But not only has Sirius cropped up time and again in Occult and UFO lore, but the ubiquitous Dog Star has also been mentioned in relation to certain mind control experiments which fall under the nefarious umbrella of the CIA’s MKULTRA project. Purportedly started in 1953--under a program that was exempt from congressional oversight--MK-ULTRA agents and “spychiatrists” tested radiation, electric shock, microwaves, and electrode implants on unwitting subjects. The ultimate goal of MK-ULTRA was to create programmed assassins ala The Manchurian Candidate. (The CIA also tested a wide range of drugs in the prospects of discovering the perfect chemical compound to control minds. LSD was one such drug that deeply interested CIA spychiatrists, so much so that in ‘53 the Agency attempted to purchase the entire world supply of acid from Sandoz Laboratories in Switzerland. In fact, for many years the CIA was the principal source for LSD, both legal and otherwise.)
In recent years, various info on remote mind control technology has filtered into the conspiracy research community through such “alternative” publications such as Full Disclosure, Resonance as well as a Finnish gentleman by the name of Martti Koski and his booklet My Life Depends On You. Over the last decade, Mr. Koski has been sharing his horrifying tale with the mind controlled world at large, documenting as it does the discovery of rampant brain tampering committed upon himself and countless others. The perpetrators of these evil doings allegedly include the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), The CIA and Finnish Intelligence, among various other intelligence agencies. Where Sirius comes into the clouded picture is quite interesting: at one point during a mind control programming episode, the “doctors” operating on Koski identified themselves as “aliens from Sirius.” Apparently, these “doctors” (or “spychiatrists”) were attempting to plant a screen memory to conceal their true intentions. What this suggests is a theory that a handful of researchers--namely Martin Cannon, Alex Constantine, David Emory and John Judge--started kicking around in the early 90’s: that Alien Abductions were a cover for MK-ULTRA mind control shenanigans perpetrated by Intelligence Agency spooks.
According to Walter Bowart--in the revised edition of Operation Mind Control--one alleged mind control victim related an incident along these lines, purportedly occurring in the late 70’s. In memories retrieved by way of hypnotic regression, it was revealed that the victim had been the recipient of a mock alien abduction, the intention of which was to create a screen memory that would conceal the actual mind control programs enacted on the victim. The subject in this instance claimed to have seen a young child dressed in a small alien costume, similar in appearance to the aliens in Speilberg's ET. None of this, of course, dismisses outright the ETH; nor does it mean that ET’s have never visited us. Nevertheless, it's implications are staggering when one considers the impact and subsequent commercialization of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon, and how it has challenged and reshaped the belief systems and psyches of millions upon millions of the planet's inhabitants, in essence creating a new paradigm that prior to thirty years ago was virtually non-existent.
As chronicled in Walter Bowart’s Operation Mind Control, in the late 70’s Congressman Charlie Rose (D-N.C) met with a Canadian inventor who had developed a helmet that simulated alternate states of consciousness and realities, much like the VR eyegear-unit postulated in the movie Brainstorm. One such virtual reality scenario played out by those who tried on this helmet was a mock alien abduction. Congressman Rose took part in these experiments, which consisted of aforementioned alien abduction programme. Much to Rose’s amazement, the simulated scenario seemed incredibly realistic. This device sounds quite similar to Dr. Michael Persinger's much-touted "Magic Helmet", which has been receiving a fair amount of press in recent years. Equipped with magnets that beam a low-level magnetic field at the temporal lobe, the “Helmet” effects areas of brain associated with time distortions, and other altered states of consciousness. Although Bowart did not specifically name the inventor of the helmet in Operation Mind Control, chances are it was Persinger to whom he was referring. Persinger's name has also been bandied about by mind control researcher, Martin Cannon--in his treatise The Controllers--as a behind the scenes player in intelligence operations related to MK-ULTRA.
Persinger is a clinical neurophysicist and professor of neuroscience, whose work over the years has focused on the effects of electromagnetic fields upon biological organisms and human behavior. Persinger is an adherent to the theory that UFOs are the products of geomagnetic effects released from the Earth’s crust under tectonic strain. His “Helmet”--it has been noted--approximates the characteristics of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) of which many a armchair theorist have attributed as being responsible for Phil Dick’s VALIS experiences. One of the most common attributes of TLE are visions of the divine, in the form of direct communications with God, or gods--in whatever form--be it aliens, angels, fairies or elves.
Early on--in his efforts to explain his own abduction experience--author Whitley Strieber entertained the possibility that he might have been one such victim of TLE. Because of this, Strieber underwent extensive medical examinations--including several CAT scans and MRI’s--to determine if such was the case, but the results of all these tests came up negative. Aside from such speculations, there is an undeniable magical component to Whitley Strieber’s experiences. After his initial hypnotic regression--when the presence of the “visitors” were first revealed to him--Strieber subsequently practiced a form a mediation to further conjure their image in his mind, so as to better identify their features. The first time he attempted this approach--much to his surprise--an alien grey immediately appeared in his “mental field of view”, allowing Strieber to delve deeper into the mystery of the phenomenon. This meditation experience--as recounted in Communion--seems nothing less than a magical conjuration, although Strieber may not have been entirely aware of his actions in the context of ritual magic. In a sense, Strieber perhaps performed unconscious--or subconscious--magical workings on several occasions, in essence summoning forth these beings from behind the veils of perception. Furthermore, it is my belief that hypnotic regression can, under certain circumstances, perform a sort of magical working, and it was through hypnotic regression that Strieber was able to come to terms with his “visitor experience”--at least to a certain extent. Bear in mind that hypnosis approximates a trance state, and it is just this form of altered consciousness that has allowed many an abductee to “recall” their experiences. Strieber was also, prior to his “visitor” experience, a member of the Gurdjieff Foundation, a self-transformational organization dedicated to a system of techniques devised by the famed mystic G.I. Gurdjieff. As Strieber explained: ”I believe that the techniques I learned in that training--particularly a form of double-tone chanting--have enabled me to remain conscious in some experiences with the visitors where I otherwise would have been unconscious.” What Strieber doesn’t acknowledge is that Gurdjieff himself was in contact with certain denizens of Sirius via this method of double-tone chanting, which could also be describe as “Enochian chants”.
It was in the early stages of his “visitor” experiences that Strieber made the acquaintance of famed alien abduction investigator Budd Hopkins, who sat in on some of Strieber’s early hypnosis sessions. Later, when Strieber was working on the early drafts of Body Terror (the original working title of Communion) he sent Hopkins excerpts for comment. Hopkins--though he was convinced that Strieber had indeed been visited by alien beings--was somewhat distressed by the amount of “high weirdness” contained within the manuscript, although there were many parallels with other known abduction cases. During the course of some group abductee meetings attended by Bud Hopkins, Strieber has been quoted as saying that “some people began volunteering stories about having left their bodies or other psychic experiences after their abductions. Budd wasn’t interested in that, and would tell people to get back to talking about their abduction experiences. He refused to see a possible link between the experience of abduction and some kind of spiritual or psychic awakening happening in the people to whom experiences occurred.”
Curiously enough, elsewhere in Communion, Strieber points out that the mental state produced by his encounters with the “visitors” could be approximated by a rare drug called Tetradotoxin, which in small doses causes external anesthesia, and in larger doses may bring about “out of body” experiences. Even greater doses of the drug can simulate near death experiences. According to Strieber, Tetradotoxin is the core of the “zombie poisons” of Haiti. What he doesn’t mention is that Tetradotoxin was just one in a vast number of psychoactive compounds utilized by the CIA for their fabled MK-ULTRA project. Throughout Communion, Strieber makes (perhaps) veiled references to mind control (of the MK-ULTRA variety.) At one point in the narrative--as Strieber is haphazardly tossing around various theories regarding these “visitations”--he brings up the possibility that the Greys may not have been actually using mental telepathy to communicate, but that something of a more technical nature might have been occurring, such as extra-low-frequency waves beamed into Whitley’s boggled brain, thereby producing the requisite “voices in his head”.
Along these lines, Strieber adds the interesting aside “that the earth itself generates a good deal of ELF in the 1 to 30 hertz range. Perhaps there are natural conditions that trigger a response in the brain which brings about what is essentially a psychological experience of a rare and powerful kind. Maybe we have a relationship with our own planet that we do not understand at all, and the old gods, the fairy, and the modern visitors are side effects of it...” Part of the appeal of Communion and subsequent books were, in my opinion, Strieber’s ability to entertain a whole host of theories, and in the process open the reader’s eyes to the various possibilities attempting to explain the UFO phenomenon, from fairy lore or travelers from alternate dimensions--to the very real possibility of some sort of ELF wave/mind control machine being responsible for his haunted reveries.