Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Blowback


Here's a good example of what our CIA has termed "blowback".

Ted Kaczynski - "The Unabomber"

While at Harvard, Kaczynski was taught by the famous logician Willard Quine, scoring at the top of Quine's class with a 98.9% final grade. He also participated in a multiple year personality study conducted by Dr. Henry A. Murray, an expert on stress interviews.[2]

According to an article by Alston Chase for the June 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, students in Murray's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-sponsored study, dubbed MKULTRA, were told they would be debating personal philosophy with a fellow student.[4] Instead, they were subjected to the stress test, which was an extremely stressful and prolonged psychological attack by an anonymous attorney. During the test, students were strapped into a chair and connected to electrodes that monitored their physiological reactions, while facing bright lights and a one-way mirror. The "debate" was filmed, and students' expressions of impotent rage were played back to them at various times later in the study. According to Chase, Kaczynski's records from that period suggest that he was emotionally stable at the start of the study. Kaczynski's lawyers attributed some of his emotional instability and dislike of mind control to his participation in this study.[4][5]



For those who don't know what the CIA's project MK-ULTRA is: "Experiments included administering LSD to CIA employees, military personnel, doctors, other government agents, prostitutes, mentally ill patients, and members of the general public in order to study their reactions. LSD and other drugs were usually administered without the subject's knowledge and informed consent, a violation of the Nuremberg Code that the U.S. agreed to follow after WWII."


2 comments:

Douglas said...

An interesting and provocative blog.

Also, the "Willard Quine" link is dead; I'd suggest Willard Quine.

Jannie "Funster" said...

Give 'em heck!!!

jannie