Cointelpro was Re: With a little help of friends...

Karl gmkarl at
Sat Feb 6 07:01:40 PST 2021

I don't have the capacity to read this whole booklet, but wanted to
add this bit:

On 2/6/21, John Young <jya at> wrote:

One quote:
> In some situations, to get control, the agent will tell the activist:
> "You're dividing the movement."

The booklet goes on to describe the psychological impact of this.

But the people saying that haven't thought about the psychological
impact.  They are simply copying the expression from things activists
have said to them, to regain control of the situation.

This is incredibly common, the simple copying of expressions and
saying them back to activists.  It is seen on both a small scale and a
large scale, and is in many parts of our living, decades-long history.

For example, targeted individuals are sensitized towards "street
theater", where agents of cointelpro and similar efforts are
orchestrated to play out something that the targeted individual is
frightened of, right in front of them (a tactic visible extensively on
this list).  Targets distribute literature among peers warning of this
tactic.  Meanwhile, "street theater" originated as a way for activists
without funds to put on shows that would discuss the issues that
weren't reaching media, and is still used to this day by activists.
The copying of the behavior and term disconnected activists from each
other, in a very extensive way.  A side effect is that the activists
have some idea of what kinds of things the CEOs they target
experience: but their idea is amplified to the point of torture, life
destruction, and terror, permanently keeping them from engaging in the
tactics themselves.

This is the same effect caused on a small scale in the activist
communities described in the booklet, where people stop saying "you're
dividing the movement", because it is what the disruptors are saying,
to further divide the movement.

Other examples abound.

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