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Mind-Control: Fiction or Nonfiction?

biometric_visaThe daily news repeats episodes of bizarre shootings, with “lone nuts” killed outright or consigned to the psych ward for their zombie-like behavior. Political thrillers like The Manchurian Candidate give us a glimpse into the dark world of brainwashed assassins, programmed to shoot on command. Less known is the long, true history of military and intelligence research and experimentation into such techniques.

Computer programmer Joe Norton, the protagonist of PsyBot, is given a scope rifle and elusive instructions for a mission in what appears to be a dream. Progressively his grip on sanity slips, under the influence of his monitor screen, virtual reality hardware, big-screen TV, and a local float tank. As the mechanism of control is not immediately obvious, like most of us he is slow to pin blame on a hidden agenda.

While the premise of this psychological thriller—a human infected by a virus-like computer program—may seem far-fetched at first, the context of ongoing research and news-breaking evidence makes it alarmingly plausible. Most recently in the news, the cases of murder suspects Rohini(e) Bisesar (charged in a Toronto stabbing), Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, and Vince Li, who beheaded a passenger on a Greyhound bus, are linked to possible use of covert mind-control technologies.

Particularly pertinent to the mechanism of infection in PsyBot is a passage describing U.S. patent number 5,159,703: “It is therefore possible to manipulate the nervous system of a subject by pulsing images displayed on a nearby computer monitor or TV set. For the latter, the image pulsing may be imbedded in the program material, or it may be overlaid by modulating a video stream.” By happy (or unhappy) coincidence, the above patent was approved in 1992—the very year in which this novel takes place.

The new appendix to PsyBot outlines known research in neuro-experimentation spanning decades. That material is reproduced below with live links to follow for further reading.

First, take note that the VR technology is trending high right now with the recent acquistion of Oculus by Facebook for $2 billion. In 2014, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confidently declared that VR would be “the next major computing platform.”

brainwavesKeywords

neuro-experimentation, nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, covert micro-chipping, mind hacking, cybernetic mind-control, weaponized neuropsychology, bio-communication controls, remote-control electronic brain links, cerebral cortex cloning, mind hiving, Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP), microwave radiation weaponry, synthetic telepathy, bio-communications technology, brain entrainment of frequencies, Radio Hypnotic Inter-Cerebral Control/Electronic Dissolution of Memory–RHIC/EDOM, hypnotically entrained forced speech, neuroscience, BRAIN (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative (DARPA program), weaponized neuroscience, Silent Sound, brainwashing, Manchurian Candidate, HAARP, MKULTRA, hypnosis, Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), mind control, lone nuts, assassinations, Brain-Machine-Interface (BMI), Neurocrime, Predictive Policing, neuroweaponry, microchip, hypno-programming, memory implantation, Synthetic Telepathy, Neural Imaging.

Selected excerpts from Bisesar case study

Rohini Bisesar: Psychiatric Illness, or Long-Term Covert Neuro-Experimentation and a “Manchurian Candidate”? – by writer/researcher Ramola D. at The EveryDay Concerned Citizen

(With information reported in the Toronto Sun, National Post, Toronto Life, City News, and other media)
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/05/rohini-bisesar-psychiatric-illness-long-term-covert-neuro-experimentation-manchurian-candidate.html

archived at: https://web.archive.org/web/20160504113425/http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/05/rohini-bisesar-psychiatric-illness-long-term-covert-neuro-experimentation-manchurian-candidate.html

Synthetic Telepathy: “also known as Voice to Skull or Voice of God or Microwave Hearing technology, where voice signals are modulated onto microwaves and transmitted into the back of a person’s head, inducing within his or her brain the clear auditory sensation of externally-produced voices, in a phenomenon of hearing voices inside one’s head, which psychiatrists may unknowingly or knowingly mis-diagnose as a symptom of schizophrenia.”

brainwaves3Dr. Robert Duncan has come forward to describe DOD/CIA projects in cybernetic mind-control, weaponized neuropsychology, and bio-communication controls, which include the integrated use of Artificial Intelligence, biophysics, and behavioral science in the creation of remote-control Electronic Brain Links, cerebral cortex cloning, Mind Hiving, Neural Linguistic Programming. and more. Dr. Barrie Trower has spoken extensively of microwave radiation weaponry that has been developed by the UK Navy, for whom he has worked…. the prime objective seems to be absolute control of the human mind, and absolute control of populations, even as other, Globalist and eugenicist objectives also play out. Microchips may not be needed for remote mind hacking. ‘In a direct mind-hack, spoofing is done with synthetic telepathy, a bio-communications technology. Sounds and voices can be forced into a target’s perception.’ [Duncan] discusses various techniques shared with his research group by whistleblowers, including brain entrainment of frequencies, recurring hypnotic states induced in an individual’s brain by radio control–Radio Hypnotic Inter-Cerebral Control/Electronic Dissolution of Memory–RHIC/EDOM, hypnotically entrained ‘forced speech,’ and programming ‘to perform certain actions or maintain certain attitudes by radio signal.’”

“Neuroscientists outside the military/Intelligence world, from academia and clinical practice, have started to speak openly about the remote accessing of people’s brains, of Neural Imaging wherein everything a person sees, whether physically or electronically, off a screen, can be picked up remotely (as EMF/low frequency radio waves) and reproduced/re-translated into image format via the intermediate use of a computer program functioning as an Electronic Brain Link.”

“Similarly, technologies exist to pick up and record thoughts, ideas, memories—all issuing forth as extremely low frequency (and long wavelength) radiation, in the range of 0.5 to 30 Hertz—even the “voice in your head/your inner voice” can be read now, as pre-vocalized thought. Applications in Neurocrime and Predictive Policing—reading your mind to find out if you are a likely criminal or plotting a criminal act—very much in Minority Report style—are currently being studied, discussed at conferences, and discoursed about in Neuroscience programs. This Youtube playlist  [referenced in appendix] collects many related videos, including the Davos 2016 videos, on current-day neuroethics and neuroscience.”

“[Navy Yard shooter] Aaron Alexis had in fact complained of ELF [Extremely Low Frequency] radiation attacks and had inscribed on his rifle the words ‘My ELF Weapon.’”

See also: Activists Inform Canadian Journalists of Ongoing Neuro-Experimentation & Mind Control Projects While Irregularities in Rohinie Bisesar’s Court Case Mount
archived at: https://web.archive.org/web/20160515104301/http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/05/activists-inform-canadian-journalists-ongoing-neuro-experimentation-mind-control-projects-irregularities-rohinie-bisesars-court-case-mount.html

oculus-riftFurther resources

On the Need for New Criteria of Diagnosis of Psychosis in the Light of Mind Invasive Technology – Carole Smith

Electromagnetic and Informational Weapons: The Remote Manipulation of the Human Brain – Mojmir Babacek

Raising Awareness About the Tragic Assaults on Aaron Alexis, Myron May, and Miriam Carey: An Interview with Tyrone Dew

2016 BRAIN Initiatives: Neuro Crime, Neuro Warfare, DARPA/CIA Brain Experimentation, Neuro Ethics, and Non-Consensual Experimentees

The American Public Informs President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues About Ongoing Non-Consensual Human Experimentation in the USA Today

Covert Operations of the National Security Agency – John St.Clair Akwei

Electromagnetic Frequency Mind Control Weapons – Stephen Lendman

The Mind Stealers/Psychosurgery and Mind Control – Samuel Chavkin

Nonconsensual BrainWave and Personality Studies by the US Government – Welsh

US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights: A Study of the History of US Intelligence Community Human Rights Violations and Continuing Research in Electromagnetic Weapons – Peter Phillips, Lew Brown and Bridget Thornton, Sonoma State University

Information on Technologies – SurveillanceIssues.com

International Campaign To End Human Rights Violations Involving Classified New Weapons of Mass Destruction: Electromagnetic and Neurological Technologies –Cheryl Welsh, Mind Justice

United States of PsyOps: Call Them Paranoid. Call Them Delusional.
http://web.archive.org/web/20160624142647/http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/06/united-states-psyops-call-paranoid-call-delusional.html

HAARP, Silent Sound, and Mind Control Technologies
http://www.wanttoknow.info/war/haarp_weather_modification_electromagnetic_warfare
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0440167558-operationmindcontrolOperation Mind Control – Researcher’s Edition, by Walter Bowart

Topics: mind controlCIAWalter Bowartmental warfareMKULTRA, cryptocracyintelligenceespionagecovert operations

https://archive.org/download/OperationMindControlResearchersEdition/Operation%20Mind%20Control%20-%20Researcher’s%20Edition.pdf

Dr. Greenbaum and the Manchurian Candidates
https://www.sott.net/article/240587-The-Cs-Hit-List-05-Dr-Greenbaum-and-the-Manchurian-Candidates

The 6-part documentary Evidence of Revision contains information on Oswald, Ruby, DeMohrenschildt, Sirhan, Ray, mind control, among other topics. Recommended as an introduction to the topics in question and as a means of putting our current political situation into the context it needs.

The information on Oswald comes primarily from The Perfect Assassin: Lee Harvey Oswald, The CIA and Mind Control by Jerry Leonard. Other sources on mind control, including the other ‘lone nuts’ mentioned, include: John Marks’ The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, Walter Bowart’s Operation Mind Control, Colin Ross’s The CIA Doctors, Dave McGowan’s Programmed to Kill. See also wanttoknow.info, which contains a brief summary of the 18,000+ pages of declassified documents relating to mind control.

Brain-Machine-Interface (BMI) Research

Revolutionary New Brain Chip Allows Monkeys To Grasp AND Feel Objects Using Their Thoughts
http://singularityhub.com/2011/10/13/revolutionary-new-brain-chip-allows-monkeys-to-grasp-and-feel-objects-using-their-thoughts/

Sleeper testimony: alien contact
http://www.thelivingmoon.com/47sleeper/08pdf_files/Sleeper-1.pdf


PsyBot - sci-fi novelPsyBot: A Novel of Virtual Reality

About the book | First chapter | Order from Amazon

PsyBot is every programmer’s nightmare: the bug that gets loose on the user side of the interface. Virtual reality, Joe Norton discovers, is not confined to hardware. Is the only way out, to go further in? A literate cyber thriller about personal transformation. “Surreal, bizarre… fascinating, three-dimensional characters” (Kindle Book Reviews).

Hopsicker’s Genius

A review of Daniel Hopsicker, Welcome to Terrorland:
Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida
(2012)

hopsickerDaniel Hopsicker embraces journalistic flair and common-sense irony to present the case for a 9-11 cover-up, focused on the flight schools in Jeb Bush’s Florida. Admirably he succeeds in the challenge of how to make it believable, whether to ordinary readers or hardened skeptics. I mean, the coverup (chiefly by the FBI) is eminently believable, given the wealth of factual information and firsthand interviews in this account; but the real test is holding the reader’s interest.

Hopsicker hits on a novel approach: write it like a B-movie. Then we are drawn in, on the common human level. Familiar with Hollywood plots and pulp thrillers, we know how these things work: the old boys network, the greasing of palms.

When we see conspiracy in a movie, we go, “Oh, but it’s just a movie…”; or, “That sort of thing only happens in the movies.” So reality skates by, unexamined. Which, in its own right, can be chalked up to an agenda within the Hollywood establishment—but that’s another story.

If reality, on the other hand, is conveyed in straight investigative or academic terms, reasoned and footnoted, as in the approach of David Ray Griffin, we go, “Yeah, that sounds right…” but we probably already share the premise of skepticism. If we don’t already agree, we can see what’s coming and choose not to go there.

Hopsicker’s style uses humor to disarm, and subtle phrasing to avoid stating what to the programmed mind might seem outrageous, or to the NSA snoop, subversive. At times the narrator of this shockingly true chronicle will feign to contradict, tongue in cheek, what the evidence has made abundantly clear—“Of course, that’s just another coincidence”—mocking the mainstream default position, denial.

Given the facts, any reasonable person likely will come to the same conclusions as Hopsicker and this reader, unless our programming is harder-wired than we are aware of. Hopsicker has the genius and chops to undermine such programming with a winning combination of dogged investigative journalism, and a knack for telling a story that engages our interest, our sympathy, and our conviction that the “official” story is a shoddy pack of criminal lies.

–Nowick Gray

Note (8 August 2017): I discovered this week that Hopsicker’s book, which I bought last year from Amazon in Kindle version, is no longer available there; and Amazon is charging exhorbitant prices for Hopsicker’s books in paperback and hardback editions.

Why? The cover-up continues, apparently.

At least you can still get the books by donation from the author’s website, here: http://www.madcowprod.com/the-return-of-barry-the-boys-2/

 

Baltimore protests

Revolution Tales (four reviews)

Revolution, Hollywood Style: From the Brutal to the Banal

There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest search for understanding, education, organization, action that raises the cost of state violence for its perpetrators or that lays the basis for institutional change—and the kind of commitment that will persist despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures and only limited successes, inspired by the hope of a brighter future. (Noam Chomsky)

Mockingjay, Part 2

mockingjayThere are profound and important lessons embedded in the plot of The Hunger Games trilogy, and Mockingjay, Part 2 is no exception, as it tackles that most controversial human action of last resort, revolution. Where it disappoints is in the pat personalization of the issues, which makes for popular drama but not a satisfying political analysis.

Most telling is the “false flag” attack on the children, pivotal in turning Katniss against the revolution’s President Coin, even as she wanted to kill the “evil” Panem President Snow. With one stroke a massive public exposure is given to three of the most insidious tactics of the real world’s ruling empire: 1) staging attacks on one’s own people and blaming it on a supposed enemy; 2) after drone attacks, sending bombs on a second wave to kill rescuers and mourners from the first wave; 3) using torture and brainwashing to produce and control assets (Peeta) as “Manchurian candidates.” At the end of it all, however, the revolution succeeds: both evil presidents are dead, we have a black woman commander taking the helm, and there is peace in the land, babies at the breast.

How shallow the portrayal of the collapsing fascist state: it has no substance, only a genial aging Donald Sutherland, hardly the picture of evil; a corps of robot “peacekeepers”; and a legion of sewer “mutts” like a gaggle of golems swarming at the good guys. Oh, and another illuminating moment of transparency, when the smiling and coiffed TV host, Caesar Flickerman, delivers obvious false propaganda to Panem’s citizens—“Mandatory Viewing.”

Here are my quibbles with the movie’s take on revolution:

  • It assumes an armed revolution, and victory. I find this scenario theoretically improbable and in fact merely sketched in the background of the film.
  • Following Katniss, it points the finger of blame at one man, President Snow. One problem is that the film thus asks us to ignore the real sources of power and evil controlling imperial governments, making puppets and pawns of heads of state. Another problem is that Snow is made to seem warm, reasonable, human, even likable, though he does indeed bear responsibility for brutal policies such as the Hunger Games. That problem might be considered a virtue, presenting a rounded character; but I think in the balance Snow—or maybe it’s just the casting of Sutherland—is unconvincing.

Revolutionary success, in this film, comes so easy. Yes, there is hardship and death along the way, a protracted struggle. But then… such a seamless transfer of power to the commander. All is well in the Districts. This is a fairy tale transformation of dystopia to utopia, with the latter only presented as a final postcard and no clues as to how it magically transpired. Or maybe that’s just… another story.

Lila, The Revolutionary, by William T. Hathaway

lilia, the revolutionaryThis engaging tale takes the theme of revolution from a socialist perspective and advances it behind the fresh and unconditioned ethos of a child, eight-year-old Lila. Compared to the broad strokes (at least in the film version) of Mockingjay 2, it fleshes out the resistance, and shows also oppression but without much lethal force. Violent clashes consist mostly of police and protestors “clubbing” one another as in a street brawl of the 1930s. Contrast the contemporary scenario where any response short of absolute submission is liable to be met with gunfire.

Baltimore protests

And how easily the guards, managers, and soldiers of the establishment turn against their superiors, when faced with the humane logic of Lila about natural justice. “You’re a worker just like us. The owners are keeping you down too. Join us,” Lila chirps, and they defy orders, walk away from jobs, and join the ranks of rebellion.

As a result of such conversions, barricades are overrun again and again. Even the mighty USA is brought to account, when Lila arrives from her unspecified foreign country and inspires a socialist election victory in the seat of empire. The trillions taken offshore before the fall? No matter. Real value, says Lila, comes not from such spurious funds, but from honest labor:

Not such a big problem.… We make new money. It’s the factories that make the money worth something. We own the factories, we own the money. Their money is nothing. We make the money and give it to the people. The world doesn’t use that old money anymore.… That money is dead.

As I write this, a news item appears on my feed, entitled “If You Want to Limit the Power of the Super-Wealthy, Stop Using their Money.”  Economist Charles Hugh Smith writes, “The only way to reverse rising inequality and break the power of the super-wealthy Financial Aristocracy is to stop using their central-bank issued national currencies. When the world ceases to use the Financial Aristocracy’s money, their power to accumulate more wealth at the expense of everyone else will disappear.”

totalitarian

As in Mockingjay 2, the final battle is fought for the presidential palace (the White House). We hear of the CIA and NATO (offstage) attempting to orchestrate and intervene, and of the manipulation of a national election. The context of Lila is realpolitik, yet in the face of such overwhelming odds we witness the “power of the people” fully engaged in the cause of economic equality.

Lila, like Mockingjay 2, ends with a pastoral scene of family contentment on a farm. Both stories dispense with the messy aftermath of revolution, leaving such details of restructuring, it seems, to the factory committees to work out, with trust in the intrinsic goodness of human nature when freed from the yoke of capitalism.

Despite the seeming naiveté of the denouement (Lila is billed as a “fable,” after all), one must take heart in facing the real-world powers that be, since, as we hear more than once in this story, “Where have piecemeal reforms gotten us over the years? Only into a deeper hole, while the owners got richer. Better to demand what’s ours now, than to die the slow death of a slave, in poverty.”

economic inequality

Far from naïve, Lila’s rejection of conventional wisdom is supported by history, witness to the fall of every empire. As Smith writes,

Everyone who is convinced that the current status quo is permanent and unbreakable should consider what happened to the super-wealthy private landholders of the Western Roman Empire. When the empire’s power to coerce broke down, the super-wealthy vanished into the dustbin of history. Few believed that possible in 475 AD, but history isn’t a matter of belief. Believing it isn’t possible doesn’t stop history.

The Dandelion Insurrection: Love and Revolution, by Rivera Sun

dandelion insurrectionThe Dandelion Insurrection supplies a more detailed version of the revolution. This time the focus is on a “politics of love” than on a socialist manifesto of equality and ownership of production. Still the books are remarkably similar, in their depiction of a social movement of struggle, activism, and nonviolent resistance. (Sun even includes an appendix from noted researcher Gene Sharp with his 198 methods of nonviolent action.) As in Lila, success hinges—both on the front lines of confrontation and in the overall power dynamics of a nation—on persuasion of the agents of repression (guards, soldiers, police) to convert to the side of justice and humanity, even as state violence is ratcheted up.

People think there must be some magical tactic, beyond the traditional ones — protests, demonstrations, vigils, civil disobedience—but there is no magical panacea, only persistence. (Howard Zinn)

We see the success of the Dandelion Insurrection only up to the ultimate moment of confrontation, when millions are marching on the capital, led by heroes Zadie and Charlie… targeted by approaching drones. As with Lila, we see that victory requires the ultimate sacrifice. That final pastoral scene of success and peace on the other side of revolution is missing from this tale, but by now we can see that when the tide of human struggle for change reaches massive proportions, a change in the power structure is inevitable. The more distant question of how that transfer of power actually takes shape is again (as in Mockingjay and Lila) deferred to the reader’s imagination.

false paradise

More concerning is the premise of all three revolutionary scenarios: that a population oppressed will rise to the challenge of sacrificing what comfort and normalcy remains in life, to take to the streets and risk life and limb, to mobilize that radical shift from tyranny to freedom, from fear to love. Will this transformation occur among the media-sedated masses of the Western world? Perhaps it is only a matter of time, before the oppression of war and poverty drives people to rise up and put bodies on the line, to take a stand and march for a truly new world order: decentralized, democratic, humane, and free.

Postscript: Gray Mountain, by John Grisham

grisham, gray mountainA pulp novel for the masses may seem an unlikely addition to the literature of revolution. John Grisham’s Gray Mountain, however, pulls no punches in outlining the abuses of Big Coal in Appalachia. The entire corrupt machinery of Corporate America is here exposed for all to see; the particular setting of this novel serves well as a microcosm. There is no mincing “objectivity” here: the coal companies and their minions are the bad guys, and heroine Samantha and her cadre of legal volunteers are the good guys.

Herein lies the contribution of Grisham’s approach. It portrays the full scope of an evil system that destroys crusaders like the maverick lawyer Donovan, and pushes survivors like his brother Jeff to solitary acts of revenge. Yet its realism keeps damaged workers in their place, hoping for small courtroom victories. Near the end of the book, protagonist Samantha Kofer sums up the battle lines:

“They cheated, they won, and they’ll do it again because they write the rules. I guess there’s no way to stop them. They got the money, the power, the doctors, and I guess the judges. Some system.”

“There’s no way to stop them, Samantha?” Mavis pleaded.

“A lawsuit, I guess.”

Here is the realpolitik of America: corporate greed unchecked except for isolated, fearless crusaders.

The real revolution in this book occurs within the character of Samantha, who migrates from a failed Wall Street model to a humble position in the boonies where she can have a positive impact on people’s lives. In the process, the system is validated by a sympathetic judge, a dedicated team of lawyers with social conscience, and small victories of incremental justice. This is not a radical vision, and no doubt it is an inadequate one; but as a bestseller Gray Mountain serves the public awakening to the truth of how the system works at the present time, and offers a personal model of transformation: from a life spent as part of the problem, to a new start as part of the solution.

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further reading:

Is vs. Should: The Quantum Paradox

The Politics of Life

Chris Hedges, The Illusion of Freedom

JimQ, The Odds Are Never in Your Favor

 

Jumbo Pass: The Edge of Tomorrow

The novella Rendezvous at Jumbo Pass is based on a real-life adventure, a tale of survival in the heart of wilderness: Jumbo Pass, situated between the East and West Kootenay valleys in southeast British Columbia. That pristine wilderness is threatened by a massive tourist development for the benefit an Italian megacorp. Despite rubberstamp support from the BC government bureaucracy, 90% of area residents oppose the development, as they have since the early 1990s when the scheme first was proposed. In this clip Sean Rodman sings of the struggle and what is at stake (and note, when the camera pans, the little cabin where the action of Rendezvous takes place):

This week I saw the Tom Cruise sci-fi action thriller, Edge of Tomorrow. If you liked Groundhog Day and can stomach a heavy diet of mechanized mayhem, you’ll enjoy this latest twist of the narrative device, the time loop. Deja vu all over again. Watch the trailer… and then, if you want a more natural version of the same kind of story, head on up to Jumbo, hitching a ride on the gondola called Rendezvous at Jumbo Pass.

New: Jumbo Wild – documentary film (2015)