The two shootings the Police and U.S. Feds Let Happen

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | AUGUST 7, 2012

While many of the news reports in the United States are concentrating on how legally owned weapons represent a threat to our society as a whole, and while the politicians tirelessly call for gun control policies, little attention has been given to the fact that both shooters — in Aurora Colorado and in Wisconsin — had been reported as showing suspicious behavior weeks before the attacks occurred. What happened to ‘if you see something say something’ crap? That’s right. The Feds knew that both of these men — James Holmes and Michael Page — were potential psychos, but did nothing to stop the shootings.

In the case of Holmes, his psychiatrist, who is in part responsible for prescribing dangerous medications which have been proven to turn patients into violent animals, had contacted Colorado University police to report concerns about her patient’s behavior at least a few weeks before the attack. In reporting Holmes’ strange behavior, Dr. Lynne Fenton went as far as violating the doctor-patient confidentiality agreement, that resulted in no action, apparently, by university police. The officer who spoke to Ms. Fenton has now been interviewed by members of the Aurora Police Department as part of their fact-finding mission.

A few questions can be raised from the first salvo previous to the Aurora movie theater attack. For example, what kind of medication was Dr. Fenton drugging Holmes with, that may have triggered his violent behavior? The question is not rhetorical, since the use of well-known psychiatric medications has been proven to cause violent behavior in patients. Among those drugs are: Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, etc. The main reaction caused by these and other drugs is homicidal behavior. The effects of the drugs given to Holmes were seen even during his court appearance, when he was present only physically, but not mentally.

In addition to reporting Holmes’ weird behavior to university police, his psychiatrist also spoke with members of the university’s threat-assessment team. At this point, it seems that such team never met formally or informally to talk about Holmes’ potential threat or to assess the concerns presented by Ms. Fenton. After the shooting, the University of Colorado has refused to describe what kind of action was taken, if any, by the institution or the police with the information provided by Fenton. They cite the existence of a gag order issued by a court. Why would a court order be issued to prohibit them to provide information to the press about the case? Is it not this the job of the university’s legal team to gauge whether it is a good idea or not?

The last statement issued by Colorado University said that campus police often meets with the threat assessment team to discuss “safety issues including security matters, badge access, background checks, wellness checks, criminal investigations and referrals to law enforcement agencies.”

Holmes’ case is clearly one of a man who was doped with drugs that have been proven to cause violent behavior and that has certainly more to do with his attack at the Aurora movie theater than the fact that he was the legal owner of firearms. However, U.S. law enforcement agencies and politicians have taken the opportunity to call for more gun ownership legislation that would leave Americans without the possibility to legally purchase guns to defend themselves from wackos like James Holmes. As it has been shown in this case, police cannot keep everyone safe at all times, and it should be each individual’s responsibility to take care of his or her safety.

The other case that law enforcement agencies also failed to follow carefully, and that just so happens to have ended in another shooting, is the case of the Sikh Temple shooting, Wade Michael Page. In Mr. Page’s case, police had also been warned about his strange behavior previous to the attack, but again failed to stop him from carrying it out. Page had been looked into by Federal investigators because of his ties to racist extremist groups. They would later drop any investigation because they thought there wasn’t enough evidence to continue watching him.

Page’s attack has been labeled as a case of domestic terrorism by the media and some left-wing extremist organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center, although officially he was not being investigated by any federal law enforcement agency for any crimes whatsoever. Although the FBI is in theory prohibited from surveilling people not accused of committing a crime, government outfits like the SPLC are legally allowed to do so, and this information can be then fed to law enforcement agencies. The SPLC is well-known for calling for censorship of journalists and other people who call themselves conservatives or libertarians and who demonstrate opposition to government policies.

Page’s case is another example of how federal agents dropped the ball and were unable to uncover his plans to carry out the Sikh Temple attack.

Now to the issues that are hidden behind the fog of censorship.

Both James Holmes and Wade Michael Page had close connections to the government. In the case of Holmes, he was the recipient of a $26,000 government grant — offered to him through the National Institutes for Health — for the specific purpose of studying Neuroscience. The National Institutes of Health is a component agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This relationship makes Holmes’ mass killing a painful example of taxpayer-funded homicide. But the details about Holmes get even stranger. According to Journalist Wayne Madsen, there are more links between James Holmes and American government research, such as the the Salk Institute, a place involved with neurologically enhancing soldiers’ abilities on the battlefield, which also has connections with the US Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

From Madsen’s article James Holmes Family Tied To DARPA And Mind Manipulation Work:

In 2006, at the age of 18, Holmes served as a research intern at the Salk Institute at the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla. It is noteworthy that for the previous two years before Holmes worked at the Salk Institute, the research center was partnered with the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Columbia University, University of California at San Francisco, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wake Forest University, and the Mars Company (the manufacturers of Milky Way and Snickers bars) to prevent fatigue in combat troops through the enhanced use of epicatechina, a blood flow-increasing and blood vessel-dilating anti-oxidant flavanol found in cocoa and, particularly, in dark chocolate.

The research was part of a larger DARPA program known as the “Peak Soldier Performance Program,” which involved creating brain-machine interfaces for battlefield use, including human-robotic bionics for legs, arms, and eyes. DARPA works closely with the Defense Science Office on projects that include the medical research community. Fitzsimons was at the forefront of DARPA research on the use of brain-connected “neuroprosthetic” limbs for soldiers amputated or paralyzed in combat.

In the case of Wade Michael Page, his connections to government programs are also clear and very direct. Up until 1998, Page was a US Army Psy-Op specialist. Psychological Operations are an important part of the US Army. In fact, they are conducted all the time. Page held his position at Fort Bragg until he was given a less-than-honorable discharge.

How can a former army man, who has associations to racist organizations and who has deep knowledge about psy-ops, not be investigated by law enforcement agencies? How can an admittedly racist person be employed by the US Army to work on and / or conduct psy-ops? Furthermore, the first shooting in Aurora was conducted by a Neuroscience student and the latest in Wisconsin by a former psy-ops military man. What are the odds? Well, whatever the odds are, they get even more difficult to believe, because both psychological operations and neuroscience are dedicated to conduct brain manipulation. Is this just another coincidence?

There is another coincidence we will never be able to know about, and that is if after conducting psychiatric evaluations on both of the shooters they discover that Holmes and Page were under mind control. That will never be known because one of the shooters, Mr. Page, was conveniently shot dead — another coincidence — on sight by a police officer and authorities are convinced he, just as they believed in the cases of Lee Harvey Oswald and Timothy Mc Veigh, was a lone wolf. So that is where the investigation ends, even though in both shootings, witnesses reported the presence of more gunmen besides Holmes and Page. But that of course is just a conspiracy theory.

DARPA Awards $21 Million to “Thinking Chip” Project

IBM unveils chips that mimic the human brain

by Stuart Sumner
Computing.co.uk
August 18, 2011

IBM has unveiled a new experimental computer chip that it says mimics the human brain in that it perceives, acts and even thinks.

It terms the machines built with these chips “cognitive computers”, claiming that they are able to learn through experience, find patterns, generate ideas and understand the outcomes.

In building this new generation of chip, IBM combined principles of nanoscience, neuroscience and supercomputing.

It has been awarded $21m (£12.7m) of new funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the next phase of the project, which it terms “Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics” (SyNAPSE).

“This is a major initiative to move beyond the von Neumann paradigm that has been ruling computer architecture for more than half a century,” said Dharmendra Modha, project leader for IBM Research.

Modha added that the chip may see applications in business, science and government.

“Future applications of computing will increasingly demand functionality that is not efficiently delivered by the traditional architecture.

“These chips are another significant step in the evolution of computers from calculators to learning systems, signalling the beginning of a new generation of computers and their applications in business, science and government.”

IBM states that the chips, while certainly not biological, are inspired by the architecture of the human brain in their design. Digital silicon circuits make up what it terms the “neurosynaptic core”.

The scientists have built two working prototype designs. Both cores contain 256 neurons, one with 262,144 programmable synapses and the other with 65,536 learning synapses. The team has successfully demonstrated simple applications like navigation, machine vision, pattern recognition, associative memory and classification.

But what are the potential real-world applications of this technology? Tsunami warnings for one, claims IBM:

“A cognitive computing system monitoring the world’s water supply could contain a network of sensors and actuators that constantly record and report metrics such as temperature, pressure, wave height, acoustics and ocean tide, and issue tsunami warnings based on its decision making,” said IBM in a statement.

Going slightly more Minority Report, IBM goes on to suggest an instrumented glove that a grocer could use to flag bad or contaminated produce.

On a more practical note, IBM has said that this technology could result in computers that take up far less space and use less power than those in use today.

A Brain scanner that tells if you are lying. Now, that is fiction!

No evidence needed anymore.  No innocence until proven guilty.  Pseudo-science now decides if a person is guilty or not.

WIRED

A Brooklyn attorney hopes to break new ground this week when he offers a brain scan as evidence that a key witness in a civil trial isbrain scanner telling the truth, Wired.com has learned.

If the fMRI scan is admitted, it would be a legal first in the United States and could have major consequences for the future of neuroscience in court.

The lawyer, David Zevin, wants to use that evidence to break a he-said/she-said stalemate in an employer-retaliation case. He’s representing Cynette Wilson, a woman who claims that after she complained to temp agency CoreStaff Services about sexual harassment at a job site, she no longer received good assignments. Another worker at CoreStaff claims he heard her supervisor say that she should not be placed on jobs because of her complaint. The supervisor denies that he said anything of the sort.

So, Zevin had the coworker undergo an fMRI brain scan by the company Cephos, which claims to provide “independent, scientific validation that someone is telling the truth.”

Laboratory studies using fMRI, which measures blood-oxygen levels in the brain, have suggested that when someone lies, the brain sends more blood to the ventrolateral area of the prefrontal cortex. In a very small number of studies, researchers have identified lying in study subjects (.pdf) with accuracy ranging from 76 percent to over 90 percent. But some scientists and lawyers like New York University neuroscientist Elizabeth Phelps doubts those results can be applied outside the lab.

“The data in their studies don’t appear to be reliable enough to use in a court of law,” Phelps said. “There is just no reason to think that this is going to be a good measure of whether someone is telling the truth.

General fMRI data from research has been used in sentencing, but an individual’s brain scan has yet to be entered as evidence in a civil or criminal trial to help the jury determine whether someone was telling the truth. Individual fMRI evidence was offered in at least one other case by a San Diego attorney defending a father accused of sexual abuse, but the evidence was eventually withdrawn and did not make it into the record.

But this case could be different, said Ed Cheng, a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School who may serve as a consultant to the plaintiff.

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Read more on fMRI technology and why is not reliable as Cephos or No Lie MRI say here.