Konformist: Spooky Boys With Spooky Toys: Future War
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The book review the CIA doesn't want you to read...
Originally, the following review appeared on the Steamshovel Press Website in
the Offline Illumination section. After the University of Missouri St. Louis
received complaints over the article, they ordered the article down. I'll
let you speculate who could have done the complaining. In any case, enjoy
the following review at its new home, The Konformist.
Spooky Boys With Spooky Toys
by Uri Dowbenko
Future War: Non-Lethal Weapons in Twenty-First Century Warfare by
Colonel John B. Alexander, US Army (Retired) (1999, St. Martin's Press,
254 pp.. $24.95)
Colonel John Alexander never met a war he didn't like.
As an unofficial spokesman for the Military-Industrial Complex,
Alexander has written a book called Future War in which he continues to
ply his trade -- promoting war -- and most importantly advocating those
all-important expendables called "weapons systems."
The oxymoronic "non-lethal weapons" which Alexander touts are anything
but. They include exotic systems like electromagnetic weapons, chemical
and biological warfare, so-called physical restraints like goop guns,
etc., acoustic weapons, as well as information warfare technologies,
which include good old-fashioned military propaganda -- like his book
Without questioning the wrong-headed abstruse US Government policies of
war-making, he includes a brief history of War's Greatest Hits in a
chapter called "Are We the World's Police Force?"
Alexander's answer is an unequivocal yes. These include -- Restore Hope:
Somalia; United Shield: Somalia Round II; Uphold Democracy: Haiti;
Bosnia; The Idaho Rebellion (just kidding).
In a chapter called "Information Warfare," Alexander sounds the alarm
about -- you guessed -it -- the "dangers of the Internet." You see,
those nasty hackers, crackers and phrackers are out to get the
How do we know? Alexander says so. "It is predicted that anti-hacker
software sales will increase from $1.1 billion in 1995 to greater than
$16 billion in 2000," he writes. "The President's Committee of Critical
Infrastructure Protection noted the increased likelihood of computer
terrorism and recommended that research and development, now $250
million annually, should be increased $100 million per year until $12
billion is provided on a yearly basis."
No matter what the "security" problem, all we need to do is spend more
taxpayer dollars on the Military-Industrial Complex.
Secret Life of John Alexander
Virtually disregarded in this book is Alexander's spooky background as a
Psy0ps (or psychological operations) expert, as well as a psychic
warfare- mind control operative.
According to Alex Constantine, author of Virtual Government (Feral
House, 1997), Colonel John Alexander has displayed a long term interest
in the paranormal and "has actively promoted psychic metal bending among
government personnel using the techniques pioneered by Jack Houck of
Before his "retirement," Alexander had a 32-year career in the Army,
including a stint as director of Advanced Systems Concepts Office, US
Army Laboratory Command Alexander was also chief of the Advanced Human
Technology Office & Security Command (INSCOM) and ran the "non-lethal"
weapons lab at Los Alamos in New Mexico.
Alexander allegedly also has a doctor's degree in thanatology, the
science of death.
British reporter Armen Victorian concludes that John B. Alexander is an
active operative assigned to a covert military group "specializing in
dissemination of disinformation," collectively known as the "Aviary." In
a recent interview, David Morehouse, author of Psychic Warrior, (St.
Martin's Press, 1996) reports that "Alexander was a Special Forces
officer in Vietnam who commanded a Montagnard battalion. Others say he
was a member of the Phoenix Project [the notorious CIA assassination
program]. When he came out, he worked with the intelligence community
and he never left."
Later Alexander led a CIA harassment campaign against Morehouse.
Alexander, the "retired" colonel working for the CIA, Jim Schnabel and
Joe McMoneagle were all actively involved in spreading disinformation
Campaign against him on the Internet, says Morehouse.
Politically Incorrect Warrior
And why was Morehouse harassed? Morehouse was a whistleblower who wrote
a book called Non Lethal Weapons: War Without Death (1996, Greenwood
Publishing) with a politically incorrect perspective. "Conventional
weaponry is designed to kill. The new hybrid conventional weaponry is
designed to maim. Non-lethal weaponry, by this definition, must be
anti-materiel and not anti-personnel," said Morehouse in a recorded
"My book takes a very philosophical approach to the concept of non-
lethality," Morehouse continues. "It talks about what conventional
weapons have done in this century. They've taken the lives of 170
million innocent human beings' lives -- doctors, lawyers, professors,
housewives, children -- not warriors. 80 million of them were summarily
executed for their refusal to participate, and that number continues to
"The nature of man will never change and therefore the nature of war
will never change," says Morehouse. "Only the way in which wars are
fought will change. All the so-called Star Wars technology, the
electromagnetic pulse weapons, are lethal high-tech conventional
weaponry. That's all it is. The 900 billion dollar a year
Military-Industrial Complex -- these greedy war mongers -- who build and
market weapons to third world countries, don't want it."
"War is pure commerce and economics," says Morehouse. "You can't expect
those who are in the business of building weapons of mass destruction to
entertain notions of retooling the industry to build weapons on the
opposite end of the spectrum. It's too cheap. Plus if you start saving
lives and killing equipment, then you force diplomacy to take its
rightful place as the tool of conflict resolution in the new millennium.
So you start to screw up this perpetual market of death and
PsyOps By Any Other Name
"Another IW [information warfare] subject that has long been hidden from
view is 'perception management,'" writes, Alexander. "While everyone
knew that perceptions played a major role in shaping the outcome of
conflict, the very topic was taboo. It smacked too much of manipulating
people in ways that evoked questionable legal issues -- issues no one
wanted to address."
The subtext of Alexander's tortured bureaucratic jargon is that even
discussing Psy0ps -- psychological-operations aimed at US citizens -- is
Very tellingly, however, Alexander concludes that "in the amorphous gray
areas between peace and conflict, there is an opportunity to apply non-
lethal force selectively to prevent escalation of conflict."
"Information warfare is an ideal tool for sending a very strong message
to potential adversaries. That message is that we have the capability,
intent, and will to use force -- Accede to our demands!"
When the "potential adversaries" are your fellow American citizens,
"Accede to our demands!" reveals a sinister message from the spooky
Paranoia Strikes Deep
"Another category of concern is against whom non-lethal weapons might be
employed," writes Alexander with his characteristically blithe
"Paranoia is running rampant in the United States. We have addressed the
militia movements and surprising widespread support that conspiracy
"Distrust of the government by not thousands but tens of millions of US
citizens is confirmed in public opinion surveys," he continues. "The
skepticism and controversy has been fueled by recent revelations that
the US government has routinely lied to the people about such varied
topics as human radiation experiments, withholding treatment in the
Tuskegee prison syphilis experiments, the oppressive actions of the
Internal Revenue Service, the amount and geographic area covered by
fallout from nuclear testing, and even UFO sightings."
"Many of these conspiracy theory adherents believe that the government
-- or some other supranational organization -- is attempting to take
freedom away from the citizens. Some of them see non-lethal weapons as
tools to facilitate those objectives. They believe that these weapons
could be used to enslave them for some unstated nefarious purpose."
Don't worry, says Alexander reassuringly, everything's under control.
You just don't know how much.
"The fallacy of this logic should be readily apparent," he continues.
"Sufficient force already exists to accomplish this task. Therefore no
new non-lethal weapons would be necessary."
If you suspect that Alexander is at least disingenuous, take a look at a
video which documents high-tech electromagnetic weapons. Exotic Weapons
of Mass Control by Bob Fletcher is a two-video tape report with live
footage on laser, hypersonic, vortex, and microwave technology weapons
-- the next generation of spooky killing devices. ($34.95; Available
from World News Insight, 675 Fairview Dr., #246, Carson City, Nevada
Fletcher goes into great detail about the so-called non-lethal weapons
which have been developed by the New World Orderlies with your mind in
Another excellent introduction to the subject is information security
analyst Winn Schwartau's classic book Information Warfare (Thunder's
Mouth Press, 1996), which also contains a great resource list of online
information as well as hard copy titles.
And finally another really useful book is The Professional Paranoid: How
To Fight Back When Investigated, Stalked, Harassed, or Targeted by Any
Agency, Organization, or Individual by H. Michael Sweeney (1999, Feral
House,197pp., $12.95, http: wwwferalhouse.com)
As the late William S. Burroughs Jr. used to say, "Paranoia is just
knowing all the facts."
Sweeney says that the purpose of his book is "to help the inexperienced
to deal with forces intent on the invasion of your privacy, regardless
of whether it's the FBL CIA, IRS, or just some idiot bent on causing you
More War? You Bet
"The final argument against non-lethal weapons as a military option has
been addressed throughout the entire book," Alexander continues whining.
"That position is that the United States should not engage in peace
As a Grand Master of Psy-Ops, Alexander really dwells in the art of
Orwellian double-speak. 'Peace support" is war, and war, of course, is
"I believe that point is moot," he continues. "As earlier stated in this
book, we have been involved in peace support operations, we are involved
in peace support operations, and we will be involved in peace support
So there. You can almost see him sticking out his tongue at you. In
other words, Future War by John Alexander is Psy0ps at its finest --
confusion, obfuscation, and disinformation in calculated and measured
Alexander doesn't even provide a resource list of manufacturers,
Addresses and phone numbers, where citizen-civilians can get the best
"non-lethal" electromagnetic weapons money can buy. For that
information, try Top Secret Consumertronics, P 0. Box 23097,
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87192,505-237-2073, http:/ /wwwtsc- global.com).
As author William Gibson has aptly observed, the street finds its own
uses for high-tech inventions. The Van Eck System, remote eavesdropping
on computer and TV CRT signals, radionics gear to repel electromagnetic
energy attacks, and other handy self-defense devices are all described
And what's the point of the old thanatologist's book? Alexander's Future
War is just another ruse by another Doctor of Death. While civilians get
disarmed with more onerous gun control laws, the Military- Industrial
Complex gets more funding for so-called "non-lethal weapons."
Uri Dowbenko is CEO of New Improved Entertainment Corp. He can be
reached by e-mail at u.dowbenko@...
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