“Psychotronics”: “The Dark Side” of Information Warfare


“…You create the world of the dream. We bring the subject into that dream and fill it with their subconscious…”

The above quote, which belongs to Leonardo Di Caprio, starring in the recent Hollywood production “Inception”, sounds like it is derived directly from George Orwell’s novel “1984” in which the author writes: “You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty, and then we shall fill you with ourselves.”

Alas, the above quotes are not, as it is seen and proven, a concept encountered in Cinema movies or in the sci-fi literature anymore. They shed light to a dark reality of technological evolution, which opens the doors for intervention within the human consciousness. Elements, which posed as objects of research for many decades, branches of science which were further evolved in the labs of the US and ex USSR, have been put together in order to create the tip of the spear of the modern alternative side of Information Warfare, also known as “Psychotronics”.

A casual definition which might elaborate the terms “Psychotronics” is that of the sum of the procedures, in which state of the art technological achievements are being utilized, in order for scientists to intervene directly or indirectly to the consciousness or subconscious functions, having been scientifically defined as “the soul”. Despite the fact that this particular definition of “Psychotronics” is more associated with specialized systems, which indeed bear the ability to bring about such results, nevertheless they are but a part of the means which are used overall in the process of “tampering with the psyche”. In a similar research we had analyzed the effects of the so called “Biochemical Weapons” used during the Dubrovka hostage crisis, which make up the “psychotropic” branch of “Psychotronics”. In other words, in this particular essay, we referred to specialized chemical agents (barbiturates, opioids, anti-depressants, and so on and so forth), which are able to cause a reversible (at least most of the times) behavioral change.

Biochemical weapons, as the “Psychotropic” part, serve a specific cause in the process of “behavioral manipulation”, still though “Psychotronics” is made up of a multitude of sciences like Biochemistry, Behavioral and Quantum Psychology, Depth Psychology (as defined by the mail conversation between Wolfgang Pauli and Karl Jung) and of course last but not least, Physics (both theoretical and applied).

The above “alloy” of scientific efforts of various fields cannot but be regarded as the apex made up of all the groundbreaking results of the International Scientific Community, each sector working with the other, overlapping their results, with the greatest minds seeing beyond the horizon, a century where all sciences will be unified and ultimately the human behavior will be placed in context, whereby it can be explained, even predicted to an extent. Nevertheless the “curse” of modern sciences, the subsequent weaponization of grand results confirm what Oppenheimer once said that:

“…In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose”.

Technology and Information Warfare

Timothy L. Thomas is a Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.) an analyst at the Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he has written extensively on the Russian view of information operations and on current Russian military-political issues. During his military career he served in the 82d Airborne Division and was the Department Head of Soviet Military-Political Affairs at the US Army’s Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany.


On July 1, 2009 he published an article on “Parameters magazine”, whereby he addresses an issue, which although it was far from being a secret for numerous years, it was and is still considered as a “conspiracy theory”. The title of the article is “The mind has no firewall” and in it Thomas describes the technology of the “Psychotronic weapons”.

“…We are on the threshold of an era in which these data processors of the human body may be manipulated or debilitated. Examples of unplanned attacks on the body’s data-processing capability are well-documented. Strobe lights have been known to cause epileptic seizures. Not long ago in Japan, children watching television cartoons were subjected to pulsating lights that caused seizures in some and made others very sick…”, says Thomas but those experiments seem like ancient history compared to the more recent exploitation of more advanced technology. According to Thomas’s review:

“…The 7 July 1997 issue of U.S. News and World Report described several of them designed, among other things, to vibrate the insides of humans, stun or nauseate them, put them to sleep, heat them up, or knock them down with a shock wave. The technologies include dazzling lasers that can force the pupils to close; acoustic or sonic frequencies that cause the hair cells in the inner ear to vibrate and cause motion sickness, vertigo, and nausea, or frequencies that resonate the internal organs causing pain and spasms; and shock waves with the potential to knock down humans or airplanes and which can be mixed with pepper spray or chemicals…”

What stands out, though, is the part where Thomas states that specific stimuli can cause imbalances to what is defined by scientists and non-scientists as “psyche”.  What does he mean by that?

As it is known, the signals which are transferred from the brain to the rest of the body and vice versa are electric by nature. The Intensity with which the so called “nerve impulse” is being transferred, in other words the Intensity of the signals themselves defines the reactions towards the external or internal stimuli. The nerve stimulation and the subsequent transfer of the nerve impulse constitute the cornerstone of both the Central and the Autonomous nervous system. In order to show how important the role of the nerve impulse, let’s have a look at an example. Why when we touch a bare wire and we get electrified, we find it extremely difficult to take away our body part from the “hazardous zone” of the wire? It happens because the muscles due to the massive waves of electricity coming from the wire are “locked” in the command “stay” rather than “let go” coming from the brain.

Of course, the approach of giving a definition to the human psyche, based solely on electric signals, makes the definition itself quite superficial. The truth lies behind the interaction between the nerve stimuli, which place the individual within a specific and defined context of space and time, thus giving him a starting point and from there composing what we call “consciousness”.  The use of intense light (stroboscopic) is known to cause epileptic seizures, while Thomas already mentioned the cases of children watching TV in Japan and either having seizures or at least feeling vertigo and nausea. Having said that, it is clear enough that there is no ethical background motivating the application of such kind of “technology”, even though it has been used for medical purposes in cases of drug addiction, alcoholism, even addiction to nicotine.

Thomas being on active duty during the cold war, realizes that whatever progress whatsoever in the specific field lies within the broader context of an arms race, especially with the Russians who have already developed similar methods. The truth is that published essays of Russian scientists on the specific sector have led to declarations like “Mankind is on the verge of a Psychotronic war”, stating openly enough that they too have been engaged in similar researches as well. Actually the Russians went thus far as to admit it openly, when President Putin said ‘Such high-tech weapons systems will be comparable in effect to nuclear weapons, but will be more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology’, before Anatoly Serdyukov (ex Minister of Defense) stated: “The development  of weaponry based on new physics principles – direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons, psychotronic weapons, and so on – is part  of the state arms procurement programme for 2011-2020”.

The sum of definitions that have been periodically given by experts of the American armed forces, in a time interval from 1996 until today, refer to information warfare as something more than the mere use of communication media, in order for one opponent to prevail over the other in the field of intel gathering and that is something that modern analysts, willingly or not, prefer to overlook. But the definitions given are crystal clear (  DoD Directive S-3600.1 09/12/1006, US Army Field Manual 101-5-1, 30/09/1997 etc.):

“This “systems” approach to the study of information warfare emphasizes the use of data, referred to as information, to penetrate an adversary’s physical defenses that protect data (information) in order to obtain operational or strategic advantage…” says Thomas in his essay on Information Warfare.

In terms of the media utilized to deliver this “information payload”, amongst other, Thomas mentions electromagnetic pulses, microwaves, acoustic energy waves, vortexes that are meant to confuse the brain’s optic centers etc.

In May 1999 the neuroscientists conference, sponsored by the UN, took place in Tokyo. In the declaration they stated: “Today we have intellectual, physical and financial resources to master the power of the brain itself, and to develop devices to touch the mind and even control or erase consciousness. We wish to profess our hope that such pursuit of knowledge serves peace and welfare”.

And while the rhetoric on “serving peace and welfare” was going “quite alright”, the experiments kept on with pulsed microwaves causing the synchronization of isolated neurons with the frequency of pulsing of the transmitted microwaves. When this happens in general i.e when the frequency of the transmitter reaches the self frequency of the medium receiving the transmission, then the second reaches its breaking point. That was known at least from antiquity when the commanders were ordering the troops to stop marching when crossing a bridge (oscillation-self frequency-bridge collapse).

Moreover, pulsed microwaves changed the concentration of neurotransmitters in brain and reinforced or attenuated the effects of drugs delivered into the brain. Having said that, we can state with confidence that the statement issued at the conference did not, in any way, correspond to any “hopes on serving peace and welfare” whatsoever. The American Air Force 1982 “Final Report On Biotechnology Research Requirements For Aeronautical Systems Through the Year 2000” states: “While initial attention should be toward degradation of human performance through thermal loading and electromagnetic field effects, subsequent work should address the possibilities of directing and interrogating mental functioning, using externally applied fields”

In January 1999, the European Commission after having been pressed by the Russian Duma (before the Russians change their mind and ultimately pursue the psychotronic warfare with everything they’ve got) passed on a resolution, whereby it called for the formation of a treaty (similar to CWC and BWC), which would prohibit any Research and Development on technology, which would relate to manipulation of human beings. The effort was led by the Russian scientists Lopatin and Tsygankov who had published a book on Psychotronic weapons and Russia’s security. In 2000 V. Lopatin introduced the subject of  “Informational and Psychological Security of the Russian Federation“. Lopotin’s findings were reviewed by the Russian newspaper Segodnya:

“…Means of informational-psychological influence are capable not only of harming the health of an individual, but, also of causing, according to Lopatin, ‘the blocking of freedom of will of human being on the subliminal level, the loss of the ability of political, cultural and social self identification, the manipulation of societal consciousness, which could lead to   the destruction of a sense of collective identify by the Russian people and nation’“

Lopatin himself during a session of the Russian Federation council stated that psychotronic weapons can: “cause the blocking of the freedom of will of a human being on a subliminal level” or “instillation into the consciousness or subconsciousness of a human being of information which will trigger a faulty or erroneous perception of reality”. Let’s compare that to Leonardo Di Caprio’s quote with which we started this analysis: “…You create the world of the dream. We bring the subject into that dream and fill it with their subconscious…” and what differences do we spot? None, apart from the fact that Lopatin’s non Hollywood scenario predicts the filling of the subjects’ subconscious, even if the subject is not sleeping.

The addendum to the article 6 of the Russian Federation law On Weapons was approved on July 26, 2001. It states: “within the territory of the Russian Federation is prohibited the circulation of weapons and other objects the effects of the operation of which are based on the use of electromagnetic, light, thermal, infra-sonic or ultra-sonic radiations”

Apparently things were about to change as the Russian Federation made the R&D issue of Mind Control weapons a matter of “deterrence” earlier last year, as noted above.


The Russians believe somehow that banning the use of mind weapons from a country is completely different from developing those weapons in order to be used should the Country ever gets attacked through those means, but the title of Thomas’s article, “The mind has no firewall”, covers every possible argument or debate on this issue. Based on the doctrine of deterrence for the protection of the “Rodina”, the Russians insist that the human brain must not be viewed as a “closed system”, but rather as an open one, which interacts with its environment through data exchange.

To be more specific and according to Victor Solntsev of the Baumann Technical Institute in Moscow, the interaction system may consist of a computer and its human user. Here Solntsev starts an argument, which may pose as a “reversed doctrine”. The target could be the computer instead of the human, which could be modified by the enemy in order to transmit optical and acoustic waves, supersonic or in general those stimuli capable of manipulating both the free will and the functions of the user as a whole. Some, argue that this type of interaction lies within a different context of that set by Information Warfare, but objectively, according to our opinion, the only  thing that changes is the medium or rather the intermediate exerting the influence, which is just another piece of machinery.

Within the framework set by Solntsev’s “anti-doctrine”, Russian specialists put software programs, which can influence the sum of activities of the human soul, like for example the Russian made virus 666 also known as the 25th frame.

“It manifests itself in every 25th frame of a visual display, where it produces a combination of colors that allegedly put computer operators into a trance. The subconscious perception of the new pattern eventually results in arrhythmia of the heart”, according to Thomas’s very accurate description in terms of the manifestation of the program. But probably the most “disturbing” part of the procedure is the accomplishment of “Inception” as seen in the movie. Citing the words of Thomas once again:

“The purpose of this technique is to inject a thought into the viewer’s subconscious”.

Obsessive Compulsive disorders, phobias, anginas, distractive attention, at the end of the day the cause of the symptoms may be rooted elsewhere than merely a “broken genome” or just “another stressful day”. No innuendos or conspiracy theories, just taking seriously the words of experts on the issue in the era of information, as it was characterized a long time ago, by people who examined the effects of information on human beings.

Again, the message passed by the Hollywood movie is far from being groundless:

“What’s the most resilient parasite? An Idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules, which is why I have to steal it”.

Finally, on the Russian “opposite side” Major I. Chernishev elaborated on the “research methods” which are being used in the context of Psy weapons’ R&D:


-A psychotronic generator, which produces a powerful electromagnetic emanation capable of being sent through telephone lines, TV, radio networks, supply pipes, and incandescent lamps.

-An autonomous generator, a device that operates in the 10-150 Hertz band, which at the 10-20 Hertz band forms an infrasonic oscillation that is destructive to all living creatures.

-A nervous system generator, designed to paralyze the central nervous systems of insects, which could have the same applicability to humans.

-Ultrasound emanations, which one institute claims to have developed. Devices using ultrasound emanations are supposedly capable of carrying out bloodless internal operations without leaving a mark on the skin. They can also, according to Chernishev, be used to kill.

-Noiseless cassettes. Chernishev claims that the Japanese have developed the ability to place infra-low frequency voice patterns over music, patterns that are detected by the subconscious. Russians claim to be using similar “bombardments” with computer programming to treat alcoholism or smoking.

-The 25th-frame effect, alluded to above, a technique wherein each 25th frame of a movie reel or film footage contains a message that is picked up by the subconscious. This technique, if it works, could possibly be used to curb smoking and alcoholism, but it has wider, more sinister applications if used on a TV audience or a computer operator.

-Psychotropics, defined as medical preparations used to induce a trance, euphoria, or depression. Referred to as “slow-acting mines,” they could be slipped into the food of a politician or into the water supply of an entire city. Symptoms include headaches, noises, voices or commands in the brain, dizziness, pain in the abdominal cavities, cardiac arrhythmia, or even the destruction of the cardiovascular system.

All of the above can be found in Thomas’s article, which is under examination in this essay.

Chernisev, though believes that certain aspects of the “Psy” weapon deserve closer attention and thus further research, especially those who can penetrate the “psyche” and cause serious disruptions. Those methods include:

ESP research: determining the properties and condition of objects without ever making contact with them and “reading” peoples’ thoughts

Clairvoyance research: observing objects that are located just beyond the world of the visible–used for intelligence purposes

Telepathy research: transmitting thoughts over a distance–used for covert operations

Telekinesis research: actions involving the manipulation of physical objects using thought power, causing them to move or break apart–used against command and control systems, or to disrupt the functioning of weapons of mass destruction

Psychokinesis research: interfering with the thoughts of individuals, on either the strategic or tactical level.

All the above have been objects of investigation by the American DARPA as well, sometimes in the context of inter-agencies cooperation by people and military bodies mentioned in Thomas’s essay. It is not as much important, though, who carries out the experiments as Thomas’s repeated point within his article that “The mind has no firewall”, thus pointing out that the research cannot be confined to certain individuals, affecting certain behavioral aspects without disrupting the psyche in the end. Thomas is talking about systemic effects, which can start by the mere tampering of “eyesight” for example.

The aftermath of the application of “the forbidden knowledge”: Pauli, Jung and Einstein’s paradox

Einstein wasn’t a great fun of Quantum mechanics. On the contrary he spent all his life researching on a way to prove that “The God does not play dice with the universe”. Thus his “mouse-universe” paradox can be speculated to be rooted in his hostile attitude towards Quantum mechanics. He once stated that he could not believe that a mouse could bring about drastic changes in the universe just by looking at it. A mouse observes the moon for example, what does that mean? That it can thereby create the whole universe from scratch?

Overlooking the fact that Einstein was obsessed and a sworn foe of Quantum Physics and those words were spoken during delirious moments of the late scientist, nevertheless they refer to major issues like time, space, consciousness and the process of intervention in the human consciousness. Indeed, one may look at this from another point of view: If Indeed the foundations of the universe incorporated simplistic values confined to “building”, then we suppose that even a mouse could learn how to build it. But the universe is a lot more than a fine “piece of art” anyone could reverse engineer and build it again. It incorporates the flow of events, that means the flow of energy and matter, which pass through different phases of entropy and can reach states of-albeit limited-anarchy.

Einstein’s paradox reminds us of Hess’s law or as it is also known the axiom of the initial and final state, which is applied in chemical reactions. The calculation of the energy absorbed or released, is not dependent on the intermediate states, but rather on the initial and the final state of the reaction system.

Within this systemic approach lie all the studies on the consciousness and sub consciousness along with any other effort to explain the modus operandi from anything ranging from a weapons system to a dream (which as described above can pose the substrate of firing different kind of weapons).

Pauli tried to observe and subsequently explain the nexus between the consciousness and sub consciousness, though Quantum Mechanics and through the analysis of Freud’s disciple, Carl Jung, who used archetypes in order to interpret the messages that were incorporated in most of the dreams.

In his book “Quantum Psychology”, Robert Anton Wilson criticizes the “Copenhagen school”, which on the one hand it did lay the foundations for the evolution of Quantum theory, but on the other it adopted extremely conservative criteria of evaluation and acceptance of additional theories, which up to date they are broadly disregarded. Wilson, based on the era of information argues that the human mind along with those activities which make up “the psyche” start off from the subatomic level and thus they synthesize a greater foundation, which falls under the universal rules of evolution and adaptivity. Having said that, Wilson’s approach can be rendered as the same one adopted by the Russian scientific community, which backs up the software-based understanding of the human brain and that is based on the fact that the brain does receive raw information material, but it recomposes the stimuli which receives.

The massive flow of data in the human brain can have detrimental side effects and can lead to symptoms of massive insanity, obsessions along with many other depressing-type disorders in general. Researches, which have been carried out on brain’s overload, have shown, through the use of MRI images, that the massive flow of information has at least the same so called “threshold effect”, the phenomenon which is met at a microscopic level when the concentration of the substrate exceeds the enzyme’s capacity. This can lead to the so called “allosteric effect” whereby the excessive material can stop a whole reaction pathway.

Analysts argue that the amount of information being exchanged over an hour through the internet is equal to the same amount a man living in the 18th century would assimilate in his whole lifetime. Having said that and bearing in mind Wilson’s “Quantum Psychology”, the micromolecules of the brain have to react somehow in order for homeostasis to be preserved. That said, since the quantum phenomenon takes place at the molecular level, it is extremely likely that biomolecules get quantized, this resulting in the whole consciousness being quantized.

In plain words, this may very well be happening due to the lack of “storing space”. So, in order to acquire additional space, the consciousness has to open up the “Black Gates” of the sub-consciousness, this resulting to subconscious material getting leaked to the conscious domain. One does not need a phD degree in Psychology to figure out the detrimental effects of this procedure in the human soul. In our “case study” no “specialized weapons” were used no “Psyops” techniques no “Voodoo stuff” just an overflow of the brain with information and the soul itself lives through the rather violent procedure of archetype assimilation while at the same time it is called to metabolize the “toxic byproducts” coming from the “Abyss of the human soul”.

A person experiencing such a tremendous metabolic stress, it reacts as Quantum Psychology predicts it will. It adopts multiple personality traits, just as the photon which has a dual state of particle and a wave. The shock waves in that case are enormous as the individual realizes that Schrödinger’s cat is neither dead nor alive, but it exists in an intermediate state.

The “stall” of consciousness and the price of the evolutionary palindrome

“Psychotronics” constitutes a sector, the applications of which can be found at a Country’s “armory” and this is something that officials have admitted as we saw in this analysis. The Research and Development on neurosciences sector has played a catalytic role towards the development of new ways or new “Psy toys”, which can target consciousness and transform men into humanoids without free will. We often listen to the expression: “It was my choice”, but under those circumstances we ought to stop and think to what extent is this claim realistic when the notions of “choice” and “free will” are broadly doubted.

The data volume which an individual is called to assimilate through the “brain software” can reach up to 34 Gb per day. That means that if a movie has a size of 1 Gb roughly, we are called to assimilate the content of 34 movies per day (!!!!).


The conscious and sub-conscious comprise a continuity, a line on the verge of two worlds, the earthly and the universal one. Up to now, what we had been doing was using the archetypes of Jung that lure in the sub-consciousness to excuse ourselves for specific tendencies or in plain words, bad habits.  Evolution, though, talks by itself and in this case it is natural selection, which pushes to the next level, the unification of the two worlds mentioned above and the manifestation of “Singularity”, defined as the event horizon beyond which no prediction can be made for the human species (Stanford 2007). What could practically mean that, though and how could it reach out to our everyday life? By approaching “Singularity”, we fall under extreme stress both at the personal and social level. This adds up to the evolutionary stress through accelerating the cell cycle for example, a fact which transfers this stress to the genome. The organism then reacts systemically in order to avoid extinction, it mutates and upgrades its functions. In this upgrading process the sub-conscious comes to fill in the conscious front in the same way that military reserves are dropped to battle in order to fill in the ranks.

Having said that, the generations that are created henceforth, consisting of those individuals who managed to survive through this artificially created natural selection process, act in a combined and augmented way, since they use both parts of their “psyche”. Thus, the fears and those dark tendencies which loom down below come to the light and harmlessly build up a complete quantized model capable of communicating with the universe. Some religions have given a name for it, they call it “theosis”, the above scientific description is as close as it can get to this term, without necessarily meaning the same thing.

In conclusion, we may wonder whether in the end we are suffering because of the applications of a premature and to an extent “prohibited” knowledge. Is everyone going to stand up to the “Ubermensch” standards that this society sets? Apparently not! In this procedure of social Darwinism it is a minority of the “subjects”, which are going to acquire resilience to counter their “deadly” interactions with the environment they live in. In that cases the moral question comes up regarding to what would happen with those “subjects” that will not make it, i.e the majority of today’s population, will they become extinct like the dinosaurs for example or will they live to “serve their genetically evolved masters?”  This is far from being a conspiracy theory or a sci-fi scenario, it’s called bioethics and as a matter of fact similar “bioethical questions” like the one posed above are encountered frequently when a mother with three children wonders how will she be able to live through a financial meltdown. Or alternatively how a whole generation of qualified and scientifically trained youngsters at their early ‘30s will “swallow” the fact that they will have to work for nothing. How they are going to survive this, is apparently their problem, but this is what the external environment and the stimuli they receive dictate.

Apparently we end up at the conclusion that there can be no progress without the necessary ethical “infrastructure” both in terms of an individual and the societies, which he makes up. Knowledge ends up getting weaponized and in the end it is this knowledge, which was meant to do good, to be used for peaceful purposes, which can transform into a plague, providing the means for destruction of humanity along with the environment that accommodates us.