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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,

      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com
      http://www.konformist.com/1999/futurewar.htm


      EXCLUSIVE:
      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
      itself.

      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).


      Internet Bashing


      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
      Information Infrastructure.

      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
      McDonnell-Douglas."

      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
      interview.

      "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
      grow exponentially"

      "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
      destruction."


      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
      still verboten.

      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
      colonel.


      Paranoia Strikes Deep


      "Another category of concern is against whom non-lethal weapons might be
      employed," writes Alexander with his characteristically blithe
      understatement.

      "Paranoia is running rampant in the United States. We have addressed the
      militia movements and surprising widespread support that conspiracy
      theories receive."

      "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."


      Countermeasures


      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
      89701, 800-729-4131.)

      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
      mind.

      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
      trouble."


      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
      support operations."

      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
      "peace support."

      "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
      operations."

      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
      doses.

      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
      in detail.

      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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