Sanford, not his sons, was out of the country haveing an affair. Don’t cry for me Argentina… Nope not hiking on the Appalachian Trail. There goes another Republican candidate for 2012. First it was Ensign and now its Sanford. McCain was a famous womanizer but he at least was able to keep his affairs private.
Lets see, yesterday the Supreme Court allowed the Voting Rights Act to survive for another year. It seems that only member Uncle Tomas decided it was time for all the black folk to go back to the way it was before they got uppity and learned to vote.
The biggest bombing of the year occurred today in Baghdad when a bomb blast killed at least 70 people in an open market in a Shia neighborhood. This is preparation for the US troops to pull out of the cities in Iraq by the end of this month. A going away blast.
Today I heard the story of the No-Hitter on Acid. It was during an interview on NPR when Tod Snider, country singer/songwriter talked about his song about Dock Ellis.
So I looked it up and found this on a site called Shakespeare on Acid or something like that.
“Dock Ellis Says He Pitched 1970 No-Hitter Under The Influence of LSD
Thanks to Michael Horowitz of Flashback Books for providing this information which was printed in Lysergic World San Francisco, April 16-19, 1993
Los Angeles, April 8, 1984- Former Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher Dock Ellis says he was under the influence of LSD when he pitched a 1970 no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.
Ellis, now coordinator of an anti drug program in Los Angeles, said he didn’t know until six hours before his June 12, 1970 no hitter that he was going to pitch.
“I was in Los Angeles, and the team was playing in San Diego , but I didn’t know it. I had taken LSD….. I thought it was an off-day, that’s how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at noon. At 1pm, his girlfriend and trip partner looked at the paper and said, “Dock, you’re pitching today!”
“That’s when it was $9.50 to fly to San Diego. She got me to the airport at 3:30. I got there at 4:30, and the game started at 6:05pm. It was a two-night doubleheader.
I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria.
I was zeroed in on the (catcher’s) glove, but I didn’t hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times.
The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn’t hit hard and never reached me.”
The Pirates won the game, 2-0, although Ellis walked eight batters. It was the highpoint in the baseball career of one of the finer pitchers of his time, and arguably,one of the greatest achievements in the history of sports.”
So maybe all that acid I took as a kid didn’t fry my brains.
The CIA drugged scientists to see what they would do when under the influence.
“HOW CIA KILLED SCIENTIST IN LSD “EXPERIMENT”
AND RUMSFELD AND CHENEY
COVERED IT UP
Scientist’s death haunts family
By Fredric N. Tulsky
Courtesy of Eric Olson
The death in 1953 of a government scientist, Frank Olson, in a fall from a New York hotel window, is one of the most notorious cases in CIA history. Only in 1975 did Olson’s family learn that the CIA had slipped LSD into his drink, days before his death. President Ford apologized for an experiment gone awry, and promised that the government would reveal everything about the case.
But newly obtained documents show that the Ford administration continued to conceal information about Olson — particularly, his role in some of the CI A’s most controversial research of the Cold War, on anthrax and other biological weapons.
The documents show that two of the key officials involved in the decision to withhold that information were White House aides Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, today the nation’s vice president and secretary of Defense.
“These documents show the lengths to which the government was trying to cover up the truth,” said the scientist’s son, Eric Olson, who gave them to the Mercury News. “For 22 years there was a coverup. And then, under the guise of revealing everything, there was a new coverup.”
Rumsfeld’s office referred questions about the withholding of information to the CIA, where a media officer, Paul Nowack, said that CIA activities related to Frank Olson’s death were investigated by the Rockefeller Commission as well as subsequent congressional committees.
“The CIA fully cooperated” in those investigations, he said, and “tens of thousands of documents were released.” If anyone has new information, he said, “they should contact appropriate authorities.”
Contrary to the official explanation that Frank Olson was an Army scientist, Olson worked for the CIA, at the special operations division at Fort Detrick, the Maryland laboratory where biological weapons were tested.
Classified research Eric Olson said this week that a former colleague and friend of his father’s contacted him last year and described some of the closely guarded work his father conducted.
He said the colleague told him his father was among scientists studying the use of LSD and other drugs to enhance interrogations, as Cold War tensions ran high and Americans feared that captured soldiers had been brainwashed in Korea.
In the months before his death, the colleague said, Frank Olson had gone to Europe, where he observed the interrogation of former Nazis and Soviet citizens at a secret U.S. base. And, the colleague said, Frank Olson had knowledge of the U.S. biological weapons program.
Eric Olson contends that in the final days of his life, his father became morally distraught over his work and decided to quit. Personnel records show that agency officials were concerned that he was a security risk. Eric Olson believes the thought of Frank Olson quitting was a motive for the government to want him dead.
In 1993, Eric Olson arranged for his father’s body to be unearthed and examined by a forensic scientist, James Starrs. Starrs concluded that Frank Olson had probably been struck on the head and then thrown out of the hotel window.
Contact Fredric N. Tulsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 920-5512.”
Interesting story of government mind control experiments gone awry.
And what about techniques used in Guantanamo and at Bagram? Do you think that all those experiments on the Manchurian Candidate were just stories? The CIA played its part.
For instance was Sirhan Sirhan a Manchurian Candidate? He claims he has no memory of shooting Robert Kennedy. People who were there said he seems to have been in a trance when he was captured. Some say it happened, others say that in 1968 the CIA gave up on attempts to believe that a human can be programed to murder on cue unwittingly. 80 institutions were contacted to do CIA mind control experiments. This is reported on the Nat-Geo channel.
24 Jun 2009 03:01 pm
Torture At Bagram
One reason the government is determined not to let the extra photographs of prisoner abuse under Bush-Cheney come to light is that they would show that exactly the same torture techniques we saw at Abu Ghraib were systemic across every major theater of combat as the US turned into a rogue nation under Bush-Cheney. Bagram may well have been among the worst - and it’s still operating (though, presumably, without torture since the day after Obama’s inauguration). The BBC has been investigating some of the reports. Its story comports with everything we know about Cheney’s determination to torture prisoners using the techniques perfected by the Communist Chinese.
The BBC interviewed 27 former inmates of Bagram around the country over a period of two months… None were charged with any offence or put on trial; some even received apologies when they were released. Just two of the detainees said they had been treated well. Many allegations of ill-treatment appear repeatedly in the interviews: physical abuse, the use of stress positions, excessive heat or cold, unbearably loud noise, being forced to remove clothes in front of female soldiers. In four cases detainees were threatened with death at gunpoint.
“They did things that you would not do against animals let alone to humans,” said one inmate known as Dr Khandan. “They poured cold water on you in winter and hot water in summer. They used dogs against us. They put a pistol or a gun to your head and threatened you with death,” he said. “They put some kind of medicine in the juice or water to make you sleepless and then they would interrogate you.” ”
Torture has gone on at Bagram with the USA’s support. Possibly directly by the CIA. Obama says we do not torture anymore. He is closing Guantanamo. What about Bagram. Is it torture free or is it a free fire torture zone? Inquiring minds would like to know.