Saturday, January 20, 2007
1990s: The Decade of The Brain
The military's early mind control research has already been documented in this blog. However, a very important period in the chronology of Artificial Telepathy needs more attention: The 1990s.
Recent efforts by voice-hearers to prove that they are the victims of Artificial Telepathy and other exotic voice-to-skull (V2K) technologies go largely unheeded by the public because most people remain blissfully unaware of the quantum leaps that neuroscience made during the 1990s.
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush declared the 1990s to be the "Decade of the Brain." See:
Just as the United States brought the full force of its scientific community to bear on the problems of splitting the atom in the 1930s and 1940s, so too did the U.S. bring its full force to bear on the problem of penetrating the inner sanctum of the human mind during the 1980s and 1990s. The motive for both research thrusts was much the same: breakthroughs in quantum theory indicated that an extremely important threshhold in our understanding of the way the world works had been reached, and the United States wanted to be the first to cross that threshhold.
For some interesting Wikipedia article on the revolutionary new theories of Quantum Mind and Quantum Brain Dynamics, see these links:
Overtly, Quantum Brain theory was presented to the public as an exciting field of investigation, pursued by brilliant professors at various universities, whose goal was to develop "pure and theoretical" knowledge that would be published in the open literature for the benefit of all mankind. Benevolent applications of the resulting neurotechnology might include cures for Alzheimers, epilepsy, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's. With an amazingly accurate computer map and Quantum model of the brain, the deaf could be made to hear, the blind could be made to see, the mute might be able to talk, and the lame could be helped to walk. New breakthroughs could lead to some amazing medical miracles.
But covertly, the military and its contractors saw in Quantum Brain theory, neural networks and Artificial Intelligence the potential for developing some incredibly powerful and devastating super-weapons. As with most technologies, the resulting neurotechnology could be "dual use." Highly accurate brain maps and supercomputer models that could help and heal people might also be used to control, manipulate and destroy them.
It doesn't take a superbrain to see how much military power lies in the ability to seize remote control of another human's mind.
Controlled Personnel Effects and "Cognitive Engineering"
In his article "Air Force Plan: Hack Your Nervous System", David Hambling provides an interesting overview of how the military plans to use its new brain models for "Active Denial Systems" and "Controlled Personnel Effects." See his article at DefenseTech.org
The article provides a link to an article titled "Controlled Effects" written by scientists working for the the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy Directorate (which Hambling refers to as the Air Force "people zapping" unit).
The Air Force Science & Technology (S&T) panel makes the following statement:
"By studying and modelling the human brain and nervous system, the ability to mentally influence or confuse personnel is also possible. Through sensory deception, it may be possible to create synthetic images, or holograms, to confuse an individual's visual sense or, in a similar manner, confuse his senses of sound, touch, taste or smell. Through cognitive engineering, scientists can develop a better understanding of how an individual's cognitive processes (pattern recognition, visual conditioning, and difference detection) affect his decision-making processes. Once understood, scientists could use these cognitive models to predict a person's behavior under a variety of conditions with the potential to affect an adversary's mission accomplishment via a wide range of personnel effects."
The Air Force S&T panel suggests this technology will be available by 2020. Voice Hearers are saying that it's here now, and it's being used, today. They consider themselves to be the guinea pigs on which these mind-bending weapons are being tested.
If true, this means the U.S. government has deliberately chosen to target and torture its own citizens. The implications are chilling.
In fact, if supercomputer models of the Quantum Brain were combined with "cognitive engineering" and the proper space-based sensors, these weapons offer the power to influence and control the minds of vast numbers of people, both individually and collectively. The political systems and economies of entire countries could be tampered with.
If the same scientists perfect a method to read thoughts remotely, patents and intellectual property could be stolen on a massive scale. No PIN number, account number or secret password would be safe.
The mood of crowds and entire cities could be changed and manipulated. An entire army could potentially be blinded and stopped in its tracks, paralyzed. War plans, orders of battle, and secrets held in the minds of enemy generals and spies could be monitored and plucked with incredible ease, perhaps scrambled or even altered and replanted.
People could be made to walk in front of buses. Normal law abiding citizens could be hypnotized and programmed as assassins. By simply seizing control of the mind of a single man at the control panel of a nuclear missile silo . . . .
Put bluntly: neuroweapons are more powerful than atomic weapons. They threaten to punch a hole in the shield that protects our entire nuclear weapons network. Even nuclear launch codes are not safe from intrusion.
Apparently the Pentagon decided in the 1980s and 1990s that it was imperative that the U.S. military understand "cognitive engineering" and build a new generation of "controlled personnel effects" weapons, before anyone else did. In parallel with the open and overt research performed at universities across the nation, the Defense Department began its own highly classified, covert weapons program, based at military weapons labs and linked to the university system through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
These neuroweapon engineers immediately ran into a problem: how could they get professors and some of the star researchers in the public sector involved? They needed to push the entire field of neuroscience to work faster, they needed a public relations front, and they needed to hook some of the best minds into a new network that would help them siphon off the best research. Result:
The Decade of the Brain.
In early 1989, the United States Congress, by House joint Resolution 174, designated the decade beginning January 1, 1990, as the "Decade of the Brain" and it authorized and requested President George Herbert Walker Bush to issue a proclamation in observance of this occasion.
Joint Resolution 174 became Public Law 101-58, and on 17 July 1989, President Bush issued his proclamation, which launched one of the most massive build-ups in brain research ever undertaken by mankind. The president's proclamation can be found at this link:
Comparing this one-decade, all-out push for brain research to the Manhattan Project or the Apollo space mission to reach the Moon would be very apt. The expenditure was that enormous, and the results of a one-decade effort were indeed amazing. Yet the program received none of the press attention lavished on the Atomic Bomb or the Moon landing, and it fell far short of its stated goal of "conquering brain disease." Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Epilepsy, Huntington's Disease, Muscular Dystrophy and other nervous disorders are still very much with us.
What did result from this intensive, one-decade research project?
The public record indicates that several important research programs and networks were established and funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). Among the key players:
The Human Brain Project
The International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM)
The Laboratory of Neuroimaging (LONI)
The Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN), and
The Charles A. Dana Foundation
The publicly funded and nonclassified research appears to have been funneled into military labs through the following organizations:
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)
DARPA's Brain-Machine Interface program
NASA's Neurolab Program, and
The Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Each of these military programs represents an entire network of laboratories, and they will be examined in future posts.
These research programs seem to interconnect in interesting ways with several other organizations strongly associated with telepathy research and the development of exotic technologies:
The Stanford Research Institute (SRI)
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
The Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL)
We will take a closer look at each of these players in future posts to this blogs. The advances in brain mapping achieved by the Human Brain Project are especially worthy of careful attention.
If the testimony of voice-hearers can be believed, the "Decade of the Brain" resulted in weapons with some very, very frightening capabilities.
Posted by M at 6:54 PM