A World of Stalking Fools: Strange Tales of Homeland Security and the Future of Mass Surveillance (Part Five: Old Fires Still Catch Old Buildings)

Chameleo

via Cryptoscatology:
[Check out Part Four of this series.]

Do the unexpected.  Because the architects of these gangstalking operations have access to an unlimited black budget and exotic technologies far beyond one’s weirdest nightmares, perhaps it’s best to use more ancient tools of which the opposition are only barely aware.

If you don’t have the money to stock up on Above Top Secret surveillance doodads and thingamajigs, consider exploring instead the realms of the nonphysical.  There’s an old saying that goes like this:  “If you want to discover a new idea, read a very old book.”

Let’s consider an example derived from popular fiction, an action/adventure parable manufactured for the masses.  The plot of the James Bond film, Skyfall, concerns itself with a rogue intelligence agent who uses his intimate knowledge of MI6 against his former colleagues.  The villain possesses such an unbelievable mastery over the most cutting edge high tech computer technology that he’s able to foil the agency’s plans at every turn.  How do MI6 deal with the problem?  They retreat into the past.  They abandon their compromised high-security skyscrapers and hole up in WWII-era underground bunkers where they use manual typewriters to communicate with each other, as this is the only means of communication deemed immune to hacking.

They change the game board.

Back in the 1960s William S. Burroughs, one of the great literary minds of the 20th century, dreamed up methods of resistance based entirely on tape recorders that would be considered primitive today.  He wrote a manifesto about these techniques that appears in his 1970 book The Job, which Burroughs described as a:

“[…] treatise on revolutionary tactics and weapons […].  A great deal of revolutionary tactics I see now are really nineteenth century tactics.  People think in terms of small arms and barricades, in terms of bombing police stations and post offices like the IRA of 1916.  What I’m talking about in The Job is bringing the revolution into the 20th century which includes, above all, the use of mass media.  That is where the real battle will be fought.

“The last frontier is being closed to youth.  However there are many roads to space.  To achieve complete freedom from past conditioning is to be in space.  Techniques exist for achieving such freedom.  These techniques are being concealed and withheld.  In The Job I consider techniques of discovery” (Miles 482).

Of particular interest is the section entitled “The Invisible Generation” in which Burroughs insists that “a technique for directing thought and producing events on a mass scale is available to anyone with a portable recorder or a car to transport recorders” (The Job 170).

Continue reading.

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).

Robert Guffey

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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