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Journey into Madness; The True Story of Secret CIA Mind Control and Medical Abuse

by Thomas, Gordon

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New York: Bantam Books, 1989. First Printing. Hardcover. Very good/Good. [10], 388, [2] pages. Notes. Sources. Select Bibliography. Index. Some wear to DJ edges, small ding in rear DJ. Gordon Thomas (1933-2017) was a British investigative journalist and author, notably on topics of secret intelligence. Thomas was the author of 53 books published worldwide including Journey into Madness, The Pope's Jews, Secret Wars and Gideon's Spies. His first book, completed at the age of seventeen, is the story of a British spy in Russia during World War II, titled Descent Into Danger. He refused the offer of a job at a university in order to accompany a traveling fair for a year: he used those experiences for his novel, Bed of Nails. Since then his books have been published worldwide. He has been a foreign correspondent beginning with the Suez Crisis and ending with the first Gulf War. He was a BBC writer/producer for three flagship BBC programs: Man Alive, Tomorrow's World and Horizon. He was a regular contributor to the Japanese news magazine Facta and he lectured widely on the secret world of intelligence. He also provided expert analysis on intelligence for US and European television and radio programs. The CIA's complicity in the sponsoring of torture and medical abuse. Derived from a Kirkus review: Free-lance writer Thomas (author and coauthor of 27 titles) gives a compelling rendering of the CIA-sponsored mind-control conducted by Dr. Ewen Cameron of McGill University. In March 1987, William Buckley, CIA station chief in Beirut, was snatched by a terrorist hostage team and delivered into the deadly hands of Dr. al-Abub. When CIA director Casey received a videotape of Buckley, drugged and obviously tortured, he spurred an international network of experts on terrorism to come up with a detailed profile of a doctor who could justify dispensing pain and death. He could have looked in his own files. Decades before, under the fanciful name "Artichoke" (Allen Dulles' favorite vegetable), the CIA conducted a campaign to learn the brainwashing techniques used on American soldiers during the Korean War. In Cameron, however, the CIA had found a willing contributor. Artichoke was renamed project MK-Ultra, and icy, Scottish-accented Cameron was well funded to break and "depattern" minds. He used electroshock on subjects again and again; then he plunged his patients into weeks or even months of insulin-induced sleep--and while they slept, they listened to endless tape-loops of their most painful confessions. When Cameron's patients were awake, he injected them with LSD and ordered them to write or record the "confessions" that would influence them while they slept. Finally, in the 60's, the CIA ended the research.


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