History Main / WitchHunt

30th Jul '17 10:21:35 PM Fireblood
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* The Reign of Terror was this. Rabid French revolutionaries sought to weed out internal enemies and advance the revolution. Led by Maximillion Robespierre and George Danton, they executed real (and perceived) enemies of the revolution. Danton was accused of such crimes by Robespierre and beheaded. Eventually, Robespierre was killed by the guillotine for his crimes after ''he'' was accused of being an enemy to France.
* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of criminalizing the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring. His investigations ruined the careers of many loyal agents, but failed to uncover ''real'' mole Aldrich Ames.

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* The Reign of Terror was this. Rabid French revolutionaries sought to weed out internal enemies and advance the revolution. Led by Maximillion Maximilien Robespierre and George Danton, they executed real (and perceived) enemies of the revolution. Danton was accused of such crimes by Robespierre and beheaded. Eventually, Robespierre was killed by the guillotine for his crimes after ''he'' was accused of being an enemy to France.
* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of criminalizing the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly that they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring. His investigations ruined the careers of many loyal agents, but failed to uncover the ''real'' mole Aldrich Ames.
30th Jul '17 10:19:48 PM Fireblood
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* At the same time, a related "Lavender Scare" occurred where known or suspected homosexuals were purged from government service, on the grounds that they could be blackmailed into spying by foreign agents (given the strong homophobia of the time which meant openly serving would be impossible) and were "not proper persons" to employ generally. Ironically, [=McCarthy=]'s chief counsel Roy Cohn was widely rumored to be gay himself, with the famous Army-[=McCarthy=] hearings instigated after he couldn't succeed in getting a friend (allegedly also his lover) an exemption from military service. This brought down [=McCarthy=] when his bullying tactics were exposed to live audiences. Cohn denied to the end that he was gay, even while dying from AIDS-related disease.



* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring.

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* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize criminalizing the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring. His investigations ruined the careers of many loyal agents, but failed to uncover ''real'' mole Aldrich Ames.
28th Jul '17 4:27:40 AM kome360
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* ''Manga/GambleFish'': Though the witch trials are only referred to, one of the gamblers collects judgement dice that were used to determine if a witch was real. Tom discovers that [[spoiler:the dice are rigged with a special technological mechanism: hold the dice to a fire, and the internal load will melt and shift to a different side, which will then load the dice to whatever side the user chooses when it cools]]. The implications are obvious; when the dice were chosen, the judge could decide if the victim would live or die.
25th Jul '17 8:26:46 PM clickitycainine
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* Bloodborne's story draws on witch hunts with the setting of the game being a "nightly hunt" which may be figurative as the events of the game seem longer than one night. The first area, Yarnham, shows the hysteria and suspicion of the citizens-turned-hunters as they think you're a monster. (As they turn into monsters themselves.)

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* Bloodborne's *Bloodborne's story draws on witch hunts with the setting of the game being a "nightly hunt" which may be figurative as the events of the game seem longer than one night. The first area, Yarnham, shows the hysteria and suspicion of the citizens-turned-hunters as they think you're a monster. (As they turn into monsters themselves.)
25th Jul '17 8:26:45 PM clickitycainine
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*Bloodborne's story draws on witch hunts with the setting of the game being a "nightly hunt" which may be figurative as the events of the game seem longer than one night. The first area, Yarnham, shows the hysteria and suspicion of the citizens-turned-hunters as they think you're a monster. (As they turn into monsters themselves.)
21st Jul '17 11:08:22 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'': Mye and Hex were tried for witchcraft by drowning. They died which meant they were innocent. The twins were then brought back to life as zombie slaves by a sadistic actual magic user.
19th Jul '17 9:40:31 AM WillKeaton
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2011/05/16/5-35/ they come after Kyri]], [[http://endstone.net/2011/05/19/5-36/ blaming her for everything going wrong.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', [[http://endstone.net/2011/05/16/5-35/ they come after Kyri]], Kyri,]] [[http://endstone.net/2011/05/19/5-36/ blaming her for everything going wrong.]]
30th Jun '17 9:11:04 AM JackG
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* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring.
30th Jun '17 9:00:15 AM JackG
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* The short-lived 1990's spy series ''Under Cover'' had TheMole hunt version, when belief that there's a DoubleAgent in the GovernmentAgencyOfFiction leads to everyone getting interrogated and paranoia setting in accordingly.
18th Jun '17 9:19:17 PM CASCHero
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' the World Government has it out for those that can read Polygyphs since it'll reveal the True History of the world. A secret they don't want getting out. Once they find out the island of Ohara has scholars doing this, they instantly have the island carpet bombed and the sole survivor, Nico Robin, hunted down not shortly after.
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