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The nature of the question probably means you won't like or won't believe this answer. This comment because the Mechanic has fielded questions like this before. The Mechanic is not evaluating anyone, but has found that some who ask these questions have a limited concept of the "reality" of the physics that underpins the answer or they have an unlimited imagination that takes them "where no man has gone before" and away from the constraints imposed by technical science and the levels to which we have advanced it. But you asked and I act upon the honesty of the question. The answer follows. Microwaves are incompatible with neural monitoring, either from a distance (remote neural monitoring) or even up close. Microwaves cannot be used to evaluate neural activity because neural activity is not something that microwaves can "see" or be reflected (scattered) specifically from. Additionally, it is possible that microwave radiation could cause a false firing of a neuron, but not a specific one and not with any control other than probability calculated in 3D space and with enough variables to choke a horse. Lastly, microwaves can destroy neurons if of sufficient power and appropriate frequency. Again, this happens according to well defined concepts of microwave scattering, and no specific neuron can be targeted. Recall that neurons hold "memories" or hold our "thoughts" in combinations and linkages, said linkages being with and between specific neurons or neuron groups. And no neuron or neuron group can be associated with a specific memory or thought in two different people. (A neuron might be associated with a specific memory in a specific individual, but that could only be determined by direct experimentation on the individual.) The functional areas of the brain are more clearly defined with each passing year owing to hard work and the cleverness of the investigators, but nothing like what is being asked is possible. This isn't Star Trek or Paycheck (the movie adapted from the short story by Philip K. Dick) here. The human brain is complex beyond your wildest dreams, and the marvel of this biochemical machine is best seen in people who have brain damage or are "defective" in some way or ways. In these cases, the brain "shifts function" and thought and memory skew from "normal" areas to reside in adjacent space. This in not to say that the speech center suddenly shifts to the occipital lobe or something like that. It doesn't. But we still don't have neural maps that pinpoint exactly where we store our memory of, say, colors. As regards the "satellite tracking allow(ing) enhanced microwave body concentration", try this on: "Gaussian beams are usually considered in situations where the beam divergence is relatively small, so that the so-called paraxial approximation can be applied. This approximation allows the omission of the term with the second-order derivative in the propagation equation (as derived from Maxwell's equations), so that a first-order differential equation results. Within this approximation, a Gaussian beam propagating in free space stays Gaussian, only that of course its parameters evolve." In case you missed it, what that is saying is that a beam of electromagnetic radiation (which microwaves are) will not stay confined or focused as it travels in free space no matter how well defined it is at the source. That means the beam widens as it moves in a vacuum, and it scatters even more in atmosphere. Resolution fades over distance and even more so with air to scatter the energy. Nothing as small as a neuron can be defined by a microwave beam from space, even if the microwave beam could "see" the neuron, which it can't. Might as well try to locate the exact position of the electron orbiting a given hydrogen atom and find its exact velocity at precisely that instant in time. You asked, and the Mechanic has answered. Let's be clear about something. Government research programs have unbelievable things hidden behind the security screens around research labs. And within the heads of the geeks (really nice guys who are wardrobe challenged) laboring to iron out the kinks there are things that are nothing short of astounding. But there are limits on what can be done. One can bend a light beam around a telephone pole with fiber optics or other flexible curved optical media or with mirrors, but one cannot bend light around a telephone pole with just air. Nothing "they" can do will make this happen. The same limits on us apply to "them" as well. As an aside, I probably trust my government as little as you do, but I refuse to let my lack of trust cause me to think that the laws of physics have taken or will take the day off. I would not jump from a perfectly good airplane without a parachute on the off chance gravity would be off on a break having a smoke. Neither would anyone else, including those clever people working in black projects.

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