A World of Stalking Fools: Strange Tales of Homeland Security and the Future of Mass Surveillance (Part Two: Total Deniability)

[Check out Part One of this series.]

Plausible deniability, so in vogue during the Watergate era, has now been supplanted by total deniability.

How was this accomplished? The answer is so obvious one wonders why it took so long for the Cryptocratic Bad Brains to implement it on a mass scale: Make sure these violations of the law are not committed by any current member of a police organization or intelligence agency. The field work—involving active harassment, spying, psychological warfare, and physical torture from a distance—is farmed out to eager civilians, some of whom may not even be paid for the privilege of stalking their fellow citizens. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest that many of these civilians actually pay others in order to be trained in these techniques.
Since my book Chameleo was published, specific information has come to the fore about who these gangstalkers really are. Official police organizations and intelligence agencies are forbidden from tormenting people they “suspect” are guilty. In our glorious post-9/11 society, these watchdogs of ethical purity have conjured up a rather circuitous route by which to enact their vengeance against those who they believe are rotting away at the moral structure of modern society. They use civilian organizations—those that have been founded by former members of the law enforcement and/or intelligence communities—to attack these “suspicious” types by proxy. According to a very well-respected Constitutional lawyer (whose identity must remain anonymous for the time being), one such organization is the LEIU, the Law Enforcement Intelligence Units.

No doubt, the vast majority of you have never heard of the LEIU, and yet this is by no means a covert organization. It’s quite a trick to hide in plain sight, a trick made famous over one hundred and seventy years ago by none other than Edgar Allan Poe. Poe taught us all a valuable lesson in 1844 when he wrote his classic short story, “The Purloined Letter,” featuring the world’s very first literary detective, C. Auguste Dupin. In “The Purloined Letter” Dupin is recruited by the French police to locate a stolen letter, the contents of which might reflect unfavorably upon the royal family. The police have torn apart the thief’s apartment in search of this letter and have come up empty-handed. Out of desperation the police approach Dupin, who makes a great display of showing off his superior intellect by immediately pointing out the obvious: The thief, a man known only as Minister D–, never hid the letter at all. He simply placed it on the letter holder on the mantelpiece. The object of their quest had been staring the police in the face the entire time.

Poe’s principle applies to intelligence agency tactics in the present day. As Marshall McLuhan once wrote, “Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity” (Take Today 92).
Jim Steinmeyer, a world-renowned expert in the history of stage magic, offers a similar perspective in his celebrated chronicle of the illusionist’s art, Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear:
“[T]here’s a long, important tradition of magic being recorded and published. As my good friend Jay Marshall, the man behind the counter at the magic shop, has said for many years: ‘If you want to keep something a secret, publish it.’ Once in print, information is often filed, forgotten, or dismissed. Publishing a secret takes away its cachet and causes it to be overlooked” (xx).

Let’s pause a moment and kick off our Dupin-like investigation at the most obvious starting point of all. Like the purloined letter sitting out in the open on Minister D–’s mantel, the LEIU maintains a public website, which describes the organization as follows:
“In 1956, the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU) was founded to facilitate the sharing of confidential criminal information between law enforcement agencies. Over the ensuing decades, LEIU has expanded its role by providing professional training for criminal intelligence practitioners and analysts while setting nationally accepted criminal intelligence standards. Today, with 200 member agencies and a voice at the national level, LEIU’s mission is to provide leadership and promote professionalism in the criminal intelligence community in order to protect public safety and constitutional rights.”
This requires some amount of reinterpretation. What they mean is that they intend to protect the constitutional rights of their friends and relatives and cronies in the intelligence community and to hell with everyone else, particularly if “everyone else” are commie-pinko-symps who engage in peaceful civil disobedience against a government sliding rapidly into outright fascism. According to my source (the aforementioned Constitutional lawyer), this is precisely what occurred to the Clamshell Alliance in New England.
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Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. His most recent book is Chameleo: A Strange but True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction, and Homeland Security (OR Books).

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Robert Guffey

Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. His most recent book is UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES (Night Shade/Skyhorse), a darkly satirical novel about a young stand-up comedian who must adapt as best he can to an apocalyptic virus that affects only the humor centers of the brain. His previous books include the journalistic memoir CHAMELEO: A STRANGE BUT TRUE STORY OF INVISIBLE SPIES, HEROIN ADDICTION, AND HOMELAND SECURITY (OR Books, 2015), a collection of novellas entitled SPIES & SAUCERS (PS Publishing, 2014), and CRYPTOSCATOLOGY: CONSPIRACY THEORY AS ART FORM (TrineDay, 2012).
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