It’s a stretch to link the U.S. Army to witchery, but that’s happening in response to an eerie recruitment video shared on YouTube by Fort Bragg’s 4th Psychological Operations Group-Airborne.
Titled “Ghosts in the Machine,” the video feels like a movie trailer and comes with no explanation other than: “All the world’s a stage. Join us.”
The video, posted May 2, starts innocently, with benign clips of cartoons and images of empty city streets and subways. But the vibe grows increasingly disturbing, with footage of a shadowy man, anxious stares at dark skies, violent riot scenes and soldiers being deployed.
“Have you ever wondered who’s pulling the strings?” the video asks.
“You’ll find us in the shadows at the tip of the spear. … Anything we touch is a weapon. We can deceive, persuade, change, influence, inspire. We come in many forms. We are everywhere.”
As of May 16, the video has gotten more than 333,000 views and ignited a growing number articles debating its intent, including one headlined: “The Occult History of the U.S. Military’s PSYOPS and its Highly Symbolic Recruitment Video.”
The 4th Psychological Operations Group, also known as PSYOPS, defines itself as “Masters of Influence” and practitioners of “information warfare,” according to its website. That means the mere act of people debating its video is a sign of success.
“We conduct influence activities to target psychological vulnerabilities and create or intensify fissures, confusion, and doubt in adversary organizations,” the group says.
“We use all available means of dissemination – from sensitive and high tech, to low-tech, to no-tech, and methods from overt, to clandestine, to deception.”
News articles about the video question not just what it means, but why it was made at all.
“Here’s the odd thing — clandestine Army units like this DON’T make recruiting material, because that material brings unwanted attention,” The Pipeline reported. “Have you ever seen an official Delta Force recruiting video? Exactly.”
Dylan Charles wrote in USSA News that public debate proves the video “effectively does what PSYOPS are supposed to do, which is to confuse, mislead, redirect, and occupy your mind.”
“They want you to know that they are ghosts in the machine, watching and warping everything,” he says.
However, a conspiracy site known as The Vigilant Citizen suggests the intent may be darker, and possibly related to the occult.
“These allusions to magic are not merely figurative. PSYOPS extensively researched occult and supernatural phe…