Barbara asks Mike Ruppert: There was an interesting newswire item on indymedia; someone encouraging everyone to wear masks because they felt like, you know, it wasn't safe to be out dissenting in the streets and have your face shown. And so that became a feature because there were so many people adding to it, and some people felt like, yes, masks are very important, and other people felt like, no, I'm going to be out there, I'm out there with the truth, and I have nothing to hide and no reason to hide. There's a lot of fear right now among people who are dissenting.
Mike: You want to know what my opinion on that is?
Mike: The people who were suggesting that you wear masks are probably government COINTELPRO, and I'll tell you why. Two reasons. First of all, they're teaching you to be afraid. They're teaching you to operate from a standpoint of fear. Already that's a psychological warfare game that you've surrendered to the moment you put on the mask. But secondly, they know, if you're filmed and on the nightly news and mainstream America sees a bunch of people wearing masks, they associate you with terrorism.
Barbara: And that's an argument that was put up there. And someone also said that the survelliance equipment that the FBI has would be able to get through the mask, identify your movements, etc., and they'd be able to figure it out anyway. So a mask certainly isn't going to hide your identity.
Jeremy: Mike, those people who are suggesting that we wear masks, they might not necessarily be COINTELPRO themselves, but there are these ideas that get dropped in by COINTELPRO --
Mike: These are susceptible people, gullible people, who really don't understand how it works, and they have no real compass. So it's like, "Oh, did you hear that rumour?" and they go this way until they hear the next rumour, and then they're going that way. Those people are what we call in the intelligence world, or as a journalist, "dilletantes". They're dangerous. They're very dangerous. Especially when they get in over their head.