Controlled opposition, also called limited hangout, is a common propaganda technique that is, according to former special assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Victor Marchetti, “spy jargon for a favorite and frequently used gimmick of the clandestine professionals. Some protest movements are actually led by government or corporate agents for the purpose of controlled opposition, literally controlling behavior through fraudulent actors, pretending to be leaders of the people opposing damaging effects of the status quo.
Much of the horrid history of the past century was played by means of controlled oppositions and it still does, as William F. Engdahl details in “A century of war.” The propaganda technique today is far more sophisticated and funded than that of yesteryear.
READ The Daily Beast Dangerously Mind-Controls Readers for excellent detailed examples of how to discern between “alterntive news” groups with integrity and controlled opposition.
In a 2008 paper to tackle the problem of “conspiracy theories,” (a CIA-originated term to cast a negative light on anyone opposing criminal government actions) the Obama administration’s eventual Informational Czar Cass Sunstein specifically called for government to cognitively infiltrate the truth movement, or as he called it “extremist groups” using “conspiracy theories.” In a co-written paper outlining his plan to disrupt truth – and the truth movement, Sunstein wrote:
“We suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity.”
“When their veil of secrecy is shredded and they can no longer rely on a phony cover story to misinform the public, they resort to admitting—sometimes even volunteering—some of the truth while still managing to withhold the key and damaging facts in the case. The public, however, is usually so intrigued by the new information, that it never thinks to pursue the matter further.” (Victor Marchetti (August 14, 1978) The Spotlight, and 720 F2d 631 Hunt v. Liberty Lobby Dc”. OpenJurist. 1983-11-28.)
“A controlled opposition is a protest movement that is actually being led by government agents” is how Urban Dictionary defines controlled opposition. “Nearly all governments in history have employed this technique to trick and subdue their adversaries.”
A controlled opposition, or limited hangout, is identified by its techniques and/or results. Its techniques are comprised of social engineering (moral, cultural &and ethnic) and psychological warfare e.g. FUD — Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. (Essential Intelligence)
Webster Griffin Tarpley is an American author, historian, journalist, lecturer and critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Some of his publications revolve around conspiracy theories. He is the author of several books, including George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, published by LaRouche’s Executive Intelligence Review and 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA – Myth of the 21st Century. He also hosts World Crisis Radio, a weekly talk radio show on the Genesis Communications Network. Here is what Tarpley had to say about a limited hangout in his 2013 radio commentary on YouTube, “How to spot a limited hangout operation.”
“It’s all misdirection, controlled opposition for the mind,” writes Zen Gardner. “This concept eludes public awareness to a scary degree. It’s similar to the reality of false flag operations, the epitome of carefully planned societal manipulation by unseen forces who have no regard for the human condition other than to control it at any cost.
“This is so very similar to the slogan of the nefarious Mossad: ‘By way of deception, thou shalt do war.’ Gardner writes, “And the war is on us; for the subjugation, exploitation and control of….us. The human race.”
“Layered in the imposed matrix are many overlapping memes and projected illusions, rendering fundamental empowering truths either hidden altogether, disguised or distorted. In a loving, uncontrolled conscious world there would be no need to hide anything. Instead, this mutant matrix system is built on deceit in order to spiritually disconnect and disempower those they wish to exploit. (Zen Gardner)
The term limited hangout dates back to President Richard Nixon, helping him earn his title of tricky Dick. The term was coined when Tricky Dick outlined to John Dean the content of a report Dean would create, laying out a misleading view of the role of the White House staff in events surrounding the Watergate burglary. In Ehrlichman’s words: “And the report says, ‘Nobody was involved,’”. The document would then be shared with the Senate Watergate Committee investigating the scandal. The report would serve the administration’s goals by protecting the President, providing documentary support for his false statements should information come to light that contradicted his stated position. The group discussed having information on the report leaked by Committee members sympathetic to the President, to put exculpatory information into the public sphere.(Transcript of a recording of a meeting among the president, John Dean, John Erlichman, H.R. Haldeman, and John Mitchell on March 22, 1973 from 1:57 to 3:43 pm”. History and Politics Out Loud.)
The phrase has been cited as a summation of a strategy involving mixing partial admissions with misinformation and resistance to further investigation. It is used in political commentary to accuse people or groups of following a Nixon-like strategy.
“Remember, when you take a stand against U.S. government corruption you are taking a stand against those who created Operation Chaos, MK ULTRA, Operation Northwood and many other nefarious psychological and deceptive clandestine plans against its own people,” asserts Bernie Suarez of Truth and Art TV. “Know therefore who your opponent is, and check yourself to see that you are fully (psychologically) armed to stand against this skillful enemy.
“Know what it is you don’t know and listen carefully to those who have led the way in the truth movement early after 9/11 and before that. Carefully challenge every new theory that has come along after 2008 (following Sunstein’s paper) and ask yourself, could this whole idea be part of the plan for orchestrated ‘cognitive diversities’ within the truth movement?”
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