Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Secrecry and Verticality used against the British National Party

When Darragh MacIntyre presented an infamous Panorama programme directly against the British National Party, he knew very well that secrecy was a powerful weapon and he wanted to exploit it with dramatic scenes of movements in a car park and odd facial gestures made by him and by his camera man. Everything associated with secrecy is usually linked to criminal activities and this is exactly the perception he wanted to create in the minds of those watching the programme.

Unluckily for Darragh MacIntryre, in order to try to achieve such perception he had to involve people who had been categorized as the very evil he was supposedly crusading against. Moreover, in the following months after the production of the programme the BBC came under fire because of fraud and paedophilia and to this day the reputation of the BBC has not been cleared.

Verticality is a fundamental weakness of any organisation. The fact that somebody at the very top can have access to every single resource across the entire organisation means that, at any point in time, as it happened several times, a small group of people can endanger the entire edifice. I compare this kind of a situation to a ship with no isolated compartments. A single torpedo can flood and sink the whole ship. Ensuring that every region can effectively function as an isolated compartment is vital for the survival of the organization as a whole.

A single infiltrator can cause havoc and one clear example happened in 2010 hours before the General Election when British National Party sites were brought down and internal communications were badly affected. As it happened the man behind the operation to block the British National Party took part as one of the 'interviewees' in Darragh MacIntyre's Panorama.

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