Brain Zapping

Electronic Mind Control

by Doc Hambone

The subject of mind control is a tricky one. It can range from parental control to the con of a salesman to physical coercion. To limit the field, I will deal with areas well covered and easily verifiable: the physical control of emotional states and the projection of sound via electromagnetic radiation and biological implants. And keep in mind, if I'm a kook for telling you this, what does that make the military and law enforcement agencies that have spent years of research and millions of dollars on the subject.

The National Institute of Justice, the R&D department of the Justice Department, promises that "scientific studies will be conducted to identify which technologies may be developed for use by law enforcement and corrections, including laser, microwave, and electromagnetic" (1). Our military has not overlooked the possibility that "A rapidly scanning RFR [radiofrequency radiation] system could provide an effective stun or kill capability over a large area" (2) "Some potential uses include dealing with terrorist groups, crowd control, controlling breeches of security at military installations, and antipersonnel techniques in tactical warfare" (3)

During the Waco standoff with the Branch Davidians, the FBI considered and rejected Russian scientist Igor Smirnov's offer of using a device that would transmit inaudible, subliminal messages into the mind of David Koresh (4). The FBI considered using the voice of God, played by Charlton Heston, to coax Koresh out (5). Smirnov, of Moscow's Institute of Psycho-Corrections, gave this proposal at a meeting with the FBI, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). This was not a case of desperate law enforcement entertaining a wild-eyed nut: "There was a strong interest among the intelligence agencies because they had been tracking Smirnov for years" (6).

How does it all work? Don't expect the labs or agencies involved to tell you. Even the budget for development is kept secret. Evidently we wouldn't want the enemy (whoever that is now) to learn how not to kill American soldiers and civilians. The current progress in these direct-energy weapons is a tightly kept secret, but luckily some of the research done in previous decades found their way into the medical literature.

Much of the work done with microwaves was developed with Project Pandora, which was put into place by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research to study the effects of microwaves which were being beamed into the American Embassy in Moscow by the Russians. Some of the findings of the scientists involved with Pandora are quite disturbing. Dr. Joseph C. Sharp and engineer Mark Grove were able to hear and distinguish one-syllable words by pulse-modulated microwaves (longer sounds would require passing the 10mW/cm2 safety standard, which some believe isn't strict enough). (7)

Microwaves can also alter the permeability of the body's blood-brain barrier (8), which can synergistically increase the effects of drugs, as the military is well aware. "Using relatively low-level RFR, it may be possible to sensitize large military groups to extremely dispersed amounts of biological or chemical agents to which the unirradiated population would be immune." (9)

Sound can be transmitted even easier through the use of implants - cochlear implants, implants that send electrical signals into the fluid of the inner ear, or implants that transmit sound vibrations via bone conduction, such as the cases of dental fillings picking up audible radio signals. The stimoceiver, invented by Dr. Jose Delgado, consists of wires running from strategic points in the brain to a radio receiver/transmitter located entirely under the skin. Through this device, Delgado was able to stimulate raw emotions such as arousal, anxiety, and aggression with the turn of a knob (10).


1 NIJ Research in Brief 3/93 p3
2 Tyler, Capt Paul E, MC, USN, "The Electromagnetic Spectrum in Low-Intensity Conflict" in Low Intensity Conflict and Modern Technology, edited by Lt Col David Dean, USAF
3 ibid.
4 Barry, John, "Soon, 'Phasers on Stun'", Newsweek, 2/7/94, pg 26
5 Elliott, Dorinda, "A Subliminal Dr. Strangelove", Newsweek, 8/22/94, pg 57
6 7/93 Defense Electronics article, reprinted in Flatland #11, PO Box 2420, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-2420
7 Justensen, Don R., "Microwaves and Behavior", American Psychologist, 3/75, pg 396
8 Lin, James C PhD., Microwave Auditory Effects and Applictions, Thomas Books, 1978, pg 190; Brodeur, Paul, The Zapping of America, WW Norton & company, 1977, pg 85
9 Tyler, see note 31
10 Delgado, Jose, Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society, Harpers, New York, 1969