With the latest document releases from Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald, I believe it is beyond doubt that the UK government has operated a disinformation, demoralisation and intelligence operation against UKIP supporters and members.
In an article posted on the website ‘The Intercept’, Greenwald has released a number of slide shows that appear to be for a training programme from GCHQ. These documents are based around the premise of operational disruption of online communities which are deemed threats. The documents cited by Greenwald come specifically from a division labelled ‘JTRIG’ (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group).
Whilst we are constantly being informed that the vast monitoring of information conducted by GCHQ is to help stop a terrorist atrocity, it is quite clear from the documents that this is far from a serious motivation for JTRIG.
In the documents, JTRIG clearly refers to “hacktivists” and “companies” as the targets of the programme. Indeed, as Greenwald points out, the title of one slide is literally “Cyber Offensive Session: Pushing the Boundaries and Action Against Hacktivism”.
This is a crystal clear clarification that the UK Government is operating extra judicial action against UK citizens who have committed no crimes, and with no warrants.
I would also hypothesis from this that GCHQ is monitoring UKIP members actively, and conducting a discrediting operation.
The one issue the GCHQ obviously has is that any such information can only be released if there is a plausible basis that the information was obtained by alternative sources, and therefore does not reveal the true source of where it came from initially.
An example I would posit is an article the Daily Mail ran on the exposure of posts from the UKIP internal online forum. I find it highly likely that this forum was infiltrated by the JTRIG unit, and the subsequent release of information was organised from this. Any question as to it’s source can easily be attributed to a disaffected UKIP member, or Daily Mail infiltration after the fact.
Indeed, the Conservatives, and also Labour now operate UKIP attack teams, which would also form the basis of a plausible source of discrediting information after the fact. I believe these teams are merely GCHQ fronts.
Greenwald also links a further article regarding an Obama ally who advocated infiltration of online communities by
“teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites, as well as other activist groups.”
One only has to put two and two together, and recall the EU setting up pro EU ‘troll patrols’ to see that such operations are already in place against UKIP.
UKIP, by being pro Democracy, anti-EU and anti-statist Libertarians from outside of the Westminister class was always destined to be a threat to the state, but the scale and scope of these violations of UKIP members in response is breath taking.
We can be in no doubt, that it is the opinion of the governing class (EU, Conservative, Labour and Lib Dems) that it is the right of the state to seek to dictate, manipulate and control the opinions of its citizens.
In their view, the people are there to service the state, which by proxy is the governing class.
It is also clear the British state views anyone who does not ascribe to its agendas 100% as suspect, and liable for monitoring. As Greenwald correctly states
“no government should be able to engage in these tactics: what justification is there for having government agencies target people – who have been charged with no crime – for reputation-destruction, infiltrate online political communities, and develop techniques for manipulating online discourse? But to allow those actions with no public knowledge or accountability is particularly unjustifiable.”
To add a further level of insidiousness to this all, Greenwald has also released a document highlighting the following quote from the USA, addressed to the UK regarding the Julian Assange “manhunt” following the wikileaks release:
“the appeal exemplifies the start of an international effort to focus the legal element of national power upon non-state actor Assange, and the human network that supports Wikileaks”
This is a clear call for the British state to use legal force on a non state actor as a form of persecution.
In response to these revelations, I propose that UKIP makes a statement by both throwing their weight behind Julien Assange and Edward Snowden, and demanding their exemption from prosecution, persecution, and/or extradition. I propose that UKIP calls for their being granted asylum.
It’s also time for Cameron, Milliband and Clegg to answer three questions –
1) Is GCHQ (and/ or the NSA) monitoring UKIP members with the intent to discredit them?
2) Is GCHQ (and/ or the NSA) infiltrating online discussions, comment feeds and blogs to manipulate discourse relating to UKIP via the tactics outlined in the documents released by Greenwald?
3) Do they (Cameron, Milliband and Clegg) believe the state has the right to conduct such action against the British people, and to use the law system of the UK as a means of persecution?