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Secret Intelligence Service

Unit Seminar

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Secret Intelligence Service
(C-I) Unit. Seminar.
Harrogate. 04 02 2019

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Full Brief : Developing the potential of subliminal messages – Operational use

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NOTE : This is not intended that you agree with it, a good amount is intended that you do not and to reason why by virtue of recourse to past and much more detailed discussions and their application which appear on the website. Mind control techniques.

 Perception is shown to have occurred  >below the threshold of conscious sensory experience when a person responds to a stimulus that is too weak in intensity or too short in duration for the person to be aware of it.

Individual behaviour without awareness of the stimulus, of which subliminal perception is a sub-type, has been a subject of study for the greater part of this century, thus a good amount of technical data has been collated on the subject.

Recently the subject of subliminals has been associated with theories of depth analysis and popularised for possible commercial manipulation by advertisers.

For example, an increase in cola and / or ice cream sales in a cinema has been said to have been stimulated by subliminal interruptions of the feature film with an advertisement urging the audiece to buy some. The exposure time used, a mere fraction of a second, being too brief for conscious discrimination by the observer captivated in the film story but presumably sufficiently long to have some stimulating effect. The advertisers who are currently interested in this phenomenon as a marketing technique contend that the short-duration stimulus appeals to a positive motive, for example an appetite for ice cream, without arousing the rational, conscious sales-resistance of the individual/s, based maybe, on the desire to spend money.

This becomes more complex with respect to a product to which there is no specific pre-existing positive motive to acquire. The appeal is now pronounced to be directed to a deep underlying motive presumed to be always operating, never satiated, just as the sex drive. The masked stimulus arouses some aspect of this pervasive sex drive, a drive which can hardly be directly satiated in polite society and one of which the conscious recognition of is more or less anxiety-producing. The vague discomfort the individual feels as a result of sub-conscious stimulation must be calmed by some associated gratification, and this gratification, the advertiser wants, is the socially acceptable acquisition of the product which is being promoted.

There are several leaps in logic in the advertiser’s argument, and a great many places where the scheme can go awry – having taken several psychological phenomena which have been demonstrated to a limited degree in controlled laboratory experiments and strung them together into an appealing argument for a technique. Because part of what is being promoted is supported by lab data, however, it has sufficient status to warrant our attention.

The operational potential of other techniques for stimulating a person to take a specific controlled action without the person being aware of the stimulus, or the source of stimulation, has in the past caught the attention of intelligence services. Yes. Interest in the operational potential of subliminal perception has precedent in serious consideration of the techniques of, though not confined to; hypnosis, extrasensory perception, and various forms of conditioning. Via each of these techniques, it has been demonstrated that certain individuals can at certain times and under certain circumstances be influenced to act abnormally without awareness of the influence, or at least without antagonism toward the influence.

Upon careful scrutiny, of these method, it becomes apparent that although they occasionally produce dramatic results, their lack of reliability and their requirement for extremely precise controls to obtain the desired effect have limited their operational utility to a very few very specialised instances, i.e., situations where just the right persons can be put together at just the right moment under closely controlled circumstances. The primary danger observed in connection with this unreliability is that of a flashback, of inadvertently producing the opposite effect to that desired. It has to be said that subliminal perception as a practical control or persuasion technique is prone to the same difficulties.

There are four principal categories of behaviour without awareness.

The individual may be unaware of :

(I) his/her behaviour

He/she may be whispering without realising, or may be moving into a trap without knowing that the trap is there. A special case is abnormal behaviour in which the individual fails to realise what he/she is doing because normal awareness and self-control have been interrupted by disturbing agents such as; fear, anxiety, illness, drugs, or hypnotic suggestion.

(II) the relation of his/her behaviour to some stimulus

The individual may be unaware of the fact that his/her interrogator is influencing saying “Yes” after certain statements and by remaining non-committal after others. This is operant conditioning.

(III) the stimulus itself, because of its slight impact

The individual may be unaware of a very faint sound or a quick flash of light, unaware in the sense that he/she lacks the usual visual sensations. Subliminal perception falls into this category.

(IV) the precise nature of the stimulus, as well as its relation to his/her behaviour, due to lack of attention.

The individual may be aware of vague sensations, but not aware either of the source or of the significant content of the stimulation, although his/her behaviour may change in accordance with changes in the stimulus. This category includes a great deal of perceptual activity affecting ordinary social behaviour. A person is often unaware of the specific cues and clues to which he/she is reacting not because the stimulus is insufficient to reach the consciousness but because the effort to be fully aware of all the cues all the time would create too great a cognitive load.

Theoretically, in persuading a person to do something he/she normally or rationally would resist doing an intelligence officer can make use certain categories of psychological processes. Usually the purpose is to produce behaviour of which the individual is unaware. The use of subliminal perception, on the other hand, is a device to keep him/she unaware of the source of the stimulation. The desire here is not to keep him/her unaware of what is being done, but rather to keep him/her unaware of why it is being done, by masking the external cue or message with subliminal presentation and so stimulating an unrecognised motive.

 

In order to develop the subliminal perception process for use as a reliable operational technique, it would be necessary (I) to define the composition of a subliminal cue or message which will trigger an appropriate pre-existing motive, (II) to determine the limits of intensity between which this stimulus is effective but not consciously perceived, (III) to determine what pre-existing motive will produce the desired abnormal action and under what conditions it is operative, and (IV) to overcome the defences aroused by consciousness of the action itself.

As to the composition of the subliminal cue, it cannot be supposed that just any message presented close below the threshold of recognition will be translated into appropriate action. The determination of the right kind of message in terms of content, number and type of words or symbols, grouping of symbols, and so forth has been the object of a great deal of psychological experiment. There is a good deal of lore and a few rather vague principles available, but generally they concern rather trivial areas of action from the viewpoint of the intelligence officer. Since the effectiveness of the procedure depends on not arousing the person’s defence mechanisms, and since defence mechanisms are not only peculiar to each individual but hard to discover, it is difficult to specify even what is to be avoided in the composition of the subliminal cue in order not to arouse the defences.

Thresholds of recognition are variable and difficult to determine. If the intensity of the stimulus is much below an individual’s threshold it does not get through to even the most automatic areas of the sensorium. But recognition thresholds vary tremendously, not only among individuals, but also in the same individual from one time to another, in accordance with physical situation, physiological condition, and above all the degree to which he/she is psychologically attuned to the particular content of the message. A normal human being is an infinitely more complex receiving instrument than any electronic gadget, and adjusting a stimulus for such a variable receiver is difficult. In most of the laboratory studies on which the current theories of subliminal perception are based there has been a long pretrial period requiring the subject’s full cooperation to zero him/her in on the subliminal signal. Such preparation is clearly not feasible for operational use. The message must therefore be transmitted on a much wider intensity band and may frequently not get through or may on the other hand penetrate to the subject’s consciousness and arouse the defenses.

The message once received is presumed to trigger a sensitive subconscious motivation to action. There are numerous psychological theories regarding such inner functions as you know, but little definitely known about these. If a somewhat homogeneous sample of people is tested a number of times, most of them will be sensitive most of the time to the subliminal cue; but some individuals, for a great variety of reasons one can little more than guess at, will be insensitive. In this minority of instances the individual may do nothing, may do something trivial and irrelevant, or may do the exact opposite of what was intended.

If the subliminal cue is to work by tripping off an existing motive to action, one must know what motives are positive and operant at the moment. The obvious basic drives (e.g., hunger, sex) are oftentimes satiated and oftentimes subordinated. With a great deal of knowledge regarding the individual, some predictability can be attained, but it is still a matter of probabilities. The percentage of instances will be high where the opposite motive to that desired will be tripped off.

Thus there appears to be a myriad of factors that even the most simplified empirical tests carried out with the best possible cooperation of the subjects are rarely marked by really significant reliability. Furthermore, with such a large number of variables and relatively low reliability, it is difficult to determine whether the controlled variable or uncontrolled artifacts are producing whatever results one does observe.

In additionb, the subliminal device to avoid alerting an individual’s defences by masking the cue and the basic motive does not cover the effect of awareness of the resultant abnormal action itself, with its implications and consequences. Assuming that one could persuade to such action by presenting a cue subliminally, there is no way of effecting the action without awareness and without tripping off defenses and rational resistance.

It might be well to and only tentatively, that there are so many elusive variables and so many sources of irregularity in the device of directing subliminal messages to a target individual that its operational feasibility is somewhat limited.

On the other hand, this is NOT the case. Why, and by virtue of recourse to what particular mind control techniques that we have pursued? Hint; these techniques (and developed) appear on the website.

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Secret Intelligence Service
(C-I) Unit. Seminar.
Harrogate. 04 02 2019

Developing the potential of subliminal messages – operational use.

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Secret Intelligence Service

Unit Seminar

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Adversitate. Custodi. Per Verum

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