In 1978, various U.S researchers had an argument about a signal that originated from within the Soviet Union, popularly known as the Russian Woodpecker signal. It was regarded as an experiment towards global mind control. Was it really so? Global Mind Control? Does that not sound a big conspiracy. Thirty years have passed since then. Let us see what we know about it Today.
Ira Einhorn was sentenced to life in prison, by Judge Mazzola in 2002. Life in Prison is never less than slow death as we may understand. What was so much behind the reason? Surprisingly, before the sentence, Judge Mazzola called him an “intellectual dilettante who preyed on uninitiated, uninformed, unsuspecting, inexperienced people”. According to Judge Mazzola, the word “psychotronics” used by Einhorn, didn’t exist in his dictionary, and hence didn’t exist at all.
The mysteries and the long story doesn’t end here. This is just the beginning of an end.
Although the word “psychotronics” was omitted from the dictionaries, there are various references over the internet, found. Psychotronics, an interdisciplinary science concerned with the interactions of consciousness, energy fields, and matter. There were various others who described the same terminology as such:
Rep. Dennis Kuinich used the word while introducing “The Space Preservation Act of 2001” (H.R 2977), on 2nd October 2001, a little before Mazzola’s judgment.
Kucinich described “psychotronic” devices as “weapons that were directed at individual persons or targeted populations for the mood management, or mind control”. Basically leading us back to, “Global Mind Control”.
Most interestingly, while Mazzola assumed Einhorn has invented this “pseudoscience”, the reality remains, Einhorn was merely one of the first promoters of the potential dangers new technology was posing to all the nations on Earth.
As havocking as it may sound, there are more details in his article “A Disturbing Communique”. Einhorn proposed his opinions that the Russians were involved in a sinister global mind control experiment of Orwellian dimensions; by sending out a specific type of “beam” across the Western world. Ever wondered why? Were they possibly trying to manipulate the non-communist countries?
And for the “Russian Woodpecker” Einhorn’s curiosity was enough to become associated with him. Unknown, however, the Woodpecker was unfortunate, since Einhorn would soon become the subject of a high-profile murder investigation. Are we now approaching answers to his life sentence? Let’s further figure out.
From the late 1970s, the Woodpecker sign was primarily used to prove Einhorn largely as “an intellectual dilettante”, thus diverting the research on the signal itself.
Clever Play and Russian Takeover:
This Russian Woodpecker was a Soviet signal, that could be heard on shortwave radio bands all over the world, between July 1976 to December 1989 (wonder if we should be glad, we came into existence later) – the latter date was marked as the end of the communist regime in the Soviet Union.
Origin of The Woodpecker Signal
Just like the little bird pecking repeatedly on wood, the sound was a sharp, repetitive tapping noise-giving rise to the name, “Woodpecker”. It was familiar to the sound of a pencil tapping on a wooden table, about eight to fourteen times each second.
The frequency was audible on disrupted legitimate broadcast, amateur radio channels, and utility transmissions that resulted in innumerable complaints by countries throughout Moscow. However, the complaints were non-specific since people could not figure the reality.
It seemed pretty usual, that the Russians were interfering with “business as usual” for the Western people, and the Russians were asked to rectify their problem. When the Russians said “nyet” as usual, it led to the more important question: “What was the signal”?
As of today, it is known that the signal came from the Duga-3 system, which was officially part of Soviet Anti-Ballistic Missiles forewarning, also known as the Over-the-horizon (OTH) system. This is the explanation given by the Soviet Union (post-1989) but in principle it seemed pretty mundane for a cause, to be just tied with the Soviet’s defense system and not with Global Mind Control technology.
Although Einhorn’s name has become mostly associated with the conspiracy theories of the Russian Woodpecker, he was not the first to put his thoughts in words on paper. The Zapping of America, published in 1977, in which Paul Brodeur penned that, “a report published in The New York Times on October 30, 1976, mentioned about mysterious broadband of short wave radio signal that had been broadcast intermittently from the Soviet Union.
The signal was so powerful that it disrupted radio and telecommunications throughout the world. Dr. Zanet was concerned about the Russian signal as It was clear that such an encoding impressed onto carrier wavelengths could have a central-nervous-system-effect.”
Dr. Milton Zaret had previously been retained to interrogate the “Moscow signal”, in which the U.S Embassy in Moscow was found to be subjected to a microwave beam by Soviet authorities.
Today, however, most researchers researching the Woodpecker incident, refer to Einhorn’s article, and not Brodeur’s book. Although Mazzola argued that Einhorn often tried to belittle him as a legitimate scientist, Einhorn seldom if ever made unsupported allegations. Thus Einhorn did not merely agree with Brodeur but was also supported by his good friend and former military intelligence officer, Lt. Colonel Thomas Bearden, USAF (Ret). He claimed that this signal emanated from the Soviet Union could be traced from an installation in the cities of Riga and Gomel- near Chernobyl.
He mentioned that the signal was emanating from a “tesla Generator” and even claimed that the signal was responsible for weather modification wars covertly waged upon an unsuspecting United States citizenry by the wily and unscrupulous Russians.
He held the machine to be responsible for a drought in the western states, which ostensibly caused severe effects on farming and the economy in 1976. As far as “conspiracy theories” go, Bearden’s went beyond the scope of Einhorn’s.
Since then, a whole list of PhDs has added their support for such conclusions. David Brinkley testified about the Woodpecker signal on an NBC Magazine broadcast on July 18, 1981.
Dr. Andrew Michrowski, Technologies Specialist with the Canadian Department of State, and President of the Planetary Association for Clean Energy (PACE) wrote about the signal that “from a number of Tesla-type transmitters” and that, the “USSR signals have been assessed by the Environmental Protection Agency […] to be psychoactive.” Dr. Robert Beck measured the Woodpecker signal, concluding, “We found the Soviet signal coming in like gangbusters[…] right in the window of human psychoactivity.”
Alas, the true purpose of Woodpecker Signal still remains the subject of interrogation and research, largely because in the public mind, it is “merely” tied to a single allegation of a convicted murderer. But even if that were the case, few have realized that Einhorn, was not entirely wrong.
In April 1953, CIA chief Allen Dulles gave a lecture at Princeton University detailing Soviet developments in the field of mind control. He stated that they were out to control the minds of free men, both individually and collectively. Dulles, further argued that brainwashing had allowed the Soviets to tamper with the minds until it became ” a phonographic playing a disk. put on its spindle by an outside genius over which it has no control.”
According to Dules, this control allowed the Cold War to move into a new era of psychological warfare, which Dulles characterized as the battle of men’s minds. “We might call it in its new form brain warfare.” His sentiments were echoed in 1955, when KGB chief Lavrenti Beria, Dulles’ Soviet counterpart, stated that, “There will never be an atomic war,”
In the 1970s, some of the secret psychological warfare were exposed in a number of Congressional inquiries, but most commentators seemed to believe, or accept, that the experiments had stopped but it clearly did not end.
The Pseudo-Russian Woodpecker Signal:
1984, Dr. Ross Adey, chief of research at the Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda, California, obtained from Soviet colleagues in Soviet Armenia. The LIDA operated on a frequency of 40 MHz and bombarded the brain with low-frequency radio waves.
The Russians experimentally used it as ” a replacement for tranquilizers and their unwanted side effects.” The pulsed radio waves were said to “stimulate the brain’s own electromagnetic current and produce a trance-like state.”
Adey had obtained a copy of the Russian- language manual describing the use of the Mini-Woodpecker, which said that it was a “distant pulse treatment apparatus” for psychological problems, including sleeplessness, hypertension, and neurotic disturbances.
Interestingly, when the Associated Press reported on Adey’s scoop, it concluded that “the LIDA may have been the forerunner of a device that is presently bombarding Europe and the United States with very powerful waves.” An interesting conclusion, and a direct reference to the “big” Woodpecker.
LIDA had not been approved for use with humans in the U.S., though it was known that the Russians had done so since at least 1960, according to Adey. This meant that they had ample time to build a bigger version. Officially unable to test it on humans, Adey said he had put a cat in a box and turned on the LIDA and, “Within a matter of two or three minutes it is sitting there very quietly it stayed almost as though it were transfixed.” That would definitely qualify LIDA as a behavior modification device—i.e., mind control.
It is not the only interesting detail that resulted from this study. “The Soviets included a picture with the device that showed an entire auditorium full of people asleep with the LIDA on the podium. The LIDA put out an electric field, a magnetic field, light, heat, and sound.”
The study also stated: “The purported purpose of the LIDA was for medical treatments; however, the North Koreans used it as a brainwashing device during the Korean War. The big question is: what did they do with the technology? It could have been improved and/or made smaller. It is unlikely that they abandoned something that worked.”
This “mini- woodpecker” was thus able to be used on a semi-large scale (e.g: An auditorium) and could have been used on a semi-large scale (an auditorium), and had been used for brainwashing. This nefarious purpose was confirmed when Adey was testing the LIDA and an electrician was walking by and asked him where he got the “North Korean brainwashing machine.” Ross told him that it was a Russian medical device.
The man said he had been brainwashed by a device like that when he was in a POW camp. Byrd said that they “placed the vertical plates alongside his head and read questions and answers to him. He said he felt like he was in a dream. Later when the Red Cross came and asked questions, he responded with what had been read to him while under the influence of the device. He said he seemed to have no control over the answers.”
CIA’s sanction on Global Mind Control
This is where the story becomes more interesting when Dr. Adey’s work is noted about the LIDA machine that was funded by none other than Dr. Eldon Byrd, neuro-electromagnetic researcher, under a contract of the U.S Navy.
Byrd stated that “The LIDA machine was made in the 1950s by the Soviets. The CIA purchased one through a Canadian front for Dr. Ross Adey but didn’t give him any funds to evaluate it. I provided those funds from my project in 1981, and he determined that the LIDA would put rabbits into a stupor at a distance and make cats go into REM.”
This immediately reveals the role of the CIA in its acquisition, which via a series of fronts distanced itself from the actual operation and testing of the tool; also known as plausible deniability. We note that these experiments occurred in the 1980s, after the 1970 Congressional hearings when allegedly such research had been stopped.
In private correspondence, Einhorn told me that his friend Andrija Puharich, who very much like Adey intermittently worked for the CIA in the same field, “built a small version of the device and tested it, with permission on the inner group—mind control effects were produced and he tested it, without permission, in crowded buzzing restaurants. Result: there was a rapid diminution of the buzz, which returned as soon as the machine was turned off.”
Whereas the CIA was officially asking what had happened to the device since the 1950s and noting that the Soviets could have miniaturized it since another question could be whether they had rolled it out on a grander scale. It is a curious coincidence that a similar signal was indeed beamed out by the Russians, and heard practically all over the Western world.
As to the allegation that the Russians had used some of Nikola Tesla’s innovative technologies to accomplish such a goal, Dr. Gordon McDonald of Dartmouth College, an internationally known geophysicist, and astrophysicist, had “outlined a concept in which enhanced electrical oscillations in the earth’s atmosphere might be used to impair human brains. He said research indicates that weak oscillating electrical fields can influence the brain causing a small but measurable reduction in a person’s performance. Lightning research has shown that it might be possible to control lightning to create such low-frequency oscillations in the Ionosphere.”
By 1984 the CIA was fully aware of the possibilities in the application of “the Woodpecker” on an individual or global scale, and some CIA employees must have queried whether this wasn’t the true purpose of the Russian Woodpecker. Indeed, according to Ira Einhorn, who had infrequent contacts with the world of American intelligence, even by the late 1970s there was unconfirmed speculation that the Woodpecker was more than it seemed and had been used for precisely that purpose.
Global Mind Control Sketch Work:
So far as we have learned it, the most important curiosity is, why did the Soviets want to beam a brainwashing signal to the West. Apart from the obvious answers, it was Walter Boward who in his revised and updated classic: Operation Mind Control, answered the emerging question: the move away from traditional means of warfare to non-lethal warfare, in which technologies such as ELF waves, microwaves, and other forms of electromagnetic speculation were a new rage.
Dr. Andrew Michhrowski focused on this area too and stated: “The Soviets are on the verge of a breakthrough into a new weapons technology that will make missiles and bombers obsolete.
They could induce panic or illness into whole nations.” In short, Dulles’ 1953 prediction seemed to have been realized by the late 1970s.
Indeed, claims of Adey’s play with LIDA or the Russians building a giant LIDA near Chernobyl are not far off. Since the 1984 report about his involvement with LIDA, Dr. Ross Adey’s name has become more firmly linked with “mind control experiments.”
Unsurprisingly, the work he performed largely coincides with the work he did on LIDA: researching specific behavior modifications by electromagnetic means, as well as inducing calcium efflux events to interfere with brain function—the so-called “confusion weaponry.”
A 1976 Time magazine article entitled, “The Microwave Furor” 2 reported that Washington had known for some fifteen years and its Moscow Embassy had been bombarded with microwaves. The aspiration probably was to jam the sophisticated electronic monitoring devices inside and on the roof of the building.
But the State Department decided to launch a medical investigation of the thousands of US diplomats and their families who served in Moscow since the early 1960s. When the microwave was disclosed, former embassy staff and their families recalled suffering strange ailments during their tenure in Moscow, ranging from eye tics and headaches to heavy menstrual flows. Sounds disturbing, doesn’t it? Imagine the influence.
Astonishingly, both former ambassadors of Moscow, Charles Bohlen, and Llewellyn Thompson both died of cancer, though an official link between cancer and the microwave was never confirmed.
The End of Prophecy of Minds:
The debates, dilemmas, and strangeness came to an end when the signal was finally turned off at the end of the Cold War. NATO accepted the official Soviet explanation, of the signal being an unfortunate by-product of Russia’s ABM system. There might have been good reasons why the US, in 1989 or 1978, kept Einhorn’s allegations lowkey. What do you think?
In his book, HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy, Jerry Smith has argued that “in 1977, the U.S. government sold the Soviets a super-magnet knowing that it was going to become part of the Woodpecker program.
This magnet was a 40-ton monster capable of generating a magnetic field 250,000 times more powerful than that of the earth’s magnetic field. The United States not only knew what it was for, they sent a team of scientists to help the Russians install it.”
The team had installed the magnet at the Gomel site, which was near and powered by the Chernobyl reactor, which in 1986 became the focus of a nuclear tragedy. There has been speculation whether the highly unlikely scenario of this tragedy (blamed, as usual, on bad design and maintenance) might have been linked to the nearby Woodpecker; so far, nothing beyond speculation has been put forward.
The big question today is not whether the Russian Woodpecker program could have existed. It is no longer a question whether Einhorn’s claims were outrageous—or dead right. Today, the question is whether the Woodpecker was coincidentally a signal that corresponded with known brainwashing frequencies, or whether it was purposefully designed as a brainwashing wave. In this scenario, allegations by Dr. Andrew Michrowski that, “The Soviets are on the verge of a breakthrough into a new weapons technology that will make missiles and bombers obsolete. […] They could induce panic or illness into whole nations” are more than intriguing scenarios to ponder.
Should anyone dare to subject the history of the Western world between 1976 and 1989 to analysis, might they find potential incidents in which “panic or illness” changed the course of history?
The scariest question is: Will missiles and bombers soon will be obsolete? Now, that the worlds fight silently for the attainment of powers, rather than physically, was the Woodpecker signal and their intention of Global Mind Control the new way to establish power? Is it a chronological coincidence that by the end of the Cold War the signal was turned off? Or was it because it was no longer necessary?
Or, was the Woodpecker indeed a form of “non-lethal warfare” that literally “eased Western minds”—zapped them with smoothing waves—into believing—or accepting—that there was no such thing as a Communist threat—paving the way for the end of the Cold War.
The questions are boundless, the sky is the limit. And hence, probably it will never have a definite answer.
Some, including Judge Mazzola, will state that it is unscientific to even pose the very question. But interestingly, Francis Crick’s book The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul, published in 1994, mapped Crick’s foray into the “Neural Correlates of Consciousness” (NCC), an approach which suggests that consciousness is operated from a neuronal level—and that tinkering with neurons will, therefore, bring changes to consciousness.
Crick, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, stated that the 40 Mhz wave was instrumental in our perception of reality. Most NCC studies—and hence experiments—focus on vision as a means of manipulating the perception of time and space.
Though ideal for laboratory experiments, in the shadowy regions in which intelligence agencies operate, where NCC was not studied for purely scientific advances but for military applications, the sound would obviously have been a more preferable method: sound travels further and easier than visual displays, which require line of sight. The fact that the Woodpecker traveled far and strong was in evidence when most of the Western world complained about it to the Soviets.
Conclusion Of The Woodpecker Signal
The puzzle of whether the Woodpecker signal was a coincidence or a deliberate invention of men for Global Mind Control, will be an unsolved riddle that will linger forever.
What is more surprising, that what nearly disturbed the entire population, was never investigated openly by the US government. One thing is for sure, Woodpecker was not the lone delusion of Ira Einhorn. It widely impacted many and hence was investigated by many, who had internal access to American intelligence.
What do you think of this conspiracy, that havocked many? Was it deliberate or another blunder by humans? Comment below!
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