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by Robert Guffey on February 3
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Despite the dire seriousness of the gangstalking phenomenon (and if he had the ability to speak to us today, someone like Trayvon Martin could probably attest to how serious this situation really is), the bungling, Barney-Fife-quality of some of these perps can nonetheless be darkly amusing at times.
Some of these amateurs, the ones they throw right into the field with very little training, manage to make complete jackasses of themselves. Recently, my friend Dion had to drive from Humboldt to San Francisco for a doctor’s appointment. Upon arriving in the city, he spotted a gangstalker on his tail. After experiencing ten-plus years of implacable surveillance, it’s not surprising that Dion can identify one of these perps almost at a glance. The telltale signs are unmistakable. The body language, shifty behavior, and relentless shadowing all combine to reveal the obvious. After all, the entire purpose of a gangstalker is to be noticed. They’re not spies. In fact, they’re the opposite of spies. Their purpose is to do everything they can to get the target’s attention while appearing to be harmless to everyone else around them. In this case, however, the gangstalker in question apparently decided to bring his girlfriend along with him—perhaps to show off his glamorous job as one of the new breed of Stasi police officers? This perp was in his early twenties and a bit of a bungler. Dion has had so much experience with these creeps, he could tell right from the start that this had to be the kid’s first night on the job. So instead of trying to resist the wave, he dove into it. He decided to approach them. The perp seemed increasingly nervous as Dion proceeded to hit on the perp’s girlfriend. The girlfriend, also in her early twenties, seemed to like the attention and broke the sacred rule of not interacting with the target. Eventually, the perp had to drag his girlfriend away from Dion.
As they were walking down the street, the girlfriend giggled and waved goodbye to Dion and whispered to her boyfriend, “He didn’t seem too bad.” Oh, not like the al-Qaeda terrorist and/or child pornographer you had been told about? Apparently, this perp’s girlfriend possessed more critical thinking skills than all these other gangstalkers combined.
Case in point: How easy it is for these surveillance organizations to indoctrinate the perps into believing the very worst about a targeted individual is made clear by an episode of What Would You Do?, a hidden-camera-type TV show that regularly airs on Primetime, an ABC television news magazine. (You can see this particular segment on YouTube under the title “Obedience To Authority–From A Stranger–TV Show ‘What Would You Do’”). The producers of the show hired a private detective to stand outside a grocery store. An actress with a baby in a stroller is walking along casually buying produce from an outdoor fruit stand. The detective approaches a random passerby, flashes the person an official looking badge, then tells the person, “Hey, see that woman over there with the baby in the stroller? That’s not her baby. She’s a kidnapper.”
“Oh, really?” says the incredulous passerby.
“Yes. Really. Now I need you to help me. I’m going to save the baby from that evil witch. What I need you to do is distract her—ask her the time, anything—while I sneak up behind her and grab the kid. Can you do it for me?”
In a nation raised on cheap television melodramas, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that every person the detective stopped was perfectly willing to go along with what’s clearly a kidnapping in process.
Each person did indeed stop the innocent looking mother and distracted her while the rumpled detective grabbed the baby, hopped in a van, and drove away! One guy even blocked the mother’s progress like a football player blocking a pass while the actress screamed, “Help! My baby! Help! Please!”
One woman looked extremely nervous when the surprise camera crew jumped out of the bushes and started asking her questions like, “Excuse me, ma’am, may I ask you a question? Why did you choose to believe what that man told you?”
Realizing she had just helped a complete stranger steal a woman’s child for no good reason at all, the woman looked extremely distressed as she ignored their questions, leaped into her SUV, and peeled out of the parking lot.
This is exactly the process used to lure perps into gangstalking. These types not only require no training whatsoever, they don’t even demand any pay. All you have to do is sound somewhat authoritative, flash a shiny badge, and say, “See that guy over there? He’s a domestic terrorist. He’s been talking about blowing up buildings. He’s a child molester. He’s a rapist.” In the 1950s, they would’ve accused him of being a Communist. The label doesn’t matter. It just has to sound somewhat believable, and the innate vigilante in all of us will leap at the chance to carry out some much-needed unofficial street justice.
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).