A very respectful Good Morning to the ladies, gentlemen, zombies, lycanthropes, vampires, and aliens (extraterrestrial & interdimensional) of ATS.
It’s a pleasure and an honor to be invited to “Ask Me Anything”, and, like my colleague Dr. Jones, I will do my best to “figure it out as I
It’s always a bit startling to Google myself and discover that I am everything from a Venusian lizard to the Omen, although I daresay that would
make this ATS conversation more frisky. Truthwise I began this incarnation very Ike-era square: a shy kid whose principal ambition was to become an
Eagle Scout, which I did in 1961. At the University of California in 1968 I received both a Political Science B.A. and a Regular Army commission.
After a year with the 1/17th Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, I completed the Psychological Operations Officer Course at the JFK Special Warfare
Center, with the opportunity to cross-train with the concurrent Special Forces Officer Course.
1969-70 saw me in southeast Asia as a PSYOP Command & Control Team Leader and Air Operations Officer, working with American & local-allied military
units as well as MACV CORDS. PSYOP was so obscure a function that I was mostly on my own, not unlike Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now
year left me, also like him, with a lasting horror of and loathing for what I would later call “physical war” (PhysWar/PW).
I became more deeply involved in Special Operations, qualifying first in Civil Affairs and then Military Intelligence Branches. In 1976 I was selected
for the Foreign Area Officer career program, cross-trained at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and the Central and Defense
Intelligence Agencies, finally being designated one of the Army’s extremely rare Political-Military Affairs Officers. As a Defense Attaché, my
assigned area was NATO/West Europe, and I also worked closely with the U.S. Information Agency. In 1987 I attended the National Defense University,
then in 1990 was selected as one of the Army’s first Space Intelligence Officers. After completing Joint SIO qualification with the Air Force, I
spent my final four years of active duty at Cheyenne Mountain with J2X/MJ of HQ U.S. Space Command/NORAD. Appropriately for ATS, my security clearance
until my retirement was TS/Special Intelligence Access in compartments some of whose own names are themselves classified.
Academically I completed first the M.A. and then the Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California 1980, then the M.P.A. in National
Security Management at George Washington University 1987. I taught 1980-86 as Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Golden Gate University, San
Philosophically originally an Existentialist, I met Anton Szandor LaVey in 1968 and became interested in his Church of Satan’s mixture of
metaphysics and social anti-hypocrisy. I was ordained to the Satanic Priesthood in 1970 and subsequently became the Church’s senior Master next to
Anton himself. In 1975 a number of us went on to found the Temple of Set, which took metaphysics beyond Judæo-Christian limitations and replaced
passive social criticism with active Platonic perfectionism. I retired from the High Priesthood of Set in 1996, and am pleased to see the Temple since
continue far beyond my own vision and capability.
In 2013 I finally grappled with the curse of PhysWar/PW, bringing everything that I had learned professionally, academically, and initiatorily to bear
on the project that became the concept and book MindWar
. In this book,
presently circulating throughout the government and also available to the public, PW is overcome by reaching back into the human subconscious to
replace irrational violence with creative cooperation through synchronized application of the numerous mechanisms called PsyControls (PSYCONs). This
is integrated with the meticulous sociopolitical prescription of ParaPolitics, originally conceived by Raghavan Iyer (D.Phil. Oxford), to resolve
international conflict not merely with no more death, injury, and destruction, but with the most enlightened moral community construction.
not only outlines the mechanism for this process, but proposes evolutionary successors to the U.S. Army’s three Special Operations
branches - MindWar (replacing PSYOP), MetaForce (replacing Special Forces), and ParaPolitics (replacing Civil Affairs) - to implement it.
Simultaneously the harmful, destructive components of the armed forces are retired to an “unusable” posture similar to that of nuclear weapons.
The book emphasizes the crucial necessity of ethics throughout the entire MindWar sequence. Whether the door that it opens proves a blessing or a
curse depends finally upon the strength and prevalence of what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature”.
While I am under no illusions that the PW>MW transition will be either immediate or easy, I am content to have introduced it as a concept and
framework for others to refine, improve, and ultimately implement. The alternative - the blind, nihilistic savagery of PW - has simply reached an
intolerable, species-fatal level.
In addition to MindWar, which I believe to be the most important, practical, and timely concern here, I will do my best to respond to all ATS
questions. My only caveats are that I cannot violate classified information, or discuss anything whose answers might endanger myself or my family.
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