Having fled Myanmar’s coup to the jungle, these young activists are now being trained in combat – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: This is a belated realization of the need for the right to bear arms.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-08/myanmar-anti-coup-activists-being-trained-in-combat/100190212

There should be little doubt that the timing is intentional: China on Thursday passed its sweeping new law to ‘safeguard’ Chinese businesses and entities from Western and especially US sanctions, just hours ahead of President Joe Biden sitting down with G-7 leaders in Cornwall to argue […]

Stasi’s most despicable torture: Mind games that drove its own citizens mad. .. lessons for today | The Wentworth Report

https://wentworthreport.com/2021/06/10/stasis-most-despicable-torture-mind-games-that-drove-its-own-citizens-mad-lessons-for-today/

Stasi’s most despicable torture: Mind games that drove its own citizens mad. .. lessons for today. By Tony Rennell.

Arbitrary arrest, solitary confinement in special prisons that were censored from maps and officially did not exist, systematic brutality, sleep deprivation and torture — these were the everyday weapons of the nearly 100,000 policemen in the Ministry of State Security as they kept their sinister tabs on a third of the entire nation, logging their every move and building up bulging paper files of information on them. … The trouble was that all this sinister behaviour was denting East Germany’s international credentials. … So in the 1970s, the masterminds at Stasi School — formally known as the College of Legal Studies — decided on a new, more subtle tactic of repression, a way of stamping out rebellion without the overt use of force. Instead of pounding their suspects into submission, they would send them mad. And so began the policy of Zersetzung. The word meant disintegration or corrosion or decomposition. Today we would call it ‘gaslighting’ — playing with someone’s mind and self-worth until any resistance crumbles and he or she becomes either compliant or apathetic. Another phrase for it was ‘no-touch torture’. …

How they did it:

There were scores of ways to play mind games with suspects, in a bid to create panic, confusion and fear. Some were obvious. The phone would ring but when it was picked up there was no one there. Then it would ring again, and again. But Stasi agents were also known to break into suspects’ homes when they were out and change the time on the alarm clock in the bedroom so it went off unexpectedly — and frighteningly — in the middle of the night. Pictures on walls were moved, an electric razor in the bathroom left running, socks moved to a different drawer, furniture shifted to a different position, even the coffee mysteriously disappearing from the kitchen and the variety of tea in a cupboard replaced by a different one. It was the little things like this that freaked people out, leaving them, in the words of the Stasi handbook, ‘paralysed, disorganised and isolated’. A married target would be sent falsified photographs of himself in a compromising situation or postcards from another woman demanding child support payments; his wife would get a sex toy in the post; a vibrator — which was classified as decadent Western frivolity — would be planted in his home to embarrass and incriminate him. All these were tactics to undermine family relations and help destroy him. ‘Decomposition was designed to unglue a dissident’s psyche, to chip away at his sanity,’ according to U.S. academic Professor Dominic Tierney of the think-tank the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. ‘A regime opponent would find himself trapped in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Everywhere he turned, an evil force seemed to be hounding him, even though he could not prove that he had been singled out. ‘Who would believe that the government was secretly stealing his tea towels? The effects were powerful. Some victims killed themselves, others suffered insomnia, panic attacks and nervous breakdowns. One target called what happened to him ‘an assault on the human soul’. Insidious step was piled on insidious step to systematically undermine individuals and prevent them from living a normal life. Their homes were bugged, telephones tapped, cars mysteriously sabotaged, bicycle tyres slashed. A promotion at work would be denied for no good reason. Medical notes were interfered with and they were diagnosed for treatment they did not need. On whispered Stasi instructions, staff in bars and shops would refuse to serve them, leaving them feeling isolated, unwanted, outsiders. … The aim, writes Max Hertzberg, veteran investigator in the Stasi archive, was to ‘switch off’ a person’s supposed dissident activities. The secret policemen didn’t care whether this happened through disillusionment, fear, burn-out or mental illness. ‘All outcomes were acceptable, and people’s mental health and social standing during or after an operation were of no interest to them.’ Sullying someone’s reputation was always an effective tactic, as a 14-year-old girl named Regina found out when she was targeted as a way of getting at her father, who ran his own business as a hairdresser and was therefore ‘an enemy of socialism’. The word was put around that she was a Flittchen — promiscuous — and strangers would stalk her, making lewd remarks and touching her up. She was followed and twice men tried to rape her. In the end she gave up the struggle and became a Stasi informant herself, grassing up her own parents. …

Infiltrating dissident groups:

Dissent and distrust would be stirred up among members with rumours of collaboration with the authorities, of informants in their midst, until they were so busy suspecting each other that they had no time to be active opponents of the state any more. An agent would infiltrate a group and then surreptitiously disrupt what they were doing by, for example, agreeing to tasks but not getting round to them, losing equipment and sabotaging the production of dissident material.

Paralyzing their opponents worked:

All these soul-destroying activities of the Stasi were frankly hideous and there is every indication that they worked. Many opponents of the regime simply caved in and shut down their activities, worn down and worn out by the relentless pressure on them. ‘The Stasi didn’t try to arrest every dissident,’ writes German historian Hubertus Knabe. ‘It preferred to paralyse them and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many institutions.’ …

Lessons for today:

Billions of people round the world willingly give away their personal details, and intelligence and police agencies, as well as employers, media and criminals, routinely draw on them. Where the Stasi had to wheedle out the minutiae of people’s lives and then store the information in millions of physical brown files, today it’s all there tucked away in unseen digital files. … In China … the WeChat messaging service — used by a billion people across the globe — is routinely scanned. Did you say something critical on WeChat, attend church or visit a foreign embassy? Good luck getting a good job, or a visa to travel. Another Stasi dream come true. …

Bullies today use Stasi tactics:

In this modern world of ours, individuals can easily employ Stasi-like digital tools against anyone. And now you don’t have to break into someone’s home and change the alarm clock or send an unwanted sex toy in the post to unravel and unnerve them any more. Social media makes gaslighting instant, easy and remote. [Former FBI agent Ralph Hope] cites the growing frequency of ‘doxing’, the publishing on the internet of real or false private information about someone, as a way of intimidating, discrediting or silencing them. ‘It’s done by small groups, individuals or foreign government actors pretending to be someone else. ‘The goal is to destroy the person, in true Stasi fashion.’

So much easier just to mind your own business. Which is what they want.

Sunshine Coast Airport arrivals confused and angry at police ‘invasion of privacy’ – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-03/covid-19-police-patrol-angers-and-confuses-queensland-travellers/100177988

  • Police say on the first day of the lockdown, 14 people from Victoria flew to the Sunshine Coast
  • Passengers say officers went through their phones to check location data and in some instances demanded to see bank transactions
  • The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties says some of the questioning is “unnecessary” and “an invasion of privacy”

With China’s Digital Yuan, Think Surveillance, by Milton Ezrati | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

https://straightlinelogic.com/2021/05/24/with-chinas-digital-yuan-think-surveillance-by-milton-ezrati/

China is instituting a digital yuan because it wants to spy on the people who use it. From Milton Ezrati at The Epoch Times via zerohedge.com:

Ever since China launched its digital yuan in 2019, western commentary has reacted to the initiative with waves of nonsense. Many of these articles suggest that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has stolen a march on the West. Many claim that China’s digital effort will secure the yuan global status and enable it to supplant the dollar as the world’s premier currency for international reserves and transactions.

!Remember Alexei Navalny? – 4dforum

https://4dforum.org/2021/05/23/remember-alexi-navalny/

Alexei Navalny, Russian lawyer, anti corruption activist and opposition leader has been imprisoned since February 18th. You might remember he was poisoned and then treated in a German hospital. German doctors stated he had been poisoned with a cholinesterase inhibitor. His doctor died suddenly.

Weird thing is he went back. Upon arrival he was promptly arrested and thrown into the IK-2 Male Correctional Colony in the Russian Federation. According to former inmates the place is no more than a Gulag where the staff destroys the individual’s will. Former inmates said they were subjected to torture, sexual assault and psychological manipulation (Reuters). This all harkens back to Vlad Putin’s days in the KGB and is reminiscent of the Chinese re-education camps for Uighurs (BBC). Marxists love to torture, sexually assault and brainwash people.

The organizations related to Navalny’s fight against government corruption have been labeled terrorist organizations and leaders associated with him have been arrested. Protesters, Amnesty International, the German and other governments put enough pressure on Russia to get them to allow Navalny to be moved to a hospital. He had suffered two spinal disc herniations and lost feeling in his hands.

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Govt confiscates $90,000 earned by Capitol riot participant for selling footage of Ashli Babbitt’s fatal shooting — RT USA News

https://www.rt.com/usa/524515-babbitt-shooting-footage-profits/

The US has seized the $90,000 received by a participant in the Capitol Hill riot for selling footage of the death of pro-Trump protester Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot by police while storming the US legislature building.

The repossession was revealed after court filings against John Earle Sullivan were unsealed on Thursday. Sullivan also received additional criminal charges for his actions during the events of January 6 and is now facing a total of eight criminal counts.

Sullivan is an oddball figure among the more than 440 people charged with various crimes related to the Capitol violence. He had his 15 minutes of fame in the aftermath, speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’, presenting himself as a left-wing activist who had mingled with the pro-Trump crowd to document their misdeeds. Also on rt.com Feds charge ANARCHIST who appeared on CNN after telling Capitol rioters to ‘burn this s**t down’

Shortly afterwards, he became a central figure in a theory adopted by some Trump supporters, which suggested the riot was orchestrated by Antifa and Left agitators. Before January 6, Sullivan was involved in organizing several Black Lives Matter protests in Utah.

Sullivan also reportedly did work for causes supported by the opposite side of the political spectrum, such as gun rights, and was suspected by activists on each side of being a double agent. Another explanation put forward by people he worked with was that Sullivan was simply acting opportunistically, latching on to whatever protest movement he could find to benefit from personally.

The 40-minute video that he filmed during the Capitol Hill riot ultimately led to his arrest in January. On the video he can be heard egging on participants of the rally, telling them at one point: “Let’s burn this s**t down.” Also on rt.com Capitol Police officer media claimed was ‘killed’ in January 6 riot died of NATURAL CAUSES, says medical examiner

As he moved through the halls of the Capitol, he joined a group trying to press their way into the House Speaker’s Lobby. He called on Capitol police standing in front of a barricaded door to leave. As the officers tried to move away, Babbitt attempted to get through a hole in the door and was shot. Sullivan claimed his inciting of the riot was necessary to “blend in” with the protester crowd.

Babbitt was one of five people who died amid the Capitol Hill riot, and the only one whose death was definitively linked to the use of lethal force. Capitol police refused to identify the officer who shot her, clearing them of criminal wrongdoing in the incident.

The court filings did not identify the media outlets which paid Sullivan for the footage of Babbitt’s death, but the Washington Post was among those which previously reported doing so.

House Set To Introduce Bill Establishing Committee to Investigate January 6th Protests – Pelosi Organizes Politics of Commission to Assist Democrats 2022 Election | Centinel2012

https://centinel2012.com/2021/05/15/house-set-to-introduce-bill-establishing-committee-to-investigate-january-6th-protests-pelosi-organizes-politics-of-commission-to-assist-democrats-2022-election/

Posted originally on the conservative tree house May 14, 2021 | Sundance | 116 Comments

… Everyone can see what the real motive and intent of this commission really is.  It is simply a way for Democrats to exaggerate the details of the January 6th protest and cast their political opposition in the light of extremism.  Thus if you do not support democrats in the 2022 election you are an extremist.  The highly political FBI will be used as an institution to affirm this narrative construct.

Driving an extremist narrative has been the intent of the Democrats ever since they installed armed military and fencing around the Capitol.  The bill that carries the initiation of the 1/6 commission also funds a national guard presence and quick reaction force for the future.  This is all part of the continued objective to label political opposition as extremists.

Techno-Fog has a great article citing the expectations of the Commission as outlined in THE BILLSEE HERE

Why Is the Government Hiding January 6 Video Footage?, by Julie Kelly | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

https://straightlinelogic.com/2021/05/13/why-is-the-government-hiding-january-6-video-footage-by-julie-kelly/

Maybe the video footage doesn’t comport with the official story line. From Julie Kelly at amgreatness.com:

The American public still doesn’t know exactly what happened on January 6—and it’s clear the government will use any means necessary to keep it that way.

Joe Biden calls it the worst attack since the Civil War. Attorney General Merrick Garland compares it to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The FBI is breaking down the doors of Iraq War veterans and small business owners who have no criminal records, and some are hauled off to rot in solitary confinement in a fetid D.C. jail, for their involvement in the alleged travesty.

The event, of course, is the roughly four-hour-long disturbance at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. As mostly nonviolent Americans dared to protest Congress’ certification of a clearly fraudulent presidential election in a place that once was considered “The People’s House,” lawmakers scurried for cover as reporters and photographers captured part of the ruckus on video and still shots to wield as political ammunition against Donald Trump and his supporters.

But have we seen a full and fair depiction of exactly what happened that day? The answer, as evidenced by an ongoing coverup by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Justice Department, clearly is no.Almost all the January 6 video seen by the public isn’t from official government sources but by social media users and journalists on the scene. For example, the widely viewed footage of protestors occupying the Senate chamber was recorded by a New Yorker journalist.

But thousands of hours of real-time footage is in the hands of the Capitol Police—and that agency, along with government lawyers and federal judges, is using every legal trick possible to keep the trove hidden from the public even as clips are presented in court as evidence against hundreds of January 6 defendants.

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How We Enslave Ourselves – The Mad Truther

https://themadtruther.com/2021/05/12/how-we-enslave-ourselves/

…Another tactic for engineering consent used by ancient tyrants was analogous to what we call the welfare state today. La Boétie notes that on select days of the year ruling classes used to distribute bread, wine, and a little bit of money to their subjects, and soon after those who were content and satiated would cry out “Long live the King!”:..

(JERUSALEM) LATEST: At least 90 more Palestinians have been injured on Saturday night in clashes with the Israeli police #AceNewsDesk report | Ace News Services

https://acenewsservices.com/2021/05/09/jerusalem-latest-at-least-90-more-palestinians-have-been-injured-on-saturday-night-in-clashes-with-the-israeli-police-acenewsdesk-report/

#AceNewsReport – May.09: Israeli police have clashed with Palestinian protesters outside Jerusalem’s Old City during the holiest night of Ramadan in a show of force that threatens to deepen the city’s worst religious unrest in several years.

Scores of Palestinians injured in Jerusalem during second night of clashes: The current wave of protests broke out at the beginning of Ramadan three weeks ago when Israel restricted gatherings at a popular meeting spot outside Jerusalem’s Old City.