Intelligence agency term for "psychological operation". A government or corporate-sponsored operation, usually taking the form of a "terrorist attack" or "crazed gunman on a spree", with the intent of panicking the public into demanding more police and laws inhibiting freedom. Psyops are usually carried out by drugging a civilian or group of civilians with aggression-promoting drugs, psyching them up, arming them, and sending them out to commit mayhem. Government-sponsored terrorism. See also blackshirts
Person A: Man, that nutcase Martin Bryant guy shot 35 people in Tasmania!
Person B: No, he wasn't a nutcase, that was just a psyop so the government could have an excuse to ban guns.