By Marcus Ljunggren
MK-ULTRA was an illegal top-secret CIA project run from 1953 to 1973. The agency conducted experiments on "volunteers" and unintentional subjects, in a grotesque attempt to master and turn people into weapons through "mind control". MK-ULTRA was one of the most despicable and unethical projects carried out by the US government during the 20th century. Amid the established and growing fear of the supposed brainwashing possibilities of the Soviet Union (and other communist countries), the newly appointed CIA chief Allen Dulles approved a secret program for mastermind control techniques.
MK-Ultra's "mind control" experiments generally centered on behavior modification via electroshock therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs, toxins, and chemicals. These experiments relied on a number of test subjects: some as volunteers, others by force, and others who had absolutely no idea that they were involved in a comprehensive research program for US defense. From mentally handicapped boys at a state school, to American soldiers, to "sexual psychopaths" at a state hospital, MK-Ultra's programs often exploited the most vulnerable members of society. The CIA considered prisoners to be particularly good, as they were willing to give consent in exchange for shortened prison sentences.
One of the most important chemicals that the CIA experimented with was LSD. The agency gave the hallucinogenic drug to both volunteers (some of whom had no idea exactly what they were registering for) and ignorant test subjects. The latter group included CIA employees, who secretly received doses of drugs at work. The goal was to determine if LSD could give the United States control over individuals' minds and bodies.
In a memo from 1957, the CIA inspector general made it clear that the agency understood that what they were doing was wrong. Its only problem, however, was not being revealed.
"Precautions must be taken not only to protect the operation from exposure to enemy forces but also to conceal these activities from the American people at large. The knowledge that the agency is engaging in unethical and illegal activities would have serious repercussions in political and diplomatic circles and would make the project's survival impossible.
Eventually, the testing included what became known as Operation Midnight Climax. The CIA set up secret showrooms where they would observe sex workers and their clients, the latter of whom would be unknowingly dosed with LSD.
LSD testing was stopped in 1963, ten years before the entire program ended. Eventually, the public became aware of the project. Congress investigated, but many documents had been destroyed in 1973; many CIA officers who attended "suddenly could not remember" any details when they testified. We know that army researcher Dr Frank Olson "threw himself out of a skyscraper" two days after he unknowingly drank LSD. But a complete account of other tragedies and ruined lives was made impossible to achieve.
Nevertheless, it is known today that the damages that MK-ULTRA committed were extensive. Brown University professor Stephen Kinzer, author of Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control, described the program and its damage, which was also reported in The Boston Globe.
"The CIA's mind control program, known as MK-ULTRA, involved the most extreme human experiments ever conducted by any government agency. During its peak in the 1950s, the program and its director, Sidney Gottlieb, left a trail of broken bodies and crushed minds across three continents. ”
One of the participants in the program was none other than James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr., born September 3, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, died October 30, 2018 in West Virginia, who was an American mafia boss and leader of the Irish mafia in Boston. Bulger was identified as personally guilty of 19 murders, as well as involvement in illegal gambling, conspiracy, usury, money laundering, drug trafficking, extortion and patronage. Until his arrest, he was one of the most wanted people in the world, and the FBI promised a reward of two million dollars for information that could lead to his arrest. One of his brothers was William M. Bulger, a former state senator in Massachusetts, and the family's activities in Ukraine are, as far as we understand, on their way to the light of reality.
In addition to being a gangster, James 'Whitey' Bulger liked to think of himself as an Irish patriot. His base of power was southern Boston, an Irish Catholic area during Bulger's criminal heyday. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was part of the city where fundraisers were held in bars to raise money for families of IRA prisoners.
One of the 11 people Bulger murdered - John McIntyre - died after informing the US authorities about an arms smuggling operation organized by Bulger's Winter Hill gang from the United States to the Irish paramilitary group IRA.
In September 1984, a fishing boat, aptly named Valhalla Gloucester, left the port of Massachusetts, full of fuel, bait, ice, and weapons, which were seized two weeks later by U.S. customs agents after leaving the port of Boston on their way home. During his voyage, Valhalla had met the Irish fishing vessel Marita Ann and tons of explosives and weapons were handed over.
Two Irish naval vessels stopped Marita Ann off the coast of County Kerry, took up arms and arrested the crew, which included a future Sinn Féin member of the Irish Parliament, Martin Ferris. The deal had been betrayed by an informant in Ireland, Sean O'Callaghan. He was an IRA man who came to blows with the group and therefore worked as an agent for the authorities.
No weapons were found at Valhalla on its return except for an empty 9mm bullet casing. One of the crew at Valhalla was the fisherman John McIntyre. During an interview with him, a corrupt FBI agent was also present, and after hearing the interview, Connolly told Bulger that McIntyre had talked to the authorities, and that McIntyre had told the authorities about the Bulger gang's drugs and arms smuggling.
He had not mentioned Bulger by name, but had mentioned other members of the gang which in turn led to a Norwegian cargo ship and a seizure of 36 tons of marijuana belonging to the gang followed. McIntyre was approached by Bulger employee Patrick Nee and offered a role in a $ 20,000 drug smuggling deal. This was supplied by US Customs and after meeting Nee in a restaurant in Boston, McIntyre was told to keep in touch with his managers every day. He stopped calling his handlers and despite their efforts to find him, his fate had been sealed. His body was found 16 years later.
McIntyre had been taken by Nee to a house where Bulger and two other gang members were to "talk" to him. He was tortured until he confessed to being an informant and then killed.
"In Criminal and an Irishman, The Inside Story of the Boston Mob and IRA," Patrick Nee wrote that Bulger was a Republican sympathizer. He wrote that Bulger "loved being associated with the IRA and the cause of Irish freedom". He said Bulger felt that his association with the "struggle" gave him legitimacy. Nee wrote that Bulger had met one of the founders of the IRA, Joe Cahill, when the Belfast man came to Boston to gather US support for the IRA.
During his flight, there were reports that Bulger had been seen in Ireland, and that the IRA was helping him avoid his arrest.
The truth was much simpler: he had spent his time hiding in the open for 14 years in an apartment in California.
James "Whitey" Bulger claimed that the CIA dosed him with LSD over 50 times while he was a prisoner in Atlanta in the 1950s, and before he died he pointed out that these experiments were the cause of his life's work!
Who could possibly be fueling what is happening in Ireland right now?
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