US Blatantly Goes Full Nazi

https://twitter.com/EFF/status/681539107852435456

Yonatan Moskowitz and Lee Tien, “Human Research Loopholes Alive and Well,” EFF, 28 December 2015:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/12/human-research-loopholes-alive-and-well

There’s discussion of an intelligence community exception to human experimentation. One can give comments to the Department of Health and Human Services until the 6 January 2016 deadline regarding this:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=HHS-OPHS-2015-0008-0001

It also includes, very vaguely, the MINERVA Initiative nonsense, where DoD controls the flow of information people see on social media so as to control the national mood and attitudes. Where have we ever seen the like? {Lower portion, CIA and USAID in Afghanistan and Pakistan}.

Of course the truth is far more bleak. We are already well beyond the experiments of the Cold War and into domestic operations that include everything from building phony narratives for support of policies that are not in the public interest, to maligning African Americans, Muslims and others, to swaying elections, up to and including assassination and fear-mongering via so-called lone wolf shooters.

But at least there’s some related discussion. The fact that the Obama administration is on the one hand asking for comment while also asking for the exception is of course to confuse you. They want it or we wouldn’t be discussing it. As with a group only being as smart as the dumbest person in the room, a system is only as benevolent as its most malevolent act. And this one is pretty far off the deep end as things go already.

My comments:

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You can read more about those two memos here. Not really even close to capturing the entire picture since use of these kinds of things also includes the more mundane COINTELPRO style mind games and military PSYOP, but it is a sometimes necessary piece depending on what it is they are trying to accomplish.

It always seems to boil down to a few things. Old money and how CIA and DoD {for that matter FBI and many contractors} serve it first and foremost, though there’s a shift towards multinational corporations these days, and the radical religious people who tend to wind up among the Joint Chiefs of Staff and places like Langley and the other side of the financial scam/quick money revolving door {think of Willard Mitt Romney and Bain Capital here}. How much more self-deception do you need beyond constant cash flow while clutching a rosary or that extra book tricking your mind into thinking the Big Guy approves of your murder, war crimes, torture, brainwashing, mayhem and circumvention of the Bill of Rights BAMN?

Magical thinking among those who have nuclear weapons. Nothing to worry about, I’m sure.

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Horrified, Storified

Two new storifies up regarding my Twitter yesterday:

“And I Feel Fine” is about the political, but not the technological, singularity. CIA is about to check the last thing off of its Halloween wishlist and it spells the end of any opposition to cheap labor, Permawar, corporate and military generated pollution, whatever it is that the multinationals want to keep on doing. The photo is a great example of Optimism Bias, aka waiting for Superman aka “He’s Not Coming, Lol.” (Right?).

“When They Fall” is showing just how quickly antiwar icons can be turned into tools of the military industrial complex. Includes what Monuments Men was about and a hilarious interaction between a famous folk singer and the robot brain of death. {Recall also Sting’s argument with Miles Copeland in Rolling Stone}.

And you can check out, from a year ago, “Insistence-is-Futile.” The story of how I called bullshit on ISIL before Tony Blair did. Note that the photo has apparently been debunked if you can trust McCain’s office at all. It still works symbolically regardless.

New Atheists and Old Un-/Intended Consequences

“Our asylums are full of people who think they’re Napoleon. Or God.”

Even fascist assassins can find a gold nugget now and again. Of course nowadays, these people run multinationals, banks, Wall Street firms, government agencies, countries.

BACKGROUND – BRAINHACKING aka BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

US Senate

US Senate/Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, “Individual Rights and Federal Role in Behavior Modification,” November 1974:

theblackvault.com/documentarchive/mind-control-collection/

documents.theblackvault.com/documents/mindcontrol/ED103726.pdf

As disturbing as behavior modification may be on a theoretical level, the unchecked growth of the practical technology of behavior control is cause for even greater concern. … As technology has expanded our capacity for meeting society’s needs, it has also increased, to a startling degree, our ability to enter and affect the lives of individual citizens.

In addition, the subcommittee has long been concerned with constitutional issues arising out of the treatment of the mentally ill. … In 1965 the Congress enacted The District of Columbia Hospitalization of the Mentally Ill Act…

—Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., subcommittee chairman

More recently

DC Department of Mental Health, “Saint Elizabeths Hospital and the U.S. Departmnent of Justice June 25, 2007 Settlement Agreement,” via Waybackmachine, 18 April 2011:

https://web.archive.org/web/20120322030647/
http://www.dmh.dc.gov/dmh/cwp/view,A,3,Q,639789.asp

The DoJ investigated St. E’s due a rise in violence at the facility. Was this rise one element in a post-9/11 return of MKULTRA?

As I’ve written several times, whereas surveillance can be about learning about you, brainhacking can be about altering who you are. Voyeurism v rape is in some ways not a bad analogy apart from most of us not knowing how traumatic actual rape can be {and I do not seek to diminish that in any way}.

BACKGROUND – GITMO’S ‘CAMP NO’ aka ‘STRAWBERRY FIELDS’

Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, “Penny Lane: Secret CIA Guantanamo Facility Trained Prisoners To Be Double Agents,” HuffPo, 26 November 2013:

huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/penny-lane-cia-guantanamo_n_4341377.html

But what is it that they were actually doing? When there are so many financial benefits to manufacturting terrorists instead of moles to point out drone targets, what is really happening comes into question.

It also seems likely that the program did not end, merely got moved elsewhere. They never give them up completely.

See the new top-tab-page here if you require more in order to understand how it is a wide range of methods from breaking down the personality and will, to inflicting psychological pain, to indoctrination. And note that none of the three top subjects were particularly religious, merely radical and/or mentally disturbed.

And the US government’s brainwashing document on the Soviet and Chinese Cold War methods. They know precisely what they are doing.

And Shaker Aamer’s document about his treatment.

And how in general there’s a corrupt psychiatric industrial complex:

Bruce E. Levine, “America’s Mental Health Industry Is a Threat to Our Sanity,” TruthOut, 8 January 2012:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/5976:americas-mental-health-industry-is-a-threat-to-our-sanity

SAM HARRIS

I am starting to think that we are looking at an Ann Coulter type situation. Coulter’s popularity dropped considerably once TIME published the piece on her in 2005, the Right {and some on the Left who didn’t get it} quickly tried to distract us with a kerfuffle about the cover photo. What the article says, clearly, is that Coulter likes to watch and laugh at the reactions to her outrageous comments with friends over a glass of wine. This explains that her primary goal is to throw out red meat which the Left spends time, energy, money, ink, and pixels refuting. This serves to ‘degrade’ Leftist activists’ effectiveness. Note the ‘degrade’ is one of the “4 D’s” mentioned in the GCHQ/JTRIG slides {the others being deny, disrupt, and deceive} though this concept is neither new nor originated with them.

That said, and I’ve spent a lot of conscious and unconscious thought on this myself, here’s a pair of refutations of Harris’ statements, retractions, denials, etc.

Adam Johnson, “Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins just don’t get it: The real reason(s) progressives can’t stand them, The pair still can’t understand why their self-victimization shtick plays so poorly on the left. We have some ideas,” Salon/Alternet, 6 October 2015:

salon.com/2015/10/06/why_so_many_liberals_just_
cant_stand_richard_dawkins_and_bill_maher_partner/

Omar Baddar, “Sam Harris’ dangerous new idiocy: Incoherent, Islamophobic and simply immoral; Harris’ latest airport profiling proposal isn’t just anti-Muslim, it makes no sense and would not keep anyone safe,” Salon, 10 October 2015:

salon.com/2015/10/10/sam_harris_dangerous_new_idiocy_
incoherent_islamophobic_and_simply_immoral/

Now on to why I think all of this is related and the irony of agreeing with Harris on so many givens while simultaneously coming to different conclusions on the solutions and problems themselves.

His shared paper on neural correlates and religious and non-religious belief.

journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0007272

According to Boyer, religious beliefs and concepts must arise from mental categories and cognitive propensities that predate religion—and these underlying structures might determine the stereotypical form that religious beliefs and practices take.

Yes. See optimism bias. You can’t run around taking care of business worrying today about the collapse of magnetic forces that hold matter together or yesterday that it will never rain again. So you may as well ascribe your safety to the unseen, maybe do a dance. Better to buy off on a delusion and stop thinking about it. That’s evolution and this is to a large extent a beneficial adaptation. As long as you don’t sit around waiting for Superman when your action is required.

We may, in fact, be what Bloom [46] has called “common sense dualists”—that is, we may be constitutionally inclined to see mind as distinct from body and, therefore, will tend to intuit the existence of disembodied minds at work in the world.

Hallelujah, they are not nearly as distinct as we believe. It’s worth noting that Harris and I also share the view that free will is not what we think it is. But it’s not religion per se that leads to violence, as noted with Kaczynski, ‘Whitey’, and Lang. So why is eliminating or switching off that “center” if it exists the focus?

And who else is interested in finding out where ‘religion’ resides in the brain-body and how to switch it on and off? DARPA.

Activist Post, “Secret DARPA Mind Control Project Revealed: Leaked Document,” 29 July 2013:

activistpost.com/2013/07/secret-darpa-mind-control-project.html

Activist Post was recently contacted by an anonymous whistleblower who worked on a secret ongoing mind-control project for DARPA. The aim of the program is to remotely disrupt political dissent and extremism by employing “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” (TMS) in tandem with sophisticated propaganda based on this technology. TMS stimulates the temporal lobe of the brain with electromagnetic fields.

The program, conducted by The Center for Strategic Communication, is based at Arizona State University. The DARPA funding for this project can be confirmed on the ASU website here. The head of the project, Steve Corman, has worked extensively in the area of strategic communication as it applies to terrorism and “extremism” – or what could be called “the war of ideas.”

As with surveillance and every other power we handed over to government, to think such a thing, if possible, would only be used to alter the thoughts of terrorists is at best incredibly naïve. Every single Cold War excess has and is being used for purposes of personal financial gain and power expansion.

And this is hardly a first. There have been hypnosis studies on religious conversion for half a century or more.

As silly as this program might sound on its face, here’s a fun kind-of-related story:

David Derbyshire, “Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets,” DailyMailUK, 30 March 2010:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1262074/Scientists-discover-moral-compass-brain-controlled-magnets.html

Dr. Liane Young, who led the study, said: ‘You think of morality as being a really high-level behaviour. To be able to apply a magnetic field to a specific brain region and change people’s moral judgements is really astonishing.’

The moral compass lies in a part of the brain called the right temporo-parietal junction. It lies near the surface of the brain, just behind the right ear.

The researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used a non-invasive technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation to disrupt the area of the brain.

The technique generates a magnetic field on a small part of the skull which creates weak electric currents in the brain. These currents interfere with nearby brain cells and prevent them from firing normally.

FOIA’d DARPA-ASU project progress report docs can be found here:

theblackvault.com/documentarchive/darpa-mind-control-project/

Is or was Sam Harris also in DoD’s employ? Or did they zap him, Dawkins and Maher in the head too?

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Added Ultrasound and Stuff

Added this 2010 .MIL blog post…

William J. Tyler {School of Life Sciences-Arizona State University/SynSonix, Inc.}, “Remote Control of Brain Activity Using Ultrasound,” US Department of Defense blog, 1 September 2010:

science.dodlive.mil/2010/09/01/remote-control-of-brain-activity-using-ultrasound/

…to the Mind-Affecting Technologies tab at top. Also added SONY’s patent that has been linked at right for a long time. See notes there for the fun.

In other news, the CIA’s playlist for torturing detainees:

John Vibes, “See The Playlist Used By The CIA To Torture Detainees,” The Anti-Media, 15 December 2014:

theantimedia.org/playlist-used-by-the-cia-to-torture-detainees/

Used in combination with your mundane sleep deprivation, stress positions, slapping, isolation, general psychological games and of course mefloquine/Lariam, I assure you even an hour of that every couple of days would qualify as torture. But we’re talking days on end.

Finally, Robert Baer has a new book out regarding assassination. He did a video interview recently. I don’t really have a lot to say about it since he seems in so many ways conflicted himself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMTAVDUfEe4

I will say that, in my opinion, Obama has gone way beyond “tough” to impress all those people who already hate his guts and would never vote for him or support anything he supported and is well into callous territory if not jumping into the land of cruel.

Note, in case it isn’t clear: the President is way too far to the right to be considered even a moderate much less a liberal or progressive. The rhetoric about socialism, etc. is how they keep him there.

Also, doesn’t matter how many liberals there are in CIA. They don’t run the place. Or if they do…

you keep using that word

The Future is Now

Or, “Welcome to my world. It’s your world, too.”

Normally, I save the suckerpunch for the end of the post in an attempt to leave the reader reeling from the final slap in the hopes of some sort of awakening from zombielike stupor. In this case, I’m leading with it choosing rather to pummel after the first dizzying blow with the lesser jab backup material gathered over recent days mostly via the Twitters.

So many links after the fold.

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Your Government at Work

PETA Bizarre Nazi-Like Animal Experiments on Cats at UW Madison

Funded by the US government, of course. Not for the faint of heart.

BLACK BOOT DIARIES – Look Into My Eyes

So, this is a “best guess” post.

It goes back to mid to late 1989. Think I described this elsewhere on this blog, but am going to do it again rather than link back.

After a disagreement with a co-worker (whom they more recently tried to direct my ire toward), I was sitting alone in the student center. I’m guessing this was before school started at Drew University because the place was empty. As I noted before, I “felt” as if a gun were put to the left side of my head and there was a tingly sensation on the right as if someone had sort of pulled the trigger. At the time and for several years after, I just didn’t know what to make of it. Still don’t entirely, but since I don’t believe in voodoo, I’m going with hypnosis.

The question then becomes, when and how was I hypnotized. As I recall, the confrontation and subsequent violent event occurred in the evening during a stage set changeover. The phony voodoo event occurred during daylight, and so I think it was the next day or perhaps two days after. Therefore, the most likely time for planting suggestions would be while sleeping.

Since the Frey effect was demonstrated in 1973 and 1974, and this is sixteen or fifteen years later, I’m going with remote “synthetic telepathy” while sleeping. The suggestion planted, it triggered later in the day while awake.

Maybe…

But that got me thinking. What if some of the other experiences, the shark and mushroom clouds for example, were also done that way. What if that Sony thing is not operational yet, merely the product of a combination of drugs increasing trust (oxytocin levels?) with voice-to-skull suggesting I will “see” it?

I was very sleep-deprived also at that time. I saw, as I said, on two occasions, people walking out of the corner of my eye only to look up seconds later to see no one around at all. I chalked that up to lack of sleep also (wake dreaming, brain trying to catch up on what REM provides) but why not hypnosis instead?

Then there was the period (2010, I think, but cannot recall exactly when, might have been early 2011) when, while typing up some posts like these, I had a great deal of trouble with verb tenses. Let me be more specific… though I was detailing things that happened in the past, I felt forced to use the present tense. It was quite a while after that happened, and I tried partly in vain to rewrite some of those in past tense, that I realized where I had seen that idea before. Hypnosis.

And so the list goes on and on. Some of the thoughts in that deli were not mine, not what I would have been thinking. And, the ridiculous puppet show of the owner telling me to have a seat just before that encounter. Completely staged without most or all of the participants realizing it. But was that “on the spot” suggestion or had someone gone to the trouble of planting it the night before? Don’t know.

EDIT: Of course there’s a hole here. I don’t think you can “talk” a dog into being on the wrong road at the wrong time. Yeah, the Sony thing must work. “Upload” a fake odor electronically and the dog will go wherever you want when you want. Maybe a faux sound, though, or a real one beyond human range. Then make sure your puppet driver is in the vicinity. END EDIT

And, though I’ve alluded to it before, it seems incredibly dumb or brazen for CIA to be using things that they researched, that are so obviously from the old programs:

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

I don’t say that means it isn’t, but I do say it would tend to point to someone who has a grudge or is a competitor, whether that’s another agency, a subcontractor who wants more of the work, or one who is not happy about where he wound up.

You can see why someone might think actors would be good subjects for this. It’s like taking direction, doing a performance. Of course when you choose people who like to improvise, who for whatever reason have authority issues, it might not have been a good idea. You know, the actor’s revenge.