From the excerpts of Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, found in William Cooper’s Behold a Pale Horse

Descriptive Introduction of the Silent Weapon

              Everything that is expected from an ordinary weapon is expected from a silent weapon by its creators, but only in its own manner of junctioning.

              It shoots situations, instead of bullets; propelled by data processing, instead of a chemical reaction (explosion); originationg from bits of data, instead of grains of gunpowder; from a computer, instead of a gun; operated by a computer programmer, instead of a marksman; under the orders of a banking magnate, instead of a military general.

              It makes no obvious explosive noises, causes no obvious physical or mental injuries, and does not obviously interfere with anyone’s daily social life.

              Yet it makes an unmistakeable “noise,” causes unmistakable physical and mental damage, and unmistakably interferes with daily social life, i.e., unmistakable to a trained observer, one who knows what to look for.

               The public cannot comprehend this weapon, and therefore cannot believe that they are being attacked and subdued by a weapon.

               The public might instinctively feel that something is wrong, but because of the technical nature of the silent weapon, they cannot express their feeling in a rational way, or handle the problem with intelligence. Therefore, they do not know how to cry for help, and do not know how to associate with others to defend themselves against it.

                When a  silent weapon is applied gradually, the public adjusts/adapts to its presence and learns to tolerate its encroachment on their lives until the pressure (psychological via economic) becomes too great and they crack up.

                Therefore, the silent weapon is a type of a biological warfare. It attacks the vitality, options, and mobility of the individuals of a society by knowing, understanding, manipulating, and attacking their sources of natural and social energy, and their physical, mental, and emotional strengths and weaknesses. (40-41, Behold a Pale Horse)

What type of technology is discussed in the above passage? The passage is found from a book published in 1991. Can we think of any situations that have emerged in the 21st century that can be related to what’s described in the passage?

For example, the crash on Wall Street, where data and information, all parts of electronic data, caused a real physical and psychological experience. We could look at our whole economical system. We have debit cards and credit cards, all data, and no physical substance to back what we claim we have. Ever thought of what would happen if someone decided to shut that server or database down? What will happen to our money in the bank? Other than a physical receipt, what can prove that we had money there to begin with? 

How about facebook? Can it be a silent weapon? Facebook is already known for selling information to other companies, and these companies then bombard the user with advertisements that are specific to our trends. We are subtly being marketed to through the computer, based on our spending habits. 

What about media? The quietest but deadliest weapon. Who’s news are we actually receiving, in other words, which side of the story? We weren’t there, but we are expected to trust the news source but how reliable are those sources? Who’s interest do the big news corporations have in mind? Is it the financiers that help the network remain functioning, or the public? Is it the political party who shares the same views as the producer of the network, or the candidate? Are the popular trends in the world popular because we deem them so or are they only popular because there the ones allowed exposure?

                   In the long run, as seen in The Tempest, knowledge becomes a silent weapon, influencing us to bend and react as programmed by those in control, like Prospero used his knowledge to conform everyone to his will. My last question is, who’s will are we being conformed to in our present situations? Wait, one more, what other silent weapons can you think of?

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