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    In his documentary, "You Have Used Me as a Fish Long Enough", gifted film-maker Adam Curtis argues that mind control programmes such as MK-ULTRA ultimately proved unsuccessful.

    As a result, Curtis' film argues, the military-industrial complex abandoned its dream of directly controlling the individual mind. Instead, it turned to ever more sophisticated forms of mass propaganda - such as the manipulation of the historical record and the shaping of contemporary reality as presented through network television news & current affairs.

    Curtis' argument probably represents the consensus amongst those few academic historians who are interested in MK-ULTRA and its legacy. I believe that consensus to be wrong.

    Many years of researching Bluebird/Artichoke/MK-ULTRA and its even more hidden British counterpart, and speaking and corresponding with individuals who claim to have been guinea pigs in these programmes, have convinced me that the covert mind control techniques had three main origins:

    i) the medical and psychological research on soldiers with "shellshock" dating back to the Crimean and American Civil War, and continuing through WW1 & WW2. Many soldiers whose psyches had been fragmented by the experience of terrible events, and were suffering from what we now term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, effectively became experimental subjects. Whilst many of the shellshock doctors had the best of intentions, others were directly involved in the mind control programmes. For instance, perhaps the most famous of all the British shellshock doctors, William Sargant, collaborated extensively with Ewen Cameron and Sidney Gottlieb of MK-ULTRA notoriety. Sargant even betrayed CIA doctor Frank Olson to Gottlieb when Olson described his horror at witnessing terminal mind control experiments in 1953, probably either in Britain or in former IG Farben buildings in Frankfurt which were by then occupied by the CIA. Olson's son, Eric, has good evidence that his father was subsequently murdered by CIA elements;

    ii) the very mechanical theories of the brain which were academically fashionable at the time of WW2, particularly Operant Conditioning, Classical Conditioning, and Behaviourism, and their gurus - IP Pavlov and BF Skinner. These very crude psychological frameworks suggested to the mind control doctors that the human brain could be programmed. These theories drove much of the research well into the 1970s when Drs Ervin and Mark, proteges of Robert G Heath (of brain electrode fame) and Louis Jolyon West (of MK-ULTRA notoriety) attempted to convert a disused missile base into a location for eradicating violent tendencies in primarily black prisoners using methods which can perhaps be best described as lobotomization of the limbic system. Ervin and Mark even suggested Lee Harvey Oswald's brain would have been ideal for their destructive techniques;

    iii) the shamanic and occult techniques for creating trance and dissociated states, and for guiding or controlling the behaviour of an individual placed in such a state.

    It is this third occult/shamanic element that Peter Levenda's concept of the "Manson Secret" captures (articulated in his brilliant Sinister Forces trilogy), and which Marks' concept of the "Manchurian Candidate" does not. The triggering of the dissociated state often involves the same techniques: eg hypnosis, narcotics, sensory deprivation, pain (whether self-inflicted, eg being made to stand with arms outstretched and fingers inches above a live electric wire, or inflicted by another person), trauma, fear. However, the "Manson Secret" concept makes explicit the fact that the people who best knew how to programme and control dissociated states were those with an occult or shamanic background.

    These mind control programmes, which began with experiments on POWs, prisoners, enemy nationals and orphans, appear - over time - to have been increasingly contracted out. Sometimes this contracting out went to black military operations. I have testimony from several individuals of the increasingly sophisticated use of hypno-narcotic programming, and sensory deprivation/trauma experiments, occuring during the Vietnam War's Phoenix Program. Both on the individual level - programming of friendly operatives prior to a sensitive operation. And on the mass level - acts of horror designed psychologically to terrorize and traumatize the enemy. Douglas Valentine, the historian of the Phoenix Program, has described horrific events which take on an entirely different cast if viewed through the lens of MK-ULTRA.

    The other major form of contracting out was to plausibly deniable fronts - particularly cults. Jim Jones was a protege of CIA torture specialist Dan Mitrione. Jonestown and the People's Temple, with its white leadership (many with family connections to the Chemical-Biological-Warfare nexus), its exotic and extensive pharmacy featuring drugs such as Thorazine, its medical wristbands for identifying cult members, and its "Blue-Eyed Monster" and sensory deprivation pit (a human version of mad behaviourist Harry Harlow's "pit of despair") being obvious examples.

    The (People's) Temple also used electroshock treatments to modify the behavior of the children entrusted to their care. In a locked room of the San Francisco Temple was a machine that only the children to be disciplined and an attending nurse were allowed to see. The machine was named "The Blue-Eyed Monster" though later reports referred to it as "The Blue-Eyed Demon". Some said this Aryan devil was a simple cattle prod, others claimed it was a heart defibrulator or the shock treatment machine the Temple had acquired from Mendocino State Hospital. Few children would describe the apparatus; but those who did said it was a scaled-down version of an executioner's electric chair. The child was strapped into the metal chair and electrodes were attached to various parts of his or her body. Though the machine itself was hidden from the general adult congregation, Jones would call out the names of those children to be disciplined and they would be taken into the Blue-Eyed Monster's den. A microphone, attached to the public address system, was placed in the room. The general congregation heard no noises from the machine only the screams of the children attached to it. The child emerged from the room and ran to Jim Jones; grovelling at his feet to say "Thank you - Thank you" in robot-like repetition.

    Later, in Jonestown, the physical beating and shock treatments of the Temple children were replaced with sheer terror in the form of "Big Foot"; a monster that Jones told them lived in a shallow well on the outskirts of the jungle community. Children who misbehaved were lowered into the well, where, unknown to them, adults were hiding in the darkness. The adults made animal sounds and grabbed at the child's dangling legs in a feigned attempt to pull him into the abyss.
    [p388-9, Was Jonestown a CIA Medical Experiment?, Michael Meiers]

    Jim Jones was a charismatic leader and expert hypnotist who learnt many of his techniques studying evangelical street preachers, such as David Miranda and his "Church of God is Love" movement, in Brazil. However, Jones himself may have been programmed. He seems to have had a double who appeared for photo opportunities in Castro's Cuba whilst the real Jim was being "treated" in Hawaii as a patient in the Langley-Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute (LPNI) for several months. LPNI is known to have undertaken ELF experiments on behalf of ARPA (the Advanced Research Projects Agency). Nearly every single one of the Jonestown survivors was taken to LPNI for psychiatric "evaluation" after the massacre.

    Jones and his People's Temple cult were creating dissociated individuals and providing them with a new, cult-created, framework in which to live. Jonestown itself, totally cut off from the outside world, can at one level be seen as a giant sensory deprivation experiment. However, Jones was at least providing a setting and a shared mythology for his human guinea pigs. The doctors of MK-ULTRA, who attempted to programme individuals for specific tasks such as assassination, provided no such shared mythology.

    All shamans know that once you open the Pandora's Box of the mind, you have to provide the initiate with a cosmology, a map for the journey. Those who ran MK-ULTRA (and its successors) were truly blind to the Pandora's Box, the Manson Secret, they were unlocking. Indeed, they were more Behaviourist or Pavlovian than Shaman.

    For the first-person testimony of a recently deceased gentleman who believes he was part of the human detritus of MK-ULTRA, and the Search for the Manson Secret, "vern's" account can be found at the link below. "vern" had no documentation to prove that what he believes happened to him actually did happen - so there is a possibility that his account is not entirely true. However, there is independent corroboration that Ditran - a powerful and very nasty hallucinogen - was secretly tested on humans, and one of its victims, in his own words, was Ken Kesey:

    http://www.survivorship.org/articles/prison.html
    "It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
    "Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
    "They are in Love. Fuck the War."

    Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

    "Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
    The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war

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    Real footage of assassins going about their lethal business is extremely rare. NBC cameraman Bob Brown lost his life filming the Jonestown assassins climbing out of the tractor, advancing towards the plane, and killing Congressman Leo Ryan (critic of the CIA), and at least four others. None of these assassins was ever tried. The only individual convicted in relation to these murders was one of Jim Jones' white lieutenants, Larry Layton, for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder. Layton was inside the plane, and was not one of the assassins advancing from the tractor. (Layton was initally acquitted of murder in Guyana after successfully pleading that he'd been "brainwashed".)

    The footage for which Bob Brown died, his rushes of the advancing assassins, is very rare and hard to find - even for professional film researchers. However about three grainy seconds can be seen in this YouTube clip at c2:45 and c3:08:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSRKWb4LO3w

    Some researchers believe that these assassins are "hypno-programmed". Some that they are a professional hit team. Others that they are simply paranoid killers. Whatever the truth, the footage that cost Bob Brown his life is both shocking and unique.

    UPDATE: May 2013.

    Some of the footage of the advancing assassins can be seen between 3:36 and 3:47 here:

    "It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
    "Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
    "They are in Love. Fuck the War."

    Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

    "Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
    The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war

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    Myra Bronstein Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Klimkowski View Post
    Real footage of assassins going about their lethal business is extremely rare. NBC cameraman Bob Brown lost his life filming the Jonestown assassins climbing out of the tractor, advancing towards the plane, and killing Congressman Leo Ryan (critic of the CIA), and at least four others. None of these assassins was ever tried. The only individual convicted in relation to these murders was one of Jim Jones' white lieutenants, Larry Layton, for conspiracy to murder and attempted murder. Layton was inside the plane, and was not one of the assassins advancing from the tractor. (Layton was initally acquitted of murder in Guyana after successfully pleading that he'd been "brainwashed".)

    The footage for which Bob Brown died, his rushes of the advancing assassins, is very rare and hard to find - even for professional film researchers. However about three grainy seconds can be seen in this YouTube clip at c2:45 and c3:08:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSRKWb4LO3w

    Some researchers believe that these assassins are "hypno-programmed". Some that they are a professional hit team. Others that they are simply paranoid killers. Whatever the truth, the footage that cost Bob Brown his life is both shocking and unique.
    Thank you for this link Jan. It has by far the best video I've seen of the airport attack. This woman--Laurie Efrein Kahalas--
    http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/Jonestown_com/home.htm claims it's a clear military formation. I really can't say. It's too fast and I'm hardly an expert. I did read her book "Snake Dance" and it's also hard to know what to make of it; it's written in a very overwraught fashion. About all I was able to take away from it was her conviction that the CIA destroyed Jonestown one way or another, and her mistrust of Mark Lane.

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    Myra Bronstein Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan Klimkowski View Post
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    iii) the shamanic and occult techniques for creating trance and dissociated states, and for guiding or controlling the behaviour of an individual placed in such a state.
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    These mind control programmes, which began with experiments on POWs, prisoners, enemy nationals and orphans, appear - over time - to have been increasingly contracted out. Sometimes this contracting out went to black military operations. I have testimony from several individuals of the increasingly sophisticated use of hypno-narcotic programming, and sensory deprivation/trauma experiments, occuring during the Vietnam War's Phoenix Program. Both on the individual level - programming of friendly operatives prior to a sensitive operation. And on the mass level - acts of horror designed psychologically to terrorize and traumatize the enemy. Douglas Valentine, the historian of the Phoenix Program, has described horrific events which take on an entirely different cast if viewed through the lens of MK-ULTRA.
    Thank you for this summary Jan.
    Your comments about Operation Phoenix reminded me of this quote from Mae Brussell (when asked about the Patty Hearst episode):

    "What we are now experiencing is the importation of the dreaded "Operation Phoenix" program into the United States. William E. Colby, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be conducting paramilitary operations in order to escalate the necessity for martial law.

    Through various created and manipulated acts of violence, the only "solution" to "chaos, anarchy, and senseless violent acts" will be a police state. Colby's C.I.A. specialty, the "Phoenix Operation" in Southeast Asia, was known for its torture, political assassinations, mass murders (20,000 to 40,000 civilians), tiger cages, rigged elections, and slanted intelligence.

    The fact that this person was approved for appointment as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency by a Senate vote of 83-13 indicates that the Senate both agrees with, and rewards, an agent of theirs for these acts against mankind.

    It is no coincidence that the same Senate turned down a vote, after 25 years of stalling and debating, on an agreement that would outlaw genocide as late as March, 1974.

    A government that funds, promotes, recognizes, and allows war criminals to direct their domestic affairs reveals a total disrespect for our lives. This monster and its vicious machinery will now turn upon us at home.

    The Phoenix program was an indiscriminate murder program in Asia, utilizing terror and the killing of innocent people. The Hearst kidnapping is part of the Phoenix program inside the United States."

    http://www.maebrussell.com/Mae%20Bru...idnapping.html

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    Did anyone else note a recent announcement by some scientists {here} that they have found a chemical that could be used to selectively [!!!!] and permanently erase individual memories in mice, but no reason it can't be used in a person!....such 'advances' and the coming world of miniature computer-brain implants will add to this already horrible mix. Is it the future yet?
    Last edited by Peter Lemkin; 11-01-2008 at 10:14 AM.

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    Yes, Peter. I heard about it on the radio a few days ago. They are planning on using it on people with PTSD. Great. So now they can subject people to their horrors on the one hand and then wipe it all clean just like it never happened on the other.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magda Hassan View Post
    Yes, Peter. I heard about it on the radio a few days ago. They are planning on using it on people with PTSD. Great. So now they can subject people to their horrors on the one hand and then wipe it all clean just like it never happened on the other.
    Shock-Doctrine / Mind-Control Day After Pill
    Last edited by Peter Lemkin; 11-01-2008 at 12:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myra Bronstein View Post
    Thank you for this summary Jan.
    Your comments about Operation Phoenix reminded me of this quote from Mae Brussell (when asked about the Patty Hearst episode):

    "What we are now experiencing is the importation of the dreaded "Operation Phoenix" program into the United States. William E. Colby, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will be conducting paramilitary operations in order to escalate the necessity for martial law.

    Through various created and manipulated acts of violence, the only "solution" to "chaos, anarchy, and senseless violent acts" will be a police state. Colby's C.I.A. specialty, the "Phoenix Operation" in Southeast Asia, was known for its torture, political assassinations, mass murders (20,000 to 40,000 civilians), tiger cages, rigged elections, and slanted intelligence.

    .............(snipped)

    The Phoenix program was an indiscriminate murder program in Asia, utilizing terror and the killing of innocent people. The Hearst kidnapping is part of the Phoenix program inside the United States."
    Myra - I absolutely agree with Mae Brussell.

    I believe MK-ULTRA to be one of many parallel programmes which developed and field tested "mind control" techniques. These parallel programmes existed within different parts of the American, British and European military-multinational-intelligence complex, and sometimes spoke to each other and sometimes didn't.

    In this context, it should be noted that the later remote viewing* research had separate Army Intelligence, CIA, NSA, ONI and DIA programmes. So, to assume something as important as "mind control" would be limited to the CIA's MK-ULTRA programme is, imo, naive.

    I regard the Phoenix Program as a perfect opportunity for the black doctors & shrinks to use experimental techniques in operational conditions with zero accountability, and one that they embraced with salivating relish and a complete absence of moral conscience.

    In his excellent "The Assassinations of the 1960s as Deep Events", Prof Peter Dale Scott writes:

    I have a personal reason for my interest in CIA links to Manchurian candidates and assassinations. Some of you may recall the Symbionese Liberation Army (S.L.A.) in the 1970s, the group led by "Cinque" or Donald DeFreeze. The S.L.A. first made headlines by murdering the superintendent of the Oakland School District, Marcus Foster; it subsequently kidnapped Patty Hearst and is said to have brainwashed her. As a convict, Cinque had participated in a behavior modification program in the California Medical Facility at Vacaville state prison; and that program’s director, Colton Westbrook, subsequently applied to teach in my Department of English at UC Berkeley. The chairman asked me to peruse Westbrook’s curriculum vitae; and I immediately noticed that while in Vietnam Westbrook had worked as a civilian employee of Pacific Architects & Engineers (PA&E). PA&E was a well-known cover for the CIA in Saigon, and I so notified the Chairman. Westbrook did not get the job.
    Yes, that's right. Donald DeFreeze was part of a behaviour modification programme run in Vacaville prison by Phoenix Program veteran Colston Westbrook. DeFreeze was then allowed to escape, and formed the Symbionese Liberation Army. When he captured Patty Hearst, he did not randomly abuse her:

    For about forty days, Patty Hearst was kept in solitary confinement in the closet with no contact with the outside world. Besides profound sensory deprivation, she was subjected to food and sleep deprivation, sexual molestation, frequent interrogations and mock FBI raids staged by the SLA. During these she thought she might be killed at any time. Once out of the closet she was subjected to further interrogation and threats. Her autobiography makes it clear that the SLA used the classical techniques of thought reform, coercive persuasion, mind control, or brainwashing.
    (p195, Dr Colin Ross, The CIA Doctors)

    At Patty Hearst's trial, the expert witnesses were a veritable spook's gallery: Jolly West, Dr Martin Orne (MK-ULTRA master hypnotist), Dr Margaret Singer ("brainwashing" expert and like Orne & West, a member of the MK-ULTRA cover-up project known as the False Memory Syndrome Foundation), and Dr Robert Jay Lifton.

    Dr West testified that Patty Hearst had a new identity deliberately created by Donald DeFreeze. All four expert witnesses testified that Patty Hearst had been brainwashed using classical mind control techniques.
    (p199, Dr Colin Ross, The CIA Doctors)

    In other words, DeFreeze & the SLA had transformed heiress Patty Hearst into a Manchurian Candidate bank robber.

    Where did a street hood and unsuccessful armed robber like Donald DeFreeze learn such sophisticated programming techniques? There's only answer that makes sense to me, and its symbol is the bird that rose from the dead. As I have written in the context of Charles Manson, my conclusion is that DeFreeze was a controlled controller - created, in part, by Phoenix Program veteran Colston Westbrook.

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    *As a bizarre footnote, in 1974, the deep black remote viewing programme at Stanford Research Institute was tasked by their NSA masters with remote viewing... the SLA...

    Medical & ethical oversight for this remote viewing programme was provided by.... Dr Louis Jolyon West....

    For taking such pride in observing his creations, Jolly surely stands convicted of the Biblical sin of onanism.

    This is way way into the Twilight Zone...
    Last edited by Jan Klimkowski; 11-01-2008 at 01:23 PM.
    "It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
    "Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
    "They are in Love. Fuck the War."

    Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

    "Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
    The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war

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    To develop the theme of Jolly West's onanism, I want to speculate on quite why the SLA were chosen as a test subject for Pat Price & the NSA remote viewers.

    If DeFreeze was a controlled controller, and the SLA were a creation of Phoenix Program/MK-ULTRA programming, then they were both a deep black operation and an experimental field test. I've always assumed the SLA were monitored fairly continously, by covert surveillance. And they had strong links, and appear to have cooperated, with Jim Jones' People's Temple which still had a presence in California.

    So, what better way to test the "reliability" of remote viewing than by getting Pat Price to "observe" the SLA. After all, the data was eminently checkable and testable.
    "It means this War was never political at all, the politics was all theatre, all just to keep the people distracted...."
    "Proverbs for Paranoids 4: You hide, They seek."
    "They are in Love. Fuck the War."

    Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

    "Ccollanan Pachacamac ricuy auccacunac yahuarniy hichascancuta."
    The last words of the last Inka, Tupac Amaru, led to the gallows by men of god & dogs of war

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    Myra Bronstein Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Lemkin View Post
    Shock-Doctrine / Mind-Control Day After Pill


    You've been in top form ever since your vacation Peter.

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