CIA MIND CONTROL
STANFORD RESEARCH INSTITUTE
By Alex Constantine
Concrete evidence that electronic mind
control was an object of study at SRI was exposed by the Washington Post on
August 7, 1977:
"When the Navy awarded a contract to the
Institute, the scientific assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, Dr. Sam Koslov,
received a routine briefing on various research projects, including SRI's. As
the briefer flashed his chart onto the screen and began to speak, Koslov
stormily interrupted, 'What the hell is that about?' Among the glowing words on
the projected chart, the section describing SRI's work was labeled,
ELF and Mind Control.
ELF stands for extremely [low] frequency
electromagnetic waves, from the very slow brain frequencies up to about 100
cycles per second.... But the Mind Control label really upset Koslov. He ordered
the SRI investigations for the Navy stopped, and canceled another $35,000 in
Navy funds slated for more remote viewing work."
Contrary to Koslov's order to kill the
research, the Navy quietly continued to fork out $100,000 for a two-year project
directed by a BIONICS specialist.
Mind control is not a humanitarian
pastime: the project was military, and if SRI was indeed a source of covert EMR
brain experimentation, test subjects from the community at large were subjected
to torture plied with the same thorough disregard for human rights as the
radiation tests conducted at the height of the Cold War.
The treatment subjects have received at
the hands of their own government would be considered atrocities if practiced in
Mind control was also used in domestic
covert operations designed to further the CIA's heady geopolitical ambitions,
and during the Vietnam War period SRI was a hive of covert political subterfuge.
The Symbionese Liberation Army, like the People's Temple, was a creation of the
CIA. The SLA had at its core a clique of black ex-convicts from Vacaville
Prison. Donald DeFreeze, otherwise known as Cinque, led the SLA. He was formerly
an informant for the LAPDs Criminal Conspiracy Section and the director of
Vacaville's Black Cultural Association (BCA), a covert mind control unit with
funding from the CIA channeled through SRI. The Menlo Park behavior modification
specialists experimented with psychoactive drugs administered to members of the
BCA. Black prisoners were programmed to murder selected black leaders once on
The CIA/SRI zombie killer hit list
included Oakland school superintendent Dr. Marcus Foster, and Panthers Huey
Newton and Bobby Seale, among others. DeFreeze stated that at Vacaville in
1971-72, he was the subject of a CIA mind control experiment. He described his
incarceration on the prisons third floor, where he was corralled by CIA agents
who drugged him and said he would become the leader of a radical movement and
kidnap a wealthy person. After his escape from Vacaville (an exit door was left
unlocked for him), that's exactly what he did.
EM mind control machines were championed
at Stanford University by Dr. Karl Pribram, director of the Neuropsychology
Research Laboratory: "I certainly could educate a child by putting an electrode
in the lateral hypothalmus and then selecting the situations at which I
stimulate it. In this was I can grossly change his behavior." Psychology Today
feted Pribram as "The Magellan of Brain Science." He obtained his B.S. and M.D.
degrees at the University of Chicago, and at Stanford University studied how the
brain processes and stores sensory imagery. He is credited with discovering that
mental imaging bears a close resemblance to hologram projection (the basis for
transmitting images to the craniums of test subjects under the misnomer "remote
The Institute is bonded incestuously to
corporate sponsors. Former SRI Chairman E. Hornsby Wasson, for example, was a
director of several major companies, including Standard Oil of California, and
he went on to become chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Pacific
Telephone & Telegraph and Bell Telephone of Nevada.
The SRI/SAIC psi experiments were
supervised at Langley by John McMahon, second in command under William Casey,
succeeding Bobby Ray Inman, the SAIC director. McMahon has, according to Philip
Agee, the CIA whistle-blowing exile, an affinity for technological exotics for
CIA covert actions. He was recruited by the Agency after his graduation from
Holy Cross College (the alma mater of CIA contractees Edward Bennett Williams,
attorney, and Robert Maheu, hit man). He is a former director of the Technical
Services Division, deputy director for Operations, and in 1982 McMahon was
appointed deputy director of Central Intelligence. He left the Agency six years
later to take the position of president of the Lockheed Missiles and Space
Systems Group. In 1994, he moved on to Draper Laboratories. He is a director of
the Defense Enterprise Fund and an adviser to congressional committees.
Many of the SRI empaths were mustered
from L. Ron Hubbard's Church of Scientology. Harold Puthoff, the Institute's
senior researcher, was a leading Scientologist. Two remote viewers from SRI have
also held rank in the Church: Ingo Swann, a Class VII Operating Thetan, a
founder of the Scientology Center in Los Angeles, and the late Pat Price.
Puthoff and Targ's lab assistant was a Scientologist married to a minister of
the church. When Swann joined SRI, he stated openly, "fourteen Clears
participated in the experiments, more than I would suspect." At the time he
denied CIA involvement, but now acknowledges, "it was rather common knowledge
all along who the sponsor was, although in documents the identity of the Agency
was concealed behind the sobriquet of an east-coast scientist."
The Agency's interest was quite
extensive. A number of agents of the CIA came themselves ultimately to SRI to
act as subjects in remote viewing experiments, as did some members of Congress.
"If you recall," astronaut Edgar
Mitchell, another participant in the experiments, informed radio disinformation
broker Art Bell on April 30, 1996, "back in the early '70s, I did work at SRI
with Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ and Uri Geller, and I was invited to brief
the CIA on our results. George Bush was head of the CIA at that time.
Subsequently, a great deal of psychic work was done by CIA, and very
successfully because the Soviets were doing it at that time as well -- very
Mitchell spins a cocoon of mystical
yarns as outrageously far-fetched as any of his SRI cronies. He claims to have
traced the brain's center of ESP to native creativity, a "relationship that
exists in nature, it's responsible for our inner-experience.... It involves the
zero-point field, quantum physics, mystical experience, parapsychological
functioning...." The ubiquitous "aliens," he insists, are at the heart of the
federal UFO cover-up, visitors from a civilization "a few million, or even a few
billion years older than we are." His book The Way of the Explorer is
chock-a-block with the astronaut's rambling Shamanic cover stories, supposedly
the culmination of 25 years of research on intelligent life in the universe and
The Agency was purportedly so taken with
the SRI experiments that the bankroll for "human augmentation" research swelled.
Millions of dollars were thrown at "Grill Flame" under (DIA) and Navy auspices.
The projects at SRI were augmented by a parapsychology team at Fort Meade in
Maryland under INSCOM and the NSA. Military intelligence personnel were
recruited, including Major Ed Dames, the Psi-Tech founder, occultist and
communer with "demons." General Stubblebine ran the project and broadened it to
include tarot and the channeling of spirits. By this time, Puthoff and Swann
left the Church of Scientology to join a spin-off religious movement.
The DIA inherited "Grill Flame." A
reporter for the BBC (requesting anonymity) offers a glimpse of the Army's
remote viewing project at Fort Meade, and declares he was given The Official
Line, i.e., "we were about to be used for disinformation. As soon as I started
asking hard questions, the project was taken away from us and [given] to a far
more docile broadcaster." The British correspondent learned that medical
oversight for the psi experiments was provided by Dr. Louis Jolyon West, then a
professor of psychiatry at UCLA, one of the most notorious CIA mind-control
specialists in the country. Apart from monitoring the health of the subjects,
according to SRI spokesmen, Dr. West conducted his own experimental studies of
the phenomenology of dissociative states," or multiple personalities, at the
Institute. Colin Ross, a specialist in dissociative disorders, confirms that Dr.
West's work for the CIA centered on the biology or personality of dissociative
In "Pseudo-Identity and the Treatment of
Personality Change in Victims of Captivity and Cults" (1994), Dr. Louis "Jolly"
West examines the creation of "changelings," or dissociative personalities that
enable the subject of mind-control conditioning to adapt to trauma. "Prolonged
environmental stress," UCLA's own ranking CIA mind-control specialist observed
(in a drastic departure from the public stance of the False Memory Syndrome
Foundation, an organization he formerly directed as a advisory board member, on
multiplicity), "or life situations profoundly different from the usual, can
disrupt the normally integrative functions of personality. Individuals subjected
to such forces may adapt through dissociation by generating an altered persona,
Patricia Hearst (examined by Dr. West
for trial) hosted an alternate personality named "Pearl," he offers, a
manifestation more distinct and individuated than "Tania." The newspaper heiress
was subjected to a regimen of "persuasive coercion" (a personal form of
harassment by an organized group, any form of intimidation short of violence)
and trauma-based programmimg of a sort developed by CIA specialists (like Dr.
West) -- "violently abducted by members of the [CIA-mustered] Symbionese
Liberation Army in February of 1974, brutalized, raped, tortured, and forced to
participate in illegal acts beginning with the bank robbery for which she was
later (in our view wrongly) convicted. The traumatic kidnapping and subsequent 2
months of torture produced in her a state of emotional regression and fearful
compliance with the demands and expectations of her captors. This was quickly
followed by the coerced transformation of Patty into Tania and subsequently
(less well known to the public) into Pearl, after additional trauma over a
period of many months (Hearst & Moscow, 1988; The Trial of Patty Hearst, 1976).
Tania was merely a role coerced on pain of death; it was Pearl who later
represented the pseudo-identity which was found on psychiatric examination by
one of us (West) shortly after Hearst's arrest by the FBI. Chronic symptoms of
PTSD were also prominent in this case."
Many victims of the CIA-anchored
experimentation have been left with multiple personalities induced at a young
age, and it is certain that the CIA can trigger induced multiple personalities
electronically from a remote source to commit any act on cue, the ultimate
Manchurian Candidate. Under Dr. West's tutelage at UCLA, parapsychology
experiments of another sort were conducted by Kirlian aura researcher Thelma
Moss, a writer for television and a human guinea-pig herself in LSD experiments
conducted in 1957. Three years later, as a UCLA psychology student, she designed
protocols for her own LSD experiments under the supervision of Dr. Oscar Janiger.
The CIA, of course, could not be far
away. Dr. Janiger's supplier of the drug was the legendary Captain Al Hubbard,
the Johnny Appleseed of LSD. "Nothing of substance has been written about Al
Hubbard," Janiger once said, "and probably nothing ever should."
Hubbard, a convicted rum-runner, had a
knack for electronic communications. He was recruited by the OSS by agents of
Allen Dulles and surely reported to the CIA thereafter. Hubbard, an
arch-arch-conservative, joined SRI at the urging of Willis Harman, director of
the Institute's Educational Policy Research Center, ostensibly as a security
guard. Harman, an LSD experimenter himself, admits, "Al never did anything
resembling security work." Hubbard was employed on the Alternative Futures
Project, a corporate strategy program. Al had a grandiose idea, one co-worker
recalls, that "if he could give the psychedelic experience to the major
executives of the Fortune 500 companies, he could change the whole of society."
Hubbard was a major supplier to university's sponsoring experimentation, and
flooded the youth subculture he despised with LSD in the 1960s. The massive
drug-dealing operation at least as large as the government's, and had Harmon's
was full support. Al Hubbard's contract at SRI was canceled in 1974.
Among the labs closed in 1966 with the
criminalization of LSD was Dr. Janiger's.
His protege, Thelma Moss, continued to
pursue experimentation with the hallucinogen as a psychotherapeutic tool, later
as an ESP trigger and for experiments in "behavior modification." Her
increasingly bizarre interests led her to Kirlian photography, and she set up a
lab at the Neuropsychiatric Institute under Dr. West.
At least one volunteer in Moss'
experiments alleges to have been led down a blind alley to lifelong torture.
D.S. (requesting anonymity) appeared on Moss' doorstep in 1978. After the
experiments, she was overwhelmed by back-to-back psychic experiences. Not true
ones, she realized, but precognitive dreams that had to be fed to me. (Biotelemetric
subjects routinely complain that their dreams are commandeered.) For 15 years
she walked through a barrage of EM novelty effects. The psychic episodes
gradually gave way to torture, including severe head pains and endless hours of
persuasive coercion, the art of psychological paralysis honed by the CIA in the
In 1994 she began to receive non-stop
audio transmissions that still torment her, cybernetic voices registering on her
brain's primary frequency allocation, her mental channel.
Another indication that military
biotechnology, cyber-psi, was focal in Stargate research was the Agency's choice
of The American Institutes of Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. to evaluate the
validity of remote viewing. AIR could be counted on to keep the (mind control)
secrets. In the 1970s, the Army's Office of the Inspector General released
declassified files disclosing a series of CIA-DoD behavior modification
experiments conducted in prisons, mental hospitals and campuses from 1950
through 1971. The documents identified 44 laboratories enriched with public tax
funds for secret, inhumane brain research. The first on the list was AIR. SRI
also received funding. An in-house study ensured CIA personnel would not be
dragged in from the cold. Some of the aims of the research:
Inducing toxic psychosis, terminal
cancer, stress, sleep, headaches and chemical lobotomies.
Developing foods that taste normal but
stimulate fear and anxiety.
The concoction of drugs to facilitate
the brainwashing of civilians.
Using LSD-25 and electrodes in the brain
to pinpoint pain centers.
A number of SRI spinoffs have taken
remote viewing into the private sector. A brochure for the Farsight Institute
states flatly that technology is used, and promotes the alien diversion: The
Farsight Institute (TFI) was founded by Courtney Brown, Ph.D., in 1995, evolving
from a research program he conducted in the early 1990s, described in his book
Cosmic Voyage: A Scientific Discovery of Extraterrestrials Visiting Earth
(Dutton 1996). "Dr. Brown's investigations began with his training in a remote
viewing technology that had previously been used by the U.S. military during
highly classified operations in the 1980s and '90s," according to his sales
literature. "Historically, the principal breakthroughs with this technology were
made at Stanford Research Institute in the 1970s and 1980s by the gifted artist
and natural psychic, Ingo Swann. The vision of The Farsight Institute is to
promote the continued research and development of the most modern and effective
forms of this continually evolving technology." Other remote viewing gurus from
the SRI program have sprung up like poison mushrooms around the country, ranting
obliquely on the paranormal and scapegoating "aliens."
The rhetoric is a serious development in
intelligence cult programming for mass consumption. The populace is subjected to
the same crazed systems used to indoctrinate recruits of the mind control cults.
Psi-Tech founder Ed Dames claimed on Art
Bell's syndicated radio program that his company can comb "the collective
unconscious" for answers to such mysteries as the origins of the AIDS virus. By
scanning the "Global Mind," Dames claims, "we perceived massive global weather
changes that preclude growing crops, a tremendous problem with epidemics and
pandemics in Third World countries because it appears the ozone problem is
increasing the mutation rate. Were perceiving a bovine AIDS that kills a lot of
babies. The future gets grimmer after that."
Parapsychology, E.T.s and the "End
Times" are not just for the cults anymore. The intelligence community wants the
you to believe ... believe ...
... the Cold War-style propagandists.
Current mind control disinformation has its foundations in anti-Communist
propaganda. Lt. Col Thomas Beardon, an Army Reservist, was made to order in
magazines published by the "Committee to Restore the Constitution" and other
ultra-conservative organizations. Beardon had a loyal following. He made a
career of writing about emergent Soviet EM mind-control technology, but somehow
it rarely seemed to cross his mind that the U.S. might be pursuing the same
initiative. Beardon warned that the Soviets were developing weapons that
generate "time-reversed (TR) electromagnetic waves," and were capable of
launching a "TR Blitzkrieg War" of awful proportions. He warned grimly that the
black-hearted Communists had their hands on "time-reversal" weapons that could
"take Europe." A single flying Soviet "TR wave weapon," he claimed, was capable
of knocking out all British and American radars. It could "kill personnel