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Excerpt from the four-part series entitled:

"The High and the Mighty: JFK, MPM, LSD and the CIA"
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Steamshovel Press #12
by G.J. Krupey
1995


:: I Get High with a Little Help from My Friends... ::

As recorded in a report prepared for a congressional committee 
investigating the CIA's mind control experiments (171), among 
the goals of the MK-ULTLTRA project were to develop:

o  "substances which will promote illogical thinking and 
   impulsiveness to the point where the recipient would be 
   discredited in public"

o  "materials to render the induction of hypnosis easier" - 
   "substances which will produce 'pure' euphoria with no 
   subsequent let-down"

o  "materials and physical methods which will produce amnesia 
   for events preceding and during their use"

o  "substances which alter personality structure in such a way 
   that the tendency of the recipient to become dependent upon 
   another person is enhanced"

o  "substances which will lower the ambition and general working 
   efficiency of men."

As examined above, the CIA planned to use LSD as an aid in the 
interrogation of captured enemy agents, as well as a sort of 
prophylactic for training American agents in resisting 
interrogation in the event of capture.  Another usage of the 
drug planned by the Agency was as a clandestine confusion agent, 
to be slipped in food, drink, or whatever to foreign leaders and 
politicians of a leftist slant in order to reduce them to 
quivering, hallucinating blobs of flesh, gibbering deranged 
nonsense in public speeches, embarrassing and disgracing 
themselves before the public and in the eyes of the world. 
(172)

Of course, the CIA claims that such a use of LSD was never 
contemplated against domestic targets.  But the Agency, in 
violation of its own (pre-Reagan) charter, gathered domestic 
intelligence right from the start, and during the height of the 
anti-war movement, coordinated Operation CHAOS with the FBI, 
military intelligence, and various police departments, to 
infiltrate and disrupt those pesky peaceniks. (173)  The CIA 
intercepted and opened mail, tapped phones, ran smear campaigns. 
(174)  As we have already seen, during the heyday of MK-ULTRA, 
the Agency tested LSD on unwitting-US citizens, in conditions 
that were far from clinical and in ways that were nowhere near 
being "scientific."  They even used each other as guinea pigs.  
And there are still unanswered questions about what role, if 
any, the CIA might have played in inundating the 1960s counter-
culture with LSD and other drugs during a crucial period, or 
even if they possibly created the counter-culture, through 
unforeseen circumstances, or even as the ultimate MK-ULTRA 
experiment in mass psychological control and manipulation 
through drugs.

Too absurd to even consider?  Then stop reading now, you won't 
be able to take what's coming next...

There is something about the story of Mary Meyer-as-JFK's LSD-
mistress that, if true, is naggingly bothersome.  Like the 
assassination itself. it demands clarification, insists on being 
solved.  Recall the plans of Al Hubbard and Humphry Osmond to 
make the world a better, more peaceful place with the 
application of psychedelic chemical therapy to certain hand-
picked politicians, and their claims of some success.  All this 
quite a few years before Mary Meyer's similar campaign: was it a 
case of like thinking evolving from acid insight happening in 
two different places and times, or was Mary Meyer possibly 
acting as an agent for Hubbard and Osmond, or someone who was 
their direct agent?  Consider the Leary connection to Mary Meyer 
in light of his connections to Hubbard, Osmond, and Aldous 
Huxley.  Consider Hubbard's career as an undercover agent for 
various government agencies and defense related industries, 
including his connection to the CIA.  Consider his later career 
spent fighting against the youth counter-culture that one would 
otherwise think he would have been proud of as being the fruit 
of his labors.  Then consider Mary Meyer herself, estranged wife 
of one of the CIA's seminal top operatives, and her affair with 
a president who developed a mutual distrust for the CIA, a 
president who swore he would shatter the CIA into a thousand 
pieces and scatter the remnants to the wind.  A president 
believed by many to have been assassinated by that same CIA.  
Consider the CIA sex and drugs safehouse experiments conducted 
by George Hunter White.  Consider the proposed use of LSD as a 
means of discrediting foreign leaders.  Consider the list of 
substances developed by the CIA, or attempted to be developed by 
the CIA listed above.

Now consider this: was John F. Kennedy, president of the United 
States, the ultimate MK-ULTRA guinea pig?  Was Mary Pinchot 
Meyer playing some sort of clandestine game, was she some sort 
of Mata Hari?  Or was she perhaps unwittingly being used by 
someone in that capacity?

After all, if we can seriously consider a CIA ready, willing, 
and able to assassinate a president they came to see as a threat 
or a traitor, why not a CIA willing to dose a president with LSD 
and study him as a test subject?  What other world leader could 
they try their theories out on while observing him in closely 
monitored, intimate situations?

Still too absurd to consider?  Probably.  I hesitate to even put 
it on paper myself.  But that isn't even the most bizarre 
possible theory...

While LSD is not guaranteed to permanently alter the thought 
processes of those who experience it, despite the frequent 
claims to the contrary often made during the 1960s, it certainly 
will give those individuals possessed of some intelligence and 
discernment a lot to think about.  During the time period when 
CIA agents were furthering the scientific testing of LSD by 
dosing each other without warning, most agents had their already 
well-entrenched paranoid worldviews reinforced: to them, LSD was 
a nightmare experience, one to be avoided at all costs.  But to 
some it was truly a revelation.  One agent, after coming down 
from the peak of a trip, broke down and wept in front of his 
fellow spooks.

"I didn't want to leave it.  I felt I would be going back to a 
place where I wouldn't be able to hold onto this kind of beauty. 
I felt very unhappy.  The people who wrote the report on me 
said I had experienced depression, but they didn't understand 
why I felt so bad.  They thought I had had a bad trip." (173)

He was lucky they didn't slap a straight jacket on him and cart 
him away for good!

Another operative who came away from his trip without the usual 
paranoid residue common to spooks on dope had found himself with 
"A more global view of things.  I found it awfully hard when 
stoned to maintain the notion: I am a US citizen- my country 
right or wrong ... You tend to have these good higher feelings.  
You are more open to the brotherhood-of-man idea and more 
susceptible to the seamy sides of your own society...I think 
this is exactly what happened during the 1960s, but it didn't 
make people more communist.  It just made them less inclined to 
identify with the US.  They took a plague on both your houses 
position." (174)

Certainly, this is a self-defeating philosophy for a spy to 
adopt.  Did such experiences tempt any CIA agents to chuck it 
all, or to stay only to subvert from within?  It's a farfetched 
speculation, with little evidence to support it.  While there 
were several notable CIA renegades who would come to public 
knowledge with horrible tales to relate of their activities as 
covert operators, such men as Phillip Agee, John Stockwell, 
Ralph McGeehee, George O'Toole, and David MacMichael seem to 
have been impelled more by the resolution of their own troubled 
moral dilemmas than by psychedelic insight.

However, one obscure theory, most likely, implausible yet 
fascinating, comes from Lawrence Livermore, North California 
punk rock luminary best known for his column in punkzine Maximum 
Rock 'n Roll.  Livermore claims to have once met a fellow who 
claimed to be the son of "a high level CIA operative who had 
inside knowledge of the Kennedy assassination" which he 
described as "a power struggle between the liberal and 
reactionary wings of the CIA."  This fellow ran away from home, 
went to the Haight-Ashbury and blew his mind on ... well, you 
know what by now (as well as the irony of the situation ... ), 
but by the time Livermore met him, he was "in the process of 
drinking himself to death."  The gist of this wretched fellow's 
tale was that:

"Within the CIA there were good and evil factions, and when the 
bad group ("the dark ones"...) threatened to gain complete power 
via the Kennedy assassination and the escalation of the Vietnam 
war and its related heroin trade, the CIA's white knights struck 
back with LSD." (175)

It should be noted that Livermore's informant wove a tale that 
"tied together Tibetan monks, Hitlerian mystics, secret 
brotherhoods dating back to the days of Atlantis, and the 
manipulation of white and black magic in the name of saving or 
enslaving the human race, and would hiss at the televised image 
of Henry Kissinger and say, "He's one of them..look at his eyes." 
(176)

It's hard enough to believe merely when it's a tale of black and 
white "knights" of the CIA jousting over control of the nation 
and the minds of the human race, when the other elements are 
added to it, it sounds more like an episode of the continuing 
saga of Indiana Jones, or maybe one of Trevor Ravenscroft's 
satanic fantasies.

Livermore himself gives the impression that he finds the story 
"far-fetched-sounding, yes, but minus the quasimystical 
elements, by no means preposterous." (177)  Could it have been 
possible that some faction of CIA agents, their typical cold war 
super-patriot minds blown by acid, indeed flooded the country 
with LSD, not as part of some plot to forestall change or stifle 
rebellion, but to encourage it, especially in the aftermath of 
Kennedy's assassination by their dark counterparts within the 
agency?  It would not be entirely improbable, if we remember 
Captain Al Hubbard and his plans to foster world peace by 
turning on world leaders even before Mary Meyer.  And if Kennedy 
and Mary Meyer were pursuing an acid dalliance, with crucial 
repercussions for foreign policy, would it be too hard to 
believe that possibly it was due to the influence of somebody or 
something else, some self-appointed clique of mystic 
manipulators, perhaps, denizens of the clandestine world and 
adepts of its covert activities yet ultimately rejecting the 
goals of that world, running their own program and agenda 
beneath the cover of something much more banally insidious, like 
the CIA's MK-ULTRA program?

Well, it would make a good novel anyway...


NOTES:

171) Project MK-ULTRA- The CIA's Program of Research in 
     Behavioral Modification, Washington, DC, Government Printing 
     Office, August 31, 1977, pp. 123-25, as cited in Ranelagh, pp. 
     777-78, n27

172) Lee & Shlain. p. 35; Lee, Ranftel, & Cohen. p. 20

173) Marks, p. 75

174) ibid

175) Livermore, Lawrence (pseudonym of Larry Hayes), "Whatever 
     Happened to the Psychedelic Revolution?  LSD in the Eighties", 
     Burning Toddlers #2, January 1988, pp. 15-18, Frank Publications, 
     PO Box 56942, Phoenix, AZ 85079

176) ibid

177) ibid


Excerpted from Part Four of the series:
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"The High and the Mighty: JFK, MPM, LSD and the CIA"
copyright 1995 by G. J. Krupey

Which appeared in:
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Steamshovel Press #12
ISSN 10602-3795
POB 23715, St. Louis, MO  63121

Research on Mary Pinchot Meyer, her alleged acid circle, her 
murder and any subsequent cover-up continues at Steamshovel 
Press, which is currently following several interesting leads in 
this regard.  Contact editor Kenn Thomas or author G.J. Krupey 
at Steamshovel's address if you have any information or 
additional leads on the topic.  Confidentiality assured to, 
those who request it.