Saturday, July 23, 2016

Of Pokemon, Mirage Men and Manchurian Candidates

The Pokemon Go madness continues. Related items of interest include multiple shootings and a couple kids who inadvertently - and illegally - crossed the U.S. border into Canada before being picked up by authorities. To top it off, Hollywood icon Oliver Stone called the app indicative of totalitarianism and surveillance capitalism.

According to Stone, as quoted by Fortune at San Diego Comic Con:
They’re data mining every single person in this room for information as to what you’re buying, what you like, above all, your behavior.
So Pokémon Go kicks into that. It’s everywhere. It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism—it’s the newest stage. It’s not for profit at the beginning, but it becomes for profit in the end. Because it creates its own awareness, and it gets into everywhere in the world, until it manipulates our behavior, and we start to act like that, which has happened already quite a bit on the internet.
But you’ll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society, where they will know how you want to behave and they will make the mockup that matches how you behave, and lead you into another form of behavior.
It’s what they call totalitarianism.
I'd agree the intelligence community is on this evolving technology like a dirty shirt. 


The Operative Word Being "Facts"

Image from the Billy Meier collection
 posted by Tom DeLonge on Instagram along with his
 message of taking pride in the activities of the CIA
Enigmatic former front man of Blink-182 Tom DeLonge has published yet another UFO disclosure tease. This time, he explained on Instagram that a trailer will soon be released of his forthcoming documentary. He added that his work included spending hours with two CIA scientists and "a very high-level person from the Defense Department," who apparently informed him the U.S. "has been doing incredible things in relation to this topic."

"Every decision they made," DeLonge continued, "as hard as it is to comprehend now, really was in our best interest. At first, your instinct is to be angry because you feel like you were lied to, left out of something important... But once you know the facts, you'll be proud of what our country did. Very proud."

Hail to the chief.

If DeLonge is sincerely as enthusiastic as he keeps claiming, I might end up feeling a little sorry for him. He wouldn't be the first who went over the top with a passionate interest before finding experience and wisdom are rewards of a marathon, not a sprint.

Is DeLonge scamming, being taken for a ride by Mirage Men, or something else?

Which brings us to...

Manchurian Candidates Plus 50 Years

It's now been well over half a century since the CIA first sought to produce Manchurian Candidates. The experiments attempted to covertly condition, or brainwash, involuntary research subjects to carry out missions against their will and previously held morals. 

Psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Kaye has conducted an ongoing study of declassified CIA documents on the Agency's much more recent torture program executed at black sites and Guantanamo Bay, dubbed "America's Battle Lab" by key base personnel. Kaye and other researchers showed direct links between Cold War mind control projects and recently used "enhanced interrogation techniques," including the use of certain specific drug classifications, torture methods, training manuals cited by intelligence personnel, and CIA divisions which developed the programs and materials. Kaye is among those who have conclusively demonstrated the EITs and related programs went beyond attempts to obtain working intelligence and consisted of experimentation.

His latest efforts include considering documents and circumstances cited in a recent Wa Po article. From Kaye's July 14 post, Bandura, Mitchell and CIA's research on torture to produce double agents
Greg Miller's new article at The Washington Post, How a modest contract for ‘applied research’ morphed into the CIA’s brutal interrogation program, and its associated documentation (see end of this post below), reveal aspects of James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen and the CIA's torture program that I and others have long insisted rested on an illegal program of human experimentation.
When the CIA emphasized they want to "Adapt and modify the Bandura social cognitive theory for application in operational settings" and "Refine variables of interest to assess in order to apply [this] model to specific individuals", I believe they are talking about interrogating and torturing "war on terror" prisoners -- whether they are actual terrorists or not -- to become double agents working for the CIA, Department of Defense, or other U.S. intelligence agencies.
What is important is that we now have direct evidence that the CIA's torture program, and likely that of DoD as well, was not largely about gathering workable intelligence for the safety and operations of U.S. personnel or the U.S. population as a whole, but to recruit double agents for counterintelligence and operations purposes, i.e., for sabotage, assassination, and general espionage. These latter may have had the aim of protecting the "homeland," but at the cost of a "moral disengagement" and level of illegality (kidnapping, torture) that is startling.
Such research likely continues to shed light on why so few charges have been leveled at Gitmo prisoners who the American public was told were "the worst of the worst." The claim has long been questioned, including by writer/researcher Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman who authored the nonfiction book Murder at Camp Delta about his service in the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion at Gitmo. Hickman was also a co-author of a Seton Hall University School of Law paper that established torture and human experimentation conducted at Guantanamo Bay.

"[Why] were men of little or no value kept under these conditions, and even repeatedly interrogated, months or years after they'd been taken into custody?" Hickman encouraged readers to consider in Murder at Camp Delta. "Even if they'd had any intelligence when they came in, what relevance would it have years later? ...One answer seemed to lie in the description that Major Generals Dunlavey and Miller both applied to Gitmo. They called it 'America's battle lab.'"


  1. Millennials are indifferent to the dangers of technology. It was a toy they grew up with and a childhood friend so they see it as benign and trust in it completely. They're deaf to any warnings about its dangers.

    Some progressive Millennials are starting to argue that technology will put the last nail in the coffin of Capitalism (I've seen or heard this argument presented several times over the past year). They are so blinded by their dependency as well as the powerful marketing blitz aimed directly at them they can't see the truth, that the relentless proliferation of technology is Capitalism's greatest achievement and it's most powerful survival tool.

    Tom DeLonge is a patsy being manipulated by the intelligence community for its own ends. His brain was likely already drug addled even before they started playing mind games with him. I'd feel sorry for the guy if he wasn't such a willing stooge. They'll use him for awhile, but if they don't get the results they expected he'll be discarded and discredited . . . or worse.

    You know how I feel about Gitmo. The US has forever lost the moral high ground (if we ever held it in the first place).

    1. Thanks, purrlgurrl. Reasonable points of view.

  2. Not sure how Pokemon Go is any different from the myriad army of time sucking, privacy imploding virtual addictions that started plaguing humanity with the introduction of the Intercrack. Every young new hire of the Trivial generation persuasion at my job acts like their smartphone is spitting out messages from God instead of inane drivel. I keep checking for their USB umbilical cord to start growing. People who make our little electronic toy heroin regularly riot & commit suicide because conditions are so horrendous on the manufacturing end of iPhone heaven, yet none of us seem to really give a tinker's toot. We gotta have 'em baby. Singling out Pokemon Go players is a bit disingenuous bub. They're just another level of this disease that we're all apparently addicted to...

  3. Now now, at least people get out of their Cave-rooms. Of course, just like when mobile phones were introduced, people will Always be people and drive while using their phone, or crossing a street, and so on.

    I Think mobile devices bring both good and bad things, as with Everything else. That companies and governments can track and spy on us using these devices is of course bad. But connectivity, the ability to take photos and videos and upload them can both be fun from a personal perspective, but also serve as a barrier against crime, abuse by the state (police, etc), and so on. Well, granted that there are no censorship laws.

    For that matter, look at it this way: thanks to the mobile phone industry, wild claims of UFOs have drastically decreased. Now you really need proof, not just a photo or a video. I Think that is a good thing, not a bad one.

    /Cim Jarrey

  4. Tom DeLonge is the most interesting thing that has happened in the UFO arena for a long time. I understand that all you sceptics disagree, but that's life. An inside view of the phenomenon is something very interesting to see. As I understand it, the government is also still trying to understand the phenomenon.

  5. Mr President why have you gathered us here? "I wish to disclose our highest level secret to the country...the existence of Aliens." Uh, ok...are you going to do it? "No, I want someone America trusts and respects, someone authoritative." Sure Mr President, should I gather our top military brass? "No, more trustworthy." OK, how about our top scientists, I can get Nasa or Hawkins or that Michio guy on tv. "NO, more trustworthy, a celebrity, a rock star." Oh, I see, well how about Bob Dylan or Bono...maybe the guitarist from Queen, he has a degree in physics. "No, it has to be someone less well known, like a punk rock band.Gentlemen..get me Ton Delong." (brief pause) everyone in room: WHO?

    1. Pentagon despise elected persons and would never inform a president or someone else elected who they don't control.

      Delonge on the other hand is a person that no one trusts and can therefore be used to tell the story.

  6. Actually, I think this new Pokemon Go says something about humans. I think it was in Denmark a 21-year-old man drove into a tree and got killed because he played Pokemon Go while he was driving. The news say that Pokemon Go just had its first victim. I see a person who is stupid enough to drive and use his phone at the same time.

  7. "Every decision they made," DeLonge continued, "as hard as it is to comprehend now, really was in our best interest. At first, your instinct is to be angry because you feel like you were lied to, left out of something important... But once you know the facts, you'll be proud of what our country did. Very proud."

    Pass Railroad Go straight to Hades