Saturday, November 12, 2005

On the effectiveness of tin foil hats

In an important paper on "The Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets," Rahimi, Recht, Taylor and Vawter report that tin foil hats actually amplify signals broadcast over government approved (FCC) frequencies. The authors believe the notion that tin foil hats are protective against mind control signals was actually started by the government as a means to enhance the manipulations of those already at risk for mind control.

The authors are from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Media Lab at MIT, so they certainly know what they are talking about. Three helmet designs (The Classical, The Centurion and The Fez) were tested with a $250,000 network analyser (Agilent 8714ET), another sign the work is authoritative. Pictures of the experimental set-up and the hat designs are shown in the paper.

We can do no worse than quote the results and conclusions of this paper:

For all helmets, we noticed a 30 db amplification at 2.6 Ghz and a 20 db amplification at 1.2 Ghz, regardless of the position of the antenna on the cranium. In addition, all helmets exhibited a marked 20 db attenuation at around 1.5 Ghz, with no significant attenuation beyond 10 db anywhere else.


The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government between 1.2 Ghz and 1.4 Ghz. According to the FCC, These bands are supposedly reserved for ''radio location'' (ie, GPS), and other communications with satellites (see, for example, [3]). The 2.6 Ghz band coincides with mobile phone technology. Though not affiliated by government, these bands are at the hands of multinational corporations.

It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government, possibly with the involvement of the FCC. We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings.
We have summarized this paper as a service to some of our most loyal readers and commenters. You know who you are. Or should I say, They know who you are.