The Interrupted Democracy

“…I wondered fleetingly, if [the Hills’] interracial marriage might be involved in Mr. Hill’s disturbance.”

“Will plays no part whatever in hypnosis, and the belief that hypnotizability is a manifestation of a weak will is false. The factors which influence hypnotizability are the intelligence of the individual, his conscious willingness, and the unconscious resistance or submissiveness. The latter are not always manifest on the surface…”

–Benjamin Simon, MD

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MKULTRA Subproject List FOIA Updates

Especially given the recent Facebook hullabaloo *, it seems ever so timely to go through the available Freedom of Information Act releases with regards to MKULTRA and its subprojects. It is still a work in progress. In some cases, I found John Marks had more info that seemed to be available in the FOIA. In others, I found the text files CIA provided had more info. In others, the text file was nearly devoid of helpfulness and the meat was found among the documents themselves. The result is a mix of the three methods.

As you’ll see from the list, there are still several UKNOWN subprojects. We have mostly invoices and some proposals available. There are also a list of companies that I am not at all clear on their collaboration. The B&O Railroad, American Airlines, Greyhound, and J.P. Morgan, to name some. Also, lots and lots of drugs.

I’m going to hazard a guess that #18 was for a “Q-branch” style facility that got built by or under something else. Possibly with or by the Army. See 50, below.

Of particular interest, besides the aforeblogged voting decisions study under subproject 127, there are:

48: Study of Communist Police State psychology and sociology, undoubtedly so they could figure out how to import it.

50: Something that they tried to get around the Agency’s project justification process. “Just give me $500. Do not ask why.” MKNAOMI is why. Change order to the facility under 18?

54: Brain concussion as related to interrogation. “Possible to interrogate someone and they not even remember it? Let’s find out.” WHAM! “What was this subproject’s purpose again?”

Forget the threequel.

56: Alcohol consumption, absorption, at Universities. IOW, Spring Break.

57: LSD, insomnia, and you.

94: Remote direction control of living organisms.

96: Decision making.

98: Mass conversion study. Hello political upheaval.

107: Appears to be inserting individuals and cash into the WPA APA, where CIA’s Cameron was first president. Is this the MOCKINGBIRD effort in the psychiatry circles instead of journalism/media?

108: Ecological factors in natural groups. Guessing this is “Native North American” directed among other groups. You knew there had to be at least one study f—ing with those folks.

109: My favorite. How to turn an adult into a psychological adolescent or child psychopharmacologically. Adult libido, child thinking. Scott Ritter? Matt deHart? Two former fellow NJSF interns? Anthony Weiner? Others?

110: Pathogens and how to give them to people. Let me just open this…


* The New American, “Did Pentagon Help Fund Facebook’s Mood Manipulating Experiment?,” Joe Wolverton, II J.D., 2 July 2014:

Mos Def’ly Deep State Skullduggery {Updated}

Bout to represent in your whole atmosphere

The answer bloody well isn’t forty-two, it’s yes. Undoubtedly, unequivocally, unabashedly yes.

28 May 2014 update: Apparently the story picked up by the New York Daily News, Democracy Now, and others was false. Mos Def has not been blocked from entering the US. But do read this Salon article on why the rumor worked so well.

Salon, “Mos Def’s False Alarm: Why a Deplorable Internet Rumor Seemed So Credible,” Falguni A. Sheth, 27 May 2014:

The answer provides a lens into the current state of U.S. foreign policy: If it can drone its own child citizens for the sin of having a fundamentalist cleric for a father, why would it be so hard to believe that it would deny reentry to one of its own adult citizens?
Last year, Bey drew attention to the inhumane treatment of hunger strikers at Guantánamo Bay by attempting to undergo the same force-feeding procedures that have been imposed on them. Bey aborted the attempt almost immediately because of the intolerable pain and discomfort that he felt.

Maybe something about the US reminds him of that pain and discomfort. More at the link.

On the flip side of this portion, Apple has now bought the headphone business from Dre, so white people can also worry about what’s going through their ears and into their heads via Carlyle:

Guardian, “Apple buys Dr Dre’s Beats for $3bn as company returns to music industry,” Heidi Moore, 28 May 2014:

You know, Apple, one of several companies that the US intelligence community has direct access to your data on their servers and, as Edward Snowden noted this evening on “Defending Yourself and Deflecting From Government Abuse with Brian Williams,” any intelligence service in the world can gain access and control of any phone, any time. This includes the iPhone, of course, but I knew that back in 2010 when they did that to mine a few times.

First I’d like to thank the US government for inspiring this post. You know, “without whom…” etc.

Actor and rapper Mos Def is not allowed to enter the country due to some immigration issues:

Guardian, “Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, cancels US tour amid ‘legal’ wrangles,” Ben Beaumont-Thomas, 22 May 2014:

I’ll remind folks that this is likewise the status of Canadian scifi writer Peter Watts due to that which we refer to as Squidgate.

Good advice on Guide

The connection? The key to winning wars this century is controlling the narrative. From the old CIA manual on guerilla warfare:

This concept of guerilla warfare as a political war turns Psychological Operations into the factor that determines the results. The target, then, are the minds of the population, the entire population: Our troops, the enemy troops, and the civil population.

This is MOCKINGBIRD expanded to contain all forms of art and creativity as well as MSM, or as I prefer to refer to it, Wolf Blitzer’s Beard. It also goes to setups, covert ops, dirty tricks, intimidation, coercion, as opposed to simply hiring parrots like ONI Bob Woodward and potentially CIA Anderson Cooper.

Why is this such an important issue? As I’ve been reminding lately, Stratfor-, and therefore CIA-, connected disinformationist Alex Jones has been stirring up trouble. Interesting to note that on one hand, Jones slammed the Koran for anti-gay language {while failing to mention the same sort of language in the Old and New Testaments} and on the other called gay rights part of the New World Order conspiracy to control population. Curious, since loving couples who do not procreate but instead adopt strikes me as being more akin to something that would resemble God’s plan.

Mos is a supporter of 9/11 Truthers, which seems to me we should all support the truth regardless of our preconceived notions about what that is. He also opposed the continuance of Gitmo, torture, perpetual war, etc.

In a similar, dangerous, and of course nigh-to-unbelievable vein, Carlyle Group, umbrella under which Booz Allen and Booz Allen Hamilton subsist, two other defense/intel contractors, notable for having been invested in by the Bin Laden family and more recently the UAE, has invested $500 million in Dr. Dre’s headphones:

WaPo, “Carlyle Group jumps into music scene with $500 million investment in Dr. Dre headsets,” Thomas Heath, 27 September 2013:

The plunge into headphones is not the norm for Carlyle, most well-known for hiring ex-prime ministers and ex-presidents and buying and selling aerospace and defense firms.

But Carlyle has recently ventured into the consumer space, including buying Dunkin’ Donuts, Hertz, Mrs. Fields’ Cookies and NBTY vitamins.

For my notes on Congress’ 1984-themed surface-scratching regarding subliminal communications technology, start with part 1 here or click the tag at bottom of post.

See also various links at top especially MKULTRA subproject 119/Project Bizarre and FBI consulting with Russians on acoustic psycho-correction. This stuff more or less works, I’ve seen it work on other people, it’s worked on me to an extent, and I think it can and will work to an extent on anyone. That I am still here and not in prison means it isn’t perfect. But if you are completely unaware of it and foolish enough to think your corporate-controlled government and private contractors wouldn’t do it out of some kind of sense of decency, you are setting yourself up for big trouble.

Note that this does not mean that Dre knows what they are doing. This is highly technical stuff, not an issue with the headphones themselves but rather whatever signals they may be capable of carrying. Understand that any device capable of connecting to a network or the Internet has a unique MAC address. This means the intelligence community, Department of Defense, and/or some contractors can access a particular person’s device and piggyback subliminal data on it, essentially providing near-hypnotic suggestion without the listener ever being aware of it. Anger can be the result, as I’ve suggested may have happened with Barrett Brown, Ibrahim Todashev * , and myself in a Minneapolis grocery store during an encounter with a strange-behaving MPD officer.

Race war? Possible. At what point does danger potential trump looking silly asking such questions? What will it take to get us to the point that we take what our government and their private partners are doing with technology serious enough to be seriously concerned as well? There’s history. There’s some evidence in science journals and buried ledes in news we already have. What’s missing: a Snowden in this area of either usage or research.

Final comedic note, this was what I left a note under Dr. James Lin’s door about while I was in Chicago. Didn’t expect a reply. Lin worked on the Frey effect, microwave hearing effect extensively, though in recent years he’s stuck more to rounding up regular microwave and EMF research work from what I saw on his bookshelf.

Speaking of EMFs…

Would they? Yes. Can they? Apparently.

* Boston Globe, “Ibragim Todashev shooter had stormy record as officer: Boston agent who killed Tsarnaev friend was target of brutality suits with Oakland police,” Maria Sacchetti and Globe Staff, 14 May 2014:

McFarlane’s full name and birth date on records in Massachusetts and New Hampshire match that of the Oakland police officer who was involved in several controversies during his four years with that police force. He retired with a pension of more than $52,000 annually for the rest of his life.

In California, lawyers who had sued McFarlane in Oakland were stunned that the FBI later hired him.

“I would be shocked to learn that the Aaron McFarlane we sued a decade ago could have gone on to have a career with the FBI,” said Ian Kelley, a San Francisco lawyer who sued McFarlane on behalf of a man, Michael Cole, who accused McFarlane and another officer of beating him.

MONARCH (Updated)

This is my opinion, based on my experience. I could be wrong, but I really don’t think so. The point of this post is to try to separate fact from fiction, and to help the layman better understand how it actually works. The reasons for that are to alleviate fear (the real danger we face, the erosion of civilization through paranoia) and to help people understand how they can stop it if they have the opportunity.

MONARCH, whether it was an actual program or not (I have my doubts that it was serious and effective if it was real) was the so-called programmed assassin program. While I kind of do wonder about Sirhan Sirhan (somehow the sight of a green dress may have served as a psychological trigger for him), I also point out again that there may have been–in my opinion likely were–additional shooters. A truly insane, delusional and paranoid schizophrenic is not likely to be a good shot nor are they likely to even clearly perceive their surroundings properly to go after whomever it was they were “programmed” to attack. They are, my opinion, the scapegoat, the camouflage, cover, and get-out-of-jail free card for the real, professional assassins and for those who ordered the covert operation.

Instead, the disinformation out there (try googling Project Monarch) makes it sound like there are robots out there sleeping, waiting to pounce at any given moment. While it may be possible, there are a thousand things that could go wrong and such a person would likely have to perform their task soon after being released from weeks of torture and brainwashing. The ability to hide that that had been done to them would also be problematic, in my opinion. They would likely exhibit signs of mental illness, fear of noises and lights, etc. (Which is not to say that everyone with extreme phobias is a programmed assassin).

(Dr. Alfred McCoy–no relation–seems to think it was all phony, but I think he’s referring to MONARCH, not the tricks that I am which he may never have considered).

Rather, what is important in the way these ops really work, in my opinion, is to lay the groundwork for being able to paint the patsy as mentally ill and to ensure that they are at the right place at the right time. Like a Hollywood film using stunt doubles and special effects, a team of field agents can handle the rest followed by a tidal wave of lies from those helping to cover up the truth (again, careerism, choosing the right people for the job–aka “casting”–and a very well-founded fear of refusal will tend to keep discipline in those ranks).

Whether the target is drugged or had some form of microwave hearing used on them in order to behave erratically is unknown to me. Easier to drug them and cover it up or use electronics that don’t leave any such trace? Don’t know. To my knowledge, no such op has ever been truly exposed to the point we can know step-by-step what occurred.

Without the advantage of actual custody, that is complete control of the patsy by having them holed up, they have to rely on PSYOPs and electronics, covert harassment, to get the target agitated enough to exhibit violent behavior in order to make the frame-up convincing. This usually takes the form of isolation.

By first altering the mood, thinking, personality of the target, they convince those closest to them that the target has gone insane. The target knows, despite actually now having some brain malfunction due to what has been done to them, that their harassment is very real, though even those few events witnessed by others seem tame to someone who isn’t having them done to them several times a day and has not been drugged perhaps with something like mefloquine or another alkaloid that can cause schizoohreniclike symptoms. Those close to the target are not seeing what’s happening as harassment, but rather a new, suddenly strange and frightening sensitivity to everything around them. Most of us, not being at all schooled in how to deal with that in a friend or family member, immediately want psychological help for the target. The target, knowing–correctly and without a doubt that something sinister is afoot–becomes angry at the suggestion that it is all in their head. The truth is of course it’s a mix of both. They’ve been altered (usually temporarily) but also there is a real group behind what’s happening.

Once they are isolated due to the rift caused by the misunderstanding, the PSYOPs team is free to go to town on the target. From that point forward, anyone that the target meets will assume that the target has always been a little strange and view literally everything they say through a filter of doubt due to some of the more incredible things they’ve already heard from them.

The stage is being set for what happens later. Now you’ve got “witnesses.”

Note: I haven’t even mentioned the use of voice-to-skull and subliminal audio messages on both the target and the witnesses yet. That makes it even more effective. You can literally start arguments with that by pushing the right buttons. It’s not just the patsy who is targeted, it’s also some of the people that they have come into contact with.

Now most people (me included until it happened so much that I had to accept it as possible and the only logical explanation) don’t really think that they can be hypnotized, that subliminals would be effective on them. We are an arrogant species. I include myself in that.

The reason for this is that we are truly delusionally ignorant about how our brains work in the first place. We don’t, as individuals, understand much at all about what’s happening in our unconscious recesses of our heads. We only know what consciousness says, believes, and it is clear from neurobiological research that consciousness is a pathological liar.

(This may not actually be a bad thing. Is being positive about the day ahead when you wake up delusional? You don’t actually know the answer to that until evening rolls around. If the day was bad, then you were delusional about it, weren’t you? But it might have been worse if consciousness had said “Today’s gonna suck” and you didn’t make the best of a bad situation.)

To quickly sum up the rest, they trick the target into being where they want them however they can. As stated over in Wicked Game, I visited the state capitol in Minnesota one day in order to try to deliver a letter. That it happened to coincide with a war of words between an author I like and a state Tea Party rep who insulted him publicly struck me as a funny coincidence at the time, perhaps a little disturbing in retrospect. I could have been set up if they had decided to do so.

But, there you go. I had what I thought were my reasons for being there (a few people had also suggested seeing it, so it was also part tourism).

The point, these targets think they have reasons for what they do. There is a logic even if that logic did not actually originate with them and if it can be twisted by the people who set them up.

This is very, very different than pressing a button and remote controlling a human being (though that day is surely coming, especially if we don’t look into this topic in a very serious and effective way and before it is too late).

What could stop it? As corny as it may sound, love. Unconditional love might have prevented the isolation. It might also divert the course from where the patsy is supposed to be, completely ruining those sinister plans to destroy the middle class (the real goal here) in order to more easily reduce population without a resisting force to speak of. * You’d be surprised just how far a little act of kindness will go with a person in that desperate state of mind. They are looking for a way out of the trap, the Hell, that someone else created for them. You can help.

These principles and techniques do not just apply to violence. For example, a large, old corporation could easily trick a hacker into targeting a few newer, smaller competitors who think they can muscle their way in and take some of those contracts that the older, bigger company believes it will take, thankyouverymuch, while ensuring that there is financial data in the hoard in order to remove a “PITA” truth-telling gadfly and coerce the world’s greatest hacker into slavery.

And that’s what I meant about Miles Copeland, Jr. pointing out that the Watergate burglars had been tricked by CIA into the break-in. Same pattern, different targets, parties, goals, and methods

And the larger point, it doesn’t matter how intelligent you are. That subliminal stuff may actually work better on somebody who is smart because they have a broader world view and therefore a wider range of behaviors they would consider normal. Such people tend to be more open-minded. That might make it easier to persuade them to do what is desired. It’s once you get outside the range of internally acceptable behaviors that hypnosis starts to fall apart.

Awareness that this is actually done and that, pinch yourself, it may really be happening to you or someone you know, is also part of stopping disgusting, un-American, destructive, illegal, immoral, unethical, operations like these.

Of course these subliminals can also be used to make “PITA” truth-telling gadflies smoke like chimneys. I don’t actually have a solution for that. Yet. (But “dead at 30 anyway,” BB? You fell for that old trick?).

Further reading:

“Bioeffects of Microwave Radiation”



And of course the note I left under Dr. Lin’s door about the Carlyle Group investment in Dr. Dre’s headphones. Oh, wait. You can’t read that one.


* Mr. Casey was wrong. Someone did figure it out.

Subliminal Communication Technology Part 7

Shevrin, in his remarks about needing both legislation and regulation to govern the use of subliminals, also throws in a comment that kind of flies in the face of the earlier testimonies regarding potential harm:

…there is no way of knowing to be sure that a subliminal message piped through the Muzak or any other method may indeed not have a harmful effect, especially if it hits a person in the midst of some conflict of which he may for example not be fully aware.

No one will know what the effects are least of all the person so affected.

He gives the example of the person considering shoplifting who does not do so may be adversely affected in unpredictable ways due to the emotional conflict.

He concludes his prepared statement thusly:

I took note of the fact today, I believe today is the anniversary of the dropping of the first bomb on Hiroshima which I visited not too long ago actually, and, well, there was a series of scientific discoveries into the nature of the atom which resulted in that first bomb being dropped and we still are trying to get that horrifying genie back into the bottle.

And I don’t wish to exaggerate this but I think that the success with which brain research as I have tried to describe it to you today is meeting even in its infancy that there may be another genie in the bottle we better be careful about letting out.

Quasi random note, but I think it bears mentioning that this stuff, with much early researched in the 50s, predates the public demonstrations of for example voice-to-skull in the 1970s, though the Frey effect was discovered earlier.

The point, it is possible that brainwashing and hypnosis were responsible for, for example, Sirhan Sirhan as shooter and Lee Harvey Oswald as one shooter/patsy. Those things do not appear to be at all outside the possible nor the probable. Note the recent article on hypnosis perhaps being responsible for the former’s trigger, a particular clothing pattern found on a dress.

There has been also, in just about every single case (those two plus Norway, Red Hook, and Holmes) the report of witnesses that there were additional shooters. I don’t know, but it would make sense that if success were highly desirable, not to leave it up to one person driven mad by conditioning. Generally speaking, the mentally infirm don’t tend to be violent and those that are work from the disadvantage of being insane.

Shevrin’s prepared written statement follows and largely matches up with his verbally presented ten minutes with additional notes. Perhaps confirming my point in the previous paragraph, Shevrin first points out the relative newness of using subliminals in psychological treatment (that is, the evidence supports what he is about to say but it may be wrong, there is some disagreement among researchers). Then he goes on to describe what the relative limitations and power of the process may be:

… Some investigators believe that a subliminal stimulus can only influence an already ongoing psychological process but is too weak to initiate a process itself. There is much evidence to support this contention. … Some recent research, for example, suggests that lengthy [visual] verbal messages often used in such [weight loss, quit smoking, etc.] studies have complex and confounded subliminal effects. A lengthy [visual] message extends across the entire visual field so that part of the message goes to the right brain and part to the left brain. … The right brain cannot combine words into sentences; it can only register individual words. If these findings are correct, it would mean that the part of a lengthy message which goes to the right brain cannot be understood as intended.

It would seem to follow that giving complex instructions then might be problematic, at least when given visually. But as long as they put hand to weapon and pull a trigger, the professional assassin has cover, a scapegoat, a patsy.

Note that where spying on current and former clients is concerned, that was also what I think to be the case. Real spies and/or advanced surveillance technology got cover by having me unwittingly in place should anything have gone awry.

Of course, we are talking about thirty year old techniques here. The improvements, the addition of ultrasound to the arsenal, means more may be possible.

Shevrin’s written statement about unforeseen results is a bit more detailed. He mentions that if the store theft deterrent audio works (he doesn’t actually believe they do, lack of data), then it would have all sorts of unpredicatable negative effects due to the effectiveness of subliminals being such an individual, specific thing. Someone who fantasizes about stealing but never actually does so might get something like a guilt complex he seems to be saying. This in turn may do harm to an innocent person and therefore he suggests Congress take a hard look at these kinds of potential adverse effects and also the morality of telling people to do things without their conscious knowledge.

Then he continues on with the idea of a better lie detector via measuring brainwaves instead of heart rate, etc.

He sums up again with: 1) more research, 2) legislation against commercial exploitation and manipulation, 3) a moratorium on approval of new commercial items until the research and legislation catch up as well as the creation of a foundation to help.

Lloyd Silverman speaks next.

Subliminal Communication Technology Part 6

It gets even more hilarious.

Mr. Glickman. Are you aware of any research the Defense Department has done in any of these areas?

Mr. Tyler. I am not. I understand that you [Dr. Becker] are.

Tyler turns the spotlight back to Becker.

Dr. Becker. I am not at liberty to answer that question. I am sorry.

Mr. Tyler. In the press there was some indication. Mother Jones, some indication it has been done. We have never been contacted.

Mr. Glickman. I had Army folks a couple of years ago give me a little course in something called neurolinguistic programming. But that is not the same thing as subliminal conditioning.
But it has parallels in certain areas.

Tyler goes on to dispute (apparently correctly) the effectiveness of NLP.

I note, also, that NLP sounds a lot like what Jared Lee Loughner was raving about at some point. The use of grammar to control minds. Something like that.

But to the point, Becker was involved in defense research related to using subliminals to affect human behavior, clearly.

By the way, here’s Becker’s Tulane page. You think that there’s anything missing with regards to his accomplishments? He does not even have a Wikipedia entry (some marketing guru does) nor did I even find a reference to him there.

Next Drs. Silverman and Shevrin. Silverman did not provide a written statement. Shevrin winds up speaking first.

You immediately get a shift in tone.  Shevrin outlines what he’s about to discuss and says he will end it with recommendations regarding legislation for regulating the use of subliminal technology and use and states plainly that it has already been used for commercial exploitation.

He also does not hedge about the effectiveness:

The original findings [in the 1950s], since replicated and supported by improved methods, showed that pictures or words flashed so quickly that the person could not report seeing them, nevertheless registered in the mind unconsciously and influenced consciousness without the person being aware of it.

Such unconscious influences could be detected in dreams, images, hypnotic states, or by subtle changes in the perception of conscious stimuli presented at the same time as the subliminal stimulus. Thus, a neutral face would be seen as angry or happy, depending on whether the word angry or happy had been flashed subliminally at the same time as the neutral face was being displayed.

There’s your election fraud in a nutshell. Simple enough.

It’s also likely one of the ways, somehow similar in principle, that they are able to ruin relationships. As I’ve noted before, voice-to-skull can be used to project an obvious sound into the head of a human being but can also be used to do so with subliminal audio.

The number of possible nefarious applications is only limited by the imagination and funding to find out if said application works.


It was as if when outside of awareness the stimulus was treated in a more dream-like way and appeared to be caught up in the person’s inner preoccupations and fantasies. … it would appear that subliminal stimuli are responded to in quite idiosyncratic and private ways.

Shevrin seems to meander a bit, discusses the differences in brain activity, for example, in a man with blood phobia when shown words that he associates with the sight of blood, both supraliminally and subliminally. He then mentions the 1977 research of Russian scientists Kostandov and Arzumanov. They tested words related to crimes committed by violent offenders. They found that they could almost establish guilt based on presenting words related to the crimes that only the actual perpetrator would know. Shevrin sums it up thusly:

Although this may sound like science fiction, we may be on the threshold of invading the individual’s last stronghold of personal privacy–his own inner thoughts, and this is 1984.

Mindreading via reading brainwave activity. Not the point I was interested in making, but certainly related. He continues:

I hesitate to think what future applications might be if these kinds of findings are further advanced and I would assume as in all scientific fields that they will be advanced. It is only a matter of time.

I am quite concerned that findings of this sort, which are of fundamental scientific importance and which can ultimately be used to benefit mankind, could in the wrong hands be used for invasive and manipulative purposes.

Nearly three decades since then.

I should probably note that many people who consider themselves targeted individuals of organized stalking and/or electronic harassment believe that their thoughts are being read. Typically, but not always, these experiences are similar to Jung’s synchronicity.

I will state that, on occasion I have had experiences for which my mind having been read is one possible explanation. However, since I know (and by now so should you) without a doubt that voice-to-skull exists, it is also possible (and frankly far more probable) that instead of reading my mind, they simply “wrote” the idea in it subliminally and tried to make me think that it was mine that they read and put into the mouth of someone else.

I’ve heard that this has happened to many TIs and many of them wind up thinking that the person speaking can read their thoughts, is one of “them”, the perps, regardless of who it is. I think my explanation far more likely. The person said the same words for the same reason I was thinking them: voice-to-skull or similar. The confusion is likely due to whatever else had been done to the TI, ie, drugs or some substance or pathogen that causes confusion. See again item #1, 1955 draft MK/Ultra memo, causing a person to have illogical thoughts and to behave erratically in public in order to discredit them.

And so there we have Shevrin hitting the nail on the head. Sounds like scifi. The words of Aldous Huxley from 22 years seem prophetic.

Behold the power of science fiction.

Subliminal Communication Technology Part 5

David Tyler mostly echoes what Dr. Becker has already said. He also mentions that Becker is retiring, leaving Proactive Systems, Inc. the only major contender in the crime prevention via subliminals in business. He states that at that time, his company had over 40 devices leased out (they only leased out of concerns of reverse engineering or tampering with the messages) and by the end of August 1984 they would have 50.

His company’s equipment, for non-crime prevention use, has a different legal or ethical view of the use of subliminal audio than Behavioral Engineering’s. The difference may be slight or simply a sales ploy in practice. Hard to say.

Basically, when it comes to other uses, such as medical (Tyler mentions heart surgery recovery as another use, that attitude has a strong correlation to success after heart surgery), they do not mask the message using music or sound. In fact, he says, if you stand right under or next to the speakers, you can plainly hear it. He says this was an ethical concern over the general idea of putting messages in peoples’ heads without their knowledge. For crime prevention he makes a similar argument as Becker, that we make exceptions for that anyway.

He goes a little deeper into the data than Becker did and suggests that the successes in stores in reducing theft are likely employees and frequent customers, and that it likely only works on people who are not already determined to steal before they walk in. In other words, the system is merely giving them a gentle shove toward not stealing when they are debating internally or on the fence about it.

He also mentions that a New once asked them if they would do a “vote no” machine for an upcoming union vote. His answer is interesting if only because it’s exactly the kind of dodgy answer that makes me prick up my ears:

Mr. Tyler. We get strange requests as well. A New York firm called us about a “vote no” message for a union election coming up. For our company, if we are–

Mr. Glickman. Would you design such a message?

Mr. Tyler. Could we? That says “vote no.” It would be easy to do.

Mr. Glickman. Would it be effective?

Mr. Tyler. I don’t think you can use it to make people do things they don’t want to do. I think it has to be someone on the border line for us to even be effective with honesty reinforcement.

Tyler’s first line of defense is not a simple “no” but rather a qualified maybe. Next:

The evidence is unclear.

Which I take to mean, “Let me get back to you when I’m Becker’s age and there’s tons more research.”

And then:

Our belief is that you cannot do it that way. You cannot make people do things specifically either.

Because the evidence is unclear, they have the option of going with beliefs (that of course protect the bottom line, this is very typical business really). Then he threw the curveball about what happens when you (presumably) have more than two options (for example, steal/don’t steal or vote yes/vote no) and try to determine specific behavior:

They did experiment, if I recall, where they tried to make people buy turkey sandwiches. This is all in a laboratory situation. They had a deli set up. They bought more meat sandwiches, but not more turkey.

Glickman throws out a hypothetical Reagan reelection question. Tyler responds:

First, from our research with audio subliminals, they have to be repeated very, very frequently, because it is frequency and repetition that makes it effective. A brief exposure will not do much. There are other researchers that say we are wrong.

Tyler explained previously that the anti-theft device repeats constantly. It seems likely that so do the medical versions. He continues:

It is possible that it could be done if it was appealing to some kind of emotional impact. But I have no expertise in the visual area.

He seems to be referring to the idea that subliminal pictures along with something like “If you believe in home, family, and motherhood, vote for President Reagan” (Glickman’s example) might have some effect if a person were exposed to it frequently enough. On audio which is within his expertise:

In the audio area, it would be very, very questionable if you are trying to get a lot of things through. You could play the word “Reagan” or “Mondale,” are you going to have an impact, are they going to make a value judgment on those words.

Note again that here they are discussing this technology in the absence of drugs, PSYOPs, covert operations designed to send a particular message.

For example, the framing of Bradley Manning was likely to affect views on not only repealing DADT, but views on gays in general. The basic message would be something like, “Gays are untrustworthy, are traitors.” I have little doubt that that is still the banter being batted back and forth in certain circles despite the overall impact having been mitigated due to the person who reported the breach being gay himself.

Which brings me to the larger point. There are likely many groups using these methods. Some of them oppose each other. The Reagan/Mondale example is apt here. I think it very proabable that this stuff is part and parcel of election cycles. If not used on the public at large (and, really, why wouldn’t it be?), it at least gets used for specific purposes in the overall game. For example, why not getting a political operative like James O’Keefe III off after attempting to bug a US senator’s office? And suggesting the idea of doing so to him in the first place?

And then there were those irrationally irate people who disrupted the town hall meetings on healthcare reform. If it hadn’t been for the actual murder of my own grandmother (a mysterious anemia, also the cause for putting my dog Cleo to sleep, also alluded to in item #10 of the 1955 MK/Ultra memo I refer to often), Sarah Palin’s notion of it being about “killing grandma” would still be laughable to me. Instead it’s merely still untrue, just not a humorously so.

And of course the implication is to lay these last portions at the feet of the brothers Koch. You know, a client of the company I work for. Found myself there without knowing that when I got called to fill in one day a week when the previous subcontractor suddenly started behaving erratically like he had paranoid schizophrenia. That’s quite a trend.

But the larger point is, I think, that without exposing this tech and methods and the unthinkably undemocratic uses that they have been put to (undoubtedly using some legal-weasel arguments that if a person can be persuaded by repeated electronic attacks then they are criminals anyway) things will always be decided by a few. The fate of the human race will be determined not by a consensus among the species, but by a few opportunists who may not have the well-being of the whole in mind.

How to achieve such exposure? Well that’s the question, isn’t it?