We are told that we face threats by Muslim extremists. Of course, we don’t really know there is a threat, but we react with the information we have – what we have been told by those we hold as authority figures and who we have a predisposition to think of as looking after our interests, and in who we have an automatic, yet unsubstantiated, trust merely because they are ‘leaders’ of our society.
Most of society chooses (and it is a choice) to leave important matters to others while getting on with the daily distractions of life – going to work, shopping, juggling finances, and so on. We are quite content to be spoon-fed information so that we feel as though we are informed and educated about world events, and are able to make informed decisions when we need (or have) to.
So in our ill-informed and ill-educated trance, we react.
Some of society choose to look deeper into the event and look at ways to request that those ‘leaders’ of society take action to protect us, while others continue to pursue primitive gut reactions and take matters into their own hands, targeting anything and anyone they ignorantly think may be responsible in some way for the atrocity.
Human society has been this way for a very long time, and these kind of reactions have not lessened or been controlled through natural evolution. The only difference between today and a couple of hundred years ago is that there are more controls in place which attempt to mitigate extreme reactions. So (hopefully) those reactions do not result in spontaneous hangings or ‘kangaroo courts’.
As humans, when we hear reports such as those around the Woolwich incident we automatically ‘cherry-pick’ the parts that reinforce and justify our own perceptions and prejudices, ignoring important information and creating a biased analysis based on our own thoughts. That is unless we are aware that our immediate response is not necessarily based in fact, but in an illusion of the situation through our own thought processing.
In essence, rationality goes out the window and we return to primitive, programmed, gut reactions. After the initial response, some humans will come out of that state and start to analyse the incident based on real knowledge and fact, and others will remain in the programmed state.
Human programming (and yes – we are ALL programmed) can be incidental to the society in which we live and our experiences, or can be intentionally implanted by a person or entity wishing to achieve an objective.
Programming in some form or another is something else that has been with us for a long time. In older times it was done through domination and intimidation, although those doing the programming didn’t have the knowledge to know how it worked or why it was reasonably effective.
The science world (or more appropriately – world governments) started to take a serious interest in human programming in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
During World War Two, the US government experimented with hypnosis as an aid to interrogation, as well as with several drugs, such as cannabis, to try and control the actions of the participants. Another area of experimentation was in trying to create couriers who could carry information in their minds without consciously knowing the content. In effect, they were trying to encode secret information at one end of the chain which could only be decoded at the other end of the chain with very specific hypnotic ‘keys’.
Moving into the 1950s and the US government started the covert ‘Project MKUktra’ which was to conduct research into ‘behavioural engineering’, which we now refer to as ‘mind control’. (Note that mind control is a different concept to brain washing).
The US government used former Nazi scientists who had specialised in torture.
The main purpose of the project was to experiment with various methods of mental state manipulation to alter the participants mental and brain functioning so they could be manipulated into performing tasks and functions that they would not normally do, and which would not be detected by the enemy.
At the time, the Cold War had just started and the US were looking for ways to place sleeper agents, assassins, and other covert operatives into enemy territory who would be undetectable, and would only perform the programmed function when certain ‘triggers’ were used. In all other respects, the person would act normally within the environment and would be totally unaware of their own programmed state, or the function they were to perform. After the ‘sleeper’ had been triggered and had performed their function, they would be totally unaware of what they had done and the process which programmed them.
The project continued to be covertly active until 1975 when it was publically exposed by a commission that was established to investigate CIA activities within the United States territory.
Although the project had started in the early 1950s, it was not officially sanctioned until 1954. It was officially stopped in 1973, at which time the then CIA Director, Richard Helms, ordered that all MKUltra files be destroyed in the wake of the Watergate affair. However, not all documents were destroyed, and the documents that remained exposed the project as being engaged in illegal and non-consensual experimentation across the USA.
Public outrage ensued when it was revealed that covert experimentation had taken place in colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons, and pharmaceutical companies. At least 80 institutions across the USA had been used by the CIA.
It is alleged by ex-CIA operatives involved in Project MKUltra that research and experiments continued after the project was officially closed down, and various projects continue to this day based on the original concepts of Project MKUltra.
Project MKUltra was an open secret between ‘friendly’ intelligence agencies, and many of the experiments and concepts of the US programme were adopted in similar research in allied countries.
In Canada, many experiments were conducted by Canadian Intelligence ‘on behalf’ of the CIA by Scottish psychiatrist Donald Cameron. His speciality was experimentation into erasing memories and reprogramming using different methods, such as drugs (LSD) and very high power electroconvulsive methods.
In operations in other parts of the world, the CIA used the codename MKDelta.
In the UK, LSD research took place (based on MKUltra methodology) at several institutions, including NHS hospitals in Birmingham, and Powick Hospital in Worcestershire (a psychiatric unit which was closed in 1989) which had a dedicated LSD experimentation unit. In charge of the LSD experiments were Dr Ronald Sandison, Dr Thomas Ling, and Dr John Buckman.
Finance for the unit came through the Rockefeller Foundation, and was secretly funded by the CIA, MI6, and the Macy Foundation in the early 1950s.
Dr Joel Elkes was a CIA covert contractor during the same period who operated the Birmingham clinic, which also received substantial funding through the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr Elkes was also an advisor at Porton Down, the UK’s military science park and experimentation facility used extensively by British intelligence services – MI6 in particular.
The Department of Experimental Psychiatry at Birmingham University also received substantial funding via the Rockefeller Foundation during the early 1950s for a five-year research programme. Dr Elkes was appointed as head of the programme, with the addition of Dr Todrick, Dr Finean, Dr Pober, Dr Baker and Dr Bradley.
According to research conducted by Dr Aubrey Blumsohn, a Senior Lecturer in bone disease at The University of Sheffield, several court cases have been settled concerning non-consensual experiments with LSD conducted at Porton Down:
“In February 2006 three UK ex-servicemen were given compensation after admissions that they had been given LSD without their consent in the 1950s as part of torture related research at the Porton Down military medical research base. They had been lied to about the experiments for 30 years”
“On Jan 31 2008 it was reported that 369 further victims of non-consensual experiments had been awarded a payment totalling £3 million. Up to 20,000 people took part in various trials at Porton Down in the 50 years up to 1989. Other servicemen died when they were exposed to chemical agents such as sarin at Porton Down experiments done without consent. At least 25 healthy men may have died as a result of these experiments, including at least one who died immediately following exposure”
Does sarin sound familiar? It should. It is the chemical agent the UK and USA allege has been used in Syria in recent months.
UK security services have had a very close association with Porton Down since its establishment in 1916 as the Royal Engineers Experimental Station for chemical weapons testing.
Porton Down has evolved into a multi-faceted research and development facility, partly operated by the private international defence and security technology company QinetiQ (one of the UK’s top ten companies employing science and engineering graduates), and the government ‘Defence Science & Technology Laboratory’ (DSTL). The DSTL is a multi-disciplinary department, covering counter terrorism, security, and the mysteriously named ‘cyber and influence’ – which it cites as directing research in ‘human influence’.
The UK military and security services have departments dedicated to developing and researching methods to control people through psychological manipulation. The government has very well-funded and resourced departments whose sole purpose is to ensure both foreign and domestic propaganda and public manipulation is effective.
The hub of military psychological operations (known as PSYOPS) are the Psychological Operations Groups, which in the UK are part of 1 Military Intelligence Brigade of the Intelligence Corp. The operation groups control PSYOPS for the three military services (army, navy, and air force).
The function of Psychological Operations Groups is to engage in both ‘white’ and ‘black’ propaganda campaigns. ‘White’ campaigns are generally used to engage with local civilian populations, usually through promoting the development of free social interaction using media and establishing educational programmes. ‘Black’ operations are deliberately targeted campaigns of more serious miss-information to achieve an objective, such as information campaigns concerning false flag operations and the discrediting of the enemy and its leaders.
Both the UK Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) use various tactics to manipulate and control individuals for the purpose of ensuring local and national agendas are effective.
Officially, MI5 is responsible for domestic security, working primarily in gathering intelligence on people and organisations the government perceives as a threat. In the past, the service has used undercover agents to infiltrate organisations as well as using surveillance and psychological tactics to turn suspected members of ‘threat’ groups into information agents.
MI5 has infiltrated and conducted surveillance on organisations such as protest groups, trade unions, paramilitary groups, and criminal gangs. The service has also placed public figures (such as members of parliament) under investigation and surveillance, and gathered intelligence on suspected foreign spies.
MI5 operatives have no powers of arrest and work closely with Special Branch (whose primary policing function is domestic security) in intelligence gathering and sharing.
The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, and popularly referred to as MI6) is the UK’s foreign intelligence agency. The service’s prime function is the gather intelligence from foreign agents, to conduct covert operations on foreign territory, and to conduct disinformation operations.
The official function of MI6 is intelligence gathering abroad to ensure the safety and security of the UK, however they have also been accused of conducting industrial espionage to enable British businesses to gain an advantage in various areas of industry and commerce abroad.
Much of the work of MI6 is shrouded in secrecy and small glimpses of their operations come to the public area from time to time.
In 2003, The Sunday Times exposed Operation Mass Appeal, in which MI6 was tasked with planting information about Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction in the mainstream media to make the public think Iraq was a much greater threat than it actually was.
MI6 long denied that it had a ‘licence to kill’ until it was revealed by Sir Richard Billing Dearlove, former head of MI6, that the agency can use lethal force with the authorisation of the Foreign Secretary (known as a Class 7 Authorisation).
Under Section 7 of the Intelligence Services Act 1984, intelligence officers are exempt from prosecution if they are involved in crimes on foreign soil in the line of duty.
In recent times, MI6 has been involved to a lesser or greater extent in rendition. In 2012, MI6 were accused of being involved ‘at the highest level’ in the rendition of Libyan dissident Sami al-Saadi, which resulted in a ‘non-committal’ payment to al-Saadi of £2.2 million. MI6 officers are known to have interrogated other suspects while they have been undergoing the rendition process, which often involved torture at the hands of the host regime.
Both MI5 and MI6 have well-resourced departments dedicated to psychological manipulation and profiling, which are used to recruit and maintain agents, and to facilitate interrogation.
Psychological profiling is an extremely important tool in the security service’s arsenal. They want to ensure as far as possible that the people they have targeted as potential recruits are going to be suitable for whatever purpose the security service has in mind for them.
When someone comes to the attention of the security services who may be susceptible to manipulation, they attempt to collect and collate information on every aspect of the person’s life.
Step 1. Information gathering. The security service will covertly collect information on every aspect of the person’s life, including medical history, education, family, relationships, habitual behaviour, beliefs and how they came into being, diet, clothing (even someone’s clothing sizes), hobbies and interests, sexual orientation and behaviour, full financial history and status, social history from childhood to the present day, communications (including regular and sporadic communications in writing or electronically), and much more.
Step 2. Analysis. When as much information as possible has been collected it will be analysed by highly skilled profilers who will look for patterns of behaviour and the person’s weaknesses and strengths. The security service (depending on the amount of information they have obtained) may know more about the person than the person remembers about their life.
Step 3 (although this may be part of step 1 depending on the person). Surveillance. If it is found that the person’s profile is of interest to the security service, the person will be placed under surveillance to gather more information. Information such as body language, verbal language and face-to-face communication will be analysed by experts to add to the person’s profile.
Step 4. The Profile. Once all of the gathered information has been analysed, the security service will have a very detailed and accurate profile of the person (which depends on the quality and amount of information the security service has managed to collect and analyse). The profile will show the person’s weaknesses, susceptibilities, strengths, core values, and so on. The profile may also give a good indication of the person’s likely future behaviour, or outcome of their involvement with the security services.
Step 5. Setting up the approach. The security services cannot risk exposure or compromise by making uninformed approaches. They want to be as sure as possible that any approach they make has a good chance of success. Using the person’s profile, the security service will create scenarios that will appeal to the person. For example, if a person is known to have a particular favour for something, the approach may be made around that. Or if a person has a particular weakness for a certain kind of person, a member of MI5 who is close to the preferred kind will make the approach. Any combination of things of appeal to the person may be used to create a scenario which the person will naturally find interesting. In the initial stages, the use of aggressive coercion or violence will have no effect whatsoever. The tactic is to gradually bring the person into the control of the security service in a way which seems natural to them.
Step 6. The approach. Depending on the person’s profile, the approach may not happen straight away. It may be that a set of circumstances need to be created to direct the person to, or get the person in a desired psychological state for, the approach. When all circumstances are favourable and in place, the approach will be made. There may be more than one approach, and a continued programme of subliminal triggers may be needed to place the person in a particular psychological state before the person finally agrees to become part of whatever role the security services have in mind for them. Tactics are often used to place the person in a state of confusion about current beliefs, or they may be placed in a state of paranoia – to which the security services can offer an immediate solution or ‘get out clause’.
The aim of the security service is to get what they want from the person and to protect their own interests and security. They are not at all concerned with the welfare of the person or their future, and will use whatever tactic they have available to keep the person working for them for as long as they remain useful.
Although the initial approach will probably be quite friendly and nurturing, the situation can change dramatically if the person refuses to cooperate or refuses to continue working for the service.
Various tactics can be used to coerce a person into cooperating if they are resistant. The most common are threats to the person’s family or other people who are close to them, threat of exposure or prosecution of there is something in the person’s history they would not want revealed, or the security service can create events in and around the person’s life that make their life very difficult (such as loss of finances, jobs, relationships, false accusations and so on).
Manipulation and programming of the human mind is central to the security services operations. Even in today’s high-tech world, human assets are still the mainstay of intelligence gathering – especially in remote or hard to infiltrate areas.
In addition to gathering intelligence, human assets are also of immense value when mounting propaganda campaigns. In the run up to the Iraq invasion, MI6 had recruited several newspaper editors and journalists who reported on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction capability based on information they were given by their MI6 handlers.
The resources available to government to gather intelligence and control information though the media are extensive. Whether on domestic soil or in a foreign land, the capability to control what the public see and perceive is something the British government has been using in a systematic and controlled way since World War Two. The science of controlling human behaviour has come a long way from the days when pamphlets dropped from a bomber were the main tool of the propaganda specialists.
If you want to see real examples of how human mind control is very real and possible, it is worth watching the television specials of Derren Brown, especially the episode called ‘The Heist’ in which ordinary members of the public were programmed over time to rob a security van.
Another excellent demonstration by Derren Brown is the episode Assassin, where a Manchurian Candidate scenario is created. An unaware subject is programmed to assassinate a person when they are subjected to the programmed trigger, and has no knowledge of being programmed, or the assassination attempt.
Whether an individual or group of people, our governments have the resources and reason to control us. They have the best experts and the best technology to ensure that their propaganda campaigns are effective.
Most of all, those who are in control of our society have time.
We tend to think of our governments as changing whenever their term is over and it is time for another election. Through the party system, we think that each party has its own agenda and will bring change.
To a certain extent that is true. Each party will bring some changes based on their overall party agenda. But the core operation of the country is already established and will carry on whichever party gains power. You may also have noticed that the public tend to vote one of a small selection of political parties into power.
The exact process of how this occurs is beyond the scope of this article, and you will find plenty of reliable information when you do your own research.
Under this system, manipulation of the citizens of a country can be conducted over decades.
The Soviet Subversion of a Nation Strategy
The KGB had/has a department dedicated to the production and planting of information designed for propaganda purposes, both domestically and on foreign soil. Working under the guise of a state funded information agency, RIA Novosti is one of the largest news agencies in Russia, and today has in the region of eighty bureaus internationally.
In February 1970, Yuri Bezmenov (later known as Tomas David Schuman), a high ranking KGB officer, defected to Canada.
During a video interview in 1984 and lectures in 1983, Bezmenov revealed something about the soviet strategy of propaganda and bringing a nation under the control of the Soviet regime.
As you read through this masterpiece of mass control, you may notice familiar changes and events that have happened in your country.
The following is based on a lecture Yuri Bezmenov gave in 1983, and a video interview he took part in in 1984. This information is also available in two of his books published under the name of Tomas Schuman, ‘Letter to America’, and ‘World Thought Police’.
At the time Bezmenov gave the interview and conducted the lecture, the Cold War was still ongoing, and the Soviet Union intact.
The former Soviet Union has a history of aggressive subversive tactics against its enemies, both domestic and foreign. The resources allocated to ‘protecting’ itself from unwanted influence and developing methods to control other states and peoples was virtually unlimited. With some of the greatest scientific minds, the former Soviet Union took subversion and espionage very seriously.
According to Bezmenov, only about 10% to 15% of the KGB’s resources were allocated to conventional espionage, with the rest allocated to propaganda and subversion.
Subverting another nation involved a complex mix of resources all working together over a long period of time.
The KGB had developed (and implemented) a four step process, each step having a very specific purpose to bring a nation under Soviet control.
Step 1: Demoralisation
Step 2: Destabilisation
Step 3: Crisis
Step 4: Normalisation
The plan was designed to operate over at least a 25 year period, and would gradually bring the target nation into the control of the Soviets as part of a seemingly natural process.
Stage 1: Demoralisation.
This part of the process was designed to take between fifteen and twenty years, which is the time taken to ‘educate’ one generation.
The Soviets implemented a propaganda campaign through the use of publications originating from American journalists, and the use of intellectuals who had been manipulated to look favourably on the Soviet regime.
Information is injected into the target country though the use of various publications and the support of various useful groups in the target country. Bezmenov worked as a journalist for RIA Novosti, which still operates today and has bureaus in over 80 countries.
Novosti is the Russian information agency which used to be an arm of the KGB and which was tasked with producing propaganda solely for foreign consumption concerning Soviet life and (dis) information about Soviet developments and successes. The agency produced material for print, television, and radio.
The use of foreign journalists from the target country was seen as a crucial part in legitimising information in the various publications which Novosti produced.
When Bezmenov worked for the agency, journalists would be invited to stay in Russia for up to a year, or travel to Russia on short trips for up to a month, with all expenses paid by the state. The journalists would be carefully selected to ensure the Soviets has the best chance of influencing the journalist’s views and opinions about Soviet state.
In Bezmenov’s own words, journalists were seen as ‘useful idiots’ to be manipulated and used. The Russian’s rejected journalists they considered to be honest or ‘truth tellers’. They wanted journalists who were lazy and self-interested, who would accept the information the agency fed to them almost without question, and who wouldn’t ask questions that delved too deeply into the truth of the Soviet regime.
Journalists from ‘respected’ publications such as the New York Times and Los Angeles Tribune were invited, as well as freelancers who had the opportunity to contribute to Novosti publications.
The magazine Bezmenov worked on was called ‘Look’ and was distributed throughout the United States. It featured articles on many aspects of Soviet life – arts, culture, industry, and the daily lives of the people. The magazine contained lies from cover to cover, all influenced by the Soviet regime and written by American journalists who had experienced Soviet life through visits and events stage-managed by the KGB.
The purpose of using American journalists for ‘Look’ magazine was that readers would think that the information was based on what Americans were thinking, and so would be more open to accepting the information.
Information supplied to the journalists was all managed by the KGB, and although occasionally a journalist would question the content, they still wrote favourable articles, and Bezmenov proposes that this was to please or appease their Soviet hosts, to keep their job, or to make money from writing books as supposed ‘experts’ on Russia when they returned to their home territory.
Intellectuals were treated in a similar way to journalists. They would be invited on all-expenses-paid trips, usually for twenty days at a time, and plied with alcohol for the duration of their stay. One of Bezmenov’s tasks was to keep the intellectuals in a drunken state, where they would become more pliable and see the Soviet system in a more positive light. Occasionally alcohol would be withdrawn so the intellectuals would become embarrassed or guilty of their drunken antics, at which time they would become flexible in the acceptance of ideas.
As with journalists, intellectuals and academics were seen as pompous ‘useful’ idiots who would return to their home territory and present the Soviet’s ideas as their own. They would then maintain their ‘superior’ position as ‘Soviet experts’ through teaching students Soviet ideas so that their ‘superior’ position of ‘expertise’ would be maintained.
The KGB found that intellectuals were easily persuaded to visit Russia when the opportunity to (as they thought) gain exclusive insider knowledge of Russia and other Soviet countries was presented to them.
First of all, KGB agents such as Bezmenov would befriend the intellectual, then invite them to a meeting of an inter-Soviet friendship society, which would lead to the invitation to visit the Soviet Union on an all-expenses-paid trip.
At the demoralisation stage, the activities of the Soviet Union were legitimate, open, and easily observable to anyone who opened their eyes and ears to the totality of what was happening around them in the target territory.
Agents of subversion were not involved in espionage, and had no knowledge of being used by the KGB. They could be any legitimate person, such as an actor, diplomat, journalist, professor, and so on.
Injecting unwitting agents into the target territory was much more effective than any direct action by the Soviets. The population of the territory would more readily accept the ideas and proposals of fellow countrymen than those of a foreign power, and these ideas and proposals would become part of the wider ideology of the target nation through a seemingly natural process.
The KGB even managed to make Edward Kennedy an unwitting agent for their propaganda.
When Kennedy attended a traditional Russian wedding while on a visit, he was engaged in theatre. The whole event was a lie from beginning to end, using people who were security cleared at a high level, and fully briefed on how to act and what to say. They fed the information the KGB wanted Kennedy to believe, and he fell for it. After this event, Kennedy was considered a clown by the Russian people and despised (an effective ‘reverse tactic’ by the KGB).
The aim of the demoralisation stage is to ensure that the tactical ideology is spread through the target nation by those who have been educated in it, who will eventually reach positions of power and influence – hence the reason it takes between 15 and 20 years.
For example, if the intended ideology is instilled in someone from the age of 10 years, by the time they are 30 they will see their beliefs and perceptions as being quite normal and their own, even though they have effectively been mind controlled.
As they follow a career and move into positions of power they will also implement their ideology, often teaching others, or implementing systems and processes based on the instilled ideology. This will have an effect on others who come under their control or into contact with them, as they too will take on all or part of the instilled ideology.
The unwitting agents of subversion are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern, and it is impossible to change their mind. They may comply with other ideas out of necessity for survival, but the core of the instilled ideology cannot be changed, and they will resort back to their programmed state as soon as the opportunity arises.
Even if irrefutable evidence were presented to them which contradicted their ideology and was based in hard fact and proof, they would still remain unchanged, such is the power of 20 years of programming.
At this point, the process of demoralisation is complete and irreversible in those unwitting agents.
The only way to make change happen is to get rid of these people and start the education process again for another 15 to 20 years.
There are six main target areas at the demoralisation stage where the application of subversion is needed to make the whole subversion plan successful. Religion, education, social life, power structure, labour relations, and law and order.
It is necessary to slowly erode the accepted doctrine of established religions.
This is achieved by establishing ‘fake’ religions which, although they may have a basis in the established religions, will preach falsehoods. Others may have nothing to do with the established religions, but become attractive because of popularity or some incentive to join them in whole or part. For example, some religious practice may become popular because entertainment celebrities may be part of it and talk about it, or display imagery that appeals to younger generations. This can often be achieved through ‘fads’ in popular music.
Pupils are distracted from learning constructive subjects such as maths, physics, chemistry, languages and so on, in favour of ‘useless’ subjects such as home economics, sexuality, history, and others. Pupils become involved in a fanciful world in which they see the ‘useless’ subjects as valid education. Qualifications become easier to obtain, even though they no longer have any real meaning or reflect any core knowledge of any useful subject.
c) Social Life
Replace traditionally established social organisations and groups with artificial bureaucratically controlled bodies.
Take away responsibility from individuals, groups, and society as a whole and place it in the hands of social work institutions (including social work, children’s welfare departments, street wardens, noise patrols, police, schools, race relations boards, disability boards, and so on).
This will take away people’s natural links with each other and render them unable to resolve disputes or make social decisions between themselves.
The way the bureaucratic replacements work doesn’t matter, the point is to take away normal human interaction and control from the social based community and place it in some other ‘authority’ to resolve problems. The bureaucratic ‘authority’ will become inefficient by nature, and will result in individuals etc. becoming demoralised and disillusioned with the system which they live under.
d) Power Structure
Elected bodies (as in elected by the people) become replaced with unelected bodies which are able to dictate what is good or not for the people. Various civil service departments which are able to dictate what people should or should not do, and which are autonomous wholly or in part from the elected bodies.
Media is another example. They are able to use propaganda to ‘inform’ the public what they should and should not be doing, and can present false images of how people should live their lives.
This tactic will result in mediocrity, where the population will become concerned with selfish survival, and come to resent the non-elected bodies because those bodies have un-elected power.
e) Labour Relations
Traditional bargaining links between employer and employee are destroyed, and the bargaining process no longer becomes a compromise, with employees often becoming worse off in some way.
Other people not directly involved in the process will also be affected, because the bargaining becomes a fight, which results in industrial action and the loss of some services (or something else important) to the general population.
Unions become disempowered and ineffective.
f) Law and Order
The police will purposely become oppressive, and the traditional link between the police and community will become distant and strained. The police will then be perceived as ineffective, corrupt, and agents of a useless regime.
Criminals and criminality will become accepted and will become idolised through the media.
‘Right’ or ‘moral’ law will be replaced with a ‘false’ legalistic approach. Common sense and the ‘right thing’ will no longer have a place in the development, administration, or application of the law.
This will result in criminals often being considered as ‘victims’ who have equality of rights, and will further result in a defenceless society.
There will be a radical reduction in the efficiency of the policing agencies, who will become seen by the public as useless fascists and nothing more than part of a bureaucratic system.
Stage 2: Destabilisation
Once the important foundations of subversion are competed through the demoralisation stage, the destabilisation stage will take between 2 and 5 years.
The target nation will compete this stage through a natural process and with little intervention from the subverting entity.
There will be antagonistic clashes between different groups within the target nation, which will be fuelled by the agents of subversion and their programmed ideology.
The false un-elected bodies will start to claim power in different areas of the societal structure.
Other more political un-elected groups and committees will start to claim rights to power. If power is denied to them they will start to take it by force.
At the destabilisation stage we are concerned with three main areas, power struggle, foreign relations, and economy.
a) Power struggle
The Big Brother state becomes a reality as the population look for immediate solutions to their problems and bring to power those politicians who make promises, are charismatic, and act like good caretakers for the nation.
The concentration of the nation will be on short-term goals without considering the long-term consequences.
“Grass roots” involvement becomes problematic, with citizen committees acquiring more and more political power, concentrating more on the mob rule of radicalised consumers.
The final destruction of the free-bargaining process takes place and economic power moves to Big Brother.
b) Foreign Relations
The target territory becomes further and further isolated and defeated.
Politicians become demoralised through not being able to find solutions to the developing crisis and former territory friends look to form partnerships with the target territory’s enemies.
The government of the target territory sees its enemies as less dangerous, and as providing a potential solution to the territory’s problems.
The target nation’s monopolies continue to trade with the enemy country, and extend credit, supply technology, and continue diplomacy to appease the enemy nation.
The interests of the people are disregarded and trade continues between the target and the enemy.
Frictions are promoted through the media to create an atmosphere of tension, often insinuating that conflict between the two nations may be inevitable, yet the state monopolies and other large corporations continue to trade with all sides.
Stage 3: Crisis
The time it takes to bring a country to the verge of a crisis can be as little as six weeks.
Society is no longer able to function productively and the people look for a ‘saviour’.
There will be a violent change of power as the unwitting subversion agents move into action to try and take control of the power structure and economy.
The economy will become totally destabilised and free competition will be eliminated as the Big Brother state seeks to retain control.
The religious look for a ‘messiah’, the workers look for a strong, centralised government, and the population is looking for a strong leader who can take control.
It is at this point that the enemy nation can present their saviour (effectively being a puppet of the enemy) to the population as a solution, and the population of the target nation will accept them, and validate them as their leader.
The two other alternatives to the target nation are civil war, or being invaded by their enemy or another nation.
Stage 4: Normalisation
Self-appointed rulers of society will no longer need a revolution to complete their perceived objectives.
There will be stabilisation of society through the use of force.
All dissenters will be eliminated.
All leftists, liberals, and others considered undesirable by the state will be eliminated. They have served their purpose as subversion agents, but will need to be eliminated because of their expectations of the Soviet state – the lie they believe. When they realise the truth of the Soviet ideology imposed on the target nation, they will become disillusioned and extremist enemies of the same state they helped take power. Therefore, they must be eliminated.
To reverse the subversion of a state takes enormous effort and depends at which stage the reversal process is started.
If started at the normalisation stage, the only option that can be used is extreme military force. The ideology is so ingrained in the system it cannot be removed though diplomatic means – it must be forced.
At the crisis stage it may be sufficient to use covert operations to eliminate the subversion agents, and provide support before civil war breaks out or the country is invaded. The crisis has to be prevented from developing further by any means.
A subtler approach can be taken at the destabilisation stage. The restriction of some freedoms for some small groups who are self-declared enemies of the state may be enough, backed up by some forceful action if needed. These include criminals and other wrongdoers within the target nation. It is of utmost importance not to let those self-declared enemies gain any political control.
Also at the destabilisation stage, liberals will complain that such actions are against the law.
It will be necessary to stop companies from promoting unnecessary consumerism, to severely restrict the offering of credit, and to re-introduce the concept of self-restraint.
At the demoralisation stage, the process can be reversed by restricting the import of propaganda and foreign ideology. The target state must achieve this through non-violent means or there may be a reverse effect on the population.
Society needs to regain or rediscover ‘faith’ in order to survive and motivate the population. As soon as large numbers of society lose their faith, the society will start to disintegrate. ‘Faith’ in this context is the belief in a non-material force which means that there is more to life than the population’s earthly existence.
Society needs to strike at the enemy with the power of the spirit and with moral superiority.
Was this subversive tactic ever implemented or successful?
The proportion of KGB resources allocated to this subversive technique during the Soviet era was 85%. That is a massive commitment to one objective. For successive leaders and officials of the Soviet government to continue that commitment must mean that it was proven to be successful, which then means that it was implemented (and we know it was implemented from Bezmenov’s accounts and other evidence).
By 1984, nations that had succumbed to Soviet influence included Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola, Nicaragua, and others.
The Soviets also concentrated significant subversive efforts on their largest and most threatening enemies, countries of the west, in particular the USA.
There are two timeframes that may be of significance in analysing the effect (if any) of the Soviet subversion strategy. The collapse of the Soviet Union was in 1991, so we could look at the period from the late 1960s or early 1970s to 1991 and see what has changed.
Although the collapse of the Soviet Union does not necessarily mean that the Soviet subversion strategy stopped. It may still be in operation, therefore we can look at the last 20 to 30 years (which allows extra time for the former Soviet state of Russia to become reasonably stable again) to see if the strategy has had any effect.
We also need to consider that the influence of the old KGB is still ingrained in the current ‘new’ Russia. President Putin is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB, as are many other government officials and ‘business’ people.
The successor to the KGB is the FSB, which is in essence a restructured KGB, still with many of its predecessor’s known roles in state security, and consisting of nine declared divisions, which include counter-espionage, monitoring and so on.
So – take a look at your society within those two time periods, and identify what has changed significantly which could be attributed to the subversion strategy.
From the perspective of psychological warfare/ mind control, this is a brilliantly thought out long-term tactic to bring a target nation (or nations) into the arms of their enemies.
What is particularly brilliant, is that a nation cannot be subverted unless it WANTS to be, and this tactic uses the target country’s own resources and system to being itself to its knees. With little effort, an enemy can gain a very solid grip of the target nation – one which the people think they want and a view that cannot be shifted easily.
There is no reason why another entity or nation could not be using the same, or similar, system.
After being debriefed in the 80s by Canadian intelligence and the CIA, the information obtained from Bezmenov may have been adapted and built on by others.
As Bezmenov said at the beginning, the process is obvious to anyone who keeps their eyes and ears open to what is going on around them.
‘Rules for a Revolution’
Another interesting piece of information is an allegedly secret document authored by the Communist International organisation entitled ‘Rules for a Revolution’ which was captured by allied forces in Dusseldorf after World War II. It contains the following:
- Corrupt the young, get them interested in sex, take them away from religion. Make them superficial and enfeebled.
- Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial issues of no importance.
- Destroy people’s faith in their national leaders by holding the latter up for contempt, ridicule and disgrace.
- Always preach democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.
- By encouraging government extravagances, destroy its credit, produce years of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.
- Incite unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of the government towards such disorders.
- Cause breakdown of the old moral virtues: honesty, sobriety, self-restraint, faith in the pledged word.
As we wrote at the beginning of this article, we are all so busy being distracted by the demands of everyday life that we rarely pay attention to what is in plain view.
We could have included many other examples of how nations control their population through mind control and manipulation, but that would probably have resulted in a far too large a document for the purposes of this article.
We tend to take the self-important attitude that we are educated and ‘worldly-wise’ and that we are able to rationalise and analyse. Perhaps we think that no one can take advantage of us because in this day and age we have so much information that it would be near impossible, or if it did happen then the state would protect us.
We think we are educated because we attend schools, colleges, universities and other established educational facilities at which we gain recognition in the form of ‘qualifications’.
We forget that no matter how clever we think we are, there is always someone that is far cleverer and worldly-wise than we are – without exception.
True education comes from keeping our eyes and ears open to what is going on around us and being able to recognise when things are not right – not from edited texts which in turn have been influenced by others who have also undergone forms of programming.
We need to take the education we are fed and only take that which is practically useful and treat the rest with suspicion until proven beyond all doubt in true reality, and not the illusionary world we are led to believe is the only possibility for our existence.
Our governments are able to control and influence us through subversive means only if we allow ourselves to be drawn in.
Like the journalists and intellectuals in Bezmenov’s recollections, we can be manipulated if we believe that we are part of an educated ‘elite’ and allow our egos to control our perceptions. Others many see us as ‘useful idiots’.
The amount of resource that governments use to develop new ways of mind control and manipulation is astounding, and we have only touched on a very small part based on information that is not (and cannot be) wholly up to date.
New techniques and new technology are appearing and being fine-tuned every day, purely for the purpose of controlling us.
Part of the manipulative system are the organisations feeding us information every hour of every day. There is no independence when those organisations are controlled by those who have already undergone a programming process. The information they present as ‘truth’ is based in the lies of their own existence and their own egocentric yearnings.
As human beings, we are capable of much more than we are permitted to be, and our perception of freedom is only that which we have been permitted to have within the boundaries of our ‘controllers’.
Espionage, mind control, psychological warfare are not meant only for our ‘enemies’. We have all been subjected to it for most of our lives – it’s just that we didn’t know it.
Recent news of the PRISM surveillance programme and the involvement of other nations is a little evidence that we (for the most part) remain unaware of the actions of those we place blind trust in to look after our interests.
There is no reason at all for such ‘blanket’ surveillance of millions of people other than to create profiles which will be used for other purposes when humanity awakens and the power of those who control us comes under serious threat. They will use it to manipulate and destroy us – and that is far from an exaggeration of what those in power perceive they are capable of.
But always keep in mind that they can only be successful in their objectives if we allow them to be.
Remember what Bezmenov said,
“Society needs to strike at the enemy with the power of the spirit and with moral superiority”.
About the author.
The author of this article has been involved in studying and implementing human behaviour controls for over 30 years. Their experience and training encompasses the military, international business, and psychology and mental health, having been trained by, and worked for, former members of British intelligence and the French Foreign Legion.
They have also experience of the other side of the fence, having spent time as a prisoner at the hands of former KGB secret police for eleven months in harsh conditions.
Mind control and brainwashing is a subject which they have had a keen interest in, and furthered their knowledge on through study and examination of the subject in relation to human behaviour.