July 2, 2020
Retiring director of the CIA Allen Dulles (centre) with US President John F Kennedy and Dulles’ CIA replacement John A. McCone in Washington, DC. in early 1960s. Picture: AP
•The Stanford Research Institute
•Gottlieb's Chamber of Horrors
•The CIA's Holocaust of Small Children - and Canada's Crime of the Century
•The Sleep Room's Missing Memories
•The Death of Harold Blauer
•The Life and Death of Frank Olson
•CIA Project MK-DELTA Stanley Glickman The Great French Bread Experiment
•Americans Once Again Facing Their Crimes
•CIA Project MK-ULTRA
The United States government funded and performed countless psychological experiments on unwitting humans, especially during the Cold War era, perhaps partially to help develop more effective torture and interrogation techniques for the US military and the CIA, but the almost unbelieveable extent, range and duration of these activities far surpassed possible interrogation applications and appear to have been performed from a fundamental monstrous inhumanity. To simply read summaries of these, even without the details, is almost traumatising in itself.
The Stanford Research Institute (SRI) describes its mission as "creating world-changing solutions to make people safer, healthier, and more productive." Wikipedia tells us the trustees of Stanford University established SRI in 1946 as "a center of innovation to support economic development in the region". I have no evidence that SRI has made anyone safer or more productive and, whatever the original purpose of this institution, supporting economic development of the region wouldn't appear to have been very high on the list. From my research, there are few institutions in America that have had their histories more thoroughly sanitised than SRI. Certainly all references to participation in the CIA's MK-ULTRA and other inhuman projects have evaporated from the narrative. In August of 1977, the Washington Post exposed some of these projects; there were likely many more.
Another CIA document dated January 7, 1953, deals at length with one medical practitioner reporting to his colleagues on some of his successes, at one time boasting that with his access to congressional offices he was able to call in dozens of young women to take part in a brief "experiment" in hypnosis, to then have sexual intercourse with all of them, then introduce total amnesia so they had no recollection of anything happening. He described another example of hypnotising one young woman clerk and telling her that another young woman was an evil foreign agent who meant to kill her, and she apparently picked up and fired an unloaded gun (which she believed to be loaded) in obedience to his commands to kill. She had complete amnesia after the event. He described yet another event where he hypnotised another young woman and had her steal Top Secret files, remove them from the building and give them to a complete stranger on the street.
"On the evening of June 25, 1988, ... received a phone call. When he answered, just as in the movie 'The Manchurian Candidate', he appeared to go into a kind of trance. Even though it was his day off, he put on his security guard uniform then loaded a 357 magnum revolver and walked out the door. He went directly to his guard post at a warehouse in Concord, CA, where he killed two people and wounded 5 others as in a turkey shoot. The killings were totally unprovoked and he was described by witnesses as not only expressionless during the attack on innocent people, but "like a zombie" and "in some kind of trance". "He was looking at me, but he was looking through me." The police said that when they arrested him, his only statement was "May the Force Be with You"."
We will now turn to the story of another survivor named Carol Rutz, who not only eventually recalled her entire sordid CIA past but wrote a book describing her ordeal. She says so many people have contacted her since the release of her book, telling her that until they read of her experiences "they thought they were alone and crazy". As it happens, they were neither.
"The CIA bought my services from my grandfather in 1952 starting at the tender age of four. He loaded me up with my little suitcase while my mom was giving birth to my younger sister. On that day I was driven to Detroit where I boarded an aircraft to New York to a facility funded by the CIA to do covert experiments. My first plane ride ended in a nightmare that was to haunt me for the next 45 years. I became a human experiment - part of their search for a way to take control of a man's mind. During the course of these experiments they created [alternate personalities] to do their bidding - "Manchurian Candidates" is an appropriate term.
Carol said futher that some of what she experienced was what she called "general programming" within the main "control personality", and after that, Gottlieb and his men would work on her other personalities. She said, "One of my child [alternate personalities] was trained sexually in order to compromise men of power so they could be blackmailed at a later date." According to her, she experienced a great deal of sexual programming, that "eliminated all learned moral conviction from the survivor, so that the function can be carried out without inhibition, [and that included] child pornography, prostitution, and sexual training used for the benefit of a handler for blackmail or personal use."
"I was taught to talk to older men and encouraged to become friendly with older men and eventually, when I was old enough, I was sent out into what they called the operational field, and I would be photographed with government and agency officials (CIA), doctors who were consulted, heads of universities and private foundations - all under the chance that if the government funds started dwindling, they wanted to be able to blackmail or coerce the men into making sure the projects continued. That was the ultimate goal. The projects had to continue at all costs. They had to train a certain amount of young females to go around, and I was sent to a camp in Maryland for three weeks when I was nine years old, and that was my first training on how to sexually please men. I was through a training course, like a seminar."
Carol said "Another (alternate personality) was created and told it was a robot to store information", and that there was also "a trained killer, a sleeping assassin", that would feel no fear and would have been trained in the use of some sorts of weapons or other methods of killing. Another part was "self-destruct programming installed in the event a survivor would start remembering. It was used to prevent them from going public." She said another part of the self-destruct program was related to assassinations if the survivor were captured, and that in every case there would exist a total amnesia between and among the various personalities.
•Can we by [sleep induction] and [hypnosis] techniques force a subject (unwilling or otherwise) to travel long distances, commit specified acts and return to us or bring documents or materials? Can a person acting under post-hypnotic control successfully travel long distances?
•Can we guarantee total amnesia under any and all conditions?
•Can we devise a system for making unwilling subjects into willing agents and then transfer that control to untrained agency agents in the field by use of codes or identifying signs or credentials?
•The CIA's Holocaust of Small Children - and Canada's Crime of the Century
Before the Second World War, the Catholic church in Canada, at least in the Province of Quebec, was the de facto operator of orphanages and by the end of the war had some 200,000 children occupying their facilities with government subsidies. The church conceived a plan for enrichment by re-classifying all their orphanages as mental institutions because the government subsidy at the time was several times greater per child per month for the latter than the former. The scheme was approved by Quebec's then Premier, Maurice Duplessis, and the children would forever be known as "The Duplessis Children". Naturally, after the re-classification, all the childrens' records were permanently amended to categorise each as mentally retarded or suffering from some other mental illness. That was bad enough, but the orphanages / institutions were hell for the children prior to the shuffle, and deteriorated substantially afterward. The Catholic church has been famous for a very long time for its cruelty to children, as the recent decades of revelations of child sexual abuse have indicated, but there was much more. The Catholic nuns were renowned for their meanness, cruelty and both physical and sexual abuse of both boys and girls, as much in their schools and orphanages as elsewhere, but in those days "God's work" and those performing it were almost beyond question or criticism. After the reshuffling and recategorising of the children as mentally defective, they were in many cases treated like animals. Many children, on reaching the age of 14 or 15, made valiant efforts to escape, many succeeding and the rest being severely punished.
"Gail Kastner, now in her 60s, did not discover Ewen Cameron’s experiments were the cause of her "wasted life" until reading a newspaper story in the Montreal Gazette in 1992. She sued the Canadian government and Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital in 1999 after the government rejected her claim for damages. A "brilliant student whose domineering father checked her into the institute for depression," Kastner says that Cameron’s electroconvulsive "depatterning" treatments and insulin-induced comas for five weeks at a time are responsible for a life of screaming nightmares, recurring seizures, loss of memory, and long-term regression to an infantile state. Her husband, son and twin sister could not tolerate her bizarre behavior, i.e. "wetting the living-room carpet, thumb-sucking, babytalk and wanting to be bottlefed." Abandoned by her own family, she was rescued from homelessness by the Jewish Family Service."
Many of the victims were drawn from children that had been placed in Cameron's care, and most were sexually abused as part of the experimentation and "therapy", many of them being used sexually by several men in one session. One of the children was filmed numerous times performing sexual acts with high-ranking federal government officials, in a scheme set up by Gottlieb's MKULTRA team to blackmail the officials to ensure further funding for the experiments. Massive lawsuits ensued when the existence of this project became public. It should be noted that Dr. Cameron had been a member of the Nuremberg Tribunal that judged harshly and severely punished human experiments less evil than his own. But in fact Cameron, as well as Gottlieb, and as well as the related perverts at Fort Detrick and Edgewood, patterned these experiments in part on what they had learned from the Germans, then greatly embellished them.
"Cameron’s research was based on the ideas of "re-patterning" and "re-mothering" the human mind. Dr. Cameron wanted to de-pattern patients’ minds with the application of highly disruptive electroshock twice a day ... patients would be put into a state of prolonged sleep for about ten days using various drugs, after which they experienced an invasive electroshock therapy that lasted for about 15 days. But patients were not always prepared for re-patterning and sometimes Cameron used extreme forms of sensory deprivation as well. Following the preparation period and the de-patterning came the process of "psychic driving" or re-patterning ... in which Cameron would play messages on tape recorders to his patients ... up to half a million times.
You will recall John Cunningham Lilly whom I briefly discussed earlier, he of the exploding dolphin fame, and how his combination of sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic compounds could work wonders in programming individuals. Lilly too, learned well from Hebb and Cameron.
MK-ULTRA also had a foreign component under the code name of MK-DELTA which was a similar program with similar intent, but with the horrifics inflicted surreptitiously on unwitting citizens of other countries. Often, a CIA agent would strike up a conversation with a stranger at a sidewalk cafe somewhere in Europe, offer to buy the person a drink, and spike it with a huge dose of LSD as practice for disabling foreign diplomats or heads of state in future clandestine operations. A great many lives were ruined in this way, many of them by Gottlieb personally. And it wasn't only individuals; Gottlieb and the US military were also interested in the mass deployment of drugs and their accompanying insanities. Here are two stories of many:
It gets better. The trial proceeded without Gottlieb, but then suddenly the judge - who was clearly anti-CIA and was clearly heading for a substantial judgment against the government and Gottlieb's estate - suddenly died of a claimed 'heart attack' in a gym near the courthouse on the day prior to issuing his judgment. The US government immediately claimed authority to appoint a new judge to the case, and did so, with this new judge oddly enough being the same judge who had dismissed this same case two years earlier, claiming it to be nonsense. Naturally, he ruled against Glickman. Case closed. But there was more that emerged later, with Glickman's hospital records proving that two of the Paris doctors tending to him (along with Gottlieb) had for some time been engaged in Gottlieb's LSD experiments on individuals. Perhaps there will be another chance for Glickman to receive some posthumous closure. In the meantime, we can perhaps content ourselves with the delicious prospect it was the CIA itself who silenced Gottlieb lips forever.
A 65-year-old mystery was finally solved by investigative journalists. In 1951, almost the entire population of the town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in Southern France were driven to mass hysteria and insanity, hallucinations and suicide. A great many people died and dozens were put into strait jackets and sent to mental asylums, in one of the world's most bizarre mysteries. Many people tried to fly out of windows or from roofs of buildings. One man shouted "I am a plane" before jumping out of a second-floor window and breaking his legs. One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old boy tried to strangle his grandmother. Another saw his heart escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to put it back. Time magazine wrote at the time: "Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to molten lead". In the end, most everyone either died or was committed to a mental institution. For decades it was assumed that the local bread had been unwittingly poisoned with a psychedelic compound, speculating that the largest local baker had unwittingly contaminated his flour with ergot, a hallucinogenic mould that sometimes infects rye grain. But a journalist uncovered evidence that the tragic event resulted from a covert experiment by the CIA and the US Army's top-secret Special Operations Division, where CIA operatives peppered local food with massive amounts of LSD as part of a mind control experiment.
One of the more enduring propaganda myths about America, one that virtually envelops the national consciousness and makes every citizen so proud to be an American, is the one about how "We're not perfect and there are some dark patches in our past, but what makes us special is that we recognize these evils, we come to grips with them and we fix them." This fierce determination is of course aided immeasurably by a free press that exposes sins without fear or favor, so that all is revealed, debated and dissected, leaving the entire population fully informed. The discovery of CIA Project MK-ULTRA was not different in any respect. The Americans did indeed have media exposure - that revealed perhaps a few hundred, mostly minor, instances of illegalities out of the several hundred thousand horrors that actually occurred.
He not only created, managed and directed this decades-long human abomination but played an active part in its activities. It was Gottlieb who personally overdosed Frank Olson on LSD, and it was Gottlieb's right-hand man who rendered Olson unconscious and threw him out the 13th-floor window of his hotel room, to rid the CIA of a potential whistle-blower. It was Gottlieb who arranged the cooperation with the similarly-perverted animals at the UK's Porton Down, where they executed their 'terminal interrogations' safely away from American soil, and where Frank Olson witnessed such horrors that he planned to leave the CIA and go public with his knowledge.