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New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby American Dream » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:25 pm

Explosive New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments and Murder


Most Americans remember vague details of a person who had been given LSD and subsequently jumped out a window of a New York hotel back in the Fifties. They might also recall that it had something to do with the CIA. It certainly did. It was murder.

In a new explosive and staggeringly researched book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, author H.P. Albarelli Jr. details once highly-classified accounts of the CIA’s experiments with LSD and other drugs in a series of biochemical experiments. These covert actions on unsuspecting individuals resulted in at least five deaths and three hundred people seeking medical care.

For decades, the seemingly unrelated mysteries of Dr. Frank Olson’s strange suicide in 1953 and the bizarre hallucinogenic breakout in the French village of Pont St. Esprit in August 1951 have independently perplexed serious investigators. The subjects have been rehashed in countless accounts on the Internet and in many television news features and documentaries over the years. However, using secret and never-before revealed CIA reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the author has tied together these two events, along with many others. His startling conclusion is that the CIA had high hopes of using LSD to develop a truth serum and perhaps even to create a person who would unwittingly murder on command. Those ends became the rationale to study the drug being administered surreptitiously, including the dosing of an entire French village plus hundreds of unknowing civilians, hospital patients, prisoners and military personnel.

The 900-page book exposes the reasons behind Dr. Olson’s murder, and also identifies the men responsible for the crime, including their ties with Lee Harvey Oswald, the murder of JFK and their role in the infamous French Connection heroin case. In addition, the book provides a tremendous amount of detail about CIA-sponsored mind control and assassination programs like the Artichoke Project, MK/ULTRA, MK/NAOMI and QK/HILLTOP. Some of the interrogation techniques begun by these programs are still in use today.

A Terrible Mistake is published by TrineDay, an Oregon-based company that specializes in releasing books that are shunned by mainstream publishers due to their controversial nature.

H.P. Albarelli Jr. has written a number of groundbreaking newspaper, magazine and Internet articles, including several on the Olson case, as well as topics such as anthrax, Cuba, child abuse and intelligence matters. His novel The Heap was published in 2005. He works in the legal profession and was a member of the Carter administration. More information on A Terrible Mistake can be found at:
www.aterriblemistake.com
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Postby American Dream » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:50 pm

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Important New Book Links the Murder of Frank Olson with CIA Cold War Experiments

The following is a review I wrote at Amazon.com for the newly published book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments.


H.P. Albarelli, Jr. has written a fully detailed, compelling account of the murder of CIA-linked 1950s Army biochemist Frank Olson. The somewhat surprising death of an otherwise little-known Midwestern scientist would become for contemporary historians, journalists, and researchers -- years after the event -- a crucial nexus providing a gathering point for the multitudinous strands connecting a welter of secretive Cold War intelligence and military programs.

The Olson case burst upon the public's consciousness in the mid-1970s, along with other revelations at the time concerning CIA and military domestic spying and medical experimentation upon unwitting victims, thanks in part to a landmark expose by then-New York Times reporter Seymour Hersh. Pursued by Olson's family, attorneys, government commissions, newspaper reporters, and even some CIA agents, the truth behind Olson's death after a hundred-foot fall from a Manhattan hotel window on November 28, 1953, has been obscured over the years by a combination of myth, government misdirection, amateurish or hack "research," and, crucially, a lack of access to essential documentation. Now, after almost a decade of research, writer and researcher Albarelli has produced his magnum opus on Olson's death, and it has been well worth the wait.

"A Terrible Mistake" is part history book, part biography, part memoir, and part mystery tale. In order to understand the story of Frank Olson's life and death, and the cover-up surrounding that death, Mr. Albarelli must take the reader on a journey into the history of Cold War experimentation on mind and behavioral control, implemented by a welter of CIA and military programs whose names have passed into the iconic nomenclature regarding the underworld of American covert activities: Project Bluebird, Project MKULTRA, Project Artichoke, MKNAOMI, and others. In addition, because Olson was a government scientist with top secret clearance working on biological weaponry programs for the Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, the book also offers a peek into this very little reported corner of U.S. history.

The book is quite long, yet remains a page-turner. I won't reveal the mystery Albarelli solves, i.e., who killed Frank Olson and why, but the long build-up describing the various covert operations of the intelligence agencies, well-documented in the book, builds to a startling pay-off.

In the first half of the book, the author describes Olson's life, the government programs that touch upon his work, Olson's death and its aftermath. The latter part of the book picks up from the initial public revelations surrounding his death, coming over 20 years after it occurred, and the following investigations, including the reopening of the murder investigation by the New York City's District Attorney's office in 1996. Throughout, we are entertained by a kaleidoscopic sequence of characters, including former CIA chiefs Allen Dulles and William Colby, CIA psychiatrists, Watergate burglars (for instance, we learn James McCord was the CIA agent initially sent out to deal with Olson's death), former CIA agents, hotel managers, hired assassins, mobsters, high-priced attorneys, dubious informants, U.S. diplomats and generals, politicians (including a mid-1970s appearance by both Don Rumsfeld and Richard Cheney), and many, many more.

This is not just a book about a dusty, decades-old murder case. With the news of the past few years around U.S. use of torture, as well as recent revelations by Nobel Prize-winning Physicians for Human Rights surrounding possible torture experimentation upon detainees held by the CIA, the history of similar activities by the same United States agencies, as narrated in Albarelli's book, has direct significance to crucial news events of our own day.

I strongly recommend this book. The author's honesty and willingness to look at the facts, rather than wishful thinking, or rely upon accepted wisdom, makes this investigatory journey well-worth the reader's time. The book has a fully-documented "Notes" section, which will satisfy the most avid researcher, or those who wish to double-check the author's assertions. Also included is a section with photographs of key documents.

It seems certain that "A Terrible Mistake" will take its place along other classics of its historical genre. But it is also the most fascinating and entertaining book you will purchase for a long time.




[Full disclosure: the author mentions me in his Acknowledgments section. I had no role in the writing of his book, and my earlier contact with the author amounted to literally a few e-mails. When I wrote the author later and wondered why I was included in the Acknowledgments section, it apparently was due to his appreciation of my own investigations into the current torture scandal, as published in various places online. I thank him for that, but wish to make it clear here that this review is solely based upon my own reading and reaction to this book.]
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Postby Project Willow » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:08 am

Got it, signed hard cover, nice. Have yet to read. Will check in when I do, thanks, AD.
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Postby American Dream » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:10 am

CIA Requests its Own Documents from Author

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Earth Times | 15 Dec 2009

Walterville (Vocus) December 15, 2009 - In a bizarre about-face, the secretive Central Intelligence Agency has requested documents from an investigative journalist, even though the writer had earlier obtained them from the CIA itself under the Freedom of Information Act.

The strange request was made last week to author H.P. Albarelli Jr., whose recently published book A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, details a myriad of CIA drug experiments and exposes a large number of previously anonymous physicians and business officials who contracted with the agency. The experiments resulted in the deaths of a number of people and sent hundreds more seeking medical help. “The caller, an agency official, who identified himself by a name I was quite familiar with from past requests,” explained Albarelli, “asked if I would be so kind as to send by fax two documents my book referenced in its narrative and footnotes. I suppose I should have been bowled over by the request, but I wasn’t. It happened once before.” “The crazy thing,” added Albarelli, “is that all of the requested documents came from my FOI requests to the agency in the early 1990s.” The documents requested from Albarelli centered on two subjects. The first top-secret CIA document details a meeting between an official of the Sandoz Chemical Company and an undercover CIA operator. The document reveals a close relationship between the firm and the agency, and provides stunning details about a mysterious 1951 outbreak of “insanity” in a small French town, Pont St. Esprit. In a covert experiment, the village was surreptitiously administered the powerful hallucinogen LSD in an attempt to see if there was a viable method of waging war without killing people or destroying property. A related document appears to reveal that famed LSD inventor, Albert Hoffmann, maintained a close relationship with the CIA.

The second document requested reveals intelligence links between one of the criminals who murdered Frank Olson and the assassination of JFK, including a possible working relationship with suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. About seven years ago, after an Internet article by Albarelli, an agency official requested that Albarelli send the CIA a copy of a top-secret report from the CIA’s Robert Lashbrook to Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, director of its Chemical Division. The document concerned a Pentagon and CIA cover-up of the 1953 death of a patient at the New York Psychiatric Institute. That patient, Harold Blauer, was killed by an injection of drugs administered under a covert CIA contract.

A Terrible Mistake is published by TrineDay, an Oregon-based company that specializes in books that are shunned by mainstream publishers due to their controversial nature. H.P. Albarelli Jr. has written a number of groundbreaking newspaper, magazine and Internet articles, including several on the Olson case, as well as topics such as anthrax, Cuba, child abuse and intelligence matters. His novel The Heap was published in 2005. More information on A Terrible Mistake can be found at: www.aterriblemistake.com.

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Postby Wombaticus Rex » Sun Dec 20, 2009 5:48 pm

Never knew about Harold Blauer....holy fuck! What a story.

Definitely going to be picking up a copy of A Terrible Mistake, though. Thanks for the heads-up on this.
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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby American Dream » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:12 pm

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French Government Queries U.S. State Dept. about LSD Attack, Prompted by New Book Release



Prompted by a new book release, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research has received a confidential inquiry from the office of Erard Corbin de Mangoux, head of the French intelligence agency, Directorate General for External Security (DGSE), concerning a recent account of American government complicity in a mysterious 1951 incident of mass insanity in France. The DGSE is the French counterpart of the CIA.

Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB ) February 3, 2010 -- Prompted by a new book release, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research has received a confidential inquiry from the office of Erard Corbin de Mangoux, head of the French intelligence agency, Directorate General for External Security (DGSE), concerning a recent account of American government complicity in a mysterious 1951 incident of mass insanity in France. The DGSE is the French counterpart of the CIA.

If the details of this book’s revelations prove to be true, it will be very upsetting. That agencies of the U.S. government would deliberately target innocent foreign citizens for such an experiment is a violation of a number of international laws. The incident took place in the village of Pont-Saint-Esprit in southern France, and is described in a recent book about the 1953 death of an American biochemist, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments. The book, by investigative journalist H.P. Albarelli Jr., was published in late November 2009 by TrineDay, which specializes in books about “suppressed information.”

The strange outbreak severely affected nearly five hundred people, causing the deaths of at least five. For nearly 60 years the Pont-St.-Esprit incident has been attributed either to ergot poisoning, meaning that villagers consumed bread infected with a psychedelic mold, or to organic mercury poisoning. But Albarelli reports that the outbreak resulted from a covert LSD aerosol experiment directed by the US Army’s top-secret Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, Maryland. He notes that the scientists who produced both alternative explanations worked for the Sandoz Pharmaceutical Company, which was then secretly supplying both the Army and CIA with LSD.

The effect was devastating, as a contemporary French report made clear: “It is neither Shakespeare nor Edgar Poe. It is, alas, the sad reality all around Pont-St.-Esprit and its environs, where terrifying scenes of hallucinations are taking place. They are scenes straight out of the Middle Ages, scenes of horror and pathos, full of sinister shadows.” Even Time magazine took notice: “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. Pont-Saint-Esprit’s hospital reported four attempts at suicide.”

A Department of Justice website on the dangers of LSD states that in the early 1950s “the Sandoz Chemical Company went as far as promoting LSD as a potential secret chemical warfare weapon to the U.S. Government. Their main selling point in this was that a small amount in a main water supply or sprayed in the air could disorient and turn psychotic an entire company of soldiers leaving them harmless and unable to fight.” The CIA entertained a number of proposals from American scientists concerning placing a large amount of LSD into the reservoir of a medium-to-large city, but, according to former agency officials, “the experiment was never approved due to the unexpected number of deaths during the operation in France.”

Albarelli also describes a series of small, secret chemical attacks by the CIA on the New York City subway system during the 1950s. Recently, the Army has referred to these experiments as “simulated tests,” but contemporary documents make no reference to simulation. An August 1950 FBI memorandum refers to “planned BW (biological warfare) experiments in the New York Subway System in September, 1950,” expressing concerns about “poisoning the water supply of a large metropolitan area at the source … the poisoning of food … sold to the general public.”

In its quest to research LSD as an offensive weapon, Albarelli claims, the Army drugged over 5,700 unwitting American servicemen between the years 1953 and 1965, and, with the CIA, experimented widely with LSD and other drugs through secret contracts with over 325 colleges, universities and research institutions in the U.S., Canada and Europe, involving about 2,500 additional subjects, many of them hospital patients and college students.

According to an official with the DGSE, who declined to be identified, “If the details of this book’s revelations prove to be true, it will be very upsetting for the people of Pont-St.-Esprit, as well as all French citizens. That agencies of the United States government would deliberately target innocent foreign citizens for such an experiment is a violation of a number of international laws and treaties.”

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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby American Dream » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:47 am

The allegations about Point-Sant-Esprit are making it into Germany also:

info.kopp-verlag.de/.../offizielle-anfrage-der-franzoesischen-regierung-an- die-usa-ueber-geheime-lsd-experimente-in-den-1950.html

Offizielle Anfrage der französischen Regierung an die USA über geheime LSD-Experimente in den 1950er-Jahren

F. William Engdahl


Dieser Tage entsteht ein diplomatischer und politischer Skandal, der erhebliche Auswirkungen auf die amerikanisch-französischen Beziehungen haben könnte. Ausgelöst wurde er durch neue Untersuchungen des mysteriösen Ausbruchs von »Massenwahnsinn« in einem südfranzösischen Dorf, bei dem etwa 500 Menschen erkrankten und fünf starben.

Wie zuverlässige amerikanische Quellen berichten, ist beim Bureau of Intelligence and Research des US-Außenministeriums eine vertrauliche Anfrage des Büros von Erard Corbin de Mangoux, dem Chef des französischen Auslandsnachrichtendienstes DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure) eingegangen. Den Berichten zufolge bezieht sich die Anfrage auf die kürzlich veröffentlichte Darstellung über die Mitschuld der US-Regierung an dem mysteriösen Ausbruch von Massenwahnsinn in dem südfranzösischen Dorf Pont-Saint-Esprit im Jahr 1951.

Neue Enthüllungen über den mysteriösen Ausbruch von Wahnsinn in dem französischen Dorf Pont-St.-Esprit im Jahr 1951 weisen auf geheime LSD-Experimente der CIA hin.

Fast 500 Menschen waren damals betroffen, mindestens fünf von ihnen sind gestorben. Beinahe 60 Jahre lang hat man den Vorfall von Pont-St.-Esprit entweder auf eine Mutterkorn-Vergiftung – angeblich hatten die Dorfbewohner Brot gegessen, das mit bewusstseinverändernd wirkendem Schimmel verunreinigt war – oder auf eine organische Quecksilbervergiftung geschoben.

Ein kürzlich in den USA erschienenes Buch erhebt aufgrund von ausführlichen Interviews mit inzwischen pensionierten US-Geheimdienstmitarbeitern, die über die Vorgänge in Frankreich im Jahr 1951 direkt informiert waren, den Vorwurf, bei dem bis heute nicht geklärten Ausbruch von »Massenwahnsinn« in dem entlegenen Dorf handele es sich in Wirklichkeit um ein Top-Secret-CIA-Experiment, das im Rahmen des CIA-Forschungsprogramms MKULTRA (wie in ultra-geheim) durchgeführt wurde.

In seinem Buch A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments zu (Deutsch: Ein schrecklicher Fehler: Der Mord an Frank Olson und die CIA-Experimente im Kalten Krieg)dokumentiert der investigative Journalist H.P. Albarelli, dass der Krankheitsausbruch in Pont-St.-Esprit auf ein geheimes Projekt unter der Leitung der streng geheimen Abteilung Special Operations Division der US Army in Fort Detrick im US-Bundesstaat Maryland zurückzuführen ist, bei dem LSD versprüht wurde. Seiner Schilderung nach arbeiteten die Wissenschaftler, die mit der falschen Begründung verunreinigten Brotes oder einer Quecksilbervergiftung die wahre Ursache des Vorfalls vertuscht haben, für das Pharmaunternehmen Sandoz, das sowohl der US Army als auch der CIA mit LSD für Forschungszwecke geliefert hatte.

Eine französische Zeitung hatte damals über bizarre Vorfälle berichtet: »Es ist weder Shakespeare noch Edgar Poe. Es ist – leider! – die traurige Realität von Pont-St.-Esprit und seiner Umgebung, wo sich furchtbare Szenen von Halluzinationen abspielen, die geradewegs aus dem Mittelalter stammen könnten, Szenen voller Schrecken und Pathos, voll dunkler Schatten.« Die amerikanische Zeitschrift Time Magazine, deren Herausgeber Henry Luce eng mit den Propagandaaktivitäten der CIA in den 1950er-Jahren verbunden war, berichtete: »Betroffene fielen ins Delirium: Patienten warfen sich auf dem Bett hin und her, sie schrien entsetzt, aus ihrem Körper sprießten rote Blumen, ihre Köpfe hätten sich in geschmolzenes Blei verwandelt. Aus dem Krankenhaus von Pont-Saint-Esprit wurden vier Selbstmordversuche gemeldet.«

Laut Albarelli heißt es auf der Website des US-Justizministeriums bezüglich der Gefahren von LSD, Anfang der 1950er-Jahre sei »das Chemieunternehmen Sandoz so weit gegangen, der US-Regierung LSD als potenzielle geheime Waffen chemischer Kriegsführung anzupreisen. Sein Hauptverkaufsargument war dabei, schon eine kleine Menge könne, dem Trinkwasser zugesetzt oder in der Luft versprüht, eine ganze Armee von Soldaten orientierungslos, psychotisch und damit kampfunfähig machen.«

Seiner Darstellung nach lagen der CIA verschiedene Vorschläge amerikanischer Wissenschaftler vor, der Wasserversorgung einer mittelgroßen bis großen Stadt eine größere Menge LSD unterzumischen, doch nach Angaben ehemaliger Beamter der Behörde »ist das Experiment wegen der unerwarteten Zahl von Todesopfern bei der Operation in Frankreich nie genehmigt worden«.

Im Rahmen der Forschung über LSD als Offensivwaffe hat die US Army laut Albarelli in der Zeit von 1953 bis 1965 über 5.700 ahnungslose amerikanischen Militärangehörigen Drogen verabreicht. Aufgrund geheimer Verträge mit mehr als 325 Colleges, Universitäten und Forschungseinrichtungen in den USA, Kanada und Europa wurden gemeinsam mit der CIA an weiteren 2.500 Personen umfangreiche Tests mit LSD und anderen Drogen durchgeführt, viele davon waren Krankenhauspatienten und College-Studenten.

Dr. Timothy Leary, LSD-»Guru« der Harvard University, hat zugegeben, mit der CIA gearbeitet zu haben.

Ein Beamter der DGSE, der nicht namentlich genannt werden wollte, erklärt: »Sollten sich die Enthüllungen im Einzelnen als wahr erweisen, wäre dies für die Menschen in Pont-St.-Esprit und für alle Bürger Frankreichs äußerst bedrückend. Dass Regierungsbehörden der Vereinigten Staaten bewusst unschuldige ausländische Bürger zur Zielscheibe eines solchen Experiments machen würden, stellt einen Verstoß gegen das Völkerrecht und eine Verletzung internationaler Verträge dar.«





Rough Google Transltion, here:

Official request from the French Government to the U.S. over secret LSD experiments in the 1950s

F. William Engdahl

These days, creating a diplomatic and political scandal that could significantly impact on the US-French relations have. It was triggered by new studies of the mysterious outbreak of "mass madness" in a southern French village, where about 500 people ill and five died.

According to reports of reliable U.S. sources, was received by the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. State Department a confidential inquiry of the Office of Erard Corbin de Mangoux, the head of the French foreign intelligence service DGSE (Direction Generale de la for External Security). It was reported that the question refers to the recently published account of the complicity of the U.S. Government to the mysterious outbreak of mass insanity in the southern French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit in 1951.

New revelations about the mysterious outbreak of insanity in the French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit in 1951 indicate secret LSD experiments by the CIA.

Nearly 500 people were affected at that time, at least five of them died. Almost 60 years, it has the incident of Pont-Saint-Esprit either to ergot poisoning - said the villagers had eaten bread that was contaminated with mold in mental-acting - or pushed to an organic mercury poisoning.

A recently published book in the United States stands on the basis of extensive interviews with now-retired U.S. intelligence officials who were informed about what is happening in France right in the year 1951, the complaint in which to this day unexplained outbreak of "mass madness" in the remote village if it were in fact a top-secret CIA experiment, which was under the CIA's MKULTRA research program (as in ultra-) conducted by secret ballot.

In his book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold experiment (German: A terrible mistake was the murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's experiments in the Cold War) Investigative journalist HP Albarelli was documented that the disease outbreak in Pont-Saint-Esprit is due to a secret project under the guidance of top-secret Department Special Operations Division of the U.S. Army at Fort Detrick in Maryland, sprayed with the LSD . His account after the scientists who have worked hushed up with the wrong bread contaminated ground or mercury poisoning, the true cause of the incident for the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, which had provided both the U.S. Army and the CIA on LSD for research purposes.

A French newspaper had reported bizarre incidents at that time: "It is not Shakespeare or Edgar Allan Poe. It is - unfortunately! - The sad reality of Pont-Saint-Esprit play and its surroundings, where the terrible scenes of hallucinations, which could come straight from the Middle Ages, scenes of horror and pathos, full of dark shadows. "The American magazine Time magazine, whose editor Henry Luce was closely connected with the propaganda activities of the CIA in the 1950s, reported: "Affected fell into delirium patients threw themselves down on the bed with her, she screamed in horror, red flowers sprouted from her body, their heads were in molten lead turns. From the hospital of Pont-Saint-Esprit reported four suicide attempts. "

According Albarelli it says on the website of the U.S. Justice Department about the dangers of LSD, in the early 1950s was "the Sandoz chemical company went so far as to extol the U.S. government LSD as a potential secret weapon of chemical warfare. Its main selling point was to have a small amount could, added to the drinking water or sprayed into the air to make a whole army of soldiers, disoriented, psychotic and thus incapable of fighting. "

In his presentation to the CIA for a number of suggestions were American scientists, unterzumischen the water supply of a medium to large city has a larger amount of LSD, but according to former officials of the authority is "the experiment because of the unexpected number of deaths during the operation in France has never accepted '.

As part of the research on LSD as an offensive weapon has given the U.S. Army, according Albarelli in the period 1953 to 1965 clueless than 5,700 American military personnel drugs. Because of secret contracts with more than 325 colleges, universities and research institutes in the U.S., Canada and Europe have been carried out jointly with another 2,500 people at the CIA extensive tests with LSD and other drugs, many of whom were hospital patients and college students.

Dr. Timothy Leary, LSD "guru" at Harvard University, has admitted to having worked with the CIA.

An official of the DGSE, did not want to be named, said: "Should the detailed revelations prove to be true, it would be extremely distressing for the people of Pont-Saint-Esprit and for all French citizens. That government authorities of the United States deliberately targeted innocent foreign citizens would do such an experiment, is a violation of international law and a violation of international treaties dar. "
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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby Wombaticus Rex » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:57 am

Seven chapters in (got a lot of economics homework that's limiting my digestion) and it's been an astounding book, and very well-written to boot. Someone was requesting a thread about this, so I figured I'd up the existing one. When I have more to unpack and discuss I'll come back here.
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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby American Dream » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:49 am

http://www.albarelli.net/articles.html

Scientists at Addiction Center Mocked Frank Olson’s Death

By H.P. Albarelli Jr.



In the early 1970s, scientists at the Federal Addiction Research Center in Lexington, Kentucky openly discussed Frank Olson’s death; this occurring several years before Olson’s strange and alleged death by “suicide” was inadvertently revealed to the nation in 1975 through the published findings of the Rockefeller Commission. At the time, Olson’s death was reported to have followed by nine-days his dosing with LSD by the CIA. In 1995, Manhattan District Attorney, Robert Morgenthau, convened a grand jury investigation of Olson’s death, after the Olson family raised suspicions of murder.

“They [ARC scientists] sat around at lunch and talked about Olson. Some of them appeared to know a lot about him and were happy that Dr. Olson was eliminated because they clearly felt threatened by him,” recalled former ARC employee John J. Williams. “I didn’t know a thing about Frank Olson, so he didn’t have much meaning to me at the time.”

Williams, who was employed throughout the 1970s at ARC as a health physicist, continued, “One day two or three researchers there started talking about Dr. Olson in a laughingly, gloating, mocking, ridiculing-like fashion, stating things like, ‘Olson got what he deserved’, ‘He was probably a commie anyhow’, ‘Good riddance to that piece of crap’, ‘I’ve got some stuff I would have liked to shove into Olson’s veins’— a lot of talk like that…. This sort of talk happened a few times. No one defended Dr. Olson or even seemed to have liked him. Sometimes, however, a few people at the table would appear very uncomfortable with the talk and would get up and walk away, but most stayed.” After leaving ARC, Williams went to work for the U.S. Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Asked to identify those who made these remarks about Frank Olson, Williams said, “It was researchers at the Center, most of whom I was not familiar with at the time. Some could have been visiting professionals. I do recall that one of the researchers who seemed to be most fixated about Olson was associated with VA [Veterans Administration] research, but I don’t recall any more exactly what his VA relationship was…. I listened to all the talk about Dr. Olson, but had no idea who he was or what had happened to him. I was curious about why these scientists so disliked Dr. Olson, but, as a newcomer, I was not in a position to ask many questions. ”

Queried about his work at ARC, Williams, who had been employed by the U.S. Navy designing electronic ammunition fuses before going to Kentucky, revealed a number of extremely interesting projects he worked on for, what he thinks was, both the CIA and Department of Defense.

“A lot of the equipment I was designing involved the use of drugs like LSD, peyote, morphine, heroin, and something called ‘M-Cubed’”, explained Williams, “which I think could have been BZ, but I had not heard of BZ at that time. I was told that ‘M-Cubed’ was 1,000 times more potent than LSD.” Asked how these drugs were tested, Williams said that inmates at the ARC were routinely “used as guinea pigs for experiments of all sorts related to mind control. Some of the inmates were subjects in multiple experiments. I thought that it was strange that heroin addicts were used in such a way, but physicians there said it was all for the greater good.” Added physicist Williams, “There was an incredible amount of mind control research going on at ARC’s Clinical Research Center in the 1950s through the 1970s. Some of it was mind-boggling and extremely complex, and many of the research and demonstration devices employed I either developed or had a hand in developing. Mind control was my major duty while there.”

Continued Williams, who today is CEO of Consumertronics and President of Lone Star Consulting, Inc., “The idea was to formulate a dose so potent that only a tiny amount easily hidden could be employed.” Williams said he never handled any drugs at ARC, but that once, after repairing some equipment used in experiments on inmates, he departed work for an appointment when he was seized by an “extraordinary sensation.” He explained, “I felt like I was suddenly 90 feet tall and extremely powerful. Everything around me appeared to be very, very small. I made it to my car and then laid down in the back seat for a few hours before I could drive myself home. I’m pretty certain that some sort of drug residue on the equipment I repaired got into my system. Other than that maybe someone slipped something into my tea. I don’t drink or do any drugs, now or then, and it was a weird experience that I would not want repeated.”

Williams explained that he never worked directly with ARC inmates therefore making him unable to witness firsthand any of the results of his work. “I heard crazy stories all the time about what the results were, stuff that clearly disturbed me, and on at least three occasions while I was at work the facility was placed on lock-down because of inmate riots, so they were obviously unhappy about something.”

Williams also revealed that he worked on a project that centered on “the use of a sphygmomanometer-type device.” This device was “placed on the penis of drug-induced ARC inmates.” Commonly referred to as the “Peter Meter” by ARC scientists, a name Williams coined, the objective of the device was “to expose drugged inmates to pornography and then quantitatively determine how long and how intense the drug would cause inmates to maintain an erection, and to determine whether or not certain drugs made men more gay than other drugs.” Williams soon concluded that the real objective of the meter he developed was “to assist in the production of drugs which would turn men into ‘raving homosexual maniacs,’ as one ARC medical technician explained to Williams, who believes the project was undertaken by the ARC at the request of the CIA.

Williams also recalls that the “Peter Meter” project was intended for use against Cuban leader Fidel Castro. “I was told by ARC officials that if it were possible to turn Castro ‘into a fanatically gay man and then exposing his gayness to the Cuban people, his base of support would virtually evaporate, especially among the military.’”

Said Williams, “If I had know any of these things from the beginning, I would have refused to work on the Peter Meter or anything similar.”

Over time at ARC, Williams learned that some of the facility’s work centered on “developing tactics to greatly control, sicken and kill unpopular world leaders, such as Castro. We did quite a bit of work with LSD, but also with numerous other drugs. ARC had a ready population of experimental subjects with its inmate population.”

Said Williams, “I found this kind of hard to believe back then, but years later I learned about all the attempts to harm and assassinate Castro. I guess they were pulling out all the stops to get him anyway they could.”

Williams went on, “That was around the same time that I learned what was supposedly the truth about Olson’s so-called suicide death. At that time, I felt, based on the lunch table talk about his death, that Olson had probably been dosed with LSD for nefarious reasons. Based on the animosity expressed about him from some of those ARC scientists, he had been singled out for some specific reason unknown to me.”

Williams recounted that his supervisor at ARC had been Harold Flanary, who reported to Center director, Dr. William Martin. Williams also said that he often heard talk about various visits to the facility by scientists and officials from the CIA, Department of Defense, and several other federal agencies. Recounted Williams: “There were so many people who came in and out of ARC when I was there. I took direct orders from so many outside and inside people, that at times I wondered who really ran the place…. Being a disable veteran myself, I was of the belief that the Department of Defense and VA were there because of the severe drug problems they had with military personnel in Vietnam, so I was more than happy to do their work.”

Especially disturbing to physicist Williams, in addition to the experiments on inmates, were the multiple ARC experiments that employed animals, especially dogs. “These experiments hastened my departure from ARC. I couldn’t stomach what they did. Their work was nothing short of sick. I thought it was extreme animal cruelty, as I later learned were the experiments on the inmates there,” said Williams.

Recalled Williams, “One day I went down to the dog lab. I was absolutely horrified at the sight of the dogs there. I still tremble when I think about it. While the cages were relatively clean and the dogs had food and water, each beagle was immobilized, sitting in a row on its hunches near the front of the enclosure facing outward with a needle stuck in it with a tube going up into [the device I had helped design and had worked on].”

Continued Williams, who explained that ARC conducted additional experiments on other animals including chimpanzees, mice, and cats, “The enclosures were about 18 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 12 inches high, open at the top, stood off the ground by about 2 feet each, has screen bottoms, and were set off from each other with partitions. Clearly, the dogs were paralyzed from their lower backs and legs. The researcher for the lab told me that the dogs were bought in lots from a breeder, and upon arrival at ARC, had their lower spines surgically broken. The researcher did not mention whether or not the dogs were first anesthetized, but I assume that they must have been else it would probably have been much harder to surgically cut their spinal cords. I asked if the dogs stayed in that position all the time. The researcher told me that once positioned in their enclosures, the dogs stayed in that exact position continuously day and night, being fed drugs usually continuously, until they died. The dead ones were replaced with new ones. The researcher explained that it was necessary to paralyze the dogs so that the injection effort would be certain of success and less risky for the researcher, and that the dogs wouldn’t tear up, step on or get entangled in their hoses.”

Williams also recalled his experience with viewing the “veterans ward” at the adjoining minimum security Federal Prison [located on the same grounds as ARC], which he said was located in the same building as the cafeteria where he often ate lunch. Williams recalled “standing in the middle of the ward with the veterans wandering around in pajamas.” He explained, “All of them had been lobotomized, and all had a scary zombie-like appearance—totally unemotional, glassy-eyed, gray complexions, and mostly unaware of their surroundings. The nurse was passing out their daily meds, a Dixie-cup size cup filled nearly to the top with pills for each veteran and a larger cup of water.”

Williams went on: “A lot of people may not know this, but after World War II and the Korean War, thousands of GIs returned to the U.S. ‘shell-shocked’, and were secretly ‘treated’ to lobotomies by the VA, and then permanently hidden away in groups in various Federal facilities all over the country. According to Williams, a nurse told him that most of the veterans’ families were told that the lobotomized “had honorably died in combat.”

In 1975, it was first revealed that a number of distinguished scientists employed at the ARC worked secretly under-contract for the CIA. Scientists included Drs. Harris Isbell, Abraham Wikler, Edward W. Pelikan, and Victor Vogel. In addition to the CIA, these same scientists performed covert work and experiments for the Federal Narcotics Bureau and the Office of Naval Intelligence. Infamous narcotics agent George Hunter White was a routine visitor at ARC, as were CIA Chemical Division directors Drs. Sidney Gottlieb and Robert Lashbrook.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. Harris Isbell, the director of the research component of ARC, performed multiple secret experiments on inmates at the Kentucky facility, sometimes rewarding addict participants with doses of morphine and heroin. On at least two occasions, Dr. Isbell kept a group of men under the influence of LSD for several days. Isbell was fond of selecting African American inmates for his experiments, regardless that all races were represented in the inmate population at the facility. Several of Dr. Isbell’s reports sent to the CIA noted that the LSD used in his experiments initially came from the Sandoz Chemical Company, but after about two years the drug came from the Eli Lilly drug company, which, at the request of the CIA, secretly replicated the Sandoz formula for pharmaceutical LSD. ARC, which opened in 1935, was closed in 1998.

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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby elfismiles » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:33 pm

SEE ALSO:
US questioned over mass insanity @ Pont-Saint-Esprit in 1951
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Author claims CIA still testing drugs on people


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM20dFhRR20

In August 1951 a small French village near Marseilles became a part of CIA funded experiment with drugs. As a result 500 people were affected, there were at least three suicides and 40 people were taken to a nearby psychiatric institute. That’s according to Hank Albarelli, an American writer who spent over ten years looking into who was behind the secret tests. RT’s Marina Portnaya met the author in New York.

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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby operator kos » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:42 pm

Just started reading it. Looks good- will report back when I have some sort of summary or analysis.
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Postby justdrew » Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:32 pm

American Dream wrote:CIA Requests its Own Documents from Author
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The document reveals a close relationship between the firm and the agency, and provides stunning details about a mysterious 1951 outbreak of “insanity” in a small French town, Pont St. Esprit. In a covert experiment, the village was surreptitiously administered the powerful hallucinogen LSD in an attempt to see if there was a viable method of waging war without killing people or destroying property.


wait wait wait, the CIA FOIA'ed a document proving they dosed Pont St. Esprit ?

That's going to ruffle some feathers.

http://rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtopic.php?p=320486

on edit: ah, elfismiles was already on top of that linakge...
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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby DeltaDawn » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:08 pm

Elfi, tyvm, for link to interview, one of the few I have patience to stick with completely (although u do post a lot of them lol)...Loved it, and will find a way to purchase this book. Seems as if the guy might actually 'know' what the hell is going on.. :)
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Re: New Book Exposes the CIA, LSD Experiments & Murder

Postby Project Willow » Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:51 pm

http://noliesradio.org/archives/14633

Albarelli interviewed by Kevin Barrett.

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Correcting an assertion I made in a related thread, Albarelli said he found no evidence whatsoever that Olson wanted to quit CIA due to remorse for the experimentation he'd been involved in. He qualifies that by repeating that he simply found no evidence, not that Olson lacked remorse. He found evidence rather that Olson wanted to change professions and become a dentist.
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