February 26th, 2014

How Covert Agents Infiltrate The Internet To Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations


Greenwald

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”:

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8 Responses to “How Covert Agents Infiltrate The Internet To Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations”

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    csaaphill Says:

    scary stuff coming in the end times!

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    Cal Says:

    This is because “we…” let it go on.

    Let’s talk about the media cartel. Cartels are not lawful in our country, see anyone fighting it besides putting up alternative media – which is a good start.

    Supreme Court stated in Red Lion v. FCC in 1969: “It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail, rather than to countenance monopolization of that market, whether it be by the Government itself or a private licensee. It is the right of the public to receive suitable access to social, political, esthetic, moral, and other ideas and experiences which is crucial here. That right may not constitutionally be abridged either by Congress or by the FCC.”

    Monopolies are not allowed here – yet…

    We have a man who was NOT lawfully a US presidential candidate in 2008, and nothing changed about his LAWFUL STATUS in 2012 – though admittedly both parties used election fraud for presidential candidates. IF he was NOT a lawful candidate he can NEVER BE LAWFULLY IN THE PRESIDENTIAL
    OFFICE. That is correct – we have been without a US President at least since 2008, and I personally believe since LBJ and others MURDERED Kennedy and we ALLOWED it. He has no lawful constitutional authority for anything – not as the Commander in Chief, not to make treaties, NO US
    President ever has the lawful constitutional authority to make laws – executive orders, not ot do anything whatsoever.

    – - > The 2008 Democratic Nominating Committee (DNC) document did not include language stating that Obama was qualified to be a candidate. The 2008 Republican Nominating Committee (RNC) document did, as is normal. This shows that the DNC knew that Obama was not qualified, or why change the form?

    – - > South Bend, Indiana jury FOUND THAT ELECTION FRAUD PUT BOTH OBAMA AND H. CLINTON ON THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY BALLOT in Indiana in the 2008 election.

    FRAUD: “Fraud is a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain (adjectival form fraudulent; to defraud is the verb).[1] As a legal construct, fraud is both a civil wrong (i.e., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud and/or recover monetary compensation) and a criminal wrong (i.e., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities). Defrauding people or organizations of money or valuables” Wikipedia

    A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury.

    Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features.

    1)To be fraudulent, a false statement must relate to a material fact. It should also substantially affect a person’s decision to enter into a contract or pursue a certain course of action. A false statement of fact that does not bear on the disputed transaction will not be considered fraudulent.

    Second, the defendant must know that the statement is untrue. A statement of fact that is simply mistaken is not fraudulent. To be fraudulent, a false statement must be made with intent to deceive the victim. This is perhaps the easiest element to prove, once falsity and materiality are proved, because most material false statements are designed to mislead.

    Third, the false statement must be made with the intent to deprive the victim of some legal right.

    Fourth, the victim’s reliance on the false statement must be reasonable. Reliance on a patently absurd false statement generally will not give rise to fraud; however, people who are especially gullible, superstitious, or ignorant or who are illiterate may recover damages for fraud if the defendant knew and took advantage of their condition.

    Finally, the false statement must cause the victim some injury that leaves her or him in a worse position than she or he was in before the fraud. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fraud

    Fraud – A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal
    injury.

    Fraud must be proved by showing that the defendant’s actions involved five separate elements: (1) a false statement of a material fact,(2) knowledge on the part of the defendant that the statement is untrue, (3) intent on the part of the defendant to deceive the alleged victim, (4) justifiable reliance by the alleged victim on the statement, and (5) injury to the alleged victim as a result.

    These elements contain nuances that are not all easily proved. First, not all false statements are fraudulent. To be fraudulent, a false statement must relate to a material fact. It should also substantially affect a person’s decision to enter into a contract or pursue a certain course of action. A false statement of fact that does not bear on the disputed transaction will not be considered fraudulent.

    Second, the defendant must know that the statement is untrue. A statement of fact that is simply mistaken is not fraudulent. To be fraudulent, a false statement must be made with intent to deceive the victim. This is perhaps the easiest element to prove, once falsity and materiality are proved, because most material false statements are designed to mislead.

    Third, the false statement must be made with the intent to deprive the victim of some legal right.

    Fourth, the victim’s reliance on the false statement must be reasonable. Reliance on a patently absurd false statement generally will not give rise to fraud; however, people who are especially gullible, superstitious, or ignorant or who are illiterate may recover damages for fraud if the defendant knew and took advantage of their condition.

    Finally, the false statement must cause the victim some injury that leaves her or him in a worse position than she or he was in before the fraud.

    A statement need not be affirmative to be fraudulent. When a person has a duty to speak, silence may be treated as a false statement. (That would be Duckworth who knows and made a statement about her and Obama both being not born in the USA in a – 2004 or 2006 – newspaper.)

    Fraud is an independent criminal offense, but it also appears in different contexts as the means used to gain a legal advantage or accomplish a specific crime.

    Fraud resembles theft in that both involve some form of illegal taking, but the two should not be confused. Fraud requires an additional element of False Pretenses created to induce a victim to turn over property, services, or money.

    Blacks’s Law:
    Fraud: An intentional perversion of the truth for the purpose of inducing anotherin reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing or to surrender a legal right; a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words ot conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it to his legal inquiry; anything calculated to deceive, whether by a single act or combination, or by suppression of truth, or suggestion of what is false, whether it be by direct falsehood or innuendo, by speech or silence, word of mouth, or look or gesture; fraud comprises all acts, omissions, and concealments involving a branch of legal or equitable duty and resulting in damage to another.

    Fraudulent Concealment: The hiding or suppression of a material fact or circumstance which the party is legally or morally bound to disclose, in order to prevent inquiry, escape investigation, or to mislead or hinder the acquisition of information disclosing a right of action.

    Fraudulent Intent: Such intent exists where one, either with a view of benefitting oneself or misleading another into a course of action, makes a representation which one knows to be false or which one does not believe to be true.

    Deceit: A fraudulent and deceptive misrepresentation, artifice, or device, used by one or more persons to deceive and trick another, who is ignorant of the true facts.

    Misrepresentation: Any manifestation by words or other conduct not in accordance with the facts; an untrue statement of fact; an incorrect or false representation which, if accepted, leads the mind to an apprehension of a condition other and different from that which exists.

    Proof: The result or effect of evidence, the means by which a fact is proven.

    Positive Proof: That which establishes the fact in question, as opposed to negative proof, which establishes the fact by showing that its opposite is not or cannot be true.

    Informed Consent: A person’s agreement to allow something to happen, based on full disclosure of the facts needed to make the decision intelligently; i.e., knowledge of risks involved, alternatives, etc.; the general priciple of law embodying the duty to disclose to another whatever risks might be incurred from a proposed course of treatment, so that a person, exercising ordinary care for his own welfare, and faced with a choice of undergoing the proposed treatment, or alternative treatment, or none at all, may intelligently exercise his judgment by reasonably balancing the probable or possible risks against the probable or possible benefits.

    Convincing Proof: Such as is sufficient to establish the proposition beyond reasonable doubt in an unprejudiced mind. (Note: a mind is not unprejudiced where a belief already exists).

    (Keep the following in mind relative to those entities who herein control and manipulate others):

    Criminal Conspiracy: A combination or confederation between two or more persons, formed for the purpose of committing, by their joint efforts, some unlawful or criminal act, or some act which is lawful in itself, but becomes unlawful when done by the concerted action of the conspirators, or for the purpose of using criminal or unlawful means to the commission of an act not in itself unlawful. A person is guilty of conspiracy if that person agrees to aid other persons in the planning or commission of such crime, or of an attempt or solicitation of such a crime. A conspiracy may be a continuing one; actors may drop out, and others drop in; the details of operation may change from time to time; the members need not know each other or the part played by others; a member need not know all the details of the plan or the operation; he must, however, know the purpose of the conspiracy and agree to become a party to a plan to effectuate that purpose. A chain-conspiracy is characterized by different activities carried on with the same subject of conspiracy in chain-like manner that each conspirator in chain-like manner performs a separate function which serves in the accomplishment of the overall conspiracy. A civil conspiracy is a concert or combination to defraud or cause other injury to person or property, which results in damage to the person or property. Conspiracy in restraint of trade describes all forms of illegal agreements such as boycotts, price-fixing, etc., which have as their object interference with the free flow of commerce and trade. One cannot agree or conspire with another who does not agree or conspire with him.

    Color of Law: Misuse of power, possessed by virtue of law, and made possible only because the wrongdoer is clothed with authority of State. Misuse of power by an official because the person is an official. Unlawful acts under color of law would not have occurred but for the fact that the person committing them was an official then, and there exercising power outside the bounds of lawful authority.

    Color of Office: Pretense of official right to do an act made by one has no such right confered by any authority.

    Criminal Gross Negligence: Negligence that is accompanied by acts of commission, or omission of a wanton or willful nature, showing a reckless or indifferent disregard of the rights of others, under circumstances reasonably calculated to produce injury, or which make it probable that injury will be occassioned, and the offender knows or is charged with knowledge of the probable results of his acts.

    Criminal Behavior: Conduct which causes any social harm which is defined and made punishable by law, presuming the law exists which covers the action.

    Quasi Crimes: All offenses not crimes or misdemeanors, but that are in the nature of crimes; a class of offenses against the public which have not been declared crimes, but wrongs against the general or local public which should be punished by penalties.

    Criminal Homicide: Criminal homicide constitutes murder when it is committed purposely or knowingly, or committed recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

    Malicious Abuse of Legal Process: Perversion of court process to accomplish some end which the process was not designed to accomplish, and does not arise from the regular use of process, even with ulterior motives. Intent is to secure ends other than those intended by law through willfull application of court process.

    Monopoly: A privilege or peculiar advantage vested in one or more persons or companies, consisting in the exclusive right (or power) to carry on a particular business or trade, manufacture a particular article, or control the sale of the whole supply of a particular commodity. A form of market structure in which one or only a few firms dominate the total sales of a product or service; the two main elements of the Sherman Antitrust Act are: possession of monopoly power and willful acquisition or maintenance of that power, as distinguished from growth or development as a consequence of a superior product, business acumen, or historic accident.

    Monopoly Power: That which must exist to establish a violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The power to fix prices, to exclude competitors, or to control the market in the geographical area in question.

    Monopolization: It is monopolization for persons to combine or conspire to acquire or maintain power to exclude competitors from any part of trade or commerce, provided they also have such power that they are able, as group, to exclude actual or potential competition, and provided they have intent and purpose to exercise that power.

    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fraud

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    Howard Nicholson Says:

    Yes but it is just the tip of iceberg of evil that is being compounded almost daily. The corruption of our government and society is at an all time high level of invading lives. They have many homes bugged with sound and video, as well as vehicles and work places. They create crime and make criminal out of innocent people to further control of the citizens. This is the police state of NWO Marxist state also known as the devil’s kingdom. They do not respect life so they can only give death to all who oppose and is covered by the spiritual law, wages of sin is death. Everyone will be spied on and recorded as truth of that persons character, faith, social records, and thought patterns and will be marked for death by one means or another. In the Holy Bible this is covered in many scriptures, especially Revelations chapters 6 thru 18. God is keeping an accurate record of all these evil ones who commit such sins against HIM and HIS people. We have tolerated the folks to rise in power and authority who are the ones who have planned this evil in these end days. Those who support the evil ones are guilty of the same and will be judged equally guilty and suffer the punishment for their sin.

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    Kenneth Eugene Bozarth Says:

    We, including the MSM, have lost the love of the Author of our Liberties and those Rights derived from His Royal Law of Liberty. As such we have also forsaken the Reformation Christian basis without which the form – freedom balance is not sustainable by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. John Adams understood this when he observed that: “. . . we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    “The result of the original Reformation base in the United States gave the possibility of “liberty and justice for all.” And while it was always far from perfect, it did result in Liberty. This included liberty to those who hold other views – views which would not give freedom.” Dr. Francis Schaeffer

    Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
    – James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution, 4th US President

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    Peter Alexander Says:

    Brothers and Sisters, God said 365 times in Scripture, Be Not Afraid. Have faith, not fear. We will prevail. We will restore America to God’s plan for a world example how we as faithful and free citizens can govern ourselves. This experiment in limited government, personal responsibility, liberty and other God given rights was divinely established to restore God’s will, order and harmony in the world.

    It is up to the citizens of America and later citizens throughout the world to turn back to God, to Jesus Christ, His Son and our Lord and Savior. We have a choice to make. Whom will we serve? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Amen.

    As we know, God is with us. If He be for us who can be against us. Yes this is true. And yes we are required to follow His commandments and the Spiritually inspired Constitution. No other form of government has provide freedom, opportunities to live and worship freely. We are free to serve God and we are free to turn away from God. I pray that you, if you have turned away, like I once did, you will turn back to God. He is forgiving and simply requires us to repent and sin no more.

    Ok, now let’s get down to our earthly business, which is also our spiritual responsibility and that is to stand up, speak out and unite under the banner of the Christian faith. Ok, so you are atheist, Jewish, Buddist, Muslem, etc. We have free will and we can each decide how to worship or not worship. I pray we will unite in Christ. However, it is each of our personal decision and I respect you regardless of your spiritual, political, social opinions and actions.

    What is in fact required of us all is that we not hurt each other and we not take each others stuff, essentially, we must be honorable citizens. Self-defense is a personal responsibility. We must protect ourselves, our families and the vulnerable.

    We must protect faith, family and freedom. That is why so many Americans are angry, and rebelling. Anger is nature response to abuse, neglect and exploitation. Our government and some of our corporate leaders have been destroying the nation and disrupting our lives and liberties. While we may get angry, we must forgive those who sin and abuse us; however, we are responsible to correct the situation if others will not redeem themselves.

    That brings me to the current situation in America and the world. We are stewards of the earth and must stop the economic, political, governmental, corporate, physical, emotional and spiritual abuses. We can and have attempted to vote corrupt politicians out of office and vote for decent God fearing men and women. We can continue to take this action and vote for those decent men and women and they must know that if they get elected or appointed to a position of authority they must conduct themselves in the most honorable manner. They must protect the Constitution and our God given liberties.

    If those in public office fail to uphold the Constitution they will be removed from office and held and prosecuted for treason.

    We must, as many brave and honorable citizens have said, stan d in the gap and refuse to give up our liberties, period. We can and must not comply with unjust and unConstitutional laws, executive or military/police orders.

    If you are in the military or law enforcement, be prepared to be ordered to take the guns from law abiding citizens and take other unlawful action against your neighbor, friend, family or citizens in other part of the country. This is wrong, no matter what your superior tells you. You will be pressured to follow these unlawful orders or get fire or prosecuted. Consider the consequences to your career yes, but to your honor and disregarding God’s commandments.

    We will need to stand together and work together to produce what our families need to survive, to feed each other and defend each other and our American way of life. God has given us the gifts, talents and skills to restore our Constitution and way of life, much we have already lost.

    If you and your family and neighbors are not prepared to survive without the conveniences of supermarkets, utilities, etc. please prepare as much every day as you can and encourage others to do the same. We must be able to feed our families and our neighbors if necessary. Be prepared to defend your home and family, so secure the guns and ammo necessary for any future possibility, including gangs roaming and taking whatever they want in the event of an economic, or societal breakdown. Get to know your neighbors and plan to take care of your community in the event of the disruption of normal lives and resources.

    And my friends, remember to Fear Not for God is with us. And, of course, we are required to do our part. Be honorable and treat others with respect even if you disagree. If it is ever necessary to defend your home, family, neighborhood or nation, be prepared to be courageous and fearless. We will survive. It may be hard and even very difficult for a while but these time will pass. It may take getting much worst, truth God; we will restore the nation we love and take care of each other. God bless America and long live the Republic. Peace,Peter ~

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    Cal Says:

    OK knows first had about “…And Destroy Reputations”. They tried but couldn’t do it!

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    Robbie Eagle Says:

    On every discussion I see about our corrupt government voting the corrupt officials out always comes up. IMO,voting is so corrupt that it is no longer a valid option. There were many votes cast for Romney that showed the vote for Obama on the machine. People were told that their vote was corrected,but was it really? Many Ohio counties had more people voting than residents. Yesterday I heard that in a N.C. election that 35,000 voters had also voted in other states. This has been a problem for years and yet nothing is done.
    What does it take to get your name off of the voters registration in a state when you move to another state? I moved and called as well as wrote a letter to the voters registration office explaining that I had moved,therefore remove me as a voter in the state. They sent a voters card to my previous address the following year which was forwarded to me. At this point I was registered to vote in 2 states. One has to ssk, “how often does this happen and how many people violate the law bt voting in both states?”

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    Stan Says:

    Good point, Robbie Eagle. I have been trying out here in CA to get some answers as to how often they clean the voting reg rolls, and how they do it, and I am feeling a runaround. At my polling place just the other day (local elections) their system is to ask you to confirm your mailing address on their roll and then to sign ‘your’ name beside ‘your’ listing. But that is no proof that you are in actual fact that person. Such proof is easily available on our state photo ID card, which has your photo, address, and signature on it; all they would have to do is ask you to show your photo ID when you come in to vote. Simple. Instead, the supervisor at the polling place tried to have me believe that ‘they’/the Elections authorities go through all the voting rolls after the elections and compare the signatures to previous signatures of ‘yours’. I don’t believe it. All they have to do is ask you to show your state photo ID (or driver’s license, if your state requires you to show your birth certificate in order to to get one) when you come in to vote. It’s that simple. The lack of which is a clear tipoff that the fix is in.

    Disgusting stuff.

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