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Government Research into ESP & Mind Control

By Tom Porter

Mar. 1996



   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 wars.
   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
   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
   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.


   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 lat. & long. coords 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 women.
   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.


   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, discussed later.
   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 currently heads up
research on Less Than Lethal weapons at Los Alamos Nation
   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.
   Ed Dames and PSI-TECH, Military Intelligence alumni as
contract RV'ers. Promises to provide RV services to corporate and
government clients for $5,000 - $8,000 per week. Has supposedly
spotted Iraqi chemical weapons depots, among others.
   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.

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