Let’s Scare Joe Public to Death

{This is not, actually, about the heightened awareness and mass news media cycle for the weekend regarding potential ISIS attacks during the 4th of July celebration. I think that speaks for itself even if people we armed and tried to leverage into taking out Assad in Syria do manage to pull something off.}

Really didn’t expect to do a second piece on the previous post, but it occurred to me today that there may be other psychiatric phenomena reverse engineered for the so-called intelligence community.

While I don’t have an answer to the more complex and dramatic uses of placebos such as one alleged in the New York Times in the 1990s regarding a cancer patient whose tumors reportedly melted away until he was told only water had been injected into him, at which point they returned and he died. But the idea that attitude has physiological effects is not a new one. Modern medicine has gotten on board–to an extent–with “faith healing”:

Ted J. Kaptchuk and Franklin G. Miller, “Placebo Effects in Medicine,” New England Journal of Medicine, 373:8-9, 2 July 2015, DOI 10.1056/NEJMp1504023:


What may be the point in “reverse engineering” placebos? Assassination a la ‘voodoo’ simply by convincing the target that they are dying or ill. Once again the 1955 draft MKLUTRA memorandum from the 1977 Senate report comes into play. Item #5:

5. Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.

Also see a related section of the report itself on CI interrogations:

Although no studies are known to have been made of the placebo phenomenon as applied to narco-interrogation, it seems reasonable that when a subject’s sense of guilt interferes with productive interrogation, a placebo for pseudo-narcosis could have the effect of absolving him of the responsibility for his acts and thus clear the way for free communication.

While this latter quote does not indicate use for killing, it’s not really a bridge too far to expect that was later considered. This is in fact sometimes how one project lead to another, with a result prompting more ideas.

Item 5 is perhaps not just about bankrupting a target, turning them into a hypochondriac, or simply wasting their time and energy worrying. Taken to the extreme, you can make a difference on their lifespan. Think of a bullet that takes months or years to arrive at its target but carefully and methodically gets a gentle push to ensure that it eventually arrives. When the target eventually succumbs to whatever it is they develop from loss of sleep, stress, worry, and psychosomatic symptoms {think of a hysterical pregnancy but giving birth instead to tumors}, it appears that it was just nature taking its course. The broken, bloated, and ever-tax-dollar-guzzling intelligence apparatus, corporation or political organization responsible never even enters into the minds of the public, investigators, medical examiners, etc. Perhaps to enhance this, other substances may be used, such as whatever item 6 was referring to:

6. Materials which will render the induction of hypnosis easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness.

Substitute “hypnosis” for “suggestion” and you can achieve this via PSYOP.

Discomfort is the central and most common complaint from so-called targeted individuals of organized stalking. There was even a mailing list where a target was sort of live-emailing his or her imminent demise. I doubt that they actually died, rather were too embarrassed to re-appear for some time to admit they hadn’t, but the person really seemed to believe that it was happening. Bodily pains and one’s head not feeling right represent the bulk of complaints in general from what I have read and been told.

The ability to inflict pain from remotely and anonymously is not science fiction. Neither is the long-standing interest in drugs that alter perception and make a person seem–if not indeed be–mentally ill.

There should be an axiom regarding capability and occurrence, but I’m not aware of one. Let’s consider it a work in progress:

If a thing is possible, someone, somewhere, is doing it.

The intelligence community’s sometime interest in the occult becomes clearer, beyond the study of drugs used in rituals and simple cover stories. It’s our own decency and belief in law, rights, and limits that prevent us seeing what some of the darker corners of our system are capable of.

And a bonus idea. As noted in Wicked Game, there was one MKULTRA subproject {#109} dealing with “pharmacological age.” As noted there, they may have been searching for the “fountain of youth” and instead discovered a way to, for example, enhance the likelihood that a UN weapons inspector might engage in things that would get him into legal trouble.

However, on top of that, we have a legal system where {for now anyway} adolescent and child criminal records get sealed. The reasoning behind this is that the young are not able to make decisions the same way that adults are. Using the brain apparently takes practice.

What if that, too, could be altered? What if you could take a 45 year old man and reduce his thinking to that of a fifteen year old? You could greatly increase the likelihood of committing a crime, if you wanted to entrap him. And, as we now know, that’s sometimes how people are “persuaded” to betray their country.


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  1. […] Microwave arrhythmia? Or something more like what I suggested here, the placebo effect in reverse? This last would seem to require some kind of black ops to accompany […]

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