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Montreal Court Case Nabs CIA for Illegal Mind-Control Experimentation

Posted in the database on Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 @ 14:05:32 MST (2075 views)
by Greg Szymanski    The Arctic Beacon  

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More than 250 unsuspecting patients eligible for compensation, according to Canadian ruling. Critics of CIA-funded mind control programs call attention to the fact they are still going on today, as referenced in declassified documents calling attention to sinister operations called Bluebird/Artichoke and MKULTRA.

A barbaric CIA-backed brainwashing experiment, used on innocent people, was at the bottom of a Montreal court decision last year, allowing 250 patients the right to seek compensation for unwillingly taking part in a sinister mind-control program.

The little known Canadian case was given hardly any attention in the American press, but provided startling evidence that as far back as 1953, the American government was covertly involved in funding devious experimental mind control techniques developed by Nazi scientists.

Evidence in the landmark federal Montreal case uncovered the use of LSD and other experimental drugs were illegally administered by Scottish doctor, Ewan Cameron, recruited by the CIA while working at McGill University in Montreal.

Now a year later after the decision, the Canadian law firm that pursued the case said it was having difficulty finding more than 200 of the known patients eligible for compensation, some being former clients who could renew their appeal.

A spokesman for the law office said originally the compensation claims were rejected by the courts 10 years ago, but the that the new ruling provides a strong message to the Canadian government that the original people who failed to receive a redress of grievances now have a strong case.

The law firm of Stein and Stein represented Gail Kastner in the landmark 2004 case who was administered electro shock treatment, LSD and other mind-altering drugs after suffering from only a mild depression.

In court documents, Kastner stated:

“Patients were awakened from drug-induced stupors three or four times a day and given numerous electro-shock treatments,” Kastner said, adding Dr. Cameron placed patients in specially designed sleep rooms, placing speakers under pillows in order to relay negative messages at least 16 hours a day.

Court documents revealed Kastner was a 19-year-old gifted honor student when she underwent the treatment at Alan Memorial Institute under Dr. Cameron’s direction, treatment designed to alter her personality not cure her depression.

Testimony also revealed when Kastner returned home after her treatment in 1953, she had drastically changed into a completely different person, demonstrating bizarre-like childish behavior.

Her behavior which included talking in baby-like sounds, urinating on the floor and demanding to be fed from bottle finally led to the break down of her marriage and being totally abandoned by her wealthy family who could no longer cope with her behavior.

The case uncovered Dr. Cameron with CIA money and Nazi technology developed a method to deprogram a person’s behavior similar to the techniques portrayed in the novel Manchurian Candidate, where people were brainwashed and reprogrammed to carry out specifically assigned tasks.

Critics of CIA involvement in torture and mind-control experimentation are pointing to this case as proof-positive that illegal brainwashing programs are still being carried out in America, the mild-altering techniques being used on unknowing and unwilling Americans for many different types of covert activities.

And dating back to the 1950’s the CIA has a long and storied involvement with mind control techniques, essentially being documented by more than 18,000 declassified pages of CIA documents on mind-control.

Most of the declassified documents were used as a basis for three books that can be considered the best references for trying to get to the bottom of the devious CIA activity.

The three books are Bluebird by Colin A. Ross MD, a leading Canadian psychiatrist; Dr. Armen Victorian's Mind Controllers; and A Nation Betrayed by recovered mind control victim Carol Rutz.

However, even though the numerous declassified documents are revealing, researchers suggest much of the more ruthless actions have been deleted from the record prior to the Freedom of Information Act release of the documents.

One of the documents released dated Jan. 7, 2005, explained the following activity being performed on two young women:

“With a section heading “Outline of Special H Cases” it describes the experimental creation of multiple personality in two 19-year old girls by the CIA. “H” is used as shorthand for hypnotic, hypnotized, or hypnotism in these documents: “These subjects have clearly demonstrated that they can pass from a fully awake state to a deep H controlled state by telephone, by receiving written matter, or by the use of code, signal, or words, and that control of those hypnotized can be passed from one individual to another without great difficulty. It has also been shown by experimentation with these girls that they can act as unwilling couriers for information purposes.”

Another even more incriminating CIA declassified document revealed the following evidence of mind control used to turn people into assassins like depicted in the movie Conspiracy Theory starring Mel Gibson:

“A declassified CIA document [8] “Hypnotic Experimentation and Research, dated February 10, 1954,” describes a simulation of relevance to the creation of unsuspecting assassins: “Miss [left out] was instructed (having previously expressed a fear of firearms in any fashion) that she would use every method at her disposal to awaken Miss [left out] (now in a deep hypnotic sleep). Failing this, she would pick up a pistol nearby and fire it at Miss [left out].

“She was instructed that her rage would be so great that she would not hesitate to “kill” [ left out] for failing to awaken. Miss [left out] carried out these suggestions to the letter including firing the (unloaded) gun at [left out] and then proceeded to fall into a deep sleep. Both were awakened and expressed complete amnesia for the entire sequence. Miss [left out] 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.”

Also of interest is the experience of mind-control victim, Carol Ruiz, author of the book A Nation Betrayed. In excerpts from her book, Rutz said:

“The CIA bought my services from my grandfather in 1952 starting at the tender age of four. Over the next 12 years, I was tested, trained, and used in various ways. Electroshock, drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and other types of trauma were used to make me compliant and split my personality (create multiple personalities for specific tasks). Each alter or personality was created to respond to a post-hypnotic trigger, then perform an act and not remember it later. This “Manchurian Candidate” program was just one of the operational uses of the mind control scenario by the CIA. Your hard-earned tax dollars supported this.

“As a survivor of CIA programs Bluebird/Artichoke and MKULTRA, I began my intense search to document some of the mind control experiments that I was made part of. Through a series of FOIA requests to various departments of the government, 48 years after I was first experimented on, I found solid proof of my memories—proof that was in the government vaults of the nearly 18,000 pages of declassified documents from the Bluebird/Artichoke and MKULTRA programs.

“One of the declassified documents states, ‘Learning studies will be instituted in which the subject will be rewarded or punished for overall performance and reinforced in various ways—with electric shock, etc. In other cases, drugs and psychological tricks will be used to modify attitudes. The experimenters will be particularly interested in dissociative states (multiple personality). An attempt will be made to induce a number of states of this kind, using hypnosis.’ The government had finally handed me the validation I had been searching for.”


From CanadianContent.net - Oct 22nd, 2004

Brainwash victims win cash claims

HUNDREDS of mentally ill patients who were subjected to barbaric CIA-funded brainwashing experiments by a Scottish doctor could be entitled to compensation following a landmark court ruling.

Doctor Ewan Cameron, who became one of the world’s leading psychiatrists, developed techniques used by Nazi scientists to wipe out the existing personalities of people in his care.

Cameron, who graduated from Glasgow University, was recruited by the CIA during the cold war while working at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

He carried out mind-control experiments using drugs such as LSD on hundreds of patients, but only 77 of them were awarded compensation.

Now a landmark ruling by a Federal Court judge in Montreal will allow more than 250 former patients, whose claims were rejected, to seek compensation.

Gail Kastner, who underwent electroshock treatment at a Montreal psychiatric institute in 1953, and whose claim was rejected 10 years ago, successfully appealed the judgment.

Last week, Alan Stein, of Montreal law firm Stein and Stein, which represented Kastner, confirmed he was in the process of contacting former clients who could now renew their appeal.

“There are about 200 people still due compensation,” he said. “This judgment should send out strong signals to the Canadian government. Those who have previously missed out should have a strong case for appealing.”

Using techniques similar to those portrayed in the celebrated novel the Manchurian Candidate, it was believed that people could be brainwashed and reprogrammed to carry out specific acts.

Cameron developed a range of depatterning “treatments” while director of the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University.

Patients were woken from drug-induced stupors two or three times a day for multiple electric shocks. In a specially designed “sleep room” made famous by Anne Collins’s book of the same name, Cameron placed a speaker under the patient’s pillow and relayed negative messages for 16 hours a day.

Kastner was a 19-year-old honours student suffering from mild depression when she first underwent “treatment” in 1953. On returning home she sucked her thumb, demanded to be fed from a bottle, talked in a baby voice and urinated on the floor.

She was ostracised by her affluent family, who were unable to cope with her changed state, and her marriage in 1955 quickly broke down due to her difficulties.

Cameron, who was born in Bridge of Allan in 1901, rose to become the first president of the World Psychiatric Association.

It took two decades and the persistence of Joseph Rauh, the distinguished American civil liberties lawyer, to uncover what happened and secure compensation for some of Cameron’s victims.


Project Bluebird

The CIA has declassified over 18,000 pages of documents on extensive mind control programs carried out since the early 1950s.

Project Bluebird was approved by the director of the CIA on April 20, 1950. In a 1951 memo, Bluebird states that practical research was to be conducted to include these specific problems:

*Can we create by post-H control an action contrary to an individual’s basic moral principles?

*Can we in a matter of an hour, two hours, one day, etc., induce an H (hypnotic) condition in an unwilling subject to such an extent that he will perform an act for our benefit?

*Could we seize a subject and in the space of an hour or two by post-H control have him crash an airplane, wreck a train, etc.?

*Can we by H and SI techniques force a subject to travel long distances, commit specified acts and return to us or bring documents or materials?

*Can we guarantee total amnesia under any and all conditions?

*Can we “alter” a person’s personality?

*Can we devise a system for making unwilling subjects into willing agents and then transfer that control to untrained agency agents in the field by use of codes or identifying signs?

*How can sodium A or P or any other sleep inducing agent be best concealed in a normal or commonplace item, such as candy, cigarettes, coffee, tea, beer, medicines?Officially, Bluebird morphed into MKULTRA and was as established on 13 April 1953, at Richard Helms’ suggestion as “ultra sensitive work.”

The operational wing of MKULTRA, known as MKDELTA, had as its mission to find out how to use chemical and biological weapon ingredients to alter the human mind. Originally established as a supplementary funding mechanism to the ARTICHOKE project, MKULTRA quickly grew into a mammoth undertaking that outflanked earlier mind control initiatives.

The focal point of MKULTRA was the use of humans as unwitting subjects (without their knowledge or consent). The CIA sponsored numerous experiments of this kind. Regardless of a report by the CIA’s Inspector General in 1963 recommending the termination of testing on unwitting subjects, future CIA Director Richard Helms continued to advocate covert testing on the grounds that “we are less capable of staying up with the Soviet advances in this field.” On the subject of moral issues, Helms commented, “we have no answer to the moral issue.”

Army doctors were actively involved in LSD testing at least until the late 1970’s. Subjects of LSD experiments included children as young as five years old, and brain electrodes were implanted in children as young as 11 years of age. Four of the CIA’s MKULTRA Subprojects were on children.

Brain electrode research was also conducted independently at Harvard by Dr. Delgado’s coauthors, Drs. Vernon Mark, Frank Ervin, and William Sweet. Mark and Ervin describe implanting brain electrodes in a large number of patients at Harvard hospitals.

A patient named Jennie was 14 years old when they put electrodes in her brain. In their book Violence and the Brain, photographs show 18-year old Julia smiling, angry, or pounding the wall depending on which button is being pushed on the transmitter box sending signals to her brain electrodes. The mind control doctors saw their patients as biological machines, a view which made them sub-human, and therefore easier to abuse in mind control experiments.

When the deployment of Cruise missiles at American bases in the UK was at its height, women peace campaigners staged a series of highly publicized peaceful protests outside the perimeter wires. In late 1985, the women in the peace camps at Greenham Common began to experience unusual patterns of illness, ranging from severe headaches, drowsiness, menstrual bleeding at abnormal times or after the onset of menopause, to bouts of temporary paralysis and faulty speech coordination.

Electronics Today magazine carried out a number of measurements, and in December 1985 published their report which concluded: “Readings taken with a wide range of signal strength meters showed marked increases in the background signal level near one of the women’s camps at a time when they claimed to be experiencing ill effects.” They noted that if the women created noise or a disturbance near the fence, the signals rose sharply.

Unsuspecting assassin

A declassified document dated February 10, 1954 describes an experiment of relevance to the creation of unsuspecting assassins: "Miss [whited out] was instructed (having previously expressed a fear of firearms) that she would use every method at her disposal to awaken Miss [whited out] (now in a deep hypnotic sleep). Failing this, she would pick up a pistol nearby and fire it at Miss [whited out].

She was instructed that her rage would be so great that she would not hesitate to "kill" [whited out] for failing to awaken. Miss [whited out] carried out these suggestions to the letter including firing the (unloaded) gun at [whited out] and then proceeded to fall into a deep sleep. After proper suggestions were made, both were awakened. Miss [whited out] expressed absolute denial that the foregoing sequence had happened."

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