ER Editor: Yesterday, the Mail on Sunday published a report, based on whistleblower testimony, on how the UK military’s 77th Brigade was effectively spying on British citizens’ social media accounts to discover opinions on government Covid handling. Some major figures in the media and politics were the subject of this spying. Part of the Mail’s article is published belong, along with the whistleblower report in full. Here is Professor Norman Fenton’s tweet on the matter, followed by Dr. David Cartland:
Everybody should read this story before it’s memory-holed. As one of many targeted by the 77th Brigade since 2020 I’m pleased the whistle blower came forward. I was even called a conspiracy theorist for saying the 77th existed and were doing this https://t.co/QU2ngBQONd
— Prof Norman Fenton (@profnfenton) January 29, 2023
— Dr Dave Cartlands wingman (@no_masks_at_all) January 29, 2023
And here is Steve Kirsch with his own take, quoting Prof. Fenton:
How governments pay people to discredit the “misinformation spreaders”
Governments cannot win on the facts. So they engage in disinformation campaigns against the people telling the truth. Read this article from the UK Daily Mail now before it is removed.
On the 77th Brigade, see this useful piece by UK Column from April 2020, just as the Corona nonsense was getting going. The final part of the piece mentions the plandemic:
The British Military Information War Waged On Their Own Population
Here’s the link to Big Brother Watch — also their full report here or key findings here.
See this by Toby Young, journalist at The Daily Sceptic, who was one of the 77th Brigade’s surveillance targets:
The 77th Brigade Spied on Lockdown Sceptics, Including Me
RT: UK military spied on lockdown critics – media
Army spied on lockdown critics: Sceptics, including our own Peter Hitchens, long suspected they were under surveillance. Now we’ve obtained official records that prove they were right all along
GLEN OWEN, POLITICAL EDITOR
A shadowy Army unit secretly spied on British citizens who criticised the Government’s Covid lockdown policies, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Military operatives in the UK’s ‘information warfare’ brigade were part of a sinister operation that targeted politicians and high-profile journalists who raised doubts about the official pandemic response.
They compiled dossiers on public figures such as ex-Minister David Davis, who questioned the modelling behind alarming death toll predictions, as well as journalists such as Peter Hitchens and Toby Young. Their dissenting views were then reported back to No 10.
Documents obtained by the civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, and shared exclusively with this newspaper, exposed the work of Government cells such as the Counter Disinformation Unit, based in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Rapid Response Unit in the Cabinet Office.
But the most secretive is the MoD’s 77th Brigade, which deploys ‘non-lethal engagement and legitimate non-military levers as a means to adapt behaviours of adversaries’.
According to a whistleblower who worked for the brigade during the lockdowns, the unit strayed far beyond its remit of targeting foreign powers.
They said that British citizens’ social media accounts were scrutinised – a sinister activity that the Ministry of Defence, in public, repeatedly denied doing.
Papers show the outfits were tasked with countering ‘disinformation’ and ‘harmful narratives… from purported experts’, with civil servants and artificial intelligence deployed to ‘scrape’ social media for keywords such as ‘ventilators’ that would have been of interest.
The information was then used to orchestrate Government responses to criticisms of policies such as the stay-at-home order, when police were given power to issue fines and break up gatherings.
It also allowed Ministers to push social media platforms to remove posts and promote Government-approved lines.
CONTINUE READING HERE
ER: This article continues with a separate piece by journalist Peter Hitchens. Of note:
To me, the most astonishing thing about the great Covid panic was how many attacks the state managed to make on basic freedoms without anyone much even caring. This was partly because of the fear the Government had deliberately spread (as SAGE minutes reveal).
Military Whistleblower Testimony
“I was serving in the British Army in March 2020 when I was seconded to 77th Brigade, on the basis I would be helping root out foreign state misinformation on social media.
We were told what was legally allowed – such as ‘scraping’ online platforms for keywords – and what was illegal. This included repeatedly looking at a named UK individual’s account without authorisation, although some people would do that from their own accounts after their shift.
We would take screenshots of tweets from people expressing dissatisfaction with the UK Government’s action against Covid. The project leader would then gather these screenshots and send them to the Cabinet Office. Feedback from the Cabinet Office would direct us over what to look for the next day.
To skirt the legal difficulties of a military unit monitoring domestic dissent, the view was that unless a profile explicitly stated their real name and nationality they could be a foreign agent and were fair game. But it is quite obvious that our activities resulted in the monitoring of the UK population… the social media posts of ordinary, scared people. These posts did not contain information that was untrue or co-ordinated – it was simply fear.
We learned from the feedback that the Government were very keen on hearing what the public thought of their Covid response.
I entered this role believing I would be uncovering foreign information warfare. Instead, I found the banner of disinformation was a guise under which the British military was being deployed to monitor and flag our own concerned citizens.
There may have actually been social media campaigns from China to promote lockdown policies but because we were directed to monitor sentiment towards the success of lockdown, we would have completely missed them. I had the impression the Government were more interested in protecting the success of their policies than uncovering foreign interference, and I regret that I was a part of it.
Recently, I looked over my medals and thought of all I have done in my career – things I am proud of, in the defence of the people of this country – except my work on ‘disinformation’ in 77, which hangs over my career like a black cloud. It was about domestic perception, not national security. Frankly, the work I was doing should never have happened. This domestic monitoring of citizens seemed not to be driven by a desire to address the public’s concerns, but to identify levers for compliance with controversial Government policies. I do not doubt that the activities I participated in were conceived for good reasons, but they were undemocratic, wrong, and should not be allowed to happen again.
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