Who Gave You Permission to Notice?
William Norman Grigg
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Cult of Sanctified Violence
Among the "warning
signs" of Jared
Loughner's derangement, Time magazine instructs us, was
his criticism of Federal Reserve Notes as "worthless."
According to the custodians of acceptable opinion, this isn't a
rational assessment of the intrinsic value of the Regime's ever-depreciating
fiat scrip; it's a symptom of "paranoia," just like Loughner's reported
preoccupation with government mind control.
who are clinically deranged could harbor such anti-social views
about the government ruling us – an institution representing the
refined essence of benevolence, administered by beings of infinite
competence whose digestive by-products emit the pleasant odor of
freshly cut daisies. This is why the State's media auxiliaries (including
over at National Review) are largely ignoring Loughner's
sociopathic indifference to the rights of other individuals while
tirelessly on his alienation from the government.
Clarke, Loughner's federally appointed defense counsel, can help
cure him of his paranoid political delusions. Clarke is the go-to
public defender for people accused of politically sensitive high-profile
Time magazine profile of Clarke describes her as "particularly
skilled at working with unstable clients who, without careful guidance,
run a high risk of self-sabotage in what is a life-and-death situation."
have included Timothy McVeigh, so-called "20th Hijacker" Zacarias
Moussaoui, and Eric Rudolph. Although McVeigh was executed, Moussaoui
and Rudolph are serving life sentences at the ADX
Florence supermax prison in Colorado. The same facility houses
another of Clarke's notable clients: "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski,
who killed three people and wounded more than a dozen others during
a seventeen-year parcel bomb rampage.
Kaczynski to accept a plea bargain based on "mental defect." Although
Kaczynski is said to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, there's
compelling evidence that any "mental defect" that afflicts him is
the result of his
involvement as a test subject in a federally sponsored mind control
experiment as a Harvard student in the late 1950s.
By any measure,
Ted Kaczynski – a math prodigy who skipped two grades – was a brilliant
and promising young man. After enrolling in Harvard as a 16-year-old,
Kaczynski was lured
into acting as a guinea pig in a series of abusive and damaging
psychological tests supervised by behavioral psychologist Dr. Henry
War II, Murray worked with the OSS (which would later become the
CIA), developing psychological tests to evaluate potential spies.
He also devised methodologies for interrogating POWs. His experiments
at Harvard continued seamlessly from his work with the OSS.
which was funded by the Pentagon, the CIA, and the Rockefeller Foundation,
was entitled "Multiform Assessments of Personality Development Among
Gifted College Men."
According to Ted's brother David, this program was not a sterile
academic exercise; he describes it as "a conspiracy of psychological
researchers who used deceptive tactics to study the effects of emotional
and psychological trauma on unwitting human subjects."
who died in 1988, "was known for his brilliance and grandiosity"
in his professional life, continues David Kaczynski. "In his personal
life, according to his biographer, he displayed sadistic tendencies.
His research on college men bears a certain resemblance to his research
on prisoners of war."
Most of the
pertinent details of Murray's experiments are inaccessible:
Harvard sealed the files in 2000, insisting that this was necessary
in order to protect the "integrity" of the project. There is cause
for suspicion test subjects may have been given LSD or other mind-altering
substances, given that the CIA had conducted experiments of that
kind with other Harvard students. Whatever happened to Kaczynski
and Murray's other subjects was sufficiently degrading and harmful
to wring a guilty expression of regret from one of the doctor's
At age 17,
the future Unabomber was one of 22 students who were required to
submit to Dr. Murray a detailed description of their upbringing,
their everyday routine – including intimate details involving sexual
fantasies and toilet functions – and a description of their "philosophy
of life." They were informed that another student would be invited
to discuss and debate their moral values and opinions with them.
Each of the
subjects was taken individually into a white, over-lit room, placed
in a chair in front of a one-way mirror, and tethered to EEG machines
and other monitoring devices. The atmosphere, according to one subject,
was akin to what one would expect in an execution chamber. Rather
than having an amicable debate with a fellow undergraduate student,
each of the test subjects – perhaps "victims" is a more suitable
description – was subjected to lengthy, abusive harangues by a law
school student who had been given a detailed psychological battle
plan by Murray. The spectacle was captured on camera, and each victim
was required to relive his humiliation on film.
This was sadism
in the service of ideological ambition. The specific focus of Murray's
academic research, points out environmental journalist (and fellow
Harvard alum) Alston Chase, was to develop a science of personality
"transformation." Murray "advocated implementing the agenda of the
Federalist Association, which called for a single world government,"
Chase noted in
a detailed survey article published ten years ago in The Atlantic.
In a letter
to his friend and counselor Lewis Mumford, Murray wrote: "The kind
of behavior that is required by the present threat [of nuclear war]
involves transformations of personality such as never occurred quickly
in human history." Through the marriage of psychiatry and sociology,
Murray hoped to beget a hybrid discipline that would eventually
create a New World Man suitable for citizenship in the World State
It is indisputable
that Murray's Harvard experiments were a continuation of his work
with the OSS. Substantial evidence suggests that Murray's program
was part of the CIA's MK Ultra program, in which test subjects –
often college-age men – were used in experiments involving "sensory
deprivation, sleep learning, subliminal projection, electronic brain
stimulation, and hallucinogenic drugs to study various applications
for behavior modification," recalls David Kaczynski. "One project
was designed to see if subjects could be programmed to kill on demand.
Experiments were conducted in penal institutions, mental institutions,
and on university campuses."
A 1967 internal
CIA assessment documented that hundreds of professors on more than
100 college campuses were involved in clandestine experiments connected
to MK Ultra.
a link connecting Ted Kaczynski's crimes with what he suffered under
the ministrations of Dr. Murray, David Kaczynski might be accused
of engaging in special pleading on behalf of his brother, who admitted
to murdering three people.
The same cannot
be said of Sally Johnson, the forensic psychologist hired by the
U.S. Bureau of Prisons to evaluate Ted Kaczynski during his 1998
doesn't directly implicate Murray's experiments, she did conclude
that Kaczynski's self-appointed mission as an apostle of "revolutionary
violence" was triggered by something he experienced at Harvard.
evaluation of Ted Kaczynski conducted prior to his experiences under
Dr. Murray found no signs that he suffered from schizophrenia. It's
reasonable to surmise that the "mental defect" invoked by his defense
counsel was induced, rather than innate.
there was nothing defective in Kaczynski's perception of the malign
nature of the system as he had experienced it. His frequently expressed
concerns "about the possibility of mind control," as Chase points
out, were not "paranoid delusions. In view of Murray's experiment,
he was not only rational but right. The university and the psychiatric
establishment had been willing accomplices in an experiment that
had treated human beings as unwitting guinea pigs, and had treated
was discontinued in 1962, the same year that Kaczynski graduated
from Harvard. That year was a busy one for those employed by the
academic wing of the Military-Industrial Complex, as they continued
to toil away at various esoteric projects exploring the use of applied
psychology to build the Total State.
Stanley Milgram was conducting his notorious pseudo-electroshock
obedience to authority. At MIT, Lincoln P. Bloomfield finished
a report – funded by the US State Department on behalf of the Institute
for Defense Analyses – entitled
A World Effectively Controlled by the United Nations: A Preliminary
Study of One Form of a Stable Military Environment. (Bloomfield's
report didn't envision a foreign takeover of the United States through
the UN, but rather the creation of "supra-national institutions,
characterized by mandatory universal membership and some ability
to employ physical force" – something akin to the vaguely UN-centered
"coalition of the willing" approach used by Washington it is war
against Serbia in 1999 and in its continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.)
report contained the provocative and telling observation that building
the world order he described would require "a grave crisis or war
to bring about a sudden transformation in national attitudes sufficient
for the purpose.... [T]he order we examine may be brought into existence
as a result of a series of sudden, nasty, and traumatic shocks."
This would have meant subjecting the population at large to the
same kind of "transformative" psychological trauma that Dr. Murray
had prescribed to create the New World Man on an individual basis.
after Bloomfield submitted his report, General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, filed
a memorandum for Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara outlining
"Operation Northwoods." That document outlined the use of various
potential false-flag terrorist incidents that could be used to provide
a pretext for war with Cuba. In his book
Body of Secrets, intelligence analyst James Bamford observes
that the bogus Gulf of Tonkin incident used to justify the Vietnam
War was a variation on the Northwoods strategy.
memo offers a variety of potential provocations involving staged
"We could sink
a boatload of Cubans en route to Florida (real or simulated)," wrote
Lemnitzer, casually spit-balling proposals that would result in
the death of innocent people. "We could foster attempts on lives
of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding
in instances to be widely publicized. Exploding a few plastic bombs
in carefully chosen spots ... would be helpful." Lemnitzer's most
audacious proposal – which is especially noteworthy in the post-9/11
era – involved the staged shoot-down of a civilian jetliner.
memo was a battle plan for psychological warfare against the American
population – a menu of options for inducing the "sudden, nasty and
traumatic shocks" necessary to bring about a desired political transformation.
This was just one of several projects of its kind underway at the
time. And Ted Kaczynski was just one of hundreds – perhaps thousands
– of people whose minds were being weaponized by the CIA's academic
mind experiment program was vast,"
notes investigative reporter Alexander Cockburn. "How many other
human time bombs were thus primed? How many of them have exploded,
with the precipitating agent never identified?"
Gen. Lemnitzer helped ensure that those questions wouldn't be answered.
In 1975, six years after he retired from the military, Lemnitzer
was appointed by Gerald Ford to participate in the
President's Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States,
commonly known as the Rockefeller Commission. That body – like its
ancestor, the Warren Commission, and its descendant, the 9/11 Commission
– was intended to filter out any consideration of the most important
questions, thereby banishing them from polite conversation.
clinical definition might be, the term "paranoid" as employed by
the custodians of polite opinion refers to someone who notices things
without official permission. People meeting that description might
take impermissible notice of the curious fact that the same defense
attorney who quietly ushered Ted Kaczynski off the stage is now
being called on to perform the same service with respect to Jared
Loughner – and be prompted by that fact to ask some similarly unacceptable
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