More C.I.A. murders exposed

In 1953, the CIA almost certainly murdered its own employee, Frank Olson, to prevent him from revealing the truth about its widespread testing of LSD and other psychotropic drugs:

The assassination of Frank Olson achieved favorable short and mid-term goals for the CIA and its MKULTRA program. The assassination mitigated the liability posed by Olson’s disenchantment with his work. It allowed the program to continue until its reported dissolution, and it concealed the CIA’s culpability in drug and chemical experimentation on humans until the Church Commission report in 1975…

Olson knew that the CIA was being reckless (if not criminal) in its application and testing of dangerous substances to human subjects. Olson’s case represented one of hundreds of test cases conducted by the US Government at the Camp Detrick site alone. Should Olson reveal this information publicly, the whole program would crash down around Gottlieb and his associates…

After an ongoing administration of psychotropic medications under the fictional auspices of “treatment,” Frank Olson was stunned or knocked unconscious by a blow to the head administered by CIA employee, Robert Lashbrook, and thrown through a closed window to his death under the order of Vin Ruwet. This was a textbook CIA assassination and the agency kept the incident concealed long enough for evidence to fade and witnesses to die. While there are many blurry details of the case, one cannot deny the two most glaring facts about Olson’s death: he was not alone when he died, and he suffered a blow to the head before he went through the window. This was no accident or suicide.

President Ford admitted CIA culpability in Olson’s death, without confessing to murder:

In 1975, Preisdent Ford apologized to the Olson family and paid them $750,000 after admitting that days before Olson’s death, the CIA fed him LSD without his knowledge as a part of an experiment. NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that White House documents from 1975 suggest that the government settled the case to prevent the disclosure of very sensitive information concerning Frank Olson’s work at the CIA.

I mention this because we learned today of yet another apparent CIA drugging of civilians, one with lethal consequences:

In 1951, a quiet, picturesque village in southern France was suddenly and mysteriously struck down with mass insanity and hallucinations. At least five people died, dozens were interned in asylums and hundreds afflicted.

…an American investigative journalist has uncovered evidence suggesting the CIA peppered local food with the hallucinogenic drug LSD as part of a mind control experiment at the height of the Cold War.

The mystery of Le Pain Maudit (Cursed Bread) still haunts the inhabitants of Pont-Saint-Esprit, in the Gard, southeast France.

On August 16, 1951, the inhabitants were suddenly racked with frightful hallucinations of terrifying beasts and fire.

One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old tried to strangle his grandmother. Another man shouted: “I am a plane”, before jumping out of a second-floor window, breaking his legs. He then got up and carried on for 50 yards. Another saw his heart escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to put it back. Many were taken to the local asylum in strait jackets.

Time magazine wrote at the time: “Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to molten lead.”

Posted by James on Friday, March 12, 2010