PANDORA'S BOX AND THE GREAT TEMPTATION
Some will say that the government would not do the kinds of things
described in these pages.
The compilers of this material wish this
were the case. However, American history is littered with the
carcasses of bad science and ill-conceived technologies. Each year,
in fact each month, it seems the citizens of all of the countries of
the world are introduced to new scandals of military, "intelligence"
and governmental abuses.
The temptation, the compulsion, and the
addiction for more power and control over people are the first evils
released from the Pandora's Box of modern gadgetry.
The authors are
not against technological advancement but, rather, hope science can
be pursued in the open light of day and can lead toward improved
"Political strategists are tempted to exploit research on the brain
and human behavior. Geophysicist Gordon J. FMacDonald - specialist in
problems of warfare - says accurately-timed, artificially-excited
electronic strokes 'could lead to a pattern of oscillations that
produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the
In this way, one could develop a system that would seriously
impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected
regions over an extended period'...No matter how deeply disturbing
the thought of using the environment to manipulate behavior for
national advantages to some, the technology permitting such use will
very probably develop within the next few decades. "340
This statement was made over twenty-five years ago, and was a
precursor for what became reality in 1995.
In 1966, MacDonald was a member of the President's Science Advisory
Committee and later a member of the President's Council on
Environmental Quality. He published papers on the use of
environmental control technologies for military purposes. The most
profound comment he made as a geophysicist was,
"The key to
geophysical warfare is the identification of environmental
instabilities to which the addition of a small amount of energy
would release vastly greater amounts of energy."341
yesterday's geophysicists predicted today's advances, the HAARP
program managers are delivering on the vision.
The geophysicists recognized that adding energy to the environmental
soup could have large effects. What was not considered is the fact
that humanity has already added substantial amounts of
electromagnetic energy into our environment without understanding
what might constitute critical mass.
The questions come...
these additions been without effect, or is there a cumulative amount
beyond which irreparable damage can be done?
Is HAARP another step
in a journey from which we cannot turn back?
Are we about to embark
on another energy experiment which unleashes another set of demons
from Pandora's box?
Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technotronic Era, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Penguin Books,
341 The Cooling, by Lowell Ponte, 1976, pges. 166-169.
As early as 1970, Zbigniew
Brzezinski, later National Security Advisor to President Jimmy
Carter, predicted a "more controlled and directed society" would
gradually appear, linked to technology. This society would be
dominated by an elite group which impresses voters by allegedly
superior scientific know-how.
"Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this
elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the
latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping
society under close surveillance and control. Technical and
scientific momentum would then feed on the situation it exploits"
342, Brzezinski predicted.
His forecasts proved accurate beyond what most people would have
expected. Today, a number of new tools for the "elite" are emerging,
and the temptation to use them increases steadily. The policies to
permit use are already in place. We are at the door to our "brave
How would the United States be changed, bit by bit, into the
predicted highly controlled technosociety? Among the
"steppingstones" Brzezinski expected were persisting social crises
and use of the mass media to gain the public's confidence.343
Brzezinski apparently saw that both conservatives and "the
doctrinaire left" might be inclined to justify heavy handed tactics.
The left could say that it serves progress, and the conservatives,
"preoccupied with public order and fascinated by modern gadgetry,
would be tempted to use the new techniques as a response to unrest,
since they would fail to recognize that social control is not the
only way to deal with rapid social change."344
Even today, February 25, 1995, as we write these words,
News is announcing the widespread domestic surveillance of Americans
and others, through the CIA's and NSA's monitoring and intrusion
into the global Internet.
When does the proliferation of power end
and a new compact with freedom begin?
Brzezinski's vision, expressed in his book 25 years ago, was a
prophetic view of the state of the world. It predicted a direction
which time has proven correct, in terms of outcome. Those
predictions yet to be realized are profound, and could lead to a
very different and less desirable world. The idea that science is
the hammer of politicians is a reality which people can not ignore.
Government should consider a shift - from war to peace - for the use
of these very advanced research efforts.
The possibilities of these innovations offer all people an
opportunity to excel in health and intelligence. All men and women
should press for opening these technologies to positive and
constructive, rather than destructive, purposes.
342 Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Penguin Books, Mass. 1976,
343 Ibid. 344 Ibid.
What propels these advances
into the wrong directions'? It is the tax dollars of unwitting
The system which can promote the use of science, for the true
advancement of mankind, is an open system with a focus on individual
opportunities for self actualization. Systems which promote secrecy
by military and intelligence leaders are fundamentally wrong. They
are too likely to be misused, which has been amply demonstrated in
govern-mental systems. Government flows from the people, and should
be a full reflection of the value and belief systems of people, and
not some shadow of the will of those with secret agendas, hidden in
the dark rooms of paranoia.
We must press government to reflect our
collective views towards a more balanced world, embracing
foundational ideas upon which good governments are formed.