Anti-Infiltration Webinar Class Dates

NOTE: In case you didn’t see it over at American Partisan…I’m teaching an anti-infiltration webinar series. Session 1 is October 1 (or, if you prefer East Coast timing, you can log into the October 2 session).

There are only 3 seats left in the 1 October session.

 

There’s a misconception about group infiltration. It’s simple, and it goes like this: “Infiltration is something that happens to other groups, because they are stupid. It won’t happen to us, because we are smart.” A variation on this involves those who say, “I know all of my guys and they’re solid.”

The cold, hard truth is that infiltration CAN happen to your group — not because you’re stupid, but because you may not recognize the signs. Infiltration isn’t always a huge neon sign, where some stranger comes up to you and offers to help you do something illegal. It’s much more long-term, more insidious, and often harder to detect. Sometimes it comes through the people you’ve known a long time — or even your own spouse, in some cases. In fact, infiltration doesn’t even have to mean that one of your people isn’t “solid.” Sometimes they’re put in a horrible position — and see no other way out besides turning informant.

Regardless of your personal feelings about it — or your belief about whether it can happen in your own group — it’s important to understand how it happens, why it happens, and how to prevent anyone in your group from finding themselves in that position.

It’s critical that you act in a smart, savvy way when it comes to topics like vetting and group dynamics, or trying to keep your people protected from approach. I’ll be hosting a series of webinars on how to make your group more hardened against infiltration, to include informants, agents, and con men. This means you can get that training while sitting on your couch. No travel necessary.

The first webinar session will be 2 hours long, and will cover the following:

  • How is infiltration done? – We’ll talk about some successful examples of infiltration, and look at the damage it can cause.
  • Who is doing it?  – There are more than just federal agents infiltrating groups and movements. Shysters, frauds, thieves, and con men are doing it too.
  • How can they get in? – What are the attack vectors they’re using?
  • Are you safe? – How solid is your group really?

For this first session, we’ll be talking a lot about core motivators, and what they offer an infiltrator in terms of access and leverage points. In short, you’ll learn the basics you need to identify the holes and vulnerabilities in your group — and in yourself. There will also be plenty of time for questions.

Future sessions will cover things including but not limited to:

  • The different types of infiltration and their resulting damages
  •  The basics of profiling an infiltrator
  • Proper recruiting procedures
  • Expected vs. unexpected behaviors
  • Cues that let you know you have a problem
  • Damage mitigation
  • How to flip the script

There are two Part 1 webinars currently scheduled; both of them are exactly the same. I’m simply offering two so those on the East Coast can get in on it too at a different time. Pertinent information is as follows:

Making Your Group Infiltration-Proof Part 1 (Western US session)

  • Date: 1 October 2018
  • Time: 1800 PST (2100 EST)
  • Seats Available: 10
  • Cost: $50

 

Making Your Group Infiltration-Proof Part 1, Session 2 (Eastern US session)

  • Date: 2 October 2018
  • Time: 1900 EST (1600 PST)
  • Seats Available: 10
  • Cost: $50

 

If you would like to register, you can do so by either of the following means:

  • Send cash, check, or money order to 610 N. 1st St 5-209, Hamilton, MT 59840. Shoot me an email at audax0@protonmail.com if you sent something so I can reserve you a seat; if I have not received the payment by the day of class, however, your seat will be reserved in the next session.
  • Send the money via Paypal to avionicsgirl@gmail.com.
  • However you choose to pay, let me know which session you plan to attend.

I’m really looking forward to teaching this and hope to see you in class!

UPDATE 9/14: There are only 3 seats left in the Oct 1 session. If you want in, get your spot now.

Who is QAnon, and Why Should You Care?

For the last several months, an online person or persons calling themselves “Q” got an incredible amount of notoriety among people who considered themselves well-informed, hardcore Trump fans. Posting as “QAnon,” Q went around certain places on the internet putting up puzzles and cryptic little snippets of “predictions” about leaks, arrests, and other insider-type intrigue in the Trump administration. Using the Socratic method and general vagueness, he managed to send a lot of people into web-sleuth mode.

Q’s overarching message was that President Trump knows what he’s doing (the “4D chess” thing and all); that ‘we’ are winning, that the dark forces of the deep state are losing in the face of Trump wielding the real-life equivalent of South Park’s Sword of a Thousand Truths.

Jerome Corsi spent a fair amount of time “decoding” the messages on YouTube and other places on the web. A simple DDG search shows just how much– and he was in no way the only one.

This is going to be a long article–but it’s important to understand how big the proverbial Hydra is here, because there’s a deeper issue afoot. The lesson is simple: Sheephood is easy. Thinking is hard.

QAnon, The Pied Piper

A typical Q message looked like this:

Some of us come here to drop crumbs, just crumbs.
POTUS is 100% insulated – any discussion suggesting he’s even a target is false.
POTUS will not be addressing nation on any of these issues as people begin to be indicted and must remain neutral for pure optical reasons. To suggest this is the plan is false and should be common sense.
Focus on Military Intellingence/ State Secrets and why might that be used vs any three letter agency
What SC decision opened the door for a sitting President to activate – what must be showed?
Why is POTUS surrounded by generals ^^
Again, there are a lot more good people than bad so have faith. This was a hostile takeover from an evil corrupt network of players (not just Democrats).
Don’t fool yourself into thinking Obama, Soros, Roth’s, Clinton’s etc have more power present day than POTUS.
Operation Mockingbird
Patriots are in control. Sit back and enjoy the show.

People on forums and chan boards (4chan, 8chan, etc.) discussed Q’s missives endlessly for months. They stickied the posts, they picked them apart ad nauseum, they extrapolated every scrap of information into intricate belief systems. If Q would have told people to show up on the Capitol steps dressed like clowns and then flagellate themselves Ashura-style, quite a few people would have done it.

“Who is Q?” the fans breathlessly asked; an administration insider? A spook? Others were certain that they knew. One woman on Facebook, who turned her feed into a near-shrine to all things Q, pontificated about the royal “we,” saying that “we think” Q was Trump’s son Donald Jr., or even Trump himself. Nothing could deter the faithful; to them, Q was the savior of the West–or at least the savior’s personal envoy. His messages were near-gospel.

Through it all, there were some who narrowed their eyes and called BS on the whole thing. Half of Q’s predictions ended up being absolute crap, such as his assertion that “Hillary Clinton will be arrested between 7:45 AM – 8:30 AM EST on Monday – the morning on Oct 30, 2017.”

Q also made claims that Angela Merkel was the daughter of Adolf Hitler. Even those who have proven their willingness to buy into behind-the-scenes baby daddy secrets–such as those who see the uncanny resemblance between Webb Hubbell and Chelsea Clinton, or Justin Trudeau and Fidel Castro–had a hard time getting on board the Merkel-as-baby-Hitler story.

Errors could always be explained, if you asked the QAnon club. There was always a reason if Q ended up being wrong, and the reason was never Q’s fault.

Making the rounds among more mainstream sources this week is the revelation that Q is fake. Perhaps even harder for some to swallow is the knowledge that it wasn’t some basement-dwelling, Cheezy-Poof-eating, chronic-acne-suffering virgin nerd-geek behind it; well, at least not in the way you might think. It was quite possibly the very thing Q’s fans thought they were fighting–the Deep State. Perhaps even more embarrassing is that even though it’s just now getting public traction, the information proving it has been publicly available for four months, leading to a whole lot of “I told you so” on the part of those who have been sounding the BS alarm.

Cicada 3301

Way back in 2012, the following message appeared on 4chan, in an image depicting white text on a black background:

Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test.

There is a message hidden in this image.

Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through.

Good luck.

The message was signed “3301,” and the internet went crazy–or at least, that segment of the internet. If you’ve ever heard of the phrase “weaponized autism,” or watched how a bunch of computer nerds trolled Shia LaBeouf repeatedly, then you understand what happened.

In 2014, a reporter for The Guardian wrote a fairly decent timeline of how all of this went down, and his own experiences in trying to solve the puzzles that kept showing up, from a group calling itself Cicada. Another article outlines what happened when someone actually solved one of the annual puzzles, and yet another discussed an even deeper level of what appeared to be an underground organization that claimed to be all about free speech and privacy but had some highly disturbing elements to it.

Why does Cicada matter in regards to QAnon?

  • Because some believe that the Cicada puzzles, like the GCHQ “Can You Crack It?” contest, are a recruitment operation for Deep State agencies. (It’s not that much of a crazy idea; the Navy thought all of it was so cool it made its own, called Project Architeuthis.)
  • Because according to information released in January, Cicada was behind QAnon all along.

The Deeper Issue

Those who make a habit of “thinking like the wolf,” whether as part of their profession or as a valued aspect of their mental preps, already see where all of this is going, and it’s not good.

The deeper problem here is that QAnon was able to literally string people along for months based on what some called “hope porn.” (Side note: when even some of the crazier folks think something is BS, you might want to take note of that.)

People need to believe in things; they need heroes and leaders. This phenomenon is near-constant in many movements such as the patriotic or liberty movement. “If __________ told me it was time to take up arms,” one person told me bluntly in 2015, “then I’d be on it in a heartbeat.” People gravitate to personalities, and once that loyalty is established then it clouds all judgment, all critical thinking, all coherent thought and decision-making capability. It’s why even in the face of blatant information showing that Ammon Bundy lied about several things in an effort to get people to join the Malheur refuge takeover people still consider him a near-deity in the liberty cause. It’s why me even mentioning it will result in some pretty visceral comments.

QAnon–and the people/agencies/entities behind “him”–were able to do what they did because of the following things:

  • People would rather read the conclusions of someone they already like, than do research and engage in critical thinking to formulate their own conclusions.
  • People will automatically accept information from people they like far easier than they will accept information from someone they do not like, or do not know/think they know.
  • People will follow the path of least effort when handling information that requires proper analysis.
  • People need to feel as though they are not alone; they must feel as though they are part of something, a crowd or group that holds their values and is ‘fighting the good fight.’
  • People are often (not always, but frequently) quite content to let those heroes and other people do said fighting.

The above list is Sheephood. Those who fit the above actions or traits are not acting independently or even coherently. They’re ripe for manipulation, control, or co-opting.

There are a lot of people sheepishly eating crow when it comes to QAnon because they’re having to accept that they got played–and they don’t even technically know by whom because no one really knows what or who is behind Cicada (although deduction can probably get you fairly close). Some of them are stepping up, accepting that, and taking the lesson to move forward with better ways of parsing truth in the future. Some, however, are still making excuses, or they’re attacking the people who dared to call it early.

I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which group is worth something.

Originally published at AmericanPartisan.org.

Updates and AP

As you can imagine, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time over at American Partisan, getting the site running (and upgraded to a new VPS server since the FIRST DAY got so many hits we broke the site!) and putting up content. If you haven’t checked out the site yet, you’re missing out.

In the meantime, here are a few of the articles I’ve written over there.

A Theory of Information Warfare

The info warfare article I link to in my piece was written mostly from the standpoint of tech and the opening Digital Age, but it bears discussing in terms of a more human-based terrain, and the operations that we engage in–or at least the operations we should be engaging in.

Telegram: Is It the Answer for Secure Messaging?

The app is everywhere; Russia and Iran are even banning it. But it is the best option? Is it really secure?

DNA, Genealogy, and How Your Family Can Get You Arrested

With the DNA testing craze, you could wind up with some of your DNA on file and used in criminal investigations–all because your family member decided to have theirs tested as part of an interest in their heritage. It’s already happened.

There are also a lot of excellent articles at AP from my fellow authors–gear reviews, thoughts on scenario-based training, and more. Check it out.