Targeting can happen to anyone in society. In the past primary targets of programs such as COINTELPRO have been minorities and citizens with left wing views who may act upon them. Targeting however can happen to anyone. Individuals are often targeted for being outspoken, whistle blowers, dissidents, people who go up against wealthy corporations, woman’s groups, anti-war proponents, individuals identified or targeted as problematic at these community meetings, and other innocent individuals. The majority of the targets are often not aware that they are being targeted in this way. When a target moves, changes jobs, the harassment still continues. Every time the target moves, the same information, lies, and slander will be spread out into the new community and the systemic monitoring and harassment will continue.
This following link is for a Daily Telegraph report into a sophisticated bugging device that was discovered where the local Womens Institute meets in the local community centre in Yorkshire.
People from all walks of life are being recruited to be the eyes and ears of the state. People from all races, ages, genders. Every sector of society that you can think of is a part of this. Civilian Spies/Snitches include, but are not limited to: General labourers, the wealthy, drug dealers, drug users, the homeless, bikers, church groups, youth groups, fire fighters, police officers, lawyers, health care workers, store keepers, maids, cable installers, phone repair persons, postmen, locksmiths, electricians, etc. There really is no minimum or maximum age range. An article came out recently in the UK, stating they were recruiting children as young as eight years old to be citizen informants.
Some of these citizens might be recruited via programs such as neighbourhood watch, local authority Citizens Snoopers recruitment advertisements and many other initiatives carried out by local authorities and police forces. Others are recruited via their families, others at school, others at work. Since every sector, class, race in society takes part, recruitment is multi-faceted. It is ironic that many of these programs started out with good intentions to help patrol and monitor their cities and neighbourhoods.