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AbbreviationPsyop
Interest of• Michael A. Aquino
• Behavioural Insights Team
• Dutch Safety Board
• Bernard Fergusson
• Paul Linebarger
• Office of Policy Coordination
• Steve Outtrim
• Jon Rappoport
• The 77th Brigade
• James Tracy
• Truthstream Media

A psychological operation (psyop) is an unit of psychological warfare, which takes a hostile stance to other people and tries to trick them.[1]

False flag

Full article: Rated 4/5 False flag

False flag attacks are classic examples of psyops.

The Battle for Public Opinion

In peacetime as well as war,the military apparatus often starts psychological operations to push public opinion in certain directions. Standard tactics include an intense media blitz by compliant media, often covertly coordinating with the government. The media is fed misleading interpretations or strongly biased selections of facts, for example of opponents' intentions or actions. If necessary the facts can be arranged (see:False flag attacks). This is meant to lead the public to an inevitable conclusion, often creating enemy images.

Cyberwarfare

Psychological operations have become a integral part in Cyberwarfare.

Superstitions

A 1950s paper from the Rand corporation dealt with superstitions of common people in Germany and eastern Europe evidenced in World War II and the techniques used to exploit these beliefs for psychological warfare.[2] The same was done in other countries.[3]

Technology

In 1999, the Washington Post reported about the idea to project a holographic image of Allah floating over Baghdad urging the Iraqi people and Army to rise up against Saddam.[4][5][6] The feasibility had been established of projecting large, three-dimensional objects that appear to float in the air.

The Gulf War hologram story might be dismissed were it not the case that washingtonpost.com has learned that a super secret program was established in 1994 to pursue the very technology for PSYOPS application. The "Holographic Projector" is described in a classified Air Force document as a system to "project information power from space ... for special operations deception missions."[7][8][9]


 

Examples

Page nameDescription
"Dancing Nurses"A meme during COVID-19.
"Kosovo student poisoning"The alleged poisoning of thousands of Kosovan young people by toxic gases or substances in 1990. It came in the run-up to the Kosovo War and gained lots of coverage in the international press.
'A Gay Girl In Damascus'A false media personality to create a mood in Western liberal opinion for regime change in Syria
2021 Monkeypox Tabletop ExerciseA 2021 biological exercise predicting a monkeypox pandemic starting in mid May 2022
Easter Crisisa Cold War psychological operation to create the mood for Danish NATO membership
Epidemic of Small Plane Crashes
FEMA coffinsA bogus conspiracy about the government storing over-sized coffins for the population.
FEMA trainsTrains for the transportation of cars.
False flagFalse flags are attacks intended to blame a third party. Since a 1979 conference in Jerusalem, the most common pattern in the West has been bomb attacks which authorities and the commercially-controlled media quickly blame on suicidal Muslims, promoting an overarching "war on terror" narrative, that promotes fear and is used to concoct casus bellis as needed.
FazzeUK-based PR agency with alleged Russian connections, which promoted misinformation about the COVID-19/Vaccine.
Flat earthModern Flat Earth groups are organizations that more or less seriously promote the belief that the Earth is flat. In the 2010s, advocates of internet censorship often used corporate banning or shadowbanning of Flat Earth proponents as a soft start to gain public acceptance for a broader censorship
Live action role play
Mind controlMind Control aims to gain domination over the victim by making them cede their autonomy to the controlling person or group. Methods include lying, isolation, manipulation, indoctrination, electroshock, operant conditioning, coding / programming and "brainwashing".
Mind control/Child AbuseMind Control aims to gain domination over the victim by making them cede their autonomy to the controlling person or group. Children are especially vulnerable to spiritual, emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Operation Ranch HandU.S. military herbicidal/chemical warfare operation during the Vietnam War
Plausible deniabilityPlausible deniability, the ability to (fairly) plausibly deny having done or attempted to do something, is a key part of deep statecraft, needed to stay in the shadows
QAnonDeep State perpetrated modified limited hangout cum distraction psyop to try to obscure the increasing public awareness of its presence
Russiagate
Shipwrecking
Shock DoctrineA deliberate strategy of "shock therapy". This centers on the exploitation of national crises (disasters or upheavals) to establish controversial and questionable policies, while citizens are too distracted (emotionally and physically) to engage and develop an adequate response, and resist effectively.
Shock doctrineA deliberate strategy centering on the exploitation of national crises (disasters or upheavals) to establish controversial and questionable policies, while citizens are too distracted (emotionally and physically) to engage and develop an adequate response, and resist effectively.
Strategy of tensionAn umbrella term used for long series of covert operations by governments aimed at stressing, destabilising or unsettling target populations or states. First used in Italy to describe Operation Gladio bombings.
The Bombers Affair (Luxembourg)Luxembourg terrorist attacks by the local Gladio stay-behind network
'Kong Tsung-gan'An alleged prominent Hong Kong pundit and organizer of anti-China activities, who Western corporate media used as a go-to source for quotes. Later revealed as Brian Patrick Kern, a US citizen,
UFOUnidentified flying objects are a mysterious subject. While there have been credible reports of unsolved massive sightings, corporate media all over the world continue blaming aliens, while the world's air forces’ high-tech, massive black budgets go largely unquestioned.

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Behavioural Insights Team“Very powerful psy-ops came into play. The familiar slogan “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” is familiar now to all of us. And that was the creation of the behavioral insights team in Number 10 Downing Street. Remarkable psychology behind that. I think the team were even very surprised by how well we behaved.”Karol Sikora23 April 2020
Document:Psychological Warfare for the West: Interdoc and Youth Politics in the 1960s“Psychological warfare has two sides: The build-up of moral strength within one's own side and the undermining of the morale of the opposing side.”Cees van den Heuvel1959
Media manipulation“Social media manipulation was pioneered by Israel in 2009, during its Gaza offensive, not by Russia and China. The UK and the US both have had online "psychological operations" for years. Calling out some actors but giving others a free pass does little to address the problem.”Clare Daly10 December 2021
Mind control“The goal and end of Mind Control is to control and bondage the victim or survivor both during abuse and ritual and during 'normal life'”Ritualistic Abuse Consultancy
Sydney .
Mind control“Basically, what we as therapists across the country are finding are a group of clients that formally were considered untreatable, that based on recent information we're finding are reporting having been subjects in mind control experimentation performed by the government, the CIA and the military establishment ... probably from about the late 1940's until middle 80's and may even be going on today.”Valerie Wolf15 March 1995
Mind control“In late 2002, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld appointed General Geoffrey Miller to command Guantanamo with wide latitude for interrogation, making this prison an ad hoc behavioral laboratory. Moving beyond the CIA’s

original attack on sensory receptors universal to all humans, Guantanamo’s interrogators stiffened the psychological assault by exploring Arab “cultural sensitivity” to sexuality, gender identity, and fear of dogs. General Miller also

formed Behavioral Science Consultation teams of military psychologists who probed each detainee for individual phobias[...].”
Alfred McCoy2006
Mind control“When torture is covertly practiced but officially and legally repudiated, there is still hope that if atrocities are exposed, justice could prevail. When torture is pseudo-legal and those responsible deny that it is torture, what dies is what Hannah Arendt called "the juridical person in man".”Naomi Klein2005
Mind control“The aims of the concentration camp as an institution are to break the prisoners as individuals, to spread terror among the rest of the population, and to provide the Gestapo with a training ground and an experimental laboratory. [...] The typical initial reactions are feelings of detachment: 'this can't be true … things like this just don't happen'.

The first few weeks are the worst; persons who manage to live through the transportation to camp and the first three months thereafter, have a fair chance of surviving. If the tortures become too intense, indifference takes the place of anxiety. Prisoners are particularly sensitive to punishments resembling those a parent might inflict upon a child. Prisoners' dreams rarely deal with situations of extreme torture but instead with comparatively smaller maltreatment. Group formation, especially around a hero or martyr, is very effectively prohibited by means of group punishments. For only a short time do the new prisoners direct their hostility primarily against their real enemy; in many cases it is soon turned against former friends or members of the family by whom the prisoners feel deserted. Old prisoners come to direct their hostility mostly against themselves. Gradually a regression to infantile levels take place, turning many prisoners into willing tools in the hands of the Gestapo.

In the phase of 'final adjustment', the strangest phenomenon of all could be observed: the prisoners' identification with the guards. Certain prisoners even tried to imitate the guards' uniforms, became cruel to their fellow-prisoners, partly accepted Nazi ideology. The author's conclusion is: What thus happens in an extreme fashion to the prisoners in concentration camps, happens also, in a somewhat less exaggerated form, to the inhabitants of the great concentration camp called 'Greater Germany'.”
M.
Grotjahn
1945
Mind control“Mind Control is a system of influences which break the identity of an individual (his/her beliefs, behavior, thoughts and feelings) and replace it with a new identity”Steve Hassan1993
Karol Sikora“Very powerful psy-ops came into play. The familiar slogan “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” is familiar now to all of us. And that was the creation of the behavioral insights team in Number 10 Downing Street. Remarkable psychology behind that. I think the team were even very surprised by how well we behaved.”Karol Sikora23 April 2020

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Institute for Statecraft & Center for Naval Analyses Joint Workshopworkshop summary22 June 2018Integrity InitiativeInformation Warfare Study Day hosted by British Navy. Candid opinions (with a NATO-flavor) on lots of military issues.
Document:Maritime Battle Staff Information Warfare (IW) Study Dayseminar description22 June 2018Integrity InitiativeInformation Warfare Study Day hosted by British Navy
Document:Psychological Warfare for the West: Interdoc and Youth Politics in the 1960sbook excerpt2011Giles Scott-SmithA book chapter covering Interdoc's activities in the international student/youth field during the 1960s.
File:MindWar.pdfpaper1980Paul E. Vallely
Michael A. Aquino
File:NATO-PSYOPS.pdfguidelineOctober 2007NATONATO’s standard doctrine for psychological operations. Though unclassified, NATO doctrine documents are not released to the public.


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