“The Great White Whale”
I should probably mention a few more things about Plamegate before moving on to what happened next. It’s about to get very, very weird and disturbing so I should probably get those out of the way before I lose some readers entirely due to what will seem incredibly implausible.
First, I went to a Barnes & Noble book signing for Fair Game . There, Valerie Plame-Wilson spoke for a while after being introduced by the reporter who wrote the afterword. Due to the secretive nature of outed field operative’s work, there were some things she was entirely unable to discuss or write about. There were also redactions from CIA’s manuscript review (at least some of which were over the seemingly innocuous).
The reporter who wrote the back end of the book (in which some of those things got revealed) worked completely separately from Ms. Plame-Wilson. To avoid even the appearance of any potential leaks having taken place, they kept apart until after the book was in print.
There was, to my eye then, actually a lot of additional information. The reporter had gleaned it from public sources. Much of that, however, would have meant little if eight or more Bush administration officials had not revealed her identity to the press.
That last actually became a big point of contention on a messageboard I frequented. A friend ran one and had a subsection for political discussions.
I noted that although her identity had already been leaked to Robert Novak (apparently by Richard Armitage), five others likewise leaked it during the two week period between that original leak and the publication of that information. Therefore, technically, those five individuals were likewise guilty of violating the Espionage Act because when they did it, it was not yet public knowledge.
And then, of course there was Scooter (By the way: Buzzy, Cookie, Scooter, what the hell? Did these people work striptease or porn to put themselves through school?). Patrick Fitzgerald ultimately ended that investigation with a cloud of suspicion and little else apart from Libby’s sentence and legal fees (paid by conservative allies).
There were several other issues surrounding the legal issues and who to believe, the motives, etc. However, all of that was lost in 2005 when the entire messageboard system (EZBoard) got hacked. Not only did about half of posts disappear, but so did the backups.
The news at the time said that FBI was investigating the hacking of EZBoard. Their top person of interest was a former IT employee who believed that the company had screwed him out of some money.
Recall what I noted about FICO’s message board, a lack of US media coverage of the LIBOR scandal, and the curious timing.
Now, the typical, call it what you want, conspiracy theory, thought on what happened with EZBoard, is that the guy either didn’t do it (was a patsy) or was paid to do it by, let’s say, Cheney’s friends in the Department of Defense or at some place like Booz Allen Hamilton. And that the FBI is part of the coverup.
I am saying, if there is one thing to take away from reading this book, is that that kind of thing, direct contact between those who order a thing done and those who carry it out, is no longer necessary. Voice-to-skull, especially after building a psychological profile of the target (in this case the former IT employee) via the massive surveillance programs by NSA and accessible by many of their subcontractors on a whim, can be used to give effective subliminal messages, hypnotic suggestions. Combined with more mundane methods of causing the target concern over finances, with or without (depending on whether or not it is deemed necessary) the surreptitious administration of a drug or drugs to make the target more susceptible to those suggestions, you can control an individual enough to get them in the ballpark of what behaviors you want. If precision is required and the “sockpuppet” is incapable of carrying it out, you can have professional spies take care of the delicate work and snicker down your sleeve when the target is blamed for all of it. At least usually .
Here’s the 1955 MK/Ultra memo again :
6. Materials which will render the induction of hypnosis easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness.
And the US Army definition of voice-to-skull devices includes it’s use for sending subliminal audio messages. This goes right into your head (hence the name) and you very likely won’t even realize it.
At the book signing, the subject of CIA training came up during the pre-signing discussions. I no longer recall the context.
However, in a feeble attempt to lighten the mood or to try to cheer up Valerie Plame-Wilson, I made a jest. I saw her signing book after book, and there had been quite a few before I got to the front of the line. When it was my turn, I said, “Did they train you to do that, too? That is amazing.”
I had of course intended to mean that I would have had a serious wrist ache by then and require a break. The lady was understandably nervous over being in the public eye under these circumstances. There had been news reports and there is mention in the book about threatening phone calls that the Wilsons had received.
I would wonder later, though, as I would about Sibel Edmonds just before the coverup of what she blew the whistle about, if some of her reaction hadn’t been due to the same. I’d also seen Al Franken (prior to running for Senate) act incedibly strange on CNN’s Crossfire. The then bowtied godson of Richard Scaife would say at the end of the show, “Al Franken. Glad to have you on, but not like that,” or words to that effect. There’d be more where that came from .
I knew immediately that I had screwed up, had upset the lady with the comment. I mentioned that I was there in part due to being aware of the situation from Larry Johnson’s blog/news aggregate site.
This kind of slip of the tongue (and later keyboard fingers) would continue. I’d wind up sending emails later that I regretted before my finger released the mouse button after clicking the SEND on the screen. It would get worse and worse. I would sound insane.
Probably, I was.
Before that kind of thing became commonplace, though, I wound up going to an event in Manhattan held by the 21st Century Democrats. The main speaker was Florida congressman Robert Wexler.
The subject was simple: how to best impeach vice president Cheney. Not if, how.
I found that the room was mostly full of anti-war activists. Not kids in Che Guevara t-shirts either. Successful professionals, retirees, your average book-reading New Yorkers.
The people at my table weren’t aware of Plamegate. I fixed that and drove the point home right up until the event began.
I’d also learn that most of the room was Jewish. Wexler would explain and make a joke regarding this in his opening remarks.
“Some of you may be wondering what a representative from Florida is doing speaking here at an event in New York City. My district is made up largely of retired New Yorkers and there is a large Jewish community there. Therefore, statistically speaking, there’s about a 90% chance that you will one day be my constituents.”
Instead, Wexler wound up leaving Congress and going to work at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Efforts by Wexler and people like Ohio’s Kucinich (who got gerrymandered out of office recently) went largely unheeded by their fellow Democrats.
Why? The answer seems to be the same as the old ones except this time they’ve got mind control toys to ensure the outcome.
As Eisenhower had warned, the defense industry is a lucrative one. War profiteering and campaign contributions overcame good sense during the War in Vietnam. Members of the Legislative branch owned boats, for example, that shipped the ammunition. There was too much personal greed and too little care for the American people who were lining their pockets.
In 2013, WIRED magazine did some research and found that the legislative votes on limiting NSA’s surveillance of Americans correlated closely with those who voted against America receiving twice as much defense money as those who voted against this portion of the overall fascist takeoever of the United States .
At some point in the midst of all this, two other things happened.
My son, from my marriage in college, got run over by an SUV driven by a teenager who didn’t even realize it had happened. In fact, this kid had nearly done so a few previous times, and actually succeeded where some animals were concerned. (I think they call those dry runs). Discussion of this, too, would be wiped away in the EZBoard hack. My son lived, had a broken collar bone, leg and nose.
The other, a man inserted himself into my social circle at a gaming convention I attended. He worked then as an attorney in Washington, DC. He had been previously a sailor and translator of Russian for the US Navy. He claimed to be interested in a friend.
Lets call him Anthony Gipe. Let’s call him that because that’s his name.
That same weekend, out of character for me (as mentioned in the chapters regarding Adrienne), I got a strange, euphoric feeling and made a pass at a friend, risking my longterm relationship. Nothing would happen and the feeling would pass. I’d chalk it up to lack of sleep.
At the time, I thought that both events were “random,” normal, just life throwing curve balls. It didn’t even occur to me that the United States even under Bush and Cheney could or had become that paranoid, cruel, petty, and ultimately insane. It was unthinkable to me, doing this on American soil to Americans.
Later, I’d see both of those patterns repeated. It was as if some organization had a manual of dirty tricks  and they were using it on me and others with some variations, depending on the goal, the desired outcome.
Then came Thanksgiving week in 2007.
1 Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, Valerie Plame Wilson, Simon & Schuster publisher, 2007, ISBN-10:1416537627, ISBN-13:978-1416537625.
2 PandoDaily, “The biggest CIA-drug money scandal you never read,” Mark Ames, 26 October 2014:
A year later, in 1985, Deak was assassinated in his Wall Street high-rise by a paranoid-schizophrenic bag lady from Seattle, who’d been hired for the job by Latin American mobsters, according to a private internal investigation led by former FBI detectives. The assassin, Lois Lang (pictured above), had previously spent several murky years in the underbelly of Silicon Valley, where she fell under the care of a famous Stanford Research Institute psychiatrist, Frederick Melges — an expert on dosing his subjects with drugs and hypnosis to induce “artificial” dissociative states. Perhaps not surprisingly, Dr. Melges was up to his eyeballs in secret CIA behavior modification programs that were going on at Stanford until they were exposed in Congressional hearings in 1977.
Salon, “James Bond and the killer bag lady: New clues and a powerful Wall St. skeptic challenge the official story of CIA financier Nick Deak’s brutal murder,” Mark Ames and Alexander Zaitchik, 2 December 2012:
“I never believed that the whole thing was random,” said Kuhlmann, in an interview with Salon. Ditto the government inquiry that triggered the collapse preceding Lang’s rampage. “We were the CIA’s paymaster, and that got to be a little bit embarrassing for them,” he said. “Our time had passed and the usefulness of doing things our way had vanished. The world was changing in the ’80s; you couldn’t just accept bags of cash. Deak was slow at making those changes. And when you lose your sponsorship, you’re out of the game.”
3 See Wicked Game, Chapter 2, notes 1 and 7. At the time of this writing, someone had previously altered the Wikipedia entry for MKULTRA and replaced item six with something instead to do with memory. Altering Wikipedia has long been a pastime of the US intelligence community. They got caught doing it years ago when the IP addresses were traced back to Virginia. Expect better methods today. Here are the actual pages and the full text from the Senate record:
5 May 1955
A portion of the Research and Development Program of TSS/Chemical Division is devoted to the discovery of the following materials and methods:
1. Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be discredited in public.
2. Substances which increase the efficiency of mentation and perception.
3. Materials which will prevent or counteract the intoxicating effect of alcohol.
4. Materials which will promote the intoxicating effect of alcohol.
5. Materials which will produce the signs and symptoms of recognized diseases in a reversible way so that they may be used for malingering, etc.
6. Materials which will render the induction of hypnosis easier or otherwise enhance its usefulness.
7. Substances which will enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation, torture and coercion during interrogation and so-called “brain-washing”.
8. Materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia for events preceding and during their use.
9. Physical methods of producing shock and confusion over extended periods of time and capable of surreptitious use.
10. Substances which produce physical disablement such as paralysis of the legs, acute anemia, etc.
11. Substances which will produce “pure” euphoria with no subsequent let-down.
12. Substances which alter personality structure in such a way that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon another person is enhanced.
13. A material which will cause mental confusion of such a type that the individual under its influence will find it difficult to maintain a fabrication under questioning.
14. Substances which will lower the ambition and general working efficiency of men when administered in undetectable amounts.
15. Substances which promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects.
16. A knockout pill which can surreptitiously be administered in drinks, food, cigarettes, as an aerosol, etc., which will be safe to use, provide a maximum of amnesia, and be suitable for use by agent types on an ad hoc basis.
17. A material which can be surreptitiously administered by the above routes and which in very small amounts will make it impossible for a man to perform any physical activity whatsoever.
The development of materials of this type follows the standard practice of such ethical drug houses as [deletion] It is a relatively routine procedure to develop a drug to the point of human testing. Ordinarily, the drug houses depend upon the services of private physicians for the final clinical testing. The physicians are willing to assume the responsibility of such tests in order to advance the science of medicine. It is difficult and sometimes impossible for TSS/CD to offer such an inducement with respect to its products. In practice, it has been possible to use outside cleared contractors for the preliminary phases of this work. However, that part which involves human testing at effective dose levels presents security problems which cannot be handled by the ordinary contractor.
The proposed facility [deletion] offers a unique opportunity for the secure handling of such clinical testing in addition to the many advantages outlined in the project proposal. The security problems mentioned above are eliminated by the fact that the responsibility for the testing will rest completely upon the physician and the hospital. [one line deleted] will allow TSS/CD personnel to supervise the work very closely to make sure that all tests are conducted according to the recognized practices and embody adequate safeguards.
You can download a PDF copy of the full Senate report from the New York Times:
PROJECT MKULTRA, THE CIA’S PROGRAM OF RESEARCH INTO BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION
JOINT HEARING BEFORE THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH OF THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES
UNITED STATES SENATE
NINETY-FIFTH CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION
AUGUST 3, 1977
Printed for the use of the Select Committee on Intelligence and Committee on Human Resources
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office Washington, D.C. 20402
Stock No. 052-070-04357-1
SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE
(Established by S. Res. 400, 94th Cong., 2d sess.)
4 Currently, in my opinion (and I mean no offense whatever to her, she is suffering in part due to these same issues of greed set before the benefit of American citizens) there is what former CIA / DIA agent Lynnae Williams is going through. She is an extreme example, though what she says is remarkably close in character to what my intern friend from the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival said in 1989, and what I did later in 2010. It’s not so much about what she’s saying as why she is saying it. The latter is the scandal. Getting reporters, representatives and activists to understand that is my goal.
5 Again, WIRED, “Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash,” David Kravets, 26 July 2013:
And, according to former NSA / CIA chief Michael Hayden, Obama now wants to build public support for the surveillance programs:
Bloomberg, “Obama Seeks More Public Support for NSA Policy, Hayden Says,” Greg Giroux and Lorraine Woellert, 11 August 2013:
As stated above, the point is not only to sell you better (having sold you out completely to corporate conglomerates that want everything in your bank and retirement accounts) but also to control you.
Chris Matthews said it before I did: Obama now looks like a Manchurian candidate.
Yes, he’s calling for “more oversight.” Is he planning on expanding the US Senate to 400 members in order to do so? The sheer size and abuses that have already occurred indicate that it is impossible for the Senate to do so in any meaningful way and to achieve anything else.
Of course not. This will be a limited hangout at best. This is typical empty Washington DC theater that will only serve to get the story off the headlines. The worst, the domestic assassination, remote torture, and psychological “fix-it” operations aren’t even going to see the light of day.