Mem Research takes its name from the 119th Psalm, which is a long poem with several passages, each beginning with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In the passage beginning with the Hebrew letter "Mem" (or "M"), the psalmist expresses a love for divine truth and a hate of falsity.
Mem Research was conceived in January 1999, with the mission of gathering, analyzing, and archiving intelligence on the somewhat esoteric subject of state-organized crime, particularly with regard to the United States. Mem Research was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Washington in July 2002 but is currently unincorporated as the sole interest of Kent Heiner, its founder.
A lot has changed for me in the fifteen years since I founded Mem Research. I would like to think that I have matured personally and intellectually. I find myself critical of many of my former beliefs and am taking a step back. Rather than merely trying to present answers, I find greater interest now in analyzing controversy and the processes by which beliefs are formed. Old questions continue to nag at me any time I am reminded of my former years of research. I often ask myself, "Did I really see what I think I saw?" I am reminded of the TV series, The X-Files. Its run coincided with the most active years of my research. It wove tales of conspiracy weave with the supernatural, and in that I come to the realization that it is not without cause that we use terms like "haunting" and "ghosts" to talk about the legacy of events like Dallas, troubling phenomena which we can vaguely see but not reach out and touch. I remember the very religious character of my early crusade and how Mormonism is focused so much on the supernatural. Belief and science are both so much about seeing patterns and finding meaning in them; indeed, that is a quintessentially human thing to do. But so often we see things that are not there, illusions which cause us to see form where there is no substance. In the film A Beautiful Mind, John Nash is obsessed with finding patterns in mundane magazines. He sees things that are not there, including a government agent who makes his life difficult. How often do we likewise make our lives more difficult by reaching false conclusions based on faulty perceptions and/or over-active imagination?