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    Sheeple – Those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research.

    • Introduction – Kids may rationalize, peer pressure, beg, bribe, bully, guilt, or resort to any number of other tactics.
    • Dumbing Down – Dumbed-down texts too easy, too simple, too boring.
    • Information Control – “The War of the Worlds” led thousands of listeners to believe that the planet earth had been invaded by Martians!
    • Obedience to Authority – Ultimately 65% of all of the “teachers” punished the “learners” to the maximum 450 volts.
    • Herd Mentality – Researchers discovered that it takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd’s direction.
    • Connectivity – It’s just expected that we all have a mobile phone on us at all times.
    • Cloud – There is no form of digital communication that the government cannot and does not monitor – phone calls, emails, text messages, tweets, Facebook posts, Internet video chats, etc.
    • ESP – There are people who can, just by being near you, pull energy from you with their own magnetic force.
  2. Boob Tube – Television may be likened to an addictive activity, producing ‘momentary pleasure but long-term misery and regret.’

    • Marketing – A firm’s marketing department is often seen as of prime importance within the functional level of an organization.
    • Cradle-to-Grave – Disney reps are offering new moms, within hours of giving birth, a free Disney Cuddly Bodysuit for their babies.
    • Mimicry – They began to imitate the aggressive actions they had previously observed.
    • What’s in a Name? – That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet
    • Brand Identity – The beers you started drinking when you were a young adult often become the beverage of choice later in life.
    • Meme – A meme is an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person.
    • Perceived Value – The higher the price the more likely customers are to perceive it has being higher quality.
    • PSAs – Old ads like “this is your brain on drugs,” may have encouraged teens to try drugs.
    • Repetition – Repetition is fundamental to the success of any advertising program.
  3. Immersion – Concentrating on one course of instruction, subject, or project to the exclusion of all others for several days or weeks; intensive.

    • Gameplay – Learning the basic procedure of the scientific method.
    • Gaming Addiction – Players of violent video games have significantly higher feelings of aggression.
    • Subliminal Affect – Aggression can be increased by the presence of weapons in the environment.
    • Smell Effect – Gamers who received peppermint scent showed significant improvements in their video game play.
    • Gorgeous Grub – Imagining sucking a lemon…can produce a pH-level change in the mouth and a recognizable brain signal.
    • Fast Food – How much do we really know about food?
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    Big Lie – A lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

    • False Advertising – Disney induced lemmings into jumping off a cliff and into the sea in order to document their supposedly suicidal behavior.
    • Tell Lie Vision – A far greater percentage of voters hear the original lie in a campaign ad than ever read about the fact-checked version.
    • Faux News – FCC policy against falsification of the news does not rise to the level of a “law, rule, or regulation,” it was simply a “policy”.
    • Voting – Mob ties, bribery, felony convictions, and threats of coercion are visible in the public record.
    • Brains – Conservatives showed much stronger skin responses to negative images, compared with the positive ones. Liberals showed the opposite.
    • Propaganda – You got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
    • Greed – There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. – Mahatma Gandhi
  5. Manchurian Candidates – The perfect deep-cover agent…is the one who doesn’t know he or she is an agent.

    • Conspiracy Theory – The members need not know each other or the part played by others.
    • Conditioning – I’ll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select.
    • Thought Reform – Unbeknownst to Orwell, China was subjecting students to this “reeducation” process to adopt Communism.
    • Brainwashing – Cut off from friends, relatives, previous relationships, abusive groups surround the recruits and hammer rigid ideologies into their consciousnesses.
    • Hypnotism – A synthetic hypnotic spy with a dual personality is extremely hard to detect.
    • Spy – Called ‘the most addictive thing on TV at the moment’ by The Daily Telegraph.
    • Sodium Pentothal – Large doses of Ritalin and Sodium Pentothal have been used in narcoanalysis.
    • Mickey Finn – Surreptitiously altered to induce diarrhea or stupefy, render unconscious or otherwise incapacitate the person who drinks it.
  6. Fight Club – Concern that the film would incite copycat behavior.

    • Janet Reno – Obscenity prosecutions decreased 86%.
    • Prison – One in every 142 U.S. residents was in prison or jail in 2002.
    • Cults – Teaching children to hate inundates them from all directions.
    • Stalking – Psychological Harassment is not a new phenomenon but it is one that is on the rise.
    • Gangstalking – Gang stalking involves the use of multiple individuals to stalk, harass and taunt a victim, as well as to vandalize personal property.
    • Voice to Skull (V2K) – The Voice of God weapon – a device that projects voices into your head to make you think God is speaking to you.
    • Torture – Confessions elicited through beatings are notoriously unreliable.
    • Tinfoil Hats – MIT: The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the [United States] government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz.
    • Booby Traps – The booby traps could have been overlooked by everyone except a military-trained officer.
  7. Conspiracy – The members need not know each other or the part played by others.

    • Station S – When Tokyo talked, Bainbridge Naval Radio Station listened.
    • Paperclip – Operation Paperclip immigrated at least 1,600 Nazi personnel along with patents and industrial processes worth billions.
    • Disney – Disney is one of the best deceptions of the Illuminati.
    • Illuminati – The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society. – U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
    • MK-ULTRA – Manufacturing Killers Utilizing Lethal Tradecraft Requiring Assassinations
  8. Creeps – Ritualistic child abuse is the most hideous of all child abuse. The basic objective is premeditated – to systematically and methodically torture and terrorize children until they are forced to dissociate.

    • O.K. – There’s no darker institution in the history of the state than the O.K. Boys Ranch.
    • Abuse Rings – The child is “drugged, hypnotized, and traumatized.”
    • Priests – Thomas Fox, writing in the National Catholic Reporter, estimates that the average pedophile priest molests 285 victims.
    • Mohel – The practice of metzitzah b’peh hasn’t changed in the last 10 years, but the act of keeping silent about these matters has.
    • Slavery – In 2009, the average price of a slave was $90.
    • Body Parts – Israelis buy more kidneys per capita than any other population.
    • Rebellion – You say you want a revolution?
  9. Battered – The average age of remembering childhood incest is between 29 and 49.

    • Bullies – Power makes people feel like they’re better than another person.
    • Domestic Abuse – Domesic violence goes by many names, including intimate partner violence (IPV), spousal abuse, domestic abuse, and child abuse.
    • Parental Alienation Syndrome – Children caught in the middle of such conflicts suffer severe losses of love, respect and peace during their formative years.
    • Child Sexual Abuse – One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 16 years old.
    • Traumagenic Dynamics – Researchers have identified a host of medical and psychological symptoms that are associated with a history of childhood sexual abuse.
    • Suicide
    • Memories – The average age of remembering childhood incest is between 29 and 49.
  10. Snake Oil – Snake oil salesmen would falsely claim that the potions would cure any ailments.

    • Meds
    • Decriminalization – It costs three to four times as much to house a prisoner as it does to enroll them into a treatment program.
    • Tobacco – One of the most widely used addictive substances in the world.
    • Beer – The “Purity Law” is the oldest food regulation in the world and still exists today unchanged from the original.
    • Cannabis – Making the drug illegal and thereby creating crime networks is a very high price to pay for a relatively small benefit.
    • LSD – The US Army sponsored studies of LSD at Army installations and by contracts in civilian institutions between 1955 and 1967.
    • Heroin
    • Cocaine
    • Meth
    • Bath Salts
    • Fix
    • Rehab
  11. Tech
  12. Conclusion – There is still widespread denial when it comes to accepting that Mind Control is being used against the youngest members of society.


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Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a term of disparagement in which people are likened to sheep, a herd animal. The term is used to describe those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research. By doing so, they undermine their own individuality and may willingly give up their rights. — Wikipedia

  • Introduction – Kids may rationalize, peer pressure, beg, bribe, bully, guilt, or resort to any number of other tactics.
  • Dumbing Down – Dumbed-down texts too easy, too simple, too boring.
  • Information Control – “The War of the Worlds” led thousands of listeners to believe that the planet earth had been invaded by Martians!
  • Obedience to Authority – Ultimately 65% of all of the “teachers” punished the “learners” to the maximum 450 volts.
  • Herd Mentality – Researchers discovered that it takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd’s direction.
  • Connectivity – It’s just expected that we all have a mobile phone on us at all times.
  • Cloud – There is no form of digital communication that the government cannot and does not monitor – phone calls, emails, text messages, tweets, Facebook posts, Internet video chats, etc.
  • ESP – There are people who can, just by being near you, pull energy from you with their own magnetic force.

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Reading through email spam or the classified advertisements in a progressive newspaper, one may find offers for everything from assertiveness training1 to sexual domination hypnosis2 to computer software designed to flash brief messages on the screen with the goal of quitting smoking or losing weight.3 These are just a few of the many household Mind Control products marketed today promising that their simple tricks will allow anyone to be the master of their domain. While the efficacy of these programs is debatable, the science behind them is quite sound.

The basics of Mind Control are as ancient as mankind itself. Convincing someone to adopt an idea or perform a task is commonplace in every family. Children begin learning how to rationalize, peer pressure, beg, bribe, bully, guilt, or resort to any number of other tactics including blackmail and all out violent assault in order to get their way. As author Eric Schlosser notes in Fast Food Nation, James U. McNeal, a leading authority in marketing to children, “classifies juvenile nagging tactics into seven major categories” in his 1992 book Kids As Consumers:

A pleading nag is one accompanied by repetitions of words like “please” or “mom, mom, mom.” A persistent nag involves constant requests for the coveted product and may include the phrase “I’m gonna ask just one more time.” Forceful nags are extremely pushy and may include subtle threats, like “Well, then, I’ll go and ask Dad.” Demonstrative nags are the most high-risk, often characterized by full-blown tantrums in public places, breath-holding, tears, a refusal to leave the store. Sugar-coated nags promise affection in return for a purchase and may rely on seemingly heartfelt declarations like “You’re the best dad in the world.” Threatening nags are youth forms of blackmail, vows of eternal hatred and of running away if something isn’t bought. Pity nags claim the child will be heartbroken, teased, or socially stunted if the parent refuses to buy a certain item.4

An increasing number of teens and young adults are beginning to hone these skills in order to control family, friends and coworkers. As behaviorist B.F. Skinner explains in his book Walden Two:

We make continual efforts to control each other – teachers to control their students, students to control their teachers; parents to control their children, children to control their parents; friends and lovers, governments and citizens, all are engaged in this enterprise – but we do it poorly, haphazardly, because we don’t understand what we’re doing and even refuse to acknowledge the truth of our behavior.5

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“Flicking through some of the saner sections of neuro-linguistic programming texts (minus the new age content) brings up the subtle use of language and body-language to influence other people,” states United Kingdom Defense Contractor “Mom” in personal correspondence. One method of this technique is through “mirroring” 6 the actions and words of the other person, which Mom explains:

Mirroring fosters a sense of ease or trust. Courting couples tend to do this intuitively (watch dating couples and see how they mirror things like sipping coffee, taking a bite of food, etc.) but it can be used as a way of making the mirrored party susceptible to persuasion. By doing the opposite to mirroring, the other party can be made ill-at-ease and be less amenable to persuasion (basically it rubs them up the wrong way).

Do you believe in humans?

Annie Finnigan reports on body language for Women’s Day magazine:

“Up to 80% of what we communicate is nonverbal,” says Joe Navarro, a former FBI agent turned nonverbal communication expert and author of What Every Body Is Saying. That means every gesture, look, mouth twitch, eyebrow raise, even the way we stand sends a message.… We relate to people in three ways: verbally (with words), vocally (tone of voice), and visually (body language), says Albert Mehrabian, PhD, emeritus professor of psychology at UCLA and author of Silent Messages. But the three V’s don’t always line up.… “If there’s an inconsistency between the verbal, vocal and visual, our words give off the least information,” he says. “Our facial expressions play the greatest role.”…

“Poker players are good at hiding nonverbal cues,” [says poker champion Annie Duke]. “But I always watch them very closely, and if I see them blinking fast, licking their lips or flashing a quick grimace before they smile, chances are they’re bluffing.” 7

Mom points out entertainer Derren Brown8 whose website reveals that he “can seemingly predict and control human behavior. He doesn’t claim to be a mind-reader, instead he describes his craft as a mixture of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.” Brown “primes” his audience members using subtle clues to respond in predetermined ways. The effect is dramatic.

Mom also notes a Mind Control game that primes players based upon their personality: conformists will end up visualizing one image (e.g., an elephant in Denmark) while nonconformists will see another (e.g., an emu in Dubai). This phenomenon may be found in simpler form per a circulating email that has the reader calculate the number six several times then asks for a vegetable. It claims 98% of readers will choose carrot.

Children suckling television

From its application in the classroom to its use in the workplace, psychology has become a hot topic. The discipline is even finding its way into homes. Television programs like “Nanny 911″ and “Supernanny” demonstrate what the power of a little Mind Control can do. The children on these shows would surely be required by schools to take a “chemical straightjacket” 9 such as Ritalin, but in a week’s time the behavior modification programs transform these tiny terrors into little angels.

“Sen. Ronda Storms said prescribed drugs have replaced talk therapy and are over-prescribed to subdue unruly children,” writes Edecio Martinez for CBS News:

“All you do is mask the behavioral problems by treating him (psychotropically). All you’re doing is putting him in a chemical straight jacket so that he can’t act out so you can get him to 18 and dump him into adulthood and that’s not acceptable,” said Storms to CBS affiliate WFOR.

Gabriel’s death prompted a statewide investigation [in Florida] that found 13 percent, or 2,699, of all foster children are on such drugs, according to a Department of Children and Families (DCF) study. That compares with only an estimated 4 percent to 5 percent of children in the general population.10

Doctor José Delgado wrote in his 1969 treatise about brain implants, Physical Control of the Mind:

The contrast between the fast pace of technological evolution and our limited advances in the understanding and control of human behavior is creating a growing danger. We are facing a situation in which vast amounts of accumulated destructive power are at the disposal of brains which have not yet learned to be wise enough to solve economic conflicts and ideological antagonisms intelligently. The “balance of terror” existing in the present world reflects the discrepancy between the awesome technology and the underdeveloped wisdom of man.11

And in the introduction to Delgado’s book, Ruth Nanda Anshen notes that:

Man has entered a new era of evolutionary history, one in which rapid change is a dominant consequence.… He must now better appreciate this fact and then develop the wisdom to direct the process toward his fulfillment rather than toward his destruction.… By intelligent intervention in the evolutionary process man has greatly accelerated and greatly expanded the range of his possibilities. But he has not changed the basic fact that it remains a trial and error process, with the danger of taking paths that lead to sterility of mind and heart, moral apathy and intellectual inertia; and even producing social dinosaurs unfit to live in an evolving world.12

A documentary at the YouTube.com website, “The CFR Controlled Media Cabal (Part 3),” reports:

The human mind is like a computer no matter how efficient it may be. It’s reliability is only as great as the information fed into it. If it is possible to control the input of the human mind, then no matter how intelligent a person may be, it’s entirely possible to program what he will think; and yes, it’s even possible to program people to laugh at the mere mention of the word conspiracy.” 13

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Sources

1 Assertiveness Training Websites, SelfGrowth.com: The Online Self Improvement Community, at http://www.selfgrowth.com/assert.html (retrieved: 3 January 2011).

2 Sexual Domination Hypnosis, Google search, at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=sexual+domination+hypnosis (retrieved: 3 January 2011).

3 Subliminal Software – Subliminal Messages & Self Hypnosis Software!, Subliminal-Power.com, at http://www.subliminal-power.com/mind/ (retrieved: 3 January 2011).

4 Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (New York: HarperCollins, 2002, 2001), p. 44.

5 Harvey Mindess, Makers of Psychology: The Personal Factor (New York: Human Sciences Press, Inc., 1988), p. 101.

6 Mirroring (psychology), Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirroring_(psychology) (retrieved: 3 January 2011).

7 Annie Finnigan, “Body Language — Explained: Learn how to decode the unspoken messages people send your way,” Woman’s Day, at http://www.womansday.com/life/etiquette-manners/reading-body-language (retrieved: 16 February 2012).

8 Derren Brown, at http://www.derrenbrown.co.uk/ (retrieved: quoted March 2006; 3 January 2011).

9 Hutchens, A. L., & Hynd, G. W. (1987). Medications and the school age child and adolescent: A review. School Psychology Bulletin, 16, 527 542; in David Sue, Derald Sue, & Stanley Sue, Understanding Abnormal Behavior, 4th ed. (Mass: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994), p. 512.

10 Edecia Martinez, “After 7-year-old Gabriel Myers’ suicide, Fla. bill Looks to tighten access to psychiatric drugs,” CBS News, 17 March 2010, at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/after-7-year-old-gabriel-myers-suicide-fla-bill-looks-to-tighten-access-to-psychiatric-drugs/ (retrieved: 1 January 2013).

11 José Delgado, Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society (New York, NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1969), p. 14.

12 Ruth Nanda Anshen, “World Perspectives: What This Series Means,” in Ibidem, pp. xi-xii.

13 “[CFR]:Media Controlled and Manipulated by Corporate (3 of 3),” MarkNg07 video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3eHjy-Ameo (retrieved: 5 January 2011). (Show video)

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“Derren Brown NLP,” Neuro-linguist programming, jresester video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=befugtgikMg (retrieved: 27 April 2011). (Embedding disabled)

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Conspiracy Theory

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Conspiracy Theorist: Nothing more than a derogatory title used to dismiss a critical thinker.
 
 
 
 
 
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“Dictionaries list words as they are popularly conceived, but current usage sometimes lacks scientific accuracy,” wrote José Delgado in Physical Control of the Mind:

Unless each term is defined, the reader’s conception may differ from the writer’s. Classifications and definitions are only human agreements which try to capture the essence of a person, place, or event by describing several of its elements. They are like sketches, which may omit or distort details. Naturally, if there is no agreement on the subject under discussion, the meaning of related words and sketches will be useless. Definitions should be considered as working tools to guide us on confusing ideological battlefields.…

Theories, experimental tools, and descriptive language are all very different, depending on whether we are dealing with chemistry, action potentials, social relations, or ghosts. When the entity under consideration is very complex, as the mind is, it is necessary to employ different methods to analyze the various properties, and it may be difficult to integrate results obtained in a variety of ways which reveal diverse aspects of truth.1 When consulting the literature we should not assume that different phenomena are equivalent merely because authors use the same words to identify them.2

For example, many people when encountering something they don’t understand may think of the word “conspiracy”, which then triggers the word “theory”, and the two combined as “conspiracy theory” then elicits the false belief that it must be some impossible crazy idea. This form of Mickey Mousei thinking effectively shuts down critical thinking, exploration, and understanding – while perpetuating ignorance and increasing feelings of hatred toward the so-called “bearer of bad news.”

“The formal scientific definition of theory is quite different from the everyday meaning of the word,” reports the Wikipedia.org encyclopedia:

It refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by a vast body of evidence. Many scientific theories are so well established that no new evidence is likely to alter them substantially. For example, no new evidence will demonstrate that the Earth does not orbit around the sun (heliocentric theory), or that living things are not made of cells (cell theory), that matter is not composed of atoms, or that the surface of the Earth is not divided into solid plates that have moved over geological timescales (the theory of plate tectonics).3

“This is significantly different from the common usage of the word ‘theory’, which implies that something is a guess (i.e., unsubstantiated and speculative),” notes Wikipedia.4

The term ‘conspiracy’ refers to two or more criminals working in cahoots, such as gangs and other organized crime networks. The Lectric Law Library explains:

18 U.S.C. 371 makes it a separate Federal crime or offense for anyone to conspire or agree with someone else to do something which, if actually carried out, would amount to another Federal crime or offense. So, under this law, a ‘conspiracy’ is an agreement or a kind of ‘partnership’ in criminal purposes in which each member becomes the agent or partner of every other member.

In order to establish a conspiracy offense it is not necessary for the Government to prove that all of the people named in the indictment were members of the scheme; or that those who were members had entered into any formal type of agreement; or that the members had planned together all of the details of the scheme or the ‘overt acts’ that the indictment charges would be carried out in an effort to commit the intended crime.

Also, because the essence of a conspiracy offense is the making of the agreement itself (followed by the commission of any overt act), it is not necessary for the Government to prove that the conspirators actually succeeded in accomplishing their unlawful plan.5

In the case of Craig v. U.S. C.C.A. Cal. 81 F2d 816, 822, the California Court of Appeals ruled:

A conspiracy may be a continuing one; actors may drop out and others may drop in; the details of operation may change from time to time; the members need not know each other or the part played by others; a member may not need to know all the details of the plan of the operation; he must, however, know the purpose of the conspiracy and agree to become a party to a plan to effectuate that purpose.

Maggie Koerth-Baker addresses “Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories” in The New York Times published shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing caused a flurry of wild speculation:

“The best predictor of belief in a conspiracy theory is belief in other conspiracy theories,” says Viren Swami, a psychology professor who studies conspiracy belief at the University of Westminster in England. Psychologists say that’s because a conspiracy theory isn’t so much a response to a single event as it is an expression of an overarching worldview.

As Richard Hofstadter wrote in his seminal 1965 book, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” conspiracy theories, especially those involving meddlesome foreigners, are a favorite pastime in this nation. Americans have always had the sneaking suspicion that somebody was out to get us — be it Freemasons, Catholics or communists.…

While psychologists can’t know exactly what goes on inside our heads, they have, through surveys and laboratory studies, come up with a set of traits that correlate well with conspiracy belief. In 2010, Swami and a co-author summarized this research in The Psychologist, a scientific journal. They found, perhaps surprisingly, that believers are more likely to be cynical about the world in general and politics in particular. Conspiracy theories also seem to be more compelling to those with low self-worth, especially with regard to their sense of agency in the world at large. Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness.… [But] psychologists aren’t sure whether powerlessness causes conspiracy theories or vice versa.…

Economic recessions, terrorist attacks and natural disasters are massive, looming threats, but we have little power over when they occur or how or what happens afterward. In these moments of powerlessness and uncertainty, a part of the brain called the amygdala kicks into action. Paul Whalen, a scientist at Dartmouth College who studies the amygdala, says it doesn’t exactly do anything on its own. Instead, the amygdala jump-starts the rest of the brain into analytical overdrive — prompting repeated reassessments of information in an attempt to create a coherent and understandable narrative, to understand what just happened, what threats still exist and what should be done now. This may be a useful way to understand how, writ large, the brain’s capacity for generating new narratives after shocking events can contribute to so much paranoia in this country.6

“In many movies there are scenes of a protagonist revealing everything to a skeptical official – and promptly being admitted into a mental hospital,” writes Esther Inglis-Arkell:

These scenes occasionally play out in real life. They even have a name, the Martha Mitchell Effect.

Brendan Maher was a psychologist who spent much of the 1950s and 1960s working with patients in the prison system, so he had to have had a lot of experience with the Martha Mitchell Effect before it got a name. Two major causes of the effect are being the target of organized crime or being under constant surveillance by law enforcement – and he had to have heard plenty of stories involving those two causes.…

The effect isn’t a mental problem of the patient, but a kind of mental block of the psychiatrist. Its most famous sufferer was Martha Beall Mitchell. She was the wife of the Attorney General for the Nixon administration, and she had a few things to say about what top level officials were doing. When she made public statements, she was dismissed by those officials on the grounds of mental illness – an explanation that nearly all the press believed. It was only when the Watergate Scandal erupted that people realized she’d been right all along.7


Notes

i Mickey Mouse adj. 1.a. Slang. Unimportant; trivial: “It’s a Mickey Mouse operation compared to what goes on in Lyons or Paris” (Jack Higgins). b. Slang. Irritatingly petty: the school’s Mickey Mouse requirements for graduation. 2. Slang. Intellectually unchallenging; simple: His Mickey Mouse assignments soon bored the students. 3. Music. a. Blandly sentimental. Used of popular compositions and performers. b. Relating to a soundtrack that accompanies the action in an unsubtle, melodramatic way suggestive of music written for animated films [The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd ed.].
– Mike Wallace, Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996), p. 133.

U.S. Military Slang. Anything that is unnecessary or unimportant [The Barnhart Dictionary of New English].
– Len Deighton, Goodbye, Mickey Mouse (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), p. 1.

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1 José Delgado, Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society (New York, NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1969), p. 24.

2 Ibidem, p. 34.

3 Theory, Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory (retrieved: 30 December 2013).

4 National Academy of Sciences (2005), Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a brochure on the book of the same title, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_theory (retrieved: 28 May 2012).

5 Conspiracy, The Lectric Law Library, at http://www.lectlaw.com/def/c103.htm (retrieved: 27 May 2012).

6 Maggie Koerth-Baker, “Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories,” The New York Times, 21 May 2013, at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/magazine/why-rational-people-buy-into-conspiracy-theories.html (retrieved: 25 May 2013) and http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/magazine/why-rational-people-buy-into-conspiracy-theories.html?pagewanted=2 (retrieved: 25 May 2013).

7 Esther Inglis-Arkell, “When you have a story so unbelievable, everyone thinks you’re crazy,” io9.com, 3 June 2013, at http://io9.com/when-you-have-a-story-so-unbelievable-everyone-thinks-510422090 (retrieved: 4 June 2013).

See also

Christina Sterbenz, “9 Huge Government Conspiracies That Actually Happened,” Business Insider, 23 December 2013, at http://www.businessinsider.com/true-government-conspiracies-2013-12 (retrieved: 27 December 2013).

Robert Wabash, “The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans,” Get Holistic Health, 8 December 2013, at http://www.getholistichealth.com/38477/the-13-most-evil-u-s-government-experiments-on-humans/ (retrieved: 27 December 2013).

“You Won’t Believe How One Chemical Company Tried to Discredit a Scientist’s Research,” Moyers & company, 10 February 2014, at http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/10/you-wont-believe-how-one-chemical-company-tried-to-discredit-a-scientists-research/ (retrieved: 10 February 2014).

“How The CIA Uses Social Media to Track How People Feel,” The Atlantic, 4 November 2011, at http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/11/how-the-cia-uses-social-media-to-track-how-people-feel/247923/ (retrieved: 4 October 2012).

“Facebook CIA Project: The Onion News Network,” c0pyr1gh7 video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqggW08BWO0 (retrieved: 4 October 2012). (Show video)

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