THE “SHIELD and Sword of the Party” was the motto of the State sponsored Secret Police, or Stasi, in the DDR (German Democractic Republic). The Stasi spied on and informed on the German population for their political masters, the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED). AhDinnaeKen asks, is the recent coordinated “surveillance” of Better Together activists by alleged media “monitor” site “Wings Over Scotland”, the start of something just as sinister?
By Longshanker aka @Ergasiophobe
A SERIES of coordinated “creepy as f**k” incidents took place at railway stations throughout Scotland on Friday.
The incidents were orchestrated from a rat infested bedsit in Bath, Somerset, in the deep South of England. The actions taken were unseemly, disquieting and possibly a portent of things to come in the independence debate.
The ‘operation’ involved members of the general public, locating, identifying, surveilling, photographing, recording, engaging and informing on the activities of their fellow citizens.
Reminiscent of the Soviet ‘agentura’ and the Stasi’s network of citizen informants, it provoked one newspaper editor, Kenny Farquarson, to proclaim that the ‘project’ was “creepy as fuck”. He’s not normally known for using such intemperate language.
All gathered information was collated by the motivated informants and sent to a centralised and remote location outwith Scotland.
The recipient of this nefarious information was the editor of the Wings Over Scotland website, Stuart Campbell.
Wings Over Scotland is a sinister hate preaching blog which claims to “monitor the media”, “watch the watchmen” and disseminate the “truth” to its cabal of cultish followers: in effect the editor envisions himself, like the Stasi, to be the ‘Shield and Sword’ of the Nationalist party and the Yes campaign.
This time, luckily, there was no violence. But there are no guarantees for future events. And the coordinator of the ‘operation’, Stuart Campbell, now knows how fruitful such a “sinister” strategy of centralised surveillance can be.
AhDinnaeKen thought it had seen the Nationalist Front editor plumb the depths with some of his frothing, inhumane and extreme rants within the pages of his blog and Twitter accounts.
Now we have witnessed the reality behind this hate preaching extremist – direct ‘coordinated’ and ‘sinister’ action – taking over from mere words.
Consider this menacing diatribe quoted from a piece written by Campbell called ‘The Scotland you wish to see’:
“Scotland still has a chance to escape and set an example of a better way, and anyone threatening that must be regarded with merciless contempt, for the sake of everyone who lives on these islands.” – Stuart Campbell http://wingsoverscotland.com/the-scotland-you-wish-to-see/
Such sentiment can’t be put down to overly enthusiastic kids or #internetnucase-ism. Mr Campbell is an alleged adult of 46 and is clearly aware of the consequences of such actions and beliefs.
What everyone needs to know is, what does Campbell mean when he says anyone threatening Scotland’s escape must be regarded with “merciless contempt“. And what plans of action does that “merciless contempt” entail?
The potential is truly frightening when thought through carefully, and with clarity, given the recent events which unfolded throughout Scotland on Friday.
The Stasi obtained a fearsome reputation throughout the world for the efficiency and calculating callousness of its state sponsored surveillance operations against its own citizens.
One of its main tasks was spying on the population – mainly through a vast network of citizens turned informants – and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents.
Such psychological destruction was known as Zersetzung, literally meaning decomposition.
The targets of this overt Zersetzung by Wings Over Scotland were normal everyday citizens prepared to leaflet members of the public to promote the beliefs of the Better Together campaign.
Think how those leafleters and potential campaigners will feel now knowing that out there, somewhere, there might just be a “Wings goon” waiting to identify, follow, photograph, engage and file a report on them.
This time the Wings engagers were armed with mobile phones and invective. Who knows what they may be armed with next time.
Recently, as in the past, there have been demands by politicians and newspapers that First Minister Alex Salmond should rein in the so called Cybernats.
AhDinnaeKen thinks such demands border on risible. At least, we did. In Wings case, a legitimate exception could and should be made.
The Yes campaign has already had to distance itself from Wings due to its intolerant, discriminatory and bigoted spewings.
The coordinated campaign of borderline intimidation around Scottish train stations on Friday was executed by Wings in the name of ‘truth’, Scottish Nationalism and voting Yes.
Several prominent Scottish Nationalists regularly engage with Campbell and therefore leave the party open to claims that they condone the activities and extremist views of the site.
Joan McAlpine, the First Minister’s parliamentary ‘aide’, actively promoted Wings through her weekly column in the Daily Record last August.
Praising the site’s fundraising efforts, she implied that Wings had obtained donations from around 10,000 people. The actual number was nearer 700.
When this site challenged Ms McAlpine over her promotion of Wings – we have never failed to call Wings out for its extremism and hate preaching – she retorted with a threat of prosecution and a scurrilous ad hominem. Birds of a feather etc.
What also came to light, was that Wings is keeping a ‘dossier’ on activists known to be in opposition to voting Yes.
When challenged by a Tweeter with the tag @GB_bear_sg, Campbell boasted of his collected and collated information, “I have a BIG file” he boasted.
When the Berlin wall came down in 1989 the full extent of Stasi operations was laid bare: the Stasi had collected, collated and maintained millions of surveillance files on millions of its citizens.
The files became an invaluable resource and insight into the workings of a twisted and paranoid political system. Their public accessibility was meant to serve as a warning to the world.
One of the many Stasi administrations was the ‘Main Administration for the Struggle Against Suspicious Persons’.
The parallel with Campbell’s “creepy” actions is there for all to see.
Of course, Campbell doesn’t wield such power as the Stasi. But he has demonstrated a real and present ability to manouevre his Wings ‘agentura’ virtually anywhere within Scotland – and with an unquestioning zeal.
That makes him a real and potential threat. Not just to Better Together campaigners, but to anyone in Scotland opposed to his stated political aims.
If the SNP or Yes campaign fail to condemn the actions taken by Campbell last Friday, it can only be concluded they are condoning them.
If so, the Yes campaign deserve every bit of political damage and fallout from this “creepy as f**k” sinister “operation”, that will eventually head their way.