Part 4 of 7 in the series Manchurian Candidates

The perfect deep-cover agent…is the one who doesn’t know he or she is an agent. — Telefon (1975)

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Hypnosis is a phenomenon used by “priests in Egypt and Greece in ‘sleep temples’ hundreds of years before Chirst,” writes Margaret O. Hyde in Brainwashing and Other Forms of Mind Control.1 Expert Dr. George H. Estabrooks wrote in his 1943 book Hypnotism that professor Clark Hull of Yale University compared hypnosis to the conditioned reflex.2 Speaking as the chairman of the Department of Psychology of Colgate University, Estabrooks said, “I can hypnotize a man without his knowledge or consent into committing treason against the United States,” writes Jerry E. Smith in HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy.3, i

Carla Emery noted in Secret, Don’t Tell: The Encyclopedia of Hypnotism that “Estabrooks proposed, over and over, that superspies with one-way amnesia should be created by deliberate personality splitting.” 4 Walter Wager writes in his 1975 book turned movie Telefon about brainwashed sleeper agents that “the perfect deep-cover agent…is the one who doesn’t know he or she is an agent.” 5 Estabrooks explains in Hypnotism:

The possible uses of hypnotism in warfare cover a wide field.… The use of hypnotism in warfare represents the cloak and dagger idea at its best – or worst.… [If] we deliberately set up this condition of multiple personality to further the ends of military intelligence,…the proper training of a person…would be long and tedious, but once he was trained, you would have a super spy.…

Such a subject prepared for use as a super spy would be a nightmare to any intelligence department:… a synthetic hypnotic spy with a dual personality is extremely hard to detect.… Under the conditions of warfare they would be a constant source of danger.… First, there is no danger of the agent’s selling out. More important would be the conviction of innocence which the man himself had, and this is a great aid in many situations.… Finally, it would be impossible to “third degree” him.…

If we care to translate that into the field of crime, we can see the ease with which we could prepare a watertight alibi.… Hypnotism in crime is very close to hypnotism in warfare.…

A nation fighting with its back to the wall is not worried over the niceties of ethics. If hypnotism can be used to advantage, we can rest assured that it will be so employed.6

Secretly funded by the CIA, the Head of the American, Canadian, and World Psychiatric Associations, Dr. Ewen Cameron, employed his “psychic driving” process from 1957 to 1964 to “depattern” hundreds of patients in Canada. Using powerful drug cocktails, extreme electroconvulsive therapy, induced comas, and playing a patient’s own recorded words back to them repeatedly, the purpose of psychic driving was to rebuild a subject’s personality. His human guinea pigs would inevitably become worse off after treatments. Eventually Cameron would admit his experiments weren’t as effective as he had hoped.

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“From 1953 the Canadian psychiatrist Dr Donald Ewen Cameron began to use the Cerebrophone, renamed the Dormaphone, as part of a technique he called “psychic driving”, writes Mark Pilkington for The Guardian:

Following electroshock therapy, during which “unwanted” memories were erased, Cameron’s exhausted patients would fall into a deep sleep, sometimes for several days, while messages were repeatedly played to them through the Dormaphone. Cameron, notorious for his cold and often unethical approach, became a key figure in the CIA’s MK-Ultra investigation into brainwashing and mind control, where psychic driving was used to “reprogramme” subjects. Some later sued Cameron for malpractice.7

It took five decades, but several victims of Ewen Cameron’s Mind Control experiments were finally entitled monetary compensation after a successful class action lawsuit filed by lawyer Alan Stein on behalf of Janine Huard. The brooksbulletin.com news website reported that “in 1994, 77 patients were awarded $100,000 each from the federal government but more than 250 others were denied compensation because they were not ‘totally depatterned.'” 8

Jonathan Edwards discovered a simple method of influencing the mind during a religious crusade in 1735. Dick Sutphen reports in The Battle For Your Mind: Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today reported at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science:

By inducing guilt and acute apprehension and by increasing the tension, the “sinners” attending his revival meetings would break down and completely submit. Technically, what Edwards was doing was creating conditions that wipe the brain slate clean so that the mind accepts new programming. The problem was that the new input was negative. He would tell them, “You’re a sinner! You’re destined for hell!” As a result, one person committed suicide and another attempted suicide. And the neighbors of the suicidal converts related that they, too, were affected so deeply that, although they had found “eternal salvation,” they were obsessed with a diabolical temptation to end their own lives.

Once a preacher, cult leader, manipulator or authority figure creates the brain phase to wipe the brain-slate clean, his subjects are wide open. New input, in the form of suggestion, can be substituted for their previous ideas. Because Edwards didn’t turn his message positive until the end of the revival, many accepted the negative suggestions and acted, or desired to act, upon them.9

“Strong negative emotions tend to heighten suggestibility and so facilitate a change of heart,” notes Aldous Huxley in Brave New World Revisited “In the past, sickrooms were the scene of countless religious conversions”:

As Dr. William Sargant has pointed out in his enlightening book, Battle for the Mind, John Wesley’s enormous success as a preacher was based upon an intuitive understanding of the central nervous system. He would open his sermon with a long and detailed description of the torments to which, unless they underwent conversion, his hearers would undoubtedly be condemned for all eternity. Then, when terror and an agonizing sense of guilt had brought his audience to the verge, or in some cases over the verge, of a complete cerebral breakdown, he would change his tone and promise salvation to those who believed and repented. By this kind of preaching, Wesley converted thousands of men, women and children. Intense, prolonged fear broke them down and produced a state of greatly intensified suggestibility. In this state they were able to accept the preacher’s theological pronouncements without question. After which they were reintegrated by words of comfort, and emerged from their ordeal with new and generally better behavior patterns ineradicably implanted in their minds and nervous systems.

The effectiveness of political and religious propaganda depends upon the methods employed, not upon the doctrines taught. These doctrines may be true or false, wholesome or pernicious – it makes little or no difference. If the indoctrination is given in the right way at the proper stage of nervous exhaustion, it will work. Under favorable conditions, practically everybody can be converted to practically anything.10

Huxley goes on to explain sleep learning with what he termed hypnopaedia:

In the American Army during the Second World War (and even, experi­mentally, during the First) daytime instruction in the Morse Code and in foreign languages was supple­mented by instruction during sleep – apparently with satisfactory results. Since the end of World War II sev­eral commercial firms in the United States and else­where have sold large numbers of pillow speakers and clock-controlled phonographs and tape recorders for the use of actors in a hurry to learn their parts, of politicians and preachers who want to give the illusion of being extemporaneously eloquent, of students pre­paring for examinations and, finally and most prof­itably, of the countless people who are dissatisfied with themselves as they are and would like to be sug­gested or autosuggested into becoming something else. Self-administered suggestion can easily be recorded on magnetic tape and listened to, over and over again, by day and during sleep. Suggestions from the outside may be bought in the form of records carrying a wide variety of helpful messages. There are on the market records for the release of tension and the induction of deep relaxation, records for promoting self-confidence (much used by salesmen), records for increasing one’s charm and making one’s personality more magnetic. Among the best sellers are records for the achievement of sexual harmony and records for those who wish to lose weight. (“I am cold to chocolate, insensible to the lure of potatoes, utterly unmoved by muffins.”) There are records for improved health and even records for making more money. And the remarkable thing is that, according to the unsolicited testimonials sent in by grateful purchasers of these records, many people actually do make more money after listening to hypnopaedic suggestions to that effect, many obese ladies do lose weight and many couples on the verge of divorce achieve sexual harmony and live happily ever after.

In this context an article by Theodore X. Barber, “Sleep and Hypnosis,” which appeared in The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis for October, 1956, is most enlightening. Mr. Barber points out that there is a significant difference between light sleep and deep sleep. In deep sleep the electroencephalograph re­cords no alpha waves; in light sleep alpha waves make their appearance. In this respect light sleep is closer to the waking and hypnotic states (in both of which al­pha waves are present) than it is to deep sleep. A loud noise will cause a person in deep sleep to awaken. A less violent stimulus will not arouse him, but will cause the reappearance of alpha waves. Deep sleep has given place for the time being to light sleep.

A person in deep sleep is unsuggestible. But when subjects in light sleep are given suggestions, they will respond to them, Mr. Barber found, in the same way that they respond to suggestions when in the hypnotic trance.11

I choose to believe what I was programmed to believe!


i Hypnosis isn’t recommended for people under age 14, since young people are particularly sensitive to the experience.
– “2nd hypnotist rescues students stuck in trance; Private school show unfurls after hypnotized students don’t snap out of it,” CBC News, 15 June 2012, at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/06/15/quebec-hypnosis-show-high-school.html (retrieved: 17 June 2012).

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1 Margaret O. Hyde, Brainwashing and Other Forms of Mind Control (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1977), p. 82.

2 G.H. Estabrooks, Hypnotism (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1957, 1943), p. 211.

3 Jerry E. Smith, HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy (Kempton, IL: Adventures Unlimited Press, 1999), p. 128; See also George H. Estabrooks & Nancy E. Gross, The Future of the Human Mind (London: Museum Press Ltd., 1961), p. 216.

4 Carla Emery, Secret, Don’t Tell: The Encyclopedia of Hypnotism (MI: Acorn Hill Publ. Co., 1998), p. 128.

5 Walter Wager, Telefon (New York: Macmillan Publ. Co., Inc., 1975), p. 23.

6 Estabrooks, Hypnotism, pp. 175, 179, 193, 194, 198, 200, 201, 204, 205, 206.

7 Mark Pilkington, “Night School,” 2 March 2005, at http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2005/mar/03/research.highereducation1 (retrieved: 25 February 2013).

8 Dene Moore, “Montreal woman seeks class-action approval over CIA mind control experiments,” www.brooksbulletin.com, 7 January 2007, at http://www.brooksbulletin.com/news/national_news.asp?itemid=59666 (retrieved: 20 May 2008).

9 Dick Sutphen, The Battle For Your Mind: Persuasion & Brainwashing Techniques Being Used On The Public Today, at https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Secrets/TR/sutphen.html (retrieved: 20 March 2016).

10 Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited (New York, NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1958), pp. 62-63.

11 Ibidem, pp. 88-89.

See also

Kevin J. Crosby, “Spy,” SkewsMe.com, in Tinfoil Hat at http://skewsme.com/tinfoilhat/chapter/spy/ (retrieved: 22 January 2013).

Kevin J. Crosby, “Hypnosim,” SkewsMe.com, in Tinfoil Hat at http://skewsme.com/tinfoilhat/chapter/hypnotism/ (retrieved: 14 July 2013).

“Hypnosis,” Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnosis (retrieved: 15 November 2008).

“George Estabrooks,” Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Estabrooks (retrieved: 15 November 2008).

“Donald Ewen Cameron,” Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewan_Cameron_(MKULTRA) (retrieved: 15 November 2008).

“Jonathan Edwards (theologian),” Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(theologian) (retrieved: 15 November 2008).

CIA Document Mori ID: 140393, page 1

“On 2 July 1951 approximately 1:00 p.m. the instruction began with [deleted] relating to the student some of his sexual experiences. [Deleted] stated that he had constantly used hypnotism as a means of inducing young girls to engage in sexual intercourse with him. [Deleted], a performer in [deleted] orchestra, was forced to engage in sexual intercourse with [deleted] while under the influence of hypnotism. [Deleted] stated that he first put her into a hypnotic trance and then suggested to her that he was her husband and that she desired sexual intercourse with him.”
– “Sexual Abuse by CIA Instructor: Image of Original Declassified CIA Document,” CIA Document Mori ID: 140393, page 1, 9 July 1951, at http://www.wanttoknow.info/mind_control/foia_mind_control/cia_sexual_abuse_mind_control (retrieved: 28 August 2012).

Related videos

“Telefon (1977) U.S. Trailer Charles Bronson, Don Siegel,” vivadjango video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qg0w8qbBQo (retrieved: 15 November 2008). (Watch it here)

“Video – Family Guy- Meg is a Russian Spy,” Steven Andrews video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKbwvVt1uJI (retrieved: 10 July 2014). (Show video)

“Ewen Cameron, Memory Thief – Part 1,” www.bbc.co.uk, ectorg video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aPPdKewAHc (retrieved: 15 November 2008). (Watch it here)

“Ewen Cameron, Memory Thief – Part 2,” www.bbc.co.uk, ectorg video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82OdRogOfEA (retrieved: 15 November 2008). (Watch it here)

“Ewen Cameron, Memory Thief – Part 3,” www.bbc.co.uk, ectorg video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Py20Zrm6s (retrieved: 15 November 2008). (Watch it here)

“RARE Pentron “Dormiphone” playing its tape cartridge.,” A weirdo with electronics and pencils. video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-1Mb9OE-Dk (retrieved: 25 February 2013). (Watch it here)

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