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The CIA’s Murder of Frank Olson Goes to Court

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The CIA’s Murder of Frank Olson Goes to Court

by Jacob G. Hornberger



November 29, 2012

Yesterday, the New York Times carried a fascinating article entitled „Suit Planned Over Death of Man C.I.A. Drugged.“ According to the article, the children of a former federal official named Frank Olson are suing the CIA for murdering their father in 1953 as part of the agency’s infamous MKULTRA program.

The article is of special interest to me because I wrote about the Olson case in the August issue of our monthly journal Future of Freedom, in my article, „The Evil of the National Security State, Part 5.“ (Part 5 is not yet posted online but is available to subscribers now. Subscribe here.) Part 5 revolves around the book A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, by H.P. Albarelli, which was published in 2011.

The CIA was established with the National Security Act of 1947. Along with the Pentagon, the CIA oriented America’s foreign policy in the direction of a permanent warfare state, as part of its „cold war“ against America’s World War II partner and ally, the Soviet Union. As I point out in my series, the result has been a corruption of moral principles and values among the American people, which officials have justified under the rubric of „national security.“

Among the horrific acts undertaken by the CIA during the Cold War was the drugging of people with LSD without their consent or knowledge. The CIA went into prisons and hospitals, for example, and caused people to ingest LSD without securing their permission and without telling them what the CIA was doing.

The top-secret program was known as MKULTRA. We don’t have most of the details of the program, including all the identities of the victims, because once word leaked out about the program in the 1970s, the CIA ordered all its records destroyed in order to keep Congress and the American people from knowing the full details of the program.

Olson was a U.S. Army biological warfare scientist who was employed at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Working with the CIA in its LSD experiments, Olson witnessed the horrible effects of a LSD experiment that the CIA secretly and surreptitiously had conducted on a small village in France. Suffering a crisis of conscience, Olson began talking about the experiment, thereby violating his oath to keep the project top secret.

One day, Olson came home in a highly agitated and depressed emotional state. A few days later, his wife was notified that he had committed suicide by jumping out of a hotel window in New York City.

Olson’s family had no idea what had caused such a sudden, radical transformation in Frank Olson’s mental state, and the CIA played dumb.

In the 1970s, congressional investigations uncovered what had caused Olson’s sudden change in mental state. The CIA had subjected him to an LSD experiment, without telling him. The official story was now that the CIA’s LSD experiment on Olson had led to his suicide a few days later.

The CIA admitted what it had done and issued profuse apologies to the Olson family. President Ford, inviting the family to the White House, offered his own apologies. A financial settlement was paid to the family.

It turned out that the official story, including the profuse apologies, however, were all sophisticated bunk. What had actually happened, which Albarelli details so carefully in his book, is that the CIA murdered Olson because he was talking to people about what the CIA had done to the people in that French village with its LSD experiments, thereby endangering national security.

So, to protect national security CIA agents threw Olson out of that hotel window. The LSD-suicide story was a sophisticated fallback cover story if anyone were to ever discover the reason for Olson’s sudden change in mental state. The idea was that in that case, the CIA would admit what it did and apologize profusely about it, without anyone being the wiser as to how Olson actually died.

The Olsons are now suing the federal government for the CIA’s murder of their father.

What are their chances for success? In my opinion, they have no chance at all. The federal courts have long taken an extremely deferential position toward the Pentagon and the CIA in cases involving „national security.“ All the Justice Department has to do is file a response to the lawsuit that states, „national security“ and „state secrets“ and most federal judges will immediately dismiss the suit.

We saw this phenomenon in the murder of Charles Horman in Chile. He was a young American journalist who sympathized with the socialist policies of Chile’s democratically elected president Salvador Allende. When Allende was ousted in the U.S.-supported coup headed by military strongman Augusto Pinochet, among the people rounded up as suspected communists was Horman. He was executed soon afterward, along with thousands of others.

Both the U.S. military and the CIA played the innocent, acting as if they had nothing to do with the coup and with Horman’s murder.

The Horman family filed suit against U.S. officials for the wrongful death of their son, but federal judges threw their case out of court without permitting them to force the Pentagon and the CIA to disclose, through depositions, their role in the coup and in the murder of their son.

Many years later, a State Department memo was discovered in which it was admitted that the CIA had, in fact, played a role in Horman’s murder. The CIA had been lying the whole time. They had helped murder an innocent American citizen and had gotten away with it.

Has Congress ever investigated the murder? Nope. Has the Justice Department ever convened a grand jury to issue indictments for the murder? Nope. Do we even know which CIA agents committed the murder? Nope. Do we know whether the director of the CIA or the president of the United States authorized the murder or helped cover it up? Nope.

Hey, national security — the two most important (and meaningless) words in the lives of the American people in our lifetime — is at stake. The details of the Horman murder have to be kept secret. Otherwise America might fall to the communists, the terrorists, the drug dealers, or even maybe the illegal aliens.

In my opinion, what happened in the Horman case is what is going to happen in the Olson case. The Olsons will not be permitted to take depositions. They will not be permitted to subpoena records. They will be thrown out of federal court on their ears. They will be taught the lesson of our time: National security trumps everything.

In an interesting twist, however, Chilean officials recently issued an indictmentagainst a former U.S. Navy officer, Capt. Ray E. Davis, for conspiracy to murder Horman and another American journalist killed at the same time named Frank Teruggi. My prediction: the Pentagon, the CIA, and the Justice Department will fight fiercely to oppose any extradition request, just as they will have resisted returning those CIA officials convicted of kidnapping in Italy to face justice.

As I state in my series, „The Evil of the National Security State,“ the national security state apparatus — i.e., the CIA and the vast military industrial complex — are a cancer on the American body politic. The apparatus should never been established, and it should have been dismantled at the end of the Cold War. The national-security state has corrupted American moral values, stultified the consciences of the American people, produced an endless state of war, made us less free and less safe, and is helping bankrupt the American people. It’s time to rid our nation of this cancer and restore a normal, balanced, healthy, functioning society to our land.


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US Bank Mafia: SEC Rocked By Lurid Sex-and-Corruption Lawsuit

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SEC Rocked By Lurid Sex-and-Corruption Lawsuit

by: Matt Taibbi

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Move over, adulterous generals. It might be time to make way for a new sexual rats’nest – at America’s top financial police agency, the SEC.

In a salacious 77-page complaint that reads like Penthouse Forum meets The Insider meets the Keystone Kops, one David Weber, the former chief investigator for the SEC Inspector General’s office, accuses the SEC of retaliating against Weber for coming forward as a whistleblower. According to this lawsuit, Weber was made a target of intramural intrigues at the agency (which has a history of such retaliation) after he came forward with concerns that his bosses may have been spending more time copulating than they were investigating the SEC.

Weber vs. the SEC: The Full Complaint

Weber claims that in recent years, while the SEC Inspector General’s office has been attempting to investigate the agency’s seemingly-negligent responses in such matters as the Bernie Madoff case and the less-well-known (but nearly as disturbing) Stanford Financial Ponzi scandal, two of the IG office’s senior officials – former Inspector General David Kotz and his successor, Noelle Maloney – were sleeping together.

Weber also claims that Kotz was also having an affair with a lawyer representing a key group of Stanford victims, a Dr. Gaytri Kachroo. Where the story gets really strange is where Weber claims that Maloney last year refused to meet with Kachroo as part of the Stanford investigation. By then, Kotz had stepped down as SEC IG and Maloney had replaced him as Acting IG. The complaint describes Weber confronting Maloney over the issue, asking why she wouldn’t meet with the lawyer representing a key group of Stanford victims.

Maloney asked Weber to close the door to her office. Maloney told Weber that she would deny the following conversation if Weber were to repeat it.

Maloney then said that, „David [Kotz] was fucking that lady . . .“ Maloney stated that Kachroo had received special treatment. Maloney even questioned whether the OIG would have ever opened an investigation into the SEC’s oversight over the Court-Appointed Receivership in SEC v. Stanford.

The Weber lawsuit is the latest chapter in an ongoing drama that began when Kotz stepped down last January amid not-world-shaking ethics questions (including, of all things, receivingPhiladelphia Eagles tickets from a financial adviser). Subsequently, however, an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General David Williams concluded more seriously that Kotz violated rules by overseeing investigations involving people with whom he had „personal relationships.“

Weber’s complaints, made early last year, were apparently the impetus for that Williams investigation. If what happened to Weber subsequently was retaliation, it didn’t take long. Weber was placed on leave in May after being accused of being a „personal threat“ who wanted to bring a gun into the office. The „gun“ incident was highly publicized, and Weber was ridiculed in the media (sample from the Atlantic Wire„Do You Really Need a Gun to Police the SEC?“).

Weber was fired on October 31st. Apparently he has decided not to take the firing quietly.  „When David Weber began to uncover the depth of dysfunction at the SEC, they fired him,“ his attorney Cary Hansel said. „He has no intention of being silenced by threats and false allegations.“

The filing of this lawsuit now by Weber officially begins the raging clusterfuck portion of the story, as he and his lawyers are releasing lurid details not only about Kotz and Maloney, but about a host of other SEC and SEC IG officials. It’s very strong stuff: the only things missing from this lawsuit are tales of SEC officials running white-slavery rings and snorting brown-brown off the corpses of strippers with West African rebels.

There are, for instance, allegations that officials handed out SEC contracts to buddies at influential Beltway consulting firms, claims that sexual harassment cases were covered up and accusations that the SEC failed to properly screen contractors who were given full access to SEC databases (it cites an example of one contractor who was on early parole from a 10-year narcotics bid in Virginia). The suit also alleges that the SEC security chief, William Fagan, „watched the video feed from security cameras outside of the [Inspector General’s] suite, in order to determine the identities of . . . potential whistleblowers.“

Perhaps most crazily, however, the suit alleges major security violations. In one section, Weber claims that SEC investigators took sensitive, highly-protected system data from financial exchanges like the NYSE – systems so carefully protected that they have to be „air gapped,“ i.e. not connected to the internet – and loaded them on unencrypted laptops before flying to Vegas to attend a „Black Hat“ convention for security specialists and hackers. From the suit:

Many government and law enforcement officials who attend the „Black Hat“ conference register under aliases, keeping their identities and employers secret. However, the SEC staff who attended, with unencrypted laptops containing sensitive exchange information, registered under their own names and identified their employer. Walking around this convention with a name tag and, regardless of name tag, registered as an SEC IT information security examiner, is the equivalent of wearing a giant target on one’s back.


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