I say all these words are not premature, these words may be too late.--William S. Burroughs
R/S: Do you think they could take a disoriented person out of prison and program him to become an assassin and the person wouldn't really know exactly what he's doing?
WSB: I think it's possible, but it seems to me it's more trouble than it's worth. If you really want the job done you don't want a disoriented person--of course you've got an alibi there, no one can pin it on you, but...still, it's an around-the-world-oxcart way of doing it! But it's certainly within the range of possibility.
R/S: What about telepathic suggestion to the subject while they're asleep?
WSB: Well they wouldn't have to be telepathic--they could do that with microphones, sort of subliminal microphones. As to how effective the suggestions would be I just don't know. All these people are talking about hearing voices, telling them to do these things. Now where do the voices come from? Well this is one of the symptoms, of course, of schizophrenia, and we know now that the voices come from a non-dominant brain hemisphere, whichever that is. In fact you can produce voices by electronic stimulation of the non-dominant brain hemisphere in normal subjects. So that's the line to take--if you can get it into the non-dominant brain hemisphere, then it has this terrific power: people can't disobey it. But only certain people would be subject to that kind of conditioning...
R/S: How can we strengthen our psychic defenses?
WSB: There are whole books on that. Dion Fortune wrote a fairly good book, Psychic Self-Defense, It's not a bad book--old-fashioned--but there's some good tips in there. How to know when you're under psychic attack, what to do about it, and so on. There are quite a few--that's a fairly good one. There's something by David Conway called Magic: An Occult Primer--that's a very good book.