The Stasi often used a method which was really diabolic. It was called Zersetzung, and it’s described in another guideline. The word is difficult to translate because it means originally “bio-degradation.” But actually, it’s a quite accurate description. The goal was to destroy secretly the self-confidence of people, for example by damaging their reputation, by organizing failures in their work, and by destroying their personal relationships. Considering this, East Germany was a very modern dictatorship. The Stasi didn’t try to arrest every dissident. It preferred to paralyze them, and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many institutions.
—Hubertus Knabe, German Historian
So, suddenly someone you are related to, someone you know pretty well, or your spouse, begins to have some bad luck, then massive bad luck, then never-ending bad luck. Car is vandalized – multiple times, dog is stolen, he/she may inexplicably be getting a hard time at work or even get fired. You try to be a friend, a good family member, a supportive spouse, you tell them, it will pass. But it does not seem to. You start to wonder if they are over-sensitive, over-stressed, imagining things. Starting to cause their own problems. But they have always been logical, grounded, even-keeled. They start to report to you that they are getting uncalled for rude remarks, rude behavior, even outright abuse and bullying from neighbors, co-workers, and complete strangers. Big deal you think, people are rude, we all experience that. Why is your loved one, friend, spouse suddenly so sensitive to this? Why does he/she think it is happening all the time? Surely that is an exaggeration? What is going on with him/her? What has changed?
Weeks, months pass, the conversation and circumstances for this person does not seem to change. It may even be worse. It is getting frustrating for you. Others are distancing themselves from this person making him/her needier. You want to talk about other things, but this person is stuck in a rut.
Then they start talking about people seeming to be following them, but always strangers, and seemingly various people, but the odd behavior of these strangers is exactly the same. How can that be? Almost choreographed. Seemingly play acting for your friend’s benefit. And saying things that touch on issues and conversations that are private and unique to your friend. Wild coincidence? How often is that possible?
Then you remember an old movie, Gaslight, a term for psychologically attacking and manipulating a person for nefarious purposes to believe he or she is going crazy, or at least to make others think that. You do some research and find the book, Mobbing, Emotional Abuse in the American Workplace. It is essentially adult bullying and gaslighting by a group. It is so real that Europe and Canada recognize it as a tort, an abuse you can sue an employer for. But the US does not yet.
You dig a little more, you find an older book called Cause Stalking by David Lawson, a Private Eye in Florida who discovered networks of gangs of mercenary stalkers. They could be hired to stalk and harass anyone for any purpose. They could be hired to drive someone out of town, punish a spouse for divorcing the other spouse, intimidate local government to pass an ordinance or not pass an ordinance, punish an employee for suing an employer, etc. They were mercenaries, they could not care less about the “cause.” It was also a power trip, they were a part of a big, formidable group. They were the bullies of bullies, but hiding in a large group, they were invincible. A hundred people had their backs, maybe hundreds, maybe thousands in bigger cities. Even police, fire department employees, hospital employees, heck, who could not use some easy money? Especially when police look the other way or even participate? The fix was in, no one would be caught, much less prosecuted. Those who brokered contract stalking jobs became more powerful than any elected official. Like Mafia who ran cities in the shadows. Everyone was on their payroll.
Communist East German Secret Police even created and utilized a psychological attack on dissidents in the government’s waning days in the 1980s, to keep their oppressed population under control, it was a system of psychological torture and control called “Zersetzung,” which means “deconstruction” of every aspect of a person’s life, their job, their reputation, their friendships, their family relationships, their marriage.
The “program” of psychological attack and relentless abuse and trauma, was indeed meant to isolate and emotionally destroy the person, with the goal to actually drive them to suicide.
This is how East Germany chose to murder pesky dissidents, who were striving purposefully or accidentally by being a free spirit or logical thinker, to free their society from totalitarian monsters. The government did it covertly, backhandedly, and in the ultimate cowardly fashion – even using civilian proxies. But Communism had kept people so very poor that they gladly sold out their neighbors for fresh milk or cigarettes. Until the Iron Curtain fell in the late 1980s. (Then some of the collaborators felt mob justice).
Could your friend really have been put into such a life destruction program? In America of all places? Could that really happen here? But something indeed world shattering happened in the United States in 2001. 9/11 happened, then laws that put the Constitution under attack were passed. Hysteria ruled. Were we indeed in a post-constitutional era? It seemed so. The Federal government told us, “You can be free and vulnerable, or less free, but protected. Give us your freedoms. We promise we will give them back… one day. We promise. Trust us.” So, we did. After all, this was America, baseball, mom, and apple pie still reigned, didn’t it?
The FBI then created Fusion Centers, at least one in every state, and often two. These were created ostensibly so that the Federal government could share information with local governments, so that clues to another 9/11 might not be “missed” as multiple stories indicated ample warnings for 9/11 were somehow missed – repeatedly. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created to “keep America safe.” The key to its creation and operational design were consultants Yevgenniy (Yevgeni) Primakov, an ex-KGB official; and Markus Wolfe, ex-East German (Communist) Secret Police official. Men who had dedicated their adult lives to the destruction of free societies. What could go wrong?
Fusion Centers were designed to be private enterprises that host local law enforcement, Federal law enforcement, civilian “InfraGard” and business “partners” who share critical information. Private enterprises do not have to respond to Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA), they are immune. But why should that matter? InfraGard are designated “HUMINT.” They are Fusion Center proxy stalkers and harassers, trained thugs who harass in the style of “Zersetzung,” 24/7 sadistic harassment, perpetrated against designated targets to destroy and drive them to suicide. But, if they cannot be driven to suicide, then the accompanying massive slander campaign painting them wrongfully as a pedophile, sexual deviant, traitor, terrorist, or terrorist sympathizer so enrages people around them that they gladly participate in efforts to set them up to be institutionalized, or imprisoned for the crimes “they just haven’t been caught doing yet.”
You see, many prisons and institutions are private-for-profit, and also “InfraGard partners.” Did I mention that the criteria for being put on the fraud DHS FBI Fusion Center Terrorist Watch List is less than probable cause? How is that possible? That means, no proof, no witness, no investigation, and no validated accuser? Just an accusation. That is essentially, a “wink and a nod” between those in a good ol’ boys club. Does that suffice to turn someone’s life upside down and even destroy it – without even publicly accusing them of a crime, or even letting them know that they have been accused of something? Is this not contrary to the 6th Amendment? (Right to know what you have been accused of, who accused you, and the right to a speedy trial).
Why would anyone set up such a system that obviously is contrary to the Constitution? After all, secret guerrilla armies hiding among the population is unconstitutional and breaks many international treaties in regard to acceptable practices in waging war to minimize war crimes and human rights abuses. If you are being encompassed in a war, wouldn’t be nice to know it was going on and who the combatants are?
And what about supposed “real terrorists”? Why, after being told people of a certain ethnicity and religion are our blood enemies, and threaten our very existence, were those people precisely the ones enticed to immigrate to our country by the millions right after 9/11 (after an understandable initial dip)?
Did we let in millions of Germans during World War II? Why, upon closer examination of the “Terrorist Watch List,” is it comprised of mostly… law abiding Americans, whose ancestors have been here for decades or even centuries? How much of the Fusion Center budget depends on the perceived “terrorist threat” in their area? Does it create prestige, career kingdoms and validate really well-paying jobs to bloat the Watch List with as many innocent people as possible? Certainly they are easier to “find,” easier and safer to “surveil” (harass and terrorize) than actual terrorists, who are trained, armed, and dangerous!
If you are going to bully someone and you are a true coward, you prefer the most vulnerable target you can find. Then you strive to make him/her even less able to defend himself/herself by using the relay-stalking methodology of an ever-changing group of people to mimic what those with superficial or pop culture knowledge of mental illness assume to be paranoia or schizophrenia. This even works on some mediocre mental health “experts” unfamiliar with psychological warfare techniques or history. And too lazy to think outside the box, i.e. arrogantly ignorant. And certainly this works well with law enforcement, with average IQs of 104, who are trained to not think, just follow orders. In fact, many applicants are turned away if their IQs are deemed “too high.” The remainder act as effective primary gatekeepers against equal protection under the law for those wrongfully targeted by Fusion Center predators.
So, the cash cow of the “American Police State/Surveillance State” is the average American, minding his own business, working, trying to get ahead. There is a never-ending supply of those types to blind-side and throw into the meat grinder. Once placed on the list, InfraGard are alerted to the cover story accusation(s), then they get busy viciously slandering the victim as a “threat” to be feared and “nullified” by any means possible, to everyone they can in his life as well as those in the general area. This could be thousands as they work their way through churches, social clubs, PTA, etc. lying under color of law.
Of course, the lies are followed up with threats that the intended victim may not be told about the accusations or this will reveal “national secrets” and the neighbors, friends, family, or even spouse could go to prison for doing so. (Most people do not know you cannot hide a crime using claims of classification). They are put on harassment schedules, told how to harass on their shift, given “accounts” and paid under-the-table, with tax dollars laundered into untraceable gift cards, services, merchandise, etc., which allows greed to assuage any guilt pangs and makes it more convenient for them to tell themselves they are actually “patriots,” not subversives – the Constitution and Bill of Rights be damned. In addition, Fusion Centers sell lucrative contracts to “partners” on these targets who are secretly pronounced terrorists, then secretly stripped of all their Constitutional, Civil, and Human Rights, and then secretly classified as “bio specimens” to be experimented on, used as lab rats to teach torture techniques to technicians and war fighters, and sometimes even killed, using advanced bioweapons, chemical weapons, and even electronic weapons meant for war/population control.
When these weapons were used in Cuba and China on American diplomats in 2017 and 2018, it made front page news. When used against whistleblowers such as ex-FBI Geral Sosbee and former attorney with the State of California Jeannie Tanaka, it was hushed up.
Some targeted individuals even are secretly injected with RFID chips to locate and monitor them like pet dogs, but also experimental medical chips that can time-release drugs, cause movement or pain involuntarily to the victim, direct electronic weapons more precisely, or break down muscle, tissue, bone, etc. to simulate deterioration caused by disease to better understand the disease process.
In other words, these experiments may involve crippling a healthy person for the sake of treating a severely injured or diseased one whose insurance coverage is worth millions, while a healthy person has no value to such entities but as a bio specimen, an involuntary means to an end (profit). Even in death, the targeted individual still brings a profit, a kill bonus to his/her abusers.
The DHS/FBI/Fusion Center and InfraGard criminal cabal has one last profit to wring from the horribly abused body of the targeted person. Using private information garnered under color of law, many, many life insurance policies, trust funds, and even joint properties that pay the “partner” upon death, are created by his/her tormentors to profit from upon his/her death. Loading up on maximum policies allowed per company, this could fill up countless coffers. County property tax clerks are often eager to share in such profit and offer their services in hiding such abuses from casual oversight or even serious investigations. One can imagine that such money can and is turning certain towns into murder-for-hire-towns, where this is becoming a cottage industry with almost everyone in-the-know but the innocent victim(s). Once he/she is “used up,” yet another victim is chosen and the conveyor-belt process begins again, ad infinitum. After all, according to academia and media talking heads, we have an over-abundance of world population, “so what difference does it make?”
So what can you do for a spouse, loved one, friend, or neighbor now that you at least suspect another narrative is possible to explain the torment he/she is going through? First, listen, give him/her credence as you have in the past, or credence you would give anyone else out of respect for their humanity. If this is true, how well would you cope or survive? A main tactic of the enemy trying to kill him/her is isolation. If no one cares, he/she will likely be killed in such a manner as to fool a coroner ignorant of these weapons that the death was “natural causes” (though one victim reported that he was found during the operation to save his life, to have a “singed/burned” heart valve after a nearly fatal heart attack). Or worse, if you and everyone else gives up on him/her, he/she may end his/her own unimaginable suffering accidentally compounded by your misgivings and unintended betrayal.
Stick up for the person either by a written testimonial or by accompanying him/her to whatever authority they choose to approach. Do not let yourself be bullied by the authorities. Do not be tricked into divulging personal information about him/her to authorities “worried about his/her mental state.” Or do anything the authorities suggest to “monitor” him/her. The victim does not need monitoring. The authorities are gaslighting you. Their job is to railroad the person into an institution or jail for profit. Your spouse, relative, friend will need moral and emotional support, maybe even financial to some degree, to stand up for themselves legally. Cease and desist and protective orders are a good start in pushing back and publicly identifying the bullies, the crime ring running amok, which the harassers hate.
Support the person as credible. Finding quality and trustworthy doctors and a lawyer of integrity is essential. The Homeland Security apparatus may try to interfere. Advocate for your loved one so that you save his/her life but also so that you educate others as quickly and accurately as possible, as to the horror going on in this society and the world affecting thousands of victims and growing daily, which truly is an immanent threat to us all if not dealt with immediately. Your loved one is the canary in the coal mine. Heed his/her warnings and act decisively. There is little time left. Waiting for the overabundance of solid proof to a covert, elusive crime, may simply come too late.
Karen Melton Stewart worked as an intelligence analyst with a Top Secret security clearance for the National Security Agency for 28 years when she was suddenly slandered, libeled, and forced out after reporting a honeypot being run in the NSA Weapons and Space Directorate by a compromised Security Group and IG Office to entrap and blackmail senior management. NSA has been so desperate to destroy her to keep her quiet that they instructed the FBI Fusion Centers to target her as a “terrorist” to include utilizing electronic weapons, for merely asking why another woman received credit for her award-winning work on a project saving thousands of lives and her double promotion for it.
Zersetzung (German; variously translated as decomposition, corrosion, undermining, biodegradation or dissolution) is a psychological warfare technique that was first used by Nazi Germany as part of the accusation Wehrkraftzersetzung against political opponents (which typically resulted in death penalties). Decades later, during the Honecker era, the Stasi, the East German secret police used the accusation Zersetzung to silence political opponents by repression.
The “measures of Zersetzung“, defined in the framework of a directive on police procedures in 1976, were used in the context of so-called “operational procedures” (in German Operative Vorgänge or OV). They replaced the overt terror of the Ulbricht era.
The practice of repression in Zersetzung comprised extensive and secret methods of control and psychological manipulation, including personal relationships of the target, for which the Stasi relied on its network of informal collaborators, (in German inoffizielle Mitarbeiter or IM), the State’s power over institutions, and on operational psychology. Using targeted psychological attacks the Stasi tried to deprive a dissident of any chance of a “hostile action”. The use of Zersetzung is well documented due to numerous Stasi files published after East Germany’s Wende. Several thousands or up to 10,000 individuals are estimated to have become victims,:217 5,000 of whom sustained irreversible damage. Pensions for restitution have been created for the victims.
Directive 1/76 lists the following as tried and tested forms of Zersetzung, among others:
A systematic degradation of reputation, image, and prestige on the basis of true, verifiable and discrediting information together with untrue, credible, irrefutable, and thus also discrediting information; a systematic engineering of social and professional failures to undermine the self-confidence of individuals; … engendering of doubts regarding future prospects; engendering of mistrust and mutual suspicion within groups …; interrupting respectively impeding the mutual relations within a group in space or time …, for example by … assigning geographically distant workplaces.
Beginning with intelligence obtained by espionage, the Stasi established “sociograms” and “psychograms” which it applied for the psychological forms of Zersetzung. They exploited personal traits, such as homosexuality, as well as supposed character weaknesses of the targeted individual — for example a professional failure, negligence of parental duties, pornographic interests, divorce, alcoholism, dependence on medications, criminal tendencies, passion for a collection or a game, or contacts with circles of the extreme right — or even the veil of shame from the rumors poured out upon one’s circle of acquaintances. From the point of view of the Stasi, the measures were the most fruitful when they were applied in connection with a personality; all “schematism” had to be avoided.
The methods of Zersetzung included espionage, overt, hidden, and feigned; opening letters and listening to telephone calls; encroachments on private property; manipulation of vehicles; and even poisoning food and using false medications. Certain collaborators of the Stasi tacitly took into account the suicide of victims of Zersetzung. It has not been definitely established that the Stasi used X-rays to provoke long-term health problems in its opponents. That said, Rudolf Bahro, Gerulf Pannach, and Jürgen Fuchs, three important dissidents who had been imprisoned at the same time, died of cancer within an interval of two years.
A study by the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR (Bundesbeauftragte für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik or BStU) has meanwhile rejected on the basis of extant documents such as fraudulent use of X-rays, and only mentions isolated and unintentional cases of the harmful use of sources of radiation, for example to mark documents.
In the name of the target, the Stasi made little announcements, ordered products, and made emergency calls, to terrorize him/her. To threaten or intimidate or cause psychoses the Stasi assured itself of access to the target’s living quarters and left visible traces of its presence, by adding, removing, and modifying objects.
Tactics employed under Zersetzung generally involved the disruption of the victim’s private or family life. This often included psychological attacks, such as breaking into homes and subtly manipulating the contents, in a form of gaslighting – moving furniture, altering the timing of an alarm, removing pictures from walls or replacing one variety of tea with another. Other practices included property damage, sabotage of cars, purposely incorrect medical treatment, smear campaigns including sending falsified compromising photos or documents to the victim’s family, denunciation, provocation, psychological warfare, psychological subversion, wiretapping, bugging, mysterious phone calls or unnecessary deliveries, even including sending a vibrator to a target’s wife.
Returning items from the trash to the home, releasing mice or poisonous snakes (especially those whose poison works on contact and need not be injected) in walls or basements and alluding to topics referenced in tapped phone conversations is also popular, as is filling both the salt and pepper shakers with ‘pepper’; (in a controlled or export economy, as in times of economic hardship generally, ersatz pepper is typically made of sawdust-type substitutes such as bark or for example ‘winter pepper’; see especially ‘witzpulver’ but also ‘monk’s pepper’).
Usually, victims had no idea that the Stasi were responsible and indeed, it is probable that they not always were. Many thought that they were losing their minds, and mental breakdowns and suicide could result. The ‘dissolution’ is likely at least occasionally intended to carry the same connotation as in such uses as ‘dissolution of marriage,’ ‘breakdown of the traditional family unit,’ etc. It should perhaps be noted further that no one had a monopoly on monitoring communications, whether in East Germany or anywhere else.
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