ORGANIZED STALKING OVERVIEW


ORGANIZED STALKING: MARGINALIZING VICTIMS WHILE MINIMIZING LEGAL RISK
  

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838)
  
America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment. . . . an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. . . . In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”   Farewell speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

 “The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. . . . we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. . . . Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. . . . . Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed--and no republic can survive.” Speech to the press, John F. Kennedy, 1961



Disclaimer: The following statements are my opinion only, but an opinion informed by my personal experiences and those of others.

GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

-    Gang stalking is organized stalking, and by definition done by more than one person.
-    Stalking is illegal in all 50 states and when the activity crosses state lines it becomes a federal crime.
-    According to 2009 US Department of Justice Stalking Statistics for the year 2006, of the 3.4 million reported stalking victims, 13.1% (445,000) reported being stalked by three or more people.
-    According to conversations I’ve had with other victims of organized stalking many have no criminal record and are well educated professionals. I have no criminal record and am well educated. The list of targeted individuals seems to include whistleblowers, investigative reporters, left-leaning political activists/intellectuals, conspiracy theorists, single adults, and persons with mild mental/behavioral problems that pose no threat to public safety.

To bring credible allegations of being stalked there must be some evidence of the identity of the stalker and proof of repeated encounters. Organized stalking is designed to minimize the possibility of credible stalking allegations being made. This is accomplished using the following techniques:

1.      1.    Diluting Legal Risk – The greater the number of individuals that can be recruited to become involved in organized stalking, the less frequently an individual stalker encounters the victim.
2.      2.   Slander Campaign – The use of a slander campaign, with the weight of police authority behind it, are very effective in recruiting large numbers of people willing to engage in this activity.
3.      3.   Trait Conditioning – Distributing stalking responsibilities among a large number of people tends to dilute its effectiveness, because the victim is less likely to associate stalking with strangers. To compensate for this effect the victim is CONDITIONED to associate stereotypical sights and sounds as TRAITS common to stalkers and their activities, rather than any one individual. The conditioning consists of a period during which the victim encounters a specific trait an unusually high number of times. I have evidence of conditioning episodes.
4.      4.   Further Dilution of Legal Risk – Over time the number of stalking traits a victim is conditioned to recognize allows the frequency of encounters for any one trait to be reduced. The victim is therefore effectively twice removed from the stalking organizers.
5.      5.   Sophisticated Surveillance – Organized stalking as described above could not be possible without a sophisticated communication strategy and very intrusive surveillance. The prevalence of cell phone use makes communications easy. The Patriot Act seems to have minimized fears of criminal prosecution for domestic surveillance activities. Surveillance includes GPS tracking devices, and visual, audio, and computer surveillance. Surveillance allows stalking organizers to track and predict victim movements, fine-tune the effectiveness of the stalking techniques by ‘listening’ to the victim inside their own homes, and monitor victim evidence gathering efforts so that stalking tactics can be adjusted to minimize legal exposure.
6.      6.   Financial Hardship – It’s also apparently common for organized stalking efforts to invade the victim’s work environment, resulting in a loss of income or employment. Blacklisting can occur, resulting in years of unemployment. The resulting economic hardship makes it difficult for the victim to mount an effective and prolonged evidence gathering effort, or to cover the costs of private investigators and attorneys.
7.     7.    Long-Term Commitment – the victims who are resistant to being baited into committing serious social or criminal transgressions are subjected to a prolonged effort designed to undermine their mental health in order to eventually precipitate such an act, with the goal of incarceration or commitment. Any victims who survive this period, which can last for decades, are reportedly ‘suicided’ or have a fatal ‘accident’.
8.      8.   Undermine Victim’s Mental and Physical Health – This is a major focus of organized stalking efforts, because (1) it provides material essential for the slander campaign, (2) increases social isolation, (3) creates the appearance of mental instability that can be perceived as a threat to public safety, and (4) creates significant hurdles for any victim attempting to gather credible evidence and to appear credible to attorneys.
a.       An Emphasis on Covert – Any method designed to undermine a victim’s mental and physical health is most effective when done surreptitiously. In this manner stalkers can make full use of the victim’s natural reluctance to entertain paranoid thoughts. Because victims tend to be actively avoiding paranoid thoughts, they are probably more susceptible to being manipulated. Based on my experiences and that of other victims, the covert period can last years or decades before the victim finally allows the paranoid thoughts to take root in their conscious minds, and slowly awaken to the horror of their past and present. My covert period lasted 15 to 20 years.
b.      Covert Manipulation and Baiting – During my covert period I frequently encountered individuals behaving in inappropriate ways, encounters which over a period of months and years gradually eroded my sense of social norms, and played on weaknesses in my character. We are fundamentally social creatures, and the increasing social isolation victims experience renders them more vulnerable to the effects of these encounters. I’ve come to believe these encounters were intended to gradually bring me closer to committing a serious social or criminal act, and for providing material that could be used to conduct a slander campaign. Nothing really new here, simply a more elaborate baiting and entrapment scheme.
c.       Sleep deprivationOne of the advantages to using sleep deprivation to undermine a victim’s mental health is that it can be done covertly. An emergency siren on Tuesday night, a low-flying aircraft on Wednesday night, a freak phone call on Thursday night, can significantly impair a person’s cognitive abilities. What most people don’t realize is that sleep deprivation causes much more than a profound state of fatigue.
                                                          i.      Partial Sleep Deprivation – Surprisingly, partial sleep deprivation, whether induced by restricting sleep to a period less than 7 hours, or by fragmenting sleep into multiple shorter periods, is as effective as complete sleep deprivation in precipitating a significant degradation in cognitive and physical health.
                                                          ii.      Causes clinically significant depression
                                                          iii.      Induces a heightened state of paranoia – allows stalkers to get the same effect with less effort, thus reducing their legal exposure. “Insomnia is a risk factor for the development of emotional disorders, and an association with daytime mood disturbance has been repeatedly demonstrated. In separate research, paranoia has been strongly linked with negative affect (negative emotions/moods in response to external events), even being considered a type of anxious fear. Therefore insomnia may be one cause of the negative mood that leads to paranoia. Anomalies of experience such as perceptual distortions and hallucinations are also considered a key cause of paranoia; therefore it is germane that sleep deprivation has long been noted to produce temporary psychotic-like experiences.” (Schizophrenia Research 2009, Vol. 108:280-)
                                                          iv.      Perseveration of thought – an inability to form unique responses to unique situations. A sleep deprived victim is forced to rely on a severely restricted set of responses for a wide array of situations, and therefore frequently responds inappropriately.
                                                            v.      Rational Thinking is Compromised – Tasks normally processed by the frontal lobe are either lost or shifted to the parietal lobe, possibly reflecting a mechanism that restricts mental activity to tasks essential for survival, like increased vigilance. A heightened state of paranoia would be consistent with increased vigilance, whereas the ability to do complex math problems would not and is therefore lost. Sleep researchers have equated this state to having a frontal lobotomy or blood alcohol content above the legal limit.
                                                      vi.      Impaired Memory Consolidation – The volume of the hippocampus is reduced in patients suffering from insomnia, possibly reflecting atrophy of a brain region critical for the formation of stable memories.
                                                      vii.      Brain Damage – Contemporary anti-depressant medications target serotonin re-uptake receptors, effectively increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. Sleep deprivation lasting a week or more in laboratory rodents triggers the onset of cell death in discrete regions of the brain, including serotonin neurons. This may explain why chronic sleep loss causes depression. Adult neurogenesis is also impaired; a process likely essential for memory consolidation/formation and maintaining appropriate hippocampal size.
                                                      viii.      Personality Regression – Sleep deprivation is used as a coercive interrogation technique by the United States on War on Terror detainees. "The purpose of all coercive techniques is to induce psychological regression in the subject by bringing a superior outside force to bear on his will to resist. Regression is basically a loss of autonomy, a reversion to an earlier behavioral level. As the subject regresses, his learned personality traits fall away in reverse chronological order. He begins to lose the capacity to carry out the highest creative activities, to deal with complex situations, or to cope with stressful interpersonal relationships or repeated frustrations." from the CIA’s Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual - 1983 (reprinted in the April 1997 issue of Harper's Magazine).
                                                          ix.      Increased Risk of Physical Illness, and Accidental Injury or Death - Chronic sleep deprivation also puts persons at risk for accidents, and developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mental illness. In laboratory rodents, just two to four weeks of complete sleep deprivation proved fatal
                                                          x.      Exercise – Exercise seems to provide some measure of protection against the effects of chronic sleep loss by preserving adult neurogenesis in laboratory rodents. It’s also well known that exercise can act as a potent natural anti-depressant, possibly helping to protect serotonin neurons. I suspect this may be one of the underlying reasons for coercing victims into a form of house arrest.
                                                          xi.       Sleep Deprivation = TORTURE – Even though the United Nations, European Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Court, British Court, and the Israeli Supreme Court have declared sleep deprivation inhumane, unless the victim is in police custody I’m not aware of any federal or state criminal statutes that cover torture in the United States, limiting any allegation to harassment and/or assault.
d.   Social IsolationThe cumulative effect of: (1) being forced into house arrest, (2) the slander campaign, (3) sleep deprivation, (4) interference with romantic relationships, and (5) alienation from colleagues, fiends, and family, is effectively indefinite solitary confinement and torture. For a more detailed examination I refer the reader to an article on solitary confinement by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker.  The rationale behind this seems all too obvious but a few quotes from this article may be informative: “A month into his [Terry Anderson] confinement, he recalled in his memoir, “The mind is a blank. Jesus, I always thought I was smart. Where are all the things I learned, the books I read, the poems I memorized? There’s nothing there, just a formless, gray-black misery. My mind’s gone dead. God, help me.””; “It crushes your spirit and weakens your resistance more effectively than any other form of mistreatment” by John McCain; “Without sustained social interaction, the human brain may become as impaired as one that has incurred a traumatic injury.”; “One of the paradoxes of solitary confinement is that, as starved as people become for companionship, the experience typically leaves them unfit for social interactions.”; “…after months or years of complete isolation, many prisoners “begin to lose the ability to initiate behavior of any kind – to organize their own lives around activity and purpose . . . Chronic apathy, lethargy, depression, and despair often result . . . In extreme cases, prisoners may literally stop behaving, becoming essentially catatonic.””
                                                              i.      Intimidation by Communication CompaniesCompanies involved in package handling (including US Post Office), and telephone and internet service providers, become involved in intimidation activities. I suspect this is done to discourage victims from attempting to reach out for help, further increasing a sense of isolation and vulnerability. For an example please see the YouTube Video in the EVIDENCE section below (CONDITIONING SESSIONS: GANGSTALKING BY CORPORATE AMERICA?)
e.       Directed Energy Weapons Being attacked by energy weapons (reportedly radio frequency radiation in the microwave range) is a common complaint of victims of organized stalking. I may have been exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation for an extended period while living in Seattle, but I’m not prepared to make this claim at this time. Victims report the use of directed energy weapons by stalkers to interrupt sleep by creating physical discomfort, sometimes resulting in obvious physical injury. It’s very hard to fight what you can’t see, and the equipment required to detect such an assault is expensive.
9.   9.   CyberStalking – Since becoming aware of an online community of organized stalking victims, I find it hard to ignore what seems to be a concerted effort by unknown individuals to thwart attempts by victims to organize. Most troubling is the perception that online communities of victims have been infiltrated by stalkers, saboteurs, and provocateurs; stalkers arriving at a forums or social pages at the same time the victim does and mobbing the page with a large number of comments, saboteurs hacking into email accounts and sending emails that discredit the victim, and provocateurs making outrageous claims as a ‘victim’ to discredit victim’s en mass. Online vetting of victims is difficult, making it hard to distinguish fake victims from bona fide victims that have simply gone off the deep end after years of intense victimization. If not for this considerable effort, stalking victims might have already begun to speak with a unified voice, thereby gaining credibility and forcing mainstream media and congressional representatives to pay attention. I have personally experienced filtering on online content when using both private and public internet providers, apparently intended to limit the activities of organized stalking victim’s advocacy groups.
10  10.  Interstate and International Organized StalkingOrganized stalking efforts are maintained across multiple jurisdictions, state lines, and international borders. I personally experienced this when I traveled to Tokyo, Japan for my son’s wedding, and in Vancouver, Canada. This is a common complaint of victims who have picked up and moved their lives in an effort to try and escape the stalking activities. There is no safe haven for victims of organized stalking, except maybe 3rd world countries.

OTHER IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS: 

1.   My Personal Stalking Timeline – My best guess is that I began to be subjected to covert stalking before or soon after I was discharged from the Marines (1980). My duties while in the Marines included repairing microwave communications equipment, which required a Secret Clearance. The secret clearance would have required the FBI to do a background check and create a file on me. While in the Marines I also experienced a moral awakening, one that recognized the inherent conflict between the necessity of maintain a standing military force to deter armed aggression from enemy states and the fact that I was essentially a paid killer. I shared my thoughts with a few fellow Marines. With hindsight this probably was not the smartest thing to do given my secret clearance. I then Married a Japanese citizen while stationed in Okinawa, Japan in spite of considerable resistance by my superiors. This may have put my clearance in jeopardy. When offered a generous reenlistment package I informed them that I preferred to pursue my life-long dream of obtaining a college education. I was subsequently discharged honorably in June 1980. Today, 30 years later, I now realize my time in the Marines took place just a few years after the FBI ‘officially’ ceased COINTELPRO activities due to public exposure, a covert program with striking similarities to organized stalking.

      I suspect covert sleep deprivation tactics entered my life in the mid-1990’s, at a time when I started using earplugs to sleep through the night. In February 2008 I discovered that I was under police surveillance and began to record what was happening. This ‘awakening’ by me and the use of the camera, triggered a conversion from covert surveillance and manipulation to overt intimidation tactics, a change seemingly designed to coerce me into ‘voluntarily’ accepting house arrest and to forego efforts to obtain legal representation. In May 2008 I lost my job and since then have submitted hundreds of job applications. I’ve yet to receive a single request to interview by phone or in person. At my last three jobs there was always one coworker who made it their mission to make my life at work a living hell, and in the first two cases joined the laboratory after I did. These jobs were in three geographically-distinct locations. In June 2009 I began reviewing overnight audio recordings and proved to myself that I was being deliberately sleep-deprived. During the months of June, July and August, when I was reviewing and analyzing the overnight audio recordings, the sleep deprivation and stalking activities were at their most extreme. In October/November 2009 I discovered the online communities of organized stalking victims. My last three moves took place within a 3 year period and were attempts to escape stalking activities.

2.   COST TO SOCIETY: The Cost to Society: During the year I lived in Seattle I’m guessing it cost millions of dollars to conduct the stalking, surveillance, and sleep deprivation tactics. Now imagine the cost of subjecting 445,000 Americans (2006 statistics) to a similar program every year.  What portion was subsidized by the American taxpayers, or if private money was involved, resulted in increased cost of goods and services?
a.    Assuming 100,000 dollars per year per victim = 44.5 Billion dollars per year
b.    Assuming 1,000,000 dollars per year per victim = 445 Billion dollars per year
c.    So, somewhere between 50 and 500 Billion is probably the cost of running non-covert organized stalking programs nationwide.
d.    This figure does not include victims being stalked and manipulated covertly, victims who have yet to realize they are victims.
      Estimated Cost to Arizona – In 2008 the population in Arizona represented 2.14% of the US population. Assuming no stalking victim bias for or against Arizona residents, then 2.14% of 3.4 million reported stalking victims equals 72,760 stalking victims in Arizona in 2006. Of these, approximately 9500 could be victims of organized stalking, theoretically costing Arizona residents between 1 and 10 Billion dollars annually. Again, this estimate does not include victims being targeted covertly. To provide some perspective the total annual state budget for Arizona is 9.9 Billion dollars, and the projected 2010 budget shortfall is 1.5 Billion dollars.
4.      Gender BiasOf the 3.4 million reported stalking victims in 2006, 2.5 million were female and 0.9 million were male, and based on conversations I’ve had with organized stalking victims a similar bias for women exists among this group.
5.      Multigenerational StalkersI've frequently encountered entire families out for an afternoon of stalking, pets and all. It seems generation after generation is being schooled in the art of stalking, harassment, and intolerance.

In my opinion organized stalking is intended to provide a form of coercion while undermining the victim’s mental health, so that eventually they either confess to something they didn’t do, cross a line they wouldn’t otherwise cross, or worse – go ‘Postal’. Overall, the goal seems to be victim incarceration, commitment, or ‘termination’, without DUE PROCESS. In this manner whistleblowers, investigative reporters, left-leaning political activists/intellectuals, single adults , and persons with mild mental/behavioral problems that pose no threat to public safety are marginalized or eliminated.
Once the victim awakens to their predicament they find themselves in a very difficult position: it’s very hard to gather credible evidence of being stalked because of the layers of protection built into the method, the sophistication of the surveillance tactics and technology, the credibility hurdles created by the decline in the mental health of the victim, and the almost complete social isolation of the victim. This in turn makes it practically impossible to mount a legal challenge to a suspected slander campaign, in an effort to limit the ability of stalking organizers to recruit stalkers. In my opinion, organized stalking as I’ve experienced it, is designed to deprive the victim of their liberty, health, social connections, and property, or their life, through an extra-legal/extra-judicial process, while minimizing the risk of civil or criminal prosecution for the perpetrators involved.

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