While extremist groups tend to co-operate with each other, leaders in the extremist movement have contempt for the groups which play games of “let’s pretend”, because they don’t really achieve anything.
The leaders of these groups pretend that they are “larger than life characters” … with heroic backgrounds. They are looked upon with reverence by their followers. Typically their backgrounds and alleged heroism can not be independently verified, because it allegedly involves national security. They pretend that their groups are committed to bringing about some change but that is of secondary importance. Primarily they are criminal groups, which derive their financing from corporations through their relationships with other criminal groups. The sole beneficiaries are the leaders.
Supporters pretend that they are “investigators” after having been duly authorized. As “investigators”, part of their jobs is to harass targets in any way they can. They pretend that they are in charge of what goes on where they live and that they can control who lives where they live.
The pretense continues in the tactics which they employ in order to succeed in their “missions”. They maintain a close presence to their targets, so they can make an “arrest” when the order is given. It does not matter much that no such order is ever given.
Pretending to be police officers is a favorite. Some of them drive around in vehicles in vehicles which look just like real undercover cars which are used by the police. Some of the travel guides advise tourists not to stop for any vehicle which is not a marked police car, especially at night. They advise people to drive slowly to a nearby police station or to a store where there are other people.
Teams will typically stand around a target while he is paying for a purchase in a store, or sit near him in a restaurant. They will have the demeanor of police officers and they will talk about “police matters”.
If a target is being harassed by other team members, they will “observe” the situation. They may even speak to the people who are doing the harassing. The “police” will indicate they don’t like what is going on but they can’t do anything about it.
Many of them will give the impression that they are police without showing a badge or stating that they are police officers, but others will claim to be police officers. Group members may also wear the uniforms of city and county workers, and telephone, cable or utility company employees, in order to get into the residence of a target, or some other place of interest to them.
They will walk around a mall, following a target, with jackets which say “Security”, with their scanners, pagers and cell phones and they believe the illusion. Some targets have said that an excellent way to antagonize groups is to “disrespect” them, by “accidentally” stepping on the feet of “police” officers, laughing in their faces, “accidentally” spilling drinks on them, etc. it seems to upset their sense of reality and causes the group members to doubt themselves.Groups take revenge when a group member has been assaulted or “disrespected”. That revenge can take the form of an assault on the target or damage to his property.
Group members will also pretend to be concerned citizens who notice that the target is being followed and harassed. They will attempt to engage the target in conversation, which they can later relate to the rest of the group.
Groups are rallied by the constant “victories” they “win” in the games they play with their targets. It does not matter that the targets are not playing a game or that they even know a game is being played. Since groups are introverted, their interaction with one another is more important than their interaction with a target.
Influence Techniques[i.e. influence on stalking group recruits]
Having a convoy of vehicles speed across town so 20 group members can stand in line ahead of a target who is driving to the post office, in order to keep him waiting in line as long as possible, is not normal behavior. It is not normal for a small group to stand, yelling and screaming, in front of a high rise apartment building in order to try to generate enough noise to disturb a target who lives on the 30th floor. It is not normal for old and infirm people to try to physically intimidate a tall, muscular man. It is not normal for people to work shifts in apartments for the sole purpose of making noise whenever they hear the target make noise like flushing the toilet or turning on a water faucet. It is not normal for people to think that walking by a target and doing strange things to attract his attention, like blinking their eyes, or reading the time from an imaginary watch on their wrist or making faces is going to change the world, but they do, and it does not matter whether the target even knows what is going on around him. It is most important that other group members know what they are doing.
Supporters of these groups are obsessed with every aspect of their targets’ lives. Whether a target is taking the garbage out in the morning, driving to work or sitting in a local coffee shop, group members try to find ways to make the target interact with them. Ideally, he will not be able to go anywhere in public without having to deal with them in some way.These [stalking] groups are cults. A cult is a collection of individuals with a philosophy, and organization, and a system of beliefs which support their world view. Many organizations fit this description. The use of tactics involving coercive persuasion [on their recruits] is what separates cults from other organizations. Individuals who become involved with these groups lose their sense of self identity and take on the identity of the cult leader.
Group members are sensitized to all the tactics they employ. If a target rattles keys, or clicks pens or plays the role of note taker around them, they react instantly. Police officers sometimes do bizarre things around them, like read the time from an imaginary watch on their wrists or talk on a cell phone which is upside down. It seems to affect their sense of reality and causes a great deal of chatter on their cell phones.
Protecting Yourself [From the Stalker Groups]
… Groups surround and attempt to control the speed of police vehicles, just as they do with their targets. If a police officer stops one of their vehicles, it is not uncommon for several vehicles in their convoy to stop and harass the police officer. It is also common for groups to harass the judge presiding over any case which involves one of their members.
Targets must conduct themselves as if all conversations in public places and over the phone are being monitored. They must realize that their personal weaknesses will be known to these groups and exploited in an attempt to destroy them [the targets]. Groups across the country are large enough to target those of minor importance and even those who might potentially be important.
Those targeted for harassment will have no problem concluding that someone is after them, but most never know who it is. Groups begin their operations with a “sensitization” program. This involves tactics like having uniquely marked vehicles, like a white car with different colored paint (which can be removed) poured all over it, follow the target wherever he drives, without the frequent trade offs which are usually used. That vehicle may also be parked in front of his house at night. Several drivers may stop [the target] to tell him he has a flat tire, for example. When they talk on their cell phones, group members will ask if the target has been sensitized. They delight in pretending to be passers by who “notice” that the target is being followed or harassed. They hope that the target will confide in them so they can use any information he provides to improve their attack.
Laughing at group members or otherwise letting them know that their tactics do not work is dispiriting to them, since they believe the superiority of their group is because of the tactics they employ.
… They spend considerable time describing to one another what they did, and the target’s reaction, although it may not be true.
Group members are taught that the target is the reason for their problems. He is the reason why their lives are a failure. Group leaders hope that their followers will reach the point where they “have to resolve their problems.” This can result in a traffic accident, assault, and occasionally in murder.Targets also face the threat of assault, particularly if they are female or old. Group members also try to entice the target to assault them, but this is never done without having witnesses present. The criminal conviction of the target, following the testimony of numerous “concerned citizens” can be followed by a civil lawsuit.
Protecting a Residence
Groups will attempt to get a key for the residence which they may be able to do from a landlord by using threats, an appeal to his patriotism, or any other ruse. It is easy for them to get entry to apartments through the building staff.
An alarm system which calls the local police when it is tripped is good. Groups have the ability to shut off phone and electricity. While group members are lacking in skills of any kind, some associates do have skills in a variety of criminal areas. If there is a way to bypass an alarm, they will know how to do it. Targets who subscribe to service which dispatches a security guard when their alarm goes off should not be surprised to see vehicles from that company joining the convoy which accompanies him wherever he goes. Groups will also use alarm systems to harass targets by setting them off and running away.
Other means of entry include open windows and doors. They will take a door or window frame apart to gain entry and put it back together again. Once they gain entry, they will try to secure any other means of entry so they can always get in. Typically they try not to leave evidence that they have been there, but that is not possible. If they want a target to know they have been there, they move items around.
One target said that he would find flashlight batteries in places where he did not leave them. If group members are able to gain entry, they will make copies of any keys they may find, or steal them. They will also access any computers and take any documents of interest to them. Some targets notice that files are missing from their filing cabinets and then they are replaced. Groups steal items like passports, which are passed around to other members.
… When [stalking] groups move into a neighborhood, there is an increase in the number of break-ins, noise, and it will become a high traffic area.
“In smaller areas, where groups have more power, neighbors may instantly turn against the target, because they know that the group will not leave until he does…”
Groups attempt to control the time of their targets. They do this in a variety of ways. They will block the way of a target using their vehicles, for example, to control his speed on a highway. They will cause problems which force the target to solve them, like gluing his car doors shut.
Another type of tactic involves occupying a target’s time by giving him a puzzle to solve. For example, group members will use a uniquely marked vehicle to follow him for several days. Then other members will park the vehicle in front of the target’s house and knock on his door, with bibles, claiming to be preachers. The target is invited to waste his time following bogus clues and leads. Meanwhile, other members of the group drive around, waiting to hear what happened. It is their entertainment.
Turning the tables around on a group, by following one of their vehicles, for example, is precisely what they want. Chasing it is even better. If they can occupy a target’s time that way, they will have a very successful day. They are on patrol. It is not possible to waste their time. As always, the target risks having criminal charges file against him and there will be more than enough witnesses.
Some parts of the attack cannot be ignored. Property must be secured, but a target cannot let a group control his time. He must also realize that he cannot control [the stalking group’s] time.
Family, friends, employers, and associates must be aware that there is a problem with extremists. Many police departments have officers who specialize in extremist groups. Groups try to give the target the impression that the world is against him, but it is a small group compared to the local population.
Shut offs of electricity, phone service, water or cable must be reported to service providers that extremist groups are involved. They are aware that a few of their employees are involved with those groups, and they will take action.
Stalking operations tend to become larger as groups recruit more supporters. This could involve numerous vehicles from the same companies. Employers will be interested to know that their employees are using company vehicles to harass people. A cell phone call which includes the license number of the company vehicle will produce results.
Officials working for the city and county will also be interested in knowing that some of their employees are spending time driving around and harassing people.
This normally comes from the bottom of the organization, and from those with the least credibility. The source of rumors or stories is probably the janitors, kitchen staff, etc. Groups will also try to influence anyone who has any sort of dealings with the target, but that information is coming from unknown people and is not damaging in the long term.
Stories and rumors indicate signs of a problem. The real potential damage is in what property the group might gain access to.
“All across the country, people are having their civil rights infringed by what are essentially criminal gangs, not because of their race or sexual orientation, but because of what they do. These gangs masquerade as political or religious groups, but they are private armies. While they have their own targets, which are connected to their political agenda, they are also available, for hire, to corporations and other entities, to destroy or neutralize people.”
The goal of these groups is to harass the targets until they leave town. Many targets do not realize that the groups operate as a national network. For many targets, moving to another town, or to another state across the country proves to be a waste of money because the harassment continues no matter where they live. Some targets have been forced to leave the country.
Targets are surrounded wherever they go, by groups of individuals who appear to be borderline retarded, mentally ill or deluded into thinking that they are secret agents. Over time, they become increasingly upset with their targets, who are “responsible for [the stalkers’] failures in life”. If the target leaves town, or if something happens to him, [they believe] their lives will improve.
These groups are becoming larger and more numerous. While the people doing the harassing are what would be considered “losers”, their tactics are no joke. Groups are well financed, they are operated as businesses, and they do have the power to destroy lives. They attack at the weakest point which could include a spouse, children, or elderly relatives.The united states cannot continue to allow its citizens, some of whom are public servants, to be terrorized by these groups. Groups are small compared to any population, but the loyalty of supporters is to the group, and their employers only provide them with a way to provide that support.
Groups actively recruit the employees of electric, cable, telephone, cities and counties who can work for them. Trucks from these sectors can be seen driving around in convoys of extremists, all across the country.
In preparing this book, I spoke with several targets from across the country. One was a whistle blower. He experienced many of the tactics described in previous chapters. He said that cars would wait in front of his house and his daughter’s house every morning to follow them. He thought he was being stalked by hundreds of CIA agents. He moved several times, from Washington to new York, to Florida and then to Colorado but he continued to be stalked for several years. He said that while he was a target, if he flew to another city, people would be waiting for him when he arrived and he would continue to be stalked and harassed by people using the same methods described here. He expressed a common rationalization among stalking victims. He believed that he deserved to be stalked, because of the national importance of what he had done.
…I also spoke with police officers from across the country. They confirmed the existence of stalking groups across the country. In general, they said that “cause stalking” is primarily a civil problem where the plaintiff has to prove financial loss. They also said that there are free speech and grass roots issues involved. In fact, the police themselves are targets of these groups. In small towns, the number of members in these groups can easily exceed the number of police officers. In general, the police will not talk about stalking groups. One officer did say there is a storm brewing as groups become larger and more numerous.
You may even see a staged event like people who are not city workers putting up barricades across a certain street and then directing traffic in other directions. If you live in an apartment, you might see a work crew working on a certain floor and making a lot of noise. If you look to see what they have done after they left, you will see that they haven’t done anything. You might listen to a verbal fight between people who are yelling at one another while they are laughing.
The leaders of other groups in the extremist movement refer to the members of these groups as “kooks”. While they have supported them in the past, they are starting to balk at exposing their members to arrest for activities which amount to little gain for the movement. They say that anyone who is a target should be killed, and not just harassed for years.
… This [system of stalking and harassing] works because it is a secret.