42 days after "microwave mind control" complaint, Alexis kills 12

Alexis complained that persons were “...keep(ing) him awake by talking to him…using ‘some sort of microwave device.’” Photo: composite from video stills

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2013 – There was a Newport, Rhode Island police report summarizing an early morning complaint in August by Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.  

Alexis complained that an individual he had an altercation with in an airport had “sent 3 people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him…using ‘some sort of microwave device.’”

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Was this a first red flag leading to an alarming portrait of a defense contractor suffering from mental illness?  Or fact?

What caused Alexis to voice this complaint on August 7, 2013, 42 days prior to embarking on a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard, leaving 13 workers dead and more questions than answers? 

Law enforcement officials close to the investigation have reported to the press that the stock of Alexis’ shotgun had been carved with “Better off this way” and “My ELF weapon.”

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“ELF” may be a reference to “extremely low frequency” and is a term applied to microwave technology.

Microwave mind-control technology was developed over fifty years ago during the height of the Cold War.  Among the established effects of microwave weapons are sleep deprivation, a symptom that NBC News reports Alexis received treatment for.

The lifestyle Alexis reportedly led displayed a number of such red flags, including reports that he played violent video games and used alcohol.

Mr. Alexis was a “hardcore drinker,” he said, and was also skilled in videogames, which he would play for marathon sessions that lasted hours, Mr. Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, owner of the Happy Bowl Thai restaurant said in 

However neither a history of alcohol abuse or video games discount the suspect’s own documented police complaint that he was the target of electronic harassment. 

Alexis’s Navy rating, aviation electrician’s mate third class, focuses on non-avionics electrical systems of navy aircraft, but other enlisted sailors are trained on microwave systems for shore communications and now even counter directed energy weapons 

Alexis’s reference to “microwave machines” is more than an utterance; the deceased man was familiar with microwave systems beyond the common kitchen appliance. 

Julianne McKinney, former director of the Electronic Surveillance Project at the now defunct Association of National Security Alumni in Silver Springs, Maryland, and who self identifies as U.S. Army intelligence veteran, self-published “Microwave Harassment & Mind-Control Experimentation” in 1992 and “Mind Control and the Secret State” in 2008. 

According to McKinney’s 1992 paper, “the long term objectives of these harassment and experimentation campaigns appear to be…redirect the targeted individual’s feelings of hopelessness, anger, and frustration toward racial and ethnic groups, and toward select, prominent political figures… (and to) force the individual to commit an act of violence, whether suicide or murder, under conditions which can be plausibly denied by the government”. 

Alexis reportedly felt racially discriminated against and frustrated, according to the owners of a Thai restaurant where he previously worked in exchange for living quarters. 

Non-lethal microwave weapons: targeted effects on humans 

There exist published reports of microwave weapons designed to effect humans in an array of specific ways, from creating a fever to psychologically break down an individual to the “microwave auditory effect” and even the possibility of subconscious suggestion. 

A declassified U.S. Army report “Bioeffects of Selected Nonlethal Weapons” released in 2006 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request discusses “radiofrequency directed energy”. 

“A highly sophisticated microwave assembly that can be used to project microwaves in order to provide a controlled heating of persons…will raise the core temperature of the individuals to a predetermined level to mimic a high fever with the intent of gaining a psychological/capability edge on the enemy, while not inflicting deadly force” states the Army report. 

Wired magazine wrote in 2008 article about non-lethal microwave weapons that Dr. Lev Sadovnik of defense contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation made “the intriguing suggestion that, instead of being used at high power to create an intolerable noise, it might be used at low power to produce a whisper that was too quiet to perceive consciously but might be able to subconsciously influence someone. The directional beam could be used for targeted messages, such as in-store promotions.”

Mind control or paranoid delusion?

Although mind-control technology exists, claims made by a suspect that it caused violence in any particular case can also indicate paranoid delusion.  Therefore, each individual case, such as that of Aaron Alexis, deserves unbiased and non-prejudiced examination.

In an eerily similar tragedy, on May 30, 1991, Carl E. Campbell shot U.S. Navy commander Edward J. Higgins at least five times with a 22-caliber semi-automatic pistol near a bus stop outside of the Pentagon, leaving the U.S.-Soviet arms control expert and 21 year Navy veteran dead.

A federal judge found Campbell innocent by reason of insanity: 

“In court papers, prosecutors said that Campbell, who had been treated earlier for paranoid schizophrenia, believed the U.S. government had implanted a mind-controlling computer chip in his brain”, reported the Associated Press.

Reports: Microwaves first used by Soviets on U.S. embassy in 1960-70s

According McKinney’s 2008 paper, crude microwave technology designed for human mind-altering applications was first unleashed by the Soviets.  “U.S. interest in this ‘less than lethal’ technology dates back to the early 1960s, when the State Department became aware of low energy microwave radiation directed at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Under the name ‘Project Pandora,’ secret research into the Moscow radiation continued for ten years before embassy employees were informed that they were on the receiving end.” 

If true, such an arrangement would have relegated State Department staff to the role of unwitting guinea pigs in the U.S. government’s study of the effects of this new form of warfare.

The Associated Press reported in 1976 that “American Embassy personnel in Moscow are trying to get answers from Ambassador Walter J. Stoessel Jr. about the extent and potential dangers of microwave radiation at the embassy,” and that “informed sources in Washington said Friday that the husband of a woman who died of cancer after working at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow sued the government claiming she was a victim of radiation and received a settlement of less than $10,000”.

Alexis’ investigation is now in the hands of the FBI

With the Washington Navy Yard shooting now under the control and direction of the FBI, the American people will eventually be left to digest the official findings of that agency’s investigation into the latest shooting tragedy to shake the nation.

Meanwhile, parallel cyber-investigations that have become commonplace in the age of the internet, despite moves such as Reddit’s (WSJ) shutdown of a crowdsourcing hunt for a second suspect, are certain to continue to play a role in shaping the public’s often divided conclusions about cases such as the mystery of what went on inside the mind of Aaron Alexis. 

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