Future War: Non-Lethal Weapons in Twenty-First Century Warfare
by Colonel John B. Alexander, US Army (Retired)
(1999, St. Martin's Press, 254 pp.. $24.95)
Colonel John Alexander never met a war he didn't like.
As an unofficial spokesman for the Military-Industrial Complex, Alexander
has written a book called Future War in which he continues to ply his
trade -- promoting war -- and most importantly advocating those
all-important expendables called "weapons systems."
The oxymoronic "non-lethal weapons" which Alexander touts are anything but.
They include exotic systems like electromagnetic weapons, chemical and
biological warfare, so-called physical restraints like goop guns, etc.,
acoustic weapons, as well as information warfare technologies, which include
good old-fashioned military propaganda -- like his book itself.
Without questioning the wrong-headed abstruse US Government policies of
war-making, he includes a brief history of War's Greatest Hits in a chapter
called "Are We the World's Police Force?"
Alexander's answer is an unequivocal yes. These include -- Restore Hope:
Somalia; United Shield: Somalia Round II; Uphold Democracy: Haiti; Bosnia;
The Idaho Rebellion (just kidding).
In a chapter called "Information Warfare," Alexander sounds the alarm
about -- you guessed -it -- the "dangers of the Internet." You see, those
nasty hackers, crackers and phrackers are out to get the Information
How do we know? Alexander says so. "It is predicted that anti-hacker
software sales will increase from $1.1 billion in 1995 to greater than $16
billion in 2000," he writes. "The President's Committee of Critical
Infrastructure Protection noted the increased likelihood of computer
terrorism and recommended that research and development, now $250 million
annually, should be increased $100 million per year until $12 billion is
provided on a yearly basis."
No matter what the "security" problem, all we need to do is spend more
taxpayer dollars on the Military-Industrial Complex.
Secret Life of John Alexander
Virtually disregarded in this book is Alexander's spooky background as a
Psy0ps (or psychological operations) expert, as well as a psychic warfare-
mind control operative.
According to Alex Constantine, author of Virtual Government (Feral House,
1997), Colonel John Alexander has displayed a long term interest in the
paranormal and "has actively promoted psychic metal bending among government
personnel using the techniques pioneered by Jack Houck of
Before his "retirement," Alexander had a 32-year career in the Army,
including a stint as director of Advanced Systems Concepts Office, US Army
Laboratory Command Alexander was also chief of the Advanced Human Technology
Office & Security Command (INSCOM) and ran the "non-lethal" weapons lab at
Los Alamos in New Mexico.
Alexander allegedly also has a doctor's degree in thanatology, the science
British reporter Armen Victorian concludes that John B. Alexander is an
active operative assigned to a covert military group "specializing in
dissemination of disinformation," collectively known as the "Aviary." In a
recent interview, David Morehouse, author of Psychic Warrior, (St. Martin's
Press, 1996) reports that "Alexander was a Special Forces officer in Vietnam
who commanded a Montagnard battalion. Others say he was a member of the
Phoenix Project [the notorious CIA assassination program]. When he came out,
he worked with the intelligence community and he never left."
Later Alexander led a CIA harassment campaign against Morehouse. Alexander,
the "retired" colonel working for the CIA, Jim Schnabel and Joe McMoneagle
were all actively involved in spreading disinformation Campaign against him
on the Internet, says Morehouse.
Politically Incorrect Warrior
And why was Morehouse harassed? Morehouse was a whistleblower who wrote a
book called Non Lethal Weapons: War Without Death (1996, Greenwood
Publishing) with a politically incorrect perspective. "Conventional weaponry
is designed to kill. The new hybrid conventional weaponry is designed to
maim. Non-lethal weaponry, by this definition, must be anti-materiel and not
anti-personnel," said Morehouse in a recorded interview.
"My book takes a very philosophical approach to the concept of non-
lethality," Morehouse continues. "It talks about what conventional weapons
have done in this century. They've taken the lives of 170 million innocent
human beings' lives -- doctors, lawyers, professors, housewives, children --
not warriors. 80 million of them were summarily executed for their refusal
to participate, and that number continues to grow exponentially"
"The nature of man will never change and therefore the nature of war will
never change," says Morehouse. "Only the way in which wars are fought will
change. All the so-called Star Wars technology, the electromagnetic pulse
weapons, are lethal high-tech conventional weaponry. That's all it is. The
900 billion dollar a year Military-Industrial Complex -- these greedy war
mongers -- who build and market weapons to third world countries, don't want
"War is pure commerce and economics," says Morehouse. "You can't expect
those who are in the business of building weapons of mass destruction to
entertain notions of retooling the industry to build weapons on the opposite
end of the spectrum. It's too cheap. Plus if you start saving lives and
killing equipment, then you force diplomacy to take its rightful place as
the tool of conflict resolution in the new millennium. So you start to screw
up this perpetual market of death and destruction."
PsyOps By Any Other Name
"Another IW [information warfare] subject that has long been hidden from
view is 'perception management,'" writes, Alexander. "While everyone knew
that perceptions played a major role in shaping the outcome of conflict, the
very topic was taboo. It smacked too much of manipulating people in ways
that evoked questionable legal issues -- issues no one wanted to address."
The subtext of Alexander's tortured bureaucratic jargon is that even
discussing Psy0ps -- psychological-operations aimed at US citizens -- is
Very tellingly, however, Alexander concludes that "in the amorphous gray
areas between peace and conflict, there is an opportunity to apply non-
lethal force selectively to prevent escalation of conflict."
"Information warfare is an ideal tool for sending a very strong message to
potential adversaries. That message is that we have the capability, intent,
and will to use force -- Accede to our demands!"
When the "potential adversaries" are your fellow American citizens, "Accede
to our demands!" reveals a sinister message from the spooky colonel.
Paranoia Strikes Deep
"Another category of concern is against whom non-lethal weapons might be
employed," writes Alexander with his characteristically blithe
"Paranoia is running rampant in the United States. We have addressed the
militia movements and surprising widespread support that conspiracy theories
"Distrust of the government by not thousands but tens of millions of US
citizens is confirmed in public opinion surveys," he continues. "The
skepticism and controversy has been fueled by recent revelations that the US
government has routinely lied to the people about such varied topics as
human radiation experiments, withholding treatment in the Tuskegee prison
syphilis experiments, the oppressive actions of the Internal Revenue
Service, the amount and geographic area covered by fallout from nuclear
testing, and even UFO sightings."
"Many of these conspiracy theory adherents believe that the government -- or
some other supranational organization -- is attempting to take freedom away
from the citizens. Some of them see non-lethal weapons as tools to
facilitate those objectives. They believe that these weapons could be used
to enslave them for some unstated nefarious purpose." Don't worry, says
Alexander reassuringly, everything's under control. You just don't know how
"The fallacy of this logic should be readily apparent," he continues.
"Sufficient force already exists to accomplish this task. Therefore no new
non-lethal weapons would be necessary."
If you suspect that Alexander is at least disingenuous, take a look at a
video which documents high-tech electromagnetic weapons. Exotic Weapons of
Mass Control by Bob Fletcher is a two-video tape report with live footage on
laser, hypersonic, vortex, and microwave technology weapons -- the next
generation of spooky killing devices. ($34.95; Available from World News
Insight, 675 Fairview Dr., #246, Carson City, Nevada 89701, 800-729-4131.)
Fletcher goes into great detail about the so-called non-lethal weapons which
have been developed by the New World Orderlies with your mind in mind.
Another excellent introduction to the subject is information security
analyst Winn Schwartau's classic book Information Warfare (Thunder's Mouth
Press, 1996), which also contains a great resource list of online
information as well as hard copy titles.
And finally another really useful book is The Professional Paranoid: How To
Fight Back When Investigated, Stalked, Harassed, or Targeted by Any Agency,
Organization, or Individual by H. Michael Sweeney (1999, Feral House,197pp.,
$12.95, http: wwwferalhouse.com)
As the late William S. Burroughs Jr. used to say, "Paranoia is just knowing
all the facts."
Sweeney says that the purpose of his book is "to help the inexperienced to
deal with forces intent on the invasion of your privacy, regardless of
whether it's the FBL CIA, IRS, or just some idiot bent on causing you
More War? You Bet
"The final argument against non-lethal weapons as a military option has been
addressed throughout the entire book," Alexander continues whining. "That
position is that the United States should not engage in peace support
As a Grand Master of Psy-Ops, Alexander really dwells in the art of
Orwellian double-speak. 'Peace support" is war, and war, of course, is
"I believe that point is moot," he continues. "As earlier stated in this
book, we have been involved in peace support operations, we are involved in
peace support operations, and we will be involved in peace support
So there. You can almost see him sticking out his tongue at you. In other
words, Future War by John Alexander is Psy0ps at its finest -- confusion,
obfuscation, and disinformation in calculated and measured doses.
Alexander doesn't even provide a resource list of manufacturers, Addresses
and phone numbers, where citizen-civilians can get the best "non-lethal"
electromagnetic weapons money can buy. For that information, try Top Secret
Consumertronics, P 0. Box 23097, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87192,505-237-2073,
http:/ /wwwtsc- global.com).
As author William Gibson has aptly observed, the street finds its own uses
for high-tech inventions. The Van Eck System, remote eavesdropping on
computer and TV CRT signals, radionics gear to repel electromagnetic energy
attacks, and other handy self-defense devices are all described in detail.
And what's the point of the old thanatologist's book? Alexander's Future War
is just another ruse by another Doctor of Death. While civilians get
disarmed with more onerous gun control laws, the Military- Industrial
Complex gets more funding for so-called "non-lethal weapons."
Uri Dowbenko is CEO of New Improved Entertainment Corp.