Surveillance systems, informers and pseudonyms have never been more popular than today. In an age where information is the key, it is practically impossible to ignore this aspect. This is an age where everyone follows everyone. Back in the '70s, a PNS (Pacific News Service) journalist was secretly taking interviews from warring pilots who believed that the American wars were huge failures. There were also soldiers who wrote directly from the Vietnamese fronts, under specific pseudonyms. The Pentagon hardly tried to identify them, but it is hard to tell if they were discovered. All in all, the same journalist was surprised to find out that the FBI actually had an informer among the PNS staff, who was constantly feeding specific details to the Bureau. In other words, such informers are not a direct consequence of this modern age of technology. The technology is just part of the evolution, but spies have always played a very important role in mot agencies.
Aliens probably represent the only race that has not been properly spied on. They are probably not even aware of the online and phone data being scooped up by various agencies, but especially the National Security Agency (NSA). With all these, the high technology surveillance is obviously not the one and only kind of monitoring around. There are also a lot of low technology ideas and solutions. However, no one can tell precisely how much of this spying is actually going on. Of course, various news or events will also make it to the front page. For instance, some agents provocateurs or informers often got into the public spotlight. But just like in any other similar case, it is hard to make any connections.
Occupy Wall Street has managed to draw some attention with two different stories – one about provocation and the other about surveillance. In the fall season of 2011, a lot of activists tried to march and protest on the area close to the JPMorgan Chase bank headquarters. Surprisingly enough, it seems that the area was fenced in when they got there, although the plan was secret. It seems that e-mail circulating news also got to the police, so a new movement was immediately set up close to the Zuccotti Park.
The second story took place in 2012, right before the May Day. An Occupy small group came out of the Dolores Park from San Francisco, then moved towards a few neighborhoods marching. The participants focused on the Mission District. According to an eyewitness, they tried to trash multiple cars, businesses and boutiques. Moreover, they were all muscular and looking for scandals. They counted on intimidation and aggression. One or two days later, the Occupy officials claimed that none of their members actually marched in the respective evening. They considered the respective acts of aggression and vandalism a very harsh attack on the community. Where did those acts come from? It is hard to tell, but one thing is for sure – someone did infiltrate to stimulate the riots. Double agents do exist, as well as government infiltrators.