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William Henry Anderson M.D. , Michael A. Aquino Ph.D. , Gregory S. Seese Psy.D.

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30 April 2013
In 1980 an obscure internal U.S. Army concept paper, “From PSYOP to MindWar”, accidentally became public. Though only a brief, theoretical speculation, it exploded into the focus of alarmist rumors and debates for the next three decades. Is the government involved in invasion of the mind beyond the blundering, haphazard legacy of the infamous MKULTRA experiments? Even more unsettling, do such efforts extend beyond conventional scientific research to dark and arcane arts whose very existence is the stuff of legend? The answers are here, in this book by one of that 1980 paper’s co-authors, Lt. Colonel Michael Aquino. Originally intended for the eyes of government policymakers alone, it is now openly available. Ironically _MindWar_ is unclassified only because a level high enough to embrace it has never been anticipated or even conceptualized. What it is capable of setting in motion is simply beyond all previous human interactive experience. For millennia violent warfare has been the scourge of humanity, and all attempts to end it through negotiated or imposed peace have brought only temporary respite. On the premise that war is endemic to the human disposition, _MindWar_ proposes to eliminate its killing and destruction by replacing it with a far more powerful kind of war - one which focuses on the human mind both individually and collectively. The persons and property of people are removed as targets, replaced by the divisive situations and problems originating in their consciousness. These are then controlled, adjusted, and reformed to produce a harmonious and cooperative total environment. The price for this solution is that, for the first time in practical history, the actual machinery of human thought is accessed, by the methodical application of science, psychology, and esoteric arts of antiquity. MindWar assumes, as did the ancients, that the ultimate aspiration of mankind is to the Good. But, like the Manhattan Project which rashly opened an earlier genie's bottle, MindWar could be misused with even more ominous consequences. Devised to save humanity, it could also supersede it. Hence this genie must be examined and evaluated while its bottle is still sealed. This book extrapolation and evolution of the original 1980 concept is not merely theoretical. It proposes "laboratory" implementation through the structural redesign of the U.S. Army’s three “Special Operations” branches: Psychological Operations, Special Forces, and Civil Affairs. A multiphase sequence of their interaction in a MindWar campaign is outlined, with the international crisis resolution procedures of the United States modified to facilitate it. In a forthcoming second volume, the structures and programs to implement this will be discussed in detail. Not merely a "military book", _MindWar_ extends its application to human political and social interaction generally, identifying and refining what were previously only vague or unknown mental processes into a new science of "thought architecture". It opens the door to a standard of rationality and precision in human affairs in which the experience and exercise of thought are finally, fully mature.


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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (30 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484926455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484926451
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 21.3 x 27.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,173,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

During his 28-year Army career, Michael Aquino was qualified in Psychological Operations, Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Defense Attaché, Foreign Area Officer, and both Strategic and Space Intelligence, resulting in his primary career designation as one of the Army’s extremely rare Politico-Military Affairs Officers. During the Vietnam War he served in Special Operations with both Army and Air Force PSYOP and Civil Operations & Revolutionary Development Support (CORDS). He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, the Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca, the Armor School at Fort Knox, the Airborne School at Fort Benning, the Defense Intelligence College at Anacostia, the Command & General Staff College and the Army Space Institute at Fort Leavenworth, and the Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. After receiving the B.A., M.A., & Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, he taught International Relations, Political Philosophy, and American Foreign Policy as an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also holds the M.P.A. in National Resource Management from the George Washington University. In 1975 he was initiated to the Priesthood of the ancient Egyptian god Set, and served as High Priest of his Temple until passing on that office in 1996, remaining thereafter active in the Priesthood. He thus brings to bear upon the mystery of human consciousness many decades of investigation and experience in the most obscure and exclusive esoteric arts and sciences. _MindWar_, his first openly-published book, thus harmoniously integrates the physical and the metaphysical into a coherent and complete whole, as this discipline not only implies but indeed requires.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. 20 July 2013
By Hollow X - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not sure what to expect when purchasing MindWar - but it has since become a valued fixture on my shelf. As a researcher of force and form, I found Aquino's insights from extensive and direct experience into the myriad nature of forms and forces, (many invisible, such as electromagnetism, neuroscience, fields and more) to offer a practical, philosophical and do-able scenario with genuine power to change the nature of war;- and I feel, prophetically predicts a time to come well beyond his lifetime when such a battlefield is in fact, the norm. With the new vistas opened by social neuroscience, deeper understanding of how various forces from the subconscious or invisible realms impact humans without their knowledge; Michael paints a highly illustrative and plausible re-imagining of Warfare as we know it highlighting emerging dangerous realms of power and influence that can be used against us as techniques to control us and whole populaces. But MindWar is also unique, speaking through vast experience and specialist knowledge, Aquino's brilliant solution is not to try to do away with War, which he argues convincingly to be a ghost that will always haunt us, but to change how it is waged with an ethical altruism that seeks something far grander, and offers a legacy of compassion and kindness with a lifetime of gravity for which he is reknowned to weight every word., and more than that, to extend a map for how those of us who have not lost hope, can achieve it. Ideally placed with the armed forces and respected the world over for his role within it and other numerous fields, MindWar is one of those rare books that could very well have enough influence to start a ball rolling of immense importance.
MindWar clearly emanates from his intimate knowledge of the armed forces, and although he speaks directly to the same armed forces - perhaps inadvertently revealing a tableau of politico-military thought frames which are as interesting as they are frightening to witness the detachment necessary for war - Aquino writes with a concise clarity that flows succinctly and skillfully from one passage to the next relating the grand scheme and methodology of MindWar.
Personally, reading this book has been of great benefit in regard to providing insight into the future sciences developing tendrils across various mindscapes in greater detail than I have been able to find elsewhere, and with more than a modicum of trust in the source. MindWar showcases a bevy of technologies that have actively been developed in secret, and the extent of their depth, to exploit the common man that we should be aware have and are being devised to control us, as well as ominous revelation as hints, of those methodologies used against the common man in the past. The frank, disarming manner in which Aquino details this hidden world goes beyond boasting of the bravado of the United States divisions in which he served, to a darker place where one can feel his imminent and personal concern for the human race as a result of all he has seen, and understand thusly, the importance of a book like MindWar.
My only negative experience with MindWar is that it was not longer and did not go even deeper into divulging the vast knowledge the author surely has of prescient forms and forces that are and will some day play a huge part in what it means to be human. An inspiring, positive, and informative read on all fronts. I am indebted to the author for the expansions his work has offered into my own. Hollow of the Temple of THEM. 2013.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pragmatic Enlightened Far-out all in one 2 Feb 2014
By Don J. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
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Human beings are awfully durn good at killing each other. Many wise heads have suggested that we give up war, but humans remain (sadly) quite human. The US government has spent millions in the noble cause of ending slaughter – but produced such goofy boondoggles as “the men who stare at goats.” Colonel Aquino has suggested a pragmatic, yet humanely enlightened, alternative. Armed on one hand with real knowledge of human psychology and physiology – we know how to steer human beings. Armed on the other hand with philosophical principles grounded in Plato and Jefferson -- we know how to help humans think. The approach in Mind War will seem surprising to some (what ELF waves work?) and idealistic to others (Plato says “No man seeks evil.” what does that mean?); yet it is a tour de force of reason and wonder. The book is a great blend of Enlightenment thinking and weird (but quite real) science. If you want us to stop slaughtering humans, if you want us to really encourage democracy and reason, or if you would just like us to have far-out weaponry – you should a copy of this book for your congressman and for every member of the Joint Chief of Staff. Aquino is a worthy successor to Paul Linebarger. This book is what psychological warfare should seek to be. I’ve read perhaps ten times in various clandestine versions, and I am very happy it now freely available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory 29 Aug 2013
By M. Sell - Published on Amazon.com
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You will never look at mass media, social networking pop culture psychology or the nature of warfare in all its forms the same way again.
Brilliant.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An End to All War 14 July 2014
By Fritz Fredric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With the publication of MindWar Dr. Aquino expands what began as the essay "Psyop to MindWar" into a complete work. In an extensively detailed and researched method the horrible and primitive nature of conventional warfare is illustrated and deconstructed; and in its place a clear and ethical pathway for humanities evolution beyond conventional warfare is mapped out in detail. Of particular interest are the "PSYCHONs" in Chapter 3, covering such 'weird science' subjects as Magnetism, Atmospheric Ionization, Hypnotism and Fields. But MindWar has potential appeal far beyond occult circles and seekers of esoteric wisdom - Statesmen, Politicians, and students of Military Science stand to gain most from this realistic vision of an end to violent warfare. This is perhaps Dr. Aquino's most ambitious offering, with peace on Earth for all mankind as the long-term goal. After reading you will see that it is possible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace on Earth 23 April 2014
By Adam Alonzi - Published on Amazon.com
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War is not a pleasant or productive endeavor. Regardless of what you may think of Dr. Aquino's fondness for Platonism I hope you can agree with MindWar's central premise: conventional warfare is destructive and wasteful. Resentment is sown even by comically termed "stabilization efforts." Dark humor aside, American meddling has engendered more hate than love. War waged for humanitarian purposes is still a violent affair with an uncertain outcome. As it is with algorithms and jiu-jitsu, brute force is frequently impractical. The hearts and minds of people cannot be changed through force of arms or through utterly transparent propaganda campaigns produced by people with only a cursory understanding of the cultural and linguistic nuances needed to effectively neutralize a dangerous situation.

MindWar is not about controlling people; this is not an absurd or unethical mind control scheme. MW is meant to diffuse a conflict bloodlessly before it begins. Sadly I think many find the deaths of soldiers and civilians more palatable than carefully bringing about peace by shifting popular beliefs in a positive direction. If we do not learn our lesson soon we could find ourselves embroiled in a third world war. It is safe to assume there will not be a fourth. Portions may seem esoteric to readers enamored with conventional warfare, but Dr. Aquino includes a bibliography replete with peer reviewed articles you are welcome to peruse.
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