“Gang stalking.” It’s one of those odd things you stumble across on the Internet that remind you that not all of us occupy the same reality. One of those things where the deeper you venture into it, the harder it is to keep the theme from The Twilight Zone from running through your mind.
Though it’s not easy to pin down an exact definition of “gang stalking,” believers in the phenomenon contend that there are massive numbers of people at any given time being subjected to extraordinary, coordinated types of surveillance and harassment designed to drive them insane and destroy their lives. The degree of surveillance and harassment requires the efforts of dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of coordinated conspirators per victim, and a huge expenditure of resources, and is so extreme that it could not possibly exist without the full knowledge and cooperation of law enforcement. Thus at the very least the United States government is the one pulling the strings and victimizing these people, or more likely it’s a “New World Order” secret world government behind it all.
Occasionally gang stalkers are said to openly attack or threaten their victim, but far more often the “harassment” is extremely subtle. Much of it is the type of thing designed to make the victim vaguely aware that something is “off,” that there’s something odd about people’s behavior around them, but not be able to put their finger on just what it is, and certainly not be able to prove they’re being targeted.
So people on the street might be a little more rude a little more often than would typically happen in real life. Or they might be a little more forward than usual-a total stranger asking for directions, for instance, or someone asking for a date. The victim’s co-workers might take to all clicking their pens at the same time. A neighbor who never used to do so will suddenly seem to take their trash out to the curb at the same time as the victim each week. Another neighbor might have the same shirt on unusually often on the days he crosses paths with the victim. The victim might be stared at a lot. People the victim passes by might seem to be engaged in making subtle hand signals to each other. A piece of litter that seemingly might have been blown there by the wind will appear on the victim’s doorstep, but then a piece of similar debris will show up there five of the next ten days. The victim might upon entering their home see that a single item has been moved from one room to another, just to show that the house was broken into though nothing was taken or damaged.
Nothing that can really be reported to the police-not that that would do any good, since they’re in on it-but just enough oddities and coincidences to leave the victim feeling unsettled.
Sometimes the harassment will be kicked up to the next level with devices of a secret technology called “voice to skull.” Using these devices, which are some kind of combination of electromagnetic waves and telepathy, conspirators at a distance will beam signals into a person’s home that actually penetrate into the brain and are experienced as voices inside the person’s head.
Almost everyone in the victim’s life-family, friends, strangers, etc.-will be one of the conspirators, somehow threatened or bribed into cooperation by the powers that be. Even if there are a small number of family members, say, who are not in on it, the harassment will be kept so subtle and bizarre that if the victim tries to tell people about it, they’ll find the account utterly implausible and doubt the person’s sanity.
There is even a name for the victims of gang stalking-“targeted individuals” or “TIs.”
Why are these folks supposedly being victimized in the first place? That’s not very clear, but it’s said that TIs are disproportionately non-conformists, free thinkers, people who are outside the political mainstream, people who have some awareness of the New World Order and other conspiracies-in short, people who “think outside the box” and are least willing to go along in sheeplike fashion with whatever the planet’s secret overlords have planned. So they are being identified and eliminated so as not to represent a threat to those running the show (who could be Masons, Jews, Obama, the mafia, bankers, anyone opposed to Ron Paul, anyone opposed to the Tea Party, anti-Christians, Satanists, gangs like the Crips and the Bloods, the Ku Klux Klan, the Pope, multinational corporations, or any combination thereof).
Occasionally the TIs have done something specific that they’re being punished for, such as blown the whistle on some kind of corporate or political malfeasance, but more often they’re the “person next door” who just happens to have struck the wrong person as a little too much of an independent thinker and potential troublemaker.
It is said that the goal of gang stalking is to so isolate the person and make their experience of social reality so bizarre and unnatural that they will not be able to function and live a normal life. Soon enough the TI is unable to hold down a job, unable to maintain ties with his or her family. TIs may end up homeless and out on the street, institutionalized, or dead by suicide.
Evidence for Gang Stalking
You may have noticed that the people who believe they are being gang stalked exhibit behavior that is classically associated with mental illness. They are convinced there is a massive conspiracy to harass them (paranoia), they may hear voices in their head (schizophrenia), they are depressed, they are anxious, and their capacity to function is impaired.
Normally that would be taken as evidence against the existence of the phenomenon. If it’s all or mostly people who are “crazy” who believe it, then there’s reason to doubt its reality.
But believers in gang stalking turn that on its head and cite the mental problems of the TIs as evidence that gang stalking is real. The methods used, it is said, are precisely those that will result in the TI reacting in ways that other people (the few who aren’t in on the targeting in the first place) will see as signs of insanity and therefore dismiss. It’s no coincidence, then, that the secret weapon developed to terrorize the TIs is voice to skull devices that put voices in their heads, as opposed to, say, some device that gives them severe burns on their body. Someone complaining of severe burns will have a verifiable medical condition that will require an explanation. Someone complaining of voices in their head will be given a one way ticket to an asylum.
Beyond that, the “evidence” offered for gang stalking is very, very thin. (Which they would say just shows how effective the conspirators’ efforts at secrecy are.) Much of it is anecdotal or subjective. A supposed victim will recount experiences like the aforementioned sense that people are staring at them on the street or clicking their pens in unison, as if that alone makes the case that they are being gang stalked. Or they will ramble on and on incoherently, always right on the verge of giving their proof, but never quite getting there, again convinced in the end that they’ve proven their case.
Also common is to cite other phenomena that bear some very, very slight resemblance to gang stalking, and that are undoubtedly real, and then to conclude that that makes gang stalking real, or at least plausible.
For example, regular “stalking” is decidedly real, and can get very ugly. A woman might be stalked by an ex-boyfriend for instance-lots of hang up calls, her e-mail hacked, her car keyed, what have you. The kind of thing that can make one’s life a living hell, and even occasionally lead to murder.
Also, much less often, there are cases where the stalker will have confederates. Maybe the ex-boyfriend’s siblings, lowlife friends, etc. will agree with his assessment that she is a bitch who betrayed him and deserves to suffer for it, so they will collectively harass her in various ways.
Certainly groups like the Mafia, the Klan, the Crips, etc. have targeted enemies and threatened, attacked, or killed them.
People who have to register as sex offenders and have all their neighbors informed of their status often find that everyone in their neighborhood gives them the cold shoulder or worse, that they are singled out for all forms of abuse.
There have been cases such as that of Karen Silkwood where corporate entities appear to have hired people to harass someone who had crossed them.
Obviously the secret police in countries such as North Korea or the old East Germany have singled out people to be surveilled and harassed, and gotten whole networks of citizen informants to cooperate in their efforts.
The reader will have to judge, though, whether the existence of such creepy and often criminal behavior somehow establishes the truth or even the plausibility of the notion that huge numbers of people are being singled out for the vaguest of reasons and being “harassed” in ways generally too subtle to even be noticed by most people, in a manner that is so massive and coordinated that it takes pretty much everyone from their neighbors to the entire police force in their town, to the shadowy figures instituting the New World Order to be in on it and to be able to keep it all secret.
Whole online communities of purported TIs have sprung up in recent years. Since one of the ways the gang stalkers are believed to try to drive TIs crazy and drive them to suicide is by totally isolating them and getting them to wonder about their own sanity, believers in gang stalking contend that an effective countermeasure is for TIs to come together in support groups where they will be surrounded by others who have undergone the same torture and will confirm it all and assure them they’re not crazy.
To what extent is this online encouragement of people to believe they’re being gang stalked a conscious exploitation of the mentally ill? While there almost certainly is some of that-people being recruited into political groups, sold books and tapes and other material on gang stalking-that doesn’t appear to be the norm. Like “alien abduction” people, likely the majority of folks promoting these ideas sincerely believe them, and likely the majority of that majority believe that they themselves are TIs.
An interesting psychological or semantic twist to this whole issue (and the alien abduction phenomenon, for that matter) is what to make of paranoid schizophrenics entering into a makeshift community. Under the guidelines of entities such as the American Psychiatric Association, the conventional understanding of a delusion is that it is a belief held by an individual and not widespread in that person’s culture or subculture (which is largely intended to carve out a loophole for religion-otherwise people believing in a resurrection after crucifixion, Noah’s ark, 72 virgins waiting for each warrior in heaven, etc. would be at risk of being labeled delusional).
But if enough people come together to affirm their belief that they are being gang stalked, does that mean that by definition it is impossible that they are suffering from delusions?
At the very least, to examine the phenomenon of gang stalking is to take a fascinating journey into abnormal psychology.
Sarah Kershaw, “Sharing Their Demons on the Web.” The New York Times.
Lynn Stuter, “Are You Really Crazy, or Are You Being Gang-Stalked?” News With Views.
“What is Gang Stalking?” Gang Stalking World.