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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick's prophetic Novel comes to a military base near you. As the evil empire expands it's grip next on the conveyor of evil is the Robot Frankensoldier. Just the thing for that reluctant little country that "just won't see reason". Warms your heart just thinking about it. Doesn't it?
Global Eye -- Monsters, Inc.
By Chris Floyd

The great wizard, leader of the Wise, once known to all the world as a force for good, has turned bitter, fearful -- and ambitious. Aping the ways of the evil he once fought -- brutality, dominance, greed, terror -- he descends to his secret laboratory, where, with black arts of alchemy and fiendish technology, he breeds a race of mutant warriors, "iron bodied and iron willed": fierce fighters who can attack day and night, without rest, their combat spirit kept soaring by spikes of lightning from the wizard's wand.

A scene from J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings," where the corrupted wizard Saruman fashions his monstrous Uruk-Hai to wage a relentless, remorseless war for dominion? No; unfortunately it's a very real scheme now being pursued by the Pentagon, whose dope wizards and gene splicers are working on the creation of the "Extended Performance War Fighter," the Daily Telegraph and Christian Science Monitor report.

Pentagon dark lord Donald Rumsfeld is shoveling billions of tax dollars into the research furnaces of federal laboratories and private universities across the land in the wide-ranging effort to spawn "super soldiers," fired by drugs and electromagnetic "brain zaps" to fight without ceasing for days on end. The work is being directed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) -- yes, the same outfit now laboring under convicted terrorist-conspirator John Poindexter to build the "Total Information Awareness" network that will allow the government to monitor the electronic records and communications of every citizen.

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Email the Opinion Page EditorThe DARPA "war fighter enhancement" programs -- an acceleration of bipartisan biotinkering that's been going on for years -- will involve injecting young men and women with hormonal, neurological and genetic concoctions; implanting microchips and electrodes in their bodies to control their internal organs and brain functions; and plying them with drugs that deaden some of their normal human tendencies: the need for sleep, the fear of death, the reluctance to kill their fellow human beings.

The research is "very aggressive and wide open," says Admiral Stephen Baker of the Center for Defense Information. Indeed, the U.S. Special Operations Command envisions the creation of "iron bodied and iron willed personnel" who can "resist the mental and physiological effects of sleep deprivation" while relying on "ergogenic substances" to "manage" the "environmental and mentally induced stress" of the battlefield. Their bodies juiced, their brains swaddled in Prozacian haze, the enhanced warfighters can churn relentlessly, remorselessly toward dominion.

And the term "creation" is not just fanciful rhetoric: Some of the research now under way involves actually altering the genetic code of soldiers, modifying bits of DNA to fashion a new type of human specimen, one that functions like a machine, killing tirelessly for days and nights on end. These mutations will "revolutionize the contemporary order of battle" and guarantee "operational dominance across the whole range of potential U.S. military employments," the DARPA wizards enthuse.

Of course, the Pentagon is not waiting on sci-fi technology to enhance the physical abilities of its warfighters; old-fashioned off-the-shelf "additives" have long been shoved down soldiers' throats. For example, the use of amphetamines for pilots has been widespread for decades; during the first Bush-Saddam War, whole squadrons were cranked up on the stuff. Not only is the gobbling of speed officially sanctioned, it's actively encouraged, even implicitly mandated -- careers can be derailed for pilots who refuse to drug themselves.

The results of this dope-peddling were clearly seen on the new imperial frontier of Afghanistan last spring, when two U.S. pilots -- hopped up on speed -- killed four Canadian allies in a "friendly fire" bombing raid. The pilots, now facing legal charges, say Air Force brass pressured them into taking the mind-altering drug before the fatal flight.

But such glitches are inevitable in any grand scientific undertaking, and DARPA remains undeterred in its bold quest to "push the limits of human input/output," advance the "symbiotic relationship between man and machine," and customize "pharmaceutical technology" to "embolden the warfighter and his superiors," as military scientists declared at a Pentagon-sponsored conference on future warfare.

What happens to the burnt-out husks of these "iron" soldiers after their minds and bodies have been eaten way by relentless modification and ceaseless toil is, of course, of no concern to the Bush Regime. Even now, the White House is cutting back on health benefits to military veterans -- even going so far as to order veterans hospitals not to advertise their available services, lest broken soldiers actually seek to claim the promise of support their government once gave them. For men like Bush -- protected scions of privilege who sit out wars in safety, in booze-addled luxury -- such promises are just cynical sucker ploys, aimed at coaxing decent soldiers into acting as the hitmen of empire, then discarding them when they're no longer needed.

How very strange it is: Those who want to turn American soldiers into mindless, drug-addled mutants and send them off to kill and die in far-flung wars of imperial conquest are seen as patriots, noble leaders, doing the will of God; while those who would rather see these good men and women called home, treated with honor and respect -- their talents and dedication applied solely to the defense of their own great country, not pressed into the service of a greedy, rapacious elite -- are denounced as "traitors," "anti-American agitators," "allies of terrorism."

But such is the inversion of values -- the wisdom gone astray and turned to fell practice -- that now rules in Bush's Washington, and in the Pentagon's fiery crucibles of war.

A few references to chase down:

Ready for War in 2005: The Soldier Who Never Sleeps
Daily Telegraph, Jan. 5, 2003


Military Looks to Drugs for Battle Readiness
Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 9, 2002


A Dialogue Between Warfighters and Scientists on Future Warfare
Potomac Institute Conference Summary Report,


MUSC to Develop Brain Stimulation Device for Military
University of South Carolina, May 9, 2002


Special Operations Technology Objectives
U.S. Special Operations Command Memo, Mar. 26, 2001


Lawyer Points Finger at Air Force
CBSnews.com, Jan. 2, 2003
holy shit 11.Jan.2003 10:56

Elysia

That reminds me of some of the stuff I saw in Lethal Medicine ( http://www.animalresearch.org/TV.htm) a few years ago. I can barely remember it because I could barely believe it. Weird shit, like transplanting heads. As the world gets crazier, it all gets easier to believe.

from Man in the High Castle p.34 11.Jan.2003 11:58

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1962 Philip K. Dick

A psychotic world we live in. The madmen are in power. How long have we known this? Faced this? And-- how many of us do know it? Perhaps if you know you are insane then you are not insane. Or you are becoming sane, finally. Waking up. I suppose only a few are aware of all of this. Isolated persons here and there. But the broad masses ... what do they think? All these hundreds of thousands in this city, here. Do they imagine that they live in a sane world? Or do they guess, glimpse, the truth ...?

What does it mean, insane? A legal definition. What do I mean? I feel it, see it, but what is it?

He thought, It is something they do, something they are. It is their unconsciousness. Their lack of knowledge about others. Their not being aware of what they do to others, the destruction they have caused and are causing. No, he thought. That isn't it. I don't know; I sense it, intuit it. But--they are purposely cruel ... is that it? No. I can't find it, make it clear. Do they ignor parts of reality? Yes. But it is more. It is their plans. Yes, their plans. The conquering of the planets. Something frenzied and demented, as was their conquering of Africa, and before that Europe and Asia.

Their view; it is cosmic. Not of a man here, a child there, but an abstraction: race, land. Volk. Land. Blut. Ehre. Not of honorable men but of Ehre itself, honor; the abstract is real, the actual is invisible to them. Die Gute, but not good men, this good man. It is their sense of space and time. They see through the here, the now, into the vast black deep beyond, the unchanging. And that is fatal to life. Because eventually there will be no life; there was once only the dust particles in space, the hot hydrogen gases, nothing more, and it will come again This is an interval, ein Augenblick. The cosmic process is hurrying on, crushing life back into the granite and methane; the wheel turns for all life. It is all temporary. And they --- these madmen --- respond to the granite, the dust, the longing of the inanimate.