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Published by Anthony Forwood
A look at psyops in the targeted online community.
A look at psyops in the targeted online community.

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Published by: Anthony Forwood on Feb 09, 2013
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Online Psyops
Perception Management
in the
Targeted Community
by Anthony Forwood
Copyright 2013 © All Rights Reserved
January 28, 2013
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear a thousand battles. If you know yourself and not the enemy, for every victory, you will suffer a defeat. But if you know neither yourself nor the enemy,then you are a fool and will meet defeat in every battle.”Sun Tsu
Before you believe anything you might ever read, hear, or see in the media(including TV, radio, movies, books, magazines, newspapers, and theinternet), or from anyone else (family, friends, acquaintances, employers,strangers, etc.), you need to read this very important information. You, andthe public as a whole, are constant targets of extremely well-planned andexecuted psychological operations (psyops), and there are any number of these media-facilitated programs taking place at any given time. They are sonumerous and varied that you and those around you are bound to fall preythem sooner or later. They can target an entire population, an identifiedgroup within a larger population, or even a single individual. Being aware of what psyops programs are, how they’re executed, and how to detect and
avoid them is crucial to maintaining an accurate perception of reality intoday’s world, so as not to become misled about your situation as a targetedindividual and drawn deeper into the clutches of those who seek to takeadvantage of you.Even though this might sound like an extreme statement, the powers-that-beare intent on enacting total mind-control on the entire global population.Electronic harassment and the various hardware technologies used in theseattacks play a significant part of this, but these are not the only means tothis end, although these technologies serve to force the target along acertain intended path in search of help. Just as significant as these ‘hardforce’ methods, but far less recognized, are the ‘soft force’ psychologicalmethods of manipulation and control. Few researchers of the targetingsituation give much attention to these aspects, but they’re at least asimportant as any other and probably more so. I believe that byunderstanding the psychological methods that are used in targeting, many of the other methods will be far less capable of working effectively, and in manycases can even be defeated completely. But this first requires learning aboutthe psychological aspects of psyops, and then personally applying certaincounter-measures to avoid them. Fortunately, these counter-measuresrequire nothing more than a knowledge of these methods and the ability tospot them in action, which becomes easier with practice to the point thatthese defenses become habit. The intent of this document is to help you gainthe knowledge you need to allow you to start protecting yourself againstthese psychological ‘soft force’ attacks.There are many aspects to psyops and the methods used, and this documentfocuses primarily on those that take place online, since this is where mosttargeted individuals go to seek help and gain knowledge about theirsituation, and those who are targeting them know this and obviously don’twant them to succeed, so they are constantly employing various psyopsprograms to defeat such attempts. This document can’t possibly cover everyknown psyops method that might be employed or explain any of them in anygreat detail, and the material provided is strictly based on my own personalunderstandings as a target looking in on these psyops programs from theoutside. I’ve researched various related topics for background information(with some references provided), and although there’s much more that couldbe said, I’m certain that what I present will benefit all other targetedindividuals.
What is Perception Management?
First, let me introduce some of the terminology associated with psyopsprograms and outline their meaning, so you’ll understand what they are,where they originate, and how serious the people are who plan and executethese programs.
 ‘Perception Management’ is a term that originates with the US military. TheUS Department of Defense (DOD) gives this formal definition:
“Actions to convey and/or deny selected information and indicators to foreignaudiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning as well asto intelligence systems and leaders at all to influence official estimates, ultimatelyresulting in foreign behaviors and official actions favorable to the originator’sobjectives. In various ways, perception management combines truth projection,operations security, cover and deception, and psychological operations.”
Although the above definition refers strictly to foreign audiences anddescribes perception management only in a military capacity, this is amisnomer, since it has long been recognized that domestic audiences are justas susceptible to being targeted by their own governments and otherorganizations for a wide variety of reasons. We can see this most clearly inadvertising, news, and entertainment, which are ideal platforms forimplementing perception management.A ‘Psychological Operations Specialist’ is an information and media specialistwho is specifically trained (usually by the military) to assess the informationneeds of a target audience and then develop and deliver the right message atthe right time and place to create an intended result. These specialists areprimarily responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of information that will be used for its psychological effect. They will have ateam of people working under them, and will sometimes be working incoordination with other Psyops Specialists running their own teams.In psyops programs, as opposed to more traditional military warfare, ‘softforce’ methods of covert influence are used rather than ‘hard force’ methodsof direct overt attacks. Therefore, psyops programs target a person, group,or population on a psychological level, rather than on a physical level. Thismeans that Psyops Specialists resort to various methods to manipulate atarget’s perceptions in such a way that the target’s opinions and beliefschange as a result. If the attackers can alter a target’s perception of supposed facts and information, they can shape or influence the beliefs andmotivations that result from those perceptions, and through that, they cancontrol the target.In military situations, Psyops Specialists engage in programs that areintended to affect the perceptions of a target audience, such as to demoralizean enemy by causing dissension and unrest among its ranks, while at thesame time convincing the enemy population to support the side attackingthem. Psyops Specialists are also responsible for providing continuousanalysis of the attitudes and behavior of enemy forces to tacticalcommanders in the field, so that they can develop, produce and employpropaganda in a successful manner. These tactics have proven so effectivewith foreign audiences that they are being employed more and morefrequently on home ground, to manage the perceptions of their own citizens.

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