Cryptoscatology: A New Genre of Wierd

Long Beach Author Robert Guffey created his own genre, Cryptoscatology, meaning the study of things that are basically off the grid.

By Emily Rasmussen
Feb. 25, 2017

It was at a middle school in Torrance when Robert Guffey’s early suspicions of a deceitful society and education system were confirmed. One day, a young substitute teacher came to class to replace their teacher, and he did not exactly follow the curriculum.

“Everything you know is a lie,” the teacher said. “Everything you’ve been taught is a lie. History? It’s just a pack of fairy tales.”

The substitute teacher then told the class about how there were eight presidents before George Washington, and that the education system was one big lie. Guffey says that he always felt this way too; that the education system was like a maze and he was the rat.

“The way I got out of the maze, or how I think I got out of the maze, was by studying secret shit,” he said.
Ironically, Guffey later became an English professor at Cal State Long Beach and is now the author of three books. His first book published in 2012, Crytoscatology: Conspiracy Theory as Art Form.

“I created my own speciality, I have a Ph.D. in cryptoscatology. I am a doctor of the study of secret shit. That applies not just to nonfiction, but fiction as well,” Guffey says. “It’s kind of a humorous term, but I also mean it kind of seriously in the sense that you’re not just studying conspiracy theories, although that’s included in it, but you’re studying things that are basically off the value grid of what mainstream society considers to be important.”

His second book, Spies & Saucers, is about the UFO’s in the 1950s, the red scare, and communism. Although it’s fiction, Guffey says it unveils some of his own theories about those things, in a fictional form.

“The benefit of fiction is that you can write about things that you can’t prove, or that might get you thrown in jail for admitting in public. But if you put it in terms of fiction, no one cares, you can say it and get away with it,” he said.

Guffey has also written articles for various magazines and publications, like Paranoia Magazine. Some of his articles were about mind control, and led him to become friends with Walter Bowart, the journalist who wrote Operation Mind Control, which was about the CIA using mind control experiments during the 1970s.

Unaware at the time, Guffey was getting the perfect training for his next book – a true story of gang stalking, mass surveillance, and invisibility technology. Chameleo: A Strange But True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroine Addiction, And HomeLand Security, is a nonfiction narrative about Guffey and his friend Damien, whose name is Dion Fuller in the book.

The sequence of events that inspired Chameleo, begins on July 12, 2003. Guffey called his friend Damien, who was living at the time in Pacific Beach area of San Diego. He called him several times with no response, which Guffey says was unusual. A week later he finally hears back from him, with this bizarre story to share.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) had raided Damien’s house, along with the San Diego Police Department, and arrested Damien and another guy who had been staying at his apartment for a few days.

“This kid named Lee or Doyle, we never figured out what his real name was. Lee/Doyle had gone awol from Camp Pendleton and took with him a 9mm Iraqi gun, 23 pairs of high-tech night vision goggles, a [Department of Defense] laptop computer, and a truck,” Guffey says.

During a party at Damien’s, Lee/Doyle opens the laptop and reveals a DOD logo. Damien sees it and tells him to leave immediately, that he wants nothing to do with it. But it’s too late, because just a few seconds later there’s a knock at the door. It’s Special Agent Lita Johnson (her name in the book) of the NCIS, standing at the door with “Men in Black goons,” telling him they need to search the apartment.

After Damien slams the door on their face after asking where their warrant is, he kicks everyone out of the party, leaving their drugs lying across his apartment. After getting the warrant, the NCIS and police start searching the apartment – but completely disregard the drugs. They are on the hunt for the stolen military equipment, particularly the night vision goggles.

“They arrest Damien thinking he is a part of some complex conspiracy to sell stolen military equipment to Al Qaeda, when in fact Damien is just this drug addict who happens to let anyone he meets sleep on his couch,” Guffey says.
The NCIS keeps and interrogates Damien for about seven days, trying to find out who he is working for. When they release him, Damien calls Guffey and tells him everything. The two assume that the incident is over, now that he’s out of jail. However, they soon find that it was really just starting.

Only a day or two later, Damien says he is being followed by a parade of jarhead- looking guys, watching his every move. This continues for days, then weeks.

“This kind of mass surveillance, I first thought was a product of perhaps meth induced paranoia or something like that. But actually, as everything progressed, [Damien] sent me photographs of license plate numbers of cars that he thought were following him.”

Guffey sent this list of license plates, which are included in the book, to a friend of his working for the DMV at the time. The friend ran the license plates and the result was disturbing.

“Not one of them officially existed, which the only reason would be is if they were government vehicles. That was the first indication to me that Damien wasn’t paranoid or suffering from some drug-induced insanity. This was actually objective reality,” Guffey says. “From that point forward, Damien was subjected to a crazy, Nazi-like surveillance operation. Which apparently, we’ve learned since, is not too uncommon.”

The following years up to the publication of Chameleo in 2015, and still today, Damien claims he is followed by agents who harass him and surveille his every move. Many instances in the book are simply outrageous tactics meant to drive a person crazy, and they are nothing short of terrifying. Perhaps the most incredible of them all – invisibility technology.

“After Damien was being surveilled for many weeks, he told me that there were people in his house who he could not see, who were physically interacting with him. They were pushing him over,” Guffey says. “He saw them at one point when he turned a mirror, the medicine cabinet mirror in his bathroom, he turned it and he could see them briefly in the mirror while it was in motion.”

And through a strange series of coincidences and being a part of Freemasonry, Guffey was able to meet the scientist who created this technology – Richard Schowengerdt.

“The Navy was talking to him 10 years prior to all this happening with Damien, they were talking to Schowengerdt about his invisibility technology,” Guffey says. “Well apparently they ripped him off and used that technology to harass Damien and all these other people. I suspect, and also Schowengerdt thinks, that Damien was a perfect guinea pig to test this experimental technology out on.”

Schowengerdt had already initiated a lawsuit against the military, because he had already suspected that the military had stolen the technology. After talking to Guffey and Damien, it only confirmed it.

“[Schowengerdt] had an incident at a military conference, while speaking there about a year before we met him. Where he was talking about Project Chameleo and the attempt to create invisible soldiers, he was presenting to a group of military people,” Guffey says. “And this woman stood up in the audience and said, “You can’t reveal top secret information,” and Schowengerdt said “this isn’t top secret information, this is my own personal project, I’m not associated with any military project about invisibility.”

The woman disagreed, and after his presentation they ushered him into a back room, trying to figure out how he knew all this. But her attempt to shut him down, actually revealed the fact that they were actually working on it, Guffey says.

Because no one else is talking about this issue, Guffey says that Chameleo is the most important book of 2015.
“They usually pick on people who are on the margins of society – drug addicts, homeless people, people who are insane. That way when they go out talking about how they’ve been harassed, no one will believe them,” Guffey says.

“I don’t really feel like I need to prove it to anyone, because I know it’s 100 percent true and this stuff that’s already been crazy has been born out in all of these other instances, so i’m pretty confident that 10 years out it will be pretty clear,” he said.
There are rumors that Chameleo might be turned into a movie, but meanwhile you can find Guffey’s books on and read his blog


***Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 22, 2017.

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