Excerpt: Chapter 10, “World War III: The Battle for Men’s Minds”

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This is an excerpt from the book Watergate: The Hoax, by Ashton Gray, now on sale at AmazoniBooks, Barnes & Noble, and other fine book retailers. This is Chapter 10, “World War III: The Battle for Men’s Minds”


We need a program of psychosurgery and political control of our society.
The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated. The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electrically control the brain. Some day armies and generals will be controlled by electrical stimulation of the brain.

Dr. Jose Delgado, CIA MK-ULTRA Psychiatrist

You’ve already seen the second slavery stage start. . . .
It became terribly important to them to shut all the boundaries on knowledge. And you’ve seen those things, those curtains shutting down.
And those were the shades of night falling. . . . The whole nonsense of thought police is moving right straight in. The shades of night. Now we’ve got a period here of a very short space of time.
L. Ron Hubbard, public lecture of 8 December 1952

On Thursday, 20 April 1950, the CIA’s Project BLUEBIRD was authorized by Director of the CIA Roscoe Hillenkoetter. It was the official, if hidden, declaration of a war on mankind, its ultimate goal being the eradication of individual freedom through enslavement of men’s minds and nullification of their souls.

If that sounds melodramatic, it probably is understatement, not overstatement. Under the protection and funding of the secret project, psychiatrists and doctors contracted to the CIA began an assault on freedom of thought and human dignity using horror-movie experiments that included lobotomies, icepick leucotomies, electroconvulsive shock, insulin comas, electrode implants in the brains of conscious subjects, sexual abuse, hypnosis, pain, and drugs. American and foreign citizens were used as unwitting subjects in the experiments. These human guinea pigs included US military personnel, mental patients, prison inmates, people lured in off the street, and even children.

It was the launch of World War III, a war without borders, a war on minds and souls, and it continues to this moment. Watergate—the hoax—was a strategic assault in that war.

On Tuesday, 9 May 1950—just 19 days after the secret official sanctioning of the CIA’s Project BLUEBIRD—L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health (DMSMH) first hit the book stores and news stands. With almost uncanny insight into what the CIA secretly was doing, Hubbard said in his book that Dianetics was an approach to the mind “without drugs, hypnotism, surgery, shock, or other artificial means,” and that its goal was “creation of mental freedom,” a goal in direct opposition to the super-control over human beings that was being sought by the CIA and its minions. That marked Hubbard as an enemy of the CIA who had to be captured and controlled, or eliminated.

About two weeks after DMSMH was published, on or about Thursday, 25 May 1950, a high-ranking officer from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) visited L. Ron Hubbard in Washington, DC. The Office of Naval Research was a primary contractor in the CIA’s obsession with mind control techniques, and the officer was demanding that Hubbard work for them:

So this fellow, this officer from the Office of Naval Research, came to see me right here in Washington and he wanted me to go on as a civilian employee in order to use what I knew of the mind to make men more suggestible.

And I smiled a feline smile. And I said, “No.”

And he smiled like something out of Faust, and he said to me, “Well, all you have to do is say ‘no,’ and I will call you back to active duty because you still are an officer of the United States Navy.”

And with that purr he exited.

What the ONR officer didn’t know was that several years earlier, on 14 November 1947, Hubbard had submitted a letter resigning from the US Naval Reserve. Although he had received permission to resign, he had withdrawn the resignation request on 19 February 1948, in response to a letter from the Chief of Naval Personnel asking him to reconsider. When the ONR officer who was demanding that Hubbard work for them left, Hubbard dug up his letter of permission to resign. On Saturday, 27 May 1950, he convinced an admiral at the Potomac River Naval Command to accept the resignation and get it officially approved:

4303 Elm St.
Bethesda, Md.
May 27, 1950

FROM: Lieut. LaFayette R. Hubbard, (D) USNR, 113392 (inactive).
TO: The Secretary of Navy.
VIA: The Chief of Naval Personnel.

Subj: Resignation – submission of.

1. I desire to resign my commission as lieutenant senior grade in the United States Naval Reserve as of this date.

2. Since the latter part of my active service in the war was served in a hospital, under treatment for nine months, and since I have been before survey boards and the retiring board, I do not believe I could further serve in event of further emergency. Retirement was not granted but I am still considered to be 50% disabled by the Veteran’s Administration.

3. As a writer, I sometimes must write on technical subjects and while these have no bearing on naval matters or government security of any kind I would feel much freer were I not a commissioned officer in the naval reserve.

4. In 1948 I tendered a resignation which was answered with a request from the secretary that I consider the matter again. I have duly considered this action and discover that I still find it expedient to resign.

5. As I would not be of use in the event of war, as I have taken no part in post war naval activities, it is certain that my continued commissioned status is of no benefit to the navy. It is therefore respectfully requested and urged that this resignation be accepted.

[Signature]
LaFayette R. Hubbard
__________________________________________

Via: Bethesda, Maryland
Commandant, POTOMAC RIVER NAVAL COMMAND

Subj: Acceptance of Resignation from the US Naval Reserve
Ref: (a) Your resignation dated 27 May 1950
Encl. (1) Honorable discharge

1. In accordance with your request contained in reference (a), and by direction of the President, your resignation from the US Naval Reserve is hereby accepted under honorable conditions, effective this date.

2. The Navy Department at this time expresses its appreciation of your past services and trusts that you will continue your interest in the naval service.

3. Please acknowledge receipt to the Chief of Naval Personnel (attention Pers-B1136) via the Commandant, Potomac River Naval Command.

FRANCIS S. MATTHEWS
Secretary of the Navy

Hubbard happily had the approval of resignation waiting when the ONR officer returned:

When the high brass came back to see me again, he says, “Well, have you decided?”

“Yes,” I said, “I’ve decided not to go in.”

He said, “Well,” he said, “I guess I have no other choice but to draft you in at your old rank.”

And I said, “I’m very sorry”—omitting the “Sir,”—“I’m very sorry, but I’m no longer a member of the Armed Services.”

He said, “What’s this?”

I said, “Yes, as a matter of fact here it is. Here’s the Secretary of the Navy’s okay. He accepted my—”

And that was an end of a beautiful friendship with the American government.

Less than three weeks later, DMSMH hit The New York Times Best Sellers list, on Sunday, 18 June 1950, and stayed there for over six months. To say that the episode with ONR was “an end of a beautiful friendship with the American government” was definitely understatement; it was the beginning of an all-out war by the US government— and its Commonwealth allies—on Hubbard, Dianetics, and, subsequently, Scientology.

The wildfire popularity of Dianetics catapulted Hubbard into the limelight. He began touring with a dizzying schedule of public lectures, sometimes lecturing daily. He set up the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation and taught a full-time Dianetics course, “The Professional Course,” part of which included more personal lectures. By July 1950, even haughty Time magazine—a CIA mouthpiece under the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird—had to weigh in on the phenomenon:

Bookstores in Los Angeles were selling “Dianetics” on an under-the-counter basis. Armed with the manual, which they called simply “The Book,” fanatical converts overflowed Saturday night meetings in Hollywood, held Dianetics parties, formed clubs, and “audited” (treated) each other.

By the end of 1950, over 750 Dianetics groups had been formed in the US. It became an occasion for much wailing and gnashing of psychiatric teeth, with psychologists and psychiatrists practically lining up to write or speak scathing, bitter denunciations of Hubbard and Dianetics in any media that would host them. Many of those publications and media outlets were CIA mouthpieces under Operation Mockingbird, which included all major US newspapers, news syndicates, magazines, and radio and TV networks. Colin A. Ross summarized the CIA mind-control bedfellows in his landmark book, The CIA Doctors—Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists:

The participation of psychiatrists and medical schools in mind control research was not a matter of a few scattered doctors pursuing questionable lines of investigation. . . . Rather, the mind control experimentation was systematic, organized, and involved many leading psychiatrists and medical schools. . . . Mind control contractors with TOP SECRET clearance included the American Psychological Association, past presidents of the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Biological Psychiatry, and psychiatrists who have received awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

Psychologists and psychiatrists—hereinafter the psycho-establishment—had enjoyed an iron-grip monopoly on the mind of man for decades, and had built a multibillion dollar industry in league with the pharmaceutical giants, pushing drugs such as chlorpromazine, scopolamine, opiates, mescaline, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates, and LSD into throats and veins at an alarming rate, while also getting government subsidies for “treatments” that Torquemada would have longed for, such as electroconvulsive shock and lobotomies. The real money for the psycho-establishment, though, was just starting to flood into its bank accounts, sucked out of the pockets of hapless taxpayers through the CIA’s uncontrolled, unaccounted-for black budget pipelines.

But now Hubbard had come along and put mental therapy into the hands of housewives, busboys, bus drivers, engineers, executives, shoe salesmen, construction workers—in short, anyone who could read DMSMH and follow the relatively simple processes and techniques—and the entire subject of Dianetics was aimed at freeing the mind, not controlling, suppressing, or enslaving it. Dianetics was a dire threat to the entire psycho-establishment, its Big-Pharma twisted sisters, and the CIA.

If that weren’t bad enough, Hubbard raised the stakes exponentially in August 1951 when he published his follow-up to DMSMH, a book called Science of Survival. In it, Hubbard sent a shot directly across the CIA’s bow—and, ironically, across the Soviet KGB’s bow, too (emphasis added):

There is another form of hypnotism which falls between the surgical operation and straight hypnotism without physical pain. This form of hypnotism has been a carefully guarded secret of certain military and intelligence organizations. It is a vicious war weapon and may be of considerably more use in conquering a society than the atom bomb. This is no exaggeration. The extensiveness of the use of this form of hypnotism in espionage work is so wide today that it is long past the time when people should have become alarmed about it. It required dianetic processing to uncover pain-drug-hypnosis. Otherwise, pain-drug-hypnosis was out of sight, unsuspected, and unknown.

Pain-drug-hypnosis is a wicked extension of narco-synthesis, the drug hypnosis used in America only during and since the last war.

The implications were grim for the intelligence agencies and their mad scientists of mind control: Dianetic processes had exposed the very techniques that the CIA, the KGB, and the psycho-establishment on both “sides” were using in their tireless, costly, and very secret efforts to create a “Manchurian Candidate”—a sort of automaton who would carry out post-hypnotic commands laid in with pain, drugs, and hypnosis (PDH). Dianetics could penetrate the “veil” of amnesia that the CIA and its psycho-establishment sycophants had labored so long to be able to produce in its subjects, and Dianetics even could reveal the very methods that had been used to create the amnesia.

The same month as the wide-scale publication of Science of Survival, on 20 August 1951, the CIA changed the name of its mind control project from BLUEBIRD to ARTICHOKE. Nobody ever has established anything resembling a rational explanation for why the name was changed, but then, it’s the CIA, and “rational” is probably too high a standard to expect. The name change did serve, though, as a rhetorical shell game to introduce confusion—and confusion is the CIA’s No. 1 product.

Aside from the obvious, one prime reason for the CIA to create its own dark curtain of secrecy to hide behind was that some of the biggest banking and industrial interests in the world were active participants in trying to gain control over the minds of men. H.P. Albarelli, Jr., in his seminal work, A Terrible Mistake—The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, revealed how the Rockefellers were fueling more than vehicles with their Standard Oil fortunes; they were helping to fuel the psycho- establishment:

The US Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) undertook drug experiments sponsored by the CIA when [Nelson] Rockefeller was department undersecretary in 1953. Many of these experiments involved CIA funding and required Rockefeller’s specific approval. Also, beginning in the early 1950s, the Rockefeller Foundation had been funding CIA front groups like the Fund for Human Ecology, which was directly involved in CIA- supported behavior “modification” experiments. Beginning even earlier, in 1943, the Foundation had been funding a psychiatric research facility, the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal, Canada, which soon became the site of some of the CIA’s most notorious and horrific psychological experiments, conducted by Rockefeller-funded Dr. Ewen Cameron.

That’s part of the reason why Nelson Rockefeller would become one of the prime actors in the CIA’s takedown of Hubbard, the theft of Hubbard’s OT Levels, and the subsequent cover-up.

Hubbard had been correct in saying that pain-drug-hypnosis “may be of considerably more use in conquering a society than the atom bomb,” as some of the available declassified documents on CIA mind control experiments with hypnosis demonstrate:

Hypnotic Experimentation and Research, 10 February 1954
Miss [Doe]171 was then instructed (having previously expressed a fear of firearms in any fashion) that she would use every method at her disposal to awaken Miss [Jones] (now in a deep hypnotic sleep) and failing in this, she would pick up a pistol nearby and fire it at Miss [Jones]. She was instructed that her rage would be so great that she would not hesitate to “kill” Miss [Jones] for failing to awaken. Miss [Doe] carried out these suggestions to the letter including firing the (unloaded pneumatic pistol) gun at Miss [Jones] and then proceeding to fall into a deep sleep. After proper suggestions were made, both were awakened and expressed complete amnesia for the entire sequence. Miss [Doe] was again handed the gun, which she refused (in an awakened state) to pick up or accept from the operator. She expressed absolute denial that the foregoing sequence had happened.

Two other subjects also carried out their post-hypnotic suggestions “to the letter” and had no memory of the experiment:

SI [Special Interrogations] and H [Hypnosis] Experimentation (25 September 1951)
[Miss White] was instructed that upon awakening, she would proceed to [Mr. Black’s] room where she would wait at the desk for a telephone call. Upon receiving the call, a person known as “Jim” would engage her in normal conversation. During the course of the conversation, this individual would mention a code word to [Miss White]. When she heard this code word she would pass into a SI trance state, but would not close her eyes and remain perfectly normal and continue the telephone conversation. She was told that thereafter upon conclusion of the telephone conversation, she would then carry out the following instructions:

[Miss White], being in a complete SI state at this time, was then told to open her eyes and was shown an electric timing device. She was informed that this timing device was an incendiary bomb and was then instructed how to attach and set the device. After [Miss White] had indicated that she had learned how to set and attach the device, she was told to return to a sleep state and further instructed that upon concluding of the aforementioned conversation, she would take the timing device which was in a briefcase and proceed to the ladies room.

In the ladies room, she would be met by a girl whom she had never seen who would identify herself by the code word “New York.” After identifying herself, [Miss White] was then to show this individual how to attach and set the timing device, and further instructions would be given the individual by [Miss White] that the timing device was to be carried in the briefcase to [Mr. Black’s] room, placed in the nearest empty electric-light plug, and concealed in the bottom, left-hand drawer of [Mr. Black’s] desk, with the device set for 82 seconds and turned on. [Miss White] was further instructed to tell this other girl that as soon as the device had been set and turned on, she was to take the briefcase, leave [Mr. Black’s] room, go to the operations room, and go to the sofa and enter a deep sleep state. [Miss White] was further instructed that after completion of instructing the other girl and the transferring to the other girl of the incendiary bomb, she was to return at once to the operations room, sit on the sofa, and go into a deep sleep state.

Hypnosis was so effective at getting young ladies to do things against their will that at least one such “expert” bragged to the CIA’s head of ARTICHOKE, Morse Allen, of some of his other uses of the technique:

On 2 July 1951 approximately 1:00 p.m. the instruction began with [CIA Svengali] relating to the student some of his sexual experiences. [CIA Svengali] stated that he had constantly used hypnotism as a means of inducing young girls to engage in sexual intercourse with him. [Mrs. Clarinet], a performer in [Metropolis] orchestra, was forced to engage in sexual intercourse with [CIA Svengali] while under the influence of hypnotism. [CIA Svengali] stated that he first put her into a hypnotic trance and then suggested to her that he was her husband and that she desired sexual intercourse with him.

The arrogant indifference that the CIA and the psycho-establishment had to the inhumanity of their methods is difficult for most people to face, much less grasp, but is illuminated by more of the documents uncovered through the Freedom of Information Act, these dispassionately discussing the use of electroconvulsive shock:

Quite often amnesia occurs for events just prior to the convulsion, during the convulsion and during the post seizure state. It is possible that hypnosis or hypnotic activity induced during the post-seizure state might be lost in amnesia. This would be very valuable.

_______________________

Metrozal, which has been very useful in shock therapy, is no longer popular because, for one thing it produces feelings of overwhelming terror and doom prior to the convulsion.

But terror, anxiety, worry would be valuable for many purposes from our point of view.

_______________________

3 December 1951

[Professor Shockdoctor] is reported to be an authority on electric shock. He is a professor at the Medical School of the [Sellout University] and, in addition, is a psychiatrist of considerable note. Pro[fessor Shockdoctor] is, in addition, a fully cleared Agency consultant.

[Professor Shockdoctor] explained that he felt that electric shock might be of considerable interest to the “ARTICHOKE” type of work. He stated that the standard electric- shock machine (Reiter) could be used in two ways. One setting of this machine produced the normal electric-shock treatment (including convulsion) with amnesia after a number of treatments. He stated that using this machine as an electro-shock device with the convulsive treatment, he felt that he could guarantee amnesia for certain periods of time and particularly he could guarantee amnesia for any knowledge of use of the convulsive shock.

[Professor Shockdoctor] stated that the other or lower setting of the machine produced a different type of shock. He said that he could not explain it, but knew that when this lower current type of shock was applied without convulsion, it had the effect of making a man talk. He said, however, that the use of this type of shock was prohibited because it produced in the individual excruciating pain and he stated that there would be no question in his mind that the individual would be quite willing to give information if threatened with the use of this machine.

He stated that this was a third-degree method but, undoubtedly, would be effective. [Professor Shockdoctor] stated that he had never had the device applied to himself, but he had talked with people who had been shocked in this manner and stated that they complained that their whole head was on fire and it was much too painful a treatment for any medical practice. He stated that the only way it was ever used was in connection with sedatives and even then it was extremely painful. The writer asked [Professor Shockdoctor] whether or not in the “groggy” condition following the convulsion by the electro-shock machine anyone had attempted to obtain hypnotic control over the patient, since it occurred to the writer that it would be a good time to attempt to obtain hypnotic control. [Professor Shockdoctor] stated that, to his knowledge, it had never been done, but he could make this attempt in the near future at the [Sellout University] and he would see whether or not this could be done.

[Psychiatric Dr. Zappum] and [Psychiatric Dr. Lightsocket], as well as all others present, discussed the use of electro shock at considerable length and it was [Dr. Zappum’s] opinion that an individual could gradually be reduced through the use of electro-shock treatment to the vegetable level.

The CIA’s love affair with psychiatric shock and hypnosis was matched or exceeded by its love affair with LSD. One victim of CIA experiments with the drug, Mary Ray, testified in Congress about what she had witnessed with another victim:

SENATOR KENNEDY: How old were these test subjects?
MARY RAY: I remember one girl of 17, although I saw her written up as 18, and . . . she definitely did not want to be part of the experiment.
SENATOR KENNEDY: How did you know she did not?
MARY RAY: I saw her as they were taking her in, and she said she won’t go, and they said, “Yes, you will,” and she said, “Don’t take me back to that hell,” which makes me think she had a previous experiment.
SENATOR KENNEDY: What was she doing there? You were not forced or required to do this, were you?
MARY RAY: She was a patient and she was forced. They told her she had no choice. I remember this episode very well. There was an aide on her arm restraining her, and an orderly on another, and she kept saying she did not want to go in, and they said— I do not know which it was who said that, but they said, “You have to go; you have no choice.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: What did the doctor tell her?
MARY RAY: There was no doctor there. But I went back then about one or two hours later, and at this point she was totally disintegrated. She was absolutely psychotic. Before this she was a very normal appearing person; she would joke and gossip. . . . She was attractive and talkative. But afterwards she was just a mess. She was taken back to the ward, and she was for like four days mute, and you could not get through to her in any way. I tried to test her, and I went into her room and she was just staring straight ahead. I went like this [waving hands], and it was nothing; she did not seem to see me. I took her to the testing room where there were four others, and she walked right through a chair as though it was not there. Any position I put her body in, she would stay in.

Even as L. Ron Hubbard was ringing alarm bells about the dirty secrets of CIA mind control inhumanity, the CIA was finding covert ways to make it even dirtier. Not content with forcing “subjects” to take LSD, the CIA took to slipping it to people without their knowing it. In December of 1952, a man named George Hunter White was beginning operations in Greenwich Village at a CIA “safe house”—an oxymoron in this case if there ever was one. White was using prostitutes to lure unsuspecting men to the gaudy apartment, where they would be slipped doses of LSD, and would be induced into a variety of sex acts. White would film what happened through a two-way mirror for the edification of the CIA. (Your tax dollars at work.) White later would move his operation to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. The SF Weekly reported about White’s perverted project in a 2012 article, “Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD”:

There were at least three CIA safe houses in the Bay Area where experiments went on. Chief among them was 225 Chestnut on Telegraph Hill, which operated from 1955 to 1965. The L-shaped apartment boasted sweeping waterfront views, and was just a short trip up the hill from North Beach’s rowdy saloons. Inside, prostitutes paid by the government to lure clients to the apartment served up acid-laced cocktails to unsuspecting johns, while martini- swilling secret agents observed their every move from behind a two-way mirror. Recording devices were installed, some disguised as electrical outlets.

To get the guys in the mood, the walls were adorned with photographs of tortured women in bondage and provocative posters from French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The agents grew fascinated with the kinky sex games that played out between the johns and the hookers. The two-way mirror in the bedroom gave the agents a close-up view of all the action.

The CIA’s abuse of unsuspecting civilians with LSD wasn’t limited to White’s tax-funded pads of perversion, or even to the United States. The sad story of an artist named Stanley Glickman is told in the ruling of a civil suit brought on his behalf against the CIA’s mind-control masterminds, Sidney Gottlieb and Richard Helms. [In this book, the court’s footnotes and citations to case law have been removed for flow of the narrative; the full document is available on the Internet. —Ed.] :

In October 1952, Stanley Milton Glickman was pursuing a promising career as an artist in Paris, having had one of his works accepted for exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

One evening after he had finished his day’s work, Glickman arrived at a cafe he frequented and was approached by an acquaintance, who wanted him to meet some American friends across the street at the Cafe Select. Glickman met the American men at their table and then engaged in “several hours of hostile debate,” focusing on “power, patriotism, and changing the world to conform with their personal beliefs.”

When Glickman prepared to leave, the “chief protagonist” among the Americans offered him a drink as a conciliatory gesture. Glickman initially declined but yielded after the man persisted through “obnoxious pressure.” Rather than call over the waiter, the man walked to the bar to get the drink. [Glickman] observed that the man had a clubfoot.

Halfway through the drink, Glickman “began to experience a lengthening of distance and a distortion of [his] perception,” and he noticed that “the faces of the gentlemen flushed with excitement as they watched the execution of the drink.” The man with the clubfoot steered the conversation to “the working of miracles” and suggested that Glickman “surely [. . .] would be capable of this power.” Glickman declined, then emptied his glass and said good night.

He then experienced colors and lights that had “changed” and “distant figures following [his] difficult path home.” He believed that he had been poisoned, and awoke the next morning “hallucinating intensely.” Glickman states that “the effects of the drink would today be described as a classic LSD experience.”

Over the next two weeks, Glickman “wandered in the pain of madness, delusion and terror,” ultimately returning to the Cafe Select and deliberately closing his eyes to “wait for ‘someone’ to come and tell me what had happened.” With his eyes remaining closed, Glickman was carried from the cafe, placed in an automobile and taken to the American Hospital in Paris on November 11, 1952.

After two brief stays in the hospital, during which he claims he was administered electroshock via catheter and “large doses” of “hallucinatory drugs,” a friend helped him sign out of the hospital and return to his studio. Over the next ten months Glickman remained mostly in his studio with his continuing “madness,” experiencing “stress, terror, hallucination and difficulty eating.” Glickman’s family helped him to return to the United States in July 1953.

After returning to this country, Glickman was cared for by family members and doctors to the extent that his physical condition but not his mental condition was improved. During the next twenty-five years of his life, Glickman gradually became “functional” and held various jobs, but he never painted again and was unable to maintain any normal social life.

Despite copious evidence of the CIA having engaged in just such activity with others, Glickman’s lawsuit was thrown out on a technicality.

On 13 April 1953, the CIA’s name-changing shell game had dubbed the mind-control projects as MK-ULTRA, a name it would keep into the 1970s. Under the new name, the program was a pet project of Richard Helms, then the Chief of Operations in the CIA’s Directorate for Plans. The head of the project, answering to Helms, was the CIA’s man with the club foot, the morally detached Sidney Gottlieb.

In the early days of MK-ULTRA, one of the CIA’s own biological warfare scientists, Frank Olson, wasn’t as lucky as Stanley Glickman had been. On 19 November 1953, Gottlieb slipped LSD into Cointreau served to a number of CIA associates who had gone for a weekend at the Deep Creek Lodge, including Frank Olson. Olson thought he was going insane—which he was, except he didn’t realize it was drug-induced insanity. Olson went into a state of extreme paranoia and suffered a mental breakdown. The CIA shuffled him from place to place in the “care” of Gottlieb’s deputy, Robert Lashbrook, having Olson seen by one of their own pet medicos, but the man’s condition worsened. At about 2:30 a.m. on 28 November 1953, Olson crashed through a window on the 13th floor of the Hotel Statler in New York City, where he and Lashbrook had been staying. It was not a soft landing. Sheffield Edwards, the CIA’s Chief of Security at the time, sent a certain CIA security employee to the Statler to help Lashbrook with the cover-up in the aftermath of Olson’s death plunge. The agent’s name should be familiar:

According to his typed report, stamped “SECRET” and dated five days later, James McCord knocked on the door of Room 488 at New York’s Statler Hotel around 7:50A.M. on November 28th, only about five hours after Frank Olson had died.

The initial ruling was suicide, and the matter was hushed up for decades, until 29 January 1975, when the CIA incautiously created a “Memorandum for the Record” to give to Justice Department attorneys who were doing an investigation into a series of articles about the CIA written by Seymour Hersch. Gottlieb’s LSD complicity emerged from the investigation.

The CIA settled with Olson’s family in 1975 for $750,000 [$3,393,236.99 in 2015 dollars]. Years later, Frank Olson’s son Eric Olson had his father’s body exhumed. An autopsy and an on-site investigation at the Hotel Pennsylvania—formerly the Hotel Statler—was conducted by a team headed by James Starrs, a professor of law and forensic science at the George Washington University Law Center. The team discovered a hematoma that was evidence of blunt force trauma to Frank Olson’s head. Near the end of Starrs’ report, he wrote:

In the present state of our factual knowledge about the death of Dr. Olson, I would venture to say that this hematoma is singular evidence of the possibility that Dr. Olson was struck a stunning blow to the head by some person or instrument prior to his exiting through the window of Room 1018A.

Starrs added that the composite of the evidence was “rankly and starkly suggestive of homicide,” but he and his team had encountered the CIA trademark confessions, confessions, and more confessions that were, of course, lies, lies, and more lies:

It is well-nigh impossible to separate the truth from the fabrications in the documentary evidence we have exhaustingly and exhaustively reviewed. In 1953 the lies outpaced the truth by a mile. Not only were these lies told patently to conceal the full nature of the CIA’s involvement in behavioral modification experiments through the use of drugs, only one of which was LSD, but the lies were also motivated by a calculated effort to keep the Olson family in the dark and from becoming suspicious, by providing the necessary foundation for an award of a federal employee death benefit to Dr. Olson’s survivors.

The extent to which this manhandling of the truth also evolved from a desperate concern lest a homicide by the CIA be revealed is beyond the ability of anyone but the possible malefactors to say.

The CIA was so rabid in its foaming pursuit and distribution of LSD that by early 1953 it had arranged for one of its many corporate prostitutes, the Eli Lilly Company, to synthesize it for them—illegally, according to a CIA “memo for the record” of 3 February 1953 by Robert Lashbrook, the same man who was with Frank Olson at the time of Olson’s death:

Since the unusual properties of ergot and, more importantly, Lysergic Acid [LSD] have been known to ARTICHOKE for some time, the development of this chemical has been of intense interest. . . . For matters of record, apparently chemists of the Eli Lilly Company working for [CIA’s Technical Services Staff] have in the past few weeks succeeded in breaking the secret formula held by Sandoz for the manufacture of Lysergic Acid and have manufactured for this Agency a large quantity of Lysergic Acid which is available for our experimentation. This work is a closely guarded [TSS] secret and should not be mentioned generally.

How far did the CIA and its pack of psycho-establishment mind control minions go? Consider the testimony of one Claudia Mullen before a 1995 Presidential commission investigating CIA experiments in radiation on human subjects:

Between the years 1957 and 1984 I became a pawn in the government’s game. Its ultimate goal was mind control and to create the perfect spy, all through the use of chemicals, radiation, drugs, hypnosis, electric shock, isolation in tubs of water, sleep deprivation, brainwashing, verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. I was exploited unwittingly for nearly three decades of my life and the only explanations given to me were “that the end justifies the means” and “I was serving my country in their bold effort to fight communism.”

I can only summarize my circumstances by saying they took an already abused 7-year- old child and compounded my suffering beyond belief. The saddest part is, I know for a fact I was not alone.

Many books have been written solely to increase public awareness of the ineffable abuses carried out by the CIA and the psycho-establishment, and every concerned American should read them. They include, but are not limited to, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, by John Marks; Acid Dreams, by Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain; A Terrible Mistake—The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, by H.P. Alberelli, Jr.; and The CIA Doctors—Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists, by Colin M. Ross, M.D.

Ross has exhaustively cataloged the limited available documentation on the CIA mind control experiments. The reason it’s limited is because in January of 1973—just months after the CIA contract with the Scientology OTs—Sidney Gottlieb and the Sophisticated Butcher Richard Helms conspired to destroy the bulk of CIA records on the mind control programs. Ross has chapters on CIA-sponsored sadists such as Dr. Ewen Cameron, who benefitted from Rockefeller sponsorship, and Louis Jolyon “Jolly” West, who once killed an elephant with LSD. Ross describes some of Ewen Cameron’s “psychic driving” experiments:

Psychic driving was a procedure carried out in two stages; in the first stage, patients were depatterned, which meant they were reduced to a vegetable state through a combination of massive amounts of electroconvulsive shock, drug-induced sleep, and sensory isolation and deprivation. When fully depatterned, patients were incontinent of urine and feces, unable to feed themselves, and unable to state their name, age, location, or the current date.

In the second stage, psychic driving was introduced. This consisted of hundreds of hours of tape loops being played to the patient through earphones, special helmets or speakers in the sensory isolation room. The tape loops repeated statements of supposed psychological significance.

Ross, in the introduction to his book, curiously stands up for the CIA, laying all blame for the atrocities at the door of the psycho-establishment psychiatrists and institutions. While Ross deserves all accolades for his humanitarian work in exposing their abuses, he apparently has never made the observation that bunnies do not bed down with snakes.

Wherever anyone would like to lay the blame, the fact of the CIA having been in a decades long war—that continues right now—to control the minds of men, both individually and collectively, is inarguable.

It’s also inarguable that the enemy in its war never was the Soviet Union during the so-called Cold War. That is a specious argument because both nations were working toward the same goal: enslavement of the minds of men. They were on the same side.

They both had one common enemy, though: L. Ron Hubbard. He had turned them both down when they attempted to lure or conscript him into their service to use Dianetics or Scientology for mind control. By 1955, he reported to the FBI that there had been three attempts by the Russians to lure him into coming there and working for them, even promising him the use of Pavlov’s laboratories. In that same year, in a Professional Auditor’s Bulletin article titled “Psychiatrists,” Hubbard gave a glimpse of the consequences that had befallen Dianetics and Scientology organizations—perfectly reflecting the exact types of actions that the CIA and the psycho-establishment were involved in at the time, but which wouldn’t be publically exposed for 20 more years:

I could tell you about long strings of psychotics run in on the [Dianetics] Foundation and the [Scientology] Association, sent in to us by psychiatrists who then, using LSD and pain-drug- hypnosis, spun them and told everyone Dianetics and Scientology drove people insane.

There’s no question that the agency behind such tactics aimed at Hubbard was the Agency: the CIA. It was the major “pusher” for the world’s supply of LSD, and would soon flood it all over the country through its drug distribution network of psychiatrists, mafia hoods, and other scum that did its bidding.

That same year, 1955, the deadly serious operations by the CIA-Cult against Hubbard and Scientology became almost comical in the way Hubbard seemed to play cat-and- mouse with them. That is illustrated by one brief timeline:

15 c. March 1955
Hubbard sends a dispatch by wire to the US Department of Defense, “concerning a solution to brainwashing.” [NOTE: Later events imply that Hubbard may have been “dying the waters” to see where such a suggestion would lead. It led to an attack by the IRS on the Hubbard Association of Scientologists in Phoenix, Arizona, closing its doors. It would not be the last time that the US sicced the IRS dawgs on Scientology. —Ed.]

11 July 1955
Hubbard notifies the FBI of the dispatch sent in March 1955 to the US Department of Defense about a solution to brainwashing.

15 August 1955
Just over a month after Hubbard’s letter to the FBI about brainwashing, the staff of CIA Director Allen W. Dulles completes a classified report entitled “A Report on Communist Brainwashing.”

4 September 1955
Less than three weeks after the CIA produced its internal report, Hubbard sends a letter off to a printer in Wichita, Kansas, ordering 2,000 copies of a saddle-stitched softcover book that would later become famous as “The Brainwashing Manual,” its official title being, “Brain- Washing: A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics.” [NOTE: There have been accusations and popular speculation that Hubbard himself wrote the booklet to expose how the psycho-establishment worked both sides of the Cold War, but he never claimed authorship and it has never been proven. —Ed.]

7 September 1955
Hubbard sends another letter to the FBI, this time almost openly taunting them about his having gotten the jump on and having one-upped the Department of Defense and the CIA: “I am getting additional copies of the material which was offered to the Defense Department since that agency has not acknowledged or returned anything shipped to it about brain- washing [sic: brainwashing], and when I have these copies I will send one to you, for this is the only starting place I know about for this outbreak [emphasis added], and the matter, while far from conclusive, at least tells me that something went astray which was dangerous in the wrong hands [emphasis added].”

Had Hubbard known exactly what was being done inside the hallowed halls of the FBI, Langley CIA Headquarters, and the Department of Defense concerning brainwashing? There’s no way of knowing for certain, but it must have been a source of embarrassment for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that Hubbard had sent these letters and the “Brainwashing Manual” to the FBI, but CIA Director Dulles didn’t send Hoover a copy of the CIA’s own report on brainwashing for seven more months, on 25 April 1956.

Hubbard resolutely refused to allow any government to gain any monopoly on Dianetics or Scientology, and when he later developed the secret Scientology OT Levels, he slammed the door on government intelligence agencies ever getting their hands on them—that is, until Hal Puthoff, Ingo Swann, Pat Price, and Watergate came along.

In a 10 April 1953 talk to a Princeton University National Alumni Conference, the Director of Central Intelligence, Allen W. Dulles, wondered aloud if the people of the United States realized “how sinister the battle for men’s minds” had become “in Soviet hands.” It was typical of the disingenuous in-your-face arrogance of Dulles and his cronies, because it was a foreshadowing of how sinister the battle for men’s minds would become in the hands of Dulles, his CIA gang of criminals, and his successor directors as they carried out their own unspeakable atrocities against humankind. Those atrocities ramped up to a whole new level just three days after the Dulles talk at Princeton—on Monday, 13 April 1953, when Dulles unleashed the CIA’s MK-ULTRA, a program of premeditated torture and brutality dreamed up by Richard Helms.

As amoral and repulsive as the battle for men’s minds was, it only ran second to the CIA’s battle for men’s souls.

 

 

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