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For a book to move me as deeply as THE CATTLE has, it MUST be good, it must really be a page turner and this one IS. Beyond that, it must help me to awaken a sleeping populace to civil libertarian issues that all too often are ignored in our fast paced world, which leaves us all far too vulnerable to ENSLAVEMENT.
Greg M. Sarwa has humongous cajones to write this book and get it published. I hope someday to meet this brave Polish immigrant and have emailed him to let him know that if he travels to Vancouver BC or to Bellingham WA to do book signings, that he's always welcome to crash at my place and I told him I could put him in touch with people all over the world who would ALSO be glad to give him a FREE PLACE to stay anywhere he goes, because he DESERVES our help!!
You can order his book, and also see a TON of real life info on his website that he's trying to call attention to via his book at http://www.gregsarwa.com
(Especially take notice of this section: http://www.gregsarwa.com/real_life_links.html
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL REQUIRES RADIO ID TAGS FOR STUDENTS-
IAHF SENDS COMPLAINT TO PRINCIPAL- PLEASE JOIN ME IN POUNDING THIS GOON
Late last night I was reading his website after I got up to get a drink of water and had trouble returning to sleep.
I found a link to this chilling article on his site "California School Requires Radio ID Tags For Students" http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6946395/page/2/ about a middle school in California which as recently as a year ago required their students to wear RFID chips around their necks so they could be tracked and monitored as they moved about the school. This enabled the Principal and teachers to know if the kids were where they were supposed to be. It enabled them to know if they got to class on time, etc, but the most chilling thing about it is the CONDITIONING aspect.
These kids are being conditioned to thinking of themselves as CATTLE, as COMMODITIES no different than bar coded products on a supermarket shelf, and thats the REASON this RFID chip was hung around their necks- to PREPARE THEM to later think NOTHING of having a microchip from Applied Digital Solutions called the "Verichip" to be injected into their body enabling Big Brother to monitor their whereabouts via GPS coordinates and MORE!!!
I got good and pissed off when I read about what this school is doing to these kids, and emailed the letter (see below) to the Principal and Vice Principal. Please consider sending your OWN pissed off email to these power tripping cretins because they richly DESERVE to get the snot pounded out of them via an avalanche of furious email!
My dad taught me to NEVER just land a blow when you're in a fight, he taught me to DROP my opponent to make sure he never gets back UP again, and THAT is what we're all going to do to the NEW WORLD ORDER. We are NOT going to allow them to enslave us, we're going to beat their butts so hard they're going to go cryin' back to Satan sayin' it ain't no use- the people of planet earth REFUSE to be enslaved, because IAHF is rallying multitudes who REFUSE to just "bend over".
Dad was a trained killer. He learned his craft well as a Navy SEAL commanding a pre invasion task force in the South Pacific during WW2. I grew up having bloody fist fights with this tyrant and endured being forced to do pushups til I dropped for failing the military inspections he'd do of my room in which he'd drop a quarter off the bedsheets which I was supposed to have pulled tighter than a drum so it would bounce, but since I never DID, he'd make me drop and do pushups til I dropped. I used to hate the man, but made peace with him before he died because I realized he had actually done me a FAVOR by making me one disciplined NWO destroying SOB who is more than capable of making the likes of Bush and Cheney wish they'd never been born, especially with all of YOUR HELP ;->
If I had kids, and they were students at this school in California thats forcing kids to be tracked like cattle, I'd equip my kid with a TASER (Stun Gun) and I'd instruct the kid to ZAP the friggin' RFID chip on the tag they're forcing them to wear around their necks in order to DISABLE the damn thing, and I'd further instruct him to ZAP any teacher or the PRINCIPAL if the bastards tried to mess with him or her any FURTHER. And if THAT wasn't sufficient, I'd march down to that school to yell in their faces loud enough to pop some eardrums. The veins in my neck would be bulging, and I'd be in fight or flight mode, ready, willing, and more than happy to punch the LIGHTS out of these evil tyrants..... Check out this LETTER I just sent them last night, and PLEASE FOWARD IT. Consider sending them your OWN pissed off letter as well!!!
If reading my letter to the PRINCIPAL of this school (see below these comments) puts a SMILE on your face, and you would like to ASSIST IAHF and Kevin Miller in making a badly needed UPDATED/ EXPANDED version of his CODEX STOPPING documentary film "We Become Silent", please know that we must raise $1100. to be able to rent the 2 BR living room suite at a hotel near Expo West http://www.expowest.com vitamin trade show that we had LAST YEAR where we did most of the filming for the film in its original form (http://www.welltv.com ) It is IMPERATIVE that we UPDATE this film if we are to have a CHANCE to stop Codex from coming here.
We NEED to add info to the film about the dire need to kill the North American Cooperative Security Act which threatens to force Canada, the USA and Mexico into a planned North American Union (patterned after the EU Dictatorship.) We also need to add info to the film about the TCC (Trans Texas Corridor) the huge highway/ rail system intended to bisect our nation as it goes straight as an arrow from the Mexican to the Canadian border to link the 3 countries together much like the Chunnel interconnects England with France. We don't NEED this dog waste folks, we need to get MAD AS HELL and STOP TAKIN' IT!!! IAHF needs YOU to order our EDUCATION KIT and we will WORK with you to help you organize local meetings in your area. I would be glad to speak at them via speakerphone, or help bring you up to speed so you can do your OWN speaking. To order this EDUCATION KIT and to DONATE to IAHF, please send a MINIMUM of $50. to: IAHF 556 Boundary Bay Rd., Point Roberts, WA 98281 USA. Also you can pay/donate via paypal at http://www.iahf.com the paypal link is on the top of the scrollbar inside the site. If that is more than you can afford, but you still want to help, let me know, theres plenty for us all to do and lots of ways to help.
To: Earnie Graham, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org; Vince Garofalo, Vice Princpal email@example.com
Brittan Elementary School
Sutter CA http://www.brittan.k12.ca.us/
From: John C. Hammell, President
International Advocates for Health Freedom
556 Boundary Bay Rd.
Point Roberts WA 98281 USA
Dear Mr.Graham, and Mr.Garofalo:
I read this article "California School Requires Radio ID Tags For Students" http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6946395/page/2/ about your school after learning about it from the website of Greg M. Sarwa, author of a novel that I read titled The Cattle : http://www.gregsarwa.com Sarwa wrote this novel in order to raise badly needed questions about the immense threat posed to our privacy and liberty via the technology which you are (or hopefully only WERE) so cavalierly forcing on your students.
Since this article about your school was published one year ago, and it stated that you have fielded numerous angry complaints from parents of the students in your charge, I would appreciate knowing whether or not you are still requiring use of these Radio ID Tags to monitor your students or not?
I also am wondering if you have seen this particular section of Mr.Sarwa's website http://www.tldm.org/News4/MarkoftheBeast.htm and whether or not you've read his novel titled The Cattle ?
My concern is that of a civil libertarian who feels that while this Radio ID technology may SEEM innocuous, what you're actually doing by requiring its use is the following:
** You're conditioning your students to accepting an even GREATER level of intrusion at some future time in their lives- to whit: forced injection of an RFID microchip such as Applied Digital Solution's "Verichip" http://www.adsx.com/ Our illustrious government has laid the "REAL ID ACT" on us, which required Passports to contain RFID chips as of November 2005, and Drivers Licenses are required to have RFID chips by 2008 (unless the legislation can be amended which many are trying to do.)
Here we see that Verichip has been HACKED: http://www.spychips.com/press-releases/verichip-hacked.html which sets up anyone who doesn't DISABLE the chip in their Passport or Drivers License with the severe threat of IDENTITY THEFT.
I personally think the government WANTS Identity Theft to happen, knowing it would MANUFACTURE CONSENT for the chipping of people's BODIES.
Please note the SPIN being employed by Applied Digital Solutions publicly traded company to manufacture consent for even more widespread use of this implanted microchip:
Identification for People
Identification for Access Control
Identification for Animals
Identification for Government and Military Assets
Identification for High-Value Assets
They're saying things like "Alzheimers patients should be chipped to keep them from wandering out of the nursing home so an alarm will go off if they attempt to exit certain corridors or attempt to get on an elevator by which they could exit the building."
"Fido should be chipped so if he runs off, the owner of the dog can find him."
"Newborns should be chipped to avoid mixups with babies at the hospital."
"Livestock should be chipped for inventory purposes and to keep track of where they are."
"Government, and Military assets should be chipped to deter theft."
"High value assets including automobiles should be chipped to deter theft."
The problem, as I see it, for what you're doing is that it fosters a sense in a child's mind that he is nothing more than a "production unit", a "commodity".
How is this consistent with your school's Student Handbook in which your mission statement says students are to be respected?
What you are doing is WRONG and ORWELLIAN from my perspective, and I would really appreciate knowing if you still have this program or if you have abandoned it.
Its moving ALL of us that much closer to having a chip implanted in the back of our hand, and its moving us closer to the cashless society that the world's ruling elite are attempting to force us into so they can turn this into a prison planet.
The CIA has a program called the MKULTRA Mind Control Program via which they've been experimenting since the end of WW2 with Mind Control Technology.
One of the things they've been experimenting with has been implanted microchips that can be tracked via GPS enabling them to bombard the wearer with microwaves for control purposes. If you are unfamiliar with this program, please read the following:
Especially see The Mind Has No Firewall
The Mind Has No Firewall
The Mind Has No Firewall
This article first appeared in the Spring 1998 issue of Parameters 3/3/98
Mr. Timothy L. Thomas
Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
"It is completely clear that the state which is first to create such weapons will achieve incomparable superiority." -- Major I. Chernishev, Russian army 
The human body, much like a computer, contains myriad data processors. They include, but are not limited to, the chemical-electrical activity of the brain, heart, and peripheral nervous system, the signals sent from the cortex region of the brain to other parts of our body, the tiny hair cells in the inner ear that process auditory signals, and the light-sensitive retina and cornea of the eye that process visual activity. We are on the threshold of an era in which these data processors of the human body may be manipulated or debilitated. Examples of unplanned attacks on the body's data-processing capability are well-documented. Strobe lights have been known to cause epileptic seizures. Not long ago in Japan, children watching television cartoons were subjected to pulsating lights that caused seizures in some and made others very sick.
Defending friendly and targeting adversary data-processing capabilities of the body appears to be an area of weakness in the US approach to information warfare theory, a theory oriented heavily toward systems data-processing and designed to attain information dominance on the battlefield. Or so it would appear from information in the open, unclassified press. This US shortcoming may be a serious one, since the capabilities to alter the data- processing systems of the body already exist. A recent edition of U.S. News and World Report highlighted several of these "wonder weapons" (acoustics, microwaves, lasers) and noted that scientists are "searching the electromagnetic and sonic spectrums for wavelengths that can affect human behavior." A recent Russian military article offered a slightly different slant to the problem, declaring that "humanity stands on the brink of a psychotronic war" with the mind and body as the focus. That article discussed Russian and international attempts to control the psycho-physical condition of man and his decisionmaking processes by the use of VHF-generators, "noiseless cassettes," and other technologies.
An entirely new arsenal of weapons, based on devices designed to introduce subliminal messages or to alter the body's psychological and data-processing capabilities, might be used to incapacitate individuals. These weapons aim to control or alter the psyche, or to attack the various sensory and data-processing systems of the human organism. In both cases, the goal is to confuse or destroy the signals that normally keep the body in equilibrium.
This article examines energy-based weapons, psychotronic weapons, and other developments designed to alter the ability of the human body to process stimuli. One consequence of this assessment is that the way we commonly use the term "information warfare" falls short when the individual soldier, not his equipment, becomes the target of attack.
Information Warfare Theory and the Data-Processing Element of Humans
In the United States the common conception of information warfare focuses primarily on the capabilities of hardware systems such as computers, satellites, and military equipment which process data in its various forms. According to Department of Defense Directive S-3600.1 of 9 December 1996, information warfare is defined as "an information operation conducted during time of crisis or conflict to achieve or promote specific objectives over a specific adversary or adversaries." An information operation is defined in the same directive as "actions taken to affect adversary information and information systems while defending one's own information and information systems." These "information systems" lie at the heart of the modernization effort of the US armed forces and other countries, and manifest themselves as hardware, software, communications capabilities, and highly trained individuals. Recently, the US Army conducted a mock battle that tested these systems under simulated combat conditions.
US Army Field Manual 101-5-1, Operational Terms and Graphics (released 30 September 1997), defines information warfare as "actions taken to achieve information superiority by affecting a hostile's information, information based-processes, and information systems, while defending one's own information, information processes, and information systems." The same manual defines information operations as a "continuous military operation within the military information environment that enables, enhances, and protects friendly forces' ability to collect, process, and act on information to achieve an advantage across the full range of military operations. [Information operations include] interacting with the Global Information Environment . . . and exploiting or denying an adversary's information and decision capabilities."
This "systems" approach to the study of information warfare emphasizes the use of data, referred to as information, to penetrate an adversary's physical defenses that protect data (information) in order to obtain operational or strategic advantage. It has tended to ignore the role of the human body as an information- or data-processor in this quest for dominance except in those cases where an individual's logic or rational thought may be upset via disinformation or deception. As a consequence little attention is directed toward protecting the mind and body with a firewall as we have done with hardware systems. Nor have any techniques for doing so been prescribed. Yet the body is capable not only of being deceived, manipulated, or misinformed but also shut down or destroyed--just as any other data-processing system. The "data" the body receives from external sources--such as electromagnetic, vortex, or acoustic energy waves--or creates through its own electrical or chemical stimuli can be manipulated or changed just as the data (information) in any hardware system can be altered.
The only body-related information warfare element considered by the United States is psychological operations (PSYOP). In Joint Publication 3-13.1, for example, PSYOP is listed as one of the elements of command and control warfare. The publication notes that "the ultimate target of [information warfare] is the information dependent process, whether human or automated . . . . Command and control warfare (C2W) is an application of information warfare in military operations. . . . C2W is the integrated use of PSYOP, military deception, operations security, electronic warfare and physical destruction."
One source defines information as a "nonaccidental signal used as an input to a computer or communications system." The human body is a complex communication system constantly receiving nonaccidental and accidental signal inputs, both external and internal. If the ultimate target of information warfare is the information-dependent process, "whether human or automated," then the definition in the joint publication implies that human data-processing of internal and external signals can clearly be considered an aspect of information warfare. Foreign researchers have noted the link between humans as data processors and the conduct of information warfare. While some study only the PSYOP link, others go beyond it. As an example of the former, one recent Russian article described offensive information warfare as designed to "use the Internet channels for the purpose of organizing PSYOP as well as for 'early political warning' of threats to American interests." The author's assertion was based on the fact that "all mass media are used for PSYOP . . . [and] today this must include the Internet." The author asserted that the Pentagon wanted to use the Internet to "reinforce psychological influences" during special operations conducted outside of US borders to enlist sympathizers, who would accomplish many of the tasks previously entrusted to special units of the US armed forces.
Others, however, look beyond simple PSYOP ties to consider other aspects of the body's data-processing capability. One of the principal open source researchers on the relationship of information warfare to the body's data-processing capability is Russian Dr. Victor Solntsev of the Baumann Technical Institute in Moscow. Solntsev is a young, well-intentioned researcher striving to point out to the world the potential dangers of the computer operator interface. Supported by a network of institutes and academies, Solntsev has produced some interesting concepts. He insists that man must be viewed as an open system instead of simply as an organism or closed system. As an open system, man communicates with his environment through information flows and communications media. One's physical environment, whether through electromagnetic, gravitational, acoustic, or other effects, can cause a change in the psycho-physiological condition of an organism, in Solntsev's opinion. Change of this sort could directly affect the mental state and consciousness of a computer operator. This would not be electronic war or information warfare in the traditional sense, but rather in a nontraditional and non-US sense. It might encompass, for example, a computer modified to become a weapon by using its energy output to emit acoustics that debilitate the operator. It also might encompass, as indicated below, futuristic weapons aimed against man's "open system."
Solntsev also examined the problem of "information noise," which creates a dense shield between a person and external reality. This noise may manifest itself in the form of signals, messages, images, or other items of information. The main target of this noise would be the consciousness of a person or a group of people. Behavior modification could be one objective of information noise; another could be to upset an individual's mental capacity to such an extent as to prevent reaction to any stimulus. Solntsev concludes that all levels of a person's psyche (subconscious, conscious, and "superconscious") are potential targets for destabilization.
According to Solntsev, one computer virus capable of affecting a person's psyche is Russian Virus 666. It manifests itself in every 25th frame of a visual display, where it produces a combination of colors that allegedly put computer operators into a trance. The subconscious perception of the new pattern eventually results in arrhythmia of the heart. Other Russian computer specialists, not just Solntsev, talk openly about this "25th frame effect" and its ability to subtly manage a computer user's perceptions. The purpose of this technique is to inject a thought into the viewer's subconscious. It may remind some of the subliminal advertising controversy in the United States in the late 1950s.
US Views on "Wonder Weapons": Altering the Data-Processing Ability of the Body
What technologies have been examined by the United States that possess the potential to disrupt the data-processing capabilities of the human organism? The 7 July 1997 issue of U.S. News and World Report described several of them designed, among other things, to vibrate the insides of humans, stun or nauseate them, put them to sleep, heat them up, or knock them down with a shock wave. The technologies include dazzling lasers that can force the pupils to close; acoustic or sonic frequencies that cause the hair cells in the inner ear to vibrate and cause motion sickness, vertigo, and nausea, or frequencies that resonate the internal organs causing pain and spasms; and shock waves with the potential to knock down humans or airplanes and which can be mixed with pepper spray or chemicals.
With modification, these technological applications can have many uses. Acoustic weapons, for example, could be adapted for use as acoustic rifles or as acoustic fields that, once established, might protect facilities, assist in hostage rescues, control riots, or clear paths for convoys. These waves, which can penetrate buildings, offer a host of opportunities for military and law enforcement officials. Microwave weapons, by stimulating the peripheral nervous system, can heat up the body, induce epileptic-like seizures, or cause cardiac arrest. Low-frequency radiation affects the electrical activity of the brain and can cause flu-like symptoms and nausea. Other projects sought to induce or prevent sleep, or to affect the signal from the motor cortex portion of the brain, overriding voluntary muscle movements. The latter are referred to as pulse wave weapons, and the Russian government has reportedly bought over 100,000 copies of the "Black Widow" version of them.
However, this view of "wonder weapons" was contested by someone who should understand them. Brigadier General Larry Dodgen, Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Policy and Missions, wrote a letter to the editor about the "numerous inaccuracies" in the U.S. News and World Report article that "misrepresent the Department of Defense's views." Dodgen's primary complaint seemed to have been that the magazine misrepresented the use of these technologies and their value to the armed forces. He also underscored the US intent to work within the scope of any international treaty concerning their application, as well as plans to abandon (or at least redesign) any weapon for which countermeasures are known. One is left with the feeling, however, that research in this area is intense. A concern not mentioned by Dodgen is that other countries or non-state actors may not be bound by the same constraints. It is hard to imagine someone with a greater desire than terrorists to get their hands on these technologies. "Psycho-terrorism" could be the next buzzword.
Russian Views on "Psychotronic War"
The term "psycho-terrorism" was coined by Russian writer N. Anisimov of the Moscow Anti-Psychotronic Center. According to Anisimov, psychotronic weapons are those that act to "take away a part of the information which is stored in a man's brain. It is sent to a computer, which reworks it to the level needed for those who need to control the man, and the modified information is then reinserted into the brain." These weapons are used against the mind to induce hallucinations, sickness, mutations in human cells, "zombification," or even death. Included in the arsenal are VHF generators, X-rays, ultrasound, and radio waves. Russian army Major I. Chernishev, writing in the military journal Orienteer in February 1997, asserted that "psy" weapons are under development all over the globe. Specific types of weapons noted by Chernishev (not all of which have prototypes) were:
A psychotronic generator, which produces a powerful electromagneticn emanation capable of being sent through telephone lines, TV, radio networks, supply pipes, and incandescent lamps.
An autonomous generator, a device that operates in the 10-150 Hertz band, which at the 10-20 Hertz band forms an infrasonic oscillation that is destructive to all living creatures.
A nervous system generator, designed to paralyze the central nervous systems of insects, which could have the same applicability to humans.
Ultrasound emanations, which one institute claims to have developed. Devices using ultrasound emanations are supposedly capable of carrying out bloodless internal operations without leaving a mark on the skin. They can also, according to Chernishev, be used to kill.
Noiseless cassettes. Chernishev claims that the Japanese have developed the ability to place infra-low frequency voice patterns over music, patterns that are detected by the subconscious. Russians claim to be using similar "bombardments" with computer programming to treat alcoholism or smoking.
The 25th-frame effect, alluded to above, a technique wherein each 25th frame of a movie reel or film footage contains a message that is picked up by the subconscious. This technique, if it works, could possibly be used to curb smoking and alcoholism, but it has wider, more sinister applications if used on a TV audience or a computer operator.
Psychotropics, defined as medical preparations used to induce a trance, euphoria, or depression. Referred to as "slow-acting mines," they could be slipped into the food of a politician or into the water supply of an entire city. Symptoms include headaches, noises, voices or commands in the brain, dizziness, pain in the abdominal cavities, cardiac arrhythmia, or even the destruction of the cardiovascular system.
There is confirmation from US researchers that this type of study is going on. Dr. Janet Morris, coauthor of The Warrior's Edge, reportedly went to the Moscow Institute of Psychocorrelations in 1991. There she was shown a technique pioneered by the Russian Department of Psycho-Correction at Moscow Medical Academy in which researchers electronically analyze the human mind in order to influence it. They input subliminal command messages, using key words transmitted in "white noise" or music. Using an infra-sound, very low frequency transmission, the acoustic psycho-correction message is transmitted via bone conduction.
In summary, Chernishev noted that some of the militarily significant aspects of the "psy" weaponry deserve closer research, including the following nontraditional methods for disrupting the psyche of an individual:
ESP research: determining the properties and condition of objects without ever making contact with them and "reading" peoples' thoughts
Clairvoyance research: observing objects that are located just beyond the world of the visible--used for intelligence purposes
Telepathy research: transmitting thoughts over a distance--used for covert operations
Telekinesis research: actions involving the manipulation of physical objects using thought power, causing them to move or break apart--used against command and control systems, or to disrupt the functioning of weapons of mass destruction
Psychokinesis research: interfering with the thoughts of individuals, on either the strategic or tactical level
While many US scientists undoubtedly question this research, it receives strong support in Moscow. The point to underscore is that individuals in Russia (and other countries as well) believe these means can be used to attack or steal from the data-processing unit of the human body.
Solntsev's research, mentioned above, differs slightly from that of Chernishev. For example, Solntsev is more interested in hardware capabilities, specifically the study of the information-energy source associated with the computer-operator interface. He stresses that if these energy sources can be captured and integrated into the modern computer, the result will be a network worth more than "a simple sum of its components." Other researchers are studying high-frequency generators (those designed to stun the psyche with high frequency waves such as electromagnetic, acoustic, and gravitational); the manipulation or reconstruction of someone's thinking through planned measures such as reflexive control processes; the use of psychotronics, parapsychology, bioenergy, bio fields, and psychoenergy; and unspecified "special operations" or anti-ESP training.
The last item is of particular interest. According to a Russian TV broadcast, the strategic rocket forces have begun anti-ESP training to ensure that no outside force can take over command and control functions of the force. That is, they are trying to construct a firewall around the heads of the operators.
At the end of July 1997, planners for Joint Warrior Interoperability Demonstration '97 "focused on technologies that enhance real-time collaborative planning in a multinational task force of the type used in Bosnia and in Operation Desert Storm. The JWID '97 network, called the Coalition Wide-Area Network (CWAN), is the first military network that allows allied nations to participate as full and equal partners." The demonstration in effect was a trade fair for private companies to demonstrate their goods; defense ministries got to decide where and how to spend their money wiser, in many cases without incurring the cost of prototypes. It is a good example of doing business better with less. Technologies demonstrated included:
Soldiers using laptop computers to drag cross-hairs over maps to call in airstrikes
Soldiers carrying beepers and mobile phones rather than guns
Generals tracking movements of every unit, counting the precise number of shells fired around the globe, and inspecting real-time damage inflicted on an enemy, all with multicolored graphics
Every account of this exercise emphasized the ability of systems to process data and provide information feedback via the power invested in their microprocessors. The ability to affect or defend the data-processing capability of the human operators of these systems was never mentioned during the exercise; it has received only slight attention during countless exercises over the past several years. The time has come to ask why we appear to be ignoring the operators of our systems. Clearly the information operator, exposed before a vast array of potentially immobilizing weapons, is the weak spot in any nation's military assets. There are few international agreements protecting the individual soldier, and these rely on the good will of the combatants. Some nations, and terrorists of every stripe, don't care about such agreements.
This article has used the term data-processing to demonstrate its importance to ascertaining what so-called information warfare and information operations are all about. Data-processing is the action this nation and others need to protect. Information is nothing more than the output of this activity. As a result, the emphasis on information-related warfare terminology ("information dominance," "information carousel") that has proliferated for a decade does not seem to fit the situation before us. In some cases the battle to affect or protect data-processing elements pits one mechanical system against another. In other cases, mechanical systems may be confronted by the human organism, or vice versa, since humans can usually shut down any mechanical system with the flip of a switch. In reality, the game is about protecting or affecting signals, waves, and impulses that can influence the data-processing elements of systems, computers, or people. We are potentially the biggest victims of information warfare, because we have neglected to protect ourselves.
Our obsession with a "system of systems," "information dominance," and other such terminology is most likely a leading cause of our neglect of the human factor in our theories of information warfare. It is time to change our terminology and our conceptual paradigm. Our terminology is confusing us and sending us in directions that deal primarily with the hardware, software, and communications components of the data-processing spectrum. We need to spend more time researching how to protect the humans in our data management structures. Nothing in those structures can be sustained if our operators have been debilitated by potential adversaries or terrorists who--right now--may be designing the means to disrupt the human component of our carefully constructed notion of a system of systems.
1. I. Chernishev, "Can Rulers Make 'Zombies' and Control the World?" Orienteer, February 1997, pp. 58-62.
2. Douglas Pasternak, "Wonder Weapons," U.S. News and World Report, 7 July 1997, pp. 38-46.
3. Ibid., p. 38.
4. FM 101-5-1, Operational Terms and Graphics, 30 September 1997, p. 1-82.
5. Joint Pub 3-13.1, Joint Doctrine for Command and Control Warfare (C2W), 7 February 1996, p. v.
6. The American Heritage Dictionary (2d College Ed.; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982), p. 660, definition 4.
7. Denis Snezhnyy, "Cybernetic Battlefield & National Security," Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye, No. 10, 15-21 March 1997, p. 2.
8. Victor I. Solntsev, "Information War and Some Aspects of a Computer Operator's Defense," talk given at an Infowar Conference in Washington, D.C., September 1996, sponsored by the National Computer Security Association. Information in this section is based on notes from Dr. Solntsev's talk.
9. Pasternak, p. 40.
10. Ibid., pp. 40-46.
12. Larry Dodgen, "Nonlethal Weapons," U.S. News and World Report, 4 August 1997, p. 5.
13. "Background on the Aviary," Nexus Magazine, downloaded from the Internet on 13 July 1997 from www.execpc.com/vjentpr/nexusavi.html, p.7.
14. Aleksandr Cherkasov, "The Front Where Shots Aren't Fired," Orienteer, May 1995, p. 45. This article was based on information in the foreign and Russian press, according to the author, making it impossible to pinpoint what his source was for this reference.
15. Bob Brewin, "DOD looks for IT 'golden nuggets,'" Federal Computer Week, 28 July 1997, p. 31, as taken from the Earlybird Supplement, 4 August 1997, p. B 17.
16. Oliver August, "Zap! Hard day at the office for NATO's laptop warriors," The Times, 28 July 1997, as taken from the Earlybird Supplement, 4 August 1997, p. B 16.
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy L. Thomas (USA Ret.) is an analyst at the Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Recently he has written extensively on the Russian view of information operations and on current Russian military-political issues. During his military career he served in the 82d Airborne Division and was the Department Head of Soviet Military-Political Affairs at the US Army's Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany.
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