Mind control - and technology
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Data: 25/02/2004 13:38
DARPA, PNAC and the Perfect Killing Machine
by Maureen Farrell
"We appear to be edging towards an era of 'mind control' - a time
when human brains might be manipulated routinely by highly
sophisticated technology. On the bright side, the powers of this
science could be used to mend broken and diseased brains. On the dark
side, there would be plenty of opportunity to tinker with
consciousness and control human behavior in menacing fashion," -
Nicholas Regush, ABC News
Earlier this month, Popular Science featured an article on the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded quest to
create "the world's first prosthetic brain part," a silicon
microchip, which, when inserted in someone's brain, can either
compensate for brain damage - or create the perfect killing machine.
According to the chip's inventor, biomedical engineer Theodore
Berger, this technology, (only a few months away from testing) will
help Alzheimer's patients and stroke victims, and could "one day lead
to cyborg soldiers and robotic servants."
While Stepford soldiers may not be marching onward just yet,
technology is headed in that direction. Researchers at the State
University of New York in New York City successfully implanted
electrodes into a rat's brain and turned it into a remote controlled
robo-rodent; Cybernetics professor and would-be cyborg Kevin Warwick
has interacted with machines via an implant in his arm; and robots
are already serving in the US military. By 2010, DARPA's X-45 (a
pilotless, windowless W-shaped plane) will be independently able to
discriminate between friend and foe -- and bomb accordingly. "The
real challenge is to mix man and machines," Colonel Leahy, director
of the Gnat drone program, recently said. "It will be a loose ballet
at first. But eventually, the systems will be linked to each other,
sharing information and deciding among them who has the best shot."
Though that's all well and good, what happens when "mixing man and
machines" is taken to extremes? Will physically (or pharmaceutically)
altered soldiers become fearless, merciless and remorseless? Could
future populations be branded and tracked? And how can we be sure the
government won't recycle old tricks?
This is Your Brain on DARPA
Given the US government's history in mind control and other sordid
experiments, skepticism is prudent. A closer look at DARPA reveals
In an article published on DARPA's Web site, Dr. Alan Rudolph
explains the agency's "Brain Machine Interfaces Program" which
will "create new technologies for augmenting human performance"
by "access[ing] codes in the brain" and "integrat[ing] them into
peripheral device or system operations." In other words, machines and
man will most decidedly "mix," giving US soldiers a sizable edge.
While some of this sounds benign, and in many ways, even desirable,
there are deeper, more frightening implications.
"Feedback could be received from peripheral systems or sent directly
into appropriate brain regions," Rudolph writes, shortly before
entering into "it puts the lotion in the basket" dehumanization
mode. "Demonstrations of plasticity from the neural system and from
an integrated working device or system that result in real time
control under relevant conditions of force perturbation and cluttered
sensory environments from which tasks must be performed," he adds.
Regardless how many times one wades through this difficult-to-
decipher techno lingo, it's nearly impossible to differentiate
the "neural system" from the machine. After a while, one gets the
idea that that's the idea.
In December, 2002, DARPA also announced, as ABC News reported, that
the government was "tinkering with a soldier's brain using magnetic
resonance" in order to fool the body into believing it was well-
rested, even after being awake for up to seven consecutive days and
nights. "Eliminating the need for sleep during an operation ... will
create a fundamental change in war fighting and force employment,"
DARPA officials asserted. Though sleep deprivation during combat
carries certain risks - as evidenced when two pilots accidentally
killed Canadian troops in Afghanistan after taking Air Force-issued
amphetamines - DARPA has no qualms about fooling Mother Nature. "This
program is really out of the box," John Carney, director of DARPA's
Continuous Assisted Performance program reported. "We want to look at
capabilities in nature and leverage it so we can apply it in ways
that no one thought possible."
And if that's not unsettling enough, DARPA's Information Awareness
Office, under the stewardship of John Poindexter, plans to
use "biometric signatures of humans," which means that data will be
collected on individuals' gaits, faces and irises - in addition to
Skin-Patch Pharmaceuticals: Be All You Can Be!
Much has been written about the Project for a New American Century's
(PNAC) not-so-secret goal of global supremacy, as well as the sizable
influence PNAC members Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz,
Elliot Abrams, Lewis Libby, John Bolton had in drafting Bush's policy
of preemption. In their view, the US military is "the cavalry on the
new American frontier" whose mission is to "fight and decisively win
multiple, simultaneous major theater wars." Yet they also acknowledge
that the military needs to be radically transformed -- and, according
to PNAC's published report, "Rebuilding America's Defenses," the Army
is in for some interesting alterations. "Consider just the potential
changes that might effect the infantryman," they wrote. "Future
Soldiers may operate in encapsulated, climate-controlled, powered
fighting suits, laced with sensors and boasting chameleon-
like 'active' camouflage while 'skin-patch' pharmaceuticals help
regulate fears, focus concentration and enhance endurance and
strength." (p. 62).
In keeping with PNAC's vision (and thanks to a $50 million grant from
the US Army), MIT's Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies is
manufacturing military uniforms in which, as Clamor Magazine put
it, "Human soldiers themselves are being transformed into modern
cyborgs through robotic devices and nanotechnology." And though the
Navy has addressed "performance enhancement" medications, there is no
word yet on the long-term effects of the proposed mind-altering
The Virtual Soldier
If you've ever visited Universal Studio's "Terminator II: 3D"
attraction, you probably recall the chirpy PR infomercial in which a
child is tucked in bed by a steel robotic claw, as her mother phones
from half a world away. One gets the same surreal sense of artificial
caring while reading DARPA's plans for a virtual soldier.
"The [Virtual Solider] program," Dr. Richard Silva explains, "will
create the mathematical modeling approaches to develop an information
(computational) representation of an individual soldier (a
holographic medical electronic representation or holomer) that can be
used to augment medical care on and off the battlefield with a new
level of integration." In other words, injured soldiers will be
treated by a hologram that will perform certain tasks,
including, "the automatic diagnosis of battlefield injuries"
and "prediction of soldier performance." What happens, however, if
the diagnosis is dire and predictions of solider performance aren't
up to snuff? Hopefully, the hologram won't be named "Hal."
The Scariest Thing Ever
During last summer's missing children scare, U.S. citizens were
treated to surreal super-hyped moments -- despite the fact that
incidents of kidnapping had actually decreased. One particular low
point came when a mother from Texas, whose infant was stolen the day
before, gave a nationally televised, "we interrupt this program"
press conference, even though she didn't speak English and her baby
was returned unharmed. Creepily enough, the following day, the
Philadelphia Inquirer ran a front page story on why parents should
consider having their children implanted with microchips -- and
safely tracked by global satellite positioning systems. "We have
[global positioning system (GPS)] units for our cars," Applied
Digital spokesperson Matthew Cossolo said "If your car is stolen, we
can locate it. Do we love our cars more than our children?"
Soon to be mounted on soldiers' helmets (or perhaps one day implanted
in soldiers' bodies, as UCLA's Journal of Law and Technology
predicts), GPS technology will also be implanted in remote-controlled
rats and used for military functions. And though the benefits are
undeniable, "chipping," has disturbing undertones - particularly
considering the potential to eventually control humans. "I think that
a lot of people are very wary of that sort of thing and
understandably so," Kate Rears, a policy analyst at the Electronic
Privacy Information Center in Washington told the Associated
Press. "I don't think it's a sign of paranoia to react against this
because it is very odd. It's Brave New Worldish."
University of Kansas research professor Jerome Dobson (who created
the maps used in global satellite tracking systems) takes it a step
further, and says that this technology has created a threat
of "geoslavery," that, in his opinion, that could make "George
Orwell's 'Big Brother' nightmare...look amateurish." "I've spoken
about this at academic conferences," Dobson said. "I find that the
first reaction people have is, maybe, disbelief. But if I talk for
two minutes, suddenly they begin to turn somber and say, 'This is the
scariest thing I have ever seen'."
A Tale of Two Realms
Lately, several op-eds have centered on the movie The Matrix's apt
commentary on our illusionary, propagandized world -- and though
ruminations on the gap between "what is real and what Americans
perceive as real" are all too relevant, the sci-fi thriller is also a
cautionary tale about where technology might lead. "It's so weird to
say this," producer Joel Silver told the Sydney Morning Herald, "but
it's a treatise on our times and where we're going and how to not go
there." Matrix cast members were reportedly required to read Kevin
Kelly's Out of Control: The Rise of Neo-biological Civilization,
which centers on "Singularity," the place, for lack of a better
definition, where man and machine merge. "The realm of the born --
all that is nature -- and the realm of the made -- all that is
humanly constructed -- are becoming one," Kelly wrote in 1994.
Acclaimed author and award-winning inventor Ray Kurzweil also says
this man/machine meld is inevitable. "The union of human and machine
is well on its way," he wrote. "Ultimately we will become more
nonbiological than biological." And though an enthusiastically
willing subject, "Professor Cyborg" Warwick made an unnerving
observation after being implanted with the "smart card" microchip
that connected him to machines. "I feel mentally different," he told
ABC News in 1998. "When I am in the building I feel much more closely
connected with the computer. I am not a separate thing."
Renowned scientist Bill Joy believes technology is "threatening to
make humans an endangered species," while more than a decade ago, San
Diego University Professor of Computer Science Vernor Vinge
warned, "Within 30 years, we will have the technological means to
create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will
end." Is this hyperbole? Or do implanted microchips and DARPA's "man-
as-machine" approach to soldiering give real cause for concern? And
how on earth does the government get away with "tinkering with a
soldier's brain," while the general population considers this "the
home of the free?"
Welcome to the Monster State
"Man should not be in the service of society, society should be in
the service of man," the late Joseph Campbell told PBS' Bill
Moyers. "When man is in the service of society, you have a monster
state, and that's what is threatening the world at this minute. . .
[the movie Star Wars] shows the state as a machine and asks, "Is the
machine going to crush humanity or serve humanity?"
Anyone appalled by the laundry list of lies the Bush administration
told to justify their pre-planned war realizes that Americans are
now in the service of a monster state. We are deliberately fed
fabrications; our public coffers are pilfered by those who supposedly
work for us; and no one has honestly addressed the ultimate cost or
the length of the Iraq occupation. And when are Iraqis going to view
us as liberators? [LINK]. No matter. Provided we pay our taxes and
feed the Carlyle/Halliburton/Bechtel/WorldCom beast, it's "Mission
As The Matrix's Morpheus reminds, "What you know you can't explain,
but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's
something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's
there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. But what is
it? . . . It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to
blind you from the truth."
In the meantime, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is scheduled for
release July 2.
Maureen Farrell is a writer and media consultant who specializes in
helping other writers get television and radio exposure.
(c) Copyright 2003, Maureen Farrell
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Data: 04/02/2004 14:41
Subject: A technical overview of mind control tactics
Mind: How does mind control work?: A technical overview of mind
Posted by: souljah on Jan 20, 2003 - 01:07 AM
How does mind control work?: A technical overview of mind control
Terminology note: Today Mind control or brainwashing in academia is
commonly referred to as coercive persuasion, coercive psychological
systems or coercive influence. The short description below comes from
Dr. Margaret Singer professor emeritus at the University of
California at Berkeley the acknowledged leading authority in the
world on mind control and cults. This document, in substance, was
presented to the U.S. Supreme Court as an educational Appendix on
coercive psychological systems in the case Wollersheim v. Church of
Scientology 89-1367 and 89-1361. The Wollersheim case was being
considered related to issues involving abuse in this area.
Coercion is defined as, "to restrain or constrain by force..."
Legally it often implies the use of PHYSICAL FORCE or physical or
legal threat. This traditional concept of coercion is far better
understood than the technological concepts of "coercive persuasion"
which are effective restraining, impairing, or compelling through the
gradual application of PSYCHOLOGICAL FORCES.
A coercive persuasion program is a behavioral change technology
applied to cause the "learning" and "adoption" of a set of behaviors
or an ideology under certain conditions. It is distinguished from
other forms of benign social learning or peaceful persuasion by the
conditions under which it is conducted and by the techniques of
environmental and interpersonal manipulation employed to suppress
particular behaviors and to train others. Over time, coercive
persuasion, a psychological force akin in some ways to our legal
concepts of undue influence, can be even MORE effective than pain,
torture, drugs, and use of physical force and legal threats.
The Korean War "Manchurian Candidate" misconception of the need for
suggestibility-increasing drugs, and physical pain and torture, to
effect thought reform, is generally associated with the old concepts
and models of brainwashing. Today, they are not necessary for a
coercive persuasion program to be effective. With drugs, physical
pain, torture, or even a physically coercive threat, you can often
temporarily make someone do something against their will. You can
even make them do something they hate or they really did not like or
want to do at the time. They do it, but their attitude is not changed.
This is much different and far less devastating than that which you
are able to achieve with the improvements of coercive persuasion.
With coercive persuasion you can change people's attitudes without
their knowledge and
volition. You can create new "attitudes" where they will do things
willingly which they formerly may have detested, things which
previously only torture, physical pain, or drugs could have coerced
them to do.
The advances in the extreme anxiety and emotional stress production
technologies found in coercive persuasion supersede old style
coercion that focuses on pain, torture, drugs, or threat in that
these older systems do not change attitude so that subjects follow
orders "willingly." Coercive persuasion changes both attitude AND
behavior, not JUST behavior.
THE PURPOSES AND TACTICS OF COERCIVE PERSUASION
Coercive persuasion or thought reform as it is sometimes known, is
best understood as a coordinated system of graduated coercive
influence and behavior control designed to deceptively and
surreptitiously manipulate and
influence individuals, usually in a group setting, in order for the
originators of the program to profit in some way, normally
financially or politically.
The essential strategy used by those operating such programs is to
systematically select, sequence and coordinate numerous coercive
persuasion tactics over CONTINUOUS PERIODS OF TIME. There are seven
main tactic types
found in various combinations in a coercive persuasion program. A
coercive persuasion program can still be quite effective without the
presence of ALL seven of these tactic types.
TACTIC 1. The individual is prepared for thought reform through
increased suggestibility and/or "softening up," specifically through
hypnotic or other suggestibility-increasing techniques such as: A.
Extended audio, visual, verbal, or tactile fixation drills; B.
Excessive exact repetition of routine activities; C. Decreased sleep;
D. Nutritional restriction.
TACTIC 2. Using rewards and punishments, efforts are made to
establish considerable control over a person's social environment,
time, and sources of social support. Social isolation is promoted.
Contact with family and friends is abridged, as is contact with
persons who do not share group-approved attitudes. Economic and other
dependence on the group is fostered. (In the forerunner to coercive
persuasion, brainwashing, this was rather easy to achieve through
TACTIC 3. Disconfirming information and nonsupporting opinions are
prohibited in group communication. Rules exist about permissible
topics to discuss with outsiders. Communication is highly controlled.
An "in-group" language is usually constructed.
TACTIC 4. Frequent and intense attempts are made to cause a person to
re-evaluate the most central aspects of his or her experience of self
and prior conduct in negative ways. Efforts are designed to
destabilize and undermine the subject's basic consciousness, reality
awareness, world view, emotional control, and defense mechanisms as
well as getting them to reinterpret their life's history, and adopt a
new version of causality.
TACTIC 5. Intense and frequent attempts are made to undermine a
person's confidence in himself and his judgment, creating a sense of
TACTIC 6. Nonphysical punishments are used such as intense
humiliation, loss of privilege, social isolation, social status
changes, intense guilt, anxiety, manipulation and other techniques
for creating strong aversive emotional arousals, etc.
TACTIC 7. Certain secular psychological threats [force] are used or
are present: That failure to adopt the approved attitude, belief, or
consequent behavior will lead to severe punishment or dire
consequence, (e.g. physical or mental illness, the reappearance of a
prior physical illness, drug dependence, economic collapse, social
failure, divorce, disintegration, failure to find a mate, etc.).
Another set of criteria has to do with defining other common elements
mind control systems. If most of Robert Jay Lifton's eight point
model of thought reform is being used in a cultic organization, it is
most likely a dangerous and destructive cult. These eight points
Robert Jay Lifton's Eight Point Model of Thought Reform
1. ENVIRONMENT CONTROL. Limitation of many/all forms of communication
with those outside the group. Books, magazines, letters and visits
with friends and family are taboo. "Come out and be separate!"
2. MYSTICAL MANIPULATION. The potential convert to the group becomes
convinced of the higher purpose and special calling of the group
through a profound encounter / experience, for example, through an
alleged miracle or prophetic word of those in the group.
3. DEMAND FOR PURITY. An explicit goal of the group is to bring about
some kind of change, whether it be on a global, social, or personal
level. "Perfection is possible if one stays with the group and is
4. CULT OF CONFESSION. The unhealthy practice of self disclosure to
members in the group. Often in the context of a public gathering in
the group, admitting past sins and imperfections, even doubts about
the group and
critical thoughts about the integrity of the leaders.
5. SACRED SCIENCE. The group's perspective is absolutely true and
completely adequate to explain EVERYTHING. The doctrine is not
subject to amendments or question. ABSOLUTE conformity to the
doctrine is required.
6. LOADED LANGUAGE. A new vocabulary emerges within the context of
the group. Group members "think" within the very abstract and narrow
parameters of the group's doctrine. The terminology sufficiently
stops members from thinking critically by reinforcing a "black and
white" mentality. Loaded terms and clichés prejudice thinking.
7. DOCTRINE OVER PERSON. Pre-group experience and group experience
are narrowly and decisively interpreted through the absolute
doctrine, even when experience contradicts the doctrine.
8. DISPENSING OF EXISTENCE. Salvation is possible only in the group.
Those who leave the group are doomed.
COERCIVE PERSUASION IS NOT PEACEFUL PERSUASION
Programs identified with the above-listed seven tactics have in
common the elements of attempting to greatly modify a person's self-
concept, perceptions of reality, and interpersonal relations. When
successful in inducing these changes, coercive thought reform
programs also, among other things, create the potential forces
necessary for exercising undue influence over a person's independent
decision-making ability, and even for turning the individual into a
deployable agent for the organization's benefit without the
individual's meaningful knowledge or consent.
Coercive persuasion programs are effective because individuals
experiencing the deliberately planned severe stresses they generate
can only reduce the pressures by accepting the system or adopting the
behaviors being promulgated by the purveyors of the coercion program.
The relationship between the person and the coercive persuasion
tactics are DYNAMIC in that while the force of the pressures,
rewards, and punishments brought to bear on the person are
considerable, they do not lead to a stable, meaningfully SELF-CHOSEN
reorganization of beliefs or attitudes. Rather, they lead to a sort
of coerced compliance and a situationally required elaborate
rationalization, for the new conduct.
Once again, in order to maintain the new attitudes or "decisions,"
sustain the rationalization, and continue to unduly influence a
person's behavior over time, coercive tactics must be more or less
CONTINUOUSLY applied. A fiery, "hell and damnation" guilt-ridden
sermon from the pulpit or several hours with a high-pressure salesman
or other single instances of the so-called peaceful persuasions do
not constitute the "necessary chords and orchestration" of a
SEQUENCED, continuous, COORDINATED, and carefully selected PROGRAM of
surreptitious coercion, as found in a comprehensive program
of "coercive persuasion."
Truly peaceful religious persuasion practices would never attempt to
force, compel and dominate the free wills or minds of its members
through coercive behavioral techniques or covert hypnotism. They
would have no difficulty coexisting peacefully with U.S. laws meant
to protect the public from such practices.
Looking like peaceful persuasion is precisely what makes coercive
persuasion less likely to attract attention or to mobilize
opposition. It is also part of what makes it such a devastating
control technology. Victims of coercive persuasion have: no signs of
physical abuse, convincing rationalizations for the radical or abrupt
changes in their behavior, a convincing "sincerity, and they have
been changed so gradually that they don't oppose it because
they usually aren't even aware of it.
Deciding if coercive persuasion was used requires case-by-case
careful analysis of all the influence techniques used and how they
were applied. By focusing on the medium of delivery and process used,
not the message, and on the critical differences, not the
coincidental similarities, which system was used becomes clear. The
Influence Continuum helps make the difference between peaceful
persuasion and coercive persuasion easier to distinguish.
Not all tactics used in a coercive persuasion type environment will
always be coercive. Some tactics of an innocuous or cloaking nature
will be mixed in.
Not all individuals exposed to coercive persuasion or thought reform
programs are effectively coerced into becoming participants.
How individual suggestibility, psychological and physiological
strengths, weakness, and differences react with the degree of
severity, continuity, and comprehensiveness in which the various
tactics and content of a coercive persuasion program are applied,
determine the program's effectiveness and/or the degree of severity
of damage caused to its victims.
For example, in United States v. Lee 455 U.S. 252, 257-258 (1982),
the California Supreme Court found that
"when a person is subjected to coercive persuasion without his
knowledge or consent... [he may] develop serious and sometimes
irreversible physical and psychiatric disorders, up to and including
schizophrenia, self-mutilation, and suicide."
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA OF A COERCIVE PERSUASION PROGRAM?
A). Determine if the subject individual held enough knowledge and
volitional capacity to make the decision to change his or her ideas
B). Determine whether that individual did, in fact, adopt, affirm, or
reject those ideas or beliefs on his own.
C). Then, if necessary, all that should be examined is the behavioral
processes used, not ideological content. One needs to examine only
the behavioral processes used in their "conversion." Each alleged
coercive persuasion situation should be reviewed on a case-by-case
basis. The characteristics of coercive persuasion programs are
severe, well-understood, and they are not accidental.
COERCIVE PERSUASION IS NOT VOLUNTARY, PEACEFUL, RELIGIOUS PRACTICE OR
CENTRAL TO ANY BONA FIDE RELIGION.
Coercive persuasion is not a religious practice, it is a control
technology. It is not a belief or ideology, it is a technological
As a PROCESS, it can be examined by experts on its technology
COMPLETELY SEPARATE from any idea or belief content, similar to
examining the technical process of hypnotic induction distinct from
the meaning or value of the
Examining PROCESSES in this manner can not violate First Amendment
Coercive persuasion is antithetical to the First Amendment. It is the
unfair manipulation of other's biological and psychological
weaknesses and susceptibilities. It is a psychological FORCE
technology, not of a free society, but of a criminal or totalitarian
society. It is certainly not a spiritual or religious technology.
Any organization using coercive persuasion on its members as a
CENTRAL practice that also claims to be a religion is turning the
SANCTUARY of the First Amendment into a fortress for psychological
assault. It is a contradiction of terms and should
Coercive persuasion is a subtle, compelling psychological force which
attacks an even more fundamental and important freedom than
our "freedom of religion." ITS REPREHENSIBILITY AND DANGER IS THAT IT
ATTACKS OUR SELF-DETERMINISM AND FREE WILL, OUR MOST FUNDAMENTAL
We Strongly recommend that you read the CODE OF ETHICS FOR SPIRITUAL
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daughters are not a property of the United States government. ent. ent. ent.
ent. have come to our attention."
"Ever er er er since we decided to robotize government we have dealt with the
opponents of President Gore's great humanitarian advancement iniciative, the
Machine/Man Replaceable Parts And Minds Program."
"The government will maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward any and all
opposition from vacuum-cleaner operators. As soon as ro ro ro robotization no
longer has all the benefits that we say it has, we will reprogram the relevant
populational elements accordingly via compulsory implant."
"Thank you. you. you. you."
"Office of the Prezbot of the USA."
(((:-))) Ivan AM -Newark
Oh, but you mean seriously? So do I. Let me measure the benefits of such
technologies when applied to the children of the government officials first.