Discrediting Dissidents by Inducing Dementia
by Jon Roland
One of the recurring themes in modern political reform or investigatory
activities is the development of aberrant behavior by key personalities, often
after a long, unbroken history of competence and rationality. This seems
especially prevalent among witnesses to high-level criminal or secret projects,
or persons otherwise critical to exposure of something powerful people may want
to keep covered up. The subject will exhibit such symptoms as the loss of focus,
shortening of attention span, loss of coherence in sentence structure and logic,
and the development of paranoid suspicions of others, including his own family,
friends, and allied, often accusing them of betrayal or plotting against him,
and turning more attention on them than on his real enemies. The subject may
begin to say weird things that cause his supporters to lose confidence in him
and in the other things he has had to say, thereby discrediting him and his
evidence. At the same time, the subject may exhibit some or all of the following
physical symptoms: fever, headache, delirium, aching joints, high blood
pressure, numbness of extremities, and skin rash.
Subjects exhibiting these symptoms have had reported the presence in the
area of mysterious vans parked nearby, often with license plate numbers that
don't seem to be registered to anyone, or frequent overflights by black
helicopters with no tail numbers.
We have a number of reports of methods used by intelligence agencies and
criminal organizations to affect the minds of persons, ranging from contact
poisons to infrasonic transmitters to psychotronic devices operating on
microwave frequencies. Research programs in the MK-ULTRA series have been
documented in hearings before the U.S. Congress, and a few researchers, like
Jose Delgado, have openly published papers on mind-control research they have
conducted under government sponsorship. Several investigators, notably Martin
Cannon and Julianne McKinney, have documented much of this research, including
material that can be found in public records.
Therefore, we must take seriously the possibility of a real threat to the
mental soundness of key personalities involved in the exposure of high-level
corruption or abuse, and to reformers generally. Parties who might be threatened
by such reform activities and who may have access to and use of such
mind-altering technologies could be expected to yield to the temptation to use
those technologies, and such use may have become well-established.
There is a natural tendency on the part of ordinary people to discredit such
concerns, and to dismiss them as paranoid, the evidence of delusional thinking
rather than a matter of rational discussion and preparation. However, the public
record cannot be ignored, nor can we ignore the susceptibility of powerful
persons to use any methods they have available to them to protect their
interests. We can hardly rely on the powerful to be decent, honorable people.
History proves otherwise.
So how can activists and witnesses protect themselves from such threats
without becoming paranoid by doing so? It is certainly not feasible to live in a
Faraday cage (to protect from electromagnetic transmissions), or to subject
everything we eat, drink, or touch to sophisticated chemical analyses.
The first thing to do is to recognize the symptoms. If our previously
rational fellows begin to go weird on us, they may have become targets for
mental disruption. At this point it may not be too late to take defensive
actions. The subject might be removed to another environment where he will be
less easily targeted. Faraday screens might be set up (wire mesh or screen
wire). Precautions against poisoning might be taken, especially against contact
poisons. Parked vans and overflying helicopters might be discouraged (by methods
left to your imagination).
But there are two main things that can and should be done. The first is for
supporters to recognize the possible threat and not to discredit the evidence
that the subject presented during his rational period, even if he is no longer a
credible witness. The second is for the subject himself to fight the symptoms.
That is not easy, but there is good reason to think that such assaults can be
resisted if the person learns to recognize them in himself, and to develop the
kinds of mental training that can overcome them. He will need to learn to see
his behavior as others see it, to take an external view of himself, and to
counter any aberrant thoughts, feelings, or behaviors as they arise. By drawing
from inner reserves of reason and objectivity, he can effectively resist almost
any onslaughts of this kind.
The war for the future will be fought on many fronts, and on many
battlefields. In the end, the most important of these are our own minds.