Though the world is celebrating the destruction of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago today, there are still several mysteries left over from a time when the US and the Soviet Union were engaged in quite possibly the strangest war ever waged. Both sides engaged in military research the likes of which would have been more at home in a science fiction novel than a history book. It is perhaps for this very reason that The Cold War is so rarely covered in detail in the mainstream. “The Moscow Signal,” as it became known, is no exception.
Though there are several accounts of mysterious mind control programs of varying success, the KGB’s most disturbing weapon may have been a device set up across from the US Embassy in Moscow. In 1962, after an unknown period of time had passed of the US embassy personnel being exposed to the signal focused on the upper level office of the American ambassador. It was reported that the ambassador later died of a leukemia-like blood disease, but reports never specify which ambassador, though Charles E. Bohlen, Llewellyn E. Thompson, and Foy D. Kohler all served in the office and all subsequently died later. Through extensive research we have confirmed that it was Llewellyn E. Thompson who was victimized by this weapon. Thompson suffered headaches, blurred vision, lack of concentration, and a general feeling of disorientation.
As reports of the mysterious disease making the rounds in the embassy were circulated, and no one could quite identify the cause, the CIA soon became suspicious and dispatched a team to investigate the area. What they found astonished even the hardened veterans of the cold war. A device was beaming EMF signals into the office at such a frequency that it may actually influence the mind of the office’s occupants. Soon the project was turned over to DARPA. In 1982, the military finally announced their research into using Electro-magnetic microwaves as a weapon. There was even a suggested method of implementation for these mind-control rays on the battlefield and during particularly violent protests. A so called “brain bomb” could be dropped on an area releasing powerful electromagnetic microwaves that could disrupt the crowd, turning them into drooling disoriented shell-shocked shadows of their former selves until the threat could be neutralized through more conventional means. Of course the side effects of prolonged exposure to the EMF is what is generally attributed to Mr. Thompson’s death, so the ‘non-lethal’ means of subduing the enemy carried with it a weighty asterisk.
Regardless, the waves were tested by scientists later, who allegedly found the method to be extremely effective. There is no doubt that extensive research has been performed on mental stressors and programming, but can you imagine a world where these mental destabilization techniques are used to disrupt the minds of hundreds, possibly millions of people? Though there are no reports directly of these programs being developed into working models and used just yet, there are rumors abounding of a system called “HAARP,” which some say could be used as a weapon of mass incapacitation if it were further developed into a weapon. Rumors about HAARP are widespread, but at its current level all it is used for (officially) is a weather testing and observation platform. The paranoia behind the HAARP program originated when physicists said it could be used as a weapon to shoot down enemy space vessels and satellites, and this mixed with the understanding some have of “The Moscow Signal.”
Today Russia is far more eager to get along with the world. With the destruction of the Soviet Union, many of its most disturbing programs were either dismantled or disappeared into the night. Much of the research disappeared, shuffled into the hands of a thriving spy population. The question remains: Will we ever see mind control rearing its ugly head again? The television says no, and to stop asking questions. We must obey.