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September 23, 2007

Paranoid Alert

Foil Helmet Craze A Government Plot

Researchers from MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, and the MIT Media Laboratory have uncovered startling evidence that an inceasingly popular means of evading personal monitoring and intrusion by the ever-widening net of official surveillance is, in fact, a trap set to single out and target precisely those who value and seek to protect their privacy the most.


Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.

Full Report at: http://people.csail.mit.edu/rahimi/helmet/


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