By Armen Victorian
June 1993

On April 22, 1993, both BBC1 and BBC2 showed on their main
evening news bulletins a rather lengthy piece concerning
America''s latest development in weaponry -- the non-lethal
weapons concept. David Shukman, BBC Defence Correspondent
interviewed (Retired) U.S. Army Colonel John B. Alexander and
Janet Morris, two of the main proponents of the concept.(1)
The concept of non-lethal weapons is not new. Non-lethal weapons
have been used by the intelligence, police and defence
establishments in the past.(2) Several western governments have
used a variety of non-lethal weapons in a more discreet and covert
manner. It seems that the U.S. government is about to take the
first step towards their open use.

The current interest in the concept of non-lethal weapons began
about a decade ago with John Alexander. In December 1980 he
published an article in the U.S. Army''s journal, MILITARY
REVIEW, "The New Mental Battlefield," referring to claims that
telepathy could be used to interfere with the brain''s electrical
activity. This caught the attention of senior Army generals who
encouraged him to pursue what they termed "soft option kill"

After retiring from the Army in 1988, Alexander joined the Los
Alamos National Laboratories and began working with Janet Morris,
the Research Director of the U.S. Global Strategy Council
(USGSC), chaired by Dr Ray Cline, former Deputy Director of the
CIA.(3) I examine the background of Janet Morris and John
Alexander in more detail below.

Throughout 1990 the USGSC lobbied the main national laboratories,
major defence contractors and industries, retired senior military
and intelligence officers. The result was the creation of a
Non-lethality Policy Review Group, led by Major General Chris S.
Adams, USAF (retd.) former Chief of Staff, Strategic Air Command.
(4) They already have the support of Senator Sam Nunn, chair of
the Senate Armed Services Committee. According to Janet Morris,
the military attache at the Russian Embassy has contacted USGSC
about the possibility of converting military hardware to a
non-lethal capability.

In 1991 Janet Morris issued a number of papers giving more
detailed information about USGSC''s concept of non-lethal weapons.
(5) Shortly after, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
at Fort Monroe, VA, published a detailed draft report on the
subject titled "Operations Concept for Disabling Measures." The
report included over twenty projects in which John Alexander is
currently involved at the Los Alamos national Laboratories.

In a memorandum dated April 10, 1991, titled "Do we need a
Non-lethal Defense initiative?" Paul Wolfwitz, Under Secretary of
Defense for Policy, wrote to Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, "A
U.S. lead in non-lethal technologies will increase our options
and reinforce our position in the post-Cold War world. Our
Research and Development efforts must be increased."

How Lethal is Non-Lethal?

To support their non-lethal weapons concept, Janet Morris argues
that while "war will always be terrible... a world power
deserving its reputation for humane action should pioneer the
principles of non-lethal defense."(6) In "Defining a non-lethal
strategy," she seeks to establish a doctrine for the use of
non-lethal weapons by the U.S. in crisis "at home or abroad in a
life serving fashion." She totally disregards the offensive,
lethal aspects inherent in some of the weapons in question, or
their misuse, should they become available to "rogue" nations.
Despite her arguments that non-lethal weapons should serve the
U.S.''s interests "at home and abroad by projecting power without
indiscriminately taking lives or destroying property,"(7) she
admits that "casualties cannot be avoided."(8)

Closer examination of the types of weapons to be used as
non-lethal invalidates her assertions about their non-lethality.
According to her white paper, the areas where non-lethal weapons
could be useful are "regional and low intensity conflict
(adventurism, insurgency, ethnic violence, terrorism, narco-
trafficking, domestic crime)."(9) She believes that "by
identifying and requiring a new category of non-lethal weapons,
tactics and strategic planning" the U.S. can reshape its military
capability "to meet the already identifiable threats" that they
might face in a multipolar world "where American interests are
globalized and American presence widespread."(10)

The Potential Inventory

Janet Morris'' "White Paper" recommends "two types of
life-conserving technologies":

Anti-Material Non-Lethal Technologies

To destroy or impair electronics, or in other ways stop
mechanical systems from functioning. Amongst current technologies
from which this category of non-lethal weapons would or could be
chosen are:

* Chemical and biological weapons for their anti-materiel agents
"which do not significantly endanger life or the environment, or
anti-personnel agents which have no permanent effects."(11)

* Laser blinding systems to incapacitate the electronic sensors,
or optics, i.e. light detection and ranging. Already the Army
Infantry School is developing a one-man portable and operated
laser weapons system known as the Infantry Self-Defense System.
The U.S. Army''s Armament Research, Development and Engineer
Center (ARDEC), is also engaged in the development of non-lethal
weapons under their program called "Low Collateral Damage
Munitions" (LCDM). The LCDM is trying to develop technologies
leading to weapons capable of dazzling and incapacitating
missiles, armoured vehicles and personnel.

* Non-lethal electromagnetic technologies.

* Non-nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse weapons.(12) As General
Norman Schwartzkopf has told the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, one
such weapons stationed in space with a wide-area-pulse capacity
has the ability to fry enemy electronics. But what would be the
fate of enemy personnel in such a scenario? In a join project
with the Los Alamos National Laboratories and with technical
support from the Army''s Harry Diamond Laboratories, ARDEC are
developing High Power Microwave (HPM) Projectiles. According to
ARDEC, the Diamond lab has already "completed a radio frequency
effects analysis on a representative target set" for (HPM).

* Among the chemical agents, so-called supercaustics -- "Millions
of times more caustic than hydrofluric acid"(13) -- are prime
candidates. An artillery round could deliver jellied super-acids
which could destroy the optics of heavily armoured vehicles or
tanks, vision blocks or glass, and "could be used to silently
destroy key weapons systems."(14)

On less lethal aspects the use of net-like entanglements for SEAL
teams, or "stealthy" metal boats with low or no radar signature,
"for night actions, or any seaborne or come-ashore stealthy
scenario" are under consideration.(15) More colourful concepts
are the use of chemical metal embrittlement, often called liquid
metal embrittlement and anti-materiel polymers which would be
used in aerosol dispersal systems, spreading chemical adhesives
or lubricants (i.e. Teflon-based lubricants) on enemy equipment
from a distance.

Anti-Personnel Non-Lethal Technologies

* Hand-held lasers which are meant "to dazzle," could also cause
the eyeball to explode and to blind the target.

* Isotropic radiators - explosively driven munitions, capable
of generating very bright omni-directional light, with similar
effects to laser guns.

* High-power microwaves (HPM) - U.S. Special Operations command
already has that capability within their grasp as a portable
microwave weapon.(16) As Myron L. Wolbarsht, a Duke University
opthalamist and expert in laser weapons stated: "U.S. Special
Forces can quietly cut enemy communications but also can cook
internal organs."(17)

* Another candidate is Infrasound -- acoustic beams. In
conjunction with the Scientific Applications and Research
Associates (SARA) of Huntingdon, California, ARDEC and Los Alamos
laboratories are busy "developing a high power, very low
frequency acoustic beam weapons." They are also looking into
methods of projecting non-diffracting (i.e. non-penetrating) high
frequency acoustic bullets. ARDEC scientists are also looking
into methods of using pulsed chemical lasers. This class of
lasers could project "a hot, high pressure plasma in the air in
front of a target surface, creating a blast wave that will result
in variable but controlled effects on materiel and personnel."

* Infrasound. Already some governments have used it as a means of
crowd control -- e.g. France.

* Very low frequency (VLF) sound (20-35 KHz), or low-frequency RF
modulations can cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pains. "Some
very low frequency sound generators, in certain frequency ranges,
can cause the disruption of human organs and, at high power
levels, can crumble masonry."(18) The CIA had a similar program
in 1978 called Operation Pique, which included bouncing radio or
microwave signals off the ionosphere to affect mental functions
of people in selected areas, including Eastern European nuclear

John Alexander

The entire non-lethal weapon concept opens up a new Pandora''s Box
of unknown consequences. The main personality behind it is
retired Colonel John B. Alexander. Born in New York in 1937, he
spent part of his career as a Commander of Green Berets Special
Forces in Vietnam, led Cambodian mercenaries behind enemy lines,
and took part in a number of clandestine programmes, including
Phoenix. He currently holds the post of Director of Non-lethal
Programmes in the Los Alamos National Laboratories.

Alexander obtained a BS from the University of Nebraska and an
MA from Pepperdine University. In 1980 he was awarded a PhD from
Walden University(20) for his thesis "To determine whether or
not significant changes in spirituality occur in persons who
attended a Kubler-Ross life/death transition workshop during the
period June through February 1979." His dissertation committee
was chaired by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

He has long been interested in what used to be regarded as
"fringe" areas. In 1971, while a Captain in the infantry at
Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, he was diving in the Bemini Islands
looking for the lost continent of Atlantis. He was an official
representative for the Silva mind control organization and a
lecturer on Precataclysmic Civilizations.(21) Alexander is also
a past President and a Board member of the International
Association for Near Death Studies; and, with his former wife,
Jan Northup, he helped Dr C.B. Scott Jones perform ESP
experiments with dolphins.(22)


Retired Major General Albert N. Stubblebine (Former Director of
U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command) and Alexander are on
the board of a "remote viewing" company called PSI-TECH. The
company also employs Major Edward Dames (ex Defence Intelligence
Agency), Major David Morehouse (ex 82nd Airborne Division), and
Ron Blackburn (former microwave scientist and specialist at
Kirkland Air Force Base). PSI-TECH has received several
government contracts. For example, during the Gulf War crisis the
Department for Defense asked it to use remote viewing to locate
Saddam''s Scud missiles sites. Last year (1992) the FBI sought
PSI-TECH''s assistance to locate a kidnapped Exxon executive.(23)

With Major Richard Groller and Janet Morris as his co-authors,
Alexander published THE WARRIOR''S EDGE in 1990.(24) The book
describes in detail various unconventional methods which would
enable the practitioner to acquire "human excellence and optimum
performance" and thereby become an invincible warrior.(25) The
purpose of the book is "to unlock the door to the extraordinary
human potentials inherent in each of us. To do this, we, like
governments around the world , must take a fresh look at
non-traditional methods of affecting reality. We must raise human
consciousness of the potential power of the individual body/mind
system -- the power to manipulate reality. We must be willing to
retake control of our past, present, and ultimately, our future."

Alexander is a friend of Vice President Al Gore Jr, their
relationship dating back to 1983 when Gore was in Alexander''s
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP "presented to selected
general officers and Senior Executive Service members"(27) a set
of techniques to modify behaviour patterns.(28) Among the first
generals to take the course was the then Lieutenant General
Maxwell Thurman, who later went on to receive his fourth star and
become Vice-Chief of Staff at the Army and Commander Southern
Command.(29) Among other senior participants were Tom Downey and
Major General Stubblebine, former Director of the Army
Intelligence Security Command.

"In 1983, the Jedi master (from the Star Wars movie - author)
provided an image and a name for the Jedi Project."(30) Jedi
Project''s aim was to seek and "construct teachable models of
behaviorable/physical excellence using unconventional means."(31)
According to Alexander the Jedi Project was to be a follow-up to
Neuro-Linguistic Programming skills. By using the influence of
friends such as Major General Stubblebine, who was then head of
the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, he managed to
fund Jedi. In reality the concept was old hat, re-christened by
Alexander. The original idea which was to show how "human will
power and human concentration affect performance more than any
other single factor"(32) using NLP skills, was the brainchild of
three independent people; Fritz Erikson, a Gestalt therapist,
Virginia Satir, a family therapist and Erick Erickson, a

Janet Morris

Janet Morris, co-author of THE WARRIOR''S EDGE, is best known as a
science fiction writer but has been a member of the New York
Academy of Sciences since 1980 and is a member of the Association
for Electronic Defense. She is also the Research Director of the
U.S. Global Strategy Council (USGSC). She was initiated into the
Japanese art of bioenergetics, Joh-re, the Indonesian brotherhood
of Subud, and graduated from the Silva course in advanced mind
control. She has been conducting remote viewing experiments for
fifteen years. She worked on a research project investigating
the effects of mind on probability in computer systems. Her
husband, Robert Morris, is a former judge and a key member of
the American Security Council.(33)

In a recent telephone conversation with the author,(34) Janet
Morris confirmed John Alexander''s involvement in mind control and
psychotronic projects in the Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Alexander and his team have recently been working with Dr Igor
Smirnov, a psychologist from the Moscow Institute of
Psychocorrelations. They were invited to the U.S. after Janet
Morris'' visit to Russia in 1991. There she was shown the
technique which was pioneered by the Russian Department of
Psycho-Correction at Moscow Medical Academy. The Russians employ
a technique to electronically analyze the human mind in order to
influence it. They input subliminal command messages, using key
words transmitted in "white noise" or music.(35) Using an
infrasound very low frequency-type transmission, the acoustic
psycho-correction message is transmitted via bone conduction --
ear plugs would not restrict the message. To do that would
require an entire body protection system. According to the
Russians the subliminal messages by-pass the conscious level and
are effective almost immediately.

C.B. Scott Jones

Jones is the former assistant to Senator Clairborne Pell
(Democrat, Rhode Island). Scott Jones was a member of U.S. Naval
Intelligence for 15 years, as well as Assistant Naval Attache,
New Delhi, India, in the 1960s. Jones has briefed the President''s
Scientific Advisory Committee, and has testified before House and
Senate Committees on intelligence matters. After the navy he
"worked in the private sector research and development community
involved in the U.S. government sponsored projects for the
Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
and U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command." He has been
head of the Rockerfeller Foundation for some time and chairs the
American Society for Psychical Research.(36)

Birds of a Feather

Alexander and C.B. Jones are members of the AVIARY, a group of
intelligence and Department of Defense officers and scientists
with a brief to discredit any serious research in the UFO field.
Each member of the Aviary bears a bird''s name. Jones is FALCON,
John Alexander is PENGUIN.

One of their agents; a UFO researcher known as William Moore, who
was introduced to John Alexander at a party in 1987 by Scott
Jones, confessed in front of an audience at a conference held by
the MUTUAL UFO NETWORK (MUFON) on July 1, 1989, in Las Vegas, how
he was promised inside information by the senior members of the
AVIARY in return for his obedience and service to them. He
participated in the propagation and dissemination of
disinformation fed to him by various members of the AVIARY. He
also confessed how he was instructed to target one particular
individual, an electronics expert, Dr Paul Bennewitz, who had
accumulated some UFO film footage and electronic signals which
were taking place in 1980 over the Menzano Weapons Storage areas,
at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. As a result of Moore''s
involvement, coupled with some surreptitious entries and
psychological techniques, Bennewitz ended up in a psychiatric

Just before the publication of my first paper unmasking two
members of the AVIARY(37) I was visited by two of their members
(MORNING DOVE and HAWK) who had travelled to the U.K. with a
message from the senior ranks advising me not to go ahead with my
expose. I rejected the proposal.

Immediately after the publication of that paper, and with the
full knowledge that myself and a handful of colleagues knew the
true identities of their members, John B. Alexander confessed
that he was indeed a member of the AVIARY, nicknamed PENGUIN. The
accuracy of our information was further confirmed to me by yet
another member of the AVIARY, Ron Pandolphi, PELICAN. Pandolphi
is a PhD in physics and works at the Rocket and Missile section
of the Office of the Deputy Director of Science and Technology,

In his book, OUT THERE,(38) the NEW YORK TIMES journalist Howard
Blum refers to "a UFO Working Group" within the Defense
Intelligence Agency. Despite DIA''s repeated denials,(39) the
existence of this working group has been confirmed to me by more
than one member of the group itself, including an independent
source in the Office of Naval Intelligence. The majority of the
group''s members are senior members of the AVIARY: Dr Christopher
Green (BLUEJAY) from the CIA,(40) Harold Puthoff (OWL) ex-NSA;
Dr Jack Verona (RAVEN) (DoD, one of the initiators of the DIA''s
Sleeping Beauty project which aimed to achieve battlefield
superiority using mind-altering electromagnetic weaponry); John
Alexander (PENGUIN) and Ron Pandolphi (PELICAN).

The mysterious "Col. Harold E. Phillips" who appears in Blum''s
OUT THERE is none other than John B. Alexander.

John Alexander''s position as the Program Manager for Contingency
Missions of Conventional Defense Technology, Los Alamos National
Laboratories, enabled him to exploit the Department of Defense''s
Project RELIANCE "which encourages a search for all possible
sources of existing and incipient technologies before developing
new technology in-house"(41) to tap into a wide range of exotic
topics, sometimes using defense contractors, e.g. McDonnell
Douglas Aerospace. I have several reports, some of which were
compiled before his departure to the Los Alamos National
Laboratories when he was with Army Intelligence, which show
Alexander''s keen interest in any and every exotic subject --
UFOs, ESP, psychotronics, anti-gravity devices, near death
experiments, psychology warfare and non-lethal weaponry.

John Alexander utilizes the bank of information he has
accumulated to try to develop psychotronic, psychological and
mind weaponry. He began thinking about non-lethal weapons a
decade ago in his paper "The New Mental Battlefield." He seems
to want to become a "Master." If he ever succeeds in this
ambition the rest of us ordinary mortals had better watch out.

1. Letter dated 2 April, 1993, to author from Mrs Victoria

2. The U.S. Army Chemical and Military Police used "Novel Effect
Weapons" against the women protesters at the Greenham Common

3. The United States Global Strategy Council is an independent
think tank, incorporated in 1981. It focuses on long-range
strategic issues. The founding members were Clare Boothe Luce,
General Maxwell Taylor, General Albert Wedemeyer, Dr Ray Cline
(Co-chair), Jeane Kirkpatrick (Co-chair), Morris Leibman, Henry
Luce III, J. William Middendorf II, Admiral Thomas H. Moorer USN
(retd), General Richard Stillwell (retd), Dr Michael A. Daniles
(President), Dr Dalton A. West (Executive Vice President). Its
Research Directors were Dr Yona Alexander, Dr Roger Fontaine,
Robert L. Katula and Janet Morris.

Global Strategy Council, 1991, p.4. Other staff members of the
USGSC are Steve Trevino, Dr John B. Alexander and Chris Morris.

5. The USGSC has issued a wide variety of papers on the Nonlethal
Weapons Concept. For example, IN SEARCH OF NONLETHAL STRATEGY



8. IN SEARCH OF... P.3.

9. In the recent cult siege in Waco, Texas, a "nonlethal"
technique, projecting subliminal messages, was used to influence
David Koresh -- without effect.


11. The computer data base compiled during the CIA/Army''s Project
OFTEN, examining several thousand chemical compounds, during
1976-1973, is a most likely candidate for any chemical agents for
nonlethal weapons.

12. The British MoD is already developing a "microwave bomb."
Work on the weapon is going on at the Defence Research Agency at
Farnborough, Hampshire. See SUNDAY TELEGRAPH September 27, 1992,
partly reproduced in LOBSTER 24, p.14.

The Royal Navy is already in possession of laser weapons which
dazzle aircraft pilots. The Red Cross has called for them to be
banned under the Geneva Convention because could permanently


14. Ibid.

15. The U.S. Navy, through its Project SEA SHADOW, has already
developed a stealth boat. Like the Lockheed F117A, stealth
fighter, it leaves no radar signature - BBC, Newsround, April 28,

16. Taped conversation with Janet Morris, March 1, 1993.

17. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, January 4, 1993.


Arbor, U.S.A., 1989) p.11.

20. Walden University, 801 Anchor Road Drive, Naples, Fl. 33904,
U.S.A. Walden University considers itself a non-traditional
university and does not offer any undergraduate courses to its

21. Brad Steiger, MYSTERIES OF SPACE AND TIME (Prentice Hall,
Engelwood Cliffs, New Jersey) pp.72 and 3. The U.S. Army Command
and General College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, issued this on
Alexander''s career: "Colonel John B. Alexander, U.S. Army
Retired, manages Antimateriel Technology at Los Alamos National
Laboratories, Los Alamos, New Mexico. His military assignments
included; Advanced Systems Concepts Office, Laboratory Command;
manager, Technology Integration Office, Army Material Command;
assistant deputy chief of staff, Technology Planning and
Management, Army Material Command; and chief, Advanced Human
Technology, Intelligence and Security Command."

22. Taped telephone conversation with Dr Scott Jones, August 17,

23. Taped telephone conversation with Maj. Edward Dames, June 27,
1992; and THE BULLETIN OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS, December 1992, p.6.

24. THE WARRIOR''S EDGE, Col. John B. Alexander, Maj. Richard
Groller and Janet Morris, (William Morrow Inc., New York, 1990).

25. Ibid. p.9.

26. Ibid. pp.9 and 10.

27. Ibid. p.47.

28. Ibid.

29. Ibid.

30. Ibid. pp.72 and 3.

31. Ibid. p.12.

32. Ibid. p. 13.

33. The American Security Council (ASC) Box 8, Boston, Virginia
22713, USA. ASC is militarist, anti-communist and right-wing.
Formed in the mid 1950s, the Council acts as a right-wing think
tank on foreign policy and lobbies for the expansion and
strengthening of U.S. military forces. In 1985 the ASC had 330,000
members. See, for example, the entry for the ASC in THE RADICAL
RIGHT: A WORLD DIRECTORY, compiled by Ciaran O Maolain (Longman,
London 1987).

34. Taped telephone conversation with Janet Morris, March 1,

35. In 1989 a U.S. Department of Defense consultant and
contractor explained to the author how he was asked to examine
the possibility of devising operational methods of transmitting
subliminal messages through the TV screen.

36. "Will the Real Scott Jones please stand up?" - unpublished
paper by George Hansen and Robert Durant, February 20, 1990, pp.4
and 5.

37. "The Birds" Armen Victorian, in U.K. UFO Magazine, Vol.11
No.3, July/August 1992, pp.4-7.

38. OUT THERE, Howard Blum (Simon and Schuster, London 1990)
pp.44, 46-51, 55-57.

39. DIA''s letters to author dated July 12, 1991, July 8, 1992 and
December 18, 1992.

40. Dr Christopher "Kit" Green, BLUEJAY, has admitted that the CIA
has compiled over 30,000 files on UFOs, 200 of which are
extremely interesting. Green was a key CIA member in examining
the UFO problem for several years.

41. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Institutional Plan Fiscal
Year 1992 - Fiscal Year 1997, p.14.

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