Following the incident at a chocolate cafe in Sydney, Australia, Manny Conditsis, the lawyer of Man Haron Monis, the Iranian hostage taker killed in the attack, described his client as “a damaged-goods individual.”

On Monday, the establishment media added Monis to a list of “lone wolves” who have engaged in attacks. It led off the article not with a Muslim, but a man described as “right-wing extremist” by the corporate media: Larry McQuilliams, who was shot dead by a policeman in downtown Austin, Texas, after shooting up police headquarters and the federal courthouse. He also reportedly tried to torch torch the Mexican consulate using several small propane cylinders.

The corporate media described McQuilliams’ act as “a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration.” It also claimed McQuilliams was associated with the Christian Identity movement, although there was no evidence of this and the suspect had not left behind a note making political demands or eluding to any specific ideology.

Prior to the Sydney attack, a sociologist at Australia’s Victoria University conducted a major study, funded by the U.S. Justice Department, on lone wolf extremists.

“New studies have challenged several decades of thinking that psychological problems are only a minor factor in the making of terrorists. The research has instead found a significant link between mental problems and ‘lone wolf’ terrorism,” the Associated Press reports.

“Now academics and law enforcement officials are working to turn that research into tools to prevent deadly attacks.”

It is not merely wild-eyed Muslims who are considered potential threats. In 2009, Science News ran an article about a team led by psychologist Viren Swami of the University of Westminster in London that identified several traits associated with 9/11 conspiracy theories as a form of paranoia.

Political thinking labeled unacceptable to the establishment led to a former Marine, Brandon Raub, being abducted and carted off to a mental ward for observation.

“Police – acting under a state law that allows emergency, temporary psychiatric commitments upon the recommendation of a mental health professional – took Raub to the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell. He was not charged with any crime,” the Associated Press reported.

“Col. Thierry Dupuis, the county police chief, said Raub was taken into custody upon the recommendation of mental health crisis intervention workers. He said the action was taken under the state’s emergency custody statute, which allows a magistrate to order the civil detention and psychiatric evaluation of a person who is considered potentially dangerous.”

Raub’s crime? He posted anti-government opinions on his Facebook page.

Denial of the establishment’s belief system is now routinely considered a sign of mental illness. This is especially the case in regard to the climate change orthodoxy pushed by the elite.

“In the West, the mislabeling of dissent as ‘paranoia’ and ‘crazy’ has been taken to an extreme. People who believe there should be government transparency and media accountability have been exiled out of the mainstream political community,” writes Brendan O’Neill.

In 2009, author G. Edward Griffin showed how psychiatry has merged with politics to eliminate political dissenters.

“In China today, political dissidents, whistleblowers and government petitioners are being labeled mentally ill, incarcerated in psychiatric wards and subjected to electroshock—a tactic reminiscent of Soviet Russia and the alliance between psychiatry and the police state,” Griffin writes.

“This practice is not limited to Russia, China, Cuba or Uzbekistan, all of which currently employ psychiatric incarceration of citizens for political protest. In the UK, a specialized unit called the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre has been granted the authority to incarcerate anyone who has given inappropriate or threatening communications to a member of government into a psychiatric ward.

The assessment teams are made up of police, psychiatrists and psychologists who have been given the authority to evaluate, accuse and detain anyone against threat into a mental facility — indefinitely.”

By exploiting and sensationalizing the rampages of obviously demented individuals like McQuilliams, Man Haron Monis, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in Ottawa, Anders Behring Breivik in Norway and others, the state hopes to create a specialized informer system little different than the one in East Germany under the Stasi.

Homeland Security, under its “See something, say something” program, has encouraged Americans to turn in their neighbors and strangers they believe may be engaged in terrorist activities.

The idea is to tighten the line between supposed terror and mental illness, especially with a campaign to portray political beliefs and activities outside the parameters considered acceptable by the state.

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