Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 14, 2011, 8:23 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Targeted Interdiction is just another way of thinking about Direct Action. This is, for example, targeted interdiction. It is Direct Action - the physical doing of something that changes the thinking and the behavior of others. The term itself, once it is completely understood, begins to take on tones of malevolence, if for no other reason than the ways in which I have seen it used and so will tend to characterize it. The act of describing it every bit as much as the history itself, is what gives the term its character. It even sounds dark, mysterious, and complex, doesn’t it?
I don’t care if you adopt the term or not - if you do I suggest using it in a whisper. There are occasions when a whisper can be more powerful, and much more destabilizing, than a shout. The trick is to know when to use which tool, and to have as many tools as possible. To expand both the numbers of the tools in the tool box, and their individual applications, I need to expand your mind, and so the term: Targeted Interdiction.
This is the essence of subversion. Opening minds to new possibilities, new formulations, new calculations, and new outcomes. The old outcomes are dead. We’ve been there, done that. We see where it’s going and it’s not where we want to be. I take that as a given, the only thing is that the old outcomes do not yet realize they have already died.
Together we will show them just how dead they really are.
Targeted Interdiction is one of the means we will use to do just that.
The term is different from Direct Action simply because of all that it implies. When I use the term Direct Action I immediately think of mass protests - such as the shutting down of a major highway or transit point. The term Targeted Interdiction implies something that could be much more narrowly focused, much more precise. Because it embodies the implication of precision, it also brings with it a hint of discipline, and of careful planning.
Someone suggested the use of flash mobs on Wall Street, and this is a form of Direct Action. What this term lacks is the ability to convey all that is possible with the use of a flash mob. I don’t like flash mobs. I do not find them to be entertaining. Flash mobs are a weapon, and this is a fact that is not clearly understood by most people. Most people do not realize that while a flash mob may be used as a form of targeted interdiction on a mass scale - it can also be used for something much more focused - and much more sinister - at the very same time.
In 1998, as I was walking by a mall, a flash mob broke out. It was a happy frolic of college kids, and everyone watching began to smile. An attractive young woman in the crowd whispered as I passed by: “licensed to kill.” The flash mob dispersed as if they had been playing a game of hide and seek, and the count had just begun.
This is an example of a very focused targeted interdiction within a much larger event, also a targeted interdiction.
It is the use of language to promote instability.
It is not a game.
By opening your mind to the possibilities you will become aware of potential vulnerabilities that exist with things like flash mobs, which in turn should provide for a greater measure of control - or at least it holds that potential.
It is not my intent to radicalize or to criminalize the OWS movement as a whole. Rather it is to radicalize the two most powerful tools at our disposal: your thinking and your language. Random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty will not win the good will of the general population. Rather my intent is to induce those who genuinely oppose us on the basis of ideological commitment to undo themselves - and do so through their own fear.
Targeted Interdiction is one of their own tools. To discuss such things openly is radical. To those who oppose us, truth itself, is radical. So I speak openly. You will naturally be inclined to suspect that forewarned is forearmed - but that is not necessarily so, precisely because they have told so many lies.
With careful and deliberate use of the truth we can begin the process of subverting every single institution this nation has to offer. Success absolutely depends on an individual and unwavering commitment to change this nation for the better. Commitment that is less than absolute will tend to give itself away.
A smile is just a smile, but a genuine smile warms hearts.
It is perhaps among the most dangerous and subversive kinds of Direct Action there is.