Note on September 11, 2001, terrorism and manipulation of crowds

The analogy with supercooled water in the Note on “Yellow Vests” and Social Movements is applicable to the events of 11 September 2001 and to state terrorism in general. There is, however, a difference between the two. While social movements tend to start from the bottom or leaders of this base, state terrorism (i.e. actually organized by states against their population or against the population of neighboring states, as in the case of the events of September 11th) starts rather from the top or individuals located outside the targeted population.

If a movement such as the Yellow Vests can be channeled in a particular direction (especially violent or rather nonviolent) by succeeding in giving itself a sufficiently charismatic leader, the state terrorism goes well without such leaders, but uses in general the shock to bring the crystallization of the supercooling, that is to say the desired effect on the targeted people. The shock of terrorist action produces a fear that can paralyze the capacity for reflection and decision, plunge people into a state similar to lethargy, make them withdraw to themselves, make them docile, get them to claim security measures from their government, etc.

There is also a second difference between popular movements and terrorism. The former may be diverted from their initial objectives by “impurities” (according to the analogy of supercooling), by foreign elements that will then prematurely crystallize it in a different direction. A non-violent departure movement can thus turn into a civil war or a bloody revolution by its infiltration by disruptive elements. These may come from both foreign states and government agencies of the concerned people (e.g. plain-clothes policemen).

The secret services or the security and law enforcement forces have often been used in different nations to corrupt social movements or to alter them in order to bring them into a new direction, to discredit them in the eyes of the general population, or to make their repression more legitimate. And from this point of view, the more a movement grows, the weaker it becomes, unless it has been able to acquire soon enough a charismatic, powerful and representative leader (case of Gandhi in India, or Nelson Mandela in South Africa). Of course, given the human nature, it is always possible that such a leader betrays the social group and its movement or be a double agent at the real service of the government or elites.

Secret services have also often been used to develop attacks against foreign populations, groups or interests as well as against their own people. This was particularly the case in Europe with Operation Gladio organized by the US Secret Service (see Gladio and video).

Humanity will cease to experience such manipulations when it becomes mature and all its components will work in synergy. Currently, it is more like a teenager with various health problems. When it becomes an adult, it will work in transparency and in the awareness of the causes of its troubles when they intervene. It will be able to regulate or cure these without damaging any of its parts, except perhaps in extreme cases, such as when its survival will depend on the amputation of a gangrene limb. Currently, the psychopathic population can represent such a limb or member. It is this one who, most often, is at the origin of the terrorist attacks, the diversions of social movements, and the manipulation of the crowds in general. To amputate this limb, humanity will probably have to take away all power from this particular population, and never propel as a leader one of its individuals.

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