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Concept.png Paranoia 
Feeling they are out to get you

Paranoia is a feeling that danger lurks everywhere, that they are out to get you.

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.”
William S. Burroughs (1969)  [1]

Selected Examples

After Eugene Dinkin predicted the assassination of JFK based on two messages he had decoded, he tried to inform higher ups. However, the Army psychiatrist declared him to be psychotic and paranoid.[2]


An example

Page nameDescription
Permanent war/MentalityA form of paranoia associated with high stress and aggression, low empathy.


Paranoia victims on Wikispooks

James Jesus Angleton"The dominant counterintelligence figure in the non-communist world", according to Richard Helms, DCI.
James Mattis“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”


Related Quotations

Bureaucracy“Having worked briefly in the Canadian bureaucracy, I have observed that bureaucratic debate where power is involved tends to favor paranoid or worst-case analyses, especially those that justify budget and bureaucratic growth. Today's bureaucratic paranoia has indeed been institutionalized by what has been popularized as Vice President Cheney's 1% doctrine:- Even if there is just a 1% of the unimaginable coming due, act as if it is a certainty. It's not about our analysis, as Cheney said, it's about our response. Justified or not, fact based or not, our response is what matters. As to evidence, the bar was set so low that the word itself almost didn't apply. If there was even a 1% chance of terrorists getting a weapon of mass destruction, the United States must act now as if it were a certainty. This doctrine is a license for untrammeled expansion of the secret deep state.”Peter Dale Scott
Totalitarianism“the mind of the conspiracy theorist can hardly be changed, and surely not on mere logical grounds. These two elements, namely the ideation of hidden plots behind social events and the suspiciousness with which alternative accounts are regarded, have prompted historians to define conspiracy thinking as a form of collective paranoia.”Bruno Castanho Silva
Federico Vegetti
Levente Littvay
US/Deep state“I join with those who assess the decay of the so-called Pax Americana into ever widening arms build-ups and military violence, in the light of the very similar decay a century ago of the so-called Pax Brittanica. We need to rescind policies that are as visibly detrimental to America and the world today as they were to Britain then. The problem is that Amnerican institutions are again in the grip of collective mania, as they were in the Palmer raids of 1919 and the McCarthy persecutions of the early 1950s. People outside government must work for a redirection of the U.S. government away from mania and illegality, like the awakening that ends the McCarthy era. But to regain control of politics, Americans must learn to understand and cope with the dark forces of the deep state. America, I try to suggest at the end [of The American Deep State] has like Britain far more to contribute to the world than violent power.”Peter Dale Scott2015
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