The Washington Post Magazine recently published an interesting article about people who believe — are convinced, actually — that the government is out to get them. Calling themselves Targeted Individuals (TIs), the folks have found one another where else? On the Internet.
Until recently, people who believe the government is beaming voices into their heads would have added social isolation to their catalogue of woes. But now, many have discovered hundreds, possibly thousands, of others just like them all over the world. Web sites dedicated to electronic harassment and gang stalking have popped up in India, China, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Russia and elsewhere. Victims have begun to host support meetings in major cities, including Washington. Favorite topics at the meetings include lessons on how to build shields (the proverbial tinfoil hats), media and PR training, and possible legal strategies for outlawing mind control.
Like any good conspiracy theory, it gets even better and more convincing if there’s some truth to the claims. And, as the article points out, there actually is. The government and associated researchers have studied how to send messages to people’s thoughts without sound:
But there are hints of ongoing research: An academic paper written for the Air Force in the mid-1990s mentions the idea of a weapon that would use sound waves to send words into a person’s head. “The signal can be a ‘message from God’ that can warn the enemy of impending doom, or encourage the enemy to surrender,” the author concluded.
In 2002, the Air Force Research Laboratory patented precisely such a technology: using microwaves to send words into someone’s head. That work is frequently cited on mind-control Web sites. Rich Garcia, a spokesman for the research laboratory’s directed energy directorate, declined to discuss that patent or current or related research in the field, citing the lab’s policy not to comment on its microwave work.
Well worth the read.
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Grohol, J. (2007). Are They Crazy or Is the Government Out to Get Them?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 5, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/01/18/are-they-crazy-or-is-the-government-out-to-get-them/