American Samizdat

Tuesday, July 03, 2007. *
More along the lines of my
most recent posts:


Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense by Jonathan D. Moreno is a broad but necessarily incomplete overview of neuroscience, nanotechnology and related areas applied to the arts of war, with an examination of ethical issues raised by this work, all considered in a historical context by a scholar who has researched the field.


The accounts of both Kaczinski and DeFreeze suggest that their crimes might have been "blowback," unintended consequences of covert intelligence operations that rebound on perpetrators.

If those accounts were not public, however, and we speculated in that vein about DeFreeze and Kaczinski, it would be easy to dismiss our speculation as "conspiracy theories" or sloppy thinking. We know those two accounts are not the only experiments that might have backfired, but prudence suggests we not extrapolate from the known data, lest we be ridiculed. That's what respectability in a world of strangeness requires. But in light of those accounts, it is not unreasonable to ask, what other rough beasts have slouched out of covert research to be born?

On the oft change someone gets where I'm going with all this, and In light of recent developments. How many here re-meme-ber the DC Snipers? Staring, John Allen Muhammad, his trusty sidekick, Lee Boyd Malvo and guest staring ol' Chief Charles --like a duck in a noose-- Moose?
posted by Uncle $cam at 10:15 PM
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