We like to think that we have free will, and that the decisions we make and the thoughts we have are our own. Our sense of identity, free choice, and individuality are part of what makes us unique, and are an integral part of the human experience. Yet are we really as independent and possessed of free will as we would like to think? The thought that we could be under the influence of outside forces and subject to manipulation by mind-control against our will is a terrifying prospect that has been explored extensively in science fiction, but what if it is not merely fiction at all? What if we are being directly shaped and programmed by nefarious parties through the very TV we watch or the music we listen to? According to some, this is exactly what is happening, and has been for decades, and one case involves an alleged insidious government plot to subliminally influence us through the airwaves that was supposedly widely used during the Gulf War.
A supposed technology that can apparently be used to reach out and subliminally influence us over the airwaves is called the Silent Sound Spread Spectrum (SSSS), sometimes called simply "S-quad" or "Squad,” which was developed and patented (yes, it apparently has a patent) by a Dr. Oliver Lowery of Norcross, Georgia, who calls it the “Silent Subliminal Presentation System.” Often known as “The Sound of Silence,” it was first developed in the 1950s and perfected over the decades and it purportedly works by analyzing human brain patterns and storing this data as “emotion signature clusters,” which can then be synthesized, duplicated, and beamed out through various means in order to subliminally influence the emotional states and thought processes of human beings, essentially disrupting our consciousness. An abstract on the system patent reads that it is:
A silent communications system in which non-aural carriers, in the very low or very high audio-frequency range or in the adjacent ultrasonic frequency spectrum are amplitude- or frequency-modulated with the desired intelligence and propagated acoustically or vibrationally, for inducement into the brain, typically through the use of loudspeakers, earphones, or piezoelectric transducers. The modulated carriers may be transmitted directly in real time or may be conveniently recorded and stored on mechanical, magnetic, or optical media for delayed or repeated transmission to the listener.
In simple terms, covert mind control. The two main ways that the technology is allegedly utilized is either through use of short-range direct microwave induction or piggybacking on signals transmitted over TV or radio waves and other carrier frequencies, and it is supposedly completely undetectable. So far, so creepy, especially considering the potential military applications for such a technology, and according to Edward Tilton, President of Silent Sounds, Inc., governments have already been using his company’s tech in a range of top-secret capacities. He ominously states:
All schematics, however, have been classified by the US Government and we are not allowed to reveal the exact details. We make tapes and CDs for the German Government, even the former Soviet Union countries! All with the permission of the US State Department, of course. The system was used throughout Operation Desert Storm (Iraq) quite successfully.
Wait, what? Was this mind control technology actually used in the Gulf War? According to conspiracy theorists it was actually used to great effect during the war, where these waves were spewed forth onto the unsuspecting enemy through standard radio frequency broadcasts in order to subliminally influence them into panicking and surrendering. One piece of evidence used for this were some news reports from wire service bulletins from London’s ITV News Bureau Ltd (London) in March of 1991. One March 23, 1991 news-brief called High-Tech Psychological Warfare Arrives in the Middle East apparently stated that during Operation Desert Storm the U.S. military deployed “an unbelievable and highly classified PsyOps program utilizing ‘silent sound’ techniques.” Supposedly these signals were broadcast over FM radio stations on the 100 MHz frequency, and had the effect of compelling Iraqi forces to surrender by “implanting negative emotional states-feelings of fear, anxiety, despair and hopelessness.”
The use of sophisticated mind-influencing technology during the Gulf War is supposedly why so many Iraqi forces were so quickly convinced to surrender, even in situations where they had the military upper hand. In some cases, whole brigades surrendered without a fight, as one soldier puts it, “They were surrendering in droves, almost too fast for us to keep up with." These were battle hardened troops seasoned through a perilous war with Iran from 1980-1988 and promising the Americans “The Mother of All Battles,” yet here they were giving up by the tens of thousands, often without firing a single shot. Some surrenders were bizarre, such as a troop of 450 Iraqi troops that were talked into giving up by a mere 100 U.S. soldiers, and an Iraqi soldier who gave himself up to an unarmed remote controlled drone, of which the witness would say:
One of them gave up to an RPV [remotely piloted vehicle]. Here’s this guy with his hands up, turning in a circle to give himself up to a model airplane with a camera in it.
Why is this? According to the conspiracies, it is clear evidence that the U.S. military was using the Silent Sound technology, reducing these combat veterans to compliant, docile prisoners. Making it all more sinister is that while the British press made mention of subliminal PsyOps operations, this information was censored and suppressed in reports in the U.S. media, making it all seem more suspicious and sinister. Of course government officials flat-out deny that any of this ever happened and are adamant that such a system does not officially even exist, and one Charles Bernard, a former Navy weapons-research director, has said of this:
I have yet to see one of these ray-gun things that actually works. And DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has come to us every few years to see if there are ways to incapacitate the central nervous system remotely, but nothing has ever come of it. That is too science-fiction and far-fetched.
But that is what they would want you to think, isn’t it? Is any of this real or is it all tin-foil hat wearing conspiracist nonsense? Is it really just a bunch of science fiction mumbo jumbo? Whether it is actually happening in any capacity or not, the concept is at least believed by some to be not entirely far-fetched, and whether any of this has actually been utilized or not and to what extent is anyone's guess. It is all a dark look into the murky area of maniupulating the human brain, and it is hard to tell how much is actual science, and how much is science fiction.