Influencing Human Cognition: US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights


By Peter Phillips, Lew Brown and Bridget Thornton
January 9, 2007
Project Censored

Project Censored Releases a New study on the History of US Intelligence Community
Human Rights Violations and Continuing Research in Electromagnetic Weapons.

US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights – application/pdf 308K

This research explores the current capabilities of the US military to use electromagnetic
(EMF) devices to harass, intimidate, and kill individuals and the continuing
possibilities of violations of human rights by the testing and deployment of
these weapons. To establish historical precedent in the US for such acts, we
document long-term human rights and freedom of thought violations by US military/intelligence
organizations. Additionally, we explore contemporary evidence of on-going government
research in EMF weapons technologies and examine the potentialities of continuing
human rights abuses.

In the 1950s and 60s the CIA began work to find means for influencing human
cognition, emotion and behavior. Through the use of the psychological understanding
of the human being as a social animal and the ability to manipulate a subject’s
environment through isolation, drugs and hypnosis, US funded scientists have
long searched for better means of controlling human behavior. This research
has included the use of wireless directed electromagnetic energy under the heading
of “Information Warfare” and “Non Lethal Weapons.” New technological capabilities have been developed in black budget projects[1] over the last few decades — including the ability to influence human emotion, disrupt thought, and present excruciating pain through the manipulation of magnetic fields. The US military and intelligence agencies have at their disposal frightful new weapons, weapons that have likely already been covertly used and/or tested on humans, both here and abroad, and which could be directed against the public in the event of mass protests or civil disturbance.

Human Rights belong to people collectively. To believe in rights for some and
not others is a denial of the humanness of people worldwide. Yet, denial is
exactly what Congress and George W. Bush did with the signing of the Military
Commission Act of 2006. The new official US policy is that torture and suspension
of due process are acceptable for anyone the president deems to be a terrorist
or supporter. This act is the overt denial of the inalienable rights of human
beings propagated in our Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. More so, US actions declared to the world that the US suspends
human rights for those it believes are evil.

The precious words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,”
did not declare that only some men (and women) possess unalienable rights. Our
independence was founded on the understanding that all men and women are recognized
by this nation as having innate rights derived by their humanity.

Likewise, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, created by the United
Nations in 1948, signed and ratified by the US Congress, specifies in its preamble
that “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable
rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice
and peace in the world.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a guide for international
law for most of six decades, and as such binds the United States to its general
principles. Article 10 states that “everyone is entitled to full equality,
to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the
determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against
him,” and Article 5 specifically prohibits torture or cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment. Both of these basic human rights have been
superceded by the passage the of Military Commissions Act of 2006.

Additionally, the Universal Declaration of Human rights declares that everyone
has the right to freedom of thought and freedom of expression and opinion. This
means that humans have the inalienable right to be able to freely think their
own thoughts and discover their own truths. This paper addresses this most fundamental
human right and explores the pending threats to individual freedom of thought
posed by new EMF weapons technologies.

Freedom of thought or cognitive liberty is the natural human right of each
person to be secure in their ability to perceive the world to the best of their
ability. To have true cognitive liberty in a world as complex as ours would
mean that first we must have access to truthful and unbiased information about
the actions of others and the general state of the world. The Center for Cognitive
Liberties defines this as “the right of each individual to think independently
and autonomously, to use the full spectrum of his or her mind, and to engage
in multiple modes of thought.”[2] Without accurate representations we
cannot make independently informed choices. It is imperative that the human
body and mind be considered sacrosanct. To invade a person’s body without
their consent is an egregious human rights crime.

The circumstance may soon arrive in which anti-war or human rights protesters
suddenly feel a burning sensation akin to touching a hot skillet over their
entire body. Simultaneously they may hear terrifying nauseating screaming, which
while not produced externally, fills their brains with overwhelming disruption.
Not only are both phenomena currently possible, but designs for more powerful
EMF technologies receive continuous funding from the US Government.

For the US Government to unilaterally declare that our country will not comply
with international human rights laws, nor uphold the core values of our nation’s
foundation is an indication of extremism that supersedes the values and beliefs
of the American people. When such extremism exists we need to take seriously
the founders’ declaration that, … to secure these rights, Governments
are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the
governed, ¬≠That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence 1776)

[1] Black budgets are government funded projects that are classified/secret to Congress and the American people. For an in-depth analysis on the topic, see Weiner, Tim, Blank Check: The Pentagon’s Black Budget, Warner: 1990.

[2] See the Center for Cognitive Liberty at

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