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In 1996 novelist Naylor moved to secluded St. Helena Island. A minor fracas with a crotchety neighbor, whose brother worked for the National Security Agency, set into motion a series of events that made Naylor the object of close scrutiny by the government. The intensely private Naylor found herself in the company of other prominent black writers and activists targeted by the government. She was harassed until she feared for her sanity and consulted a psychiatrist. When she discovered that her tormentors were using mind-control techniques, she fought back with the only weapon she had--her writing talent. Naylor's account, with first-person recollections of her experience and third-person speculation on the motives of her tormenters, not only raises alarms about government actions but also raises many questions about this work. She includes addenda with research and litigation regarding government experiments with mind control. Whether readers think Naylor has been the victim of pernicious abuse or that she has suffered a breakdown, her incredible book will spark debate about government surveillance and the blurring of the lines between fiction and nonfiction. Vanessa Bush
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About the Author

Gloria Naylor is the author of The Women of Brewster Place, which won the National Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Third World Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883782782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883782781
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eleanor R. White on July 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In the mid-1990s, our first stepping stone to justice was the article titled "Microwave Harassment and Mind Control Experimentation" by Julianne McKinney, raven1.net/microwav.htm

Our second stepping stone was (and is) the exhaustive and scholarly research into "non-lethal weapons," (clearly the birthplace of the living nightmare Ms. Naylor and an estimated three million North Americans are living,) ... of law student Cheryl Welsh, mindjustice.org

The third stepping stone was the 2001 book about vigilante stalking by David Lawson, a private investigator, titled "Terrorist Stalking in America", reviewed here: multistalkervictims.org/terstalk.htm

Ms. Naylor's book, with some material provided by Cheryl Welsh, is clearly a fourth and major stepping stone, by which the targets of vigilante stalking and electronic mind/body harassment hope to see the day the criminals are stripped of their cover, and justice will be served.
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Acclaimed author Gloria Naylor has returned to the literary world after a seven-year hiatus with a fictionalized memoir detailing her experiences in 1996 after vacationing in St. Helena Island to focus on her writing. After an altercation with her neighbor and requests for her to keep her cats off her property, Gloria sets out some poison that kills one of the neighbor's beloved cats. Unfortunately, her neighbor has a brother who works in the National Security Agency, and she reports Gloria as a drug dealer to get back at her. This starts a chain of events and investigations from not only the local police department and Jewish organizations, but also federal agencies.

Gloria starts to notice weird things going on around her and her house, to include lots of traffic on her secluded part of the island. She also realizes she's being followed and that someone is entering her house and tapping into her computer. It gets to a point where Gloria can't trust her friends or converse with those online because she's afraid of who's watching her. When she can't take the harassment any longer, she cuts her time on the island short and moves back home to her brownstone in New York. Sadly, things do not end and Gloria must find a way to return to the normalcy of her life.

While reading 1996, the reader is fully aware that this book is a memoir of sorts as it's written in first person, giving Naylor's actual experiences through this ordeal, in which she's the main character. However, it's also fictionalized in that she obviously doesn't really know what's going on next door, across the street or at the NSA for example. It is an intriguing story, reminiscent of conspiracy theory type movies popular in the last few decades.
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I can assure you that Gloria's account of mind control is not some form of breakdown-but an accurate account of what 'we' the victims of mind control go through on a daily basis. I applaud her efforts and I am refreashingly relieved that she in her own suffering found the time to write this book ..bravo 1996...lets pray that in the year 2006...her book will be one more thread in piecing together the inhuman scientists and politiciians behind this atrocity. This will be our 'Watergate'

Thank you Gloria-

Teresa M. Taylor

journalist and mind control victim
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I anxiously await the release of Gloria Naylor's new book "1996" and applaud her for the courage it took to address an issue that profoundly impacts the lives of so many people in our world but is still considered a politically-incorrect topic of discussion. Personal accounts of electronic harassment and terrorist stalking are not only discounted but blatantly "discouraged" even though evidence and legislation clearly acknowledge their existence. Hopefully, after reading this book, many understandably hesitant individuals will find the strength to come forward and say "hey, as weird as it seems, this sounds like MY life!" and unite to find a solution.
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I lived it so I know it's is true. The trick is getting other people to know what is going on. You are to be lauded for spreading the word in your well written book. Sadly, this type of persecution is widespread with registries in every state and community; and not only in the United States. Through a well-organized system of snitches targeting individuals by placing their names with these registries, an individual is harassed to the point of destroying their lives. In the majority of cases the target has never been convicted of a crime.

Because of the number of snitches that now exist we have what can best be described as a stasi police state highly similar to Russia's police state or the third Reich, where citizens are used against citizens. This is an exercize in government control. Sure, upon research you'll find corporations and groups are involved, but because of its widespread nature and invincibility, the government and our tax dollars are at its root.

A warning to those without knowledge of what's going on. It is suggested you type words like gang stalking or organized stalking into Google or other search vehicle to get yourself up to speed.
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