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Aurora massacre: Several links between James Holmes and US Gov't research

Aurora massacre: Several links between James Holmes and US Gov't research

By Wayne Madsen
Posted: July 23, 2012

WASHINGTON -- James Holmes, the 24-year old suspect in the mass shooting of Batman "The Dark Knight Rises" movie goers in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and 58 injured, has had a number of links to U.S. government-funded research centers. Holmes's past association with government research projects has prompted police and federal law enforcement officials to order laboratories and schools with which Holmes has had a past association not to talk to the press about Holmes.

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 forsoldiers amputated or paralyzed in combat.

According to his LinkedIn profile, James Holmes's father, Dr. Robert Holmes, who received a PhD in Statistics in 1981 from the University of California at Berkeley, worked for San Diego-based HNC Software, Inc. from 2000 to 2002. HNC, known as a "neural network" company, and DARPA, beginning in 1998, have worked on developing "cortronic neural networks," which would allow machines to interpret aural and visual stimuli to think like humans. The cortronic concept was developed by HNC Software's chief scientist and co-founder, Robert Hecht-Nielsen. HNC merged with the Minneapolis-based Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), a computer analysis and decision-making company. Robert Holmes continues to work at FICO.

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Real Connection to DARPA: The Eagleman Lab

I have taken a particular interest in this case, as I emailed the University of Colorado Department of Neuroscience on June 21st with a proposal for a neurolinguistic experiment aimed at inducing temporary aphasia in a group of adult volunteers.

Neuroscientists James Jacobson and David Eagleman both worked at the Salk institute and have recently appeared in the media and appear to be attempting to both discredit his intelligence and downplay their involvement with him. David Eagleman is of particular interest.

In 2006 at age 18, James Holmes spends 6 weeks as an intern at the Salk Institute under the direct supervision of John Jacobson, whom he refers to in a video as “his mentor”

The Salk Institute of Biology is ranked as one of the world’s top biomedical research facilities and is described as “an isolated compound… not unlike monasteries for religious discovery” and “A temple of science; a secular monastery where man pursues knowledge of our biological foundations.”

Holmes states in a video:
“Over the course of the summer I’ve been working on a temporal illusion—an illusion that allows you to change the past…he [Jacobson] also studies subjective experience, which is what takes place inside the mind as opposed to the external world. I’ve carried on his work in dealing with subjective experience”

Who is Jacobson?

In 2004 John Jacobson co-authors a paper with David Eagleman at the Salk Institute on temporal illusions “Perceived Luminance Depends on Temporal Context” –NATURE journal

Eagleman as it turns out, is an extremely interesting character: after serving in the Israeli Army, he becomes interested in neuroscience after taking a neurolinguistics class at Rice University. After obtaining a degree in literature, he goes on to earn his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Baylor University. He then takes a post-doctoral position at the Salk Institute of Biology under Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA molecule. In 2009 Eagleman writes “Sum: 40 Tales of the Afterlife” a bizarre book of fictional philosophy

Eagleman Lab for Perception and Action (eaglemanlab.net)

Researches “time perception, sensory substitution, synesthesia, and neurolaw”

“we are engaged in experiments that explore temporal coding, time warping, manipulation of perception of causality, time perception in schizophrenia and time perception in high adrenaline situations”

The Eagleman lab is funded by NIH and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

“In October 2006, a Pentagon agency called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sought out researchers for ways to monitor the brain in its learning and acquisition process, by observing the differences between the brains of beginners and experts and discovering “noninvasive ways to speed up the process” [1]. Known as the “Augmented Cognition” program, the agency paid Lockheed Martin $650,000 to develop real-time technology of cognitive activity and function of a brain. September witnessed the preliminary development of such a portable, wearable system of sensors that assessed cognitive activity and prints out a data sheet revealing brain activity deviation from the norm or average of the population.

But why would DARPA want to look at neuroscience evidence? Information gathered from these helmet sensors would measure brain states associated with “anger, aggression, fatigue, deception,” which would then be relayed to a command center. During war, those working in the command center may choose how to deploy the soldiers based on their mental states. A focused soldier may be ordered to shoot, and a furious soldier may be asked to sit and calm down so as not to do anything careless.” –NeuLaw Blog, Sept. 28 2011, Kyang & David Eagleman

“DARPA, the Pentagon’s way-out science arm, wants to make soldiers stronger, faster, and generally "kill proof." The key, the agency believes: Getting humans to act more like animals.

For years, DARPA has been pushing to boost soldier performance. Today, at the opening of DARPATech, the agency’s bi-annual conference, program manager Michael Callahan just announced a new effort to take that research even further. He calls it "Inner Armor."”—Wired Magazine, August 7 2007, Noah Shachtman

“Current computer-based target detection capabilities cannot process large volumes of imagery with the speed, flexibility, and precision of the human visual system. Investigations of visual neuroscience mechanisms indicate that human brains are capable of responding visually much more quickly than they respond physically. The vision for DARPA's Neurotechnology for Intelligence Analysts (NIA) program is to revolutionize how analysts handle intelligence imagery, increasing throughput of imagery to an analyst and overall accuracy of assessments.

NIA seeks to identify robust brain signals that can be recorded in an operational environment and process these in real-time to select images that merit further review. The program aims to apply these triage methods to static, broad area, and video imagery. Successful development of a neurobiologically based image triage system will increase speed and accuracy of image analysis where the number of acquired images is expected to rise significantly. Results of the NIA program will enable image analysts to train more effectively and process imagery with greater speed and precision.”


DARPA is best known as driving force behind the creation of the Internet and Onion Routing, as well as:

Combat Zones That See - "track everything that moves" in a city by linking up a massive network of surveillance cameras

EATR An autonomous tactical robotic system
Human Universal Load Carrier battery-powered human exoskeleton

Proto 2 - a thought-controlled prosthetic arm

Remote-controlled insects

DARPA Silent Talk - A planned program attempting to identify EEG patterns for words and transmit these for covert communications.

SyNAPSE - Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics,

“ON THE STEAMY first day of August 1966, Charles Whitman took an elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower in Austin. The 25-year-old climbed the stairs to the observation deck, lugging with him a footlocker full of guns and ammunition…

"The lesson from all these stories is the same: human behavior cannot be separated from human biology. If we like to believe that people make free choices about their behavior (as in, “I don’t gamble, because I’m strong-willed”), cases like Alex the pedophile, the frontotemporal shoplifters, and the gambling Parkinson’s patients may encourage us to examine our views more carefully. Perhaps not everyone is equally “free” to make socially appropriate choices…

As our understanding of the human brain improves, juries are increasingly challenged with these sorts of questions. When a criminal stands in front of the judge’s bench today, the legal system wants to know whether he is blameworthy. Was it his fault, or his biology’s fault?...

If I seem to be heading in an uncomfortable direction—toward letting criminals off the hook—please read on, because I’m going to show the logic of a new argument, piece by piece. The upshot is that we can build a legal system more deeply informed by science, in which we will continue to take criminals off the streets, but we will customize sentencing, leverage new opportunities for rehabilitation, and structure better incentives for good behavior…

Free will may exist (it may simply be beyond our current science), but one thing seems clear: if free will does exist, it has little room in which to operate. It can at best be a small factor riding on top of vast neural networks shaped by genes and environment. In fact, free will may end up being so small that we eventually think about bad decision-making in the same way we think about any physical process, such as diabetes or lung disease….

A forward-thinking legal system will also parlay biological understanding into customized rehabilitation, viewing criminal behavior the way we understand other medical conditions such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, and depression—conditions that now allow the seeking and giving of help. These and other brain disorders find themselves on the not-blameworthy side of the fault line, where they are now recognized as biological, not demonic, issues…

We may be on the cusp of finding new rehabilitative strategies as well, affording people better control of their behavior, even in the absence of external authority. To help a citizen reintegrate into society, the ethical goal is to change him as little as possible while bringing his behavior into line with society’s needs. My colleagues and I are proposing a new approach, one that grows from the understanding that the brain operates like a team of rivals, with different neural populations competing to control the single output channel of behavior. Because it’s a competition, the outcome can be tipped. I call the approach “the prefrontal workout.”…
If this sounds like biofeedback from the 1970s, it is—but this time with vastly more sophistication, monitoring specific networks inside the head rather than a single electrode on the skin. This research is just beginning, so the method’s efficacy is not yet known—but if it works well, it will be a game changer. We will be able to take it to the incarcerated population, especially those approaching release, to try to help them avoid coming back through the revolving prison doors."-- The Brain on Trial, The Atlantic, July August 2011, by DAVID EAGLEMAN

“Plenty of geeks are already obsessed with self-tracking, from monitoring sleep rhythms to graphing caffeine intake versus productivity. Now, the Department of Defense’s far-out research agency is after the ultimate kind of Quantified Self: Soldiers with implanted body sensors that keep intimate tabs on their health, around the clock.

In a new call for research, Darpa is asking for proposals to devise prototype implantable biosensors. Once inserted under a soldier’s skin, Darpa wants the sensors to provide real-time, accurate measurements of “DoD-relevant biomarkers” including stress hormones, like cortisol, and compounds that signal inflammation, like histamine.

Implantable sensors are only the latest of several Pentagon-backed ventures to track a soldier’s health. Darpa’s already looked into tracking “nutritional biomarkers” to evaluate troops’ diets. And as part of the agency’s “Peak Soldier Performance” program, Darpa studied how one’s genes impact physical ability, and tried to manipulate cellular mitochondria to boost the body’s energy levels.

Sensors alone won’t make troops stronger, smarter or more resilient. But they’d probably offer the kind of information that could. For one thing, the sensors would provide military docs an array of reliable info about the health of every single soldier. Plus, they’d tell leaders how a soldier’s body stood up to grueling physical training or a tough deployment. Tracking changes in the body’s endocrine system, for example, might tell a physician that a soldier is increasingly sleep deprived. Or observing chronically increased inflammation levels might tell a team leader that trainee number five isn’t cut out for the Navy SEALs.” Wired Magazine, Katie Drummond, Feb 3 2012

Holmes mapped the neurons of zebra finches and studied the flight muscles of hummingbirds while he was an undergraduate at UC Riverside, where he graduated in 2010. As a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Denver, he had won a neuroscience training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The grant was awarded to just six students at the school.
As part of the program, Holmes was listed as making a presentation in May 2012 about Micro RNA Biomarkers in a class named "Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders."

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Very interesting connections


Very interesting post.

The eyes of both men are the same,

and if you take a look at the video,
Cathy O"Brian who is an MK Ultra victim has the same eyes even though she has
been awakened from the brain washing. She mentions the dilated pupils as
a symptom of MK Ultra programing.

After MK Ultra the brain functions in a different way. The large pupils remain.

Wayne Madsen

is not reliable, in my opinion.

it's creepy how all of those research facilities basically sound

like they're working on some type of "SkyNet" or the "Matrix" advanced AI systems.

all the more frightening because those AI would not be geared toward designing new modes of transportation, new architectural marvels, new health solutions, or energy solutions, but solely for WAR.


John Connor, activate yourself now, wherever you are! lol.

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul


Should look up SSSS technology. That's an angle being completely ignored by all the commercially successful ” truthtellers”...which should make one raise an eyebrow, in itself.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

a conspiracy theory about

a conspiracy theory about conspiracy theorists.


bump for others to see

and consider.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

not a big fan of jones, but this article is interesting

his dad works for a darpa-funded corporation studying neuroscience.

would like to know more about the company and what they were hoping to accomplish, and why darpa is interested in them.

Here is the Madsen article ~

Here is the Madsen article ~


Blessings )o(