- Started during WWII with research on
hypnosis for interrogation, secure courier duties, and reducing fatigue.
Also research into effects of primitive drugs like barbiturates
and cannabis as far as drug-assisted interrogation goes.
- George Estabrooks was the leading proponent
of hypnosis as the be-all and end-all of manipulating peoples minds. His
book, 'Hypnotism', published in the early forties, has been decried as
too fantastic and improbable in terms of describing the capabilities
of hypnosis with certain very suggestible subjects, but his arguments and
examples remain valid to this day.
- Start of Cold War and Korean War in particular
gave a big boost to mind control research with the emergence of
'Brain Washing' as a common term. Supposedly a development of the dastardly
Chi-Coms, the term was actually coined by a magazine writer later found
to be on the CIA payroll as an agent of influence. Postulating a 'brainwashing
gap' The CIA got the go-ahead for research into countering communist mind
control efforts and developing their own to aid in the espionage
- Hypnosis, drugs, and psycho-surgery;
separately and combined, were the tools of this quest for the ultimate
truth serum on the one hand, and the capability to create an agent who
could not have his or her mission tortured out of them, or even be aware
that they were carrying secret information given to them in an
altered state of consciousness. More and more sophisticated drugs were
experimented with, such as LSD, Ketamine, and Psilocybine. Lobotomy and
the implantation of electrodes were considered as methods for creating
a compliant agent. Electro-Convulsive Shock, combined with LSD,
sedation for days at a time, and constantly replaying the patient's own
voice through helmet-mounted headphones was a notorious Canadian researcher's
recipe for mind control.
- One of the most remarkable cases of mind
control involves a famous model of the late 40's and 50's named Candy Jones.
In the book, "The Control of Candy Jones" the author reviewed
hours of tapes made by Candy Jones and her husband which revealed a systematic
program to create and manipulate alter personalities as the foundation
for programmed couriers resistant to torture, where the primary personality
would not even be aware of the secret information being carried. The information
could be summoned forth via a post-hypnotic command or response
to a pre-programmed cue.
- Research continued into early 70's by
CIA's own admission during the Church hearings. John Marks, author
of the best study of CIA mind control experiments, makes the subtle differentiation
that the CIA congressional witnesses might truthfully say that
all research done by the TSS Directorate had ended, since the programs
were moved into other areas once operational techniques had been developed.
Many of the names mentioned in reference to mind control research turn
up in the few references to supposed dead-end research in ESP.
- There have been persistent rumors of
Navy research involving attempts at telepathy from submarines under water,
the Nautilus being the most famous of these. Detection of enemy submarines,
and communicating with our own, has continued to be an important area of
conventional research for the Navy, so it is no surprise that researching
the use of ESP for these purposes would be of interest. Communicating with
a submerged submarine is the only kind of communications where the very
act of receiving puts the receiver in danger, since submarines must normally
stick an antenna out of the water for high speed radio traffic, or rely
on trailing a long wire antenna under water relatively near the surface
to receive very slow speed traffic using ELF radio waves. Newer techniques
may involve the use of blue-green wavelength lasers, but evidently penetration
to any depth is still a problem.
- If you look at telepathy as a problem
in the transfer of information in a very noisy environment, then
certain existing solutions suggest themselves: There have already been
experiments in the transmission of five distinct symbols via telepathy,
namely Zener card symbols. I suggest that there is already a way of transmitting
information using two symbols only, namely Morse Code. Current ELF or VLF
radio transmission methods for communicating with fleet ballistic missile
submarines to issue them their launch orders involve very low data transfer
rates, on the order of 3 to 30 bits per minute, if I am not mistaken.
Messages are very short, consisting of pre-formulated action or
targeting codes. I suggest that telepathic 'Zener Morse' is an operational
technique for information transfer under severe signal to noise conditions.
In fact the use of five Zener symbols would increase data transfer rates,
but at the expense of a higher error rate due to the problems in discriminating
between five and just two symbols.
- CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS AND REPORTS
- Reports of Project SCANNATE in 70's,
most likely done by Swann, since his method for RV is very similar to that
reportedly used in this project; namely providing latitude and longitude
coordinates and telling what is there. Later changed to assigning random
number for unique session number and Swann picked up location anyway.
- "The New Age Army:" Over the
past 10 - 15 years a number of military personnel, most in significant
positions in Military Intelligence, have expressed interest in
and directed programs or projects that have explored paranormal activities
and capabilities. Several government studies on Enhancing Human Performance
took place during this time. Most, if not all of them, were savaged
in the NRC study on Enhancing Human Performance, but recent critiques and
rebuttals of this study have indicated severe irregularities in the evaluation
procedures for papers submitted to the NRC study, suppression of favorable
results, and a definitely one-sided evaluation panel.
- Much modern research in parapsychology
tends to support the idea that Enhanced Perception is a survival-related
trait from our distant past, not the tip of the iceberg as far as new emerging
human powers go. This is supported by the observation that many psychic
episodes center around catastrophic or traumatic events. Studies
of Siberian and Eskimo shamans also show the development of ESP or similar
shamanic powers due to injury, exposure to cold, and isolation. Dissociation
with tendencies towards Multiple Personality Disorder also occurs
in these Shamans due to their ordeals. This is in contrast to the experiences
of most tropical shamans who tend to find their powers through exposure
to mind-altering drugs.
- The Vietnam war, with its exceedingly
stressful combat environment of no clear-cut enemies combined with ambush
being the normal way of making contact, produced a large body of individual
reports stressing enhanced perception and awareness. This showed up as
detecting ambushes and booby-traps before they were sprung; detecting
the presence of enemy soldiers without any conscious sign of them; time
dilation when bullets could be seen slowly traveling around the
battlefield, and even reports of soldiers avoiding those bullets by jumping
out of their paths as they were shot at.
- Dr. Ian Wickramasekera of Eastern Virginia
Medical School has studied the expansion of sensory input during trauma
which would lead to time dilation, etc. This gentleman has also studied
the effects of sensory deprivation on hypnotic susceptibility in young
- In a recent article in U.S. News &
World Report, John Gittinger, a CIA psychologist associated with a CIA
front organization, the Human Ecology Society admitted to knowledge of
experiments in developing ESP by giving electric shocks to subjects
when they gave wrong answers.
- Recently, a Russian researcher in psychotronics,
Dr. Igor Smirnov, has helped to start up a new Virginia company,
called Psycho-Technologies, I believe. It is supposed to conduct research
on various kinds of LTL technology, with a concentration on Soviet-developed
psychotronic warfare capabilities involving the use of electromagnetic
and sonic waves to influence and disable individuals or crowds. Supposedly
this ranges from simply falling to influencing peoples thoughts via audio
or visual subliminal messages.
- SOME OF THE PLAYERS
- The Monroe Institute, located near Charlottesville,
Virginia. Bob Monroe, author of many books on Out of Body experiences,
has long and close ties with the C.I.A. James Monroe, Bob's father, if
I'm not mistaken, was involved with the Human Ecology Society, a C.I.A.
front organization of the late 50's and 60's. The Monroe Institute has
done research on accelerated learning and foreign language learning through
the use of altered states of consciousness for the C.I.A. and other
government organizations. Government interest in the more radical research
going on at the institute remains only tantalizing speculation. Official
classified document storage boxes have been seen at their mail-order outlet
located in Lovingston, VA.
- Albert Stubblebine and John Alexander.
Both retired Army officers, a General and Colonel respectively. Both worked
at U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command, or INSCOM, Stubblebine
as its head at one time. Stubblebine has publicly stated that an
enlisted man under his command inadvertently 'mentally fried' an intelligence
gathering computer located in Augsberg Germany. This was Lynn Buchanan,
- Alexander wrote the rebuttal to the NRC
paper on Enhancing Human Performance. He used this rebuttal as
the basis for a book he co-authored called "The Warrior's Edge"
which describes various techniques for enhancing performance and
perception utilizing the power of the mind. (Alexander headed up research
on Less Than Lethal weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratories until 'retiring.')
- Jack Houk, Aerospace Engineer, and his
Spoon bending parties, done for last 12 - 15 years. Stubblebine,
Alexander, and others have attended and hosted these parties. While even
Houk admits that much of the bending activity that occurs is due to hysterical
strength, people getting excited, etc. there are always a few really perplexing
feats of bending at each party. Curled and twisted hacksaw blades comes
to mind, since these normally snap if they are bent.
- S.A.I.C. involvement in 1993 American
Parapsychological Association meeting arrangements, via their 'Cognitive
Sciences Laboratory'. Science Applications International Corporation is
a big time defense contractor, has held the largest number of research
contracts of any defense contractor. Bobby Ray Inman is on its board of
directors, among others.
- Startup of TREAT, Center for Treatment
and Research into Experienced Anomalous Trauma, by Rima Leibow.
Leibow is a psychiatrist who started studying trauma associated with alien
abductions, noting its similarities to PTSD. She has hosted open and closed
meetings for the past six years. Leibow is a close friend of/or
married to Stubblebine, which certainly raises some interesting questions.
Another abduction researcher and friend is Victoria Lacas, who happens
to be married to Alexander.
- One other TREAT hanger-on, and friend
of Stubblebine's, is Lynn Buchanan. Buchanan offers services similar to
PSI-TECH and has worked with Ed Dames on a contract basis. He taught a
Remote Viewing workshop at the latest TREAT conference. Also offers continued
training in RV skills to those whom he decides to work with. Veteran of
INSCOM, and the famous 'computer frier' mentioned by Stubblebine.
- A real mystery man in all of this is
C.B. Scott Jones: Ex-Navy Intelligence officer, one time aide to
Senator Claiborne Pell, founder of the Human Potential Foundation; Jones
appears to have his fingers in every 'weird' pie around. He has been involved
with several UFO research organizations, dolphin-human communications research,
served on the boards of several scholarly parapsychological research organizations.
Jones strikes many people as a 'Cardinal Richelieu' figure, manipulating
events behind the scenes, but rarely emerging into the spotlight.
- There is literally no conference on parapsychology
that he does not attend. He has traveled and done research with
Alexander and Rima Leibow. He works at keeping very well informed about
the 'pulse' of the New Age community and about UFO and parapsychological
research in particular. He rarely writes anything for print, but keeps
in contact with many of the players in the fields. He has presented papers
to many conferences, most of the examples I have seen are complex,
lengthy, and elaborate pieces of dis-information which leave the listeners
more confused than when he started. This is an individual who bears watching.