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'Grand Father Of Mind Control' On Implants

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 04:08:12 +0200
Fwd Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 12:07:07 -0400
Subject: 'Grand Father Of Mind Control' On Implants


Interesting article from the June 18-24, 1998 issue of Metro, in spite
of the untimely sarcasm of the headline. URL:

http://www.metroactive.com:80/metro/cover/chips-9824.html

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Stig


*******


Help! There's a chip in my body
and I can't get it out!

                                          
Illustrations by Winston Smith


In the old days people worried about having a chip on their shoulder.
Today, they worry that there's a chip IN their shoulder, implanted by
devious conspiratorial forces.


By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor


TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Jay Kats of Palo Alto shifts a little awkwardly in his
seat on the couch between his mother and father and considers the
reporter's question: How does it feel having an electronic device
implanted in his head that monitors his activities and interjects
strange thoughts into his head?

"Well, I don't really feel anything," he replies. "I don't get any
messages or thoughts or things, like my father does. But I mean, I
don't know what to compare it to. I'm supposed to have gotten this
thing in my head when I was 4, so how do I know anything different?"

At 20, Kats appears indistinguishable from thousands of other young men
growing up in Silicon Valley. A classic blue-blond, he has an ad
model's good looks and a skateboarder's lean, athletic body. A
part-time student at Foothill College, he still lives at home with his
Russian immigrant parents and an older brother. Jay Kats does not
appear to be much different from the average valley kid, a Richie
Cunningham for the '90s.

Except that Richie Cunningham never had an electronic listening device
inside of his brain.

According to Kats' parents, doctors at Stanford Hospital secretly put
the mysterious implant into their son's head during a 1982
tonsillectomy. They think that doctors at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood
City gave Edward a similar implant nine years later. Edward and Klaudia
Kats believe that the implants are the work of the Central Intelligence
Agency, originally targeting the family because they were suspected of
being Russian KGB agents. The spy charge disproven, the Kats family now
thinks they are merely being used as "guinea pigs." They say they have
been hounded for several years by intelligence agents, men who stop by
their house and drop cryptic comments, or tail them in cars when they
travel, or arrange auto accidents or other incidents in front of their
house to keep them from attending meetings.

"Have they called your editors yet?" Edward asks each time I talk to
him.

The harassment cost them their Palo Alto home, they say, and they are
now forced to sleep on the floor of Jazz For Hair, the family's
hairstyling business.

Both Edward and Klaudia Kats are multitalented; Edward studied music in
the old Soviet Union and now works as a composer and an independent
record producer. Klaudia was a professional singer; the two of them
became hairstylists after they emigrated to America. They retain Old
World manners and charm and still speak with accents that are heavily
Eastern European.

Edward explains his son's plight with great anguish. "The high school
psychiatrist told us that something is wrong with Jay. He can't
concentrate. He gets headaches. He can't sleep at night because the
people at Stanford are always sending signals, waking him up. Once this
device is implanted, it cannot be removed. My boy is doomed. They want
to prepare him for prison and then murder him."

Klaudia agrees. "We know that Jay was implanted because he started
great changes as soon as he became a teenager," she says. "He started
doing bad in school, all of a sudden. He started having big changes in
his moods=BF... happy one time, and then just quickly change over to be
angry without any reason whatsoever. He started getting into trouble
with the law. They are able to push buttons any time they want to and
get these children to commit crimes. They are doing it to blacks and to
Latinos, too. You see it, don't you?"

As for the effects of the implant on her husband, Klaudia says, "He is
in pain. They send threats and bad thoughts to him through a
wavelength. But Ed is strong. He fights them."

Edward and Klaudia say that although they have X-rays which could
possibly show the implanted devices, the X-rays were sabotaged by
doctors and technicians so that the devices are partially obscured.

The Kats family takes their allegations quite seriously. They have
written letters to the Palo Alto Police Department, the FBI,
Congressman Tom Campbell, California Attorney General Dan Lungren and
President Clinton, to name a few. They filed a lawsuit against Stanford
Hospital in federal court, which was dismissed.

And they are not alone. Along with convicted Oklahoma City Federal
Building bomber Timothy McVeigh, who reportedly believes that the
federal government tracked him during the '90s through an electronic
monitoring device (which he says the Army clandestinely implanted in
the legs of American soldiers during the Gulf War), we appear to be
surrounded by many such people who believe they are victims of
electronic harassment. Implanted Mind People. IMPs.

                   
(Illustration by Winston Smith)


Chip Shape


SANTA CLARA COUNTY resident David Duval believes he was kidnapped and
implanted with an electronic monitoring device while he was attempting
to buy drugs in San Francisco in 1990. He thinks he is now part of some
sort of experiment to track the drug trade. "My comings and goings are
electronically monitored and then physically reported, probably by city
and county departments, transportation agencies and operators," he
writes. "And to top it off, some sort of electromagnetic current seems
to swirl upon my head and facial areas at particular times of the day,
causing me extreme discomfort." He thinks that vacuum cleaners are
being used as some sort of time stamp for distant recorders, since
people are always coming up to him, eager to clean the carpet around
him.

The net, of course, is full of IMP links.

The *Mind Control Forum outlines the complaints of Tannie Braziel, an
African American professional who owns her own Los Angeles-based
paralegal and publishing business: "[Braziel] is also the victim of a
particularly vicious electromagnetic attack involving racially and
sexually slurring voices and battering sensations. They are ordering
her to give up her business."

The Forum also recounts the story of Paul Pietzonka, who writes that
after receiving flu shots at the University of Iowa, he knew that "the
first shot was some type of transponder or tracking device because they
can seem to find me anywhere I'm at, and the second was a tiny crystal
similar to what would be in a radio transmitter for the purpose of
interfacing with my brain and a computer." The Forum synopsis adds that
"Paul goes on about perpetrators, the technology, failed attempts to
shield from it and how to fortify the body against it nutritionally."

Edward Kats operates a *Web site of his own with a detailed account of
the family's claims, including copies of Edward's and Jay's brain
X-rays. The Web site is part of an online linkage that includes
hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Western Hemisphere and Western European
citizens who believe that they have been involuntarily implanted with
some sort of electronic monitoring or thought-sending device.

The first thing that comes to mind is: These people can't be serious,
can they? There is such a temptation to dismiss these claims of
technological invasion as some sort of advertising hype leading up to
the release of the new *X-Files movie. It was *The X-Files television
show, after all, that brought into recent popular consciousness the
idea that extraterrestrial aliens were snatching people up into their
spaceships, planting bugs in their brains and then dropping them back
into the midst of an unsuspecting world.

Or are we witnessing some sort of new and exotic post-industrial
technology-driven mental disorder? If so, no one seems to have given it
a formal name yet. The Mind Control Forum identifies adherents as
"psychotronics victims," but that just seems to be their own newspeak
configuration. Evan Harrington, a doctoral candidate in social
psychology at Temple University who has studied IMPs extensively, says
that there is a temptation to classify these people as paranoids, but
not all of them are. "Generally speaking, the clinical diagnosis of
paranoia might be made on some of those who believe they have
implants," Harrington writes. "But the Paranoid Personality Disorder
diagnosis represents a belief that everyone is out to get me, rather
than the belief that it is just the government. Some of these people
might be diagnosed as paranoid, but I doubt that most or all would."

                    
(Photo by Christopher Gardner)

(Text: The Kats family--Ed (left), Klaudia and their two sons--believe
that agents of the CIA implanted electronic devices inside of Ed and
son Jay to monitor their thoughts and actions.)


The Devil Made Me Do It


THE HUMAN NOTION of someone or something trying to invade and control
the mind is not new. At least as far back as Cro-Magnon times, human
beings sawed holes in their heads to let the evil spirits back out.
Trepanning, it was called, and the procedure lasted into the 17th
century. By the beginning of the Christian epoch, the belief had risen
among some that humans were not responsible for bad deeds; they had
merely been possessed by a supreme evil spirit. The age of science
brought forth science fiction, and with it the idea that it was
otherworld aliens who were attempting to exert control over the human
brain. And then came the '60s, when everything started being blamed on
the government, including such fantasies as sending radio broadcasts
through the fillings in people's teeth.

What do the alleged manipulators themselves say about all this? Perhaps
smarting from all the bad publicity he has garnered over the various
millennia, the devil has not released any books lately and has
adamantly refused to appear on Leno. If the extraterrestrials are
talking on this subject, SETI hasn't deciphered it yet. The CIA denies
they are planting devices in people's brains, but since the CIA's
record of denials is so vast, few are inclined to believe them.
Stanford Medical Center and Kaiser Hospital of Mountain View deny being
involved in any such experimentation.

But each denial only adds fuel to the fire, proof to the true believers
that a coverup is being orchestrated and engineered. A woman once
called the Metro office, telling a complicated story about how "they"
were after her. After a long listen, the employee said, "Ma'am, I'm
sorry. I can't help you. I'm just an intern." There was a long pause at
the other end of the line. "Oh," the woman finally said. "I see.
They've gotten to you, too."

Santa Clara University law professor Alan Scheflin isn't about to deny
that many IMPs are making "truly idiotic claims of complete nonsense."
Having studied the subject for years, Scheflin is considered by many to
be the "grandfather of mind control." In 1978 he co-authored a book on
the subject, The Mind Manipulators (the Kats family has one of the few
available out-of-print copies, with many passages highlighted). But
unlike most scientific or academic observers of the phenomenon,
Scheflin believes that some of the claims of implantation are true. He
says that clandestine mind-control experiments have been done in this
country for years.

The most insidious and notorious experiments were conducted by the CIA
during the 1950s and '60s under the code name MKULTRA. The CIA director
at the time, Allen Dulles, initiated MKULTRA in 1953 in order to help
win what he called the "brain warfare" battle with the Soviet Union.
The CIA sponsored secret experiments inside and outside this country on
subjects using biochemical research, psychosurgery and electrical
stimulation of the brain. In one series of experiments in San Francisco
in the 1960s, MKULTRA agents dropped LSD in the drinks of unsuspecting
persons to gauge their reactions. CIA-sponsored experiments in Montreal
led to a suit by victims against the Canadian government and the CIA,
eventually resulting in a settlement.

The regular U.S. Armed Forces also participated. "At Tulane University
in the 1970s, the Army implanted electrodes into the subjects' brains
and then gave them mescaline and other drugs to monitor their effects,"
Scheflin says, adding that the government to this day refuses to
release information on the experiments.

Scheflin says that in order to conduct the experiments needed to
perfect an electronic mind-control system, "you need a captive
population." He suggests two institutions within the United States
where such experimentation could possibly still be taking place:
prisons and mental hospitals.

California once made a serious effort to conduct mind-control
experiments, part of which involved psychosurgery (cutting out parts of
the brain to affect the psychological makeup) and projected plans for
the implanting of tracking devices inside the brains of members of the
state's prison population. In the early 1970s, under the Reagan
gubernatorial administration, the state attempted to establish a Center
for the Study and Reduction of Violence at UCLA. According to Scheflin,
the purpose of the center was to "look for a biochemical or
physiological cure for violence." Projected activities also included
studying the effects of giving amphetamines to "violence-prone"
children in certain majority African American and Latino schools.

Law Enforcement Administration Agency funds were secured for the
project, but when details of the plan were released in California, it
was shelved in a storm of protest. But some of the California Violence
Center's projects have recently resurfaced in other parts of the
country.

Following formal complaints from a number of organizations, the federal
Office of Protection from Research Risks has begun investigating a
recent Columbia University study of "violent tendencies" in youth.
Between 1994 and 1995, Columbia University tested the brain chemistry
of 34 African American and Latino boys with dosages of the chemical
fenfluramine, which has been linked to heart-valve damage in adults (it
is the "fen" in the diet drug fen-phen). The fenfluramine helped
scientists determine the levels in the boys' brains of the natural
chemical serotonin, which is suspected of triggering aggression in
humans. The boys were all chosen because they each had older brothers
who had been arrested for juvenile crimes.

Vera Hassner Sharav, director of the New York-based Citizens for
Responsible Care in Psychiatry and Research, condemned the Columbia
University violence study. "These experiments are not being conducted
to try to cure any condition within the patients," she says. "They are
inducing a condition solely for the purpose of studying it. It's
reprehensible."

Sharav says she does not know of any instances of electronic brain
experimentation going on in this country. "This is not to say yes or
no," she said in an interview from her New York office, "but that sort
of thing would not be published in the regular medical journals."

But Sharav says that scientific experimentation on uninformed citizens
involving drug manipulation of the brain is "extensive, probably being
done at about a dozen centers around the country." She also noted that
some of these experiments may have moved outside the country, where
they are next to impossible to track.

Alan Scheflin notes that another common complaint of the conspiracy
theorists, destruction of parts of their brains by radio waves, is
already practiced on a regular basis in such locations as Stanford
Medical Center. In a procedure called radiosurgery, doctors can destroy
cancerous brain tissue without incision by focusing laser beams on the
targeted area from three different locations. Clearly such operations
offer medical benefits, but Scheflin thinks they also present a danger.

"The more you learn how to cure people, the more you learn how to harm
them," Scheflin told a Dallas mind-control conference in 1994. "For
every step forward in relieving mental illness, you can take a step
backward in causing it. And so, for people whose interest is in control
of the mind, their data comes from how to help the mind, and so there
is no step forward that does not involve equally, in the hands of
malevolent people, a step backward."
        
		

Brain Deep


WHEN THE KATS FAMILY insists that electronic control devices are being
implanted in people's brains at the Stanford Medical Center, they are
not wrong.

One of the Stanford doctors doing such implants is Gary Heit, a tall,
athletic, dark-skinned man with a curly, salt-and-pepper beard, a quick
smile, an easygoing sense of humor and a r=E9sum=E9 in brain surgery that
stretches from Cornell University to UCLA to the University of Paris.
Deep inside brains, Heit attaches wires leading to sophisticated
electronic units the doctor has hidden under the skin of his patients'
chests. Passing a remote-control device over these chest units, Heit
can program electrical jolts to be sent to affect and disrupt certain
functions of his patients' brains. But contrary to what the Kats family
is claiming, Heit has no interest in performing his implants in secret.
In fact, like Count Rugen in The Princess Bride, Heit wants his
patients awake and aware during the entire procedure specifically so
they can know what's going on and can tell him how it feels.

But Gary Heit does not spy on his patients or try to direct their
thoughts toward evil purposes. His specialty involves using the Deep
Brain Stimulator (DBS), a pacemaker-type device doctors hope will
eventually be used to prevent chronic pain. For now, its function is to
help stop the tremors associated with Parkinson's disease.

Once in place, the DBS bombards the targeted brain cells with regular
bursts of electrical charges, disrupting their activity in some way and
effectively preventing the tremors. Although Heit admits that
scientists really do not know exactly why the procedure works, he says
that it is a tremendous step up from the general procedure of simply
cutting out the tremor-causing cells. "With surgery, if you make an
error and cause side effects, you can't correct it," he says.

Heit says that researchers are working toward a merger of a number of
areas of medicine he calls neuromodulation. "Work is being done right
now on limb prostheses that connect directly to your nerves and are
operated by the brain in a way similar to how actual limbs are
operated. We already have artificial cochlea that allow deaf people to
'hear' again. And visual prostheses--artificial eyes--are on the
horizon." He talks optimistically about the ultimate goal of deep brain
stimulation: to bring about the alleviation of chronic pain.

Still, despite these advances, the medical profession is a long way
away from the kind of mind-controlling chips that the IMPs are worried
about. For one thing, there are three distinct problems with being able
to broadcast thoughts into the human brain: the power source, the
reception and the nature of the broadcasts themselves.

An associate professor in the electrical engineering department at San
Jose State University, requesting anonymity because of work conflicts,
believes these problems make it next to impossible to conduct the kind
of mind control that the Katses and others suspect. "Presumably, you'd
be using a device inside the body that could broadcast over some
distance," he says, "so you'd need a sizable battery powerful enough to
do that. I don't know where you would hide it."

He says that broadcasting to and from a location inside the body from a
distance is not the same as the type of broadcasting done with heart
defibrillators or pacemakers. "These devices broadcast through the skin
using a magnetic field. It is useful at extremely short range, maybe a
couple of centimeters. But at a greater distance you'd have to up the
power, and it would have weird effects on televisions and cell phones
and anything else within the range. You couldn't limit the effect just
to the device you wanted to operate. To do that, you'd have to
broadcast in the electromagnetic bandwidth."

But the associate professor says this would cause even greater
difficulties.

"For want of a better term, the human body is like a big bag of salt
water, and that limits the electromagnetic frequencies that you can
efficiently use to broadcast. At high frequencies, you would get an
incredible loss of information as soon as you pass through the skin. At
low frequencies, you would retain all of your information, but you
would have to have a huge antenna to capture it and broadcast. And
exactly where would you mount this antenna surreptitiously inside a
human body?"

And that, says the associate professor, would be the least of the
problems in broadcasting to control someone's thoughts. "Because in the
final analysis," he says, "we don't know how to hook up thoughts."

Each of these three problems he considers "almost insurmountable at the
present time, given our present technology. You'd have to have a leap
in technology in each of them." In other words, the San Jose State
associate professor believes that the type of electronic mind control
envisioned by the IMPs is just not presently possible.



High-Tech Fiction


TEMPLE UNIVERSITY psychologist Evan Harrington believes these charges
of a grand government conspiracy to control peoples' minds are merely
proof of grand self-delusion, something at which human beings excel.

Harrington says conspiracy theories have been on the upswing since the
Watergate scandal shook Americans' faith in political parties.
Nowadays, they are fed by Internet forums. He says that he once became
a member of an Internet chat discussion list made up almost entirely of
40 to 50 people who believed that they were being mind-controlled by
the CIA. "Many of them would search the Internet each day for proof of
their hypotheses," he says. "Then they would introduce some new
incident to the group that evening, and other people on the list would
begin to include these things in their own memories. I mean, you would
literally watch false memories being created right before your eyes.
Other people would say, 'Yeah, that happened to me.' And they're not
faking it when they say they believe it. They really do."

Harrington believes that conspiracy theory should be viewed in the same
way that we view any prejudice. "It is a study of how ordinary thinking
can go wrong. People start out with preconceived notions. Stereotypes.
A hunch. And they begin to ignore all inconsistencies in the
information. They pay attention only to those things that confirm their
theories." He called such theories a logical extension of the malaise
people experience as they believe that they have lost control of their
society. "They feel they have been thrown about by the winds of
fortune--controlled by evil giants," Harrington says.

It is easy to dismiss the claims of the Kats family and the other
Implanted Mind People because--unless you are one who believes that
Agent Scully really got sucked up into that alien spaceship--the
technology they describe does not seem possible. And the Implanted Mind
People can offer no real proof of their theories except one: The fact
that they seem so crazy just proves that the government has succeeded
in making them look like they are, and therefore shows that what the
IMPs are saying must be true. Otherwise, why would the government go to
so much trouble to hide it? Does that sound crazy?

Still, there is one small nugget of rational wariness that rattles
around in the braincases of Implanted Mind People. If there were some
elements of the government somewhere working on some sort of secret
mind-control experimentation, would we know about it? Probably not.
After all, how many citizens knew about the Manhattan Project until the
mushroom clouds were rising over Hiroshima and Nagasaki? How many
people knew about the Tuskegee Experiment until 30 years after it
commenced? How many people knew about John Travolta before Men in Black
came out?

As for me, I'm not ready to believe you, Mulder, not just yet. But as
I'm walking down Santa Clara Street, I always make sure I take a quick
glance to check behind the ears of everybody I meet. And, just to be on
the safe side, I'm keeping these tonsils until the day I die.


>From the June 18-24, 1998 issue of Metro.


Copyright =A9 Metro Publishing Inc. Maintained by Boulevards New Media.



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