JNLWP Organigram
You come out of the block. You see a fire coming out of the chimneys. You smell this terrible smell – that of flesh as it burns. And someone says, ‘This is not a factory. This is where they are burning your family.’ And you say, ‘You are mad.’
--Auschwitz survivor Lily Ebert
Tools for Peak Performance?
Or remote ‘behavior modification’ through torture?

It would seem that full spectrum dominance of corporate media wasn’t enough. There’s a new sort of covert, targeted ‘broadcasting’ going on using Directed Energy Weapons.

Weapons R&D that’s Good for You

To take at face value the PR material put out by the Pentagon (never a good idea), you might think that the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP, est. 1997) RF Division conducts a lot of bioeffects research aimed at optimizing pilot performance and the like. Though you wouldn’t normally associate weapons research with such things, you would be forgiven for believing it after seeing on the various websites, fact sheets and other official literature, as well as in the research documentation itself, numerous references to “centers of excellence”, “human effectiveness” and “human-centered” work, etc. For example:

…advances in biotechnology, biobehavior and neuroscience are used to enhance and extend the performance of our Airmen. 2

In this context, it’s easy to forget that the Non-Lethal Weapons Program is all about fielding and employing weapons “to immediately incapacitate targeted personnel or materiel,” according to the same AFRL literature. So why the contradictory language? Or might the unwitting reader have stepped into a minefield of disinformation?

The predominant focus on performance enhancement in the literature (in relation to “Human Effectiveness”) is grounded in traditional aviation medicine concern with the bioeffects of things like the influence of g-force and air pressure on jet pilots; claims of research for purposes of meeting safety guidelines are bolstered by the weapons' sub-lethal aspect -- by design they aim for a range of effects that at one end minimizes the risk of fatality.

But positive uses of bioeffects research that are very often hinted at are ethical and legal worlds away from the kinds of darkly exotic military research that’s been conducted for much more than a decade now under the cover story of “human effectiveness” or safety, which has necessarily filtered into research descriptions themselves.

Other reviewers have also noted a “semantic strategy” in the “tendency of the military to refer to ‘non-lethal’ weapons not as weapons but as ‘capabilities’ or ‘technologies’, which extends to individual types of weapons. This… is largely for policy and public relations effect in gaining acceptance of new weapons or even prohibited weapons."3

The spin is consistent with the secrecy found to be practiced, for example in the classification as secret of what are normally publicly accessible documents surrounding a 2002 evaluation report by the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council on Non-Lethal Weapons R&D.

But available research and contract documentation as well as earlier FOIA-obtained (Freedom of Information Act) declassified material concerning radio-frequency directed energy weapons (RFDEW) in particular belie the pervasive pretense and depict instead an altogether different story:

Disruption of neural control, …convulsions, …seizure induction, …working memory loss, radiation-induced fatigue, sleep induction, …disorientation, …power required to heat a human, …difficulty breathing, …risk of cataracts, foreshortening of time and space perception, …blocking of executive functioning, …incapacitation. 4

Other human bioeffects sought in research for the RF weapons have included remote behavioral influence, EEG entrainment ( induced brain wave frequency), or apparent schizophrenia in brain response to RF stimuli.

Mainstreaming Mengele

It is clear from mad science like this, revealed in RFDE weapons research documentation and contracts, that it’s all about remote control: ways to remotely manipulate human physiology in order to degrade the human effectiveness or performance of targeted individuals, not to improve it. Indeed this is what the HED (Human Effectiveness Directorate) logo suggests. The Air Force's "human effectiveness" then is better understood in this negative sense—regulating the 'effectiveness' of targeted people--or in other words, neutralizing them. The positive, performance enhancement meaning is just smoke in the eyes. The phrase may also refer to the "effectiveness on humans" of the weapons themselves.

A 2005 AFRL document no longer available on the web gave a straight up description of the negative nature of the human effects-based research:

This research effort is very broad, seeking to investigate incapacitating effects that can be induced through interfering with the human senses of hearing, vision, touch and smell. It will also address the effects of electric current on various physiological systems including the central nervous system, neuromuscular interface, and endocrine system. Perhaps most profoundly, some research will seek to investigate suppressive effects on the central nervous system through for example influencing neurotransmitter function.
--Director of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Division (JNLWD)

Think lab frog tap dancing to electrical shocks.

Dancing Around Humanitarian Law

Besides ‘performance enhancement’, the Mengele-like studies are also cloaked in terms suggesting defensive purposes--standard operating procedure. If the aim of research like this were truly to protect from exposure and not to inflict such nefarious if non-lethal effects, surely a more effective route would be to work towards an explicit ban of these weapons and of the electromagnetic manipulation of human physiology, as called for in a resolution of the European Parliament [Jan. 28, 1999, A4-0005/99], rather than establishing a new military wing to operate them, as the US has done .

Instead, US-led NATO for its part has called for vigilance among its member countries against the passage of legal restrictions on the use of NLWs. 6

The JNLWD itself has already been accused by campaigners of violating the Chemical Weapons Convention in its chemical non-lethal weapons research and development. [see sunshineproject.org]

Institutionalized Torture in Military Operations

But this is not only about R&D. The green light for application of the technology was given years ago. As reported in Neil Davison’s University of Bradford Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project (BNLWRP),

…[a] Defense Science Board report on Future Strategic Strike Forces advocated further development of ‘non-lethal’ weapons affecting the physiological or psychological functions of individuals or populations as part of an expansion of weapons with disabling effects advising that “Applications of biological, chemical or electromagnetic radiation effects on humans should be pursued.7

The same report adds that the targeting of the new weapons would include the domestic (US) civilian population:

In June 2005, the DoD’s Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support stated that ‘non-lethal’ weapons would be further investigated for use in ‘homeland defense’. Furthermore it noted that basic research into the physiological effects of ‘non-lethal’ weapons would be expanded and that opportunities to share military technology with law enforcement agencies would be identified. 8

This view is reaffirmed by US Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne, who said of non-lethal weapons in 2006 that “we need to start using that here in the US on Americans." 9

Today, the technology and weaponry to inflict the studied RF bioeffects has been patented [see US patents 7784390, 20070139247 for example], fielded and is operational; military radar and microwave directed energy are being trained on tracked (and surveilled) individuals. The true nature of these operations are officially veiled because they constitute torture, which is illegal under international laws such as the Conventional Weapons Convention, the Convention Against Torture, the Geneva Conventions and the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. Hence the secrecy and need for cover stories in order to avoid legal challenges. (This may also explain why some of the AFRL’s research does not originate with the Pentagon but with the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, which may avoid contravening international treaties in some cases.)



The Guantanamo Precedent

The Guantanamo detention camp is a standing symbol of the fact that the US has abrogated the rule of law in favor of rule by force. It has more or less openly embraced torture as an element of its ‘non-lethal’ arsenal, with the camp’s physical and psychological torture of its kidnapped inmates including near drowning, forced injections and medications, sensory deprivation or saturation--to name a few--and multiple alleged suicides of these victims.

Six out of eight US Republican 2012 presidential candidates have endorsed the use of torture.

With compliant Courts and Congress, the US continues to bury its Constitution, under new legislation effectively ‘legalizing’ extra-legal Executive practices.  The recently passed 2012 National Defense Authorization Act has codified the arbitrary military detention and torture of US citizens explicitly. The executive had already assumed and exercised the extra-legal right to assassinate US citizens, including juveniles. As the smoke from 9/11 dissipates to reveal the outlines of a new police state, it should be getting clearer  now for the American people who the camps are really for.

                                                              Camp Bucca, Iraq



Surely it shouldn’t surprise that the US is an egregious human rights violator, despite its righteous, repetitive and hypocritical posturing (as a liberator)—coming as it does from the lipsticked media mouth of this grizzled old slaver, chronic perpetrator of serial genocides, still on the march, towards its fourth illegal war of aggression in the space of a decade—a prolonged blitz the likes of which the world has not seen since the days of the Nazis, a close relation [see Edwin Black’s War on the Weak].

Rather than an anomaly, systematic torture has gone hand-in-hand with systematic economic exploitation (notably in former days in Latin America). But in changing times that challenge future US hegemony—American capitalism’s endgame—the mask has slipped as the gloves have come off.

Still, the ‘technicalities' of international humanitarian law remain.

RF Directed Energy Weapons--
the Military’s Invisible ‘Taser’ for Dissidents

The use of RF Directed Energy Weapons is roughly similar to other ‘electroshock’ weapons. Just as the cattle prod-like ‘taser’ weapon has been widely adopted by North American law enforcement to temporarily disable (or permanently kill) those targeted, pulsed microwave directed energy weapons have been covertly adopted by the US military for remote incapacitation of human targets. Although loosely analagous to the police taser, an important difference is that the lower voltage microwave directed energy may be applied to a person over the long term. More properly classified as weapons of electronic warfare—a type of information war--RFDEW are used for the 'jamming' of 'enemy information systems'--which also happen to be human brains (of non-conforming journalists, for example).

Coming Shift to a Health Care Pretext ?

Former history professor Newt Gingrich, an old Rockefeller hand since his days canvassing in the South for the presidential campaign of Nelson Rockefeller, was an early proponent of non-lethal weapons [see following article]. During a recent 2012 presidential debate appearance, Gingrich made a pitch for neuroscience studies, in the name [only] of Alzheimer's and Autism (as if Republicans had suddenly undergone a religious conversion to concern about social issues, like health). More likely, the former Pentagon Defense Policy Board and CFR member was foreshadowing a possible shift towards a wider federal effort on research into this new frontier of 'inner space' under new pretexts.

Dark Precedents

While much RFDE weapons technology may be something new, the goals of mind control and behavior modification are long-standing ones. The secrecy and awkward pretexts of the current program recall several notorious precedents : the documented, long-running (begun 1953) CIA MKULTRA program, thought to have been behind the introduction of LSD to the American ‘baby-boomer’ generation, as a mind-altering chemical warfare agent; Nazi mind control tests on inmates at Dachau, where other murderous experiments were performed under cover of ‘aviation medecine'; 10 the Nixon-Ford era 'Special Virus Cancer Program’ (overseen by another Rockefeller hand, Henry Kissinger), in which the AIDS virus was ‘discovered’ following R&D by scientists working in association with the US Army bioweapons lab to 'search for the cancer virus' in the 'war on cancer.'

Endnote: History has shown us that forms of political organization that are anathema to universal human nature and its aspirations, upon which international humanitarian law is based, are destined only for ignominy, in the dustbin of history. Today, from the Reichstag fire to 911 and beyond, the shadow of German history falls on the USA.


From where the impetus?

…Non-lethal weapons have not received the priority they merit at the Pentagon. This report makes a persuasive case for changing that, said [Rockefeller] Council [on Foreign Relations] President Richard N. Haas., Feb. 2004

Among the various Rockefeller –funded medical institutes involved in the Nazi medical experiments in WWII was the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Psychiatry.


Fascist-aesthetic statue of Atlas at Rockefeller Center, New York City

...the millions of victims of the holocaust …were ordered to the gas chambers under the pretext of disinfection and public health measures.-- Leonard Horowitz


Pentagonese Acronyms:
AFB-Air Force Base
AFRL-Air Force Research Lab
DoD-Department of Defense
JNLWD-Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
JNLWP-Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program
NLW-Non-Lethal Weapons
PR-Public Relations
R&D-Research and Development
RF-Radio Frequency
RFDEW-Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons
WPAFB-Wright Patterson Air Force Base


Depiction of lobotomy victim



1 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2024836/Lily-Ebert-That-survived-Auschwitz-miracle-Yet-I-here.html#ixzz1V1F9xKus

2 Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Factsheet, AFD-090324-032, Biosciences and Performance Div.]

3 Davison, N. and Lewer, N. (2005) Bradford  Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project (BNLWRP) Research Report No. 7.  Bradford: University of Bradford, Department of Peace Studies, p. 37

4 from “Bioeffects of Selected Non-lethal Weapons”USAINSCOM, Fort Meade, 1998

5 Air Force Research Laboratory (2005) Research in support of the Directed Energy Bioeffects Division of the Human Effectiveness Directorate.  Broad Agency Announcement Number: BAA 05-05 HE.  Brooks AFB, TX: Air Force Research Laboratory; cited in Davison, N. and Lewer, N. (2005) Bradford
Non-Lethal Weapons Research Project (BNLWRP) Research Report No. 7.  Bradford: University of
Bradford, Department of Peace Studies, p. 28.]

6 NATO Research and Technology Organisation (2004) Non-Lethal Weapons and Future Peace Enforcement Operations, RTO-TR-SAS-040. Brussels: NATO, RTO, Studies, Analysis and Simulation Panel (SAS), Chapter 5, p. 4.]

7 Defense Science Board (2004) Defense Science Board Task Force on Future Strategic Strike
Forces.  Washington, DC:  Department of Defense, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense For Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, pp. 7-18

8 Department of Defense (2005) Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support.  Washington, DC: Department of Defense, June 2005, pp. 42-44.

9 Targeting the Pain Business, The Guardian, Oct 5, 2006

10 The Search for the Manchurian Candidate
John Marks, p. 5

11 http://www.cfr.org/world/lack-nonlethal-weapons-capabilities-hindering-us-efforts-postwar-iraq-experts-urge-department-defense-increase-spending-seven-fold/p6794

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