Wednesday, January 16

Update on MK-ULTRA: 1963 CIA Inspector General Report Remains Classified

In October 2006, Milkhouse Mouse sought to historically contextualize Florida Rep. Mark Foley's buggering of underaged male pages on Capitol Hill.

"DC Trouser Treats" revealed the sordid underbelly of officially exploited children officially commencing in 1953 when Republican President Dwight Eisenhower's newly-minted CIA director Allen Dulles launched his top secret MK-ULTRA Project (page right; see online clache of declassified documents here.)

Again, consider the discreet work of one Utah psychologist with clients subjected to MK-ULTRA experimentation and ritual abuse:
By using hypnosis, University of Utah staff psychologist D.Corydon Hammond was the first to uncover (and share with colleagues) a sinister "programming" pattern in numerous disassociative- disordered adults he attributed to childhood ritual abuse. In a presentation β€œat the Fourth Annual Eastern Regional Conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality, Thursday June 25, 1992, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Mark Center, Alexandria, Virginia,” now famously called the β€œGreenbaum Speech,” Hammond defied "death threats" to inform colleagues of his successes with government-brainwashed MPDs, which he estimated constitute 50-75% of those diagnosed with the malady.
Recently, I stumbled upon a 1994 reference to MK-ULTRA that prompted my contacting the National Security Archives headquartered at Georgetown University in D.C.
Subject: Does 1963 CIA Inspector General Report Still Remain Classified?
Date: Dec 18, 2007 2:26 PM

"...a 1963 CIA Inspector General's (IG) report on Project MKULTRA...itself is still classified." (1)

An staffer on the Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments wrote that on June 27, 1994. Does the IG report remain classified? Aren't we well beyond the requisite years for that document's FOIA release?

Here's a fuller passage:

"...The possibility that CIA itself engaged in human radiation experiments emanates from references in a 1963 CIA Inspector General's (IG) report on Project MKULTRA, which was a program "concerned with research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior." The IG report apparently quotes from MKULTRA implementing documents that "additional avenues to the control of human behavior" were to include "radiation, electroshock, various fields of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, graphology, harassment substances, and paramilitary devices and materials."2{2 The IG report itself is still classified."
The shelf life of classified documents is roughly 25 years, barring additional considerations--such as the commission of crimes against humanity in this instance.

At the url above, you find this beguiling passage regarding a disparity in that 1963 IG report that raises questions about its validity:
The 1963 IG report states that the MKULTRA testing programs were "conducted under accepted scientific procedures...where health permits, test subjects are voluntary participants in the programs." Church Committee, Book I, at 422 (quoting IG report). However, the Church Committee noted that "[t]his was clearly not true in the project involving the surreptitious administration of LSD, which was marked by a complete lack of screening, medical supervision, opportunity to observe, or medical or psychological follow-up. The intelligence agencies allowed individual researchers to design their project. Experiments sponsored by these into question the decision by the agencies not to fix guidelines for the experiments." Id.
In any event, here's the response I received yesterday (15 January) from the National Archives to my December email:
From: nsarchiv [Add to Address Book]
Subject: Re: Does 1963 CIA Inspector General Report Still Remain Classified?
Date: Jan 15, 2008 4:40 PM

Dear Mr. XXXXX,

I consulted with our expert on the CIA, who is Dr. John Prados, about the 1963
CIA Inspector General's report on MKULTRA. I told him that I had seen references and quotes from this IG report in some Congressional Hearings, but I could not find the full report anywhere.

Dr. Prados said that this report was requested by us under the Freedom of Information Act in 1997 but we are still waiting to receive it. As you may already know, it took almost 15 years for the CIA to release the "Family Jewels" documents that we requested and finally received in late June 2007.

Thank you for your interest in the work and collections of the National Security
Archive, and thank you for your patience in waiting for a reply.

Mary Curry, Public Service Coordinator and Research Associate
As with page-diddler Mark Foley, well-stationed criminals can have their felonies ignored by government prosecutors so long as that "National Security--top secret" rubber stamp lasts.

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