| Sexual blackmail|
|A long established tactic used to exert covert control over specific individuals.|
Sexual blackmail is a standard tactic by which the deep state exerts covert influence over particular individuals. After being induced to perform sexual acts, and/or rendered insensibe through use of drugs to facilitate compromising recordings. These recordings are used to blackmail people, facilitating the covert subversion of public organisations.
There is little discussion of sexual blackmail in the commercially-controlled media. On the (presumably relatively rare) occasions when sexually compromising material is released featuring public figures, its source tends to go undiscussed, as does the reason for its release. Connections to similar cases are rarely made and the topic of sexual blackmail is rarely if ever placed in context. Coverage instead remains firmly on the smaller picture, i.e. speculations about individuals' sexual proclivities. Revealingly, evidence which in other contexts might be considered actionable is often not deemed sufficient for prosecution, allowing for the story to be quickly dropped once it has had its desired effect.
The first step in a sexual blackmail operation is to choose the target. These tend to be people with important decision making roles, predominantly male. Surveillance can reveal their sexual orientation, which is factored in when choosing a suitable bait.
Traditionally, effective recording required a prepared room equipped with microphones and hidden cameras to ensure an effective recording of the sexual acts. Different groups had regular venues to carry out such operations, reportedly including Kincora Boys' Home, Elm Guest House and Dolphin Square. US venues included Washington's "embassy row". Technological developments allow greater flexibility in this aspect.
Drugs and peer pressure
Spooks and diplomats should be well aware of this tactic, so drugs such as alcohol, cocaine or aphrodisiacs may be administered to lower self-control and/or impair memory. Peer pressure from compromised individuals is another vital element, for example, who may induce colleagues to drinking with them at social functions.
Where individuals are fully blackmailable, their decisions are controlled by whoever (they believe) holds the evidence of their entrapment. This provides a means whereby they can be induced to set aside personal animosity and coordinate their efforts. Indeed, a public conflict between individuals (and so, groups) can work as a screen for covert collaboration.
Institutions which vest decision making in a few senior individuals (i.e. hierarchies) are particularly vulnerable to subversion by blackmail, since only a few people need be compromised. Where advancement up the hierarchy is accompanied by increased privileges (e.g. a high salary) the compromised individuals and their compromisers have a mutual self interest in their advancement up the hierarchy.
Many different taboos surround sexual activity so, various forms may have been used for blackmail since time immemorial. Methods have evolved along with changes in sexual taboos and recording technology. The In the modern era, recording devices - particularly cameras - have boosted its effectiveness. Copies of these recordings may or may not be given to the victims, and the threat of their exposure may or may not be made explicit.
Homosexuality used to be taboo and/or illegal in many countries such as UK. This is interesting when combined with the observation that certain institutions (particularly all male boarding schools) might almost have been designed to promote it. Some commentators[Who?] have commented that various intelligence agencies have had (or still have?) a culture of homosexuality. (J. Edgar Hoover, for example is widely suspected of being a homosexual and of having a 40 year 'marriage' to his deputy Clyde Tolson). Spooks are not widely noted for their habitual following of laws, so one explanation for this culture of sexual crimilization might be the desire to use sexually blackmail to rein in members of these organisations.
In 1953 the CIA started Operation Midnight Climax, which covertly filmed unwitting people's sexual encounters with prostitutes, as part of its research into the effects of drugs such as LSD, and into clandestine recording technology.
Sexual sting operations
- Full article: Sexual sting operation
- Full article: Sexual sting operation
Blackmail is the use of compromising recordings in obtained in control the subjects through threat of exposure. Sibel Edmonds alleged in 2017 that Jan Schakowsky had been set up for this type of blackmail, though she says she has not seen evidence that Schakowsky complied. This is to be distinguished from the obtaining of a recording in order to expose it, for example to induce a resignation, which is more properly described as a sexual sting operation.
J. Edgar Hoover became notorious for his use of blackmail and a 2012 biography claimed he had the largest collection of pornography in history (at the time, illegal), used in part for self-amusement, part for blackmail purposes. Hoover was reported to be "mostly interested in nudes of famous people". The FBI attempted sexual blackmail of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
The nature of this tactic makes it hard to assess the number of individuals involved, either as victims or in the business of entrapment. It seems a fair assumption that many of those who are entrapped never reveal publicly that they have been subject to clandestine control.
Often, only after people death does it emerge that they were being blackmailed.
Sibel Edmonds has been subject to various legal structures intended to limit her public disclosure of information. The tactic of sexual blackmail features prominently in the plot of her roman a clef, The Lone Gladio.
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