The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
George G. Woodson
"If you can control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to
concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he
will seek it himself . If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being
told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one."
Lyndon Johnson is famous for using the term "hearts and minds" quite often in speeches regarding the Vietnam War. It is said:
Johnson’s use of the phrase is most likely based on a quote of John Adams, the American Revolutionary War patriot and second president of the
United States, who wrote in a letter dated 13 February 1818: "The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds
and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations…. This radical change in the principles, opinions,
sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution".
Please, read those words from President Adams once again. They are compelling and as true today as they have ever been. The use of the word "hearts"
is a bit archaic - as we now know that emotional is also part of the mind - but we still, even today, use the word "heart" to define emotion. So, in
paraphrasing it to a more accurate mold - what matters is the emotions and thoughts
of the people. Their perceptions. Their beliefs. These are
the things that lead men to be greater than themselves... Emotions, perceptions, and beliefs... And this is why it is a very real concern that others
would try to dictate
these attributes on a national or even global scale.
In a series of threads, over the past four or five months, I have endeavored to address not just the issue of manipulation, thought control, and
social engineering - but also the players, mechanisms, techniques, and agencies engaged in this ancient form of warfare - now much more dangerous due
to media... The war for our minds. Some think me hyperbolic in my zeal for this subject. But I persist in digging up every fact I can regarding it
because I feel that it is the most important issue that we face as a species today. Technology and science have brought us to a point where
manipulating others is no longer an art - it is a science - and that science is now very much militarized and agenda driven.
Tonight I was perusing the Department of Defense Research, Development, Test &
Evaluation Programs (R-1)
budget PDF file - otherwise known as the "Black Budget". In Googling some of the line items I came across the
following and brought it to you, ATS, to share. So, without further ado...
OSD Human Social Behavior Modeling Program
This program is attached to the Research And Engineering Enterprise
Office of the Secretary of Defense
. Their capabilities, as listed on their website are so astounding in
implication that I feel compelled to simply provide a screen shot, rather than type them out myself. This will, hopefully, preclude any assertions
that I am overstating things or missing the actual context of the words:
Understand, detect, forecast, mitigate.
Their "Overview" page says the following:
The vision of the HSCB program is to remain DoD’s flagship socio-cultural modeling program dedicated to working with our partners to develop,
transition, and apply technologies, tools, and methods to allow US forces to more effectively understand and interact with the socio-cultural
environment so that they have the requisite technologies, tools, and methods for understanding, interacting with, and shaping the human socio-cultural
behavioral environment. Working with academia, industry, and government partners, HSCB will cultivate an applied science base in socio-cultural
modeling and cross-cultural training; develop computational social science models and training platforms; instantiate models and training systems into
software applications; and transition validated, sustainable technologies to programs of record.
SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES INCLUDE
Working with government partners to issue BAAs and resulting awards to conduct applied research, mature and demonstrate that research, and then
transition the results of select research to select programs of record.
Working with the warfighter and combat developers to facilitate the development of documented requirements in the socio-cultural modeling domain.
Working with transition partners to transition select HSCB technology that meets the needs of the warfighter and are sustained within programs of
And their "Other Programs" page?
Thier Newsletters page
has links to several PDF files that are worth reading and contain a
wealth of indirect information, including many, many acronyms and DoD program names worth Googling. The most recent newsletter contains a
page that I think most here will appreciate. So, please excuse the size of the following picture - but I wanted to present it in its raw form:
Yes, this does specifically discuss Afghanistan. But don't think for a second that these technologies are limited in scope to the battlefields across
the seas and far away. Military tech is always domestically implimented as well. These policies of Understand, detext, forecast, and
are being used on us all we well - no matter where we live. We all know that the fox is in the henhouse. This simply is a window into
the fox's mind.
edit on 11/26/12 by Hefficide because: typo