Government Officials Admit to Using 'Totalitarian' Fear Tactics to Control Public
UK's scientific advisors acknowledge methods of instilling fear were 'unethical'
Several top scientific advisors within the UK Government have admitted to using "unethical" fear-based "totalitarian" tactics to control the public during the pandemic, according to reports.
The group of high-level government officials has spoken out over concerns the methods used were "dystopian."
According to the Telegraph, the scientists, have expressed regret for using methods of instilling fear into the population in order to control behavior during the pandemic.
The officials, who were working as advisors for the British government, say they were under pressure to "encourage compliance" with lockdown measures.
The comments were made by Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B).
The group is a sub-committee of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) which is the government’s chief scientific advisory group.
The report quotes a briefing from March 2020, as the first national UK lockdown was decreed, that stated the government should drastically increase “the perceived level of personal threat” that the virus poses because “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened.”
One scientist with the SPI-B admits that “In March  the Government was very worried about compliance and they thought people wouldn’t want to be locked down.
"There were discussions about fear being needed to encourage compliance, and decisions were made about how to ramp up the fear.”
The unnamed scientist adds that “The way we have used fear is dystopian.”
The scientist further confessed that “The use of fear has definitely been ethically questionable.
"It’s been like a weird experiment.
"Ultimately, it backfired because people became too scared.”
Another separate scientist on the subcommittee professed “You could call psychology ‘mind control’.
"That’s what we do… clearly we try and go about it in a positive way, but it has been used nefariously in the past.”
Another scientist warned that “We have to be very careful about the authoritarianism that is creeping in,” adding “people use the pandemic to grab power and drive through things that wouldn’t happen otherwise.”
According to the report, another researcher with the group acknowledged that “Without a vaccine, psychology is your main weapon,” adding that “Psychology has had a really good epidemic, actually.”
Yet another scientist on the subcommittee stated that they have been “stunned by the weaponization of behavioral psychology” over the past year, and warned that “psychologists didn’t seem to notice when it stopped being altruistic and became manipulative.”
“They have too much power and it intoxicates them,” the scientist further warned.
The comments were collected by author Laura Dodsworth, for her book A State of Fear, out today, which explores the government’s actions during the pandemic, according to Summit News.
“Use of fear to control behaviour in Covid pandemic was ‘totalitarian’, admit scientists”— Laura Dodsworth (@BareReality) May 14, 2021
From ‘A State of Fear: how the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic’ https://t.co/gD6HFUkQqW
With stories from people who were impacted by fear, anxiety and isolation, and revealing interviews with psychologists, politicians, scientists, lawyers, Whitehall advisers and journalists, A State of Fear calls for a more hopeful, transparent and effective democracy.— Laura Dodsworth (@BareReality) May 14, 2021
When the Telegraph asked the subcommittee for comment on the findings, SPI-B psychologist Gavin Morgan replied “Clearly, using fear as a means of control is not ethical.
"Using fear smacks of totalitarianism.
"It’s not an ethical stance for any modern government.”
Morgan added that “By nature, I am an optimistic person, but all this has given me a more pessimistic view of people.”
Commenting on the revelations, Conservative Steve Baker, a member of a group of anti-lockdown MPs said:
“If it is true that the state took the decision to terrify the public to get compliance with rules, that raises extremely serious questions about the type of society we want to become,” Baker urged.
“Do I fear that Government policy today is playing into the roots of totalitarianism?
"Yes, of course it is."