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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our Torture Has A Nazi Pedigree

Phony MK-ULTRA pic
From caption: "...un-identified white female between the age of 8 and 10 years old. Subject underwent 6 months of treatment using heavy doses of LSD, electroshock and sensery [sic] deprivation. Experiments under codename: MKULTRA about early 60s. Subjects [sic] memory was erased and her brain is that of a newborn baby."
[Updated: H.P. Albarelli, Jr., author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments, was kind enough in an email to comment on the above image:
"Yes, I've seen this photo in several places over the past year or so. I recently saw it in a book where it was marked as a "CIA MK/ULTRA" photo. It's not.

"Where it came from I don't know but it was not the CIA. It appears oddly posed to me with various unprofessional features. It's too bad disinformation like this makes the rounds. The program (MK/ULTRA) was bad enough without trying to make it worse through bogus means."
I thank Mr. Albarelli for his input.

Update II: Hank has given me a very cool piece, posted here.]

Christy unearths this nugget from Katherine Eban's article in Vanity Fair (emphasis mine):
At the direction of an accompanying psychologist, the team planned to conduct a psychic demolition in which they'd get Zubaydah to reveal everything by severing his sense of personality and scaring him almost to death.
Presumably his brain was then like that of a "newborn baby."

Project MK-ULTRA was a breathtakingly inhuman top-secret exercise of our government. It "evolved" from Operation Paperclip, a morally dubious enterprise designed to co-opt the brain trust of Nazi scientists. It seems that in our exposure to all of that brilliance some of the nasty leaked in, and we began to explore not just Nazi rocket science but Nazi "medicine" as well.

Was a time that bringing up "CIA mind control experiments" was eye-rolling tin-foil-hat territory, and indeed even today it retains the ability to marginalize a speaker.

I'm sure the brain-baking techniques have grown more, ah, sophisticated than they were back in the '60's (not), but to have this sort of monstrous behaviour revealed as being used, today, on Zubaydah (and we all know what happened to Jose Padilla - subsequently described as "a piece of furniture") contributes to my Holy Crap! feeling...


  1. Did you see this image in the Vanity Fair or did you just add this image as a reference? Do you know anything about the origin of this image of the young girl?

  2. Hi Anonymous (thank you for commenting).

    I believe (if I remember correctly) I got it from Google "MK ULTRA" and it'll show up...

    I've done extensive reading (legit & non-legit) on the CIA mind control program(s), and I found that this image is emblematic of what I've discovered.

  3. Thanks for the quick response. I have been trying to trace the origin of this image for a number of months now.... with no success. It would appear that is was documented in a book published on the subject after it was pulled from the file it was contained within. I would very much appreciate any help in finding ANY information on this image.

  4. I hear you. It's so over-the-top it looks like it could have been mocked up to send tinfoil-hatters round the bend...

  5. This post has been updated with a comment on the image, made by one with a bit more authority than I can muster.

  6. "It is obvious why the CIA would not want to be positively connected to this image. The image was found contained within a file that would later be positively identified as the same girl in a film reel that showed the actual act of electric shock therapy taking place. In both images, the girl was wearing "street clothes" along with those carrying out the act. The father of the subject is documented as formerly being employed by the Air Force and served the beginning of that career at a military base in Texas. This tour took place in the early fifties when the government was getting its initial information from the Nazi scientists that were being brought to Texas at that time. He served a short career in the Air Force then later returned to civilian life to live a quiet "normal" life among the civilian world. He would later divorce his wife and gain custody of all six of his children- then marry another woman who had also been in the Air Force. Two of the people in the images found, have been positively identified as being the Father and step mother. So, is this image along with the film in the possession of our government or not? I have no doubt that they are keeping it buried under a mountain of red tape that no one can get past anymore. While this disturbing image made an initial debut…it was probably an “error” on someone’s part in allowing this to slip out among all the other papers that were initially released under the FOIA. There are in excess of 5,000 (and that number is growing) pages of the FOIA MKULTRA documents that this image was reported as originally being kept. But as with anything involving our government, it's “ now you see it…now you don't”. Now if the initial number began at 2,000 pages released…and that number grows to 5,000 pages (as they gain approval for what is and is not classified as something they can release), one has to wonder what is still being kept hidden."

  7. It is difficult to parse your comment, Anonymous (the recent one). An update above indicates that this photo is probably a mock-up of sorts.

    But thank you for the stats!


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