What's New with My Site?
DEEP COVER: MANKIND RESEARCH UNLIMITED
An Exploration of PsiOps & Psychotronic History
Iona Miller, 2006
“Someone cooked up some erroneous statements on us but I am suing them for it and turning it over to the FBI for criminal investigation, since it was from materials stolen from our files.” Carl Schleicher, 1999
Mankind Research Unlimited, Inc. (MRU, and the later Foundation, MRF) was a much less publicized version of Stanford Research Institute (SRI), located in the Washington, D.C. area. Like SRI, many strange phenomena were investigated and developed there, often at government expense.
One hand never knew what the other was doing, since each project was on a "need to know" basis. No one seems able to make a coherent story of it, though rumors about connections of its Director, Dr. Carl Schleicher to MK Ultra run rampant.
What is known is he had ten active years of military service (1955-1966) for the Navy as a “war games expert” then went into “exotic areas of knowledge” with a mandate to “peek discretely into the unknown”. He joined the Association of Retired Intelligence Officers. He avoided marriage, saying, “My mission is different.” Elsewhere, he described it as “humanitarian.”
My ex-husband Richard Alan Miller, Physicist was recruited and worked for Dr. Schleicher as NW Regional Director of MRU, Seattle in the early 1970s. At that time he had no personal knowledge of any MK Ultra connection, focusing on his own biophysics assignments, including Kirlian Photography and bioluminescence.
In early 2005, I was contacted by Charles Stone, claiming to be Carl's Deputy Director of MRF for several years (1987-92). He brought up the MK Ultra accusations and told me what he personally knows in this regard, which can only be described as sketchy, at best. He promised some “proof” of his claims would be forthcoming from Schleicher’s lawyer, but I never got it, though we continue to correspond. I would describe him as a “right-wing watchdog”, but was never sure he wasn’t just my assigned “handler”. I figured ‘keep your enemies closer’.
I pulled the six inches of MRU files to see what I could glean, including an old Washington Post feature, dated July 22, 1973, titled “Scientist in a Strange Land: Grappling with the Unknown on Wisconsin Avenue”, by Kenneth Turan and Nancy Meadors Kline, illustrated by Harold Isen.
Schleicher revealed he went to the Naval Academy, worked overseas in operations research, and spoke six languages, then went into war games, publishing in The Journal of Electronic Warfare. An interest in dowsing got him into the paranormal - but not dowsing for water – dowsing for Vietcong in tunnels in Khe Sanh for the Marines. This led to a meeting with Ostrander and Schroeder, authors of Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain, and the game was afoot. He accepted their unfiltered pile of Soviet research and paid $5000 for translations.
The Post article described Schleicher’s gruff military personality and named names of photos of “true believers” on the wall. They included anti-gravity investigators, healers, chemists, psychics, dowsers, and neuroanatomists. They developed a low-frequency electronic device that “interferes with insects’ antennae.” But, in typical Schleicher fashion, he tersely declined explanation with a pat answer, “I can say no more.”
He did say, “I consider myself an optimistic skeptic. Just because there’s no supporting data doesn’t mean it’s bad – why, there was no supporting data for alternating current. I’ve patiently listened to and been tolerant of everything anybody’s said. If I weren’t, I might close out some golden gem.”
He considered the term “occult” an unprofessional, unscientific “put-down word” that turns off highly qualified people. He admits his own “paranoid” psychics accused him of “feeding information to the CIA” and that “consultants have ‘dark forces’ surrounding them.”
In another Washington Post article, “Save the Last Trance for Me”, July 29, 1973, he says, healers, “are able to focus energy . . . on a spot where it’s needed, through his mind control, and it flows out of his hand . . .A healer can sense where there’s an imbalance of energy.”
What’s in a name? Draw your own conclusions: Did MKU[ltra] give birth to MRU, then MRF, or not? Is there plausible denial as the Director claimed? Schleicher’s own name, as he liked to point out, means “stealth”. The German translation in odge.info dictionary is “Sneaker”, related to “creep, skulk, and slink.” Was he a neural ninja?
Schleicher has been accused, along with Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, of being the mind control mad-genius behind MK Ultra in both Feral Press (Constantine, 1995) and by A.J. Weberman (1) online. I can neither confirm nor deny this charge, though Carl heartily denied it to his death in 1999 and was preparing to sue Weberman, according to his private correspondants.
Mind control is the ever-elusive Holy Grail of the spy game, with roots in the early 1950s. MK Ultra’s mission was complete control of the human mind, including overt and covert techniques of mind and behavior control, brainwashing, truth drugs, and mass psychological warfare or disinformation.
MK Ultra, officially disbanded in 1963 in the wake of Kennedy’s assassination, became public when revealed to the Rockefeller Commission investigating the CIA in the mid-1970s. Did post-MK Ultra research continue decentralized as underground front organizations, as has been suggested? Much of the evidence was burned and shredded by Sid Gottlieb. But we know SRI carried on, and does so to this day.
Carl, himself, claimed he supervised cryptography for ONI in Turkey during his military duty, which is likely true in any event. He joined the AFIO (Assn. of Former Intelligence Officers). Unfortunately, those closest to him are least likely to know the real story for national security reasons. Former associates of MRU confirm that he worked for NSA through his Navy position.
Elsewhere, Carl admits to a background in mind control and blue-sky studies for Naval Intelligence. His military service dates do place him in the proper timeline, but did he really have time for building the perfect assassin?
We know now, for example, that LSD and hypnotism are unreliable tools for most directive purposes. Newer approaches include brain implants, directed electronic weapons, and heterodyned messages that seem to come from one’s own thoughts. What was tested as a mental ability of one human to influence another has now been successfully accomplished with electronics. Next comes direct computer/brain interface.
Nevertheless, here is a sample of what can be found online, that describes the original operation and psiops accusations:
INSIDE MRU [Founded in 1972], an obscure District of Columbia corporation called Mankind Research Unlimited (MRU) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Systems Consultants Inc. (SCI), operated a number of classified intelligence, government and Pentagon contracts, specializing in, amongst other things: "problem solving in the areas of intelligence, electronic warfare, sensor technology and applications." MRU's "capability and experience" is divided into four fields.
These include "biophysics -- Biological Effects of Magnetic Fields," "Research in Magneto-fluid Dynamics," "Planetary Electro-Hydro-Dynamics" and "Geo-pathic Efforts on Living Organisms." The latter focuses on the induction of illness by altering the magnetic nature of the geography. Also under research were "Biocybernetics, Psychodynamic Experiments in Telepathy," "Errors in Human Perception," "Biologically Generated Fields," "Metapsychiatry and the Ultraconscious Mind" (believed to refer to experiments in telepathic mind control), "Behavioural Neuropsychiatry," "Analysis and Measurement of Human Subjective States" and "Human Unconscious Behavioural Patterns."
Employing some old OSS, CIA and military intelligence officers, the company also engages the services of prominent physicians and psychologists including E. Stanton Maxey, Stanley R. Dean, Berthold Eric Schwarz, plus many more. MRU lists in its Company Capabilities "brain and mind control." (15) Despite vehement claims by MRU's chairman that it is not a "front organization for any branch of the United States Government..." (16) one must treat these claims with a great deal of skepticism. Accessed from http://www.meta-religion.com/Secret_societies/Conspiracies/Secret_weapons/toward_a_psycho.htm
A subsequent CIA directive, summarized in a brochure on the "Cybernetic Technique" distributed by Mankind Research Unlimited (MRU), a research front in the District of Columbia, gleefully discusses the Agency's development of a "means by which information in modest rate can be fed to humans utilizing other senses than sight or hearing." The Cybernetic Technique, "based on Eastern European research," involves beaming information to individual nerve cells. The purpose, the directive states, is the enhancement of mental and physical performance. The cyborg was born. Accessed from http://www.freedomdomain.com/mindelectronic.html
In order to keep MKULTRA from being easily detected, the CIA segmented its subprojects into specialized fields of research and development at universities, prisons, private laboratories and hospitals. Of course, they were rewarded generously with government grants and miscellaneous funding. The names and locations of some of the major institutions involved in MONARCH programming experimentation were/are: Cornell, Duke, Princeton, UCLA, University of Rochester, MIT, Georgetown University Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, St. Elizabeth's Hospital (Washington D.C.), Bell Laboratories, Stanford Research Institute, Westinghouse Friendship Laboratories, General Electric, ARCO and Mankind Research Unlimited. Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan-Sirhan, Charlie Manson, John Hinckley Jr., Mark Chapman, David Koresh, Tim McVeigh and John Salvi are some notable names of infamy, strongly suspected of being pawns who were spawned by MKULTRA. Accessed from http://www.think-aboutit.com/Conspiracy/project_monarch.htm
I would deduce that MRU (Mankind Research Unlimited) must be involved with the development of mind control technology & illness inducing techniques. Also, these technologies must be used by these invisible personnel of surveillance station/system. That's because this company first researched the area in Biological Effects of Magnetic Fields and the" latter focuses on the induction of illness by altering the magnetic nature of the geography" is obviously involved with invisible personnel to induce illness from surveillance station/system. "Also under research were, "Metapsychiatry and the Ultraconscious Mind" (believed to refer to experiments in telepathic mind control), "Behavioural neuropsychiatry," “Analysis and Measurement of Human Subjective States" and "Human Unconscious Behavioural Patterns" could be used by invisible operatives as mind control technologies & techniques to mind control others. (Source) "Some Aspects of Anti-Personnel Electromagnetic Weapons" by David G. Guyatt, (3/8/96) Accessed from http://home.earthlink.net/~alanyu76/part2a3.htm
Inside source, K. Thomas characterizes Schleicher as “black”, meaning “plugged in to clandestine services…nearly all the famous names were just to provide legal and other "legitimacy" for work done entirely by others.” Thomas claims to be an original Air Force member of MAG (Monday Afternoon Group), classified 36-40 levels above Top Secret.
He says MRF was associated with Rockefeller Foundation and NSA, producing several books for them, but CIA was not involved. He cites projects that “worked”, including “selenoenzymes. correcting color blindness, medical and other uses of cesium, spinal chord injury partial reversal, a once a week pill that heals OLD brain injuries, nothing much on ESP related things.”
PSYCHIC DISCOVERIES BEHIND THE MRU CURTAIN
MRU obtained several modest government research contracts for feasibility studies in certain human engineering and psychosomatic evaluations. As cache, it offered as principle investigators some of the leading scientists in the fields of biocybernetics, biophysics, bionics, biocommunications, psychophysics, psychology, neuropsychiatry, health and welfare research, human systems engineering, and related scientific disciplines. The MRU stable of talent and professional staff possessed either advanced graduate degrees or doctorate degrees. It was essentially a thinktank, like Rand.
Dr. Carl Schleicher, MRU Research and Development Director was a specialist in biocybernetics research, experienced in the analysis and evaluation of foreign scientific developments. After graduating from the U. S. Naval Academy (B.S. Electrical Engineering) in 1956, he served as a Naval line officer specializing in operations research and linguistics until 1966. He received his M.A. in political Economics from the University of Cologne, West Germany, where he was engaged in advanced study at the Universities of Bonn, West Germany and Lund, Sweden. He was a Ph.D. candidate in the Technology of Management at American University.
Before joining the staff of SCI, he was an Operations Research Analyst and R&D Engineer at the Marine Corps Development Center in Quantico, Virginia. His later work included design and development of a management system for assessing R&D projects to determine priorities, and in bionics, biocommunications, and cybernetic software systems. Schleicher had considerable management experience in both the military and industry, and also served as a management sciences consultant.
The MRU mission statement was basically to provide an organization for scientific research, development and application of biocommunications, biocybernetics, bionics, biophysics, superlearning, and other activities impacting the welfare of mankind. MRU claimed unique capabilities for collection, analyzing and evaluating scientific and technological developmental data (both U.S. and foreign). It offered customers assistance in determining the impact of biocommunication and behavioral science applications in their area of control, interest or responsibility.
WARMING UP TO THE COLD WAR
Schleicher founded MRU because, “For many months I have heard the comment made, 'fishy our government doesn’t support research in parapsychology areas, as they do in Eastern Europe." It is likely these comments originated with the original MRU sources, Ostrander & Schroeder. “. . .Acting on this message, we in MRU were inspired to attempt to inquire into this. We have found that the government can, and will, support research in these areas, if such research is properly communicated to them, provides a beneficial use of tax-payers' funds, and is conducted by responsible organizations. MRU stands ready to assist any other group to obtain funds for their programs, should they so request it from us.”
Carl said he wanted to further and develop the works of suppressed, maligned or unappreciated researchers on the "frontiers of science". These researchers and pioneers, included: Harold S. Burr, Ph.D.; F.S.C. Northrop, Ph.D.; Leonard J. Ravitz, M.D.; Wilhelm Reich, Ph.D.; R. B. Amber, D.C.; H. Motoyama, Ph.D.; Oscar Brunler, Ph.D.; Galen Hieronymus; Gen. Henry M. Gross; Verne Cameron; John Shelley; Ambrose and Olga Woorrall, Ph.D.; Harold Sherman; Townsend Brows; R. Abrams, M. D; Ruth Drone; Carey Reams, D.N.; Buckminster Fuller; Nikola Tesla, D.Sc.; Yogi Bhajan; Henry and John Foray; K. Raudive, Ph.D.; Ingo Swann; S. W.Tromp, Ph.D.; L. L. Vasiliev, Ph.D.; Karl von Reichenbach, Ph.D.; Walter Russell, Ph.D.; Gopi Krishna; Gustaf Stromberg; Jose Silva; Edgar Cayce; Cleve Backster.
MRU’s own brochure claimed specialties in the following:
Validation of the current state-of-the-science in various foreign countries, identification of the research capabilities of foreign laboratories and experimenters.
Definition of techniques and methodology for data validation or potential direct evaluation and application.
Determination of technological "state-of-the- art" implications, preparation of technological forecasts and assessments.
Definition of systems, which improve man's relationship to his environment.
Determination of potential health implications, and innovative causal or preventive medical research.
Determination and identification of specific user requirements,
Determination of educational/teaching implications,
Development of a program for further investigations based on the particular users requirements.
Tasking areas included:
man-machine cybernetic interactions,
special sensory biophysical activities,
brain and mind control,
telepathic communications or bioinformation transceiving,
bioluminescent and bioenergetic emissions,
effects of altered states of consciousness on the human psyche,
improvement of human performance via bio-feedback techniques,
innovative therapy/prosthetic/diagnostic techniques,
environmental effects upon biological (human) systems,
infrasonic and ultrasonic effects upon biological systems,
geopathogenic factors which induce illness.
MRU explored the interaction of mind and body, or energy and matter. It brought together many of the leading scientists and experimenters in the multidisciplinary field of biocommunications which includes the sciences of bionics, bio-physics, psychophysics, psychology, physiology, neuropsychiatry, cybernetics and systems engineering. He got the help of notables such as ESP expert hypnotist Milan Ryzl, and remote viewer Ingo Swann, among others.
In the early 1970s, physicist Richard Alan Miller also worked for Schleicher under the Mankind Research Unlimited umbrella, closing the gap between the physical and the metaphysical. Physicist Miller was the Northwest Regional Director of MRU. His task was looking at anomalous phenomena, such as Kirlian photography, bioluminescence, psychotronics, biofeedback, electrophotography, distance healing, acupuncture and psychic surgery to determine if there was any merit for future strategic studies. In 1974, MRU produced Miller’s "Bioluminescence, Kirlian Photography and Medical Diagnostics". It closely followed his 1972 paper on “The Physical Mechanisms of Kirlian Photography”.
Miller wrote a field theory for Kirlian photography; these experiments showed the effect to be a secondary emission of electrons ionizing local gases, rather than a bioluminescent phenomenon of extrasensory or spiritual importance. People were pre-disposed to see physical demonstrations of so-called auras, and so they attributed the phenomenon to this traditional analog, because it served their belief system. This effect also can occur among researchers where it is known as experimenter-bias. However, even when Miller's finding was published as "The Physical Mechanisms in Kirlian Photography" in 1975 in The Energies of Consciousness, edited by Dr. Stanley Krippner and David Rubin for Gordon & Breach, the superstitious interpretations continued, and continue to this day.
According to Stan Krippner and Daniel Rubin's (1972) Galaxies of Life, researchers are divided in their evaluation of the Kirlian phenomena. Some call the manifestation "corona discharge," believing that the technique only reveals commonplace electrical occurrences while others conceive of radiation field photography as revealing the "bioplasma body" or aura. According to Viktor Adamenko, a Russian scientist (c 1970s), the discharge is the cold emission of electrons.
Other contributors to these Krippner books included Edgar Mitchell, William A. Tiller, John Pierrakos, Theodore Barber, David Bresler, and James Hurtak. This work was also published as part of Kirlian Electrophotography, a data package prepared by MRU. Miller's contribution was the Kirlian Device Circuit Diagram.
As NW Regional Director of MRU, the Washington D.C. based paranormal phenomena investigation team, Miller worked under the direction of Dr. Carl Schleicher. A large portion of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama’s research was turned over to Miller, including original strip-charts. His experiments in psychokinesis showed one person's mind influencing the body of another, in the same and in remote locations. Miller also brought the problem of psychic surgery to Dr. Motay, Dean of Pathology at the UW. This incident was recounted in The National Observer, March 30, 1974:
"Richard Miller, director of Mankind Research Unlimited's Northwest Regional Office here says that a study by the University of Washington's Dept. of Pathology showed that one man, Warder Bacon, probably had his body entered by the psychic surgeons. 'An X-ray before he left for the Philippines shows that he had a great amount of cancerous tissue in his liver,' says Miller. 'He died about two months ago, and the liver showed no traces of cancerous tissues upon autopsy.' He says that not enough is known about the healers to make a positive or negative statement.
It certainly warrants a definitive study, says Miller, who also is director of the Dept. of Parapsychology and Paraphysics at the Experimental College of the University of Washington."
To this end, Miller conducted experiments with Filippino psychic "surgeon" Tony Agpaoa. Perhaps the results are best described in his own words, at this time those of a "true believer," although subsequent research has disclosed the sleight-of-hand tricks of psychic surgery, as shown by debunkers on the Discovery Channel.
The former article continued: "Psychic surgery is an emotional issue. There have been no authoritative studies of it. AMA statistics show, says Miller, that persons who have terminal cancer have a one-in-five recovery rate, even after the bad news is pronounced. The key will be to determine what percentage of persons who have been treated in the Philippines recover, says Miller, who adds that he is working to have a follow-up study started."
THE WILD BLUE YONDER
Scientific progress is achieved not only by linear accumulation of knowledge but also by nonlinear paradigm shifts. These shifts are often forced by anomalous findings that cannot be incorporated in accepted models.
Two complementary methodological principles regulate this process: 1) Ockham’s Razor as the principle of parsimony and 2) Plato’s Life Boat as the principle of the necessity to ‘save the appearances’ and thus incorporate conflicting phenomenological data into extant theories. We have to review empirical data which are in conflict with some presuppositions of accepted mainstream science: Clinical and experimental effects of prayer and healing intention, data from telepathy, psychokinesis experiments and precognition, and anecdotal reports of macro-psychokinesis.
Collectively, this subject matter is called BLUE SKY RESEARCH. Taken together, the now well-documented phenomena are anomalies that challenge some widely held beliefs in mainstream science. Scientists often fear that by accepting the reality of these phenomena they also have to subscribe to world-models invoking ontological dualism or idealism. We suggest accepting the phenomena as real, but without questionable ontologies commonly associated with them.
For more on on-going psi research, see Iona Miller’s, “21st Century Psi Research” at http://psiona.50megs.com/about.html
What's New with My Subject?
BEYOND MK ULTRA
PART II: Interview with Charles Stone, MRF Deputy Director
Iona Miller, 2006
In Part I of this MRU story, I discussed the known background of Dr. Carl Schleicher and his involvement with both Mankind Research Unlimited, Inc. and Mankind Research Foundation. I also described the allegations that he was a principle investigator in the development of the human cyborg, Manchurian Candidate, in the infamous MK Ultra mind control project. In Part II, I interview Charles Stone on his time with Schleicher at Mankind Research Foundation and the allegations. Earlier this year, Dr. Schleicher’s sister wrote me repudiating Stone’s allegations, but it is unlikely she was privy to any Top Secret operations her brother may have engaged in.
ROLL AWAY THE STONE
Iona: Just how did you come to work for Dr. Schleicher? Did you ever do any SpecOps, PsiOps, or BlackOps projects? What were your qualifications for such work?
STONE: I was not with Carl until seven years after he was publically exposed in 1980. But MRU was a front for the most advanced mind control technology at that time.
My exposure to esoteric science started with Carl Schleicher. Actually a little earlier I used to like to go the very house in Philadelphia where the famous 19th century psychic lived. It is where the dog slept on her leg and brought an overnight cure. It's the Black (or White) Dog Cafe. And of course there were other things in that area of PA, NJ, DE and MD where I lived. Even next to the Hall where the Constitution was written is The American Philosophical Assn. Especially at night it seems strange. I was there at the time of the Bicentennial of the Constitution.
I’m more of an investigator. I have used some of the Tarpley associated history in one of my projects dealing with Tavistock Institute, for example. That was the pioneer MI 6 Agency which led to MK Ultra (“Mind Kontrol”) and much more.
I believe that Dr. Carl Schleicher was a front for the most advanced high tech part of that effort when Richard Miller worked with him. Most likely Richard and his associates were not aware of Carl's full role. He had many good people working under him.
I worked with Carl from 1987 thru 1992. I was his Deputy. By that time he had been exposed by a magazine in D.C. That publication was also a waste because it only exposes harmless people like Carl Schleicher essentially was! A much fuller story is of course that of exposing the "powers that be" who are behind all of this. Like Carl Schleicher, the Bush people are doing what more powerful groups want done!
Iona: Were you an observer or a participant in any psi research? The urban myths make Carl sound like the ‘Cigarette Man’ on the X-Files. What kept you going back?
STONE: It was exciting learning about his new ideas, which came along frequently, or technologies to develop potentially. He had his own company, which controlled Blood Irradiation. We tried to promote several modalities for drug and alcohol abuse -- 3M Program using Kundalini Yoga, Electronic Drug and Alcohol treatment, earthquake prediction technology, a German based technique for AIDS therapy using hydrogen peroxide. It was crude but has produced cures.
There was a project for using poultry waste to produce a high protein powder for food. It was okay! But horrible! There was also a problem with the nasty chemicals used. There was a low cost housing project, which never went anywhere. We stayed busy, but no breakthroughs were made TO MY KNOWLEDGE!
Iona: What types of projects were you personally involved with? Were there other projects you got wind of but were not privy to? How do we know you are not a mole? Do you happen to have any of your MRU pay stubs or tax records from that period; some kind of paper trail?
STONE: I started with Carl Schleicher by sending him a resume in the summer of 1987. He expressed interest, but suggested I wait to start. This came in the fall of 1987. At first I worked with Carl two days a week at his office. The rest of the work was done from my house in PA. It is a two + hour drive right down I-95 to downtown Silver Springs, Maryland where his office was located. It was an ideal but somewhat sleazy area. We started on promoting his key projects to save the world. I learned a lot about psychotronics, including diagnostic devices. But the emphasis was on bringing these new ideas to the attention of the Federal Government.
Iona: Many of the researchers at MRU displayed extraordinary human potentials as well as studying them. In many cases, such as psychic Sean Harribance, these unusual talents were their reason for being there. Sean began working with Dr. J.B. Rhine in 1969 and was the first to get high scores on ESP tests where EEG, EKG and galvanic skin response sensors were used. He was also the first to show a link between high ESP scores and a specific brain wave.
His site says, “In 1976, the parapsychology labs could no longer give him a salary so he moved to Maryland in search of research funds from government sources. In Maryland he did some work with Mankind Research, and continued some part-time research with Duke University. Sean began to realize that by proving himself to others, he could generate further interest in parapsychology, and the psi research.” In 1998 he continued his work with Dr. Michael Persinger.
Do you have any such abilities or try to develop them? What was the most extraordinary display of unusual abilities you saw during your work with Carl?
STONE: He never mentioned any of the interesting findings or good people like Rick Miller. We wondered about auras. It too seemed strange. I did not know about Miller's work until recently. Regarding known personalities: I met a Dr. Zedek who was President of the International Psychotronic Association from Czechoslovakia. I met Dr. Eldon Byrd who died several years ago who was a known personality. I met a better and more competent version of Carl, Mark Benza. He was based in Calgary, Alberta. Mark did make a number of breakthroughs. But he was a misguided genius! He also died several years ago. I did learn about remote viewing, dowsing and a lot more.
NOT MADE OF STONE
Iona: On a positive note, Carl seems to have focused even more strongly on health and healing when he created MRF. Perhaps he’d had enough of the “Dark Side”. It is ironic that even though MRU is blamed for some of the most heinous psychophysical experimentation, it also seems to have been the herald of social trends such as the LSD era of the 60s and the fad that came to stay, the New Age movement. Most of my psychotherapist friends blame the cavalier attitude of Timothy Leary for ruining the therapeutic potential of psychoactive drugs.
STONE: It is almost certain that the Unabomber was associated with a key mind control expert at Harvard when he was identified as a 16-year-old mathematical genius. It is believed that something was done to him that led to his madness. That is just one of the examples of the damage caused. Not the least of these was turning universities into huge drug and alcohol dens!
It was only after his death in 1999 that we knew of the earlier role of MRU as a front for the CIA for its most sensitive mind control technology. In one book, CIA Mind Control Operations in the USA, Carl is credited with inventing the cyborg, a human robot triggered by external means. We will never know the full extent of MK Ultra.
Some of the technologies featured in NEXUS or by MRF in embryonic development will someday be used in medicine or energy medicine. Some medium technological examples are showing up now for healing or pain management.
Iona: Like TENS and Alpha-Stim, which have become pain and depression management staples. Now, low intensity lasers, like BioFlex, are FDA approved for pain and joint treatments. One interrupts the pain signal to the brain and the other uses tunable transcranical electrostimulation to create brainwave coherence: Alpha and Theta. Still other brain-driving techniques use resonance or brainwave entrainment. Wild Divine is a game form with biofeedback applications.
You loosely allege that virtually nothing MRU/MRF investigated panned out. Yet that isn’t quite true if you have a comprehensive view on where this research went. My work continues with physicist Lian Sidorov at www.emergentmind.org with its Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions, for example. We’ve interviewed many of the original MRU and SRI players who are still active in the field. We also continue our independent investigations through the Organization for the Advancement of Knowledge (O.A.K.).
STONE: Yes, in his later years, Carl Schleicher tried to bring esoteric knowledge to the attention of the Federal Government for AIDS, Cancer, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, etc. MRF brought forward a number of approaches, which could have been developed. Unfortunately, he turned off the very people he wanted to influence. I was his Deputy at that time.
Iona: I am interested in hearing what you mean by “turned them off” and who “they” are. Are we talking about personality, credibility, or incredibility?
STONE: Carl was a pretty strange man. I wish I had a picture of his desk. You have seen the cartoon "The Professor" with the stacks of papers etc. He had file drawers full of old reports, some open. He had an office manager, Roger Little and typist, Bob (both male). Roger Little moved to Salt Lake City to work for the Mormon Church and moved on. One had a mental handicap but could not read Carl's handwriting. (Idiot Savant, I presume).
I assisted Carl with all D.C. based activities. This included marketing, sales, promotion, evaluation of technology, media contact, attending conventions etc.
Carl mentioned his previous lab and much bigger operation on Kalorama Rd. in D.C. But provided no details. He claimed his earlier work was as a Naval Intel Officer working on intercepts and codes in Turkey. Most of our time was spent promoting his "innovative" approaches. Often there was something wrong with the technologies. Then there was Carl's personality.
He was a classic Dr. Strangelove.
We knew very little about his earlier operation in which Rick Miller and other known researchers were involved. To my knowledge Carl was not involved in supervising research. But he had a lot of people in the wings who were ready to go if he made another breakthrough.
His way of dealing with people turned everybody off. He was especially bad with women. He had a nice widow from Hungary and California who would visit from time to time. It was only a plutonic [sic] relationship. His handwriting and other communication skills were not very good for a very smart man. Even his English was not that good.
Carl was constantly sending information to people about psychotronics and being a Johnny Appleseed in that way. We had a number of interesting people and scientists who visited the office. But again Carl's social skills weren't very good. He would never even have coffee or tea for visitors. That is part of the reason for my questions to you and Richard about his past activities.
Over the years my knowledge has expanded in different areas. NEXUS does present an ideal outlet for some psychotronic ideas but goes far beyond that field. There is actually a range of technologies from electronic to electromagnetic to subtle energies to psychotronics and beyond.
After Carl was exposed in 1980 he never recovered his "glory days". It does appear that he contributed to or was given credit for a number of important findings. Again that is a reason for my questions.
Iona: It looks to me like the truth is unresolvably muddied. I think he has gotten credit for things he did not do, for both good and evil. Likewise, he has perhaps not been recognized as an important link in the chain of many biomedical advances, for example.
STONE: I have not worked with Carl since 1990. But I did stay in contact with him and would stop by his office over the next decade. He liked me! But he was difficult to work for or with. But there were always a lot of good people who did the actual work, each in their respective areas.
Iona: The MRF pamphlet for 1994 (in my possession) listed the following, all of which shared an address with MRF: Studies alternative health treatments, Kirlian photography, dowsing, biotechnologies for the handicapped, and drug addiction.
Some projects associated with psychotechnology:
Using "high frequency electro-stimulation of muscle and neural tissues" to stimulate atrophied muscles in the handicapped.
"Hearing aid device, developed as an auditory nerve by-pass to the brain via the skin". Sounds similar to the Neurophone.
"Blind 'I-C' device, based on advanced electronic signal processing technology which can enable a sightless person to 'electronically sight and view' his environment."
Behavior modification with subliminal suggestion, for drug and cigarette addiction.
The Center for Preventive Therapy and Rehabilitation
S.A.F.E. (Society for the Application of Free Energy): Studies psionics, dowsing, radionics, and radiesthesia.
The International Association for Psychotronic Research
STONE: Several months ago I tried to pass on to General Motors new ideas and technologies for health care. The only one, which could be used, was the electronic drug and alcohol treatment. I still have my papers from that era. In fact, I have a box of unsorted documents, which could still yield something! We had a joke about Carl’s voluminous proprietary files, which he claimed if “raided” might have some value. I don't know what his sister did with Carl's papers.
But it does appear from Richard Miller's work and corroboration that Carl played an important role in supervising a group of diverse people. In addition he was a worldwide "Johnny Appleseed" for psychotronics, etc. Hopefully it will bear fruit some day.
Iona: Online there is a 1995 research paper Carl himself wrote on his ultraviolet irradiation of blood project, as the Foundation for Blood Irradiation. Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI or UBIT) is a certified nontoxic therapy that inactivates blood-borne viruses, such as Hepatitis and HIV. It is also called Photoluminescence, Hematologic Oxidative Therapy. It raises the resistance of the host to control the disease process. In his tests, each treatment of UBI reduced PCR Viral Activity by 50%-75%.
If, in the end as you allege, Carl’s search for some psychological Holy Grail was fruitless throughout his career, I still feel he was attempting to move humanity forward. After all, it is not the prize, but the quest for human advancement that is the point of leading-edge research. Even though stereotypical or consensus models are crumbling, and supermind and the bioplasmic field are embraced by some, we are still out on that limb.
EULOGY FOR AN ARCH-SPOOK
Perhaps one of Schleicher’s greatest contributions came in the field of super learning. Volume. 25, Journal of Accelerating Learning & Teaching (Kelly & Morrisey, 2000)) eulogizes his pivotal role in accelerated learning popularizing the research of Dr. Geogi Lozanov of Bulgaria. Even in this arena, Carl remained controversial for his control and anger issues. He threatened to sue anyone employing his franchised technique, purchased in 1975.
Penny Kelly and Brian Morrisey characterize Carl as a military establishment player with early spy experience in Europe, which led to his discovery of Lozanov. Carl wanted to commercialize everything he came up with but you cannot copyright a method. From 1976-1988, he opened schools for stress-free learning of language, memory, creativity. The musical whole brain approach to learning, retention and motivation used hypnotic techniques, not foreign to Schleicher.
Psychologist Stanley Krippner described European classes:: “I have observed the suggestopedia classes in Bulgaria and Hungary. Classes had a relaxed comfortable learning environment. Rather than individual learning, it was group learning. It included preliminary exercises, new material, and a review of what was learned. The first stage used 2/3 of the time. Then suggestions were given by the teacher to promote learning. The presentation phase took one third of the time. The method encourages students to make mental images of the material. In foreign language classes, people take on new roles.”
The Washington Times ) ; 12-07-1999
CARL SCHLEICHER, 66, FOUNDATION PRESIDENT Carl Schleicher, 66, founder and president of Mankind Research Foundation, died Nov. 25 at Holy Cross Hospital in
Silver Spring. A scholar, researcher and scientist, he worked to extend "frontiers of science" to mankind, his family said. Under his leadership, the Silver Spring-based Mankind Research Foundation was awarded grants for educational and medical programs. His company worked with the government to research and develop treatments for cancer and AIDS. One of his most recent and successful projects was the development of new uses for ultraviolet blood irradiation to treat viral and bacterial infections. Mr. Schleicher was the author of many scientific papers and was a professor at
American University and the University of Maryland. He served as an intelligence
officer for 10 years in the Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He was assigned to posts in Germany and Turkey. Born in Reading, Pa., he attended Booton High School in New Jersey, graduating in 1951. He then attended Drexel University and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He transferred in 1952 to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and graduated with honors in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He was awarded a Rotary Foundation Fellowship and studied at the University of Cologne in Germany, where he received a master's degree in political economicsin 1962. He later earned a doctorate degree. He spoke six languages and served
as an interpreter for President Eisenhower and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. After leaving from the Navy, he returned to the United States in 1966 and moved to Silver Spring, where he lived until his death. He is survived by his mother, Mary Schleicher, and a sister, Cheryl Ann Schleicher, both of Booton, N.J.; and a brother, John E. Schleicher Sr. of Denville, N.J. Services have been held.
But his greatest contribution is probably in cancer treatment. He himself had to be on dialysis in the early 90s before his kidney transplant. Shortly before his death by heart attack on Thanksgiving eve 1999, he was in Brazil setting up more sites in his string of clinics for ultra violet radiation. Carl had staying power in his arena, dealing with flakes, visionaries, governments, and scientists alike. Even with his commercial angle, many say he did leave the planet a good man, working for the benefit of all. If so, his stated humanitarian mission was fulfilled.
POSTSCRIPT: Schleicher’s real breakthrough came in the 1970’s with Ostrander's & Schroeder's, Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain (1970). It inspired the formation of MRU, and was its starting point. Later, their SuperLearning inspired Accelerated Learning. Like similar agencies, SRI and IONS, MRU investigated self-regulation techniques as well as external controls.
MRU fostered interest in energy medicine, hypnotherapy, magnetic healing, acupuncture, radionics or radiesthesia, remote healing and viewing, and psychophysical control of internal states. The MRU researchers were pathfinders, carving broad highways through the mindscape. The cross-disciplinary synergy between physics, biology, psychiatry, religion, etc., continues to be explored, as well as the relationship of intent and belief.
I know for a fact that MRU had these positive aims as well, since Rick Miller’s bioluminescence research was largely targeted toward developing Rapid Scan Medical Diagnosis. Now we have CAT scans, MRI, SQUID, MEG, and fMRI all using essentially similar ideas to view the inside of the body non-invasively.
Now we have regular cross-disciplinary conferences, such as the ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’ and Quantum Mind conferences in Tucson and International Conference on Science and Consciousness in Santa Fe. Parapsychology has disappeared into consciousness studies. Dr. Krippner himself told me it has been reabsorbed into mainsteam psychology, and he never calls himself a parapsychologist.
We explore the whole spectrum of approaches from philosophy of mind and dream research, to neuropsychology, pharmacology, and molecular dynamics, to neural networks, phenomenological accounts, and even the quantum physics of reality. The aim is to lay a sound scientific foundation for future research while also reaching consensus on many scattered areas of inquiry.
Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and other foundations have solid backing as nonprofits. There are legions of lecturing mystics on the circuit, many inspired by the “usual suspects” from MRU and its sister organizations. My own psionics work continues experimentally and on the editorial board at http://emergentmind.org with The Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI).
There has been a major surge of interest recently in studying consciousness as more and more people have experiences that cannot be explained by traditional scientific approaches. Also there is wide popular interest in new physics as the popularity of the Indy film, “What the BLEEP Do We Know” shows.
We are living and working in the midst of extraordinary changes in our concepts of the nature of humankind. Enough has been written in recent years about the seeming inadequacy of the scientific method to grapple with the enigma of the strange experiences related by the pioneers.
In the early years, parapsychology was “ghettoized” in the scientific community. A person risks advancement possibilities by showing interest in parapsychology, except in the transpersonal circles, preaching to the choir of consciousness study people. Swedish forensic psychologist, Nils Wiklund, wrote an article with the title: "The parapsychological phenomena do not exist". On the other hand, Dr. Stanley Krippner (2003), even more respected now than in his days of loose association with MRU, states:
"At one level of investigation, there already are 'replications' and 'battle-tested' results, specifically the finding that about 50% of an unselected group will report having had a 'psychic experience,' supposedly involving those psi phenomena that have been given such labels as 'telepathy', 'clairvoyance', 'precognition', and 'psychokinesis' [mind over matter]. This percentage may vary from one culture, age group, and educational level to the next, but it has been repeated, in one study after another, for the last several decades."
Russell Targ (1994) claims, "[P]si is no longer elusive; it can be demonstrated when needed for study and investigation." Even though psychic training to strengthen the signal line is possible, unpredictability has been the hallmark of this emergent gift. To overcome this problem in both the theoretical and experimental arenas requires a marriage of the disciplines of physics, biophysics, biology, medicine, psychology, and hypnosis.
Findings from all these fields converge in the paradoxical subject of Extra-Sensory Perception. As the ideas of quantum mechanics, relativity and parapsychology slowly make their way into our collective consciousness, our common-sense views on time and causality find themselves more strained than they've ever been in the course of human history.
At some point in history, a split occurred and we ended up with Science and Religion. Science limited its study to the material world and the Church took charge of the metaphysical realms. Now, with science studying consciousness, we are ready to reintegrate Spirituality and Science.
Researchers are probing the interface between matter, spacetime and mind with increasing precision. There is optimism that ultimately conventional pathways will be found to explain their appearance. Suggestions (Miller, 2003) have included Schumann Resonance as a nearly-instantaneous carrier of psi information or perhaps paradoxical quantum nonlocality or coherence to account for it.
There are many models that provide potentially viable explanations. The mental aspects can perhaps be described psychologically, but the mechanics require models from physics. A variety of theories have been proposed, including neurological, holographic, electromagnetic, and quantum mechanics based hypotheses.
Like electricity, no one knows how psi works. However, to foster and practice psi we don't need to know how it works, anymore than we need to know the mechanics of internal combustion to drive a car.
Author: Iona Miller, http://ionatopia.50megs.com is a consultant and transdisciplinarian, as well as nonfiction writer, web diva, hypnotherapist and multimedia artist. Her work is an omnisensory fusion of science-art, chaos theory, plenum physics, and emergent paradigm shift melding experiential psychotherapy, new physics, biophysics, philosophy, cosmology, healing, creativity, metaphysics, and sociology. Rather than an interest in specific doctrines, she is interested in the EFFECTS of doctrines from religion, science, psychology, and the arts. Our beliefs are the moldable raw material of the psyche, manipulated by governments, media and culture. How do we become what we are and how is that process changing in the near future? Iona is published by Phanes Press, Destiny Books (Inner Traditions International), Autonomedia, Bolero, Nexus Magazine, Dream Network Journal, Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI), Chaosophy Journal, Journal of Interdisciplinary Crossroads, DNA Monthly, Der Golem, Pop Occulture, and more.