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Psychotronic weapons are a technology researched during the Cold War by the U.S.S.R, relating to mind control. The class of weapons are reportedly used against the mind to modify the thought process of humans, with the use of electromagnetic radiation and the assistance of advanced computers in order to "induce hallucinations, sickness, mutations in human cells, or even death." Underlying technologies studied included VHF generators, X-rays, ultrasound, and radio waves. Russian Army Major I. Chernishev, wrote in the military journal Orienteer in February 1997, that “psy” weapons were being researched and developed all over the world. In March of 2012, Russian Defense Minister, Anatoly Serdyukov said “The development of weaponry based on new physics principles; direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons, psychotronic weapons, etc., is part of the state arms procurement program for 2011-2020." The program came to the attention of groups such as The National Security Agency and the Joint Forces Staff College who have analyzed Russian research into this subject.
Alleged use against civilians
In studying auditory hallucinions, Ralph Hoffman, a professor of psychiatry at Yale specializing in delusions, reports that people often ascribe voices in their heads to external sources including government harassment, God, and dead relatives. Hoffman said a growing number of subjects have informed him of mind control related sites that confirm their experiences. he says "the views of these belief systems are like a shark that has to be constantly fed, if you don't feed the delusion, sooner or later it will die out or diminish on its own." Other mental health experts have looked closely at these web sites, and are careful to note that there is no way to prove that posters are suffering from mental illness. Whether or not these sites and groups are beneficial is questionable, some believe it could be delusion reinforcing, and others note that social support can be beneficial. The Washington Post reported in 2007 that there are a growing number of US citizens who allege that the government is using "psychotronic torture" against them and who campaign to stop the use of psychotronic and other "mind control" weapons.
In 2001, Dennis Kucinich proposed legislation before the 107th Congress to ban space based and psychotronic weapons. This bill was withdrawn do to an unfavorable Executive Comment from the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2008, the New York Times reported that Representative Jim Guest was also working to investigate psychotronics. “I’ve had enough calls, some from credible people — professors — being targeted by nonlethal weapons,” Representative Guest said, adding that nothing came of his request for an investigation. He added: “I believe there are people who have been targeted by this."
Similar campaigns have occured in Russia with the "Victims of Psychotronic Experimentation" group attempting to recover damages from the Federal Security Service for alleged infringement of their civil liberties including "beaming rays" at them, putting chemicals in the water, and using magnets to alter their minds. These fears may have been inspired by revelations of secret research into pscyhological warfare during the early 1990s, with Lopatkin, a State Duma committee member in 1995, surmising "Something that was secret for so many years is the perfect breeding ground for conspiracy theories."