An Article by
by Armen Victorian
The weapons of tomorrow will not only be aimed at hitting your
they will also be aimed at your mind.
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PSYCHIC WARFARE &
On April 22, 1993, both BBC1 and BBC2 showed on their main
evening news bulletins a rather lengthy piece concerning
America’s latest development in weaponry--the non-lethal weapons
concept. David Shukman, BBC Defense Correspondent, interviewed
(Retired) US Army Colonel John B. Alexander and Janet Morris,
two of the main proponents of the concept. The concept of
non-lethal Weapons is not new. Non-lethal weapons have been used
by the intelligence, police and defense establishments in the
past. Several western governments have used a variety of
non-lethal weapons in a more discreet and covert manner. It
seems that the US government is about to take the first step
towards their open use.
The current interest in the concept of non-lethal weapons began
about a decade ago with John Alexander. In December 1980 he
published an article in the US Army’s journal, Military Review,
"The New Mental Battlefield", referring to claims that
could be used to interfere with the brain’s electrical activity.
This caught the attention of senior Army generals who encouraged
him to pursue what they termed "soft option kill" technologies.
After retiring from the Army in 1988, Alexander joined the Los
Alamos National Laboratories and began working with Janet
Morris, the Research Director of the US Global Strategy Council
(USGSC), chaired by Dr Ray Cline, former Deputy Director of the
CIA. I examine the background of Janet Morris and John Alexander
in more detail below.
Throughout 1990 the USGSC lobbied the main national
laboratories, major defense contractors and industries, retired
senior military and intelligence officers. The result was the
creation of a Non-lethality Policy Review Group, led by Major
General Chris S. Adams, USAF (retired), former Chief of Staff.
Strategic Air Command. They already have the support of Senator
Sam Nunn, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
According to Janet Morris, the military attaché at the Russian
Embassy has contacted USGSC about the possibility of converting
military hardware to a non-lethal capability.
In 1991 Janet Morris issued a number of papers giving more
detailed information about USGSC’s concept of non-lethal
weapons. Shortly after, the US Army Training and Doctrine
Command at Fort Monroe, VA, published a detailed draft report on
the subject, titled "Operations Concept for Disabling Measures".
The report included over twenty projects in which John Alexander
is currently involved at the Los Alamos National Laboratories.
In a memorandum dated April 10, 1991, titled "Do we need a
Non-lethal Defense Initiative?", Paul Wolfwitz, Under Secretary
of Defense for Policy, wrote to Defense Secretary Dick Cheney,
"A US lead in non-lethal technologies will increase our options
and reinforce our position in the post-Cold War world. Our
Research and Development efforts must be increased."
HOW LETHAL IS
To support their non-lethal weapons concept, Janet Morris argues
that while "war will always be terrible..., a world power
deserving its reputation for humane action should pioneer the
principles of non-lethal defense." In "Defining a non-lethal
strategy", she seeks to establish a doctrine for the use of
non-lethal weapons by the US in crisis "at home or abroad in a
life serving fashion." She totally disregards the offensive,
lethal aspects inherent in some of the weapons in question, or
their misuse, should they become available to ’rogue’ nations.
Despite her arguments that non-lethal weapons should serve the
US’s interests "at home and abroad by projecting power without
indiscriminately taking lives or destroying property," she
admits that "casualties cannot be avoided."
Closer examination of the types of weapons to be used as
non-lethal invalidates her assertions about their non-lethality.
According to her white paper, the areas where non-lethal weapons
could be useful are:
"regional and low intensity conflict:
She believes that "by identifying and
requiring a new category of non-lethal weapons, tactics and
strategic planning" the US can reshape its military capability
"to meet the already identifiable threats" that they might face
in a multipolar world "where American interests are globalized
and American presence widespread."
Janet Morris’ White Paper recommends "two types of
Anti-materiel non-lethal technologies:
To destroy or impair electronics, or in other
ways stop mechanical systems from functioning. Amongst
current technologies from which this category of non-lethal
weapons would or could be chosen are:
Chemical and biological weapons for their anti-materiel
agents "which do not significantly endanger life or the
environment, or anti-personnel agents which have no
Laser blinding systems to
incapacitate the electronic sensors, or optics, i.e., light
detection and ranging. Already the Army Infantry School is
developing a one-man portable and operated laser weapons
system known as the Infantry Self-Defense System. The US
Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Centre
(ARDEC) is also engaged in the development of non-lethal
weapons under their programme called "Low Collateral Damage
The LCDM is trying to develop
technologies leading to weapons capable of dazzling and
incapacitating missiles, armored vehicles and personnel.
Non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse weapons. Non- As General
Norman Schwarzkopf has told the US Joint Chiefs of Staff,
one such weapon stationed in space with a wide-area-pulse
capacity has the ability to fry enemy electronics. But what
would be the fate of enemy personnel in such a scenario? In
a joint project with the Los Alamos National Laboratories
and with technical support from the Army’s Harry Diamond
Laboratories, ARDEC are developing High Power Microwave (HPM)
Projectiles. According to ARDEC, the Diamond lab has already
"completed a radio frequency effects analysis on a
representative target set" for HPM.
Among the chemical agents, so-called supercaustics--"millions
of times more caustic than hydrofluoric acid"--are prime
candidates. An artillery round could deliver jellied
super-acids which could destroy the optics of heavily
armored vehicles or tanks, vision blocks or glass, and
"could be used to silently destroy key weapons systems."
On less lethal aspects, the use of net-like entanglements
for SEAL teams, or ’stealthy’ metal boats with low or no
radar signature, "for night actions, or any sea borne or
come-ashore stealthy scenario", are under consideration.
More colorful concepts are the use of chemical metal embrittlement often called liquid metal embrittlement and
anti-materiel polymers which would be used in aerosol
dispersal systems, spreading chemical adhesives or
lubricants (i.e., based lubricants) on enemy equipment from
Hand-held lasers which are meant
"to dazzle", could also cause the eyeball to explode and to
blind the target.
Isotropic radiators--explosively driven munitions, capable
of generating very bright omnidirectional light, with
similar effects to laser guns.
High-power microwaves (HPM). US Special Operations Command
already has that capability within their grasp as a portable
microwave weapon. As Myron L. Wolbarsht, a Duke University
opthalamist and expert in laser weapons, stated:
"US Special Forces can
quietly cut enemy communications but also can cook
Another candidate is
infrasound-acoustic beams. In conjunction with the
Scientific Applications and Research Associates (SARA) of
Huntingdon, California, ARDEC and Los Alamos laboratories
are busy "developing high power, very low frequency acoustic
They are also looking into
methods of projecting non-diffracting (i.e.,
non-penetrating) high frequency acoustic bullets. ARDEC
scientists are also looking into methods of using pulsed
chemical lasers. This class of lasers could project "a hot,
high pressure plasma in the air in front of a target
surface, creating a blast wave that will result in variable
but controlled effects on materiel and personnel."
Infrasound. Already some governments have used it as a means
of crowd control, e.g., France.
Very low frequency (VLF) sound (20-35 kHz), or low-frequency
RF modulations can cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal
"Some very low frequency sound generators, in certain
frequency ranges, can cause the disruption of human organs
and, at high power levels, can crumble masonry."
The CIA had
a similar programme in 1978 called Operation Pique, which
included bouncing radio or microwave signals off the
ionosphere to affect mental functions of people in selected
areas, including Eastern European nuclear installations.
The entire non-lethal weapons concept opens up a new Pandora’s
Box of unknown consequences. The main personality behind it is
retired Colonel John B. Alexander. Born in New York in 1937, he
spent part of his career as a Commander of Green Berets Special
Forces in Vietnam, led Cambodian mercenaries behind enemy lines,
and took part in a number of clandestine programmes, including
He currently holds the post of Director of Non-lethal Programs
in the Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Alexander obtained a BSc. from the University of Nebraska and an
MA from Pepperdine University. In 1980 he was awarded a PhD from
Walden University for his thesis,
"To determine whether or not
significant changes in spirituality occur in persons who
attended a Kubler-Ross life/death transition workshop during the
period June through February 1979."
His dissertation committee
was chaired by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.
He has long been interested in what used to be regarded as
’fringe’ areas. In 1971, while a Captain in the infantry at
Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, he was diving in the
Islands looking for the
lost continent of Atlantis. He was an
official representative for the Silva mind control organization
and a lecturer on Precataclysmic Civilizations. Alexander is
also a past President and a board member of the International
Association for Near Death Studies; and, with his former wife,
Jan Northup, he helped Dr C. B. Scott Jones perform ESP
experiments with dolphins.
Retired Major General
Albert N. Stubblebine (former
Director of US Army Intelligence and Security Command) and
Alexander are on the board of a ’remote viewing’ company called PSI-TECH.
The company also employs Major
Edward Dames (ex Defense
Intelligence Agency), Major
David Morehouse (ex 82nd Airborne
Division), and Ron Blackburn (former microwave scientist and
specialist at Kirkland Air Force Base). PSI-TECH has received
several government contracts. For example, during the Gulf War
crisis the Department of Defense asked it to use remote viewing
to locate Saddam’s Scud missiles sites. Last year (1992) the FBI
PSl-TECH’s assistance to locate a kidnapped Exxon
With Major Richard Groller and Janet Morris as his co-authors,
Alexander published "The Warrior’s Edge" in 1990. The book
describes in detail various unconventional methods which would
enable the practitioner to acquire "human excellence and optimum
performance" and thereby become an invincible warrior. The
purpose of the book is "to unlock the door to the extraordinary
human potentials inherent in each of us. To do this, we, like
governments around the world, must take a fresh look at
non-traditional methods of affecting reality. We must raise
human consciousness of the potential power of the individual
body/mind system--the power to manipulate reality.
We must be willing to retake control of our past, present, and
ultimately, our future.
Alexander is a friend of Vice President Al Gore Jr, their
relationship dating back to 1983 when Gore was in Alexander’s Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) course.
NLP "presented to selected general officers and senior executive
service members" a set of techniques to modify behavior
patterns. Among the first generals to take the course was the
then Lieutenant General Maxwell Thurman, who later went on to
receive his fourth star and become Vice-Chief of Staff of the
Army and Commander Southern Command. Among other senior
participants were Tom Downey and Major General Stubblebine,
former Director of the Army Intelligence Security Command.
"In 1983, the Jedi master [from the Star Wars movie--author]
provided an image and a name for the Jedi Project." Jedi
Project’s aim was to seek and "construct teachable models of
behavioral/physical excellence using unconventional means."
According to Alexander, the
Jedi Project was to be a follow-up
to Neuro-Linguistic Programming skills. By using the influence
of friends such as Major General Stubblebine, who was then head
of the US Army Intelligence and Security Command, he managed to
fund Jedi. In reality the concept was old hat, re-christened by
Alexander. The original idea, which was to show how "human
will-power and human concentration affect performance more than
any other single factor" using NLW skills, was the brainchild of
three independent people; Fritz Erikson, a Gestalt therapist,
Virginia Satir, a family therapist, and Erick Erickson, a
Janet Morris, co-author of
The Warrior’s Edge, is best known as
a science fiction writer but has been a member of the New York
Academy of Sciences since 1980 and is a member of the
Association for Electronic Defense. She is also the Research
Director of the US Global Strategy Council (USGSC). She was
initiated into the Japanese art of bioenergetics, Joh-re, the
Indonesian brotherhood of Subud, and graduated from the Silva
course in advanced mind control.
She has been conducting remote-viewing experiments for fifteen
years. She worked on a research project investigating the
effects of mind on probability in computer systems. Her husband,
Robert Morris, is a former judge and key member of the American
In a recent telephone conversation with the author, Janet Morris
confirmed John Alexander’s involvement in
mind control and
psychotronic projects in the Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Alexander and his team have recently been working with
Smirnov, a psychologist from the Moscow Institute of Psychocorrelations. They were invited to the US after Janet
Morris’ visit to Russia in 1991. There she was shown the
technique which was pioneered by the Russian Department of
Psycho-Correction at Moscow Medical Academy. The Russians employ
a technique to electronically analyze the human mind in order to
influence it. They input subliminal command messages, using key
words transmitted in ’white noise’ or music. Using an infrasound
very low frequency-type transmission, the acoustic
psycho-correction message is transmitted via bone
conduction--ear plugs would not restrict the message. To do that
would require an entire body protection system. According to the
Russians the subliminal messages bypass the conscious level and
are effective almost immediately.
C. B. SCOTT
Jones is the former assistant to Senator
(Democrat, Rhode Island). Scott Jones was a member of US Naval
Intelligence for 15 years, as well as Assistant Naval Attaché,
New Delhi, India, in the 1960s. Jones has briefed the
President’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and has testified
before House and Senate Committees on intelligence matters.
After the Navy he "worked in the private sector research and
development community involved in the US government-sponsored
projects for the Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA), Defense
Intelligence Agency (DIA) and US Army Intelligence and Security
Command." He has been head of the Rockefeller Foundation for
some time and chairs the American Society for Psychical
BIRDS OF A
Alexander and C. B. Jones are members of the AVIARY, a group of
intelligence and Department of Defense officers and scientists
with a brief to discredit any serious research in the UFO field.
Each member of the Aviary bears a bird’s name. Jones is
John Alexander is PENGUIN.
One of their agents, a UFO researcher known as William Moore,
who was introduced to John Alexander at a party in 1987 by Scott
Jones, confessed in front of an audience at a conference held by
the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) on July 1, 1989 in Las Vegas, how
he was promised inside information by the senior members of the
AVIARY in return for his obedience and service to them. He
participated in the propagation and dissemination of
disinformation fed to him by various members of the AVIARY.
He also confessed how he was instructed to target one particular
individual, an electronics expert, Dr Paul Bennewitz, who had
accumulated some UFO film footage and electronic signals which
were taking place in 1980 over the Manzano Weapons Storage areas
at Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
As a result of Moore’s involvement, coupled with some
surreptitious entries and psychological techniques, Bennewitz
ended up in a psychiatric hospital.
Just before the publication of my first paper unmasking two
members of the AVIARY, I was visited by two of their members
(MORNING DOVE and HAWK) who had traveled to the UK with a
message from the senior ranks advising me not to go ahead with
my expose. I rejected the proposal.
Immediately after the publication of that paper, and with the
full knowledge that myself and a handful of colleagues knew the
true identities of their members, John B. Alexander confessed
that he was indeed a member of the AVIARY, nicknamed PENGUIN.
The accuracy of our information was further confirmed to me by
yet another member of the AVIARY--Ron Pandolphi,
Pandolphi is a PhD in physics and works at the Rocket and
Missile section of the Office of the Deputy Director of Science
and Technology, CIA.
In his book,
Out There, the New York Times journalist
Blum refers to "a UFO Working Group" within the Defense
Intelligence Agency. Despite DIA’s repeated denials, the
existence of this working group has been confirmed to me by more
than one member of the group itself, including an independent
source in the Office of Naval Intelligence. The majority of the
group’s members are senior members of the AVIARY:
Green (BLUEJAY) from the CIA
Harold Puthoff (OWL), ex-NSA
Jack Verona (RAVEN), DoD, one of the initiators of the DlA’s
Sleeping Beauty project which aimed to achieve battlefield
superiority using mind-altering electromagnetic weaponry
Ron Pandolphi (PELICAN)
The mysterious "Col. Harold E. Phillips" who appears in
Out There, is none other than John B. Alexander.
John Alexander’s position as the Program Manager for Contingency
Missions of Conventional Defense Technology, Los Alamos National
Laboratories, enabled him to exploit the Department of Defense’s
Project Reliance "which encourages a search for all possible
sources of existing and incipient technologies before developing
new technology in-house" to tap into a wide range of exotic
topics, sometimes using defense contractors, e.g., McDonnell
Douglas Aerospace. I have several reports, some of which were
compiled before his departure to the Los Alamos National
Laboratories when he was with Army Intelligence, which show
Alexander’s keen interest in any and every exotic subject--UFOs,
ESP, psychotronics, anti-gravity devices, near-death
experiments, psychology warfare and non-lethal weaponry.
John Alexander utilizes the bank of information he has
accumulated to try to develop psychotronic, psychological and
mind weaponry. He began thinking about non-lethal weapons a
decade ago in his paper, "The New Mental Battlefield". He seems
to want to become a ’Master’.
If they ever succeed in this ambition, the rest of us ordinary
mortals had better watch out.