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  •  Yes, this book is probably... (7+ / 0-)

    ... the only publicly published portion of MKULTRA project, outside some essays in academic journals. It purported to be a collection/summation of research by the academic portion of the community. There are references within about "other" research, that can't be discussed or disseminated; no doubt, that done within the Agency or by military intelligence, and circulated only within those bodies.

    "Hypocrite lecteur, -- mon semblable, -- mon frère!" -- Baudelaire

    by Valtin on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 11:02:30 PM PDT

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    •  A lot of good and a lot of horrific (4+ / 0-)
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      Avila, Valtin, mikk0, Immigrant Punk

      research was done including terminal experiments.  They called it the mini-manhattan project because of its scope and funding.  I remember McGill figured in to a lot of what I read (ganzfeld and deprivation stuff took place there).

      Documentation on it was destroyed but the final disposition as I remember was that it was disbanded because the project goals had been attained.

      Don't be an asshole. Vote Democrat.

      by YetiMonk on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 11:14:32 PM PDT

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      •  Cameron was McGill Prof. of Psychiatry (7+ / 0-)

        This is from McGill University's own bio for him:

        D. Ewen Cameron was born in Scotland and received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1924. He began his career as resident surgeon at Glasgow Infirmary, but in 1929 came to Canada to work in the Brandon Mental Hospital. In 1936, he became Director of Research at Worcester State Hospital in Massachussetts, and in 1938 was appointed Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Albany State Medical School. It was at Albany that Cameron conducted his most important research on sensory deprivation, memory and aging.

        In 1943, Cameron entered on a new phase of his career when he was

        appointed Professor of Psychiatry at McGill and director of the newly-created Allan Memorial Institute. On the clinical side, he established in-patient and out-patient services, and a day-hospital programme. He developed laboratories for psychiatric research, and promoted advances in psychiatric training through undergraduate curricula and teaching hospital programmes. Cameron's high reputation in the psychiatric field is attested by his appointment in 1945 to the American panel to examine Rudolf Hess at the Nuremberg trials. After retiring from the Allan in 1964, he returned to Albany as Research Professor at the Albany Medical School and Director of the Laboratory for Research in Psychiatry and Aging at the Veterans' Administration Hospital.

        Compare that to this, from a 1998 Canadian Broadcasting Company documentary:

        Nobody knows for sure exactly how many people doctor Cameron and his colleagues exposed to the program of chemical and electro-shock treatments they called de-patterning and psychic driving, a process which some experts have since called barbaric.

        But many years would pass before there would be any public or official acknowledgment of what those damaged patients had been through. It would take a dramatic disclosure in the late 70s. But the Allen memorial had been part of a cold war program of brainwashing experiments, paid for in part by the CIA. Hidden among its most sensitive files were CIA records documenting a project called MKULTRA.

        Between 1957 and 1961 a CIA front funneled about 62,000 dollars US for brainwashing research by Dr. Ewen Cameron.  

        "Hypocrite lecteur, -- mon semblable, -- mon frère!" -- Baudelaire

        by Valtin on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 11:27:34 PM PDT

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