Psychoecology and the DHS
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gone to many strange places in its search for ways to identify terrorists before they attack, but perhaps none stranger than this lab on the outskirts of Russia’s capital. The institute has for years served as the center of an obscure field of human behavior study—dubbed psychoecology—that traces it roots back to Soviet-era mind control research.
SSRM Tek is presented to a subject as an innocent computer game that flashes subliminal images across the screen—like pictures of Osama bin Laden or the World Trade Center. The “player”—a traveler at an airport screening line, for example—presses a button in response to the images, without consciously registering what he or she is looking at. The terrorist’s response to the scrambled image involuntarily differs from the innocent person’s, according to the theory.