“US Presidential cover-ups are not only necessary but needed. Secrecy is important for militerized and political stratic operations because it would not benefit the United States if their enemies knew when they were going to strike. For this reason, secrecy has provided a canopy to conceal full fledged cover ups, and although these cover-ups are only attempted as a last resort by those in authority because not only is it less effective in todays information age but it is also less preferable to two other means in which the President and his staff hide Truth; Spin and Controlled Leaks.” (1)
Writing 300 years ago, John Toland, an Irish Presbyterian from Londonderry, founded a philosophical society at Oxford, the Socratic Society. Toland wrote a book called the Pantheisticon, explaining the Socratic Society’s attitude:
Question: “Under what auspice do we open this society?”
Answer: “Under the auspice of Philosophy.
Question: “To whom must this assembly, to whom must all our thoughts, words and actions be continually directed?”
Answer: “To the three-fold aim of the wise, Truth, Freedom, Virtue.” (2)
The contradiction to the pardox of established US democracy is the implied aim and devotion to “the wise, Truth, Freedom, and Virtue” of a doctrine for the people. Yet, the formation of government departments interested in secrecy which promote the dissementation of misinformation and the dissemenation of counter-intelligence have allowed for the violation of the fundamental principle of Truth and Virtue. This sets up very real scenarios where a governments ‘Mischiefs and Evils’ may be practiced and conealed.
Rewind the clock to 340 years ago. The Restoration of 1660 which brought the Cavaliers, who later became known as the Tory party and the Church of England to power in England. The Freemasons were becoming more and more unpopular in certain quarters of England and, in 1698, a leaflet attacking the Freemasons was distriubted in the streets of London. The author’s name was given as ‘Mr. Winter’, but no one has been able to find ‘Mr. Winter’ and his leaflet had little effect on the people and it soon disappeared almost without a trace until it was discovered by a masonic hisorian in 1937. There seems to be little doubt that the writer was a High Anglican Tory. (3)
Mr. Winter preached ‘all godly people in the City of London’ must be cautious and circumspect ‘of the Mischiefs and Evils practised in the Sight of God by those called Freed Masons…. For this develish Sect of Men are Meeters in secret which swear against all without their Following. They, according to Mr. Winter, are the Anti Christ which was to come, leading Men from fear of God.’ It was the secrecy of the masons, and their secret oaths, which alarmed Mr. Winter, as it was to alarm all the anti-masons during the next 300 years. If the Freemasons were a lawful and reputable society, why the secrecy? Men do not hide their virtues and their good deeds; it is their vices and crimes which they wish to conceal. (3)
The Freemasons liked to believe that they, and they alone, knew important secrets and the seventeenth century was a period of great discoveries in geography, medicine, and science. Mystery and intrique surrounded the Freemasons as many suspected the secret society to possess ancient knowledge. The allure of mysterious ancient knowledge draw many men to Freemasonry. The philosophical characteristics of Freemasonry was one that evolved from the guilds of stonemasons and cathedral builders of the Middle Ages, and while religious beliefs are not discussed during Lodge meetings, in most traditions, the application for admission requires one to be an adult male, who believes in the existence of a Supreme Being and in the immortality of the soul. Freemasonry contains many of the elements of a religion as its teachings enjoin morality, charity, and obedience to the law of the land. (4)
By 1717 there were four lodges in England. Lodge No. 1 met at the Goose and Gridiron alehouse in St. Paul’s churchyard; Lodge No. 2 met at the Crown alehouse in Parker’s Lane, near Drury Lane; Lodge No. 3 met at the Apple Tree tavern in Charles Street, Covent Garden; and Lodge No. 4 met at the Rummer and Grapes tavern in Channel Row, Westminster. Each of the first three lodges had about 15 members. Most of them were operative masons, or carpenters, or connected in some way with the building trade, though they included a few gentlemen. Lodge No. 4 had 70 members, they were nearly all gentlemen, and a few were noblemen. This is how power forms among groups, especially groups of lower status and minorities. It begins with the formation of associations. When these associations form groups that formally gather together with the purpose of establishing a code of membership and then come to define and enforce the rules and norms common to that group with consenting behaviors; memberships form, networks form, and gangs form.(3)
Drawing a connection between the phenomena of elctronically targeted individuals and the formation of a secret society interested in claiming they have consent to use electronic weapons, reveals that “consent [creates] a problem of social engineering, of how to make the assessments of subjective states, such as intent, consent, informed consent, embeddedin such moral judgments, available for moral discourse and social control” (Stinchcombe and Nielsen 2009, 66). (5)
Again, connecting to the phenomena of electronically targeted indiviuals and consent, several intellectual traditions contribute to the resulting research surrounding the topic of organized violence and its consenting membership as they raise questions about the origins of rules and norms, ideals, and expectations concerning activities that are socially, morally, and legally acceptable or unacceptable. “Thinking about legal rules beyond their regulatory function reveals that communities treat rules as cultural devices, devices that not only signal compliance with a larger state order, but also establish group membership and identity.” (5)
Looking at the the history and formation of secret socities and clandestine activities of US surveillance can help the way we think about the phenomena of electroncially targeted individuals. These secret societies, clandestine operatives, combined with the formation of group identity, and adhering to cultural norms, ideals, and expectations concerning activities that are socially, morally, and legally acceptable or unacceptable can help us to conceptualize when and where groups in the shadow of law reconstitute themselves with meaning and signification claiming “consent” embodied by legal rights and rules that belong to a higher social order.
It is for this reason the phenomena of electroncially targeted individuals may reveal “a shadow of the law” story. “Whereas previous scholars suggest that people and groups retreat from law because it is corrosive, unpredictable, and ineffective, this project reveals that thinking broadly about law and its use structurally, linguistically, and culturally demonstrates that groups that appear to reject law are, in fact, reappropriating law to improve social relationships while conveying group legitimacy to a broader public.” (5)
This is why when people begin to first discover they are being electronically targeted blame the US government and US military. It is because these organizations have a history of “shadow operatives.” Victims then tend to associate the “shadow operations” of electronic targeting with the US government and its “shadow tactics” even though the US government and US military may not be directly involved.
(1) The History Channel. America’s Book of Secrets: Special Edition. S1, E1. White House Secrets and Scandals. Aired on August 11, 2020.
(2) John Toland. (2014) The Pantheisticon. Open Archive Books. Originally published in Latin 1720, translated into English 1751. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23709594-pantheisticon
(3)Jasper Ridley. (2001) The Freemasons: A History of the World’s Most Powerful Secret Society. New York. Arcade Publishing.
(4) Encylopeida Britannica. Freemasonry: Secret organizations. Retrieved online September 27, 2020. https://www.britannica.com/topic/order-of-Freemasons
(5) Jill D. Weinberg. (2016) Consensual Violence: Sex, sports, and the politics of injury. Oakland, California. University of California Press.