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Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA's Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, and Other Leftists Paperback – May 30, 2015
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“In my first radio interview, Frank Zappa told me the CIA was distributing LSD to the hippies. [Drugs as Weapons Against Us is] Unbelievable! Just a compelling story!” —Allan Handelman, Rock Talk
“[John Potash] has done a wonderful job of research and a wonderful job of presenting [his] facts.” —Rob McConnell, The X Zone
“When Lennon met semi-privately with media guru Marshall McLuhan in late 1969, McLuhan let Lennon know he was a ‘useful fool,’ and The Beatles were [used] for psychological warfare… in popularizing drugs. Lennon stormed out but came back a few hours later to learn more. [Drugs as Weapons Against Us] is exhilarating and well-researched… with startling revelations… definitely worth the read!” —Richard Syrett, The Conspiracy Show
“The CIA have used drugs as weapons against Americans… to control people or pacify dissension against the official status quo—the government’s war policies… We should not delude ourselves that U.S. Intelligence has repented and would never repeat these operations… Many people still look at the rapid rise of the hallucinogenic use among these popular Sixties rock stars such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix as positive contributions—I don’t—to the Sixties idealism—It wasn’t—about the world’s possibility for peace, love and global cooperation—that’s naïve. Nevertheless, we barely consider the possibility that such pacifist views were the intention of U.S. Intelligence agencies, and the CIA and its moneyed interests had a role in creating the Sixties subculture and [leading them to] dropping out and leaving behind radical dissent and protest. [John Potash has] covered so much in [his] research… we appreciate his work.” —Gary Null, WBAI 99.5 FM
“The book is amazing!” —David Clyde, The Wild Side 990AM WBOB, Rhode Island
“I just got the book a couple days ago and I can’t wait to read it. I really can’t.” —Bill LuMaye, WPTF, 680AM/850AM Raleigh, Duram, Chapel Hill, NC. Listed in Talkers magazine Top 250
About the Author
John L. Potash is the author of The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders. His work has been published in the Baltimore Chronicle, the City Paper, Covert Action Quarterly, Rock Creek Free Press, and Z magazine. He lives in Baltimore.
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A worthy follow-up to his scorching first work, "The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders", Mr. Potash brings forth a well sourced, well written , & thought provoking volume--featuring the undocumented backstory to many celebrity death & substance abuse stories that we in the public have become all too accustomed to. As a fan of many of those artists featured & a fan of Political intrigue, I found this to be absolutely riveting.
This book shows how drugs didn't just enter the counter culture. They were planted and fertilized within it for nefarious purposes. Drugs have been used repeatedly for political purposes worldwide, derailing the lives of political activists, politicians, artists, and ordinary people. An important work. A must read.
This book will illustrate (as with others; Weird Scenes Inside The Canyon -n- Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll) how drugs were slowly introduced as an experiment, engineering a unique part of a willing society. Interestingly enough, there were many murders and attempted assassinations during this era in the hollywood canyons. The Manson murders being a very small part of larger operation.
Drugs have been used repeatedly for political purposes worldwide, derailing the lives of political activists, politicians, artists, and ordinary people. As an example, during the Second War, Adolph Hitler used Fluoride in the water of Germans as a poison that would make the all the people more docile and lest resistant to an uprising..
This is a great book and fits nicely into the same known narrative of many other well researched books, talk radio and known documented government contracted operations...