by Frank Camp, Daily Wire:
On Thursday, The Washington Post published a report alleging that the Trump administration has been presented with a project that would use technology as a means of collecting data on human subjects in order to prevent mental health-related violence.
The outlet states that a new governmental agency would be created, called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, or HARPA, and that the agency would be Russian-dolled inside the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
According to the report, the HARPA agency was initially proposed by the Suzanne Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the process by which treatments and cures for various diseases are uncovered and implemented.
The foundation states that HARPA is “modeled after the spectacularly successful DARPA unit at the Department of Defense, [and] would leverage federal research assets and private sector tools to build new capabilities for diseases that have not benefitted from the current system.”
Following the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton in which 31 Americans were killed, the foundation once again approached the Trump administration, reports The Washington Post, offering a new program within HARPA, which would use “breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence” in order to potentially help prevent instances of public violence, such as mass shootings.
Robert Wright, the founder of the Suzanne Wright Foundation, is the former chairman and CEO of NBC, and is reportedly close with President Trump.
The program, according to anonymous officials cited by The Washington Post, would be called “Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes,” abbreviated as SAFE HOME.
The Post continues:
The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be employed to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The document also mentions “powerful tools” collected by health-care provides like fMRIs, tractography and image analysis.
The project would allegedly be volunteer based, spanning four years at a cost of between $40 – $60 million, according to Dr. Geoffrey Ling, founding director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office and CEO of NED Biosystems.
President Trump has been focused on mental illness in the wake of the recent spate of shootings.
During a rally in New Hampshire on August 15, the president stated:
We are working very hard to make sure we keep guns out of the hands of insane people and those who are mentally sick and shouldn’t have guns – but people have to remember, however, that there is a mental illness problem that has to be dealt with. It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger; it’s the person holding the gun.