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sudo wrote

These aren't from COINTELPRO, they were first posted as a "leaked" document from a police department (who apparently use reddit private messages to communicate?). A lot of people, myself included, think this was a forgery created by a conspiracy theorist, due to the language used in the document. For example, one passage says, " then leaves the enforcement agencies unable to track the percentage of those in the population who always resist attempts for control against them." What police department would say that? Cops don't think they are trying to control the population, they think they are locking up dangerous individuals and potential terrorists "for the greater good" (and they're wrong, but that's what they believe). No police department would use this kind of language, so it's pretty obvious that this was written by someone critical of them.

But, regardless of the origin and authenticity of this document, these are indeed techniques to watch out for. At the same time, don't look for a conspiracy where there isn't one. Not every troll or critic is a "disirformation agent." Don't start a witch hunt against someone who questions our tactics without evidence that they're a troll, because they very well could be legitimate. In short, never assume malice when ignorance will suffice.

Also, if we ever wanted to shut down a fascist forum, these techniques (at least, the first half) would be a good starting point.


Tequila_Wolf wrote

Hm. Well, that does take some of the wind out of the wiki sails.

w/Infiltrators has been made anyway. Hopefully with time it can be updated to be entirely its own document.


________deleted wrote

This should be in the wiki so we don't fall for these tactics.


__deleted_____ wrote

So add it, dude.


Tequila_Wolf wrote

I'm happy to do it if nobody else is. What should we call it? w/?

It could also go in the sidebar of f/TrollDissection.

I imagine we aren't big enough now that this is a concern, but if we were to get bigger an updated version of this document geared towards tackling this as well as being aware of it would probably be very important.