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.
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:
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