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Neuroweapons; Inside Story of the US mind control project

The US National Institutes of Health ( NIH) issued an report titled, “Interim Report: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) working group.“. (Click to read the full 58 page report) The report has extensively examined President Barack Obama’s brain project, which mentions the need to develop electromagnetic modulation as a new technology for brain circuit manipulation. In the meantime, the weekend edition of the Guardian newspaper in London published an article which explains that brain drugs will likely be replaced by brain circuit manipulation; this is a huge change from drug research to brain circuit research which is now heavily funded and taking off.

“New technologies such as optogenetics suggest that even finer control of brain circuits may be possible,” Vaughan Bell, who is a clinical psychologist and visiting researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, pointed in her article in the Guardian.

“While deep brain stimulation involves stimulating the brain with electrical currents, optogenetics involves injecting neurons with a benign virus that contains the genetic information for light-sensitive proteins. The brain cells then become light sensitive themselves and their activity can be controlled with millisecond flashes of light sent through embedded fibre optic cables. Until now, this has only been demonstrated in animals but there are high hopes that it could lead to precisely controlled treatments in humans that intervene only in carefully selected brain circuits,” she examined.

The Interim Report of NIH on the other hand carefully highlighted that “directly activating and inhibiting populations of neurons, neuroscience is progressing from observation to causation, and much more is possible. To enable the immense potential of circuit manipulation, a new generation of tools for optogenetics, pharmacogenetics, and biochemical and electromagnetic modulation should be developed for use in animals and eventually in human patients. Emphasis should be placed on achieving modulation of circuits in patterns that mimic natural activity.”

The threat is real. The NIH Interim Report is another of many indications that brain technology for neuroweapons is scientifically possible. Additionally, some say such technologies have been used systematically against select people in various jurisdictions. Many definitions on certain precedures and practices have to be revisited due to the many legal loop holes that allow for real criminals to commit illegal activities.

Our latest issue of Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives (Volume 02, Number 2 & 3) features as its main story, the inside story of a US mind control project. Ms. Cheryl Welsh, who is the director of a small human rights organization in the US, has been examining, on an in-depth level, this issue, exclusively for us. It is a privilege for us to present her long term research paper and we believe this will be a worthy contribution to a larger, critical debate on the use of neuroweapons. Currently, the dialectic on the new neuroscience programs is extremely one sided and lacking in an awareness of the likelihood of neuroweapons; there is a great need for a more balanced dialogue on a global level in the future as well.

Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives is a bi-monthly magazine which focuses on torture and its related issues globally. Writers interested in having their research on this subject published, may submit their articles to torturemag@ahrc.asia

Contents of the latest Issue of, Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives

EDITORIAL

TRADING LIBERTY FOR SECURITY

INTERVIEWS

WHY TORTURE IS WRONG
Nora Sveaass

THE LAWS OF WAR & GANDHIAN
Norman Finkelstein

POLITICAL ABUSE OF PSYCHIATRY – written  by Robert van Voren

COVER STORY

NEUROWEAPONS – written by Cheryl Welsh

ITALY: THE FARCE OF FASCISM – written by Liliana Corrieri

USA: TORTURE IN THE CIVIL WAR – written by  Meredith McBride

COLUMNISTS

ARROW ON THE DOORPOST
Ron Jacob

MALABAR MASALA
by Bijo Francis

GERMINAL
Tisaranee Gunasekara

THE CORRECTIONIST
by Binoy Kampmark

GROUND REPORT: USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

DRAMATIZING THE US TORTURE PROGRAM – written by Karen Malpede

WHAT DID THEY DO? – written by David C. Brotherton

CONSOLATION FOR FRUSTRATION – written by Alain de Botton

MENTAL HEALTH GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN PRIORITY – written by Jennifer Esala and Brad Robideau

PICTURING ‘THE DISAPPEARED’ – written by John Reid

THE PROBLEM WITH
U.S. PRISONS – written by Ed Mead

THE STORY OF A SURVIVOR
‘FREEDOM OR DIE’ – written by Hazel Le

BOOK REVIEWS (SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT)

Narrative of Justice in Sri Lanka: told through stories of torture victims
Edited by Basil Fernando

Contributors: Eran Wicramaratne
Rajat Mitra
Suni Cooray
Bijo Francis
Basil Fernando
George Katsiaficas

Document Type :
Statement
Document ID :
AHRC-STM-174-2013
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President Obama Speaks on the BRAIN Initiative and American Innovation


*THERE IS AN INTERESTING POSTING ON THIS WEBSITE REGARDING INDIVIDUALS IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY BEING TARGETED BY A NEW GENERATION OF TECHNOLOGY. THEY REFER TO IT AS COINTELPRO II.

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