A truly frightening historical perspective…
“According to surviving documents released under a Freedom of Information Act request, the Project X lessons contained a full range of intelligence activities. A 1972 listing of Project X lesson plans covered aerial surveillance, electronic eavesdropping, interrogation, counter-sabotage measures, counter-intelligence, handling of informants, break-ins and censorship.”
“One manual warned that insurgents might even ‘resort to subversion of the government by means of elections [in which] insurgent leaders participate in political contests as candidates for government office.'”
“Citizens were put on ‘black, gray or white lists, for the purpose of identifying and prioritizing adversary targets.’ The lessons suggested creation of inventories of families and their assets to keep tabs on the population.”
This article also has links within it that provide further information. If you can stand to read just how bad we may have been.