CNN Special Assignment (1985) "Weapons of War, Is there an RF Gap?" 

Radiofrequency weapons and "electronic mind control research"

Addressing information gaps in radiofrequency weapons (RF weapons) 

In 1985,"CNN Special Assignment" broadcasted an episode entitled “Weapons of War, Is there an RF Gap?”. It featured radiofrequency weapons (RF weapons) and “electronic mind control research”, addressing information gaps. It was produced by Chuck DeCaro, first Special Assignment Correspondent for CNN, U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, Special Forces officer, DOD consultant and military strategist.

The correspondent had requested advisement from the U.S. DoD and Air Force, as he mentions: "Over the past year, CNN has repeatedly asked the Department of Defense and the Air Force about radio frequency weapons. After much resistance DoD finally said that the subject was too sensitive to discuss."


Figure 1: Chuck DeCaro refers to the U.S. DoD response on the subject of radio frequency weapons.

Figure 2: Dr. Delgado mentions that they were no longer using electrodes in electromagnetic experiments.

Electronic mind control research: following famous implant experiment milestone, Yale professor Jose Delgado uses pulsating magnetic fields



“Electronic mind control research is not new. A scientific milestone in this area came in the 1960s, when Dr. Jose Delgado demonstrated remote control over a charging bull. By connecting a radio antenna to electrodes inserted into the bull's brain, proved that the animal's aggressive impulses could be forded, electronically manipulating the bull's muscle reflexes." 

"In recent years Delgado has shown that the behavior of monkeys can be altered using low-power pulsating magnetic fields. But in these experiments, there were no antenna implants.”

Delgado: Do you realize the fantastic possibilities, if from the outside we could modify the inside? Could we give messages to the inside? But the beauty is that now we are not using electrodes. Any function in the brain, emotions, intellect, personality will be perhaps modified by this non-invasive technology. 

The Soviet LIDA machine, an RF device with an ELF pulse rate, potentially linked to alteration of mood and awareness

“Delgado's research has so far been limited to animals. But in the Soviet Union a radio frequency or RF device has been used for over 30 years to manipulate the moods of mental patients. It's called a LIDA machine. It radiates pulses of radio frequency energy as well as light, sound and heat. The pulse rate is in the extremely low frequency range between 0 and 100 pulses per second. Dr. Ross Adey is the top researcher at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Loma Linda California. He has been investigating effects of the LIDA machine."

DeCaro: What the Soviets were using this machine for? 

Adey: Well, they don't use it anymore; we should be very clear that this is a machine which is regarded by them as somewhat obsolete technology.

An interview follows with a scientist who did not want his identity revealed.

"The scientist who did not want his identity revealed is employed by the U.S. government and has done secret RF weapons search. He believes the tests done with lighter and similar machines prove that humans are susceptible to remote alterations of mood and awareness."

Scientist: Certain kinds of weak electromagnetic signals work exactly like drugs. So, the promise is that anything you can do with drugs, you could do with the right electromagnetic signals. Apparently, there are specific sites involved, specific functions involved. It's a matter of matching up, just like it is with a pill or a drug to cause an effect. You could have a cause-and-effect relationship between a magnetic field and a biological function.

CNN reporter DeCaro asks scientists to reproduce RF mind-interference machine with ELF pulse rate from data found in Soviet scientific literature and test it on him 

It is alleged that a laboratory system of two frequency generators can be transformed into a neuroweapon system affecting an entire town.

CNN reporter Chuck DeCaro asks scientists to reproduce a RF mind-interference machine with ELF pulse rate from data found in Soviet scientific literature and test it on him. He reports the induced visual effects. It is discussed that affecting vision can be weaponized.

The device would emit a weak magnetic field (1/1000 of the Earth's magnetic field strength) pulsed at an extremely low frequency (ELF). The scientists use two frequency generators and combine the waveforms they generate. One scientist mentions that three weeks would be required to transform this system into a weapon that would affect an entire town.

“I was the subject of a prototype device designed to project images into the mind without electrodes. The prototype machine developed from Soviet scientific data could according to some scientists have a profound effect as a weapon of war.” 


“CNN enlisted the help of noted physicist Dr. Elizabeth Rausher and electrical engineer Bill Van Bise to build and test an RF mind-interference machine from data found in Soviet scientific literature. The machine itself was inexpensive and easy to construct using parts from a consumer electronics store. It emits a weak magnetic field pulsed at extremely low frequency (ELF)."

"As the subject of the test, I was blindfolded and my ears were blocked to prevent inadvertent clues as to what was happening. A magnetic probe was placed about eighteen inches from my head. As the experiment began, two signal generators produced waveform patterns that were transmitted by the magnetic probe at about one 1/1000 of the Earth's natural magnetic field strength."

"In the control room, Van Bise varied the waveforms being generated. In another room, I could see waveforms changing shape in my mind."

Van Bise. Describe anything that you see, if any.

DeCaro: A parabola just went by.

Van Bise: Oh, yeah, I just flipped the switch. Parabola?

Rausher: Uh-huh.

Van Bise (makes note on the chart): Alright. Let's see. Check this out. That's what happened, I flipped the switch.

DeCaro: A spike right there!

Van Bise: I dramatically changed the generator; I stepped it by ten right here, and the intermix from two generators was right where you said that you saw a spike.

Van Bise says that when I fail to see any change it was because he had not set the proper frequency and power levels. Later, I asked Van Bise what a weapon using this technology could do.

Van Bise: Induce, basically, what would be considered hallucinations in people; direct them to do things against their so-called better judgement. 

DeCaro: How easy would it be to assemble a weapon from existing off-the-shelf parts?

Van Bise: Three weeks, I could put together a weapon that would take care of a whole town.

Figure  3: Off-the-shelf parts include generators and a magnetic probe (blue)

Figure 4: Engineer adjusts the two generators

Figure 5: An intermix waveform 

Figure 6: An intermix waveform which produced a visual effect

Prominent researcher Dr. Becker discusses how an RF-machine-mediated visual disturbance could be weaponized


“We showed the results of our test to Dr. Robert Becker a two-time Nobel nominee for his work in the biological effects of electromagnetism.”

Becker: This is a very significant experiment because it carries our understanding of how vision is actually performed a step further, into the mystery.

“He said he thought the machine caused the disturbance in the brain's interpretation of vision and as such could be used as a weapon.”

Becker: That kind of a disturbance in the visual system could markedly influence the operations of a fighter pilot, a helicopter pilot. Or even as simple an aberration in the visual field as making everyone seeing double or everyone having their visual field jitter like a poorly-adjusted television screen. The effect of that upon the efficiency with which an Army, an Air Force or a Navy would operate would be catastrophic.

“More of our RF weapons in my next report. Chuck de Caro, CNN special assignments.”

Figure 4: Dr. Robert Becker examines the experimental results of induced visual effects.

Figure 5: Dr. James Fraser at his lab.

RF weapon proposals with the U.S. Air Force and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory


“Dr. James Fraser (image) did electromagnetic research for the U.S. Air Force for many years. At one time he proposed a battlefield RF weapons system.

Dr. Fraser: You could make an antenna that would be carriable by a helicopter and this could be expected to produce a wide variety of symptoms actually, by humans who happen to be standing in the beam.

According to Dr. Fraser, the Air Force never followed up.

At the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, another RF weapons concept is nicknamed the “brain bomb”. According to “Star Warriors”, the brain bomb would focus on nuclear blast into a huge pulse of low frequency RF energy that would stun huge numbers of troops. Apparently, it too has not yet been funded. 

Was the Soviet Woodpecker designed to interfere with human brain function?


“Though the official Defense Department explanation of the Woodpecker is that it is an over-the-horizon Radar designed to track U.S. missile launches, some scientists suspect that the Woodpecker is designed to interfere with human brain function." 

Dr. Becker: As far as I am concerned, the potential that this has for producing a direct psychoactive effect upon a total American population is there, has never been disproven.

“Dr. Robert Becker is a pioneer in the field of bioeffects of electromagnetism.”

Dr. Becker: The single range within which the Woodpecker operates is that which has been reported by many investigators to produce a tranquilizing effect upon animals.

Dr. Becker: We are just incredibly sensitive to these magnetic stimuli.

“Dr. Bob Beck, a PhD in nuclear engineering has done extensive research into electromagnetic effects on humans.”

Dr. Beck: The signal was permeating power grids in the United States, it was being picked up by power lines, reradiated, it was coming into the homes in light circuits.

Soviet electromagnetic research shows that low frequency, low energy electromagnetic fields possess biological efficiency

“Dr. Larissa Vilenskaya was heavily involved in Soviet electromagnetic research before being allowed to immigrate to the United States. She told CNN about Soviet research in electromagnetic effects.”

Dr. Vilenskaya: I was surprised after coming here that the influence of electromagnetic fields was almost completely ignored here.

Dr. Vilenskaya: They demonstrated theoretically and also demonstrated experimentally that low frequency, low energy electromagnetic fields also possess biological efficiency because any field not only carries energy, but also carries information.

“She stated that the research was carried out on orders from the Soviet government.”

 Dr. Vilenskaya: Of course, the military were interested in this potential for influence.

“Is the U.S. military working in the field of electronic mind control?” 

“Is the United States military working in the field of electronic mind control?”

“Officially the Department of Defense will not comment because the subject area is quote "too sensitive". But CNN has learned from this government scientist who did not want to be identified that a Navy laboratory conducted research into the use of an RF device for counterterrorism and special operations.”

Scientist: It's possible to entrain a certain percentage of a population apparently with weak magnetic fields.