Organized Stalking - Any Police Listening?

While the average 21st Century citizen prefers not to think about this crime syndrome, stalking groups have been using "civilian psychological warfare" on their targets now for at least two decades. And talking about this taboo topic brings a very heavy "don't spoil my day" response. People not affected simply refuse to listen to information on stalking by more than one stalker. Kind of like the way folks don't like hearing about cancer. In the early 1990s, legal jursidictions in both the United States and Canada finally enacted legislation making stalking a crime. But to society's detriment, justice systems everywhere seamlessly ignore every case where a group of stalkers engage in the same behaviour as single stalkers. The reason isn't clear, but it may have to do with the rather substantial amount of investigative labour required when a group takes turns doing "little nasties" against a target. Who is the perpetrator? That the stalkers are generally not career criminals makes going after stalking group members a substantial project for the justice system. Some of the stalkers have considerable respect in their communities. Today's stalking groups use very carefully planned harassment methods. Every single act of harassment is carefully designed so that it is in the "life's normal breaks" category. What the target sees are "normal breaks" which usually occur maybe once or twice a month on average, to maybe once a year. But for organized stalking targets, such "normal breaks" happen at least once, and often several times a DAY. This "life's normal breaks" format of the crime also adds to the difficulty of investigating and prosecuting organized stalking. In turn, the apparent normalcy makes it very easy for police and other officials to brush off complaints of organized stalking as the target being "mistaken", "overreacting," or often, "in need of seeing a good psychiatrist." "Life's normal breaks" span a huge range of seriousness. At the low end you have endless noise from co-opted neighbours who observe the target and schedule "normal activity" like running a leaf blower for each time a target may wish to enjoy peaceful activity. Or scattering the target's mail on their porch while the target is away at work. Or frequent, make believe, obviously sarcastic "wrong number" calls. But at the opposite end of the range, you have surreptitious entry to the target's home, car and workplace, with sabotage of belongings, and torture and even the death of pets. One target came home to find antifreeze in the dog's dish, and the dog permanently blind. Some pets or wild animals are butchered and left on the target's doorstep. It is common, where a target is married, for the stalkers to carefully harass the target only at times and places when the target is separated from the partner. This eventually drives the target to complain, and the usual reaction is "Don't talk about that any more" or "Go see a psychiatrist right away". The marriage is then often headed for destruction. Vicious lies are circulated in the community, and these lies do not stop. Such lies as the target is a prostitute, a drug user, a drug dealer, has a long criminal record, or the highly destructive favourite (applied to both men and women,) the target is a pedophile. Sabotage, lies, and harassment happen at the workplace as well, and it's not unusual for the target to be driven from a job. Once that happens, when the target looks for another job, the target is shadowed, and lies are fed to prospective employers. Some targets have been driven to homelessness, and a few have been driven to suicide. So just because activity is confined to "life's normal breaks", these "breaks" can be devastating and even become life-and-death issues. Along with the lies, endless sabotage of individually small, but cumulatively important belongings accompanies the surreptitious entries, which are done using locksmithing techniques, and often, illegally obtained keys. The target effectively owns nothing, because anything he or she owns is subject to being ruined. Sabotage is carefully spaced out and held to relatively low individual value per incident, as are the thefts that also occur. A great deal of effort is put into planning the sabotage and thefts, and scheduling them so police will not take the complaints seriously. Even the sabotage has a well planned psychological element: Clothing is often ripped open at sexually significant places like armpits and crotches. Can you imagine taking your underwear to the police station to report that someone broke in and ripped out all the crotches? Do you think the police would treat that as a crime worthy of their attention? How long does this go on? With a literal handful of rare exceptions, for life. Because the stalking groups continue to recruit and grow indefinitely, there is no "tiring" of the stalker, as happens in single stalker cases. To this point, I've briefly highlighted the crime of organized stalking. Organized stalking is sometimes called "gang stalking" though the stalking group members generally don't appear to be affiliated with youth gangs, race gangs, biker gangs, or say, the Mafia. "Vigilante stalking" is sometimes used because of the false allegations that targets are active criminals. The big question of course, is "Why?" The full answer has yet to be discovered. For an individual target, the "Why?" answer relates to the lies told to the people doing the harassing. There are people in any neighbourhood or community who enjoy the feeling of self-righteousness from "helping keeping crime under control", or in some cases "doing the Lord's work." Tell the right lies, and it's not hard to recruit harassers. A second part of the "Why?" question, for which no clear answer is yet available, is why the leaders of these organized stalking groups propagate the lies. One author, Florida private investigator David Lawson, investigated organized stalking groups for more than a decade, and succeeded in infiltrating groups in the United States and Canada. His current book on the subject is "Cause Stalking" and is available from David Lawson found that the organized stalking group leaders keep something of an "arm's length" distance from the members, often passing target designations in ways where the leader can't be identified, such as a coded classified newspaper ad, or even a mention on a local radio show. Lawson reports that leaders are often from "somewhere else" and claim to have worked in "intelligence" or other difficult to verify jobs. He was able to interact with stalking group members, but his information on the leaders is skimpy. David Lawson did report some corporate funding of these stalking groups, by corporations who needed ways to deal with people and groups they consider their "enemies." People like activists and whistleblowers, or even intellectuals critical of their activities. Cases are known where, for example, a wife discovers her husband is a pedophile and reports him. Inheritance disputes are understandable. And of course, some organized stalking cases have resulted from having a marriage or relationship go sour. Those are reasons why some targets have been selected, but it is distressing is that there are many targets who do not know why they were initially chosen. The reason David Lawson chose "Cause Stalking" as the title of his current book on the subject is that he found organized stalking members are often recruited on the basis of some "cause". Lawson didn't elaborate on the causes used for recruiting, but did report that once recruited, the "front" cause is essentially ignored, and the actual work of the group is to harass "criminals", and perhaps drive them out of the community. Lawson reports, and targets concur, that across the U.S. and Canada, local groups now exist everywhere and the are seamlessly networked. If a target moves, the group in the new location will continue the harassment. David Lawson has done ground-breaking work in exposing the plight of thousands of organized stalking targets. His observations are hailed by the targets as "right on the money" - highly accurate. And yet, he has missed the mark when it comes to his conclusions. Lawson repeatedly lays the blame for organized stalking groups at the feet of foreign terrorists (the "Al Quaeda" thing,) and, members of the U.S. Patriot Movement, who, according to their radio shows, are interested in exposing government crimes and deviations from the U.S. Consitution. (Lawson calls them "anti government", but one would think that exposing government crime is a truly patriotic act.) Lawson's own observations simply do not show any involvement by either foreign terrorists or the U.S. Patriot movement. No connection is visible. That doesn't mean there aren't some members of either Al-Quaeda or the U.S. Patriot Movement who also do some organized stalking, but targets don't report a visible connection with those groups from their experiences. So, what can be done about the crime of organized stalking? In the opinion of this writer, all it would take to stop it would be for organized stalking to become a household word. That's it. It's that simple. The problem is that because the justice system consistently denies the reality, the media has nothing they are willing to print. If a target approaches reporters, the reporters, under the gun for accuracy, are very reluctant, though there are small hints this may be slowly changing. If the general public were aware of this crime, the pressure on the justice system would be sufficient to stop it, I claim. Meanwhile, what can someone who discovers (and that can take time) that their endless "bad luck" is really organized stalking do to help themselves? Right now, there are a precious few, a small minority, of crisis support organization counselors who do know organized stalking is "real" and will offer some support. They cannot stop the crime, nor can they force the reluctant justice system to act to help the target, but it can make a huge difference just knowing one person, especially connected with an organization, does believe the target and does know that organized stalking is a real crime. Anti-organized stalking activists need to work harder at developing connections with those few crisis support counselors, in the view of this writer. Perhaps the largest pool of activity among targets is networking via the Internet. Because destruction of targets' incomes is a high priority of the stalkers, target activism is rather poorly funded, but some things are happening. At the moment, I'd like to recommend googling "organized stalking" (with the quotes) to readers who may believe their "bad luck" has reached the point of organized stalking. Networking doesn't stop the harassment but it can dramatically improve the outlook for targets. What can the general public do to help? Look up organized stalking on the Internet, read what is available, and above all else, talk it up. The day organized stalking becomes a household word is the day that this crime will be properly attended to by justice systems. Special thanks to readers who have read this article.
Organized stalkers on station

Cointelpro Revisited: Terroristic stalking in America

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead


David Lawson, a licensed Private Investigator in Florida, participated in gang stalking for approximately 12 years. He has since written a book Terrorist Stalking in America, detailing how and why the government, corporations, organizations, and societies hire people to stalk and harass certain individuals.


A frightening mosaic of unconstitutional abuses has nullified the rule of law and the right of due process under the law. Human rights violations are taking place in cities and towns across America. Today millions of people across this country and the globe are being targeted in various ways by a growing number of covert harassment groups. Citizens are being watched, tracked, monitored and harassed; their private lives invaded, ruined, and many kept in virtual isolation from friends and family. Targets have reported gang stalking in every state that even follows them state to state or even overseas.


People are being targeted for ruin -- financially, socially and physically -- by an organized campaign of stalking that some victims believe is funded and supported by multiple levels of government, perhaps using citizen "watch" and volunteer programs as a front for the extra-legal harassment and persecution of minorities, whistle-blowers, activists, dissidents, informants, people who "know too much", political rivals, investigative reporters, witnesses, people who were at the wrong place at the wrong time, or simply victims of human experimentation to see how far both the stalkers and targets can be pushed, etc.


Emerged since 1991 in the U.S., Canada and Britain, organized, cause, vigilante or gang stalking is stalking by multiple members of the community, often hundreds, in rotation, often motivated by vicious lies told about a target in a divide-and-conquer strategy. Groups are assembled for some specific “cause” under a leader with a “shadowy past”, who may be a hired gun for the government, corporations, organizations and societies, and this “higher” cause becomes essential for recruitment purposes.  The main motivation of members is primarily the sense of power. As one group member put it: “We are like the police except we are above the police.”


Targets have come to find out that their harassment groups have been told that they have a criminal past, are prostitutes, drug users, drug dealers, and, not to forget their all time favorite, child molesters. Targets are often asked: “Why would anyone want to harass you; you are just a nobody?” The answer is that once the target’s community has been repeatedly told and supplied with bogus “evidence” that the target is a child sex abuser, target becomes a high profile criminal. Stalkers are taught that the target is the reason for their problems.


Recruits can be realtors, janitors and security guards who have keys or access to let in the stalkers. They can be city workers, who can block your driveway or follow a target around in their vehicles. They can be taxi drivers, who are always on the road. They can be cable, telephone and electric company employees who can interfere with a target's service and spend time on patrol while they are on the job. Harassing target’s children is a favorite way to increase pressure on the target.


Stalking groups are well financed. They can afford to rent property wherever the target lives. In order to establish bases of operation, stalking groups will enlist the assistance of neighbors of the target, in many cases, by intimidation. Those who do not co-operate can in turn be targeted. They appeal to their sense of patriotism, offer drugs, friendship, home repair, free rides and whatever else. In some cases they have even been able to get a key to the target’s home. A common scam used by stalking groups is that they are a “citizens group” which assists the police and they are just keeping track of' a certain individual for whatever reason. The illusion is reinforced by the case files they carry which are complete with photos of the target and look like those used by police.


In a typical apartment setting, stalking groups will attempt to lease, sublet, or otherwise have access to apartments above, below, and on both sides of the target. They will also keep the vehicles of a target under surveillance. Stalking groups] attempt to interfere with any business and personal relationships which the target has. Typically, this interference involves character assassination from some anonymous individual and is not usually taken seriously by those who know the target. It can be effective with people who don't know the target.


At work, the target may also experience character assassination. If he works in any position where he has to deal with the public, there will be a steady stream of [stalking group members posing as] customers who complain about him. If he is a real estate agent or seller, he will have a steady stream of [group members posing as] prospects that occupy his time or see the home but never make an offer. A common tactic used by groups is to drive by the target's residence or work place, usually in larger, heavier vehicles so their sound could be heard.


They follow the targets everywhere they go. Learning about the target, where they shop, work, play, who their friends and family are. Getting close to the target, moving into the community or apartment where they live, across the street. Bugging target’s phone, house, and computer activity. Isolation of the target is accomplished through slander campaigns and lies. That is, people in the targets community are told that the target is a thief, into drugs, a prostitute, pedophile, crazy, in trouble for something, and needs to be watched. False files will even be produced on the target, shown to neighbors, family, store keepers, etc.


Ghosting is a strategy employed by these gangs, which refers to the practice of rearranging, or moving, of a victim's home furniture, lawn decorations, desk decorations at work, etc. to make a target question his or her sanity and security. Ghosting is also designed to make other's question the sanity of the victim, especially if the victim attempts to complain of the abuse.


Local police deny the existence of such groups. When one target, claiming to be a cable and internet company employee, offered his assistance to the local police department, they replied: “Unfortunately we don’t use civilians to do surveillance on anyone. Under certain circumstances we have solicited help from certain citizens that hold certain jobs but it is not very frequent and we don’t keep a list of willing people.” One high-ranking law enforcement official, on condition of anonymity, stated: “Law enforcement is under strict orders that they are to ignore all cases of gang-stalking, and if possible to provide evidence that the victim is criminally insane.”

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