This is the page within the website of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) which provides an overview of the agencies and programs which the ACLU suggests are involved in “illegal domestic spying.”
A blog by Radley Balko, author of Rise of the Warrior Cop – a critique of the militarization of American police agencies.
A national security journalist. Her reporting on the U.S. government’s court-martial of whistle-blower Chelsea Manning received international attention. As noted on her website, O’Brien’s articles have been published by VICE News, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, The Daily Beast. She has also appeared on BBC, PBS Frontline, On The Media, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International.
A good example of O’Brien’s reporting and insights can be seen in this video, posted in November 2015 on truthdig, in which she is interviewed by journalist Chris Hedges, regarding the militarization of American colleges and universities.
Anonymous is a movement started by political activist computer hackers (“hacktivists”) in 2003. It is not an organization, but rather a loosely-associated global community of anonymous activists who seek to expose and disrupt government and corporate corruption, secrecy, and censorship. The movement embraces various progressive, libertarian, and anarchist values. This page at the Guardian is devoted to covering the Anonymous movement.
A note about the Guardian:
Readers seeking information about government and corporate surveillance issues should be aware that most – perhaps all – major newspapers have mixed records of journalistic integrity when reporting on spying, policing, and warfare. The New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, but it also functioned as a propaganda tool for the Iraq War. Similarly, the Guardian has published excellent articles and commentary (including columns by Glenn Greenwald, 2012 to 2013) about civil rights issues, surveillance, war crimes, and corruption, but it also has a record of cowardice on some important matters involving whistle-blowers and investigative reporters. Among the paper’s detractors is Jacob Appelbaum, a journalist, technologist, and political activist, who is one of the founders of the Tor browser project. Appelbaum is a high-level “targeted individual” of the U.S. government because, like NSA whistle-blower, Edward Snowden, and WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, he works to expose crimes perpetrated by America’s government and its corporate clients. Appelbaum’s scathing critique of the Guardian can be heard here (starting at 73:30), in a speech given in March 2016. Another interesting, critical take on the newspaper that deserves noting is this one by Assange, published by Newsweek in April 2015.
Barrett Brown is an activist, journalist, and humorist, currently in prison for his role in exposing information leaked by hackers who obtained internal emails of the intelligence firm, Stratfor. Those emails revealed plans to conduct secret counterintelligence operations against critics of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The proposals included things like spreading lies about those critics to discredit them.
For the details of Brown’s case, see my July 11, 2013 post on the COINTELPRO News page.
Some of Barrett Brown’s fans have described him as the Hunter S. Thompson of his generation. Here is an example of his writing skills. Clearly, his incarceration has not dulled his sense of humor. The “Barrett Brown” link at the top of this entry is the webpage where his newest columns are being posted at The Intercept.
A group of Brown’s friends and supporters have sought to call attention to the U.S. government’s efforts to make an example of Brown. (The feds were not amused that Brown and activist hacker Jeremy Hammond exposed the crimes of the U.S. government’s corporate clients.)
A progressive/leftist news and opinion journal. They publish some articles by libertarians and occasionally (paleo) conservatives also. They seem to be editorially fearless – for example, see the January 21, 2013 article in the “Gang Stalking News” section of this website for their excellent article on the past and present versions of Cointelpro (gang stalking).
Similar to WikiLeaks, Cryptome is described in Wikipedia as follows: “a digital library host created in 1996 by American independent scholars and architects John Young and Deborah Natsios. The digital library functions as a repository for information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance.”
Here is a portion of Cryptome’s mission statement:
“Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptography, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance — open, secret and classified documents — but not limited to those.”
A blog by Robert Guffey, a writing instructor at California State University–Long Beach. Guffey is the author of several books, including CHAMELEO (OR Books, 2015), a credible, well-written account of the stalking and terrorizing of a man in California – apparently, at the hands of counterintelligence agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Robert Guffey has discussed the issue of “gang stalking” in a number of public forums, including radio programs and bookstore appearances. In his blog, he sometimes writes about organized stalking and other surveillance state topics.
A daily TV and radio news program from a progressive perspective. Award-winning investigative journalist Amy Goodman is the co-founder and news director.
The Dissenter is a blog at Firedoglake by Kevin Gosztola, a documentary filmmaker and writer who often covers abuses of power by intelligence agencies.
The premier conservative/libertarian news aggregation website. Even people who do not share Matt Drudge’s political orientation should be aware that his website often links to articles about civil liberties issues relevant to the police state tendencies of both major parties. The site also has a convenient index of links to news and commentary websites from across the political spectrum. Drudge Report frequently posts links to articles on alternative news media websites which cover topics deemed unsafe by corporate media outlets.
EFF is a non-profit civil liberties defense organization which closely follows issues such as illegal electronic surveillance by the U.S. government, online censorship, and encryption. Their work includes fighting legal battles for individual rights and reporting on corruption and abuses of power by government agencies. Much of EFF’s reporting and advocacy is based upon information obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
This blog by independent journalist Marcy Wheeler focuses on national security and civil liberties issues. She has a reputation for smart analysis of the government documents associated with issues such as domestic surveillance. This is from Newsweek’s description of Wheeler:
“Long before Edward Snowden leaked documents showing that the government was collecting every American’s phone records, Marcy Wheeler knew something fishy was going on. She was one of just a handful of people who in 2009 suspected that the government was using the USA Patriot Act to collect Americans’ personal records in bulk. On June 5, 2013, Snowden proved her right.”
Greenwald’s excellent column “On Security and Liberty” was mainly a critique of domestic and foreign policy of the U.S. police state. The entire Guardian website is also an excellent news source – in part because it is more politically independent of the U.S. government than many of its American counterparts. Greenwald is most famous for his role in exposing the secret documents leaked by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Greenwald left the Guardian in October 2013 and is now one of the editors of The Intercept.
Although most of the helpful information posted online about illegal spying is at websites operated by people who believe in things like individual freedom, privacy, and government transparency, it’s a good idea to also have a look at some of the websites which reflect the interests of individuals, corporations, and governments which hold those values in contempt. Insider Surveillance offers a glimpse of the view from inside the spy industry pig trough. This site provides information, such as product reviews, for clients of the companies which sell the hardware, software, and services used for spying.
Here is the website’s description of itself:
“Insider Surveillance is the most widely read source of information on surveillance technologies for law enforcement, government agencies, military intelligence, communications companies and technology leaders who together safeguard national security and protect the public from criminals and terrorists.”
You can get a sense of the philosophy of this site’s editors from the following statement, posted in the section on “surveillance laws.”
“As for the Constitutional right to privacy — there’s no such thing, at least not in the document penned by the Founding Fathers. That interpretation of the 4th Amendment came well over a century later, in the 1920s, in a ruling by the Supreme Court.”
Note: most of this site’s contents cannot be viewed without a paid subscription.
As the name suggests, this site is one of the small versions of WikiLeaks. I could not find a mission statement, but they clearly share the values of groups like Anonymous and WikiLeaks.
An excellent website for a quick look at the elite members of the U.S. oligarchy. Many of the individuals and organizations who make up America’s “shadow government” are listed here – along with explanations of their connections and political influence. The name “Little Sis” is a play on the Orwellian term “Big Brother.” Here is their Twitter page.
Matt Taibbi’s excellent reportage on the U.S. financial industry provides insights about crony capitalism and politicized federal law enforcement. Taibbi has written some excellent columns on surveillance state issues as well, such as this March 2013 account of the information war between America’s government and its citizens.
A website for filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain government records simply and affordably. (As of February 2014, you could file 5 requests for just $20.) The website’s staff includes people with both journalism and technology backgrounds.
Here is the website’s description of its purpose:
Filing Freedom of Information Requests doesn’t need to be difficult. At MuckRock, we are dedicated to wading through the muck so you don’t. What does this mean for you? Less time spent mitigating complex bureaucratic processes so that you can focus on analyzing and reporting on the issues that matter most to you and your organization or business.
As the only public records request service of its kind in the United States, MuckRock serves journalists, researchers, activists and historians, with a track record of over 2,000 requests. Simply login to your account and submit your FOI request via our simple web-interface.
MuckRock acts as a request proxy, e-mailing, faxing or even snail mailing the request on your behalf. Documents are sent to our offices to be prepared by our team of experts for your convenience. We can even assist with analyzing your data. Our intuitive system ensures that your documents are for your eyes only until you’re ready to publish.
Here are some examples of gang stalking-related document requests filed by one user:
Established in 1865, The Nation is described by Wikipedia as “the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the U.S.” Among the magazine’s articles relevant to organized stalking was a piece published in 2013 about the exposure of counterintelligence activities performed for corporate clients by private security-intelligence firms. The article included this observation: “One might think that what we are looking at is Cointelpro 2.0 – an outsourced surveillance state – but in fact it’s worse.”
An online bulletin board for anonymous temporary posting of text. Many of the website’s visitors and users are software programmers who use the site to post source code. The site has also been popular with members of the Anonymous movement – who sometimes post “sensitive” documents there which have been hacked or leaked, and articles which have been taken down from websites where they were originally posted, etc.
Aggregated reports of police misconduct compiled and fact-checked by the CATO Institute – a libertarian think tank founded in 1977. The site also features quarterly and annual statistical reports about police misconduct.
Aggregated news stories and commentary about police brutality, the militarization of law enforcement agencies, corruption, bad policies, and civil rights violations.
An excellent blog about the U.S. surveillance state. This is part of the Privacy SOS website of the ACLU of Massachusetts, which describes its concerns this way:
Since 9/11, the government has directed dramatically expanded powers of surveillance at all of us, not just people suspected of wrongdoing. Our international phone calls, our emails, our financial records, our travel itineraries, and our images captured on digital cameras now swell a mountain of data that is being collected in the name of mining for suspicious patterns and associations.
But while the government has gained more and more power to watch us, it has largely kept us in the dark about what it is doing, building a new architecture of domestic surveillance, about which we know very little.
What must we know if we want to remain a free society? “PrivacySOS” shines sunlight on surveillance (SOS) and highlights actions you can take to protect your privacy.
Just what it sounds like. The Progressive is a leftist monthly magazine published since 1909. They have posted several articles relevant to gang stalking – such as reporting on the national network of data fusion centers.
Ray McGovern is a retired CIA analyst-turned political activist. He is a highly credible critic of the military-industrial complex, the U.S. intelligence community, the Iraq War, the Israel Lobby, and the use of torture in interrogations. He has frequently appeared at presentations with other prominent whistle-blowers and activists, such as Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Mike German, and Glenn Greenwald.
This libertarian journal is an excellent source of news and opinion about abuses of power by local and federal police. A good example of this magazine’s perspective is this March 2016 piece by one of Reason’s editors, Nick Gillespie. In an open letter to Tim Cooke, the Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Gillespie discussed the FBI’s demand that corporations provide access to Americans’ cell phone data. More importantly though, the essay explores the larger issue of authoritarianism: should Americans be forced to surrender their privacy rights to federal bureaucrats and corrupt politicians?
A website dedicated to exposing undercover operatives who infiltrate and subvert political groups.
Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill, and other investigative journalists cover issues such as surveillance, privacy, civil rights, and the U.S military-industrial complex. Launched in February 2014 by First Look Media, the site’s initial reporting focused heavily on revelations from the classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
I frequently cite this news source, because of its excellent reporting on abuses of power by intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies, and private security firms; however, to my knowledge, The Intercept has never published an article which specifically addresses the subject of “organized stalking” – either to confirm or to dismiss the various reports about such activity in the U.S. In February 2016, The Intercept did, however, publish an article which touched upon the subject of “disruption” operations (counterintelligence operations which involve the systematic harassment of individuals). Concerning the vague nature of certain FBI statistics about its counterterrorism efforts, The Intercept reported that the federal agency refuses to discuss exactly what the statistics mean. The article then made the following observation:
“[The statistics possibly reflect] a new FBI approach to fighting terror that is occurring outside of public view — where the bureau decides someone is a threat and disrupts his or her life in some way that isn’t nearly as subject to oversight and accountability as an indictment or an arrest.” [Emphasis added.]
Wide and convincing exposure of the use of illegal Zersetzung tactics in the U.S. by intelligence agencies, security-intelligence contractors, and Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIUs), might ultimately require revelations by one or more whistle-blowers with insider information about such operations. Probably, the two best journalism platforms for such exposure are WikiLeaks and The Intercept. Here is the webpage at The Intercept which explains how to use the organization’s SecureDrop server for exposing abuses of power.
Americans relying on mainstream news media for information have no idea of the extent to which the drug war is corrupting America’s law enforcement agencies. Police corruption cases involving drugs are so common that the anti-prohibition organization StopTheDrugWar.Org publishes a weekly review of drug-related crimes by police officers. The group never seems to run out of news – and these are just the cops who get caught.
Superb commentary on America’s imperial war machine and domestic police state. Tom Engelhardt teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Award-winning journalist Nick Turse serves as associate editor.
A progressive news website with both original content and aggregated content. I especially recommend reading the archive of columns by the influential journalist Chris Hedges, whose scathing attacks on the American police state are outstanding.
Truthout is a non-profit news and opinion website that features excellent coverage of police state issues. They have published many articles and opinion pieces on matters relevant to organized stalking.
A blog by Peter Van Buren, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. State Department. Van Buren’s harsh criticism of U.S. policy in Iraq, led to the suspension of his security clearance and his placement on a security watch list, among other repercussions. He writes excellent commentary on surveillance state issues, foreign policy, and whistle-blowers.
A database of criminal informants who work for law enforcement agencies. The site also contains news, legal information, message boards, and documents. Unfortunately, the site requires a subscription, but you can purchase a short-term membership for a modest fee.
Founded and edited by investigative journalist Russ Baker, whose articles have been published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the Nation, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Village Voice, Esquire and other major publications. The staff includes other notable reporters and whistle-blowers, such as Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers.
NSA Whistle-blower Edward Snowden describing WikiLeaks:
“They run toward the risks everyone else runs away from. No other publisher in the world is prepared to commit to protecting sources—even other journalists’ sources—the way WikiLeaks is.”
– Vanity Fair, April 8, 2014
WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization founded in 2006 which publishes secret information and news leaks from anonymous sources. The founder and editor is Julian Assange, an Australian journalist and activist. Facing trumped-up charges in Sweden, Assange has been granted diplomatic immunity and has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012.
Revelations by WikiLeaks included publishing U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010 which corroborated evidence that the U.S. had launched a missile strike in Yemen the year before that killed dozens of civilians – and that the U.S. conspired with Yemen’s government to conceal the fact that the U.S. was behind the attack.
Exposing that kind of stuff does not endear one to the Washington political establishment. If you read the Wikipedia entry on Julian Assange, you will see a long list of well-known political hacks in both major parties who have labeled Assange a “terrorist” and called for his murder.
For an excellent interview of Julian Assange, I recommend that you watch the video of his February 8, 2013 appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
A terrific source of information on new technologies and government policies about technology issues. Wired’s contributors have credibility both for their technical knowledge and their political independence.
Websites About Organized Stalking
The vast majority of websites about “gang stalking,” “targeted individuals,” and the like, are disinformation sites created to discredit reports of counterintelligence disruption (organized stalking) operations – and to obfuscate the whole subject. Here are two lists. The first is a list of websites which are apparently legitimate. Although I disagree with some of the analysis on sites in the first list, I do not think that those sites are deliberately deceptive. Websites in the second list are all examples – obvious examples, in my view – of disinformation.
(1) Legitimate websites about organized stalking
Gang Stalking is Murder
The author of this website, Keith Labella, has contributed a great deal to the exposure of Cointelpro stalking. For several years, he blogged on the subject under the pseudonym “PeaceFrog” at the now-defunct user-generated social news website called NowPublic. One of his contributions there was to helpfully respond to comments posted by readers, including me.
His current website, Gang Stalking is Murder, is also worth visiting. I do have some differences with him on some areas of analysis, which is perhaps not surprising when writing on a subject that is intentionally shrouded in disinformation.
Gang Stalking World
Gang Stalking World is probably among the first legitimate websites about government-sanctioned – but illegal – organized stalking by counterintelligence goons in America. Based on the posting dates which appear on the website, the site was active from 2008 to 2010, but then ceased being updated.
This website (GangStalkingWorld.Wordpress.com) should not be confused with gangstalking.wordpress.com – which is labeled within the site as “Gang Stalking World” and might show up first in a Google search of that name. The first site is legitimate; the second is filled with extraneous content and is apparently a disinformation site designed to get web traffic intended for the other site.
Defeat Gang Stalking
This website, launched in May 2014, is based in Scotland. Its author reports that organized stalking tactics used in the U.K. are apparently very similar to those employed in the U.S.
The author of this website, Rodrick Russell, has written several documents on organized stalking by intelligence agencies in the U.K. and Canada which have been posted on the well-known progressive blog Daily Kos. Here is an example of one such document, about the influence upon the British news media by the UK intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6, which also discusses the issue of gang stalking/zersetzung. Rodrick Russell claims – plausibly – that he is a target of such harassment. Like most victims of counterintelligence stalking though, Russell has little objective proof of his claims.
Small Town Terrorism
Police and firefighters in America seem to be very familiar with psychological operations tactics, and they seem to be used to getting away with using those tactics against people who are deemed to be targets. A case in point first appeared in the national news in May 2014.
In Hubbard, Ohio a couple was systematically harassed for 7 years in a vengeance campaign orchestrated by the town’s fire chief. Apparently, he was angry at the couple because of a real estate dispute, so he enlisted the help of other firefighters, police officers, and local residents to perpetrate a campaign of continuous harassment of the couple by having people drive by the victims’ home at all hours and honk their horns.
In this website created by the couple being gang-stalked are police reports and convincing video evidence of their systematic harassment. Legal claims brought by the couple were still pending at the time of the news reports.
Systematic Police Harassment – Pinellas County Florida
This website is an account by a divorce attorney in Florida of his experience as a victim of organized stalking – which was apparently initiated in retaliation for angering a senior official of a local county sheriff’s office.
(Disinformation) Websites about Gang Stalking
Countless disinformation websites have been created over the past dozen years or so which purport to be written by victims (or groups of victims) of organized stalking. These websites have two main objectives. First, they seek to feed erroneous information and bad advice to targets of counterintelligence disruption operations who are searching for explanations and solutions regarding the spying and harassment directed at them. Secondly – and more importantly, they seek to create a false impression for readers who have never experienced such stalking, that everyone who reports being a target of such activities is stupid and delusional.
These websites, in my view, are examples of disinformation which is orchestrated – or at least passively sanctioned (the feds never publicly discuss them) – by the U.S. government.
Characteristics of disinformation websites about organized stalking:
(1) Few, if any, links are ever posted to credible, published news reports about stalking by law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
(2) Only vague descriptions of the perpetrators of counterintelligence disruption operations (organized stalking) are provided. Instead of mentioning the FBI, LEIU, JTTFs, surveillance role players, private investigators, disinformation websites tend to make references to undefined “networks” or “communities” or “criminal groups.”
(3) Advice for victims is exactly the same as what stalking perpetrators would most want their targets to do – namely, to avoid doing anything that would be disruptive (such as distributing flyers).
Here are some examples of disinformation websites created by people feeding at America’s counterintelligence pig trough:
http://www.randomcollection.info/rcp.htm (“Eleanor White”)
http://www.multistalkervictims.org/catchcanada/ (“E. White”)
http://www.satweapons.com/ (“Dr. John Hall”)
http://www.gangstalkingwiki.com/ (“Cliff Huylebroeck”)
http://stopeg.com/ (“Peter Mooring”) (Netherlands)
http://www.newworldwar.org/ (“Mark M. Rich”)
http://www.gangstalkingworld.com/ (This links to the site above.)
http://viclivingston.blogspot.com/ (“Vic Livingston”)
http://www.cointelprocontinuestoday.com/ (“Bob S.”)
http://www.targeted-individuals.com/ (“Andy Lewis”)
If you can help expose illegal spying and harassment of Americans by intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies, and private security contractors, please do so. America needs more patriots like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Jeremy Hammond, Barrett Brown, Russell Tice, William Binney, Ray McGovern, Thomas Drake, Frank Serpico, Thomas Tamm, Hugh Thompson, Jr., William C. Davidon, John Raines, Bonnie Raines, Keith Forsyth, Judi Feingold, and Bob Williamson.