American Torture Story


Torture Testimony from a ‘Targeted Individual’

Listening to the media para-reality narrative in its recent programming on American-NATO torture, we felt compelled to post additional information from our previous interview with a claimed victim in rebuttal to the posturing...

...that US torture is an aberration, occurring only under the Cheney-Bush regime, in practices like the water-boarding of Guantanamo inmates, and has been since 'reined in' by the ‘liberal’ Obama.

In fact, according to the following testimony--completely consistent with our research on US non-lethal weapons policy (or here), research and development--US torture is not new, over with or out-of-the-ordinary nor is it limited to inmates of America’s Muslim-internment camps.

Rather, Obama would be an egregious and avid torturer, making 'liberal' use of 'non-lethal' weapons of torture like microwave RFDEW (Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons), whose development under defense budgets in the tens of millions of dollars during the 90s and 00s was well documented at the time but which have since (tellingly) dropped off the media radar.

Far from being a novelty, US torture has in fact always gone together with domination and exploitation, as victims of the Nixon-era government torturer Dan Mitrione or ‘School of the Americas’ graduates would attest, as did the USAID labels on their hand-crank electricity generators used in Latin America (--John Stockwell, The Secret Wars of the CIA, June 1986).

What is new is that while US torture is still covert it is also now systemic; institutionalized as another weapon (NLW--non-lethal weapons) integrated into the military arsenal (see: Air Force Human Effectiveness Directorate) for day-to-day use against selected political targets, our sources say, with torture as a calibrated lesser ‘degree of lethality.’

Facing compromised US courts, public defenders are not having any of it (see ‘ACLU’ in interview testimony), leaving victims to seek asylum abroad--without evidence--and where however the remote torture doesn’t stop.

The following is a firsthand account by a journalist and claimed ‘targeted individual’. The allegations made in this informal affidavit describe what would be a dark corner of a 21st-century virtual Bastille, foreshadowing a nightmare Totalitarian future made in the USA.

Revised 28 Feb. 2015


Call me Dave.

I am a US-born author, blogger and artist with published creative work reviewed in The New York Times, London Times, France3 TV, etc. As a journalist, I have written, edited and translated for three international news agencies.

With the highly critical character of both my commentaries and my creative work, I may be fairly described as a US political dissident, in exile.

This statement is to put on record my experience as a victim of state torture, harassment and surveillance, to demonstrate the fact of political prisoners in NATO countries today, and to contribute to the evidence of the crimes committed to repress political dissent in the US-EU police states.

Important to note as background is that the same futuristic technological advancement that has helped give rise to mass surveillance has also made possible the development and deployment of exotic new ‘non-lethal’ weapons (NLWs) like ‘radio frequency directed energy weapons’ (RFDEW). These focused-microwave arms of the new Western totalitarianism are instruments of remote push-button torture of individuals used for silently suppressing critical voices in the drive to total control.

Return to US and Start of Targeting

Back in 2006, I self-published my second multimedia work. The first one, still in retail distribution, happened to be a sendup of capitalism. When revenues from the latest effort didn’t pan out as expected, I returned to the US at the end of 2007, against my better judgment, to take up a full-time job offer after living abroad for many years. Soon after, in early 2008, I began to be targeted.



The first manifestation of the targeting was the sudden onset of tinnitus, which is a constant ringing in the ears―-a condition I’ve had ever since. This doesn’t mean it was naturally acquired. It’s obvious to me that it wasn’t but that it’s artificial or induced. This is because the tone or strength of the hum, almost always constant, may sometimes suddenly change noticeably, something like a stepped audio tone in a hearing test. The doctor I consulted at the specialized hospital found normal hearing ability and no physical problem and seemed surprised to learn that my symptoms began suddenly on my return to the US. It turns out as you may see in official, declassified US Army documents, that tinnitus is identified as one of the many symptomatic effects caused by targeting with focused microwaves.

Here is a brief description of the phenomenon:

A Beating Brain

Pulsed microwave energy incident on the brain causes an infinitesimal heating and cooling response. The rapid on-off heating results in a likewise very small degree of thermal expansion and retraction of the organ, in response to the pulses. As the brain expands and contracts, rapid up and down changes in intra-cranial pressure result and are picked up internally by the ears, as sound. This well-known phenomenon is known as MAE (microwave auditory effect) or the 'Frey Effect.'

As the chronic targeting was gradually intensified over time such that other symptoms began to appear, I had to quit the office (after about six months) to try and work part-time from home. On my own I could work sporadically, when able, and also avoid any scenes or questions about something I could not discuss.

The Fever

Besides tinnitus, the directed-microwave targeting also induces what is called in the official documents an 'artificial fever.' This is a mind-numbing ‘tase’ of low-level 1 electrical current at the head. The debilitating 'fever' may be accompanied by (RF-) radiation-induced extreme fatigue and weakness, usually followed by the 'Delgado Effect'2 --forced ‘sleep’ or loss of consciousness caused by inducing current back and forth across the two frontal lobes of the cerebrum.


Update: New video evidence of RFDEW effects

Microwave 'electroshock' may be used to cause many other debilitating effects in addition to the above, all of which have presented in the daily torture regimen :

...disorientation; disequilibrium (poor balance); dry or stinging eyes (from microwave heating); inability to concentrate; headache; nausea (rare); extreme fatigue, weakness; loss of consciousness (forced sleep); tremors, spasms, mini-seizures; joint 'thickness' and pain; near-incontinence (rare); short-term (working-) memory loss; tunnel vision: foreshortening of time perception (to the immediate present only); blocking of 'executive functioning' (shuffling victim reduced at times to eat-sleep creature existence); cataracts (long term)

Classification and Scale

Militarily, the use of RFDE-type non-lethal weapons is categorized as electronic warfare--a type of information war--for the ‘jamming’ of ‘enemy information systems’; only here the ‘systems’ are human brains and the ‘enemy’ is individuals exercising their rightsThe ‘signals interference’ consists in zapping the victim with low-scale current to cause debilitating ‘physiological disruption’ effects (see note 1) for the openly declared aim of ‘degrading’ or disabling personnel.

The bio-interference form of ‘micro’ torture is somewhat analogous to the forced administration of chemical drugs, one of the torture techniques reported at Guantanamo. To an observer, some effects of microwave torture might be confused with a medical problem. To the victim, the unique tingling sensation of electrical current is unmistakable. When the juice is turned up (rarely), strong current courses down the lower right arm. The target's only protection from the microwave-delivered electroshock (and its sadistic practitioners) is by electromagnetic shielding, which is difficult to adequately provide for an active human body. The usual effect is of the penetrating electric burn of the ‘fever,’ groggy disorientation, spasms, extreme fatigue and weakness, forced ‘sleep.’

There are bad days, very bad days and better days and I’ve managed to work sporadically from home despite the targeting, which has continued daily since 2008 even across several different countries. Between ‘sessions,’ I manage to slowly go about the business of living, usually without anyone the wiser. There are some days though when you never make it out the door.

Lack of Proof

Professional torturers do not normally leave identifiable marks on their victims. In the case of microwave weapons, they may leave red marks on the skin--light microwave burns, which may appear on the neck, head, groin. But the medical presentation of skin discoloration, which can be put down to various causes, is not prima facie evidence of torture.

The same is true of chronic symptomatic effects like worsening eyesight and handwriting. My handwriting has degenerated and sometimes comes out as a scrawl, to the point that even I often have trouble making it out myself. In fact, a bank clerk once disputed my signature because of its lack of resemblance to the one on my passport ID. In the same category, I've also developed very premature osteo-arthritis (of the neck)―-a 'drying out' associated with age but which here is more likely an effect of the chronic, low-level microwave heating. Also prematurely, I sometimes need to walk with a cane for balance.

Detecting the targeting microwave radiation does not seem to be an option either for collecting evidence. An RF (radio frequency) power meter with an upper detection limit of 3.5 GHz is unable to detect anything higher than low-level background microwave energy (unfocused, like wi-fi). A higher military frequency band may be used to administer the microwaves or alternatively, multiple low-level beams may be aimed to converge or create standing waves for combined or maximal effect to occur only at the target point itself―-the victim's head--making it undetectable externally.

Because of constant surveillance, videotaping the visible weapons effects as evidence has also not worked out.

My only documentary evidence is my copies of the numerous anonymous and taunting e-mails, making delighted double entendre reference to the ongoing electroshock torture, surveillance, harassment and general life hacking―-and encouraging suicide (which for the record is against my religion).


Guinea Pig in a Fishbowl

Along with the torture came indicators of surveillance. Anonymous, frequent and bizarre e-mail messages made subtle but knowledgable reference to events from my day-to-day private life, which could only have been known to an observer. This included observation from within all rooms of my home. In other words, the perpetrators themselves notified me of their continual violation of my privacy, 'necessary' to evaluate the weapons effects, and ‘advertised’ probably for psychological pressure.

Going out of doors does not defeat the surveillance; nor does changing homes--or countries--bugs (for both audio and video) are quickly installed anew.


Various kinds of harassment seem to be an integral part of the targeting and take many forms (see also Interview--ed.):

  1. Threatening anonymous messages...“How will you die?”--a spoof web ad with a cartoon corpse face-down on a pavement; a cry in the night, “I will fucking kill you,” in a non-English speaking country; veiled threats against family members, made in e-mails; and many others.

  2. Telephone harassment

  3. Insecurity flags: Signs of regular home break-ins―-too subtle to go to police--such as objects moved within the apartment: window curtains open in the morning that had been closed at night; slippers paired neatly and set by the door--I live alone and don't have a maid... And once, more overtly, a paper poppy 'calling card' left on the coffee table with the tag “Disabled American Veterans.” The break-ins have been on-going.

  4. Computer or cyber hacking; censorship of material published on the web (temporary, i.e. fixable);   Data CDs wiped clean (notably containing legal documents)

  5. Blocked internet access (episodic)

  6. Blocked bank account (temporary--see ‘Entrapment’);permanently blocked online banking: “Nothing can be done.”

  7. Enforced isolation

  8. Slashed tires

'Street Theater' or 'Gas-Lighting' 3

In this line are the bizarre 'street theater' incidents, too numerous to list but I will mention a few of the stand-outs (which have been telescoped here--not chronological; some came later) :

  1. 'Tails’, Stalkers, Persistent starers

  2. Picture takers

  3. A plague of Lolitas

  4. Speeding oncoming cars (when you cross the street, where you have to jump)(3x)

  5. A 'North by Northwest'-style swooping helicopter (1x)

  6. Believe it or not (and you couldn't make it up), a statistically impossible, veritable parade of... dwarves and Down's Syndrome sufferers--people with manifest genetic disorders
    (in multiple countries)

The aim of the mad street theater scenes or incidents would be generally to discredit the target's opinion if and when he should report the unbelievable manipulations to anyone. The gas-lighting victim's critical voice is then rendered suspect and neutralized. Some of these may also be mere provocations, aimed at triggering paranoiac or unhinged reactions; may relate to other set-up attempts; or may simply be to frighten the target into silence. In the last example mentioned above, the odd 'casting' may also have something to do with my outspoken criticism of eugenics; or might just be mockery: The targeting victim, by means of torture, also becomes 'disabled.'

I Become a Political Refugee

Around the beginning of the following year (2009) I left the US permanently after the targeting as well as a frame-up attempt and the infliction of a permanent injury described at the end of this affidavit.

In a second country, where the torture and targeting continued, I sought legal help (not forthcoming), worked online and continued blogging on local political news.4 There was another frame-up attempt (see ‘forgery,’ below). In the end an unwelcome asylum seeker, I was deported.

After some international travel (and an MRI, for evidence, which came back normal) I then settled in an EU country as I am also an EU national thanks to a dual citizenship.

There I was immediately effectively blacklisted from working in a chosen field in which I also had qualifications. But I was able to take up journalism again, freelancing for a non-NATO foreign news agency, part-time because of continued targeting.

'Disability' through Torture

In the course of my work I happened to interview several government ministers. During one of the exclusive, sit-down interviews I found the minister’s manner somewhat curious--he was surprisingly complimentary, almost patronizing. I was aware at the time that the same morning of our interview he had had a visit from the American ambassador. Did the ambassador prepare the ground for the interview by planting a cover story for the torture? I could not confirm this but it stands to reason that she may have told him―-in a smear―-that I had a disability. This would account for his behavior and also would not have been a gratuitous insult:  If the local government had me under surveillance in the home (or otherwise had access to the video feed), they would have witnessed the daily torture sessions and their effects, which may mimic mild epilepsy. The ambassador may have been putting out the needed cover story and she would have diplomatic immunity to do so with impunity.

In any case, I was unable to find legal help in this third country, where I have also been harassed, now into leaving (power cuts-―only my house; a changed lock on my post office box; blocked internet access; a death threat; entrapment attempts, etc.).

Attempts at Legal Entrapment

Above and beyond the usual targeting, the expedient of legal entrapment has also been part of the package from the beginning. Here are some (telescoped) examples:


You make a large deposit by bank cheque into your bank account and later find that access to the account is blocked. The bank informs you that the reason is because there’s a problem with the cheque: the numbered amount differs from the written amount. They show you the altered cheque. On your copy of the original draft, the two amounts are the same.

The honey trap: 

You meet a woman (who had been following you in her car) who later invites you home and introduces her underage “daughter” before sending her to bed. Her photographer friend waits upstairs. You flee.

An attractive stranger from a boisterous table at a beach bar comes over and introduces herself, flirts, says she’s drunk, and with a smiling tilt of the head invite, excuses herself to go to the ladies, visited by the new barman just after you arrived, you'd noticed (installing a 'rape cam'?). You stay put. (Not that you wouldn’t.)

A slight female acquaintance in a chance meeting on the street says she's locked out of her flat for the night. Can she stay over? Slips into bed from the couch and then refuses advances (rape charge set-up?). Next morning, she asks you to go to the bank and try to cash her endorsed (forged?) paycheck (on CCTV). She doesn't have her ID and her friend did this for her once before. You tell her to bugger off.

Veiled Threats

This next example might not necessarily be construed (legally) as a menace but taken in context, as part of a pattern, it takes on the aspect of a threat...

You go to a terrace cafe to watch a football match. It’s crowded and all the tables are full. The waitress knew you were coming and leads you to a table where a bald, heavily tattooed man sits. You join him. He speaks broken English. After a short time he says, ‘Look here.’ And beside you under the table he flicks open a large shining knife. He says: “I have a collection. Pistols too. 9mm.

He mentions that he’s an ex-con. ‘What were you in for?’ ‘Everything.’

You ask what he does now. “I work with bodies. I open them. For the autopsy.’

Later, he adds: ‘There are lots of murders here.’

You think the stranger may have been put up to this--trying to put a scare into a journalist, in a coached, legally very circumspect way. You also believe the man may have been wired, asking some leading questions. You won’t be threatened and you make an appointment with a criminal lawyer.

Next you receive an e-mail from another government minister--six weeks after you requested an interview--scheduling one at the same time as your legal appointment.

You hand off this assignment to your boss and go to see the lawyer. He knows the element, the guy from the cafe, and his name--a known criminal. But he’s not interested in pursuing the matter when you suggest he was put up to it.

You leave the offices and on the way out the city gate you see ahead a small crowd looking down from the walkway railing to the pavement 30 feet below. There is a corpse...

Not long after this, you return home one late afternoon and enter the lift. On the ride up to your floor you look down and notice red drops of fresh blood on the grey tile. You snap pictures with your phone for the record. They will later disappear, blocked.

Seeing the worrying pattern of developing events, you notify your lawyer, by e-mail, for maximum exposure. ‘Noted,’ he says. ‘Not to worry.’ He thinks it’s scare tactics? But he doesn’t know the whole story. You know anything can happen.

At this point you are cut loose by your employer.

The phone pictures reappear.


Permanent Injury

I mentioned that professional torturers don’t normally leave marks. Actually, besides microwave burns, I've suffered two shattered teeth, both perfectly healthy before, which in the absence of accidents, can only be put down to the ringing electrical current of my 'treatments.' One of the teeth was reconstructed and the other pulled because fractured. I’ve been unable to interest any lawyer in this. One top local lawyer fought desperately... to stifle his yawning, as I talked of torture and death threats. He then uselessly advised me to go to the police. Another (elsewhere) suggested I go to Iraq ('go to hell').


Cancer is another established effect of radiation exposure―-both of the ionizing and non-ionizing (RF) kinds―in the longer-term but without any evidential link.

Other permanent damage may have been already done, the evidence of which, childless, I’m frankly afraid to produce―-genetic damage―-another of the effects of high-level (or cumulatively high) radiation exposure. Something happened that leads me to believe that I may have been targeted for this specifically.

In the summer of 2008, shortly after the targeting began, the woman next door--'Claudia' from Germany―invited me to go sailing in the harbor with some other chartered-yacht club members.

The four other sailors turned out to be what I would call 'heavies' in the professional egghead sense but who introduced themselves unconvincingly with incongruous, generic cover occupations like 'internet marketer.' One of these (who happened to resemble the late Washington Post columnist Bob Novak) strangely could not bring himself to make eye contact at any time. Another admitted when questioned later (at the after-dinner) that he had worked for the Pentagon contractor Draper Labs, which he had tried to make out as an NGO (non-governmental organization). At dinner he also aired his strong anti-communist political views, without prompting, a strange non sequitur as it happened.

Shortly after this outing―-maybe in fact some sort of evaluation, in retrospect--I noticed for the first time in the parking lot of my apartment block a civilian car with a “Go Army” logo on the door. By itself, this needn’t raise suspicion. But I was in for quite a shock soon after.

One fine blue-sky summer afternoon as I was sitting comfortably in my living room I was suddenly gripped by the electric jolt of what felt like low-power lightning. It lasted just a very short time as I remember. Without budging, wide-eyed, I looked around and out the window but with no sign of anything amiss. Then, still seated, came an after-shock--my breathing stopped--respiratory arrest. I am not asthmatic. Before too late, the very narrowest of airways barely opened up to keep me going, just. This is acute respiratory distress―-a symptom in actual lightning strike victims.  I stayed calm, waited and hoped. After a minute or two I was breathing again. I was surprised to see everything as before, blue sky―-no storm clouds―and nothing out of the ordinary. No one running from the scene, outside. I supposed that the low-power targeting had just been cranked way up. And I feared that I had just been sterilized. A fear that's still with me--a test for genetic damage is not easily had (I am working on it).

Eugenic (Political) Sterilizations

In North America and Europe in the 20th century (1930s to mid-70s) hundreds of thousands of individuals were forcibly sterilized under eugenics laws. In Europe, the Nazis sterilized nearly half a million people in one year alone, 1934 (Edwin Black, War Against the Weak, 2003). Dachau concentration camp (which I’ve visited) was established (1933) for political prisoners (E. Black, IBM and the Holocaust, 2001), initially “German Communists, Social Democrats, trade unionists, and other political opponents” of the Nazis (--Holocaust Memorial Museum), later to include “the Bolshevik Jews.”

Here is a paraphrased description from a concentration camp victim of a Nazi doctor who performed X-ray and surgical sterilizations on the prisoners:

I heard a buzzing sound for (several) minutes and felt a general feeling of malaise... When another man (surgical sterilization victim) asked why he was being operated on when he was perfectly healthy, Dr. Dering replied, “Stop barking like a dog. You will die anyway (in the camp).”

--Robert Jay Lifton, The Nazi Doctors, 1986, p283


1 Less than 200 microamperes is sufficient for a ‘measure of control of cerebral activity’--Nick Begich.

2 ‘Delgado Effect’ (1950s) -- It is rightly not the practice to name discoveries of scientific phenomena after abusers of science. We use the name of the MKULTRA researcher on electromagnetic brain influence, Jose Delgado, only as a kind of shorthand.

3 “Gas-lighting”--Setting someone up as having an unreliable opinion; From the Hitchcock film 'Gaslight'

4 ‘Continued writing’--Targeting continues consistently, whether I publish or not. It must in order to keep up the cover of a medical problem. Also, it is in part ‘weapons testing.’

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December 16, 2014