RE: Brainpicking: constitutional effects of loyalty mods

Billy Brown (
Mon, 20 Sep 1999 10:00:36 -0500

On Sunday, September 19, 1999 7:20 PM, Kathryn Aegis [] wrote:
> Would every successor in our government actually
> find themselves all in one place to be infected?

They don't need to be. In Anders' scenario it takes an exhaustive medical examination to tell whether someone is affected, which means that it takes an expert to interprete the test results. This is a nearly insuperable problem, because:

  1. You don't know how many of your experts can be trusted.
  2. You don't know which of your own bodyguards you can trust.
  3. If you go into a roomful of medical equipment maned by subverted doctors, you are going to come out under mind control.

So far as I can see, the only viable solution is to let that 'provably non-subverted' segment of the military Anders mentions take over temporarily while they test everyone. Unoftunately there is no way that a democratic government is going to do that - most of the subverted leaders will object, as will many non-subverted leaders who simply don't trust the military. It is also worth noting here that there is really no way you can ever convince a suspicious observer that a given group of people is 100% free of mind control - no matter what the situation is, you can always come up with some scenario in which they could have been infected.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I