Mind control: Military and intelligence planners have been exploiting it for decades
The above report was a forecast for the year 2020. However, the reality is that these technologies already exist and there are a number of patents in the open literature which clearly show the possibilities. This research is not new but goes back to the 1950s.
“A new class of weapons, based on electromagnetic fields, has been added to the muscles of the military organism. The C3I [Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence] doctrine is still growing and expanding. It would appear that the military may yet be able to completely control the minds of the civilian population.”7
The targeting of civilian populations by the military is a significant departure from its history. In the past, the military has used persuasion through real information rather than using deliberate deception and mind manipulation to win populations over.
“A decoy and deception concept presently being considered is to remotely create the perception of noise in the heads of personnel by exposing them to low power, pulsed microwaves. When people are illuminated with properly modulated low power microwaves the sensation is reported as a buzzing, clicking, or hissing which seems to originate (regardless of the person’s position in the field) within or just behind the head.
The phenomena occurs [sic] at average power densities as low as microwatts per square centimeter with carrier frequencies from 0.4 to 3.0 GHz. By proper choice of pulse characteristics, intelligible speech may be created. Before this technique may be extended and used for military applications, an understanding of the basic principles must be developed. Such an understanding is not only required to optimize the use of the concept for camouflage, decoy and deception operations but is required to properly assess safety factors of such microwave exposure.”8
Actual testing of certain systems has proven,
“that movements, sensations, emotions, desires, ideas, and a variety of psychological phenomena may be induced, inhibited, or modified by electrical stimulation of specific areas of the brain. These facts have changed the classical philosophical concept that the mind was beyond experimental reach.”9
The first widespread interest in the subject of mind control hit the mainstream of military think-tanks after the Korean War when returning prisoners of war exhibited significant behavioural changes. In 1956, the following was written into the United States Congressional Record:
“Reports of the treatment of American prisoners of war in Korea have given rise to several popular misconceptions, of which the most widely publicized is ’brainwashing’. The term itself has caught the public imagination and is used, very loosely, to describe any act committed against an individual by the Communists. Actual ’brainwashing’ is a prolonged psychological process, designed to erase an individual’s past beliefs and concepts and to substitute new ones. It is a highly coercive practice which is irreconcilable with universally accepted medical ethics. In the process of ’brainwashing’, the efforts of many are directed against an individual. To be successful, it requires, among other things, that the individual be completely isolated from normal associations and environment.”10
The ethical considerations have not changed, but the military’s position on the ethics has changed as it has gained significant capabilities in these areas.
“Psychological warfare is becoming increasingly important for US forces as they engage in peacekeeping operations. ’In the psychological operations area, we’re always looking to build on our existing technologies, so much of this is evolutionary,’ [military planner] Holmes said. ’It is critically important that we stay ahead of the technology curve.”11
The temptation to dabble in this area has now overcome the ethical considerations.
A Russian military article offered a slightly different slant to the problem, declaring that “humanity stands on the brink of a psychotronic war” with the mind and body as the focus.11a These “psychotronic” weapons aim to control or alter the psyche, or to attack the various sensory and data-processing systems of the human organism. In both cases, the goal is to confuse or destroy the signals that normally keep the body in equilibrium.
According to a US Department of Defense directive (S-3600.1, December 9, 1996), “information warfare” is defined as,
“an information operation conducted during time of crisis or conflict to achieve or promote specific objectives over a specific adversary or adversaries”.
An “information operation” is defined in the same directive as “actions taken to affect adversary information and information systems”. These “information systems” lie at the heart of the modernization effort of the US armed forces and manifest themselves as hardware, software, communications capabilities and highly trained individuals.
Information warfare has tended to ignore the role of the human body as an information or data processor in this quest for dominance, except in those cases where an individual’s logic or rational thought may be upset via disinformation or deception…
Yet, the body is capable not only of being deceived, manipulated or misinformed but also shut down or destroyed—just as any other data-processing system. The “data” the body receives from external sources, such as electromagnetic, vortex or acoustic energy waves, or creates through its own electrical or chemical stimuli, can be manipulated or changed, just as the data (information) in any hardware system can be altered. If the ultimate target of information warfare is the information-dependent process, “whether human or automated”, then the definition implies that human data-processing of internal and external signals can clearly be considered an aspect of information warfare.12
On a much grander scale, the use of mind control was contemplated as far back as 1969 by a former science adviser to President Johnson.
“Gordon J. F. Macdonald, a geophysicist specializing in problems of warfare, has written that accurately timed, artificially excited strokes ’could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the earth… In this way, one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period…’”13
This capability exists today through the use of systems which can stimulate the ionosphere to return a pulsed (modulated) signal which, at the right frequency, can override normal brain functions. By overriding the natural pulsations of the brain, chemical reactions are triggered which alter the emotional state of targeted populations.
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