Psychological Torture - No Touch Torture

Bad Experiments

What is it like to be the  involuntary target of a cruel, unending campaign of round-the-clock psychological torture and battering with high-tech through-the-wall weaponry? How are these covert psychological no-touch torture campaigns conducted and why? What evidence supports the existence of through-the-wall surveillance technologies and directed energy weapons (DEWs) that make such attacks possible? In this account we follow a victims’ story and the accumulation of evidence to support it. These accounts are in chronological order (dating back to 2008) with the newest accounts first.

Unlike the claims of other online victims of these weapons (whether genuine or of dubious origin) this is not a personal attack on my antagonists. There is no name-calling or hate-filled commentary here. I am simply trying to gather evidence and make sense of what I have endured for over two decades.

Most importantly, I focus on solutions. I share the principles and strategies that have enabled me to survive this multi-year ordeal.

I’ve made an archived index to help you read my account in the order in which it is written. Go to the archived index here.

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False Friends

The people who are at peace with you will deceive you. Those who eat food with you will set traps for you, and you won’t even know about it.” —Obadiah 7, God’s Word Translation

A key component
 of the ongoing psychological attack (directed energy weapons torture & organized stalking) that I have endured for over ten years are a stream of covert government-sponsored operatives masquerading as friends. Like wolves in sheep’s clothing, these individuals insinuate themselves into my life with malicious objectives. It is this aspect of the psychological attacks I undergo that demands the greatest degree of sober vigilance and insight.

These individuals have four major objectives: They provide interference so that genuine friendships of the targeted individual are either lost or exploited, contributing to isolation and loss of support. Secondly, they gather information, looking for weaknesses to exploit. Thirdly, they hinder the victim’s ability to obtain legal recourse for the abuses he has suffered. Above all, they are hidden persuaders, using coercive techniques to gain control of their victims.

It is in my workplace, and place of worship that a concentration of these individuals appeared. It appears that covert agencies in our country use a strategy similar to the Stasi (former secret police organization) in East Germany; recruiting and training operatives who then make a career of infiltrating organizations and businesses. Their true role will generally only become apparent to the individuals they target. This is the case with the covert personnel I have encountered.

There are five key traits I have observed in covert operatives who have sought to gain my confidence:

1. The “friendships” start at an unusually rapid pace.
I’ve noticed that these covert “friendships” tend to build quickly, far more rapidly than genuine friendships. The jump from total stranger to close friend is carefully orchestrated by the covert operative so that they can get up to speed with minimal delay. The covert operative may also highly praise other individuals that are coworkers in their scheme, hoping that you befriend and trust them as well.

If the first covert operative’s “friendship” effort fails, a “backup” will step in and seek to gain your confidence. Of course, he will have studied the reasons why the first effort failed, using the lessons learned to gain your confidence. All of the individuals used for these roles are carefully selected for characteristics deemed attractive to the target.

2. They seem to share and know all of your interests.
It is rare to have genuine friends that like everything that you do. Even marriage mates differ in tastes and interests. However, the covert operatives seeking to quickly gain your confidence have done their homework. They know your interests primarily due to information collected through surveillance. Their understanding of your interests may be wide but shallow and seems a bit forced and unnatural. It all feels rather intrusive, as if someone watched you and made a list of your daily activities. In truth, that is exactly what has happened!

3. They will try to crowd out and replace your long-held and trusted friendships.
That is perhaps the most obvious and consistent trait of all the covert operatives I have come in contact with. They slyly steer you away from trusted long-held friendships. They find ways to divert your attention and time. They may invent schemes that give them the opportunity to come to your aid in some way, thereby gaining your confidence and admiration. Their intent is to isolate you so that eventually they and fellow covert operatives are the only “friends” you have.

These individuals are trained to destroy the good name of the persons they target. They will use their role as your “closest friend” to raise doubts about you to others. Eventually, you will be maneuvered into a situation that leads to a loss of reputation, employment or other personal crisis. As a result, they must be treated with extreme caution.

4. They actively hinder the victim’s ability to obtain legal recourse or protection under the rule of law.
In this, we see similarities to an earlier program of government-sponsored abuses. During the Tuskegee Experiment, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted a 40-year study on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men were willfully and deceitfully denied treatment so that upon their eventual death from the disease, their corpses could be used for medical research. To keep the unwitting participants from getting proper treatment or information about their condition, an elaborate scheme of lies and manipulation was set in place that demanded the coordination of both Federal and local health and education agencies. A black nurse who gained the trust of these men was used to play a key role in deceiving them during this 40-year pattern of injustice.

It appears that modern programs of involuntary testing done with directed energy weapons and psychological attacks use a similar strategy to ensure that its victims never have access to any meaningful lawful protection from the abuses they suffer. The covert personnel masquerading as friends plays an essential ongoing role in this drama. They are the frontline of lies and manipulation intended to weaken and confuse any efforts by their victim to obtain legal protections under the law.

5. They exert a toxic, negative, and potentially destructive influence.
There is both an emotional and physical toll that comes from having a friendship with a person that is plotting against you. The Bible writer King David describes the effects of being betrayed by a close friend at Psalm 55:12-2-14, 17:

“For it is not an enemy who taunts me;
Otherwise I could put up with it.
It is not a foe who has risen up against me;
Otherwise I could conceal myself from him.
But it is you, a man like me,
My own companion whom I know well.
We used to enjoy a warm friendship together;
Into the house of God we used to walk along with the multitude…
Evening and morning and noontime, I am troubled and I groan…”

Your newly acquired covert “false friends” have cultivated a relationship with the intent of betrayal. They want to exploit your vulnerability by cleverly using anxiety, inordinate guilt, taunts and doubts to destroy your self-esteem. As you become more isolated from true friends, the dominant influence in your life becomes these crafty, deceitful persuaders. They are well trained for the task and employ psychological violence capable of serious mental and physical harm. In a very real sense, you are under attack. Their devious methods are perfectly captured in the way the Bible writer King David described his betrayer:

“His words are smoother than butter, But conflict is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, But they are drawn swords.” -Psalm 55:21

A person who is discouraged, depressed and robbed of self-esteem becomes easier to manipulate and control. Your thinking and emotions, now weakened by feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt, are the bounty sought by your covert false friends.

It can be an enormous challenge discerning the difference between genuine friends and covert operatives seeking to gain your confidence. In fact, in some cases, it is only after these covert individuals have done their damage that I discovered their true motive. After eleven years of psychological attacks and covert victimization (as of 2009), it is easier now to detect them early in their attack. I am better at spotting the signals. However, a hard-earned mental and emotional balance must be maintained. It is quite easy to misjudge the motives of well-meaning individuals.

These covert individuals are highly trained, organized, and appear to be employed or sub-contracted by government agencies in some way. I have noted that quite a number of these covert role-players appear to have military career backgrounds (they like to boast about that).

Keeping false friends at a distance is not always easy as they will persistently seek to infiltrate all areas of your life. At the very least, it may be possible to severely limit contact with some of these interlopers. Others can be neutralized simply by the fact that you are aware of what they are and exercise caution in their presence.

One powerful lesson I’ve learned is the need to choose friends wisely. Choosing close friends should not be based on happenstance events. Especially when surrounded by individuals who are deceitful by profession. I have adopted a policy of having a friendly disposition toward people in general, yet, being shrewd, discerning and selective when choosing friends. A chance encounter with someone who seems to share something in common is not a valid basis for a friendship.

Anyone slandering his companion in secrecy, Him I silence.” – Psalm 101:5

I admire the example set by King David, the writer of Psalm 101:5, who refused to keep company with anyone known for covert slander. He “silenced” such ones by refusing to listen to them.

A critical insight worthy of consideration
The psychological and physical dangers presented by these programs do not come from any one person. The various role-players in these abuses operate on the classic principle of compartmentalization used by all covert agencies who operate in secrecy.

For example, persons engaging in harassment on the street (commonly called street theater) may be unaware of the attacks their victim may experience at night when he tries to sleep, or the range of weapons involved. They only know what they need to know to play their specific role. However, it is the collective pattern of abuses that presents the greatest danger to the victim. Limiting the full details of these programs to a select few protects its secrecy. Most of the persons who play roles in these programs are not aware of everything that is being done to the targeted person.

Some of the participants may be thoroughly deceived, thinking that there is a legitimate basis for supporting a pattern of harassment. This has tempered my view of the situation. How?

The Bible has shaped my thinking in this regard:

When Jesus Christ walked the earth, he rightfully condemned the religious leaders of his day (the Scribes and Pharisees) because of their systemic corruption and hypocrisy. “Woe to You, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because You shut up the kingdom of the heavens before men; for You yourselves do not go in, neither do You permit those on their way in to go in…” -Matthew 23:13

As a group, the Pharisees opposed Jesus and were responsible for his death. However, Jesus did not assume that every individual Pharisee was beyond help, fitting a stereotype as it were.  He treated them as individuals.

When a Pharisee named Simon invited Jesus to a meal at his home to learn more about him, Jesus accepted the invitation. (Luke 7: 36-50) When a prominent Pharisee named Nicodemus secretly visited to learn more about his teachings (he was fearful of what his fellow Pharisees might think if he met openly with Jesus), he was warmly welcomed and instructed by the Christ. (John 3:1-9)

Jesus looked for the good in every person. He knew that the Pharisees were plotting to kill him. (John 11:46, 47, 53) Yet, he did not judge them all through an inflexible prism of prejudice but as individuals. Inspired by his example, I try to do the same. Although others actively seek to dehumanize me, I must resist the tendency to adopt that crippling flaw in my own thinking. Focusing on the positive qualities I see in others brightens my days.

Why Is This Happening?
The fact that seemingly endless resources are being invested in ways to covertly track, torture, and ruin the lives of persons who are not a threat to any institution cannot be explained as merely an isolated secular phenomenon. Once cherished concepts of justice and human rights are dying on an international scale. Human society has a growing, insatiable appetite for violence in all forms, including psychological cruelty. We are entertained by it, pepper our speech with it, and attempt to solve most of our problems with it. It brings to my mind a scripture that provides the only explanation that makes any sense:

“But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power.” —2 Timothy 3:1-5

I encourage you to read the words of David at Psalm 55 in your Bible. It is a great source of comfort. You will also discover that the trials we undergo are nothing new. You can endure!

ACLU Report: The Surveillance Industrial Complex-How the American Government Is Conscripting Businesses and Individuals in the Construction of a Surveillance Society

I first wrote this post on March 6, 2009 – Updated January 2, 2017

Good Advice

If you had to pass on a bit of advice to a young man in two sentences or less that could save his life one day, what would it be? Given the tensions that grip our society today we need good advice, and advisers. Here are two short sentences found in God’s Word The Bible that I am convinced are of lifesaving value: “Return evil for evil to no one… As far as it depends upon you, be peaceable with all men.” -Romans 12:17,18

Isn’t that sound advice? It is timely as well. So often, an insult or flash of anger results in violence that can instantly change a persons life for the worse. How much better is is to hold back an angered response or simply walk away before the situation erupts into violence!

Sadly, we live in a culture that glorifies retaliation and so-called ‘good guy’ violence. Fictional superheroes in comic books and on the movie screen routinely engage in mindless acts of vindictive violence. Impressionable minds soak it all in. Even politicians at the highest levels engage in vicious verbal warfare, setting a poor example for those they lead.

Politicians fighting

I often discuss the Bible informally (I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses) with people in the downtown community near me. Because that area is home to several court buildings and a prison, I speak to a number of young men and families of individuals who have been caught up in the penal system. When I share the simple advice recorded in Romans 12:17,18 it comes as a breath of fresh air to them. It’s practical and desperately needed wisdom overlooked by a secular society that has forgotten the Bible.

Like learning how to read, learning how to become a peacemaker is a skill best learned in youth. Once acquired, it can be cultivated and refined, serving its owner well for a lifetime. How grateful I am that this is a lesson that I was taught in ‘the days of my youth.’

Bad Experiments: In Chapter Order

Here is my account of psychological harassment and directed energy weapons torture in roughly the order it was written. I am in the process of updating and improving the website so please bear with me!

Dress for Survival

Dressing for Survival

“The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself…” -Proverbs 22:3

A mere glance at current news headlines reveals that we are living in a violent age. Fear and anxiety drive the thinking and actions of many today. Irrational fears are often acted upon, leading to unintended consequences. As a Black male, I am aware that snap judgments are being made about me constantly. Some of those judgments may be biased and based on stereotypes or even a degree of hatred. For that reason, I follow the practice of “dressing for survival.”

What is dressing for survival? It means dressing in a way that makes a favorable impression. Our personal appearance says much about us. Many people judge us by the way we are dressed. If we are poorly groomed and attired we may be perceived as suspicious, unworthy of respect, or exploitable.

As a target of covert harassment, I see two clear benefits in always being well groomed and attired:

1. You feel good about yourself.

One of the intended effects of psychological battering is to crush the self-esteem of the person targeted. If you ‘let yourself go,’ you begin to form a negative self-perception. You add to your emotional burden. Don’t let that happen! I have discovered that I am much more likely to feel discouraged when I stop paying attention to personal grooming and attire. Making a good appearance is a silent way to “conquer the evil with the good.” -Romans 12:21

2. It is a protection.

When targeted by individuals who seek every opportunity to slander or malign you, dressing for survival offers a practical benefit. You take more control of how others perceive you by the appearance you make. That may serve as a protection.

In my situation, it is vital that I make a good impression before the general public and before authority figures such as members of law enforcement. Don’t give anyone an excuse to create a negative opinion about you because of your attire and grooming.

Whenever I need to visit Federal or state agency buildings for example, I wear a dress shirt and tie. Security staff and others are more likely to assume I’m a lawyer rather than a potential danger. Anyone who stays abreast of current events knows how easily false judgements can put the innocent in peril. It is a rather sad commentary on the realities of our modern society that it has come to this. But it has.

The Best Adornment

Of course, the best way to adorn ourselves is with a pleasant countenance and positive attitude. Kindness is the best cosmetic.

“If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men.” -Romans 12:18. When we do everything we reasonably can to make peace with others we avoid having a ‘chip on our shoulder.’ The Cambridge Dictionary defines “chip on your shoulder” as: to seem angry all the time because you think you have been treated unfairly or feel you are not as good as other people.

No matter how well dressed you are, a “chip on your shoulder” will ruin your appearance for sure. Be peaceable, make peace, and look good doing it!

Conquering Negative Thoughts

Psychological attacks are made with the intent of creating a climate of fear and crushing the spirit of the victim. When facing a barrage of negative encounters and attitudes, we can easily become overwhelmed by anxiety and crushed in spirit.

The faithful man King David in the scriptures well knew how it felt to be emotionally crushed by harsh words and ill treatment from his adversaries:

For the enemy pursues me; He has crushed my life into the ground. He has caused me to dwell in darkness like those long dead. My spirit is failing; My heart is numb within me.” -Psalm 143: 3,4

David endured being forced to flee as an innocent fugitive from a jealous King who sought to murder him. After becoming King of Israel,  he endured a betrayal by his son Absalom who tried to murder him to usurp his throne. He knew personally the pain of betrayal, injustice and slander. However, David never became overwhelmed with despair. How did he conquer his negative thoughts?

David focused on the solution, not on his problems. He was a man of prayer, and remained confident that God would hear his pleas and come to his aid. Note the confidence evident in his words recorded at Psalm 72: 12,13:

“For he (God) will rescue the poor who cry for help,
Also the lowly one and whoever has no helper.

He will have pity on the lowly and the poor,
And the lives of the poor he will save.”

How consoling those words are! They are also prophetic. The time for the fulfillment of these prophetic words is very near. We can enjoy everlasting life on a paradise earth under wonderful conditions. (Luke 23:43; John 17:3) Knowledge of these comforting Scriptural promises gives hope and consolation to those crying for help, and can help them to conquer negative thoughts.

When I Am Weak, Then I Am Powerful: Part II

“Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be anxious for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:10

In less than a half hour, I was at Presbyterian Hospital, staring up at a team of doctors and nurses prepping me for further examination and surgery. I was feeling very weak and made great effort to be attentive as they explained the procedures I was about to undergo. How will this turn out? I thought about my life up until this moment. Most of my adult life I had been focused on helping others as a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I had always made financial pursuits a secondary issue. Now, I was in need of help. Yet, in spite of my concerns, a great calm came over me. In fact, I was convinced that I had no reason to be unduly anxious. Why?

Of course, I had confidence that the team of doctors and nurses would do their best to care for me. But that was not the true reason for my confidence. I had comfort from a much higher power. “Do not be afraid for I am with you…” Isa. 41:10

Those words reflect God’s feelings when his people are truly in need of support. Now, I could sense His care in my behalf. This was the most vulnerable moment of my life. Yet I sensed that whatever support I needed would be given in abundance by my Heavenly Father. It allowed me to remain calm and even maintain a sense of humor in that perilous moment.

I was sedated through most of the procedure, and awoke just before being taken to a private room on a floor for cardiac patients. All had gone well. That evening I enjoyed the most restful sleep I had in years. That sleep was significant. Generally, at home, I was subject to sleep deprivation. My antagonists would use noise or other methods to break up my sleep at night, preventing me from having more than three unbroken hours of restful sleep at most. This was something I endured for years, and no doubt contributed to my heart attack. However, when I needed it most, resting after surgery, I had the recuperative sleep I needed. My antagonists were kept at bay.

I was also delighted to have a private room, something I did not expect given my financial condition. Yet, here too I sensed the care of my Heavenly Father. It was as if He was seeing to it that I was getting the best care possible. “Do not be anxious for I am your God… I will help you.” -Isa 41:10

The week I spent in the hospital felt like a vacation. It was free of the typical negative encounters and psychological attacks that were normally injected into my daily routine by my antagonists. I was treated like a human being. It may be that my antagonists tried to convince the hospital staff that I was not worth being treated that way. But, consider this:

I was interviewed extensively by my doctors and nurses. Anything I said about myself would be confirmed or disproven by extensive blood tests and other medical tests as a matter of routine. I was not your typical heart attack candidate. I never smoked, never took any form of recreational or illicit drugs, nor did I ever abuse alcohol. I did not have the health issues common with a self-destructive lifestyle. That was all confirmed by what they saw as medical professionals. Typically, my antagonists go to great lengths to poison my good name, but you could not easily fool these doctors and nurses.

Presbyterian has an excellent reputation for cadiology care. I came to discover that good cardiologists can work pretty much anywhere they want. The good doctors and nurses who participated in my care were here by choice. They loved the New Mexico landscapes and the lifestyle it afforded. I had many pleasant conversations during my stay with my doctors and nurses about the joys of exploring the attractions of New Mexico.

Even the hospital food was enjoyable. While most of the generic menu choices were as expected, the New Mexican dishes were simply outstanding. The carne adovada and posole were superb. Whoever cooked these dishes took great pride in what they were doing, and I looked forward to ordering them for lunch and dinner (due to sodium restrictions that was less often than I would have liked).

I cannot say enough to praise the attentive and skillful life-saving care given to me by the doctors, nurses and staff of Presbyterian Hospital. While enduring a heart attack is a traumatic event, my stay at Presbyterian was truly enjoyable and the care I received was excellent. It provided everything I needed to recuperate as well as possible.

Above all, I thank my Heavenly Father. No one visited me in the hospital during my seven day stay, and I had no one to look after my interests. Yet, I was never truly alone. Never had I been so certain that my life was protected by a power that no human could thwart.

Nevertheless, there were greater challenges awaiting me. More to follow in future installments!

Albuquerque Fire Department Paramedics

When I Am Weak, Then I Am Powerful: Part I

November 2012 was one of the lowest points in my life. Yet, in many ways, the events I experienced gave me a greater measure of strength and courage that would equip me for future trials. On an unseasonably warm Sunday evening, I suffered a heart attack. Everything about this medical emergency made it highly improbable, with the exception of one glaring factor.

I would not consider myself an athlete, yet, I am very physically active and have taken reasonable care of my health my entire life. I have never overindulged in alcohol (I drink very rarely), never smoked, and never used illicit drugs.

I did mention at the outset one glaring factor that is perhaps, the prime reason for this medical emergency. If you’ve been reading my prior posts, then you well know what it is. A long-term campaign of psychological attacks and electronic weapons assault. The human psyche was not made to endure a 24-hour-a-day pattern of bullying and abuse that extends for years on end. Sooner or later, the damage is done. In my case, the damage surfaced as a heart attack and resulting congestive heart failure.

The day it occurred, I had just completed a leisurely walk of more than four miles along Albuquerque’s Central Ave., as was my custom at least three to four days a week. In fact, I was feeling quite good at the end of that walk. However, within the hour, I began to feel a sensation of extreme discomfort in the middle of my chest. There was no pain, just the sensation that I could do nothing to relax. If I lay down, I just became more restless and anxious. After about two hours of this, I began to sense that my life-force was slipping away. I was dying.

This was a tough time to die. I was broke. My telephone service was cut-off due to an unpaid bill. I had $12 to my name, no medical insurance and no access to transportation. I was growing weaker, near to passing out and having trouble walking. I knew that my apartment was under constant surveillance by the covert operatives responsible for my abuse. As I grew weaker, I called out and asked that if they had any conscience would they please call me an ambulance. There was no doubt that they heard me. Yet, it was a waste of breath. (see footnote below)

I call moments such as these “Reference Moments” because they provide a piercing insight into the true nature of my agitants. Nothing they can say, no matter how beguiling, can cover over the raw truth revealed in that moment, as I suffered a heart attack. Would you put your life in their hands?

Finally, through my Internet service, I emailed my brother in New York to call me an ambulance here in Albuquerque. He quickly did so, and the Albuquerque Fire Department paramedics arrived in less than ten minutes. They did some quick tests in the ambulance and confirmed what I now realized. I was having a heart attack. Let me start with what will be the first of many compliments I am compelled to share. I could not have asked for better care than I received from those Albuquerque Fire Dept. paramedics. They set a high standard for excellent service. I remain very grateful for their assistance.

I was asked what hospital I wanted to be taken to. There are basically three main hospitals in Albuquerque; Presbyterian, Loveless and UNM. The closest was Presbyterian, but it was also the most prestigious. I knew nothing about Loveless, and knew that UNM was the hospital most often called upon to treat the uninsured and poor. Well, at this moment, I was uninsured and poor. But I had not lost my audacity. I wanted to go to Presbyterian. I had often walked past Presbyterian during my strolls and was quite impressed with the campus. Take me to Presbyterian.

There were some anxieties I held that were doing nothing to help my condition. I was isolated. I was broke, without medical insurance, and a Black male. How would I be treated at the hospital? Additionally, my work as a freelance web developer would be interrupted. Would I lose income because of my stay in the hospital? How would I pay my bills, my rent?

Beyond that, I was more vulnerable than ever to the psychological abuse rendered by covert operatives. Would they take advantage of my weakened condition at the hospital? Could I recuperate in spite of their harassment? Would I make it out of this alive? For the first time in my life, I had absolutely no control. However, the fears quickly began to subside, and my confidence grew in each passing moment. Share my journey and see why:

Footnote: Do Not Become the Thing You Hate

I made a text revision in the paragraph referenced by this footnote. Previously, I made an analogy between the attitude of my agitants and a notorious historic figure known for despotism and oppression. I decided to remove that language. Why?

I had to admit to myself that my analogy was needlessly offensive. It was a jab, a subtle insult targeting my harassers. I thought about that for a long time, and finally decided to remove that statement. It would have made me guilty of using the same weapons of veiled insults and hurtful speech employed by my agitants. I would have become the thing I hate.

I do not write my story to foment hatred. Nor do I want to use clever wordsmithing to manipulate the emotions of my readers. I want to record my experiences as honestly as possible. Let the reader choose his or her own reaction.

There is another danger. If I adopt the hateful speech used against me, it will poison my view of people. The joy I derive from interacting with people of all backgrounds will be stifled. My disposition will be damaged by cultivating and nurturing bitterness and hatred. I cannot allow that. Like removing the weeds from a garden, I need to regularly examine my own attitude and remove anything that threatens a healthy positive outlook. I can tell the truth without causing needless offense.

End of Part 1 of When I Am Weak, Then I Am Powerful. Return soon for the next installment!