The Mind-Reading Helmet: “Big Brother in Your Head”

20th July 2012

By Madison Ruppert

Editor of End the Lie & Contributing writer for Wake Up World

What most people thought to be the last bastion of privacy in today’s world – the mind – are likely going to be quite disturbed to know that a new company, Veritas scientific claims that they are developing technology which “will invade that.”

Remember, earlier this year I reported on a study showing that computers very well might be able to spot liars better than even the most successful human experts, meaning that we can only expect to see this type of technology used in law enforcement on a more regular basis.

It is important to note that we are not talking about your run of the mill “lie detector,” a polygraph. As many people know, it is very easy for some people to beat these tests as former CIA operative and spy for the Soviet Union Aldrich H. Ames explained in saying, “There’s no special magic [in passing lie detector tests] … confidence is what does it. Confidence and a friendly relationship with the examiner … rapport, where you smile and you make him think that you like him.”

This technology, on the other hand, is what Discovery called “a mind-reading helmet” designed to measure the brain activity of subjects via electroencephalogram (EEG) while flashing potentially familiar images across the visor.

Unsurprisingly, Veritas Scientific has chosen to go after the most lucrative market: the U.S. military. When you’re dealing with the military, you’re dealing with a market with never ending demand and at times a complete disregard for even the most essential of considerations like the functionality of products being purchased.

Eric Elbot, CEO of Veritas, stated that he wants his technology to be used by the U.S. military to “help them pick friend from foe among captured people,” according to IEEE Spectrum.

Elbot also pictures it being used by law enforcement agencies, the justice system in criminal trials and corporate takeovers. He thinks it might even make its way into consumer cell phone applications at some point.

“Certainly it’s a potential tool for evil,” says Elbot. “If only the government has this device, it would be extremely dangerous.”

This is quite true, but unfortunately, since Elbot has confirmed that it will first be going to the U.S. military, it must be noted that they could easily claim exclusive rights to the device.

Indeed, the federal government has the ability to simply seize a patent under eminent domain, meaning that the control would quickly be completely out of Elbot’s hands and thus remove his ability to control his technology which he readily admits is “a potential tool for evil.”

Surely Elbot realizes this and the fact that the U.S. military is obsessed with lie detection technology for a reason, and it’s not to find out who stole the cookie from the cookie jar.

For instance, take the military’s interest in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, especially technology which can be used at a distance.

As IEEE Spectrum has noted in the past, in 2006 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) called for proposals for research to “understand and optimize brain functions during learning.”

Just a year later, DARPA put out requests for a transportable battlefield MRI scanner.

“For the intelligence community, what we’re interested in are going to be devices that you can use remotely,” said Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) research scientist Sujeeta Bhatt. “We can create a fantastic map of deception in fMRI, but what we use for national security has to be something that we can train anyone to use fairly easily, that’s fairly portable, and not outrageously expensive.”

This device Bhatt speaks of is not, however, an fMRI-based device, at least according to what Bhatt believes.

“Functional MRI has serious limitations. Countermeasures haven’t been seriously studied, but of the ones that have, simply moving your tongue can compromise the data,” Bhatt said. “And in the intelligence community, the people that you’re screening have really studied their cover stories. Will that look like truth or a lie? We’re not there yet, and in terms of using [fMRI] as a practical, everyday tool to detect human deception, I don’t think we’re ever going to be there.”

Could the EEG helmet being developed by Veritas be precisely the device Bhatt spoke of? Only time will tell and if it is really as successful as Elbot claims, we likely won’t hear very much about it.

“Once you test brain signals, you’ve moved a little closer to Big Brother in your head,” concludes Paul Sajda, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University.

This article was first published @ End the Lie

About the Author

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at [email protected]


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  • It’s funny how all the “general public” and even some “experts” in the general population, only are allowed to see the tip of the iceberg. Back in the late 60’s early 70’s I was a guinea pig in some very nasty mind control experiments. Here’s the deal: Thoughts have very precise energetic patterns. Devices were built on MRI type technology that could plot the energetic signature of thoughts. Once these were understood they could be replicated with some type of RF generating device, which was able to put thoughts in peoples minds… but it goes beyond that, it was also possible to design chemical substances that would energize the particular thought/energetic signature… and the really scary part was that by visual input at just the right color frequencies, certain thoughts could be planted in people. (TV scenes blended to mimic certain energetic thought signatures.) It wasn’t really all that complex and the technology came form the USA, Russia and Israel. So if they were capable of doing this back then, you gotta really wonder what they can do now. Both my parents were involved in the government in secret agencies. At the end my Dad was with the “Air Force at NASA” and my Mom was with the “Air Force at Lockheed”, both in Mt. View Calif. Both were on opposite ends of a Navy base there, my Dad at AMES Research Center on one end, Mom at Lockheed. I guess they decided to volunteer me for the experiments… and it was really very interesting the way it all played out…

  • Stuart

    This is so subjective. But I wish him the best, the government are suckers for this kind of rubbish.
    A Zen master could make this machine work for ever, and it would still crash. Humans are so stupid once they have bought into the illusion of power of the computer.