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AFA 5-7: Operation Mind Control

AFA 5: Operation Mind Control, Pt. 1
Part 1a 43:31 | Part 1b 43:47 | Part 1c 29:26
(Recorded September 25, 1984)

The first broadcast of a three-part series, this program covers the successful attempts by U.S. intelligence to develop techniques for manipulating individual behavior in a manner that subverts human will and consciousness. The discussion focuses on methods of causing people to commit assassinations against their will and without their conscious knowledge.

Program highlights include: discussion of a former U.S. intelligence operative who had mind-control devices surgically-implanted in his head and was unable to get them removed; the role of military intelligence in financing the research of Jose Delgado, a pioneer in the control of behavior through surgical implantation of electrodes in the brain; early mind-control experiments demonstrating that hypnotized subjects can be made to commit acts normally repugnant to them; an insidious mind-control methodology called “RHIC-EDOM” (“radio-hypnotic, intracerebral control – electronic dissolution of memory”), in which the levels of a key neuro-transmitter called acetylcholine are manipulated in such a manner as to cause the “subject” to act without conscious knowledge or subsequent recollection of acts committed while affected by the process; the story of apparent former U.S. intelligence operative Angel Castillo, programmed with multiple personalities (some of them developed for assassination operations) and allegedly recruited as a back-up shooter for the assassination of President Kennedy; a U.S. Navy project involving the use of audio-visual desensitization to condition “passive-aggressive” personalities as assassins; an interview with a former U.S. government assassin, who discusses successful use of mind control in assassination operations and maintains that the United States has been taken over by the national security establishment; advanced mind-control research directed toward reading the human mind.

AFA 6: Operation Mind Control, Pt. 2
Part 2a 46:11 | Part 2b 46:56 | Part 2c 44:10 | Part 2d 46:05 | Part 2e 36:24
(Recorded November 29, 1884)

Continuing from the point at which AFA-5 left off, this broadcast begins with analysis of the apparent role of mind control in this country’s political assassinations. Wrongly convicted as the assassin of Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan appears to have been the victim of mind control. The broadcast presents a number of possible “programmers,” notably Dr. William J. Bryan, trained hypnotist, self-described CIA employee and an individual who may have been involved with programming Arthur Bremer (the accused shooter of Governor George Wallace.) A number of clues point to Bryan as Sirhan’s programmer.

The program casts aspersions on the role of Dr. Bernard Diamond’s diagnosis of Sirhan as a “paranoid schizophrenic.” The discussion also highlights the curious “suicide” of Oswald handler George de Mohrenschildt, shortly before his scheduled interview with staff members of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Many (including family members) believe de Mohrenschildt had been hypno-programmed to commit suicide. (One of the focal points of the CIA’s MK/Ultra mind-control research was developing the capacity to program subjects to commit suicide after performing an assassination.)

The program also touches on James Earl Ray’s interest in and involvement with, hypnosis (Ray was the apparent patsy in the assassination of Martin Luther King.)

Other program highlights include: the CIA’s hypno-programming of famed fashion model Candy Jones; the mind-control indoctrination of virulently racist and anti-semitic attitudes into the previously-liberal Candy; attempts to induce Candy to kill herself when her husband (famed talk-show host “Long John” Nebel) began to de-program her; a talk by Joe Holsinger (former legislative assistant to the late Representative Leo Ryan), in which Holsinger cites indications that People’s Temple may have been an extension of the intelligence community’s mind control programs; the role of alleged CIA officer George Phillip Blakey in establishing the Jonestown compound; the fact that most of the Jonestown victims had been murdered (they were not suicides, as generally reported); the presence of large amounts of psychiatric drugs at the Jonestown site; Temple stalwart Lawrence Layton, Senior’s activities on behalf of the National Security establishment; the presence at Jonestown of CIA’s Guyanese Station Chief Richard Dwyer shortly before the massacre began; structural similarities between the People’s Temple and features of the MK/Ultra program.

AFA 7: Operation Mind Control, Pt. 3
Part 3a 47:19 | Part 3b 47:17 | Part 3c 44:56 | Part 3d 46:50 | Part 3e 38:14
(Recorded January, 1985)

Resuming the discussion from the end of AFA-6, the program explores the intelligence establishment’s use of mind-control cults. After indications that the People’s Temple may have been an intelligence operation, the program presents information about the Rajneesh cult suggestive of similar possibilities. Much of the analysis focuses on Reverend Moon’s Unification Church.

Mr. Emory hypothesizes that Moon’s organization is an extension of the Japanese Patriotic and Ultra-Nationalist Societies, which paved the way for fascism’s rise in Japan through a program of political assassinations, intimidation, bribery and propaganda. Superficially Korean, the Moon organization drew heavily on capital and manpower from the fascist infrastructure of Imperial Japan. In the United States, the Unification Church is very well-connected to elements of the American intelligence establishment and the right wing.

The program concludes with an examination of the Ananda Marga organization, a fiercely anti-communist cult, purporting to derive from Indian spiritual traditions.

Program highlights include: the Nazi antecedents of the Philip family (involved with Jonestown); an order to cease identification of the dead at Jonestown given by National Security Advisor Robert Pastor to the military commander of the U.S. forces a the massacre site; the pivotal role of Japanese war criminals Yoshio Kodama and Royichi Sasakawa in the development of the Moon organization; Moon aide Bo Hi Pak’s background in the Imperial Japanese Army; the anti-Christian, anti-American ideology of the Unification Church; connections of the Moon group to Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and conservative organizer Richard Viguerie; the suspicious death of Robert Boettcher, a key aide investigating the Moon organization in connection with the Koreagate scandal; discussion of the Japanese Patriotic societies; the activities of Axis spy Subas Chandra Bose (the founder of Ananda Marga was a roommate of his); allegations of terrorism lodged against the Ananda Marga group in India.


4 comments for “AFA 5-7: Operation Mind Control”

  1. Comment: The story below posits that James Holmes, the Aurora Colorado “Dark Knight Shooter”, may have “hypnotized himself” … Further details in the story suggest an obvious handler.


    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    The strangest thing you’ll read all day about the Batman killer (Updated)

    Arguably, the post you are about to read is irresponsible. Nevertheless, I’ve been thinking about the possibility that accused “Batman” killer James Holmes has warped his mind by dabbling in hypnosis.

    I keep mulling over the ABC News report of a video [link: http://abcnews.go.com/US/james-holmes-video-colorado-shooting-suspect-abc-news/story?id=16830653#.UAyJy6ODpw8%5D featuring James, then 18, as he discusses his interest in science:

    In the video, he is standing among his peers at a science camp held at Miramar College in San Diego talking about “temporal illusions.”

    “Over the course of the summer I’ve been working with a temporal illusion. It’s an illusion that allows you to change the past,” Holmes said in the video.
    This is how he was explaining his mentor’s shared interest in fantasy versus reality in the video: “He also studies subjective experience, which is what takes places inside the mind as opposed to the external world. I’ve carried on his work in dealing with subjective experience.”

    The ABC New report is badly written. It does not identify this “mentor.”

    (Update: The mentor has now been identified. See below.)

    Whoever he is, his recommendation must have had some pull — because this bizarre interest in changing the past earned Holmes a major federal grant to study neuroscience at a highly competitive institution. I’ve heard that fewer than ten students each year get such a grant.

    To the best of my knowledge, the only scientist who ever tried to do what Holmes proposed to do was a famous hypnosis researcher named Milton Erickson.

    * * *

    Many years ago, while wandering without aim through a college library, I ran across a fascinating book by Erickson called The February Man. In short and in sum, that book discusses a technique of using hypnosis to create the illusion of a past that never actually occurred.

    Although copies of the book are now rare and expensive, a summary may be found here [link: http://www.chuckholton.com/synopsis_feb_man.html%5D. I’m afraid that the precis does not do the book justice.

    Basically, Erickson was dealing with a young woman who needed to change her self-destructive behavior. As the saying goes, “the child is father to man.” Thus, the hypnotherapist reasoned that changing the subject’s past — through hypnotic regression — could change her present.

    [Quote from the book]:

    “In the third interview Erickson spends five hours training her in hypnotic responsiveness. He regresses her to various ages and neutral memories, including their first interview, into which he “interpolates” a brief hypnotic episode that did not occur in the actual interview…

    “When Erickson has established various regressions as a “general background for new, interpolated behavioral experiences” he rouses her “somnambulistically in this regressed state.” Erickson defines somnambulistic trance as “a form of hypnotic behavior always significant of a deep trance state. In this condition subjects behave and respond as if they were wide awake and may even deceive observers with their seeming wakefulness.” In her wide-awake four-year-old state, he begins to talk to her and identifies himself as a friend of her daddy’s. After each episode of meeting Erickson while regressed, she is instructed to sleep hypnotically, then roused with the wrist cue for another meeting with him at a different age. Finally, she receives “extensive posthypnotic instructions to ensure a comprehensive amnesia for all trance experiences” and the session ends…

    “In subsequent sessions, “usually of several hours’ duration,” Erickson carefully interpolates himself into her regressed memories, offering perspective and “friendship, sympathy, interest, and objectivity, thereby giving him the opportunity to raise questions concerning how she might later evaluate a given experience.” “The consistent and continual rejection she experienced from her mother presented many opportunities to reorganize her emotions and understanding.” He offers therapeutic reframes of traumatic events (she will be able to remember her childhood grief over a broken china doll when she herself is a mother, and will be able to understand when her own daughter is sad), perspective (a teenage humiliation will one day be looked on as amusing), and weaves real happy memories in with the February Man episodes to insure integration.”

    * * *

    Erickson called himself “the February Man” because he visited the subject during every February of her life.

    The basic idea here is that all we retain of our past is our memory of it. By using hypnosis to alter those memories, we can recreate who we are today. By changing the past, we can change our identity.

    Was Holmes proposing to carry on Erickson’s work? I don’t know — but at the moment, that’s the only sensible interpretation I can offer for Holmes’ words in that video. Under normal circumstances, a student isn’t likely to get any major grants if he blathers on about “temporal illusions.” Even the SyFy channel wouldn’t consider that kind of thing to be scientific. The money will come only if the student can cite respected previous work.

    Within the field of hypnotherapy, Erickson was a giant; his name still carries great weight. Thus, I wonder if this mysterious “mentor” had introduced the bright youngster to the work of Milton Erickson, or perhaps to the work of a hypnotherapist who did similar research. If so — and if Holmes decided to carry out his own studies — he probably would have used himself as a subject.

    It is common for a hypnotherapist to use imagery drawn from popular culture.

    Update: A friend to this blog informs me that the mentor has been identified. From her comment:

    “This is interesting: {link:http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-movie-shooting-james-holmes-20120722,0,2746583.story%5D. The guy that’s listed as Holmes’ mentor in that “temporal illusions” video, John Jacobson, repudiates the idea that Holmes was “brilliant” and says that he all but fired him from the research internship program. He also talks about assigning Holmes the task of writing computer code for a rock-paper-scissors game–no mention of “temporal illusions” at all.

    “… However, in 2002, Jacobson was second author of a paper entitled “Perceived Luminance Depends on Temporal Context” [PDF link: http://papers.cnl.salk.edu/PDFs/Perceived%20Luminance%20Depends%20on%20Temporal%20Context%202004-3355.pdf%5D…”

    Although Jacobson may have considered Holmes a mediocrity, you can’t bullshit your way into Phi Beta Kappa. The kid must have had something going for him.

    Posted by R. Wilson | July 23, 2012, 6:54 pm
  2. Just found this:


    A long article about CIA banking houses, “Gangsters from Argentina and Macau, and a murder by an almost certainly “programmed” woman.


    On the morning of Nov. 19, 1985, a wild-eyed and disheveled homeless woman entered the reception room at the legendary Wall Street firm of Deak-Perera. Carrying a backpack with an aluminum baseball bat sticking out of the top, her face partially hidden by shocks of greasy, gray-streaked hair falling out from under a wool cap, she demanded to speak with the firm’s 80-year-old founder and president, Nicholas Deak.

    The 44-year-old drifter’s name was Lois Lang. She had arrived at Port Authority that morning, the final stop on a month-long cross-country Greyhound journey that began in Seattle. Deak-Perera’s receptionist, Frances Lauder, told the woman that Deak was out. Lang became agitated and accused Lauder of lying. Trying to defuse the situation, the receptionist led the unkempt woman down the hallway and showed her Deak’s empty office. “I’ll be in touch,” Lang said, and left for a coffee shop around the corner. From her seat by a window, she kept close watch on 29 Broadway, an art deco skyscraper diagonal from the Bowling Green Bull.

    Deak-Perera had been headquartered on the building’s 20th and 21st floors since the late 1960s. Nick Deak, known as “the James Bond of money,” founded the company in 1947 with the financial backing of the CIA. For more than three decades the company had functioned as an unofficial arm of the intelligence agency and was a key asset in the execution of U.S. Cold War foreign policy. From humble beginnings as a spook front and flower import business, the firm grew to become the largest currency and precious metals firm in the Western Hemisphere, if not the world. But on this day in November, the offices were half-empty and employees few. Deak-Perera had been decimated the year before by a federal investigation into its ties to organized crime syndicates from Buenos Aires to Manila. Deak’s former CIA associates did nothing to interfere with the public takedown. Deak-Perera declared bankruptcy in December 1984, setting off panicked and sometimes violent runs on its offices in Latin America and Asia.

    Lois Lang had been watching 29 Broadway for two hours when a limousine dropped off Deak and his son Leslie at the building’s revolving-door rear entrance. They took the elevator to the 21st floor, where Lauder informed Deak about the odd visitor. Deak merely shrugged and was settling into his office when he heard a commotion in the reception room. Lang had returned. Frances Lauder let out a fearful “Oh—” shortened by two bangs from a .38 revolver. The first bullet missed. The second struck the secretary between the eyes and exited out the back of her skull.
    Deak, fit and trim at age 80, bounded out of his office. “What was that?” he shouted. Lang saw him and turned the corner with purpose, aiming the pistol with both arms. When she had Deak in her sights, she froze, transfixed. “It was as if she’d finally found what she was looking for,” a witness later testified. Deak seized the pause to lunge and grab Lang’s throat with both hands, pressing his body into hers. She fired once next to Deak’s ear and missed wide, before pushing him away just enough to bring the gun into his body and land a shot above his heart. The bullet ricocheted off his collarbone and shredded his organs.

    Deak crumbled onto the floor. “Now you’ve got yours,” said Lang. A witness later claimed she took out a camera and snapped photographs of her victim’s expiring body. The bag lady then grabbed the banker by the legs, dragged him into his office, and shut the door.

    She emerged shortly and headed for the elevator bank, where three NYPD officers had taken position. They shouted for Lang to freeze. When she reached for her .38, an officer tackled her to the floor. A second cop grabbed her arm as the first hammered her hand with the butt of his gun. As he jarred the revolver free, she turned into a cowering child — “like a frightened animal,” one of the officers later testified.

    “Please don’t hurt me,” Lang begged. “He told me I could carry the gun.”


    As Kuhlmann traveled the world trying to repair relationships, trace lost assets and solve the mystery of Deak’s murder, he descended ever deeper into a rabbit hole. One of his stops was in Macau, where Deak’s office manager vanished without a trace after the collapse. Kuhlmann entered the paper-strewn offices to find the manager’s girlfriend sitting at her boyfriend’s old desk. She opened a drawer and pulled out a photo she’d found there: a grainy black-and-white snapshot of Nicholas Deak, lying bleeding on his office floor, just minutes from death. The photo, seemingly taken by Lang, had never been made public. Shortly thereafter, two of Kuhlmann’s investigators reported that Lang had met with two Argentineans in Miami before her bus trip to New York.
    In other words, the doctor who cared for Lang in Santa Clara was a senior figure at one of the CIA’s top institutional grantees. He worked side-by-side with a self-identified CIA collaborator, and conducted research into the kind of drug-induced behavior modification that the agency is known to have funded.
    By the early 1980s, Lang drifted north to her birthplace and spent her last free years lurking around the University of Washington campus wearing a feathered Robin Hood cap. Occasionally she was arrested and sent to one of the nearby mental hospitals before making her way back again. A local police officer told the New York Times after her arrest in 1985 that Lang “usually had money,” despite roaming “the [university] campus in unkempt clothes, usually wearing a green felt Tyrolean-style hat.” Once the police found more than $800 in her possession.

    As with Stanford, the university employed a military-linked behavioral psychiatrist, Dr. Donald Dudley, who later became infamous for carrying out experiments in behavior modification. Dudley taught there from the 1960s through the early 1990s, and also worked at nearby mental institutions where Lang was periodically committed. The landmark lawsuit that ended Dudley’s career revealed that Dudley’s hobby was taking patients brought to him for lesser mental illnesses, pumping them full of drugs, hypnotizing them, and trying to turn them into killers.

    We know this thanks to a suit brought by the family of Stephen Drummond, who entered Dudley’s care in 1989 for autism treatment. He was returned to his family in 1992 suffering from severe catatonia. According to lawsuit testimony, Dudley shot Drummond up with sodium amytal and hypnotized him with the intention of “erasing” a portion of his brain and turning him into an assassin. When Drummond’s mother confronted Dudley, the mad scientist threatened to have her killed, claiming he worked for the CIA. Dudley was arrested soon after the confrontation in a local hotel where he had shacked up to “treat” a suicidal 15-year-old drifter. Dudley had given the boy sodium amytal and several other drugs, hypnotized him, and convinced him that he was part of a secret army of assassins. Police were called in when the boy threatened hotel staff with a .44 caliber handgun. Not long after, Dudley died in state custody and his estate was forced to pay the largest psychotherapy negligence lawsuit in history. During the trial, it emerged that Dudley had possibly subjected hundreds of victims to similar experiments. Lang was not mentioned.
    Here Kuhlmann pauses for the first time.

    “I know a few more things about them,” he said. “But this gets a little dicey. I don’t know how to play that game. I don’t want to be the next target.”
    “Lang and the Argentineans — it’s like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Kuhlmann with a sigh. “You have to fill in the missing 30 percent. That doesn’t work in a court of law.”


    Fascinating, with lots of names and linkages

    A cross-over between Bormann Nazis from Argentina and Yamashita Gold in Macau?

    Much more at link

    Posted by Swamp | June 28, 2013, 8:56 am
  3. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/neuroscientists-plant-false-memories-in-the-brain-0725.html

    Neuroscientists plant false memories in the brain

    MIT study also pinpoints where the brain stores memory traces, both false and authentic.
    Anne Trafton, MIT News Office

    July 25, 2013

    The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who were sure of their recollections, but DNA evidence later overturned the conviction.

    In a step toward understanding how these faulty memories arise, MIT neuroscientists have shown that they can plant false memories in the brains of mice. They also found that many of the neurological traces of these memories are identical in nature to those of authentic memories.

    “Whether it’s a false or genuine memory, the brain’s neural mechanism underlying the recall of the memory is the same,” says Susumu Tonegawa, the Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience and senior author of a paper describing the findings in the July 25 edition of Science.

    The study also provides further evidence that memories are stored in networks of neurons that form memory traces for each experience we have — a phenomenon that Tonegawa’s lab first demonstrated last year.

    Neuroscientists have long sought the location of these memory traces, also called engrams. In the pair of studies, Tonegawa and colleagues at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory showed that they could identify the cells that make up part of an engram for a specific memory and reactivate it using a technology called optogenetics.

    Lead authors of the paper are graduate student Steve Ramirez and research scientist Xu Liu. Other authors are technical assistant Pei-Ann Lin, research scientist Junghyup Suh, and postdocs Michele Pignatelli, Roger Redondo and Tomas Ryan.

    Seeking the engram

    Episodic memories — memories of experiences — are made of associations of several elements, including objects, space and time. These associations are encoded by chemical and physical changes in neurons, as well as by modifications to the connections between the neurons.

    Where these engrams reside in the brain has been a longstanding question in neuroscience. “Is the information spread out in various parts of the brain, or is there a particular area of the brain in which this type of memory is stored? This has been a very fundamental question,” Tonegawa says.

    In the 1940s, Canadian neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield suggested that episodic memories are located in the brain’s temporal lobe. When Penfield electrically stimulated cells in the temporal lobes of patients who were about to undergo surgery to treat epileptic seizures, the patients reported that specific memories popped into mind. Later studies of the amnesiac patient known as “H.M.” confirmed that the temporal lobe, including the area known as the hippocampus, is critical for forming episodic memories.

    However, these studies did not prove that engrams are actually stored in the hippocampus, Tonegawa says. To make that case, scientists needed to show that activating specific groups of hippocampal cells is sufficient to produce and recall memories.

    To achieve that, Tonegawa’s lab turned to optogenetics, a new technology that allows cells to be selectively turned on or off using light.

    For this pair of studies, the researchers engineered mouse hippocampal cells to express the gene for channelrhodopsin, a protein that activates neurons when stimulated by light. They also modified the gene so that channelrhodopsin would be produced whenever the c-fos gene, necessary for memory formation, was turned on.

    In last year’s study, the researchers conditioned these mice to fear a particular chamber by delivering a mild electric shock. As this memory was formed, the c-fos gene was turned on, along with the engineered channelrhodopsin gene. This way, cells encoding the memory trace were “labeled” with light-sensitive proteins.

    The next day, when the mice were put in a different chamber they had never seen before, they behaved normally. However, when the researchers delivered a pulse of light to the hippocampus, stimulating the memory cells labeled with channelrhodopsin, the mice froze in fear as the previous day’s memory was reactivated.

    “Compared to most studies that treat the brain as a black box while trying to access it from the outside in, this is like we are trying to study the brain from the inside out,” Liu says. “The technology we developed for this study allows us to fine-dissect and even potentially tinker with the memory process by directly controlling the brain cells.”

    Incepting false memories

    That is exactly what the researchers did in the new study — exploring whether they could use these reactivated engrams to plant false memories in the mice’s brains.

    First, the researchers placed the mice in a novel chamber, A, but did not deliver any shocks. As the mice explored this chamber, their memory cells were labeled with channelrhodopsin. The next day, the mice were placed in a second, very different chamber, B. After a while, the mice were given a mild foot shock. At the same instant, the researchers used light to activate the cells encoding the memory of chamber A.

    On the third day, the mice were placed back into chamber A, where they now froze in fear, even though they had never been shocked there. A false memory had been incepted: The mice feared the memory of chamber A because when the shock was given in chamber B, they were reliving the memory of being in chamber A.

    Moreover, that false memory appeared to compete with a genuine memory of chamber B, the researchers found. These mice also froze when placed in chamber B, but not as much as mice that had received a shock in chamber B without having the chamber A memory activated.

    The researchers then showed that immediately after recall of the false memory, levels of neural activity were also elevated in the amygdala, a fear center in the brain that receives memory information from the hippocampus, just as they are when the mice recall a genuine memory.

    These two papers represent a major step forward in memory research, says Howard Eichenbaum, a professor of psychology and director of Boston University’s Center for Memory and Brain.

    “They identified a neural network associated with experience in an environment, attached a fear association with it, then reactivated the network to show that it supports memory expression. That, to me, shows for the first time a true functional engram,” says Eichenbaum, who was not part of the research team.

    The MIT team is now planning further studies of how memories can be distorted in the brain.

    “Now that we can reactivate and change the contents of memories in the brain, we can begin asking questions that were once the realm of philosophy,” Ramirez says. “Are there multiple conditions that lead to the formation of false memories? Can false memories for both pleasurable and aversive events be artificially created? What about false memories for more than just contexts — false memories for objects, food or other mice? These are the once seemingly sci-fi questions that can now be experimentally tackled in the lab.”

    The research was funded by the RIKEN Brain Science Institute.

    Posted by Vanfield | July 25, 2013, 8:11 pm
  4. Dr. William J. Bryan was also involved in the Boston Strangler Case and was also a member of the Old Catholic Orthodox Church like David Ferrie, who was also an hypnotist and told to Judyth Vary Baker that he took part in the project of Mind Control by the CIA

    Posted by Patrick | August 29, 2013, 5:11 am

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