Last week at United Liberty, Alice Salles posted a very disturbing article about the NSA and GCHQ intercepting and storing webcam images from supposedly private web chats. Between 3 to 11 percent of these images contain sexually explicit content. What would the NSA and GCHQ possibly want with these images apart from a few individual agents getting their jollies?

According to secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden, it seems that these images are to be used to embarrass any would-be critics of the NSA, GCHQ, or anything else the federal government doesn’t want the citizens to get too uppity about. Glenn Greenwald explains:

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.

Greenwald is in no way being hyperbolic here. Some of this might sound like some kind of Alex Jones nonsense, but these conclusions are based on actual leaked documents he shared in the article itself (I highly recommend everyone read these). Here are two leaked Power Point slides that I found to be very revealing and disturbing:


Pay special attention to the last bullet point on the second slide: “The 4 D’s: Deny / Disrupt / Degrade / Deceive.”

These are the tactics that are to be used against American critics of the federal government! The federal government is using the internet via social media to destroy lives and reputations (for national security?). As outrageous and Orwellian as this all is, as I learned reading Jesse Walker’s latest book, these tactics are not new. J. Edgar Hoover had a program called COINTELPRO, and there was a similar CIA program during the Nixon administration dubbed “Operation CHAOS.” The only difference now is the technology to carry out these operations is vastly improved.

In the light of these blatant, strategic lies, how can we ever trust anything we are told by the federal government? It seems the “Innocence of Muslims” video deception Obama’s Ministry of Truth tried to sell us during the 2012 Benghazi attacks was only par for the course!

This revelation made possible by the hero and patriot Edward Snowden* should serve as a warning to us all any time the government accuses anyone of being a terrorist or a traitor to take such accusations with a great deal of skepticism.

*And yes, he is a hero and a patriot make no mistake about that.

  • MingoV

    I heard about those abuses a week ago. This is what happens when Congress continually refuses to perform its duties. The original NSA charter stated that it was an electronic intelligence gathering organization created to spy on potential foreign enemies. The only domestic electronic spying was on people shown to have direct contact with suspected foreign spies or terrorists.

    At present, the vast majority of the NSA’s activities are spying on and preparing blackmail information on Americans.

    Last year I grew so disgusted with our government that I planned to move to New Zealand, the English-speaking country with the highest personal freedom score. But, when making my plans last fall, I read that NZ authorized the creation of a national spy agency similar to the NSA.

    Apparently, politicians around the world have read ‘1984’ and use it as a policy guide.

  • Stephen Littau


    Are you as frustrated as I am how little play this is getting in the MSM or even “right wing” talk radio? There’s certainly some outrage about the NSA domestic spying in general, and lately, the hypocrisy of outrage on the part of the Senate Intelligence Committee as the committee discovered that they too have been spied on. I’m not hearing much more about this though.

    To your point about this being a new thing: Yes, it’s true that COINTELPRO was originally about spying on and applying these “4 D’s” to organization with alleged ties to foreign groups (particularly Soviet groups) but as I learned in Jesse Walker’s book this program expanded to New Left, anti-war, and other “subversive” groups. J. Edgar Hoover would have liked to link the KKK to the Soviets but even he realized the American public wasn’t going to buy that one. Nixon’s Operation CHAOS was all about sabotaging his domestic political enemies.

    I think the reason why Nixon was forced to resign and Obama isn’t is that Nixon was an old sweaty white dude that the MSM hated while Obama is (and there is no getting around this) the first black president and (despite the corruption which may even surpass Nixon’s administration) is popular with the MSM for the most part. This is why the MSM doesn’t want to report on the story above, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc, etc.

    As for your New Zealand plans: have you decided against moving there due to what you’ve found out? I would love to hear from anyone who has moved there from here and get their take because I’m also interested in what NZ might have to offer for lovers of liberty.

  • MingoV

    I gave up on New Zealand because the government plans to spy on its residents. It probably hasn’t gotten too far yet, but why move halfway around the world and face a new NSA in three years?

    I’ve given up on being frustrated by the media. I don’t watch TV, I don’t go to internet news sites, and I don’t read news magazines. This is self defense: I have bipolar disorder and the MSM often puts me into a manic rage. Literally.

    As far as I know, there hasn’t been a single US intelligence agency or law enforcement agency in the past sixty years that stayed within its charter. The agency that drifted the least is the US Marshals Service. The CIA, NSA, FBI, DEA, ATF, INS, ICE, and even the Coast Guard either gather more info than they are authorized to or perform investigations that violate their charter or violate laws.

    The MSM cares little about this even when the president is a republican. The MSM bitched about the Patriot Act, but couldn’t bitch hard because it was created during the Clinton presidency. The MSM doesn’t report on domestic spying by the CIA, illegal NSA spying, illegal harassment ‘investigations’ by the FBI, frequent abuses by ICE, DEA supporting property takings without even arresting the supposed criminal, the ATF running incompetent storefront sting operations that put guns into communities without arresting anyone, etc.

    As others have noted, the MSM is not about investigative reporting (a dead field). The MSM is about supporting big, nanny-state governments led by left-wingers.

    Obama is untouchable. Obama has committed at least twenty impeachable offenses. No republican will request impeachment for fear of being labeled a racist. This is a stupid fear, because democratic political opponents, the MSM, and most African-Americans already believe republicans are racists. Trying to impeach Obama would not have a downside because the republican base would cheer. But, politicians are generally incompetent, corrupt, and gutless, so Obama will get a free pass.

    My big political concern, regardless of whether I emigrate, is that my daughters will bear the financial burden of decades of federal Ponzi schemes. I don’t see this being fixed until the younger workers getting screwed out-vote the beneficiaries. That’s not likely, because the geezer generation lives longer and longer and votes for bigger entitlements. My daughters are considering emigration. The nation with the greatest inflow of persons in history now is the one that people want to escape from.