July 26, 2013
The Department of Homeland Security’s plans to occupy an old psychiatric hospital in the Washington D.C. area have slowly been moving forward, despite the project’s enormous projected cost.
Center Building at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. / photo by User:Tomf688, via Wikimedia Commons
The mammoth governmental entity, which has come to umbrella the offices of the Border Patrol Agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FEMA, the abhorrent TSA, and even the Coast Guard since its creation in 2002, is working to consolidate all of its agencies within one campus at a cost of $4.5 billion.
Little-reported, however, is the facility’s history of being used to carry out mind-altering and brainwashing experimentation for the CIA (then known as the OSS) on unwitting mental patients, a clandestine program better known as MKUltra.
The primary goals of the MKUltra experiments were to test the effects of drugs, namely hallucinogens, and other forms of psychotherapy – including electroshock therapy – on humans, and to research and perfect methods of torture which could best be used to create Manchurian candidates, or mind-controlled persons, who could be programmed to carry out any number of harmful acts, up to and including assassinating presidents of the United States.
A New York Times article written in August 1977 reported that the CIA used more than 80 facilities to carry out the hellish MKUltra projects, “including 44 colleges or universities as well as hospitals, prisons and pharmaceutical companies.”
The new DHS headquarters, St. Elizabeths Hospital, was one of these institutions.
“Adm. Stansfield Turner, the Director of Central Intelligence [from March 9, 1977 – January 20, 1981 under presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan], testified today that the C.I.A. had secretly supported human behavior control research at 80 institutions,” Nicholas M. Horrock wrote for the Times.
“Admiral Turner acknowledged under questioning that the C.I.A. had apparently planned to test drugs on terminal cancer patients at the same institution where it secretly contributed $375,000 toward the construction of” Georgetown University Medical School in Washington D.C., the Times uncovered.
In a report entitled, “British psychiatry: from eugenics to assassination,” historian and investigative journalist Anton Chaitkin says, starting in 1943, facilities at St. Elizabeths Hospital were used to carry out projects under the auspices of the “truth drug” committee for the Office of Strategic Services, the CIA’s predecessor agency.
The superintendent and chief psychiatrist, Winfred Overholser, administered “hallucinogen mescaline to various test subjects,” Chaitkin divulges – the same type of research Nazi doctors were conducting on inmates of the Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps.
Researchers at the online library Erowid.org say Dominic Streatfeild’s 2008 book, “Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control,” revealed that the OSS also tested a mescaline and scopolamine cocktail as a truth drug on two volunteers at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Image depicts underage white female between ages of 8 and 10 who underwent MKUltra research, including treatment using heavy doses of LSD, electroshock therapy and sensory deprivation. Click to enlarge.
In former CIA staff member John Marks book, “The Search for the Manchurian Candidate,” Chaitkin says he reveals that Overholser worked closely with a group of “counterintelligence agents inside the Manhattan Project atomic bomb project, and the FBI which was under the direction of Dr. Overholser’s Scottish Rite [freemasonry] comrade, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.”
At the same time, Chaitkin writes, the OSS also worked closely with drug lords from the criminal underworld to assist federal agents in learning “the inside secrets of drug trafficking–but not to stop it.”
“Then in the spring of 1943, they perfected the right mix of marijuana and tobacco to produce a ‘state of irresponsibility’ in the subject.”
Ultimately, it could be said research at the St. Elizabeths Hospital helped lay the groundwork for influencing the drugged-out counter-culture 60s movement. “Later, during the 1950s and 1960s, the strategists of the MKUltra project would utilize the same channels of influence with U.S. security agencies to let them transform a generation of youth into dope users.”
Members of the U.S. Military were also used as unwitting guinea pigs, according to Chaitkin. “The Overholser group gave marijuana to U.S. soldiers at Army bases throughout the country, supposedly to aid in the search for subversives.”
Records regarding the secretive MKUltra experimentation have since all but been destroyed.
“In 1973 when then-DCI [director of Central of Intelligence] Richard Helms ordered the destruction of all documents associated with the MKULTRA program,” a brief summary appearing on the CIA.gov website describing a book entitled, “The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception,” states.
Given the St. Elizabeths Hospital’s notoriety of being used as one of the primary facilities to carry out covert government experimentation (using tax-payer dollars) and to conduct nefarious research into mind-control, it’s no surprise the DHS has chosen the location as their next outpost to be used in their continued efforts to subvert the United States’ Constitution.
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