Thursday, January 29, 2009

MALINTENT: Homeland Security Gets Inside Your Head

"Homeland Security is now testing the next generation of security screening -- a body scanner that can read your mind," reports Allison Barrie of FOX News ("Homeland Security Detects Terrorist Threats by Reading Your Mind,", 23 Sept 2008).,2933,426485,00.html

This is no polygraph, Barrie says. Subjects do not get hooked up or strapped down for a careful reading. The machine is "like an X-ray for bad intentions," with its "series of sensors and imagers that read your body temperature, heart rate and respiration for unconscious tells invisible to the naked eye -- signals terrorists and criminals may display in advance of an attack."

Photo Credit: The Telegraph (UK)

The photo above, from the (London) Telegraph's 24 September 2008 article on MALINTENT, suggests that one simply walks through a standard scanner. But Barrie's report indicates that the experimental equipment was housed in a long trailer truck, where more than 144 (mostly unwitting) subjects were tested.

A better picture of the system may be seen in an article by Liz Hazleton of the London Daily Mail, "The Airport Security Scanner That Can Read Your Mind" (24 Sept 2008):

Hazleton says that a series of sensors, like the one shown below, read body temperature, heart rate and respiration. "Analyzed together, these factors can lead security services to potential terrorists. Any suspects are pulled aside for questioning, and then subjected to a second scan, which involves microfacial scanning."

This equipment "is able to read minute muscle movements which give further indications of criminal intent.

"So far it can read seven primary emotions and emotional clues and will eventually have equipment which can analyze body movement, an eye-scanner and a pheromone reader."

MALINTENT' has been described as the "brainchild of the cutting-edge Human Factors Division in Homeland Security's directorate for Science and Technology." It apparently uses facial scanners and body scanners, referred to as Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST). By reading the expression on one's face and comparing that expression to other faces on a database, computers can presumably read one's mood and mental intentions.

The homepage for the DHS Directorate of Science and Technology may be found here:

An organizational overview of their Human Factors and Behavioral Sciences Division may be found at this link:

There one finds the following DHS description of the program dubbed "MALINTENT":

Homeland Innovation Prototypical Solutions - Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) Project

Project Manager: Bob Burns

Project Overview: The Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency (HSARPA) and S&T Directorate Human Factors Behavior Sciences (HFBS) Division Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) Project is an initiative to develop innovative, non-invasive technologies to screen people at security checkpoints. FAST is grounded in research on human behavior and psychophysiology, focusing on new advances in behavioral/human-centered screening techniques. The aim is a prototypical mobile suite (FAST M2) that would be used to increase the accuracy and validity of identifying persons with malintent (the intent or desire to cause harm). Identified individuals would then be directed to secondary screening, which would be conducted by authorized personnel. This project is part of the HFBS innovations portfolio (Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency Program).

No description or photo of the scanner is provided. However, we do have an image of analysts using the system, taken from the UK Daily Mail article cited above:

The DHS website offers an abundance of additional information on similar "mind reading" projects, lumped under the general heading of Hostile Intent Detection. For example:

Hostile Intent Detection – Training & Simulation Project

Project Manager: Larry Willis

Project Overview: The S&T Directorate Human Factors Behavior Sciences (HFBS) Division Hostile Intent Detection – Training and Simulation Project develops computer-based simulation to train behavior-based stand-off detection for future hostile intent using indicators from the interactive screening environment (Hostile Intent Detection – Automated Prototype) and the observational environment (Hostile Intent Detection – Validation) to support screening and interviewing interactions at air, land, and maritime portals. This project is part of the HFBS social behavioral threat analysis thrust area and suspicious behavior detection program.

Translation: DHS is funding several programs, just like MALINTENT, aimed at reading the mental intentions of individuals whose behavior is deemed "suspicious."

For further reference, see the MALINTENT Wikipedia article at this link:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Silent Speech: How To "Read Thoughts" with SVR

Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Laboratory
Can thoughts be read by artificial means?

Short answer: yes.

See the NewScientist video demonstration here:

You may not realize it, but when you think to yourself, your subconscious mind often forms the words, as if trying to speak. These "subvocal" words are then sent to the voice box, where they make the vocal chords hum.

Here's the spooky part: NASA has developed sensors that can read the vibrations made by silent, said-to-self speech. The digital signals from these sensors can be fed to a computer software program that interprets the vibrations and translates them into artificial speech or into written text. The text, in turn, can be sent by phone line to a person hundreds of miles away.

See NASA's Subvocal Demo Page here:

For all practical purposes, these machines can be used to hear or "read" the unspoken thoughts of another human being. It amounts to artificial mind reading.

For a Wikipedia article on subvocal recognition (SVR), see the link here:

For an interesting article published by Forbes magazine in 2006 titled "The Silent Speaker":

As one might imagine, the device has many practical applications for astronauts, scuba divers or people with disabilities. The Ambient Corporation, for example, is now marketing a device called the Audeo that helps people speak:

On February 26, 2008 the Ambient Corporation demonstrated what it called the world's first voiceless phone call:

The covert applications of "silent speech" technology are also fairly obvious. To communicate secretly at a business meeting, one could potentially wear sensors under a turtle neck and transmit one's thoughts to a business partner wearing a bluetooth phone. Such a device could also be used to cheat at cards, to steal any data that can be seen and read, or to give silent orders among soldiers on a battlefield.

Alarmingly, the perfection of such equipment implies that at some time in the near future, remote sensors might be able to read silent, said-to-self thoughts without the target's knowledge or consent.

Researcher Nick Begich discusses the bioethics of using such "brainphones" and Neurophone-like devices in this 8-minute video, titled "The Battle for Your Mind":

Monday, January 19, 2009

Holosonic Audio Spotlight: How to Make A Person Hear Voices

The following video gives a description and demonstration of the Holosonic "Audio Spotlight" -- a highly portable ultrasonic speaker system that can be directly aimed at a target individual and used to put a 3D voice into their ears. It only requires speaking into a microphone.

As the video explains, the ultrasonic beam is so highly focussed that no one else can hear it -- not even in a library. Because no one else seems to be reacting, and no speaker seems to be present, it makes the target think they are "hearing voices."

Excerpt from the article at the link above:

Previously, this technology had been used in places like museums or libraries; it creates an isolated experience while not disturbing those in the general area.

I'm guessing some readers might be disturbed by the idea of an ad that is beamed right at them as they walk down the sidewalk. However, cheerful Joe Pompei, president and founder of Holosonics, knows you'll come to love the technology:

"If you really want to annoy a lot of people, a loudspeaker is the best way to do it," he said. "If you set up a loudspeaker on the top of a building, everybody's going to hear that noise. But if you're only directing that sound to a specific viewer, you're never going to hear a neighbor complaint from street vendors or pedestrians. The whole idea is to spare other people."

"There's going to be a certain population sensitive to it. But once people see what it does and hear for themselves, they'll see it's effective for getting attention," Mr. Pompei said.

I find myself wondering if perhaps there will be an increase in the number of people who check themselves into mental health services for a quick schizophrenia check-up.

Secret Sound Directional Speaker System

Museums have been using such "directional speaker systems" as exhibit devices since the late 1980s. It's now considered dinosaur technology, yet still startles people who are not expecting a clear, sourceless and highly focussed voice from nowhere. See this website:

Hyper-spike Sound Laser

If you imagine that the military has much better equipment in its bag of tricks, you are quite right. Check out the "Hyperspike Sound Laser" produced by Wattre Corp.:

Their set-up video demonstrates how portable these systems can be. An extremely focused, laser-like beam gives a delivery range up to one mile.

"Paranormal State" Ad Makes You Hear Voices

As you walk by, the sound of a woman's voice whispers "Who's that? Who's there?... It's not your imagination." Advertisers describe it as a "chilling message."

The technology is created by Holosonic; the device is effectively an "audio spotlight" that can project sound literally right into your ears.

MEDUSA Controls Crowds by Talking Inside Their Heads

MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio)

is a device that uses the microwave audio effect to produce recognizable sounds right inside a person's head.

Lev Sadovnik of the Sierra Nevada Corporation in the US is working on the system; he says the device will work thanks to a new reconfigurable antenna developed by colleague Vladimir Manasson. It steers the beam electronically, making it possible to flip from a broad to a narrow beam, or aim at multiple targets simultaneously.

See article at this link:

Original Source:
Hambling, David. "Microwave Ray Gun Controls Crowd with Noise" New Scientist, 03 July 2008

Psychotropic Space Weapons

The following article is taken from the Trufax website. For more information on "Sonochemistry and Neurophysics," please visit their homepage at then click on the link titled "Brain and Technology Update" and go to the sublink titled "Brain and Technology Update Part 3."

To summarize briefly: neurophysicists have discovered that they can model the vibratory patterns of psychotropic chemicals like LSD. When scientists project these carefully shaped sonic vibrations onto the human brain, they can induce altered states of mind, exactly as if they were injecting the person with a drug.

The powerful hypodermic effect of such sonochemisty has some wonderful applications, but it also has some terrifying and very scary applications. It means that electro-magnetic beam weapons can be used to "drug" people against their will. Beam weapons can be used remotely, at a distance. When combined with space-based satellite systems, such beam weapons could potentially drug entire populations, en masse.

The article below on Psychotropic Space Weapons may be found in its original format here:


Member of the Russian Federation of Space Exploration Scientific and Technical Council, Anatoliy Ptushenko describes spaced-based energy systems . . . that are "capable of driving millions of people crazy."

The first articles [give] an in-depth account written by a member of the Russian Federation of Space Exploration Scientific and Technical Council, Anatoliy Ptushenko. He discussed "for the first time in our press in Rabochaya Tribuna . . . psychotropic weapons . . . spaced-based energy systems . . . that are "capable of driving millions of people crazy . . . which started to be developed in the sixties."

The article continues with a discussion of space-based energy systems and the need for the world community to establish an a priori permanent, preventive monitoring of the development and deployment of space-based energy systems. He then describes the demonstrators on the streets of Moscow "with banners saying 'stop developing psychotronic weapons.' (Moscow Rabochaya Truibuna 11-26-94).

"[P]eople at the time were most interested in microwave systems. . . . However, the most important thing was deemed to be the psychotropic effect created by these systems under certain conditions. That was why they were officially called psychotropic rather than psychotronic weapons. It turned out that it was all a matter of frequency . . . .

"Generally speaking, most readers are probably familiar with superhigh frequency radiation: Few people with a head cold or a sprain have not sat in a clinic between the two black plates of a 'UHF generator.' There are frequencies that are beneficial to people. But naturally there are also those which are hazardous. At certain frequencies (I think that only professionals are interested in knowing precisely which ones) microwave radiation creates that very same psychotropic effect. That is, it has a direct physical effect on the human brain."

"So a microwave system can easily be tuned into a psychotropic weapon -- formidable in that it has a direct effect on the human brain . . . just by retuning the generator."

Ptushenko stated, "The terrible danger of psychotropic weapons is the possibility of their simultaneously and unequivocally affecting large masses of people over huge areas." He writes "Moskovskiye Novosti, The Komsomolka, Golos, Moskovskiy, Komsomolets, and many other papers have been frantic to tell us all about 'psychotronic' weapons (as if they had conspired!) . . . [T]hey are talking about something completely different: about hypnosis, 'verbal zombification,' the effect of ultrasound signals on the human subconscious (on the lines of Ilona Davydova). The subject of the articles is always associated with an acoustic address system involving suggestions, for instance, i.e. verbal (oral) pressure on a person -- albeit using inaudible ultrasonic frequencies."

Ptushenko then mentions Dr. Smirnov, the Russian psychiatrist who is famous for his mind control equipment [see 20+ section]. "Smirnov has it that 'psychotronics" are easily blocked . . . . But these childish tricks will not work with psychotropic weapons. It resembles the effect of a psychotropic drug, which is why the weapons were called psychotropic: An imbalance occurs, a fundamental change in a person's psyche, he loses self-control and becomes easily led, and his mind moves from the real world to a world of hallucination."

Ptushenko then distinguishes psychotropic drugs from psychotropic weapons."But there are fundamental differences between them. All pharmaceutical psychotropics are temporary-acting. While microwave radiation is variable: It can affect a person (or an Army) temporarily or possibly forever. It is all determined by the mix of frequency and the power of the radiation. These systems were called "psychotropic weapons" in official secret documents 30 years ago. It was these systems that we began to appreciate in the sixties."

Ptusenko ends the article with a warning. "They may quite well have actually been tested. It was not for nothing that at that time some graduates of the Moscow State University Biology Faculty were sent to Ministry of Radioeelctronics Research Institutes . . . . So let us leave the notorious science of psychotronics to the conscience of psychiatrists, psychics, and hypnotists. Nevertheless, faced with such a terrible danger as psychotropic weapons (and other kinds of space-based weapons), it is our duty to ensure that the development and operation of space based solar energy system receive popular and above all mass media scrutiny."

The above article describes the tremendous amount of information on psychotronics in Russian newspapers and agrees with the concerns of Lopatin and Tsygankov and the need to control these weapons. Ptushenko questions the psychotronic weapons school of thought and whether hypnosis will work on unwilling subjects. Hypnosis does work on unwilling subjects [see Dr. Scheflin's book Mind Manipulators (1978) and Dr. Colin Ross, Bluebird (2000). Both books document government involvement in hypnosis research and disinformation surrounding this issue.

Ptushenko [also] questions the information available on psychotropic weapons [and] claims concerning "hypnosis, 'verbal zombification,' the effect of ultrasound signals on the human subconscious . . . ." Ptushenko states emphatically that psychotropic weapons,"do not enable the individual human mind to be controlled in a precise and purposeful way. They simply 'jam' any internal connections responsible for a person's self-control, and he becomes easily controllable 'according to mob law' in line with commands form a space-based station. He can be controlled either from earth or from a command center lost in space."

These are considerable statements coming from a prominent space expert. Ptushenko has obviously given the matter serious consideration and believes that there are terrible dangers from psychotropic weapons and public debate is necessary. Further research is needed.

Below: An image of the constellation design of Boeing Corporation's Teledesic Sattelite System

Information Warfare: The Teledisc Satellite System

The following article, written by Russian military experts, discusses information warfare.
Lopatin extensively discussed the threat of information warfare in his book.

In the U.S., the Learning Channel TV program "War 2020" (produced by Beyond Productions in 1998) is a good representation of information warfare. The program included Dr. Persinger of Canada's Laurentian University and his discussion on magnetic signals and how signals could be beamed from television, microwave and telephone towers and systems to targeted populations for mind control purposes.

The program narrator stated, "The ultimate weapon in the info war would be the human brain.
. . . . Mind control will be the ultimate nonlethal weapon."

Mind control weapons are categorized as information and nonlethal weapons, according to these sources. This article describes space weapons, including targeting of populations anywhere in the world with behavior control.

The article supplies details to prove that behavior control weapons are feasible, that the U.S. is concentrating research in this area and warns about possible American information and space warfare.

From: Moscow Armeyskiy Sbornik in Russian, Oct 96 No 10, pp 88-90.

Article by Major General Valeriy Menshikov, doctor of technical sciences, and Colonel Boris Rodionov

Along with ordinary wars, states have waged "information wars" since time immemorial, and are doing so now. But while previously they were given only an auxiliary role, lately their significance has grown immeasurably, and new technologies are "guilty" of this.

Armeyskiy Sbornik regularly publishes articles on this topic. Today leading specialists of the RF Armed Forces tell about achievements in this area.

"The Teledesic Advanced low-altitude global satellite communications system is of special interest. It will have 15 times more satellites than [the] Iridium -- 840. With other conditions being equal, the low orbit of small, lightweight craft (no more than 700 km) permits increasing the power of their radio emission on the Earth's surface 2,500 times or more and performing a wide range of military missions.

"It is unprecedented: the numerical size of the Iridium orbital grouping enables as a minimum simultaneously irradiating any point on Earth from two spacecraft. This provides double redundancy and increased reliability of communications, as for military systems. The band of radio-frequency emissions (20-30 GHz) also has not been used previously in commercial communications."

"An analysis of the enumerated features indicates that the Teledesic system can be used for irradiating ground, sea and airborne facilities with high-power modulated emissions, which in various automated control systems permits initiating computer viruses such as "sleepers," triggered by a special signal. This can become a real threat to security for countries whose command and control systems are oriented on foreign equipment.

"A psychophysical effect on people also is possible for the purpose of altering their behavior and even controlling the social aims of regional or even global societies. Fantasy? But the fact is that today the United States is spending as much money on developing psychophysical weapons as on the most complex space programs, and such a correlation cannot be accidental.

"The Americans began such research back in the prewar period and continued it after the war within the scope of programs known as MC-Ultra mind control, MC-Delta (remote alteration of human behavior) and also Bluebeard and Artichoke.

"Such an effect also is possible via the mass media by creating special audio signals in music hits, key video images in television programs and so on.

"The Teledesic space system also can be used for this same purpose. Suffice it to recall numerous statements to courts by U.S. citizens that cellular communications is the cause of various ailments, including brain cancer. U.S. scientists from the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration recommended limiting use of such communications systems. Similar effects also are possible from the new systems. True, for this the output of its satellites has to be increased a thousand times more that what was announced, but technically it is fully feasible."

"Thus, the new space systems are potentially dangerous from the aspect of unfolding a wide-scale 'information war' and even creating a global systems for controlling people's behavior in any region, city or locality, including one's own. A country possessing them will gain an enormous advantage." [END]

For more on Teledesic, see their home page:

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The U.S. Army's Telepathy Battle Command

A declassified FY 1999 Army budget estimate submitted to Congress in February 1998 indicates that, more than 10 years ago, the U.S. Army was planning to group all of its telepathy operations into a single Telepathy Battle Command. See the PDF at this link:

Volume 3 Page 1197 lists the budget for Project D985 - Concepts Evaluation 0f Materiel - and indicates among its FY 1997 Accomplishments a simple, one-line project designated "Telepathy Battle Command." No fooling. The Army was testing out the concept of a Telepathy Battle Command.

There was no reason for the U.S. Army to test the concept of a "telepathy battle command" if it had not already tested or fielded telepathic weapons themselves. At the very least, this line item of the 1998 budget indicates that the U.S. Army takes the threat of telepathic battle and telepathic weapon systems seriously. They certainly were throwing serious money at it.
For more on how the U.S. Army has organized its conventional "Battle Command" system, see this link:

Is There An Active and Operational Telepathy Battle Command?

If the U.S. Army has built an active and operational Telepathy Battle Command center, it may be part of the Army's strategic "Command Post of the Future" (CPOF) system. However, CPOF places a greater emphasis on computers and digital imagery than "exotic" systems like telepathy. For more on CPOF, see:

Paul Smith's book Reading The Enemy's Mind and Jon Ronson's book The Men Who Stare At Goats both suggest that the DoD runs its telepathy programs through the Defense Intelligence Agency and Army INSCOM (Intelligence and Security Command). Both Army INSCOM and the National Security Agency are located at Ft. Meade, MD, which makes that town the most likely "hub" location.

It is also possible that elements of an Army "Telepathy Battle Command" have been placed at highly classified "black" facilities near Ft. Bragg, NC, headquarters of the Army Special Operations Command and home of the Army's Psychological Operations Directorate.

Ronson's book strongly suggests involvement by the Army's 9th Psyop Battalion, which is part of the 4th Psychological Operations Group:

ICOMW Archives

The "International Committee on Offensive Microwave Weapons" (ICOMW) has put together a useful and very interesting collection of articles at its website:
In the words of the Managing Director, Mr. Harlan Girard, "here you will find the fewest number of documents whose cumulative affect, we feel, is necessary to convince an intelligent and well-informed adult that the United States has been committing high crimes against humanity for many years, and will continue to do so until it is held accountable before the Court of World Opinion."
The following articles (each offered as free PDFs) provide a military overview of Synthetic Telepathy weapons, the doctrine underlying their use, and some surprisingly detailed technical descriptions of the weapons, taken from patent documents:
"The New Mental Battlefield: Beam Me Up Spock" by Lt. Col. John B. Alexander
"The Electromagnetic Spectrum in Low-Intensity Conflict" (1984) by Capt. Paul E. Tyler, U.S. Navy (Harlan Girard: "We regard this paper as so important in the chain of evidence establishing the existence of an Electronic Concentration Camp System that if our Archive consisted of only two documents, the Tyler paper would surely be one of them!")
"Cognitive Warfare" (Holzer, Robert. "U.S. Navy Team Begins Search for Innovative Warfare Capability" Defense News, 2 September 1996)
Air Force Bibliography on the Biological Effects of Millimeter Wave EMF
Sony Patent on Ultrasonic Hallucination Machine
Sony owns U.S. Patent 6,536,440 which concerns a "Method and system for generating sensory data onto the human neural cortex". It is a non-invasive system, overcoming the drawbacks of surgical implants. Essentially, Sony claims that by targeting certain locations of the brain with ultrasonic energy, pulsed at a low frequency, they can create hallucinations of visual, aural, olfactory and somatosensory sensations, as well as those of taste.
Secretary of the Air Force owns Patent on Synthetic Telepathy
Sandia Laboratory's Cognitive Machines Project