Most Notable Historical Events in Chronological Order
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Since it’s important to spend a few words on the history behind the Targeted Individuals phenomenon, let’s briefly go through the most notable past events in chronological order. Let’s keep in mind Naomi Klein’s words (a contemporary writer, journalist and activist) on the “state of shock”:
A state of shock is not just what happens to us when something bad happens. It’s what happens to us when we lose our narrative, when we lose our story, when we become dishoriented. What keeps us oriented and alert, and out of shock, is our history.
Since this website is based on the english language, it is tied to the western world culture and history: indeed many of the events cited come from USA, the most influencial country leading the so-called western world. But it’s undoubtable there’s objective coherency and evidence in arguing that eastern world countries have accomplished the development of the same covert cutting-hedge technologies, and that they use them in the same violative manner, nonetheless there are as many TIs living in the eastern as those in the western world. Also to be noted, is that for the sake of completeness we will also go through events that are only tangentially related to the Targeted Individuals phenomenon.
You are welcome to comment and suggest new most notable events.
We shall introduce this timeline on mind control and the Targeted Individuals issue by stating that the years following the second world war (which had just produced countless results on improbable human experimentation projects in the concentration camps) shaped modern behavioral modification and mind control techniques (which is the scenario Targeted Individuals are victims of), accompanied by the use of innovations such as, at first synthetic psychotropic drugs (as LSD widely used in project MK-Ultra), and soon psychotronics (the field about electronic devices capable of interacting with the mind and generally speaking, with the whole nervous system).
Because of the cold war, during the following three decades, illicit, clandestine secret research into mind control in the forms of brainwashing, behavior manipulation, counterintelligence, interrogation techniques, filtered by a throughout up-to-date knowledge of the mind and electronic equipment (neurophysiology, biophysics, anatomy, psychology, neuropsychiatry, telemetry and communications engeneering), developed as never before, including the registration of many related patents. Mind control becomes a science in the modern sense of the term, with thousands of subjects systematically observed, documented and experimented on.
The term psychotronics was soon dubbed to refer to parapsychology, a pseudoscience gaining some awkward form of credibility in the cold war time, thriving to be recognized as a science.
Mind control is about exploiting the mind, consciousness. Psychotronics came to life in the cold war thus in a warfare atmosphere, indeed all cold war research into “mind control” was blatantly unethical yet systematic, organized, and involving many leading psychiatrists and medical schools in a corporative networking fashion. Many clandestine federal projects were established, such as “MK-Ultra” and “CoIntelPro” in the U.S., and much of the results was published in medical journals. The climate was essentially permissive, supportive, and approving of mind control experimentation.
Psychotronics is the field adjoining political warfare revolving around the attempt of governments to employ the commonly recognized as science fiction concept of “mind control”, specifically via electronic devices, medical electronics inventions, neurophysiology, biocybernetics and other niche scientific topics’ advancements. Unfortunately it’s a covert field, disguised as being about advanced medical research.
Parapsychology is a term referring to the study of the pseudoscience that deals with mind-related paranormal phenomenas, which possibly came handy during the cold war in concealing the real, classified psychotronic research. It was the time when parapsychology was thriving to be recognized as a science (as specified in the Constitution of the Parapsychological Association created in 1957). In the 1960s, a prolific Czech scientist with a focus on parapsychology by the name of Zdenek Rejdak, leading the “Czechoslovakian society for Science and Technology”, used the term “psychotronics” to substitute that of “parapsychology” (to avoid its negative connotations), and with success. Indeed still to date, when official scholarship (which is basically the fine marriage between political correctness and science) refers to psychotronics, it is in parapsychological terms.
The two roots of the term “psychotronics” (psyche- -electronics) are clear in describing it as a field dealing with electronic devices, despite the parapsychology interference. And neither the term is “psycholectric”, which would have resembled areas of biological science, thus closer to the concept of “unrecognized psychology” promulgated by parapsychology to justify its interference. In the end we know the nervous system really is, from a certain perspective, an electric system, an electric circuit possibly hiding minor attributes on which parapsychology is built on. However, parapsychology was capable, and still is today, of entirely covering the real meaning of term “psychotronics”.
Mind control has always revolved around simple hypnosis (and at some degree, still does today, although with the aid of great technological advancements). In the late 1800s, it was used by a number of medical practitioners, who found that individuals susceptible to hysteria are highly suggestible and can be put into deep hypnosis, sometimes leading to a cure. Sigmund Freud also used it in psychoanalysis.
In the 1920s a Canadian-American psychologist named George Estabrooks studied hypnosis so well, that a decade later his work was classified. He became an authority on hypnosis during World War II, known for hypnoprogramming US government agents. Through hypnosis, these special agents were put in the condition of experiencing amnesia when needed. They probably would have committed whatever they were told to without questioning, even if against their will, later having no memory of the events and actions they committed: real special agents with no traceable sign of hesitation nor regrets. Quoting him goes like:
The key to creating an effective spy or assassin rests in splitting a man’s personality, or creating multipersonality, with the aid of hypnotism…. This is not science fiction. …I have done it. [..] War is the end of all law. When we speak of keeping within the rules of the game we are childish, because it is not a game and true rules never hold. In the last analysis any device is justifiable which enables us to protect ourselves from defeat. [..] Only a people who refuse to permit themselves to sink into intellectual lethargy and conformity, only a people who question and think.. can be sure that hypnosis – disguised or direct – will not undermine their freedom and rob them of their very lives.
During Cold War
In 1948 the term “cybernetics” was introduced as “Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine”, followed by a book by the same author titled “The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society”.
In 1950 author Ron Hubbard publishes his book “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” that launched the movement which later defined itself as a religion (the well-known Scientology). Although having nothing to do with the Targeted Individuals phenomenon, it is interesting to underline the hype of those years around science and the mind: the author mentions “science of thought”, “research into the nature of mind and spirit” and “spiritual healing technology”. Another “hype” matter was psychiatry, in which governments were heavily interested since decades before the second world war, in order to establish control over behavior. Indeed there’s extensive confirmation that mind control experiments were conducted with the supervision of important psychiatrists. As a side note, Ron Hubbard later stated: “psychiatry has at various times offered itself as a tool of political suppression and spawned the ideology which fired Hitler’s mania and turned the Nazis into mass murderers“. In the late 1960s he co-founded what is probably known as the most involved and successful anti-psychiatry organization, the “Citizens Commission on Human Rights”.
In 1953 the CIA placed several of its interrogation and mind-control programs under the direction of a single program, known by the code name MKULTRA (also known as “the CIA mind control program”) after CIA director Allen Dulles complained about not having enough “human guinea pigs to try these extraordinary techniques”. It continued for 20 years and consisted of hundreds of different progressively numbered subprojects. In order to get an idea of what it was about, here follows a quote of the goals of one of the subprojects (35), dated 1955:
1. Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.
2. Substances which increase the efficiency of mentation and perception.
3. Materials which will cause the victim to age faster/slower in maturity.
4. Materials which will promote the intoxicating effect of alcohol.
5. Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.
6. Materials which will cause temporary/permanent brain damage and loss of memory.
7. Substances which will enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercion during interrogation and so-called “brain-washing”.
8. Materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use.
9. Physical methods of producing shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use.
10. Substances which produce physical disablement such as paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc.
11. Substances which will produce a chemical that can cause blisters.
12. Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.
13. A material which will cause mental confusion of such a type that the individual under its influence will find it difficult to maintain a fabrication under questioning.
14. Substances which will lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts.
15. Substances which promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects.
16. A knockout pill which can surreptitiously be administered in drinks, food, cigarettes, as an aerosol, etc., which will be safe to use, provide a maximum of amnesia, and be suitable for use by agent types on an ad hoc basis.
17. A material which can be surreptitiously administered by the above routes and which in very small amounts will make it impossible for a person to perform physical activity.
In 1957 CIA leadership had serious concerns about MKUltra’s activities, and expresses them in the Inspector General Report:
Precautions must be taken not only to protect operations from exposure to enemy forces but also to conceal these activities from the American public in general. The knowledge that the agency is engaging in unethical and illicit activities would have serious repercussions in political and diplomatic circles..
Here follow quotes from another Mk-Ultra subproject (119), dated 1960:
The purpose of this subproject is to provide funds for a study conducted by [..] to make a critical review of the literature and scientific developments related to the recording, analysis and interpretation of bio-electric signals from the human organism, and activation of human behavior by remote means.
The survey encompasses five main areas:
a. Bioelectric sensors: sources of significant electrical potential and methods of pick-up
b. Recording: amplification, electronic tape and other multi-channel recording.
c. Analysis: autocorrelators, spectrum analyzers, etc. and coordination with automatic data processing equipment.
d. Standardization of data for correlation with biochemical, physiological and behavioral indices.
e. Techniques of activation of the human organism by remote electronic means.
As it is visualized, the task should begin with a general survey of research and instrumentation in a number of fields; including neurophysiology, biophysics, anatomy, physiological psychology and neuropsychiatry, as well as electronics, telemetry and communications engineering, At the same time that bibliographic and related activity is initiated, correspondence should be undertaken with all laboratories, companies and agencies working in or carrying out activities related to designated areas of broad survey problem. Visits to laboratories may be undertaken if needed.
In 1962, neuroscientist Allan H. Frey is allegedly the first person to publish results of experiments on the microwave hearing effect (firstly reported during the second world war): such results consisted in being able to hear appropriately pulsed microwave radiation from a distance of about 100 meters from the transmitter. Effects as dizziness, headaches, and pins and needles sensation are also reported.
In 1963 the CIA synthesizes many of the findings from its psychological research into what became known as the “KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation” handbook, which cited the MKUltra studies and other secret research programs as the scientific basis for their interrogation methods. In our 21st century, many of the torturous techniques described in the handbook are being used at U.S. military and CIA prisons such as Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib for example, where abuses of all sorts have been reported multiple times as outlined by the “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program”, the official investigation on the use of various forms of torture (“enhanced interrogation techniques”) on detainees during the War on Terror.
In 1973, experiments into the Frey effect at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research demonstrated ‘receiverless’ wireless voice transmission (technological telepathy had just born):
Appropriate modulation of microwave energy can result in direct ‘wireless’ and ‘receiverless’ communication of speech.
In the same year Project MKUltra officially halts with CIA director Richard Helms fearing that it would be exposed to the public, and ordering all of the files destroyed.
In 1975-1977 the Church Committee brings to public attention Project MKUltra. The scope of Project MKUltra was broad, with research undertaken at 80 institutions, including 44 colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, prisons, and pharmaceutical companies. The CIA operated through these institutions using front organizations, although sometimes top officials at these institutions were aware of the CIA’s involvement. As the US Supreme Court later noted, MKUltra was concerned with:
The research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior. The program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Because the Agency funded MKUltra indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the Agency.
At least one subproject of the MKUltra project was about the electronic control of human behavior (subproject 119). Subproject 119 had the purpose to provide funds for a study to make a critical review of the literature and scientific developments related to the recording, analysis and interpretation of bio-electric signals from the human organism, and activation of the human behavior by remote means. The survey encompassed five main areas: techniques of activation of the human organism by remote electronic means, bio-electric sensors, recording, analysis, and standardization of data.
In August 1977 an article by “The New York Times” reports:
Prominent medical research institutions and Government hospitals in the United States and Canada were involved in a secret, 25-year, $25-million effort by the Central Intelligence Agency to learn how to control the human mind.
In 1988 psychologist Brendan Maher named the “Martha Mitchel effect” after Martha Beall Mitchell, wife of John Mitchell, Attorney-General in the Nixon administration.
The Martha Mitchell effect is the process by which a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health clinician labels the patient’s accurate perception of real events as delusional and misdiagnoses accordingly.
In 1993, a series of Pulitzer Price winning investigative reports by Eileen Welsome on the injection of plutonium in unwitting hospital patients in the late 1940s triggered the creation of the “Advisor Committee on Human Radiation Experiments” in 1994 by the President on Executive Order, to investigate on possible misconduct of the federal government with respect to human radiation experiments conducted during the cold war. The final report was released in October 1995. The hearings comprised also MKUltra victims describing all sorts of abuse MKUltra experiments are well known for, yet the only results the Committee is remembered for are the misconducts in regard to the injection of plutonium to provide information on its retention and absorption by the human body, and the clinical study on the progression of untreated syphilis in African-American men (Tuskegee study). Possibly because it was too embarrassing and damaging to admit much illegal human experimentation took place on the topic of mind control rather than “just” on the effects of exposure to radioactive substances and the clinical study of a dangerous infection, or possibly just because there’s no reason to remember MKUltra abuses in an investigation about misconduct in relation to radioactive substances.
However, following the above cited investigation, the then President of the United States publicly apologized on TV, precisely in May 1997, on behalf of the federal government to unconsenting victims of human radiation experimentation (and their families) conducted during the cold war, formally admitting:
Thousands of government-sponsored experiments did take place at hospitals, universities and military bases around our nation. The goal was to understand the effects of radiation exposure on the human body. While most of the tests were ethical by any standards, some were unethical, not only by today’s standards, but by the standards of the time in which they were conducted. They failed both the test of our national values and the test of humanity. In one experience, scientists – experiment – scientists injected plutonium into 18 patients without their knowledge. In another, doctors exposed indigent cancer patients to excessive doses of radiation, a treatment from which it is virtually impossible that they could ever benefit. The report also demonstrates that these and other experiments were carried out on precisely those citizens who count most on the government for its help – the destitute and the gravely ill. But the dispossessed were not alone. Members of the military – precisely those on whom we and our government count most – they were also test subjects.
Informed consent means your doctor tells you the risk of the treatment you are about to undergo. In too many cases, informed consent was withheld. Americans were kept in the dark about the effects of what was being done to them. The deception extended beyond the test subjects themselves to encompass their families and the American people as a whole, for these experiments were kept secret. And they were shrouded not for a compelling reason of national security, but for the simple fear of embarrassment, and that was wrong.
In year 2000 the capability of manipulating human behavior at a distance becomes notable, with a study conducted on behalf of the European Parliament in June, titled “Crowd Control Technologies (An appraisal of technologies for political control)“, an interesting piece of information with regards to emerging weapons and use of mind control techniques:
The most controversial ‘non-lethal’ crowd control and anti-materiel technology proposed by the US are so called Radio Frequency or Directed Energy Weapons that can allegedly manipulate human behavior in a variety of unusual ways. Some microwave systems have been proposed which can raise body temperature to between 105 to 107 degrees F, to provide a disabling effect in a manner based on the microwave cooker principle. However, the greatest concern is with systems which can directly interact with the human nervous system. There are many reports on so called psychotronic weapons which are beyond the brief of this study but one comment can be made. The research undertaken todate both in the US and in Russia can be divided into two related areas: (i) individual mind control and (ii) crowd control. That the US has undertaken a variety of mind control programmes in the past such as Project MK-Ultra and Project MKDELTA is a matter of public record and those using electromagnetic radiation such as Project PANDORA have been the focus of researchers in para-politics for many years. More recently, authors such as Begich and Roderick have alleged significant breakthroughs in the ability of military high frequency electromagnetic technologies to manipulate human behavior.
In October 2000, US Congressman Denis J. Kucinich shows concerns introducing in the House of Representatives a bill (immediately dropped), which would oblige the American president to engage in negotiations aimed at the regulation of remote influencing weapons, advocating the outlaw of:
weapons and weapon systems capable of inflicting death or injury on, or damaging or destroying, a person (or the biological life, bodily health, mental health, or physical and economic well-being of a person) using radiation, electromagnetic, psychotronic, sonic, laser, or other energies directed at individual persons or targeted populations for the purpose of information war, mood management, or mind control of such persons or populations.
In August 2006, a rescue swimmer in the Coast Guard before voices in his head sent him on a downward spiral, committed suicide. He had expressed the solace he found among fellow TIs in a long e-mail to another TI, of which this is an extract:
I think that the only people that can help are people going through the same thing. Everyone else will not believe you, or they are possibly involved.
Between 2006 and 2010 the Targeted Individuals phenomenon breaks into the mainstream media with “The New York Times” and the “Washington Post” writing an article each about it. Many websites, radio interviews, TV shows, youtube videos, social networks dedicated groups, books and e-books come to life. Jim Guest, a Republican state representative in Missouri, writes to his fellow legislators calling for an investigation into the claims of those who say they are being tortured by mind control, although nothing came of his request for a legislative investigation.
I’ve had enough calls, some from credible people — professors — being targeted by nonlethal weapons. They become psychologically affected by it. They have trouble sleeping at night. I believe there are people who have been targeted by this. With this equipment, you have to test it on somebody to see if it works.
In 2009 a Kansas lawmaker approved James Walbert‘s request for an order of protection against a former business partner whom he claimed had “stalked myself and family members with electronic and microwave devices”.
On September 16, 2013, the Washington Navy Yard shooting occurred with lone gunman Aaron Alexis fatally shooting twelve people and injuring three others in a mass shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) inside the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, D.C. The attack, which took place in the Navy Yard’s Building 197, began around 8:20 a.m. EDT and ended when Alexis was killed by police around 9:20 a.m. EDT. After the Navy Yard shooting, the media speculated that Alexis had appeared to be suffering from mental illness. The media reported that Alexis had filed a police report in Rhode Island on August 2, 2013, in which he claimed to be the victim of harassment and that he was hearing voices in his head. According to an FBI official after the shooting, Alexis was under “the delusional belief that he was being controlled or influenced by extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves”. A message later obtained by federal authorities from Alexis’ personal computing devices said, “Ultra low frequency attack is what I’ve been subject to for the last 3 months. And to be perfectly honest, that is what has driven me to this”. On August 4, 2013, naval police were called to Alexis’ hotel at Naval Station Newport and found that he had “taken apart his bed, believing someone was hiding under it, and observed that Alexis had taped a microphone to the ceiling to record the voices of people that were following him”. At the time of the incident, he was working for the contractor at the base.
On November 20, 2014, a gunman identified as 31-year-old Myron May, who graduated in 2005, shot injuring an employee and two students at the Strozier Library at his university, shortly after midnight. He was a lawyer and an alumnus of the university, who was obsessed with psychotronics conspiracy theories and believed that the U.S. government was responsible for his destabilized condition. He was fatally shot by prompting police officers counterfire in front of the library. After the shooting, it was revealed that May had mailed a total of ten packages to friends throughout the country beforehand in order to draw attention on the ‘targeted individuals’ issue. Before the attack, May shared on Facebook a Google search with the words “Targeted individuals” typed into the search box. He had also posted a video clip from the television show Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura with a man named Robert Duncan who claimed to have helped “put together the technology that allows the government to transmit thoughts and voices into the heads of Americans”. May comments on that same post: “Is our government violating ordinary citizens’ rights? Unfortunately, the answer is Yes! See inside this video.” Mainstream media described the event as follows:
His social media activity revealed that he believed he was a ‘targeted individual’, the term used by people who think the government and shadowy gangs are attacking them with mind control and invisible, remote weapons. In a series of communications and phone calls, May told his friends he believed “stalkers” were harassing him from the government, and a “direct-energy weapon” was being used to hurt and torture him. He told to expect packages that would “expose” the conspiracy that tormented all ‘targeted individuals’. Such packeges revealed a few properly written papers meant to be addressed at various authorities in a position to be of any help, plus a couple of hours of video footage of himself explaining his imminent tragic action. His video footage is now available on Youtube and elesewhere online, as well as the papers.