By Paul McGuire
March 25, 2013
One day soon after some global crisis on the level of an Armageddon-like and all-out nuclear war the skies will by be filled with a thousand starships descending upon the Earth… nothing less than an invasion from space. This event will seem cataclysmic to normal, awake, and conscious human beings. As was the case when actor Orson Welles broadcast the Mercury Theater adaptation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, people across the U.S. and the world will experience psychological break downs and post- traumatic stress syndrome as the reality which they once believed in melts all around them.
The 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast created terror and panic across the United States as millions of people tuned in and believed that there was a real invasion of Martians. The broadcast was partially funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through The Princeton Radio Project and guided by the Council on Foreign Relations, evidence that it may really have been a psyops test to create “accidental” and “unfortunate” panic and hysteria throughout the United States.
The Princeton University Radio Project, under supervision of psychologist Dr. Paul F. Lazarsfeld, Frank Stanton (later head of CBS), and Dr. Hadley Cantril, hired Orson Welles to adapt H. G. Wells’ fiction book The War of the Worldsfor radio in order to study the behavior of citizens under panic conditions.
War of the Worlds was heard by six million people,1,700,000 of whom believed in a Martian invasion, and 1,200,000 of whom were frightened enough to take action… either by running away or by preparing to fight the invaders.