Exerpted from Wikipedia – Stasi Zersetzung– East German Secret Police
The following partially details the methods of psychological control employed by the Stasi (aka East German Secret Police) before the Wall fell. Sadly, all of those out of work officers found new vocations in both selling and training other countries (and private companies) the methods that they had learned about population control, including here in America.
Don’t be naive people, I didn’t make this stuff up, it is all a matter of documented history and you can look it up for yourself. Yes, these mind control and surveillance techniques are being employed today both here and all over the world, just like Nazi scientists were employed by us during and after WWII. Can you say “See, I, Aye”?
–Eldon James Brown
“The Stasi perfected the technique of psychological harassment of perceived enemies known as Zersetzung (pronounced tsersetsung) a term borrowed from chemistry which literally means “decomposition”.
By the 1970s, the Stasi had decided that methods of overt persecution which had been employed up to that time, such as arrest and torture, were too crude and obvious. It was realized that psychological harassment was far less likely to be recognized for what it was, so its victims, and their supporters, were less likely to be provoked into active resistance, given that they would often not be aware of the source of their problems, or even its exact nature. Zersetzung was designed to side-track and “switch off” perceived enemies so that they would lose the will to continue any “inappropriate” activities.
Tactics employed under Zersetzung generally involved the disruption of the victim’s private or family life. This often included psychological attacks such as breaking into homes and messing with the contents – moving furniture, altering the timing of an alarm, removing pictures from walls or replacing one variety of tea with another. Other practices included property damage, sabotage of cars, purposely incorrect medical treatment, smear campaigns including sending falsified compromising photos or documents to the victim’s family, denunciation, provocation, psychological warfare, psychological subversion, wiretapping, bugging, mysterious phone calls or unnecessary deliveries, even including sending a vibrator to a target’s wife. Usually victims had no idea the Stasi were responsible. Many thought they were losing their minds, and mental breakdowns and suicide could result.
One great advantage of the harassment perpetrated under Zersetzung was that its subtle nature meant that it was able to be denied. That was important given that the GDR was trying to improve its international standing during the 1970s and 80s.”