R.E.E.L.I.V.

NOTE: This excerpt is intended to be read as a news article, and is taken from a larger (still incomplete) mystery narrative involving the murder of Dr. Joshua Thomas’ wife.

The Residual Emotional Energy Living Image Viewer (REELIV) is a device that combines technologies from several fields of science. It uses EKG and EEG technology (monitoring electrical signals from the heart and brain), as well as EMF (detection of Electromagnetic fields), and satellite imaging combined with x-rays similar to those used in CAT scans to build 3D models of such fields, particularly REEFs (Residual Emotional Energy Fields).

The device was first developed by scientists, Dr. Nolan O’Crowley and Dr. Joshua Thomas to objectively study the emotional and psychological impact of torture on prisoners of war held in various military prisons around the United States. Though spearheaded by the Department of Homeland security, the US Army was the primary financial backer of the research. Army Commanders hoped that it would provide an innovative tool for tracking hostages, fugitives, and even entire platoons in long-term combat situations. It would provide a way of not only detecting but measuring, visualizing and forecasting the emotional, physiological and possibly even psychological condition of subjects under duress. In early development, the device, known as the EEV (emotional energy viewer) was used to scan test subjects, much like a radar gun, to retrieve data unique to the person scanned. This cache of information unique to each person came to be known as their personal Histogram. A person’s Histogram could then be used to locate them while hidden in a crowd or building. Without having to bother with faces (which can be disguised) and fingerprints (which require personal contact), this technology would revolutionize the military’s ability to locate people. This is primarily because wherever you go, your histogram goes with you.

Initial testing was very successful, with EE fields being detectable (and histograms recognizable) through walls and across distances of up to half a mile. As the sensitivity of the equipment increased, however, and stronger x-rays were used, not only were longer distances achieved, but researchers began noting the presence of partial and occasionally entirely complete Histograms in unoccupied spaces and testing facilities. This led to the discovery of Residual Emotional Energy (REE) and the device being renamed REEV (Residual Emotional Energy Viewer). As neurons fire in the brain and the heart de-polarizes with each heartbeat, the human body releases chemical and magnetic energy which radiates within the individual’s personal electromagnetic field. This field is not affected by movements of the air or objects passing through the previously occupied space, and are only negligibly affected changes in temperature. This essentially leaves a trace image of whatever the subject’s emotional state was at the time they had stood there. So any space that had previously been occupied by a person under severe distress would retain a ‘memory’ of them. This was particularly interesting when tests at Guantanamo Bay revealed what were essentially 4 dimensional trails from inmates’ cells, to the locations where they were tortured, and back again. Viewed with the REEV, these trails would look like enormous centipedes, which would theoretically trace the path of any person in severe emotional upheaval, during which the heartbeat and cerebral activity becomes much more energetic and their energy release, more potent. Though all these fields would fade over time, during this phase of research, it was also discovered that the more intense the subject’s distress, the longer the EE field would last. This explained the difference in vibrancy of the EE fields often found in prison cells compared to the EE fields with the same histogram detected in the actual torture locations. Also the more vibrant the EE field, the more information that could be derived to form a more accurate and detailed histogram.

After the Bush administration, ethical and financial disputes among researchers and sponsors, not to mention controversy surrounding Guantanamo Bay, eventually forced the project to be decommissioned. Some sources say the equipment and documentation are now stored in a locked warehouse on the same premises as the primary testing facility, which was retooled for the research and development of advanced satellite imaging. A few years later, Dr. O’Crowley, one of the pioneers of the REEV project, applied for the position of Operations Manager at the new facility.

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