Before reading this installment, we suggest you watch these horrifying clips from the 6 part documentary, Evidence of Revision, detailing the MKULTRA program and some of its applications.
On 25 June 1992, Dr. D. Corydon Hammond of the University of Utah delivered a talk at the Fourth Annual Eastern Regional Conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia. It was entitled ‘Hypnosis in MPD: Ritual Abuse‘. In it, he described a strange set of symptoms that he and other clinicians had discovered (often independently) in patients, which indicated a massive, nationwide, well-coordinated program of systematic abuse and mind control, which was often, although not always, indicated in family members of NASA, CIA and military personnel. Using ideomotor responses elicited under hypnosis, Dr. Hammond and his colleagues uncovered layers of ‘programs’ that were installed in victims (often starting in infancy) via repeated abuse (really amounting to torture), sensory deprivation, disorientation, hypnosis, hallucinogens and other drugs.
Many different layers of programming were found, each with a different purpose, e.g. sexual, suicidal (i.e., ‘self-destruct’), ritual and ‘psychic killing’ programs, as well as built-in shutdown codes, among others. Victims were also programmed with booby traps (called the ‘green bomb’), so that if they ever began to recover they would go insane. Incidentally, the number and frequency of individuals ‘going off’ and killing for no reason seems to have been increasing in recent years. Virginia Tech gunman Seung Hui Cho in 2007; Vince Li, the man who decapitated another man on a Greyhound bus in Canada in 2008; and the Fort Hood shooter(s) of 2009 are just a few examples who have made big headlines and show indications of possible mind programming.
The story Hammond pieced together in his practice goes as follows. At the end of World War II, Allen Dulles and others from the U.S. intelligence community recruited Nazi scientists and doctors who were conducting mind control research in concentration camps and brought them to the United States, where they began doing similar research for military intelligence in military hospitals. A teenager raised according to Hasidic Jewish tradition and with a background in Kabbalistic mysticism (themes from the Kabbalah turned up repeatedly in the programming), saved himself by collaborating and assisting in the death-camp experiments, and he was brought to the United States as well. The boy Americanized his name, obtained a medical degree, became a physician and continued work that appears to be at the center of cult programming today. Patients throughout the country know him by the name ‘Greenbaum’. Of course, this is just a story. Hammond apparently had no means of verifying what he was able to piece together from the victims.
According to Hammond, the purpose of this program is to create an army of Manchurian Candidates who will engage in prostitution, child pornography, drug smuggling, international arms smuggling, and other lucrative, illegal enterprises. Those at the top believe that they will eventually create a Satanic Order that will rule the world. Again, if we remove the occult gloss, this bears a striking resemblance to what has been occurring in the past decades. As I wrote about recently, there is an undeniable confluence of these crimes (arms trafficking, human trafficking, organized pedophile rings, drug running, etc.) among elite groups of highly positioned men and women. And mind control turns up repeatedly (see the literature on the Franklin scandal and the Dutroux affair, for example).
A ‘Manchurian Candidate’ is an individual who has been ‘brainwashed’ and hypnotically programmed to kill. The term comes from Richard Condon’s 1958 novel of the same name, which has been adapted twice for the big screen. As shown in the novel and films, such individuals theoretically make the perfect spies, as they would not be consciously aware of their mission, their superiors’ identities, or the acts they perform as one of their ‘alter’ personalities. They could act as foolproof assassins, couriers and informers, human tools used by those who justify their whims in the name of ‘national security’. But, as is often the case, truth is stranger than fiction. It wasn’t the Chinese or the communists trying to implement this very idea; it was the U.S.A.
The idea of brainwashing first made headlines in the 1950s as a propaganda term to describe the effects of Maoist indoctrination and torture on American GIs. The problem is, that is all that the Chinese and Russians ever did to the GIs in their custody: indoctrination and torture. All the claims of narco-hypnosis and ‘brainwashing’ were a lot of hot air. And given the CIA connections of those pushing the propaganda (i.e., Edward Hunter, author of Brainwashing in Red China), it’s telling that this is exactly what the U.S. itself was working on at the time. (See Walter Bowart’s Operation Mind Control, p. 45.) Nothing like accusing your enemy of the very things you are engaged in.
So, in an attempt to ‘keep pace’ in the mind control ‘race’, American military and intelligence agencies began a series of projects, some of which were eventually made public when the covert and illegal CIA Project MKULTRA was uncovered by the Church Committee in 1975. The program included the development of methods to manipulate human behavior (including electronic stimulation of the brain, or ESB), the attempt to create Multiple Personality Disorder in ‘subjects’, the administering of various mind-altering drugs to non-consenting victims, hypnosis, sexual abuse, and sensory deprivation (the very same practices uncovered by Hammond in his victims)1. Using a wide network of front organizations and foundations, the CIA funded this massive research project using unsuspecting subjects without their consent. Even the researchers doing the studies were often unaware they were being funded by the CIA, and their research was largely published in the open scientific literature and journals. In this way, the CIA was able to make use of an extremely large base of research (larger than they would’ve been able to procure had they only conducted top secret projects), utilizing some of the biggest and most esteemed names in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. The program was officially closed in the late 1960s, but many researchers believe other similar programs existed, and continue to be pursued.
However, the practical application of such methods started before 1950, showing that the U.S. wasn’t merely interested in ‘keeping pace’, but was actually spearheading such efforts. George Estabrooks, Rhodes scholar and psychologist, was an expert in hypnosis and worked with military intelligence during World War II. He boasted that he could “hypnotize a man – without his knowledge or consent – into committing treason against the United States.” He also wrote that he had successfully induced multiple personality disorder in subjects and that it “has and is being done.” In fact, the open literature records successful induction of MPD in groups of children (see Jerry Leonard’s book, The Perfect Assassin, for references). Dave McGowan writes that in his book, Hypnotism:
… Estabrooks candidly acknowledges that his “main interest has always been the military application of hypnosis.” … What is needed is a subject suffering from what used to be termed Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), and what is now termed Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This condition can already exist within the subject or can be created by the ‘therapist.’ In all cases, however, the condition is created by severe trauma – so severe in fact that the traumatic episode cannot be integrated into the experiences of the core personality.
Far and away the most common cause of MPD is early childhood abuse, often – but not always – inflicted by a parent or other adult guardian. As Dr. Frank Putnam stated in 1989: “I am struck by the quality of extreme sadism that is reported by most MPD victims. Many multiples have told me of being sexually abused by groups of people, of being forced into prostitution by family members, or of being offered as sexual enticement to their mother’s boyfriends. After one has worked with a number of MPD patients, it becomes obvious that severe, sustained, and repetitive child abuse is a major element in the creation of MPD.” …
Elsewhere, Estabrooks acknowledges that he himself had written previously that: “everyone could be thrown into the deepest state of hypnotism by the use of what [I] termed the Russian method – no holds barred, deliberate disintegration of the personality by psychic torture … The subject might easily be left a mental wreck but war is a grim business.”
… Estabrooks also notes that children make especially good subjects, given that they “are notoriously easy to hypnotize.” This is a nice way of saying that children are particularly vulnerable to abuse and have more of a tendency to dissociate traumatic experiences, thereby creating alter identities that can then be exploited and controlled. (‘Mind Control 101‘)
A 7 January 1953 CIA document describes the creation of MPD in young women and states “these girls … can act as unwilling couriers for information purposes.” A document from a year later describes a successful experiment in which a hypnotized woman was made to fire an unloaded pistol at a colleague (which she believed to be loaded), and her complete amnesia of the event. All of this is just to say, mind control isn’t necessarily the ‘loony’ idea it’s generally made out to be. Personally, when I first encountered the ideas, I thought it sounded like something out of a bad sci-fi movie: somewhat over-the-top and kind of ridiculous. But after reading up on it, now I’m not so sure of myself. As crazy as it may sound at first, this type of ‘research’ has been actively pursued by military-intelligence agencies for generations, seemingly with much success. Just think of the advantages such procedures offer an up-and-coming cloak-and-dagger type: couriers of sensitive information can be hypnotically induced to experience selective amnesia, so that even they would be unaware of the sensitive information they carried; double agents could be programmed with multiple personalities to truly believe they are defectors, gaining the trust of foreign governments or leadership positions in subversive organizations, which could then be derailed, providing the excuse to subsequently ‘neutralize’ such groups; assassins and covert operatives could be programmed to be unaware of previous or current missions, thus withstanding torture and interrogation and not spilling the beans of precious information pertaining to ‘national security’. (Check out some of the books listed below to get up to speed on the subject. For example, Walter Bowart provides some interesting case studies of individuals who were conditioned to be hypnotic couriers for the CIA.)
On 31 July 1999, Laura asked about the Greenbaum material specifically:
Q: The Greenbaum material says that there was a Jewish boy brought to America and trained as a doctor who became this infamous Dr. Greenbaum. Is that true?
A: No. “Green” is an alias, or more accurately, a pseudonym for multiple persons engaged in mind control efforts.
In Jim Marrs’ 2008 book, The Rise of the Fourth Reich, he writes:
According to former U.S. military intelligence agent Lyn Buchanan [in a 2007 interview with Marrs], who at one time trained the U.S. Army’s remote viewers, the Nazis formed a unit of psychics and called it Doktor Gruenbaum. This name was for the psychic project, not a person, although apparently a German psychic who assumed the name Gruenbaum may have lived in the United States after the war. The name Gruenbaum, or green tree, apparently was a reference to the green-tree symbol in the Cabala, which relates to the “tree of knowledge” in the Garden of Eden. (pp. 180-181)
Neither Buchanan nor Marrs mentions Hammond’s ‘Greenbaum’ lecture or a possible connection with mind control research, so it’s uncertain if they were aware of a possible connection. What is interesting is the reference to Gruenbaum as a group engaged in psychic/mystical pursuits, as well as the presence of a Gruenbaum in America, both of which match the story provided by Hammond. With this in mind, consider the following from the Cs session on 5 October 1996:
A: Now, some history … as you know, the CIA and NSA and other agencies are the children of Nazi Gestapo … the SS, which was an experiment influenced by Antareans who were practicing for the eventual reintroduction of the Nephalim on to 3rd and/or 4th density earth. And the contact with the “Antareans” was initiated by the Thule Society, which groomed its dupe subject, Adolph Hitler to be the all-time mind programmed figurehead. Now, in modern times, you have seen, but so far on a lesser scale, Oswald, Ruby, Demorenschildt, Sirhan Sirhan, James Earl Ray, Arthur Bremer, Farakhan, Menendez, Bundy, Ramirez, Dahmer, etc…
Jim Marrs confirms some of these details given by the Cs, with some suggestive details pertaining to other comments as well. For example, the Thule Society was a German group of intellectuals with interest in the occult, politics and race mysticism. The group served as a front for the German Order, patterned after the old Teutonic Knights, and was instrumental in the formation and funding of the German Workers Party. Hitler first made contact with members of the Thule Society when he was twenty-nine. Marrs writes:
Author Joseph P. Farrell stated that the covert connections of [Dietrich] Eckart [publisher of occult literature, Thule member, and Nazi] and future deputy fuehrer Martin Bormann support the idea “that Hitler was deliberately manipulated and placed into power, and secretly manipulated behind the scenes by more powerful forces than even he wielded, and, when he had served his purpose, was deliberately sabotaged and cast aside.” (pp. 18-21)
Such groups were “concerned with raising their consciousness by means of rituals to an awareness of evil and non-human Intelligences in the Universe and with achieving a means of communication with these Intelligences. And the Master-Adept of this circle was Dietrich Eckart [the man Hitler called "spiritual founder of National Socialism"],” noted [Trevor] Ravenscroft. Hitler wrote of his own occult experiences as a solider in World War I: “I often go on bitter nights, to Wotan’s oak in the quiet glade, with dark powers to weave a union.” … “The more sophisticated versions of the legend of Thule only gradually developed in the hands of Dietrich Eckart and General Karl Haushofer, and were later refined and extended under the direction of Reichsfuehrer SS Heinrich Himmler, who terrorized a large section of the German academic world into lending a professional hand at perpetuating the myth of German racial superiority.” … Haushofer … was a member of the mysterious Vril, an occult society that practiced telepathy and telekinesis.
It is surmised that it was perhaps through such occult practices that psychic contact was made with nonhuman intelligences … Nazi occult researcher Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke … wrote that the power that motivated the occultists surrounding Hitler and Himmler “is characterized either as a discarnate entity (e.g., ‘black forces,’ ‘invisible hierarchies,’ ‘unknown superiors’), or as a magical elite in a remote age or distant location, with which the Nazis were in contact.” (pp. 179-180)
In their book Morning of the Magicians, Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier write the following:
Hitler was talking one day to Rauschning, the Governor of Danzig, about the problem of a mutation of the human race. Rauschning, not possessing the key to such strange preoccupations, interpreted Hitler’s remarks in terms of a stock-breeder interested in the amelioration of German blood.
‘But all you can do,’ he replied, ‘is to assist Nature and shorten the road to be followed! It is Nature herself who must create for you a new species. Up till now the breeder has only rarely succeeded in developing mutations in animals – that is to say, creating himself new characteristics.’
‘The new man is living amongst us now! He is here!’ exclaimed Hitler, triumphantly. ‘Isn’t that enough for you? I will tell you a secret. I have seen the new man. He is intrepid and cruel. I was afraid of him.’
‘In uttering these words,’ added Rauschning, ‘Hitler was trembling in a kind of ecstasy.’
It was Rauschning, too, who related the following strange episode, about which Dr. Achille Delmas, a specialist in applied psychology, questioned him in vain: It is true that in a case like this psychology does not apply:
‘A person close to Hitler told me that he wakes up in the night screaming and in convulsions. He calls for help, and appears to be half paralysed. He is seized with a panic that makes him tremble until the bed shakes. He utters confused and unintelligible sounds, gasping, as if on the point of suffocation. The same person described for me one of these fits, with details that I would refuse to believe had I not complete confidence in my informant.
‘Hitler was standing up in his room, swaying and looking all round him as if he were lost. “It’s he, it’s he,” he groaned’ “he’s come for me!” His lips were white; he was sweating profusely. Suddenly he uttered a string of meaningless figures, then words and scraps of sentences. It was terrifying. He used strange expressions strung together in bizarre disorder. Then he relapsed again into silence, but his lips still continued to move. He was then given a friction and something to drink. Then suddenly he screamed: “There! there! Over in the corner! He is there!” – all the time stamping with his feet and shouting. To quieten him he was assured that nothing extraordinary had happened, and finally he gradually calmed down. After that he slept for a long time and became normal again …’ [Hermann Rauschning: Hitler m'a dit. Ed. Co-operation, Paris, 1939. Dr. Achille Delmas: 'Hitler, essai de biographie psycho-pathologique'. Lib. Marcel Rivimere, Paris, 1946.] (pp. 149-150)
Marrs also describes the well-documented Project Paperclip, a Joint Chiefs of Staff operation where Nazi scientists were swept up after the war and brought to the United States (e.g., Wernher von Braun, of NASA fame), the first of which arrived on U.S. soil just twelve days after Germany’s surrender. The project was still going full steam in 1973. (Marrs, pp. 149-150) Then there are the well-documented ties between members of the American elite (businessmen, industrialists and politicians) and the German Reich. For example, Prescott Bush (W’s granddaddy) and George Herbert Walker both served on the directors’ board for the Union Banking Corporation (UBC), which had its shares seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act for their collusion with the Nazis. Both men were also members of the Council on Foreign Relations. And their lawyers? Allen and John Foster Dulles. Marrs documents this and more in his book. (pp. 116-117)
Allen Dulles, of course, became the third Director of Central Intelligence of the CIA, which itself was formed, along with the DOD, NSC, and Air Force as a result of Eisenhower’s National Security Act in 1947. (The DOD, in turn, led to the creation of the NSA’s predecessor, the AFSA, in 1949.) Dulles pops up again and again in these Nazi connections. For example, he smuggled Nazi money and war criminals out of Germany and made Reinhard Gehlen, who had an extensive Nazi spy network during the war, head of the CIA’s departments of Russian and East European affairs. (Marrs, pp. 138, 145) In fact, MKULTRA was Dulles’ brainchild. Marrs writes:
It should come as no surprise that the men behind the documented CIA mind control projects – MKULTRA, ARTICHOKE, BLUEBIRD, MKDELTA, etc. – had received Nazi medical science passed along by Paperclip doctors and their protégés. The infusion of Nazi mind control specialists within the fledgling CIA results in Project MKULTRA … (p. 194)
Besides Dulles, three other names listed by the Cs as mind control victims – Oswald, Ruby, and De Mohrenschildt – were also connected to the assassination of JFK. In his classic (and hard-to-find) 1978 book, Operation Mind Control, investigative journalist Walter Bowart deals with mind control and Manchurian candidates in depth. He has a lot to say about these individuals, as well as Sirhan Sirhan (the ‘lone assassin’ of Robert Kennedy) and James Earl Ray (the ‘lone assassin’ of Martin Luther King). Let’s take a brief look at each of the individuals mentioned by the Cs in turn. The material on each is pretty extensive, so I’ll just focus on what I consider to be some of the most interesting points and refer to other sources for those who want to look into the subject in depth.
Lee, Jack, and George
This trio of characters had their fair share of CIA and FBI connections. Ruby, who claimed shortly after killing Oswald that he was part of a much bigger conspiracy involving people in high places, was an FBI informant in 1959 (revealed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and which Hoover managed to get kept out of the Warren Commission reports), with close ties to the Mob and CIA-backed anti-Castro groups. De Mohrenschildt, one of Oswald’s only ‘friends’ in Dallas (and a most unlikely one at that), was directly involved with the CIA (as revealed by the House Select Committee on Assassinations) and just so happened to have George Bush Sr.’s (also CIA) name and phone number in his address book. De Mohrenschildt conveniently shot himself the day before he was called to testify before the Committee on Assassinations about his relationship with Oswald. He related to Edward Jay Epstein that he had been instructed by a CIA man, J. Walter Moore, to keep in contact with Oswald.
Oswald himself was under constant CIA surveillance from the time of his ‘defection’ to the Soviet Union until the assassination, with his mail being read and phone calls monitored. But he was never debriefed by the CIA upon his return to the States, despite the fact that he had sensitive information regarding U-2 spy-plane operations and offered this information to the Soviets. This fact, among others, led researcher John Newman to conclude that Oswald was acting as a double agent, perhaps in an effort to assess how much information the Soviets already had on the subject, and to identify the location of a suspected mole who was already feeding U-2 secrets to the Soviets. The U-2 pilot shot down in the USSR while Oswald was still there, Gary Powers, even blamed Oswald for giving the Soviets the information necessary to shoot him down (which is very interesting in light of the case advanced in The Secret Team by L. Fletcher Prouty that Powers’s plane was brought down in a deliberate effort to sabotage a peace conference between Eisenhower and Khrushchev). And a document concealed from the Warren Commission, released in 1976 via FOIA, shows that Allen Dulles “had secretly coached the CIA on how the Agency should deny having any connection with Oswald. According to one of the memos, Dulles strongly recommended that the CIA Director Helms deny under oath that the CIA had any material in its files which suggested an Agency relationship with Oswald” (Bowart, p. 188).
Oswald defected in 1959 after serving Marine duty in Japan (the base at which he was stationed being one of the CIA’s main overseas stations and also a center for MKULTRA LSD research), the same year the famous double agent code-named ‘Wallflower’ (Dave Cassidy) was chosen from a pool of ‘retired’ military men previously stationed in Japan to gather intelligence in, and feed disinformation to, the Soviet Union. Upon his return to the States, Oswald’s involvement in pro-communist and pro-Castro groups in New Orleans just happened to justify the CIA’s (illegal) domestic spying operations. Oswald (and others like him), with his communist ties and known defector status, served to link together various groups on the CIA’s watch-list (e.g., the ACLU and FPCC) and provide a paper trail of ties with the U.S. Communist Party. These groups and others would later be targeted during the wave of protest and anti-war sentiment at the height of the Vietnam War, in the FBI’s COINTELPRO and CIA’s MERRIMAC and CHAOS operations, which had the purpose of spying on, infiltrating, discrediting, and neutralizing existing anti-war and civil-rights groups, as well as creating them as controlled opposition for the same purposes. The FBI became particularly notorious for this: infiltrating such groups with fake ‘communists’, then using their presence as justification for further monitoring and infiltration.
Are we beginning to see an M.O. to the CIA’s operations here? Want to illegally spy on domestic groups critical of corrupt elites with entrenched power and thereby neutralize any possible legitimate source of dissent and threat to your power base? Simply plant your own ‘communist agents’, claim communist infiltration, and propose domestic spying in order to ‘root out’ the damned commies. It’s classic problem-reaction-solution. Better yet, get your agents provocateur to engage in illegal and violent actions, thus discrediting the groups in question in the eyes of the public and justifying a well-deserved crackdown. Oswald likely played this role in the lead-up to the assassination, infiltrating pro-Cuba groups for the purpose of spying on and discrediting them. Leonard’s book contains all the details. Needless to say, Oswald was in all likelihood CIA, plain and simple. The question is, was he even aware of it?
The description of Oswald’s post-defection actions bear a striking resemblance to the scenario Estabrooks proposed for the creation of a ‘super spy’, as well as MKULTRA plans and research. Leonard quotes Estabrooks:
We start with an excellent subject, and he must be just that, one of those rare individuals who accepts and who carries through every suggestion without hesitation. … Then we start to develop a case of multiple personality through the use of hypnotism. In his normal waking state, which we will call Personality A, or PA, this individual will become a rabid communist. He will join the party, follow the party line and make himself as objectionable as possible to the authorities. Note that he will be acting in good faith. He is a communist, or rather his PA is a communist and will behave as such. Then we develop Personality B (PB), the secondary personality, the unconscious personality, if you wish, although this is somewhat of a contradiction in terms. This personality is rabidly American and anti-communist. It has all the information possessed by PA, the normal personality, whereas PA does not have this advantage. My super spy plays his role as a communist in his waking state, aggressively, consistently, fearlessly. But his PB is a loyal American, and PB has all the memories of PA. As a loyal American, he will not hesitate to divulge those memories, and needless to say we will make sure he has the opportunity to do so when occasion demands. … Once again these people would have a great advantage over ordinary “informers.” Convinced of their innocence, they would play the fifth column role with the utmost sincerity, and as mentioned before this conviction of innocence would probably be their greatest protection. Again, if suspected, no one could obtain from them any useful information. Only a very few key people could throw them into the trance and, without this, any attempt to get information would be useless. (pp. 13-14)
Leonard also quotes John Marks’ book on MKULTRA:
According to a CIA document, the subject was to be a 35-year-old, well-educated foreigner who had once worked for a friendly secret service, probably the CIA itself. He had not shifted his loyalty to another government, and the CIA was quite upset with him. The Agency plan was to hypnotize him and program him into making an assassination attempt. He would then be arrested at the least for attempted murder and “thereby disposed of.” (p. 45)
This scenario closely resembles the one mentioned in a 1954 CIA memo, with possible implications for Oswald’s role in the JFK assassination. The memo proposed: “Can an individual of [redacted] descent be made to perform an act of attempted assassination involuntarily under the influence of ARTICHOKE?” [Artichoke being the CIA code name for a study program of interrogation techniques with reference to mind control.]
As a “trigger mechanism” for a bigger project, it was proposed that an individual of ****** descent, approximately 35 years old, well educated, proficient in English and well established socially and politically in the ******* Government be induced under ARTICHOKE to perform an act, involuntarily, of attempted assassination against a prominent ****** politician or if necessary, against an American official.* [handwritten footnote reads "simulation only"] … After the act of attempted assassination was performed, it was assumed that the SUBJECT would be taken into custody by the *** Government and thereby “disposed of.”
Estabrooks and MKULTRA researchers had even proposed using mind-controlled assassins for anti-Castro operations. And Oswald just happened to be connected in New Orleans with a CIA/assassin/anti-Castro exile, Carlos Bringuier, offering him his ex-Marine expertise, as well as a Mob assassin hired by the CIA to kill Castro.
As a Marine, Oswald would have probably received his training/programming under the auspices of the Navy, which had an intensive assassin-training program, revealed by U.S. Navy psychologist, Lt. Commander Dr. Thomas Narut in the ’70s. (Oswald’s psych evaluations labeled him as having schizoid tendencies; in other words, he was good assassin material.) Estabrooks had Naval Intelligence connections (and also boasted of successfully programming one Marine as a double agent), as did Guy Banister, the ex-FBI-turned-anti-Castro-agent whose address Oswald listed on his infamous pro-Castro pamphlets. Then there are Oswald’s ties to ex-CIA-pilot and hypnosis aficionado David Ferrie. According to the House Assassinations Committee, Ferrie frequently performed hypnosis on his young recruits in the Civil Air Patrol, where Oswald was stationed in the ’50s.
According to journalist Willem Oltmans (and confirmed by de Mohrenschildt’s lawyer, Pat Russell), de Mohrenschildt had confessed to him that he knew of an assassination plot before the fact, and planned to publish a book about what he knew. Oltmans later released portions of an interview with de Mohrenschildt. Among the fragments: de Mohrenschildt had known Oswald during “the years when Oswald’s brain was being programmed toward the murder of the century.” He also told Oltmans that “I was drugged surreptitiously [after revealing certain FBI and CIA-connected names in a book manuscript after the assassination]. As a result I was committed to a mental hospital. I was there eight weeks and was given electric shocks and as a consequence I sometimes forget certain details temporarily …” As a result of this ‘treatment’, he “tried to commit suicide five times … One of these days I will put a revolver to my head …” (Bowart, pp. 202-203). Well, he was wrong about that. It was a shotgun.
When the House Committee on Assassinations went to follow up on information from Oltmans, de Mohrenschildt was found dead. He had shot himself during a break while being interviewed by Edward Jay Epstein for his book, The Legend of Lee Harvey Oswald. Bowart writes, “De Mohrenschildt’s daughter, Alexandra, told Epstein that she believes her father took his own life after having had a post-hypnotic suggestion triggered by a voice over the telephone in his room.” (p. 204)
Speaking of post-hypnotic triggers, here’s some more of what the Cs had to say on the subject, from the same session as the list above:
A: … you must know that Oswald was programmed to be the “patsy.” So that he would say many contradictory things. Demorenschildt was both a programmer and programmed. Ruby was hypnotically programmed to shoot Oswald, with an audio prompt, that being the sound of a car horn. [The car horn is audible in the video recording of the shooting.]
As for Jack Ruby, there are witnesses who claim to have seen Oswald at Ruby’s nightclub. Ruby, of course, “disposed of” Oswald while the latter was in custody, and before a proper investigation could establish his guilt or innocence. In his rambling testimony to Earl Warren he expressed his fear of his family being tortured and mutilated if he shared details relating to his motivations for killing Oswald, and said “I have been used for a purpose, and there will be a certain tragic occurrence happening if you don’t take my testimony.” He also shared his belief that “a whole new form of government is going to take over our country” (p. 199-200) A ‘trigger mechanism’ for a ‘bigger project’, perhaps? The one major journalist to interview Ruby in prison was Dorothy Kilgallen, in 1965, after which she said she had evidence that would “blow the JFK case sky high.” Days later, she was dead of an apparent suicide, her apartment ransacked and the interview transcripts missing.
There’s little doubt that a cover-up took place following the assassination of Robert Kennedy (see Allen Branson’s in-depth report, beginning here). LA police browbeat and coerced witnesses, including Sandra Serrano, who was one of several to see Sirhan in the company of another man and a lady in a polka-dot dress at the scene of the shooting. Her interrogator was one Hank Hernandez, who returned from working from a CIA front company just in time for the investigation. The polka-dot dress woman was also seen after the shooting and heard by at least two witnesses (including Serrano) to exclaim gleefully, “We shot him. We shot him.” Police also destroyed evidence of additional bullet holes in the Ambassador Hotel pantry where Kennedy was shot, and the autopsy report showing the Kennedy had been shot from behind and at point-blank range (Sirhan was several feet in front of Kennedy for the entire shooting) was not allowed to be used in Sirhan’s trial. They even tried to get the coroner who conducted the autopsy to change his report so that it meshed with their story. Needless to say, more than one gun was fired that day, and those responsible for firing the extra shots were never brought to justice.
Now, Sirhan never denied shooting Kennedy. He took others’ word that he had done it, but remembered nothing of the shooting itself; just being at the hotel, then being wrestled down after the shooting. Both the prosecution and defense established the reality of his inexplicable amnesia of the actual shooting. In custody, he suffered from dizziness and stomach cramps (as did Candy Jones and Luis Angel Castillo, also included in Bowart’s book), and would stare into the mirror for hours. He was soon found to be a perfect hypnotic subject and the defense psychiatrist believed that Sirhan had self-programmed himself in deep trance states to commit the murder. The only problem was, he had no motive. Sirhan was not political, and even expressed sadness for Kennedy’s death and shame for his own actions, which ran counter to his values.
Several notebooks were found in Sirhan’s residence. One entry was used as proof of premeditation at his trial:
“May 18 9:45 A.M. – 68. My determination to eliminate RFK is becoming more the more of an unshakable obsession … RFK must die – RFK must be killed Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated RFK must be assassinated RFK must be assassinated … Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated before 5 June 1968 Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated I have never heard please pay to the order of of of of of of of of of of this or that please pay to the order of …” (Bowart, p. 216)
Sirhan could not remember writing these notebooks, and the resemblance of this entry to posthypnotic commands should be obvious. The strange circumstances of the case have led several researchers, including Dr. Philip Melanson, author of The Robert Kennedy Assassination; Dr. Herbert Spiegel (Columbia University Medical School), expert on hypnotism; and Sirhan’s current lawyers, William F. Pepper and Laurie D. Dusek, among others (some of whom are included in Bowart’s book) to the conclusion that Sirhan was not self-programmed; he was programmed as a Manchurian candidate by other forces for the express purpose of assassinating Kennedy. From a recent article on the case:
According to the new pleadings, “[Sirhan] was an involuntary participant in the crimes being committed because he was subjected to sophisticated hypno-programing and memory implantation techniques which rendered him unable to consciously control his thoughts and actions at the time the crimes were being committed.”
Anticipating the skeptical firewall that the phrase “hypno-programming” raises in many inquiring minds, the filings also maintain that, “The public has been shielded from the darker side of the practice. The average person is unaware that hypnosis can and is used to induct antisocial conduct in humans.”
… According to Dr. Richard Kluft, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Temple University and the past-president of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the scenario that Sirhan’s legal team advances is “certainly within the realm of plausibility.”
To put the seemingly far-fetched theory into context, Kluft notes that it is undisputed and freely available information that U.S. government security agencies have extensively researched the possibility of creating so-called “hypnotic assassins” and “hypnotic couriers.” (A hypnotic courier would theoretically memorize a classified message while under hypnosis and then only be able to retrieve that information if provided with the proper post-hypnotic cue by the message’s intended recipient, thus eliminating the possibility that the agent could divulge the information if captured and tortured.) Information on whether and how covert organizations have put the findings of their hypnosis research – such as that conducted in the CIA’s allegedly discontinued human experimentation program MKULTRA – to use, however, is harder to obtain.
According to Kluft, it is not possible to hypnotize someone to do something that obviously violates their beliefs or desires. In hypnosis, though, context is everything. Say, for example, an unethical hypnotist wanted to hypnotize a suggestible vegetarian to eat a steak. If the hypnotist simply put the vegetarian into a state of hypnosis and then presented him or her with a steak, identified it as a steak, and told the person to eat it, the hypnotized vegetarian would almost certainly refuse.
But if the hypnotist put a vegetarian into a state of hypnosis and then made repeated misleading suggestions that in a short period of time a waiter would deliver a mouth-watering, mock-meat, soy-based protein slab that would be both delicious and meat-free, and then proceeded to order genuine filet mignon, the vegetarian would probably be more amenable to taking a bite.
The very uncomfortable and very serious question, then, is whether an exceptionally suggestible human brain, manipulated in just the right way, might be seduced by its delusions into committing an act far beyond the violation of a dietary code – namely, gunning down a gifted politician in the early stages of an auspicious bid for the American presidency. …
As this CNN article mentions, associate clinical professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Daniel Brown, claims that after extensive interviews with Sirhan, he “now remembers that when he fired his shots in the pantry he believed he was at a gun range and shooting at circular targets”. It also details other new developments in the case, including evidence of crossfire in the pantry and fraud in the original investigation.
James Earl Ray
Compared to the assassinations of JFK and RFK, I had little knowledge of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. until recently. I can only recommend that readers in a similar situation watch Evidence of Revision to get up to speed. Just as with the other assassinations, what really happened on April 4, 1968 bears little resemblance to what has been handed down as the official story. Again, witnesses whose accounts disagreed with the official narrative were ignored or otherwise ‘disposed of’. There was no evidence linking the accused’s rifle to the shooting itself, which was obviously planted to incriminate James Earl Ray. This and other planted evidence were taken at face value, backed up by a single witness who was dead drunk at the time, and Ray’s lawyer seemed intent on sabotaging the case, coercing Ray into a guilty plea, which he later recanted. Ray’s connections to a mysterious ‘Raoul’ were ignored, as were Ray’s curious access to money, vehicles and forged IDs. (Incidentally, William Pepper, Sirhan’s current lawyer, has researched the King Assassination since 1978, as well as being Ray’s lawyer, and Martin Luther King’s family fully supports his conviction that James Earl Ray was framed.)
One of those IDs identified him as one ‘Eric S. Galt’, the name under which Ray rented the room in the Lorraine Motel from which officials said the fatal shot was fired. According to Ray, he thought he was in town for a weapons deal arranged by Raoul. He had been instructed by Raoul to buy the rifle, and was driving around the neighborhood when he heard over the radio that police were searching for a man matching his description. He fled to Canada, then the UK, and the rest is history. But what is interesting is the Galt connection. All four of Ray’s recurring aliases were real people living close together in Toronto. And they all resembled Ray. Galt (who happened to have been a sharpshooter in Rhodesia) not only bore a striking physical resemblance to Ray, but they also shared visible scars: on the forehead, on the right hand, and one, from plastic surgery, on the nose (Ray, using Galt’s name, had plastic surgery performed on his nose one month before the assassination). And Ray shadowed Galt on trips to various Canadian cities, including Ottawa and Montreal, always staying in close proximity.
So how did Ray procure this ‘intelligence’ on Galt for so close a match? Galt thinks Ray must have had assistance, and it turns out that Galt’s information was held in a top-secret file for his work on a defense contract. According to Fletcher Prouty, these files would have been easily available to US intelligence, which keeps records on everyone involved in their defense contracts. Needless to say, this all suggests there was more to Ray (and ‘Raoul’) than meets the eye. Curiously, Ray had been hypnotized before, by psychologist Mark Freeman, who found him to be a good hypnotic subject (as was the case with Sirhan) and, like Oswald, displayed behavior that was contradictory. In general, he was shy, reserved, and passive, but while in LA, he was outgoing, aggressive, vain about his appearance, and a fervent campaigner for George Wallace.
Arthur Bremer took four shots at the same Mr. Wallace on May 15, 1972. As with Sirhan and Kennedy, the trajectory of bullets and number of wounds to Wallace and bystanders suggest more than one shooter. And assassination researcher Lisa Pease doesn’t rule out the possibility of hypnotic programming, citing Bremer’s odd behavior before and during the assassination. He also climbed around his jail cell like a monkey, just as Sirhan had done. Now, how’s this for a string of coincidences? Bremer’s brother worked at the horse stables in Santa Ana, California, the same stables frequented by Sirhan before the assassination (workers saw him there just a few days before). Witnesses also frequently saw Sirhan in the presence of fundamentalist preacher Jerry Owen, who had a ranch close by the stables, and who told the owner of the stables he knew a guy named ‘Sirhan’ who was good with horses (Sirhan had worked at the Santa Anita stables in Arcadia for a couple years). Now, William Joseph Bryan Jr., expert hypnotist, self-proclaimed advisor on the film version of the Manchurian Candidate, known sex offender, fundamentalist preacher, and sometimes CIA/MKULTRA consultant, preached the same circuit as Jerry Owen. He was also famous for procuring the confession of Albert DeSalvo (the ‘Boston Strangler’) via hypnosis. And in Sirhan’s trance-induced journals, we find the following line: “God help me…please help me. Salvo Di Di Salvo Die S Salvo.” Lisa Pease writes that “Just hours after [Robert Kennedy's] assassination, famed hypnotist Dr. William Joseph Bryan was on the Ray Briem show for KABC radio, and mentioned offhandedly that Sirhan was likely operating under some form of posthypnotic suggestion.” He also allegedly bragged to prostitutes that he programmed Sirhan. Judging from Bryan’s history, he seems like the type …
To be honest, I haven’t looked too deeply into Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. However, from what I’ve read, a few things stand out. First of all, there’s his alleged involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X, for which he has apparently admitted being involved to some extent or another, although he seems to vacillate on the topic. Then there’s the fact that he claims to be an alien abductee. That opens a whole other can of worms, but for the meantime, let me just say that I wouldn’t be surprised if many memories of alien abductions are screen memories for mind control (and maybe even vice versa (yeah, I know, it’s complicated!)).
If Farrakhan were a Manchurian candidate, it would make sense from another angle. As Jerry Leonard shows in his book, the CIA has a long history of not only infiltrating groups that get on their nerves; but also creating them out of whole cloth as a form of controlled opposition. To counter the spread of communist leftist groups, they created a series of non-communist leftist groups (both at home and abroad). In fact, they created an entire leftist culture, funding and controlling ‘leftist’ media outlets, intellectuals, politicians, and even shaping trends in film and art (abstract expressionism made a nice contrast to Soviet realism). The foreign groups also came in handy whenever the CIA wanted to stage a coup; their ‘opposition’ was ready to step in. As Leonard writes:
These activities allowed the CIA to manipulate groups and even national governments into leftist behavior that it could control, thus blunting independent leftist behavior that was outside of its control or allegedly under the Soviets’ control. In other words, to control the “real” left, the CIA created leftist movements of its own design that would remain under its own influence. (note #255)
Might the Nation of Islam fall under this category? And might the assassination of Malcolm X been one of their ‘coups’? The very first African-American FBI special agent, James Wormley Jones, was assigned to infiltrate the Universal Negro Improvement Association under the leadership of Marcus Garvey… in 1919! It looks to me as though the black pride movement was co-opted long ago, especially given the current ‘Islamic=terrorist’ propaganda …
Another Kind of (Lone) Nut
There’s something about America. For a so-called ‘first-world’ country, it’s curious that the States have the highest number of assassinated political figures of any country: 39 (including 4 presidents), just ahead of Sri Lanka (32), India (29), Russia (28) and Afghanistan (26). It also leads the chart for documented serial killers, by far: 219, followed by the UK with 52. How’s that for the land of the free and home of the brave? If it were strictly a natural phenomenon with a normal distribution, you might expect India or China to have a lot more serial killers, but their figures are paltry compared to the States: 9 and 6, respectively. So what is it about the US and lone nuts going off killing people? And whereas lone nuts tend to get much publicity and highly visible trials, why is it that organized pedophile/torture/murder groups, like the Finders and the Franklin group tend to get off scot-free (not to mention CIA assassins and other players of such intelligence-related ‘fun and games’)?
Well, if Dave McGowan (and the Cs, incidentally) are correct, it may have something to do with the distinctly American tradition of mind control. McGowan, in his book Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder, argues that serial killers are probably Manchurian candidates of a different sort: a psychological operation designed to instill a ‘law-and-order mentality’ in civilians via systematic terrorization, much like ‘false-flag’ operations tend to do. It’s like the Phoenix Program writ large upon the American public. After all, the only solution to social chaos is a strong government and police force, right? And what better way to cover up possible assassinations than to add them to the list of victims of some lone nut serial killer? Tagging on a slew of unsolved homicides isn’t so hard in such circumstances. And they tend to divert attention away from those ‘pillars of the community’ who engage in equally atrocious acts. Maybe that’s the purpose?
What McGowan shows in his book is pretty damning: serial killers with high-level intelligence, military, and political connections (including those involved in pedophile rings), one case of documented MKULTRA research (on Gary Heidnik), mystifying leniency in some cases, and fabricated evidence and sham trials in others. Far from the ‘lone nuts’ that the media presents them as, many of the killers we’ve heard about in all likelihood had accomplices, and rather than having an obsessively rigid M.O., tended to use weapons of opportunity or inflicted execution-style gunshots to the head. I won’t go into the details for each of the killers mentioned (this is getting long enough already), but instead suggest you just read the book. It’s really good, despite some flaws (McGowan tends to harp on the occult angle, and is dismissive of psychopathy). Needless to say, you won’t look at serial murder the same way again.
A Final Thought
Most of this article has dealt with propaganda of a bygone era. The Cold War is over, replaced by the Global War on Terror™, complete with shadowy groups of Islamic terrorists, ‘sleeper cells’, ‘suicide bombers’, and endless wars waged against an enemy without a nation. How convenient. But I think this recent history provides some much-needed perspective for understanding what is happening today. Just 50 years ago, the CIA and others were creating fake opposition groups, infiltrating real ones, programming fake ‘commie’ assassins, controlling the media, stage-managing political events, and killing a whole lot of people in the process. Do you really think anything has changed?
If we simply replace ‘communist’ with ‘terrorist’ in any of the scenarios mentioned above, I think we’ll come to a much closer picture of what is really going on in the world today. Think about it. To paraphrase an earlier paragraph:
Are we beginning to see an M.O. to the CIA’s operations here? Want to illegally spy on domestic groups critical of corrupt elites with entrenched power and thereby neutralize any possibly legitimate source of dissent and threat to your power base? Simply plant your own ‘[Islamic] agents’, claim [terrorist] infiltration, and propose domestic spying in order to ‘root out’ the damned [homegrown terrorists]. It’s classic problem-reaction-solution. Better yet, get your agents provocateur to engage in illegal and violent actions, thus discrediting the groups in question in the eyes of the public and justifying a well-deserved crackdown.
Assuming that the movers and shakers in the CIA haven’t suddenly grown a conscience and decided of their own free will to cease any and all questionable and outright inhuman activities, I’d bet my money on the following: First of all, all those so-called terrorist groups are either the creation of the very intelligence agencies citing them as threats to their nations’ existence, or infiltrated to the point that they are, in effect, puppets of said agencies. Any number of hypno-programmed patsies and lone nuts serve an agenda that spells more control for said agencies, whether that be lighting their underwear on fire, or staging a ‘suicide bombing’, resulting in more defense spending, more draconian legislation, and more public hysteria. Just as the anti-communist spymasters knew that if they could stage a mindless attack by commies, people would rally behind the security measures offered ‘in response’, the same goes with terrorist attacks. And what to do about those pesky anti-war groups who threaten to turn people against this agenda? Well, thanks to the recent NDAA, it’s as simple as planting an ‘Oswald’ in their group, tying them with ‘known terrorist groups’, and detaining them indefinitely for their ‘support’ of terrorists. As for the ‘Oswalds’, they are easily ‘disposed of’, and possibly totally ignorant of the purpose they have served. Clever, huh? The scary thing is, it’s working.
The 6-part documentary Evidence of Revision contains information on Oswald, Ruby, DeMohrenschildt, Sirhan, Ray, mind control, among other topics. I highly recommend it as an introduction to the topics in question and as a means of putting our current political situation into the context it needs.
The information on Oswald comes primarily from The Perfect Assassin: Lee Harvey Oswald, The CIA and Mind Control by Jerry Leonard. Other sources on mind control, including the other ‘lone nuts’ mentioned, include: John Marks’ The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, Walter Bowart’s Operation Mind Control, Colin Ross’s The CIA Doctors, Dave McGowan’s Programmed to Kill. See also this site, which contains a brief summary of the 18,000+ pages of declassified documents relating to mind control.
- See Colin Ross’s book, The C.I.A. Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists, and check his 300+ references to books and papers. The evidence that this is going on is literally overwhelming. If it were evidence in a murder trial, there would already have been a hanging!