2014 6:14:41 AM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: Sheapdog
Worth a pointer...

The Gentleman's Guide To Forum Spies

  1. COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum
  2. Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
  3. Eight Traits of the Disinformationalist
  4. How to Spot a Spy (Cointelpro Agent)
  5. Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

49 posted on 03/28/2014 6:38:08 AM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: Sheapdog

Inject all sorts of false material onto the news in order to destroy the reputation of its targets.

Isn’t that the job of network and cable news?.


50 posted on 03/28/2014 7:11:53 AM PDT by Vaduz
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