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Gang Stalking in General




This table lists various symptoms that are reported on the Internet about targeted individuals. It also contains some symptoms that are related to my personnal case. I also indicate if the symptom manifests itself on my person in order to compare my situation with what is being conveyed on the Internet.



SYMPTOMS

MANIFESTATION OF THE SYMPTOM

● 24 hours a day surveillance, 7 days a week, at home and outside, everywhere the target is going

YES

● Every communication is under surveillance : verbal conversations everywhere, writings, phone calls, e-mails, instant messaging, etc.

YES

● Always being looked at or filmed, no matter how they do it, being under the impression that you are being seen through the walls of your house or apartment

YES

● Mind reading


YES


● Meet people "accidentally"


YES


● Being followed, by foot or by car


YES

It happened a couple of times at the beginning. There where people saying things behind me. It has stopped and I have not been aware of it anymore.


● Unjustified police surveillance


YES

It happened, particularily at the beginning. They where looking at me all the time when I was riding my bicycle. Some of them where looking at me and laughing, others would say something anodine, like : "It's a nice day! You're taking some air?" on a funny tone, looking at me insistently. Also, every spring time, when I would take my bicycle out, they would come in my surroundings, looking at me, which is something that was not happening before I got targeted. I also had police cars and motorcycles parked in front of the window of my appartement.


● People around the target making reference to his private conversations, at the working place or wherever the target goes out

YES

● Stealing, copying in part or take inspiration from the target's artistic and intellectual work, even if the target is unknown and never has gone public with his work

YES

● Media feedback about what the target says and does, staged events in the medias, targeting and imitation by all sorts of public figures

YES

● Try to incite the target to get interested in some public figures

YES

● In order to be seen by the target, public figures who are targeting him come in his immediate surroundings when he goes out

YES

● Family members saying strange things and giving the impression that they are participating to the operation, family members changing their behavior towards the target

YES

● Harassement of the target's kids
I do not have kids, but my niece had changed behavior with me. She seemed to have been contacted through the Internet and in person by strange people who had an influence on her. It is possible that she is, or has been, targeted. They use the kids to try to affect the target.

● Try to set up the target on the labor market, control the hireings (decide where the target will work)

YES

● Gossiping about the target, spread rumors

YES

● Denigration of what the target likes and of what he does

YES

● Imposters appropriating what the target is doing, most of the time by twisting everything in order to bring everything back to the dominant system

YES

● Imitation of the target's behavior and character, of his clothing, etc.

YES

● Throw a wrench in the works so that the target can't reach his goals

YES

● Mind control attempts


YES


● Attack the target's spirituality, try to modify his lifestyle related to his spirituality


YES


● Sexual surveillance, try to influence, modify or control the target's sexuality


YES


● Interference in the target's relationships, incite the target to hang out with a particular person

YES

● Try to manipulate the target politically, use the surveillance and gang stalking situation as a pretext to make the target change his political allegeance

YES

● Remotely control electronic devices


YES

It happened a couple of times with a MP3 player. It was switching on on it's own, playing songs that had a signification about the targeting of my person.


● Control and interception of mail


YES

It happened a couple of times. The medias where giving me indications before the mail was returned to me or not arriving to destination.


● Wrong numbers or strange phone calls


YES

I always have an answering machine, but the few times I have turned it off, I was receiving phone calls from a young woman who's name had a signification about the targeting of my person. As soon as I had answered, she started talking to me with familiarity and on a playful tone. Also, a certain amount of time before I had realized I was targeted, their were episodes where my answering message on the machine had been erased and replaced by strange voice sounds.


● Thefts and break-ins


YES

It happened one time and the medias had given me indications about it before it happened. Family members also had strange comments when it happened. It was like if they knew it, because they were asking me strange questions, like "do you have your computer?" Co-workers were also making strange comments.


● Injure or kill domestic animals


NO

I do not have domestic animals.


● Being targeted by graffitis in your neighbourhood

YES

● Changes in the immediate neighbourhood of the target, neighbours mimicking, neighbours who seam to know about the target's private conversations, etc.

YES

● Invade the target's personnal space


YES

It has happend a few times with strange people, like at the gym and at my working place.


● Street theater


YES

Once, a female who was used to target me placed herself on the corner of the street in front of the dorway to a coffee shop that I used to frequent. The medias were constantly talking about this place because I was going there. Another public figure was also regularely going there each time I was going.
What was particular about this women is that she was siting in a wheelchair with a reporter and a cameraman filming her. When the medias target someone, they often make reference to a handicap. They do it in order to denigrate, but also to pressurize the target about something. If the target does not comply, they say "It's a handicap!"
I have made an inquiry afterwards, and nowhere have I found that she had been seen in public in a wheelchair, even though she was at the time a well seen public figure.
On another occasion and at another place, their was a musician, or his look alike, who was standing statically on the pavement near the street. He was standing like he sometimes was doing in his videos. He was near the street on the road I was taking everyday to go to work. The medias were constantly reporting what I was doing on this trajectory. A strange young woman who had been in one of my class at the university also has done something similar. She then went on working for musicians that were targeting me.
Moreover, a young woman who was the almost identical look alike of the singer who was in a duet with the musician I have just mentionned had been hired at my workplace. She was also coming in my surroundings at the gym. Since I am targeted, their often has been various things happening that revolved around this musician's duet.
Their probably also were other episodes like the ones I have described that have occured, but I have ignored them.


● Car drivers deliberately charging towards the target

NO

● Tampering food with drugs, medication or poisons

NO

● Having the certitude or the impression that an object, like an electronic chip, as been inserted in the body

NO

● Hearing voices (V2K)


NO


● Dream manipulation
I've had many dreams since I am targeted, sometimes premonitory. Yet, before I got openly targeted, I also sometimes had premonitory dreams. However, after I started being targeted, I have made a series of strange and unusual dreams. It was recurrent, over the course of several months.

● Mood manipulation, alteration of emotions


NO

My moods are stable. When their are changes, it is justified and there is somewhat of an objective reason.

● Forced speech, no matter how it is done (make the target say certain things)


NO

Nothing has changed about what I say and about my views. Everything I say has been within myself for a long time.

● Uncontrolable motions of various parts of the body are being imposed to the target, like if it was being provoked by an external source

NO

● Sleep deprivation


NO

My sleep as not changed since I am targeted, except at the beginning when I was highly targeted by the medias and that I did not understand what was going on. My sleep went back to normal afterwards. When I do not sleep as well, it's because of other reasons that have nothing to do with gang stalking.



● Sudden fatigue


NO

It is not occuring more than it used to. If it happens, there is a reason that I can identify.



● Sensation of a sting on the body, like with a needle


NO

However, ever since I was a child, I sometimes have that kind of sensations on the toes when I go to sleep at night, but it is only occuring on rare occasions. I rub and it goes away. It also sometimes occur on other parts of the body.



● Sensation of vibration of certain parts of the body and/or vibration of the bed when the target is lying

NO

● Intense itching


NO

Except normaly like before I got targeted, for instance during the winter with dry indoor air.


● Heart beats increasing quickly when the person is in a state of rest

NO

● Sensations of intense heat


NO


● Burning sensation on the skin and inner parts of the body

NO

● Red eyes


NO


● Blurred vision


NO


● Memory loss


NO


● Intense pain like headaches or other

NO





Measures of decomposition

A form of what is called "gang stalking" on the Internet is also known as "measures of decomposition". In his book, Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism (2011), Andreas Glaeser has addressed this issue. He explains how the East Germany communist Stasi was using these methods of terror.


Here are some interesting excerpts from his book :


Measures of decomposition were "wielded against a select few. Moreover, it did not work with physical threats to life and limb, but operated with social and psychological means of influence." (p. 495)



Proven methods of decomposition

"Proven methods of decomposition to be used are:

- systematic destruction of public reputation, standing, and prestige on the basis of the connection between true, verifiable, and discrediting as well as untrue, credible nondisprovable, and thus equally discrediting information;

- systematic organization of professional and social failures to undermine the self condidence of individual persons;

- generation of distrust and mutual suspiciousness within group, groupings, and organizations;

- generation resptectively utilization and amplification of rivalries within groups, groupings, and organizations, with the help of the goal-directed use of personal weaknesses of individual members;

- busying groups, groupings, and organizations with their own internal problems with the goal to limit their inimical-negative actions;

- local and temporal disruption respectiely limitation of mutual relationships between the members of groups, groupings, and organizations on the basis of valid legal norms, for exemple, through the utilization at their workplaces or the assignment of work at distant places." (p. 496)



Three fundamental approaches to decomposition

Mr. Glaeser has identified three fundamental approaches to decomposition (p. 496) :

- "The first, the more prominently featured approach in the above quotation, encourages officers to interfere systematically with the space of validation of individuals or of groups as a whole. It proposes the manipulation of the quality and quantity of validations available to certain discursive, emotive, or kinesthetic understandings. It also offers as a means of manipulation the introduction of new understandings, which, if actualized, stand a chance to undermine the life of the group. Finally, it advocates the manipulation of processes of thinking through, working through, and practicing."

- "The second aims at manipulating people's reputation and the level of trust characterizing their relationship."

- "The deprivation of resources as a third method to limit or destroy agency comes more prominently to the fore in the last item on the list. The ressources that matter here most are the time somebody has at his or her disposition to meet and to engage in action, the space that groups need to meet and/or to perform their action, and finally the means to communicate, that is, to projectively articulate actions across time and space."

"Interestingly, money or income played a more limited role in the power calculus of decomposition, because the state had to offer employment while essentials such as rent and basic foodstuffs were comparatively cheap. If one could live with little and had no children to feed and clothe, income ceased to be an existentially menacing point of intervention."

"It should also be kept in mind that measures of decomposition were often not applied singly, one after another, but in combination and over a longer period of time. [...] Finally, it is important to keep in mind that not all members of particular groups were treated uniformly." (p. 497)



The use of informants

Here are some characteristic examples. Informants were, irony of ironies, under standing orders to raise security concerns among the activists, thus feeding other members' existing anxieties; they were asked to raise doubts about the group's ability to carry through a particular action, thus amplifying other activists' self-doubt, and all of that under the guise of care and thoughtfulness. (p. 497)



The technique of selective recognition :

"The technique of selective recognition was also used at larger open events taking place in lecture halls, churches, or performance venues to steer the atmosphere in a desired direction, for example, by cheering the contribution of more party-friendly speakers while meeting those of critics with icy reserve." (p. 497)

"Well-targeted recognition [could] also be employed to amplify opposing opinions between fractions. In the group splitting I discussed in the last chapter, selective recognition was employed. In particularly disturbing cases, children were mobilized through pressures in school to influence their parents in a more conformist direction." (p. 498)



Spreading lies

"Another tried and tested means of planting understanding used especially against Protestant ministers, was spreading lies about persons' sexual life (e.g., suggesting infidelities, dissipation, or perversion), about inappropriate levels of alcohol consumption. These were often backed by planted corroborating circumstantial evidence, such as retouched photographs, sexual toys, or strategically placed liquor bottles. The effect the Stasi aimed at with these measure was the destruction of the targeted person's self-confidence by creating shame-saturated events and/or the erosion of this person's authority in the eyes of other network members, thus ultimately destroying the operability of the network by depriving it of nodal figures." (p. 498)



Manipulating corroboration and organizing failures

"Manipulating corroboration was also employed as a tool of decomposition. Most notably, the secret police managed to prevent people from obtaining a desired job or place at an educational institution. It arranged for people to be fired or dismissed. Stasi also influenced performance reviews, grading, and decisions to send somebody to continuing education or to an international conference. Decisions to have a manuscript for publication accepted or rejected or to award a particular research project to a particular person, could all be influenced by the Stasi in the interest of molding the targeted person's understandings. Where such measures caught their targets unaware of their entanglement in the Stasi's web of machination, they were meant to confirm doubt about their own abilities. Where people knew who was responsible for their misfortune, the "organization of failure" was meant to shape people's assessment of risk involved in party-critical activities." (p. 498)



Police presence in front of residences

"With the same intention, the Stasi often flaunted its presence in front of residences, on the way to and outside of events, to enhance movement members' fear that surveillance was inescapable. They tried to smother actions at people's doorsteps to confirm activist's anxieties that the Stasi knew everything and that they were to take action and certainly would not let them do what they wanted to do." (p. 498-499)



Breaking into appartments

"Finally, the Stasi even broke into apartments, not just for searches, but to show that they could, with impunity, do as they pleased in this regard. All activists I spoke with found this measure particularly insidious because it confounded basic kinesthetic background understandings about the boundaries between inside and outside, control and contingency, safety and risk." (p. 499)


Organizing workplace pressures on dissidents

"Even though the Stasi had no formal authority to issue directives directly to other branches of the administration or the economy, it produced a formidable track record of organizing workplace pressures on dissidents. These were often facilitated by employees who were co-opted as secret informants and on whom the Stasi could rely as their own influence agents. The Stasi's success is also owed to the willingness of employees in their role as party members to cooperate with their comrades from the fabled secret police. After all, the Stasi could take for granted a basic agreement among comrades about the dangers of political diversion that were prominently discussed in general propaganda. A further reason for workplaces to comply with the Stasi's requests was that they did not want risky troublemakers among their ranks who could potentially endanger the productivity of their work collectives or attract unwanted party attention by creating a stir around some ideological issue. In either case this would have entailed blame of leaders for lax discipline or unsuccessful ideological work." (p. 499)



Improve productivity and destroy self-confidence of a particular person

"Secret informants - in official Stasi jargon, "inofficial employees" (inofizielle Mitarbeiter or IM) - were also the Stasi's main device for directly intervening in particular processes of institution formation : they were mobilized for efforts to improve the productivity of a factory as much as for destroying the self-confidence of a particular person." (p. 509)



Deprive activists of the time to engage in oppositional activities

"A necessary resource for action is time, and so the Stasi tried to deprive activists of the time to engage in oppositional activities. Prison terms mark the extreme end of such measures. Keeping dissidents employed was at times also chosen as a means to keep them busy. The Stasi learned in the course of time that activists' underemployment in nondemanding jobs was detrimental to their intentions. It gave activists time to think and to prepare actions; and Perhaps even worse: it left the activists with dissidence as their main career. By contrast, meaningful employment offered at least some leverage for intervention. Time was also restricted on a smaller scale. The Stasi tried to keep activists from getting vacation time granted for days of planned actions for the attendance of meetings in other cities. Another way to limit time availability was to let groups slide into excessive self-politics. Security concern or tactics could potentially be discussed ad nauseam. Secret informants could delay the completion of tasks they were assigned. Activists were at times busied by yet other means. Stasi would place ads in periodicals in the name of a dissident with the offer to buy or sell particular kinds of goods with the effect that the targeted activist had to busy him or herself fending off buyers or sellers on the phone or worse even, at the door. A variant of this measure consisted in ordering repairs the dissident never thought of undertaking." (p. 499-500)



Monitoring communications

"As far as the technological means of communication are concerned, the Stasi had to balance two opposing rationales. On the one hand, severely curtailing dissidents' means of communication would have limited their ability to coordinate even such simple things as meetings. On the other hand, their use of telephones offered enhanced means of surveillance, more simple to carry out than, for example, bugging apartments. Apparently, the Stasi gave preference to the surveillance aspect and sometimes provided telephones to dissidents more quickly than to ordinary citizens. Stasi also monitored the personal correspondence addressed to activists. Knowing or at least suspecting comprehensive surveillance, they had to use personal couriers for important messages they did not want the Stasi to know anything about, or they had to begin encrypting what they transmitted via monitored channels." (p. 500)



Looking for anything that could lead to distrust or even open animosities among group members

"As set out in directive 1/76, the Stasi's secret informants were asked to watch the groups they spied on for any possible rifts. Simple character incompatibilities, conflicting ambitions, sexual jealousies, divergent interactional styles, ideological frictions, anything that could lead to distrust or even open animosities among group members was of great interest to the Stasi. The informants were for that reason asked to provide ongoing character assessments as well as atmospheric reports about the state of the group." (p. 503)


Source : Glaeser, Andreas, Political Epistemics: The Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of East German Socialism, "Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning", Chicago : University Of Chicago Press, 2011, 640 p.


All these measures were used by the Stasi in former East-Germany in order to control the political underground. As a political target, I know for a fact that these tacticts are also being used today in our Western societies. According to testimonies, these measures are being used in many countries worldwide.

A lot of the tactics described above have been used on me since I had called on a talk show on the radio at the end of 2005. I also eventually sent letters to journalists in 2006. I was not a far left nor a peace or environmental activist. I was conservative and I took a membership to a right wing political party. I was in contact with another member (who seemed to know certain things about me) and we were supposed to have a meeting that has never occured. As soon as I had talked on the radio, I was put under 24/7 surveillance and I eventually realized that measures of decomposition, or gang stalking, were being used on me.




Zersetzung and Wehrkraftzersetzung

Measures of decomposition are also called in German Zersetzung, which refers to the techniques used by the Stasi.  Zersetzung

These type of measures can also be designated in German as Wehrkraftzersetzung, in this case refering to the measures used by Hitler's Third Reich. The difference with Nazi Germany is that criticism or activities opposed to the regime were punished not only by heavy prison sentences, but also by death penalty. The Stasi, when using the Zersetzung technique, was only harrassing targets by using social and psychological means of influence. Wehrkraftzersetzung




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