After our first night in our ‘urban chic’ studio apartment in downtown Toronto, we were ready for a leisurely breakfast. Trish had gone over her notes about Wolfgang Pauli and the Pauli effect at least a hundred times it seemed and she was ready for the interview.
The actual topic was an unusual story of a human rights lawyer named Cheryl Welch, who is convinced that the U.S. government is not only spying on her, but has targeted her in a wide-ranging mind control experiment. Trish was to provide one of several alternate explanations.
So as we left the room for breakfast on the interview day, I found a newspaper hanging on our door. It was the weekend issue the National Post, which appears to be a cross between the New York Post with its huge front page headlines and the dour, conservative perspective of the Wall Street Journal.
What caught my attention, of course, was the top-half of the front page, pictured above. Those scowling eyes and the headline: They’re Watching – What does the government already know about you?
I showed it to Trish and said: “Mind control?” It seemed that the newspaper had pre-empted Weird or What? with their own story of supposed government intrusion.
Such experiments definitely took place in the 1950s and ’60s in an experiment called MK-ULTRA, a code name for illegal and covert experiments run by the CIA’s Office of Scientific Intelligence. Targets were subjected unknowingly to hallucinogenic drugs and a variety of mind control techniques including hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.
In the mid-1980s, I was approached by a medical doctor who said he had a patient who believed the government was beaming microwaves and other energy fields at her. It was affecting her health and mental stability, he said. I was working as a journalist and something I’d written prompted him to contact me.
When I met the woman, she lived in a spotless, but impersonal environment, a condo in South Florida high above the Atlantic. She said she could hear voices seemingly broadcast from her teeth. Interestingly, Cheryl Welch mentions the same phenomenon happening to her. I eventually wrote an article about the woman’s experience. It was a peculiar piece because I introduced the woman to a former police officer who had left law enforcement to become a psychic working as a consultant with police departments. He felt the woman was telling the truth, as she perceived it, but he was unable to pick up any energy fields or the source of such fields. So, as with many such cases, this one was difficult to verify.
So are these covert experiments still taking place and is Cheryl a target? William Shatner’s Weird or What? set out to find out and included three alternate explanations. The Pauli effect was one and we were contacted to explain it. Trish initially wanted me to be the interviewee since I’d done a couple of TV shows related the Bermuda Triangle. But it was her turn and she grudgingly agreed to sit before the camera.
Cheryl Welch believes that the government is not only affecting her, but others around her. If she goes outside in a crowd, she says people will shout obscenities and spit at her. Supposedly, these people are either plants or innocent bystanders temporarily subjected to the same mental manipulations.
As an alternative explanation, Trish proposed that Cheryl might have some telekinetic abilities, similar to the Pauli effect, which would explain some of the strange things happening around her. She also suggested that Cheryl might be experiencing ‘like attracts like’ or the law of attraction. In other words, she is so convinced that she is a victim of mind control that she attracts related experiences.
Oddly enough, it’s a case where the psychic explanation just might be more reasonable than the one based on cause and effect, ie. government mind control.
I briefly wondered if the newspaper on our hotel door could have been created for us and planted by a government agent as a means of intimidating us before the interview on the related subject. That would fit with Cheryl’s scenario.
In our experience, stuff like that is more likely to emerge from the underlying world that exists outside of cause and effect, space and linear time, the realm to which synchronicity serves as a doorway–the unconscious or the collective unconscious.
Certainly, government agents do silly wasteful things, but that newspaper was not one of them. We saw other copies of that newspaper around, including one on the airplane during the return flight. For us, it was a case of synchronicity, one of many that we experienced in Toronto.