HiddenMysteries ThE-Magazine - Volume 6 - THE INFLUENCING MACHINE
By Mike Coyle

Copyright 1996 Mike Coyle ~ November 1996
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As this is being written mankind faces the ultimate threat to what remains of individual liberty and freedom. Our right, our heritage of free will and creative thought is in danger of being permanently denied by technology in the hands of bureaucrats, bankers, elitists and their minions who serve a spiritual conspiracy that dwells within, and can be aided by, each of us. A tyranny which demands power over, and obeisance from, all others.

The most effective forms of mass mind control, i.e., behavior control, that have been used throughout the history of mankind by those who wish to conceal the true spiritual nature of life have, up to now, used intermediate methods to manipulate the behavior, attitudes and beliefs of man. These intermediate methods are as simple as words. And indeed, that is what they are; words which form religions, education, politics, economics, etc. Although the use of words has reached a point using subliminal methods that nearly skips the intermediate stage by entering directly into the subconscious mind, new methods are being, and already have been, developed to directly and remotely control human behavior at the most basic neuronal level of the brain without the intermediate step. And, because of this it may be almost impossible to resist.

The hope is to present here enough evidence to convince the reader of the reality, possibility and inevitability of the technological development of machines which can control every thought and action of all human beings. A total and absolute dictatorship in the image of the machine. Welcome to The Influencing Machine.

Past and Present

"As well as having an armoury of tortures at its disposal, the gang also mobilises various techniques of mind control. One of these is 'brain-saying', which is a magnetically induced sympathetic surveillance at a distance, a silent mode of telepathic communication ... 'kiting', or the capacity to hijack the brain and to implant thoughts in it beyond the control and resistance of the sufferer..."[1]

- John Haslam, Director of Bethlem Hospital, London, 1810

"American interest in the hypnosis-EMR interaction was still strong as of 1974, when a research plan was filed to develop useful techniques in human volunteers. The experimenter, J.F. Schapitz, stated: 'In this investigation it will be shown that the spoken word of the hypnotist may also be conveyed by modulated electromagnetic energy directly into the subconscious parts of the human brain -- i.e., without employing any technical devices for receiving or transcoding the messages and without the person exposed to such influence having a chance to control the information input consciously'."[2]

- Robert O. Becker, Nobel Prize nominee, 1985

Although our modern electronic age has been in existence only since the turn of this century, individuals have been claiming that their minds were being remotely influenced and controlled by machines for at least two centuries. The medical profession and the public have classified people reporting these experiences as delusional. The most common diagnosis has been what is now termed Paranoid Schizophrenia, or what was formerly called Dementia Paranoides.

Many of the specific effects and experiences these people have described can now be replicated by technology which can produce exactly the same effects within the human organism. Can reports of these experiences before the electronic age be dismissed as simply the result of delusions? Can all reports of these experiences in the present be dismissed as delusional when there is documentation proving the existence of technologies which can produce the exact same effects?

The Air Loom

The first recorded case of paranoia in medical literature was of one James Tilly Matthews, a London tea-broker who claimed his mind was being controlled by a gang operating a machine he called an "Air Loom" which was hidden in a London cellar and sent out invisible, magnetic rays. Matthews believed machines like the Air Loom were also controlling the minds of members of the British Parliament. He wrote letters to its members warning them about the machines and the conspiracy behind it. Matthews was committed to Bethlem Hospital as being insane. His case was published in 1810.[3]

It might be easy to dismiss Matthews' claims of a machine that can control one's mind as simply the result of a delusion caused by a mental illness because of the early date. However, we shall see that his is by no means an isolated case. Let us go back in history and look a bit closer at the details. But first, we must set the stage here in the present.

In 1994 Ronald K. Siegel, a Associate Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, wrote "Whispers: The Voices of Paranoia."[4] Dr. Siegel, an expert on hallucinations, edited a book on this subject in 1975 with Louis J. West of MKULTRA fame.[5]

MKULTRA, as well as projects BLUEBIRD, ARTICHOKE, CHATTER, CASTIGATE, MKDELTA, MKNAOMI, THIRD CHANCE, MKSEARCH, MKOFTEN, etc., were covert CIA projects involving many prominent members and institutions of the medical and scientific communities to investigate and experiment with various forms of behavior modification and control using, in many cases, unwitting human subjects. In operation from the late 1940's until the early 1970's, they delved into everything from drugs to hypnosis to electronics.[6]

"Whispers" is a collection of case histories of paranoia that Siegel had studied. One of these cases is a man named Tolman who believes that his mind is being controlled by computers via a satellite system named POSSE (Personal Orbiting Satellite for Surveillance and Enforcement). Siegel implies that claims like this are similar to the James Tilly Matthews case.[7] And indeed they are, but it is clear that Siegel is trying to dismiss Tolman's claims by implying that similar reports existed two centuries before this technology could have existed.

Interestingly, author Dorothy Burdick, in her 1982 book "Such Things Are Known" described what she claimed was her mind-control harassment by computers via satellites. She names Siegel as being the inventor of a device named FOCUS (Flexible Optical Control Unit Simulator) which can project hallucinations directly onto the retina so that the subjects can't distinguish the images from reality.[8] In Siegel's book Tolman claims that images are being directly transmitted into his brain. Siegel says, "You mean to tell me that here are machines capable of sending visual images directly into the brain?"[9] Burdick has been unwilling to divulge her source for the FOCUS information, and a search by this author turned up nothing specifically on FOCUS. However, in 1968 Siegel published a professional paper titled "A Device for Chronically Controlled Visual Input" which is a description of a device he developed to project images directly into the brain of experimental animals via the optic nerve. He suggests further experimentation be "conducted on neonates (kittens) which have their total visual stimulation controlled from the time they open their eyes."[10]

The implication that Siegel presents concerning James Tilly Matthews must be examined. In 1988, author Roy Porter presented a much more thorough and enlightening reexamination of this case and its startling connections to one of greatest events in history -- the French Revolution.[11] He also found connections to one of the most curious and least understood developments of the same period; the discovery of what we now call hypnotism, then called "animal magnetism" by one of its first proponents, Franz Anton Mesmer.[12]

Illustrations of Madness

Contrary to Siegel's implication, James Tilly Matthews was not just a London architect who happened to fall prey to a mental illness that was identified for the first time in published medical literature. Titled "Illustrations of Madness," it was written by John Haslam, who was in charge of Bethlem Hospital where Matthews was incarcerated. The work also contained Matthews' drawings of the Air Loom.

Actually employed as a tea-broker, Matthews in the early 1790's had developed extensive contacts with David Williams who was associated with Girondin leaders Le Brun and Brissot. During 1792, Matthews traveled between England and France carrying peace overtures to the British government in the hope of preventing a British declaration of war. He was arrested by the French in 1793 after the Jacobins came to power because he was suspected of being a double agent. Held until 1796, and by his own account probably tortured, the authorities finally released him after determining that he was a "dangerous lunatic."[13] The Jacobin Club was a radical political club that played a controlling part in the French Revolution and was founded by prominent Freemasons.[14] The Jacobins were successful in advancing their radical cause over the more moderate Girondins and responsible for sending thousands of their opponents to death on the guillotine.[15] Michael Ramsey, a Scottish mystic, who had founded Knights Templar Freemasonry, created the Scottish degrees of Freemasonry with his Jacobite cronies while in France where he was tutoring the exiled sons of King James II during the early 1700's.[16]

Almost immediately on his return to England, Matthews began writing letters to various members of parliament accusing them of being involved in a plot to overthrow the British monarchy which he claimed was connected to the same Jacobin forces that had overthrown the French monarchy. "You and your fellow labourers in iniquity caused the Insurrection in Paris on the Thirty First on May Ninety Three," reads part of his letter to Lord Liverpool.[17] Matthews was committed in 1797 to Bethlem after accusing the ministry of "traitorous venality" from the gallery of the House of Commons.[18]

Matthews insisted that the treasonous villains in this conspiracy were employing gangs of experts in the use of magnetism, i.e., Mesmer's animal magnetism, to torture him, influence the minds of English authorities and to spy using the Air Loom. He claimed that the French had being using mesmeric methods for military purposes to cause the "surrendering to the French every secret of the British Government."[19]

Matthews was claiming that the French were experimenting with hypnotism just as the CIA eventually would almost two centuries later during their MKULTRA experiments, and for basically the same purpose.

Many political ideologies of the time, Edmund Burke, John Robinson, and the Abbe Barruel supported Matthews' contention that the French Revolution was the result of a conspiracy ultimately aimed at subverting European civilization and its political structure.[20] However, the most radical elements of the revolution of 1793 were quite explicit about their desire to export their anti-monarchist, republican ideals to the rest of the world. Many Frenchmen believed that the repressed masses in England and elsewhere were only waiting for a signal from Paris to throw off their oppressors and establish international "fraternite."[21]

Magnetic Mesmerism

The practices of Franz Mesmer, an 18th-century physician, became fashionable in Paris during the 1770's. Mesmer was able to affect medical cures by the use of a device he called a "baguet" which, he claimed, was the source of a curative magnetic fluid or current and a trance state he named "animal magnetism." The baguet was actually a large tub of water that contained iron filings.

The Mesmerists of this era had recently become interested in the use of psychic powers -- "the sympathetic projection of thought and ideas at a distance."[22] We shall see how this idea fit perfectly with Matthews' claims of mind control.

It is a historical fact that in 1784 the French government under Louis XVI ordered a commission headed by Benjamin Franklin to make a scientific investigation of Mesmer's claims.[23] Franklin, who had been a Freemason since at least 1731,[24] and company came to the conclusion that it was not the baquet that was responsible for the effective cures attributed to Mesmerism, but rather it was what we now call the hypnotic trance state, i.e., suggestion. In fact, Mesmer himself, unlike some of his dissenting followers, considered animal magnetism to be a dangerous and unwanted overload of the effects of baguet.[25]

Therefore, as early as 1784 the French government was aware that the hypnotic trance was a scientific reality, and that it could be used to affect the mind. At least one author has speculated that a student of Mesmer's, Dr. Charles d'Eslon, physician to the Count a'Artois, the king's youngest brother who was destined to become Charles X of France, was possibly one of the "illuminated," i.e., a member of Adam Weishaupt's Illuminati.[26] Adam Weishaupt, ex-Jesuit priest, founded the Illuminati in 1779 in the Strict Observance Lodge of Freemasonry of Munich, Germany.[27] Significantly, it was d'Eslon who differed with his mentor in that he believed, as did the Franklin commission, that it was the hypnotic trance which caused the cures by the power of suggestion.

A number of authors have traced the origins of the French revolution, as well as the European revolutions throughout the nineteenth century, to Weishaupt's "revolutionary education," i.e., his desire to create a subversive secret society grafted onto Freemasonry to topple the existing political and religious order of the time. It has been speculated that many of the Jacobin leaders were backed by the Illuminati.[28]

The idea of projecting thoughts and ideas at a distance finds its parallel in James Matthews' descriptions of his torment, listed here by John Haslam, then in charge of Bethlem Hospital.

"The Air Loom machine which assails Matthews, works on a variety of fuels of a disgusting nature, including 'effluvia of dogs -- stinking human breath -- putrid effluvia -- ...stench of the cesspool', and so forth. Its rays assault both the body and mind, producing 'a list of calamities hitherto unheard of and for which no remedy has been yet discovered'. These include 'Fluid Locking', which renders Matthews speechless; 'Cutting Soul from Sense', which causes his feelings to be severed from his thoughts; 'Stone-making', which creates bladder stones; 'Thigh-talking', which produces the auditory distortion of one's ear being in one's thigh; 'Kiteing', or the capacity to hijack the brain and to implant thoughts in it beyond the control and resistance of the sufferer; 'Sudden death-squeezing' or 'Lobster-cracking', which involve the deployment of a magnetic field to stop the circulation and impede the vital motions; 'Stomach-skinning', which removes the skin from the belly; 'Apoplexy-working with the nutmeg grater', which violently forces fluids into the head, often with lethal effects; 'Lengthening the brain', or in other words, forcible thought distortion, which can 'cause good sense to appear as insanity, and convert truth to libel'; 'Thought-making', which is the extraction by suction of one train of thought and its replacement with another..."[29]

Matthews produced keyed diagrams of the Air Loom showing the different levers that bring about the various tortures by producing modulations of the magnetic waves and the members of the gang which operated it. Although his family and many members of the community tesified that he was a threat to no one, Matthews eventually died in 1815 while still an inmate of Bethlem.[30]

One explanation of Matthews' claims could be that the torture he suffered while in prison caused a dissociative state that led to a pyschopathy. The medical profession, the CIA, as well as many others throughout history have discovered that torture, i.e., trauma, can cause a victim to enter a dissociate state.[31]

Dissociation, defined as "a psycho-physiological process whereby information -- incoming, stored, or outgoing -- is actively deflected from integration with its usual or expected associations,"[32] is the underlying mechanism for hypnosis.[33] "The hypnotic trance represents the best example of an artificially-induced dissociative state."[34] And the hypnotic trance renders the subject highly receptive to suggestion.

Was Matthews simply insane or was there some actual connection to a form of mind control from an exterior source? This is the very question being faced today by many who are being presented with claims by people who insist that they are victims of manipulation by high-technology mind-control devices. And just as almost two hundred years ago the factors of psychology, hypnosis, technology, and political conspiracies were intertwined, so today the same conundrum arises. How can these alleged victims prove that their cases are not simply the result of delusions?

We shall see that, unlike Matthews, today's victims can point to a wealth of documentation proving that government agencies and research centers have been developing technologies and methods with the same capabilities that people have been describing for two centuries. And that, lo and behold, these technologies involve elements of psychology, hypnosis, political conspiracies, and even devices that emit "rays" to control the behavior of others without their knowledge or consent. Sound familiar?

"Drugs and other behavior controls may be available by the year 2000 to produce personality changes at will, to reward activities by hormonal flows (perhaps by remote control) in ways that overcome rational or egoistic (or super-ego) objection to continuation of the activity, and to punish other activities. Alternative techniques include radio waves, ultrasonic impulses (that cause uneasiness), induced hallucinations, and various forms of educative devices operating from infancy. These may be so effective that continuous control techniques would be superfluous, although, available for obdurate cases. Much of this may even be available or imposed under the rubric of mental hygiene..."

- Herman Kahn, The Hudson Institute, "The Year 2000," 1967.


[1] Haslam, John, Ed. Porter, Roy, Illustrations of Madness, London: Routledge, 1988, p. xxxiii.

[2] Becker, Robert O., Selden, Gary, The Body Electric, New York: William Morrow, 1985, p. 321.

[3] Haslam, John, Illustrations of Madness, London: G. Hayden, 1810.

[4] Siegel, Ronald K., Whispers: The Voices of Paranoia, New York: Crown Publishers, 1994.

[5] Siegel, R.K., West, L.J., Hallucinations: Behavior, Experience, and Theory, New York: Wiley, 1975.

[6] Marks, John, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, New York: Times Books, 1979.

[7] Siegel, Ronald K., Whispers: The Voices of Paranoia, New York: Crown Publishers, 1994, pp. 54-88.

[8] Burdick, Dorothy, Such Things Are Known, New York: Vantage Press, 1982, pp. 150-151.

[9] Siegel, Ronald K., Whispers: The Voices of Paranoia, New York: Crown Publishers, 1994, p. 65.

[10] Siegel, R.K., "A Device for Chronically Controlled Visual Input," Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1968 Sept., 11(5), pp. 559-560.

[11] Haslam, John, Ed. Porter, Roy, Illustrations of Madness, London: Routledge, 1988.

[12] Ibid., p. xvi.

[13] Ibid., pp. xv-xvi.

[14] Lunden, Sven G., Annihilation of Freemasonry, The American Mercury, Eugene Lyons (editor), New York, feb. 1941, Vol. lII, No. 206, p. 189.

[15] Microsoft; Funk & Wagnalls Corp., Encarta 96 Encyclopedia, "Jacobins," 1996.

[16] Bramley, William, The Gods of Eden, New York: Avon Books, 1989, p. 236.

[17] Haslam, John, Ed. Porter, Roy, Illustrations of Madness, London: Routledge, 1988, p. xxi.

[18] Ibid., p. xxiv.

[19] Ibid., p. xxxiv.

[20] Ibid., p. xxxvi.

[21] Moffett, Cleveland, The Reign of Terror, New York: Ballantine Books, 1962, p. 69.

[22] Haslam, John, Ed. Porter, Roy, Illustrations of Madness, London: Routledge, 1988, p. xxxvii.

[23] Frankau, Gilbert, (Introductory Monograph) Mesmerism by Doctor Mesmer 1779, London: MacDonald, 1948, pp. 18-20.

[24] Bramley, William, The Gods of Eden, New York: Avon Books, 1989, p. 279.

[25] Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopaedia of Occultism, New York: University Books, 1960, p. 218.

[26] Frankau, Gilbert, (Introductory Monograph) Mesmerism by Doctor Mesmer 1779, London: MacDonald, 1948, p. 14.

[27] Bramley, William, The Gods of Eden, New York: Avon Books, 1989, p. 272.

[28] Raschke, Carl A., Painted Black, San Francisco: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1990, p. 85.

[29] Haslam, John, Ed. Porter, Roy, Illustrations of Madness, London: Routledge, 1988, pp. xxxii-xxxiii.

[30] Ibid., p. xxxviii.

[31] Ross, Colin, Trauma & Memory: Clinical Implications for Treatment, MindNet Journal, Vol. 1, No. 80a-b, Apr. 1996.

[32] West, L.J., Dissociative reaction. In A.M. Freedman & H.I. Kaplan (editors), Comprehesive Textbook of Psychiatry, Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins Co., 1967.

[33] Ludwig, Arnold M., The Psychobiological Functions of Dissociation, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Vol. 26, No. 2, Oct. 1983, p. 93.

[34] Ibid., p. 94.

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