- Hardcover: 388 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553053574
- ISBN-13: 978-0553053579
- Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Journey Into Madness: The True Story of Secret CIA Mind Control and Medical Abuse Hardcover – May 1, 1989
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William Buckley, the American murdered in Beirut in 1985 after his kidnap and torture by Arab extremists, was identified in the U.S. media as a "political attache" or "journalist." Basing his extraordinary investigative coup on interviews with scores of intelligence sources, including late CIA director William Casey, Thomas identifies Buckley as the CIA station chief in Beirut, an operative whose past operations included the surveillance of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. The author ( Voyage of the Damned ; Pontiff ) pulls back the curtain over the CIA's use of medical torture and other government operations around the world, from Angola to Israel. He describes how Buckley was injected with drugs, physically abused and mentally befuddled by mind-control expert Aziz al-Abub. This Arab doctor was but one of many disciples of Ewen Cameron, a respected Montreal psychiatrist at McGill University enlisted by CIA director Allen Dulles in the 1950s to devise techniques to scramble victims' minds irreversibly. In a well-documented dossier that reads like a thriller, Thomas spills details of various operations, among them the CIA's alleged bugging of the Vatican and the Pope. Film rights to Catalina Productions.
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Thomas tends to somewhat dismiss the West's responsibility for torturing children, prisoners, and sometimes college students in these outlandish mind control programs. He does not do this outright but paints a picture of just about everyone in history and the present as having done or are doing things of this nature. Virtually ignored is the fact that the cold war was created by the CIA, and also that terrorism is largely a product of the U.S.' egregious foreign policy also crafted by the CIA. Certainly Thomas presents the crimes he very well documented as immoral, but he does not put them in the realm of evil that has destroyed the very foundations of the republic. He further fails to document that these programs did go on in the U.S. at our most prestigious universities, prisons, and mental institutions funded largely by the Rockefeller foundation.
This is a good starter book in this field because it is well researched and documented. An overall excellent book.
Author of: American Heart of Darkness: Volume I: The Transformation of the American Republic into a Pathocracy (Volume 1)
Book two is the history of the abuse of medical knowledge since WW II, detailing incidents such as North Korean brainwashing during the Korean War (an incident in which captured American servicemen appeared on television espousing Communism--much to the dismay of many, including Allen Dulles; conscientious objectors used as guinea pigs; electroshock treatments (so-called) at Allen Memorial Hospital; the Frank Olson incident; the Mary Morrow incident; other LSD experiments; Vietnam; Oswald; devil worshipers (?) etc. All of it, he surmises, is reminiscent of Mengele. This chapter is especially damning to Dulles, who was director of the CIA, and is told partially from the point of view of his wife, Clover. Dulles' relationship with the monstrous Cameron is told in detail. Cameron was responsible for using Canadian mental patients as guinea pigs for medical torture experiments (LSD, induced sleep, psychic driving, etc.) in the name of national security.
Book three covers the post-Watergate scene and the Reagan era; Claire Sterling's "The Terror Network" is evaluated. It covers Mehmet Ali Agca; the CIA's involvement in the creation of Arab police; Qadhaffi; Sadat's assassination and examples of medical torture dating to the British in Kenya and the Roman Empire. Bringing the indictment of the CIA as progenitor of medical torture to a head, the book concludes with examples of the spread of the phenomenon of medical doctors employing torture everywhere from Cyprus to Sri Lanka.
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