Organized Stalking by Groups - FAQ

The following points have been summarized from:
Terrorist Stalking in America
by David Arthur Lawson*
Copyright © Scrambling News 2001

* David Lawson is a licensed private investigator in Florida. He followed these stalking groups, on and off, for 12 years. He also rode with them. In a recent email, regarding Canadian groups, David Lawson said the following: "When I rode with the group in Niagara Falls/Buffalo, we would seamlessly hook up with Canadians when we crossed the border, and they would ride with us stateside, occasionally." This gives an indication of just how extensive and well-organized these stalking groups are.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who is behind the stalking groups?
  2. Who is considered a threat to a corporation or industry?
  3. What are these groups?
  4. How are the groups financed?
  5. Who are the leaders?
  6. What do the group leaders get out of it?
  7. Who are the members?
  8. What do the group members get out of it?
  9. What is the psychology behind all this?
  10. Who do groups target?
  11. What purpose does the target serve to the group?
  12. How are targets identified?
  13. What are the group’s objectives?
  14. How do they achieve their objectives?
  15. How long does it last?
  16. How do the groups sensitize the target?
  17. What other tactics are used?
  18. More on occupying a target’s time
  19. Audio Surveillance
  20. Some Important Points
  21. What about the Police?
  22. The Use of “Coercive Persuasion” to control cult members
  23. Internet Newsgroups/Forums
  24. U.S. Department of Justice defines “Vengeance/Terrorism Stalking”

1.  Who is behind the stalking groups?
  1. Corporations:
    Groups are used by corporations use to stalk their enemies or potential enemies. (19)
  2. Organized crime:
    Many groups have links to convicted criminals, and associations with organized crime. (24)
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2.  Who is considered a threat to a corporation or industry? Back to Top
3.  What are these groups?(47)
  1. They are private armies.
  2. They are primarily criminal groups.
  3. They have their own targets which are connected to their political agenda.
  4. They are also available for hire, to corporations and other entities, to destroy or neutralize people.
  5. They have the power to destroy lives.
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4.  How are the groups financed? Back to Top
5.  Who are the leaders? Back to Top
6.  What do the group leaders get out of it? Back to Top
7.  Who are the members? Back to Top
8.  What do the group members get out of it? (15) Back to Top
9.  What is the psychology behind all this?
  1. This is a game:(36-37)
    • Groups are rallied by the constant “victories” they win in the games they play with their targets.
    • It does not matter to the group that the targets are not playing a game.
    • It does not matter whether the target even knows what is going on around him.
    • It is most important that other group members know what they are doing.
  2. This is their entertainment(45)
  3. This is an addiction: (15)
    • Many become addicted to it.
    • It fulfills some of their human needs (see above).
  4. This is an obsession:
    • Groups are obsessed with every aspect of their target's lives. (37)
    • They spend considerable time describing to one another, what they did, and the target's reaction, although it may not be true. (43)
  5. These groups are cults: (37)
    • Groups are introverted - their interaction with one another is more important than their interaction with a target. (36)
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10.  Who do groups target?(18-19) Back to Top
11.  What purpose does the target serve to the group?(24) Back to Top
12.  How are targets identified? (16) Back to Top
13.  What are the group’s objectives? Back to Top
14.  How do they achieve their objectives? Back to Top
15.  How long does it last?(19) Back to Top
16.  How do the groups sensitize the target? Back to Top
17.  What other tactics are used?

Vehicle-related tactics: Face-to-face tactics: Noise Campaigns: Other tactics: Back to Top
18.  More on occupying a target’s time:

Turning the tables around on a group, by following one of their vehicles, for example, is precisely what they want. Chasing it is even better. If they can occupy a target's time that way, they will have a very successful day. They are on patrol. It is not possible to waste their time. As always, a target risks having criminal charges filed against him and there will be more than enough witnesses. (45)

Property must be secured, but a target cannot let a group control his time. He must also realize that he cannot control their time. (46)

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19.  Audio Surveillance: (30)

Groups will sometimes install audio bugs in the residence of a target. Typically, they use inexpensive bugs which broadcast on a frequency which can be monitored by other group members using scanners. Expensive bugs are reserved for high level targets.

If they do install a bug, group members will be able to listen to the target inside his home. Typically they use low power bugs, which do not broadcast very far, so they don't attract too much attention.

They will also monitor frequencies used by baby monitors, wireless intercoms, etc. If they are able to, they will also monitor cell phone conversations. Conventional scanners can be used to listen to conversations conducted on older cordless phones and 800 and 900 MHz. cell phones. Digital scanners are available from Canada and Mexico which can be used to eavesdrop on the conversations of newer cell phones. Only one side of the conversation is heard on a frequency. New cell phones change their broadcast frequencies frequently, which leaves gaps in the conversation, for those who are listening.

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20.  Some Important Points: Back to Top
21.  What about the Police? Back to Top
22.  The Use of “Coercive Persuasion” to control cult members

Coercion is defined as, "to restrain or constrain by force...". Legally it often implies the use of physical force, or physical or legal threat. This traditional concept of coercion is far better understood than the technological concepts of "coercive persuasion" which are effective restraining, impairing, or compelling through the gradual application of psychological forces. (37)

Over time, coercive persuasion, a psychological force akin in some ways to our legal concepts of undue influence, can be even more effective than pain, torture, drugs, and use of physical force and legal threats. (38)

With coercive persuasion you can change people's attitudes without their knowledge and volition. (38)

The advances in the extreme anxiety and emotional stress production technologies found in coercive persuasion supersede old style coercion that focuses on pain, torture, drugs, or threat in that these older systems do not change attitude so that subjects follow orders "willingly." Coercive persuasion changes both attitude and behavior, not just behavior. (38)

Coercive persuasion, or thought reform as it is also known, is best understood as a coordinated system of graduated coercive influence and behavior controls designed to deceptively and surreptitiously manipulate and influence individuals, usually in a group setting, in order for the originators of the program to profit in some way, normally financially or politically. (38)

Using rewards and punishments, efforts are made to establish considerable control over a person's social environment, time, and sources of social support. Social isolation is promoted. (38)

Non-physical punishments are used to create strong aversive emotional arousals, such as: (39) Back to Top
23.  Internet Newsgroups/Forums:

There are Internet newsgroups which cater to stalking victims. These groups are heavily populated with members of extremist groups. They pose as victims. Their posts relate to the latest hi-tech weapons, and information about how they are being used against them. A victim should not confide in the people in these groups because the information they provide will be used to enhance the attack against them.(50)

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24.  U.S. Department of Justice defines “Vengeance/Terrorism Stalking”

The following definition is taken from Chapter 22 in the 1999 National Victim Assistance Academy Text. The complete volume is available at the Department of Justice website (

Chapter 21 Special Topics
Section 2, Stalking

Categories of Stalking:


The final stalking category is fundamentally different from the other three. Vengeance stalkers do not seek a personal relationship with their targets. Rather, vengeance/terrorist stalkers attempt to elicit a particular response or a change of behavior from their victims. When vengeance is their prime motive, stalkers seek only to punish their victims for some wrong they perceive the victim has visited upon them. In other words, they use stalking as a means to "get even" with their enemies.

The most common scenario in this category involves employees who stalk employers after being fired from their job. Invariably, the employee believes that their dismissal was unjustified and that their employer or supervisor was responsible for unjust treatment. One bizarre variation on this pattern is the case of a scout master who was dismissed for inappropriate conduct and subsequently decided to stalk his entire former scout troop - scouts and scout leaders alike.

A second type of vengeance or terrorist stalker, the political stalker, has motivations that parallel those of more traditional terrorists. That is, stalking is a weapon of terror used to accomplish a political agenda. Utilizing the threat of violence to force the stalking target to engage in or refrain from engaging in particular activity. For example, most prosecutions in this stalking category have been against anti-abortionists who stalk doctors in an attempt to discourage the performance of abortions.

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Eleanor White's Review of "Terrorist Stalking in America"