COINTELPRO Techniques for Dilution, Misdirection and Control of an Internet Forum


#1

This has been around for a while but everyone here should read it and understand it. I’m sure many of you will notice some things that look very familiar.

The synopsis in italics was written by ZeroHedge and the text of the document is below the line.

An anonymous writer posted an important new report on disruption at Pastebin. It is in the style of a leaked law enforcement memo, although we cannot vouch for its authenticity as a document produced by a whistleblower. However, we have seen these techniques repeatedly used to disrupt Internet debate, and so - even if only copying the style of a real memo - it contains valuable information which all web user should know.


COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum…

There are several techniques for the control and manipulation of a internet forum no matter what, or who is on it. We will go over each technique and demonstrate that only a minimal number of operatives can be used to eventually and effectively gain a control of a ‘uncontrolled forum.’

Technique #1 - ‘FORUM SLIDING’

If a very sensitive posting of a critical nature has been posted on a forum - it can be quickly removed from public view by ‘forum sliding.’ In this technique a number of unrelated posts are quietly prepositioned on the forum and allowed to ‘age.’ Each of these misdirectional forum postings can then be called upon at will to trigger a ‘forum slide.’ The second requirement is that several fake accounts exist, which can be called upon, to ensure that this technique is not exposed to the public. To trigger a ‘forum slide’ and ‘flush’ the critical post out of public view it is simply a matter of logging into each account both real and fake and then ‘replying’ to prepositined postings with a simple 1 or 2 line comment. This brings the unrelated postings to the top of the forum list, and the critical posting ‘slides’ down the front page, and quickly out of public view. Although it is difficult or impossible to censor the posting it is now lost in a sea of unrelated and unuseful postings. By this means it becomes effective to keep the readers of the forum reading unrelated and non-issue items.

Technique #2 - ‘CONSENSUS CRACKING’

A second highly effective technique (which you can see in operation all the time at www.abovetopsecret.com) is ‘consensus cracking.’ To develop a consensus crack, the following technique is used. Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favor is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger ‘evidence’ or disinformation in your favor is slowly ‘seeded in.’ Thus the uninformed reader will most like develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then ‘abort’ the consensus cracking by initiating a ‘forum slide.’

Technique #3 - ‘TOPIC DILUTION’

Topic dilution is not only effective in forum sliding it is also very useful in keeping the forum readers on unrelated and non-productive issues. This is a critical and useful technique to cause a ‘RESOURCE BURN.’ By implementing continual and non-related postings that distract and disrupt (trolling ) the forum readers they are more effectively stopped from anything of any real productivity. If the intensity of gradual dilution is intense enough, the readers will effectively stop researching and simply slip into a ‘gossip mode.’ In this state they can be more easily misdirected away from facts towards uninformed conjecture and opinion. The less informed they are the more effective and easy it becomes to control the entire group in the direction that you would desire the group to go in. It must be stressed that a proper assessment of the psychological capabilities and levels of education is first determined of the group to determine at what level to ‘drive in the wedge.’ By being too far off topic too quickly it may trigger censorship by a forum moderator.

Technique #4 - ‘INFORMATION COLLECTION’

Information collection is also a very effective method to determine the psychological level of the forum members, and to gather intelligence that can be used against them. In this technique in a light and positive environment a ‘show you mine so me yours’ posting is initiated. From the number of replies and the answers that are provided much statistical information can be gathered. An example is to post your ‘favorite weapon’ and then encourage other members of the forum to showcase what they have. In this matter it can be determined by reverse proration what percentage of the forum community owns a firearm, and or a illegal weapon. This same method can be used by posing as one of the form members and posting your favorite ‘technique of operation.’ From the replies various methods that the group utilizes can be studied and effective methods developed to stop them from their activities.

Technique #5 - ‘ANGER TROLLING’

Statistically, there is always a percentage of the forum posters who are more inclined to violence. In order to determine who these individuals are, it is a requirement to present a image to the forum to deliberately incite a strong psychological reaction. From this the most violent in the group can be effectively singled out for reverse IP location and possibly local enforcement tracking. To accomplish this only requires posting a link to a video depicting a local police officer massively abusing his power against a very innocent individual. Statistically of the million or so police officers in America there is always one or two being caught abusing there powers and the taping of the activity can be then used for intelligence gathering purposes - without the requirement to ‘stage’ a fake abuse video. This method is extremely effective, and the more so the more abusive the video can be made to look. Sometimes it is useful to ‘lead’ the forum by replying to your own posting with your own statement of violent intent, and that you ‘do not care what the authorities think!!’ inflammation. By doing this and showing no fear it may be more effective in getting the more silent and self-disciplined violent intent members of the forum to slip and post their real intentions. This can be used later in a court of law during prosecution.

Technique #6 - ‘GAINING FULL CONTROL’

It is important to also be harvesting and continually maneuvering for a forum moderator position. Once this position is obtained, the forum can then be effectively and quietly controlled by deleting unfavourable postings - and one can eventually steer the forum into complete failure and lack of interest by the general public. This is the ‘ultimate victory’ as the forum is no longer participated with by the general public and no longer useful in maintaining their freedoms. Depending on the level of control you can obtain, you can deliberately steer a forum into defeat by censoring postings, deleting memberships, flooding, and or accidentally taking the forum offline. By this method the forum can be quickly killed. However it is not always in the interest to kill a forum as it can be converted into a ‘honey pot’ gathering center to collect and misdirect newcomers and from this point be completely used for your control for your agenda purposes.

CONCLUSION

Remember these techniques are only effective if the forum participants DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THEM. Once they are aware of these techniques the operation can completely fail, and the forum can become uncontrolled. At this point other avenues must be considered such as initiating a false legal precedence to simply have the forum shut down and taken offline. This is not desirable as it then leaves the enforcement agencies unable to track the percentage of those in the population who always resist attempts for control against them. Many other techniques can be utilized and developed by the individual and as you develop further techniques of infiltration and control it is imperative to share then with HQ.



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#2

Here is another excellent guide.

  1. What are shills? A “shill” can mean a lot of things. Webster defines “shill” as either “one who acts as a decoy (as for a pitchman or gambler)” or “one who makes a sales pitch or serves as a promoter”. In short, shills are not good. They are paid (or otherwise have a hidden incentive or agenda) to post on discussion forums. Big corporations hire them to astroturf and spread good messages about products. They are hired by government agencies and globalists to manipulate information and push leftist agendas. If done right, shilling can result in major changes to the public opinion and political landscape online.

  2. How do I spot shills? It is important to remember that shills’ opinions are not legitimate and not to be heard out or considered. They are not to be reasoned with, as ultimately their only goal is successfully market something or push an idea or manipulate information. There are multiple tactics shills use that you can identity to oust them:

  • Sliding and spamming are arguably the lowest tier of shill tactics. To spam is to simply flood the fora with the same messages, in an attempt to lower content quality or make navigation of the forum more difficult. Sliding, on the other hand, is a more advanced tactic used to specifically obscure certain information that the person employing the shill does not want to be seen, or ‘bad’ information.

  • Scripted or repeated lines are often written by the employer with the purpose of spreading a very specific message. Shills can be easily spotted by picking up on these and recognizing the rest of the post as not legitimate when they are used.

  • Shills will usually not try to engage in a meaningful dialogue, and will instead use flat arguments that hold no value and no worth for genuine discussion. These arguments will often contain nothing more than the message the employer wants to spread, with no reasoning beyond insults to the opposition. Remember that they are not being payed for engaging in arguments in which they will be considerate of your points and counter them with well-thought out rebuttals.

  • Shills will often misuse terms, catchphrases and memes. Shills will only have a surface level understanding of the forum’s culture and will use it only to further their own message. They’ll be able to recognize a forum’s opposition (e.g. Progressives), and mislabel anyone who does not buy into their message as them while still carrying an inherent misunderstanding of what they mean. Memes can also be used to as to make the masses think the shills are ‘one of them’.

  • There are also a number of advertising-specific shill tactics, such as name dropping a brand or company name. Linking to sites or online stores can also be used as a means to get potential customers to look into the product further.

  • Character assassination is a method used by shills in order to discredit the opposition. A common variant of this is creating a hostile reaction from them, which can then be twisted around as to discredit the opposition. Shills will focus on negative aspects of the opposition; real or perceived, and focus on attacking solely that. For example, anyone ousting the shill as such is paranoid and crazy.

  • Dominating a discussion with repeated comments of little substance is a shill tactic similar to forum sliding. It’s done as to keep the messages they’re trying to purport at the forefront of the thread or comments section.

  • If ‘bad’ information cannot be outright censored, shills can attempt to dismiss it via multiple methods. Calling it old or irrelevant, attempting to change the subject or create artificial focus on one detail while ignoring the ‘bad’ things, or dismissing the subject at large as ultimately meaningless are just some variations of this tactic.

  • Decrying something as ‘over’ or ‘dead’ is a shill tactic meant to convince defeatists that something is not worth fighting for. anymore. For example, by posing a question like “has the Trump finally been stumped?”, shills suggest jumping boat on a movement or support in a person or thing.

  • Divide and conquer is a shill tactic used to keep masses under control by stimulating and purporting dissent and disagreement between them. This can be used to break up and weaken the opposition by turning them against each other, all while being ultimately manipulated by the shills.

  1. Interacting with shills: Shills are never interested in any kind of genuine interaction or discussion. They will never want to expand the dialogue or contribute genuinely insightful comments into the forum. They have one job, and that excludes an earnest exchange of thoughts. Shills are not meant to intellectually persuade people to join their employer’s cause, they are meant to suppress information and manipulate you into joining the cause. When ousting shills as shills, reply with relevant proof and do not bump the thread or further expose the message the shill is attempting to spread. Never engage in arguments or discussion with the shill, as it will always be a complete waste of time. If you are in a pleasant conversation with a shill, you are being used in some way as to further broadcast the shill’s message or manipulate information. If you are arguing with a shill, they will not attempt to rebut with legitimate arguments but will instead try to elicit an emotional response from you that weakens you.

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#3

This is incontrovertible evidence that we have a shill within our ranks. Many have speculated (including myself) but these assessments put many of the disconnected pieces together. Having an open discussion about this is long overdue.


#4

This is scary accurate.


#5

I also found it quite chilling but the analysis explains quite a bit even though presented from an intelligence gathering perspective.


#6

Looks like we are seeing some of this today @NoSleep. There is a difference between free speech / open discourse and shilling. Shills pervert free speech by claiming that’s all they are doing when it really isn’t. It’s about being disruptive to a community and ending open discussion because there is an underlying agenda.


#7

Once shill tactics are exposed they will start to shill harder. Just watch. Thats what /pol/ is going through right now. Someone has been linking this site on /pol/ late at night when the shills are inactive. This how a few of us got here last night. /pol/ is completely overrun. We know how to spot a shill and how to deal with shills.


#8

Bumping for relevance.


#9

Thanks for the bump. Every now and then it’s important to look at paid shill tactics. Shills hate getting called out. David Brock and his shill and bot army are more active than ever. They didn’t just vanish because they lost the election. A lot of money gets poured into shill operations, and groups like ShareBlue and OFA need to make good on their promises.


#10

So…you don’t even know what a shill is if you think that they only come in one flavor. :roll_eyes:


#11

Here is the latest shill showing up and his shill thread


#12

Lol, poor guy can’t handle reality