False Memory Syndrome Foundation: Questionable Board Members Tied to the CIA's MKULTRA program and Child Abuse
|Dr. David F. Dinges
Director of the FMSF who replaced professional skeptic Ray Hyman. One of two faculty heads of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, together with Dr. Martin Orne (who founded the unit; died in 2000). Martin Orne, a member of Scientific Advisory Board of the FMSF, has been at the center of the creation of a Manchurian candidate, has worked with Navy Intelligence, Air Force Intelligence, the Human Ecology Foundation (a major CIA funding front for MKULTRA), and almost certainly also the NSA and Army Intelligence.
med.upenn.edu/uep/faculty_dinges.html (accessed: August 15, 2016): "
- Director, Unit for Experimental Psychiatry.
- Chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology.
- Vice Chair, Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Department of Psychiatry. ...
Member of Penn’s Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, the Center for Functional Neuroimaging, the Penn Genomics Frontiers Institute, and the Psychology Department Graduate Group. ...
He has served on an NIH Advisory Council and numerous IOM/NRC committees; been the Editor-in-Chief of SLEEP; president of the World Sleep Federation; on an NIH Advisory Council; president of the Sleep Research Society; and on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and National Sleep Foundation. He is a scientific Team Leader for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics."
Co-founder ; founding executive director
University of Pennsylvania, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, ircs.upenn.edu/people (accessed: December 7, 2014 and August 17, 2016): "MATHEMATICS: Peter Freyd: Category theory, logic, and mathematical semantics for computation."
Accused of childhood sexual abuse by his daughter Jennifer, who is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. Jennifer: "My family of origin was troubled in many observable ways... I refer to the things that were never 'forgotten' and 'recovered', but to things that we all knew about... During my childhood, my father sometimes discussed his own experiences of being sexually abused as an 11 year-old boy, and called himself a 'kept boy'" Peter Freyd graduated to male prostitution as an adolescent. At the age of 13, Jennifer Freyd composed a poem about her father’s nocturnal visits. Part of it read: "I am caught in a web. A web of deep, deep terror." The diaries of her youth chronicle the reactions and feelings (guilt, shame and terror) of a troubled girl and young woman. "My parents oscillated between denying these symptoms and feelings…to using knowledge of these same symptoms and feelings to discredit me... My father told various people that I was brain damaged." Pamela Freyd turned to her own psychiatrist, Dr Harold Lief, soon another advisory board member of the FMS Foundation, to diagnose Jennifer. "He explained to me that he did not believe I was abused," Jennifer recalls. Dr Lief's diagnosis was based on his belief that Peter Freyd's fantasies were strictly "homoerotic". Of course, his daughter furrows a brow at the assumption that homoerotic fantasies or a heterosexual marriage exclude the possibility of child molestation. "At times I am flabbergasted that my memory is considered 'false'", Jennifer says, "and my alcoholic father's memory is considered rational and sane... I was at home a few hours after my second session with my therapist, a licensed clinical psychologist working within an established group in a large and respected medical clinic. "During that second visit to my therapist's office, I expressed great anxiety about the upcoming holiday visit with my parents. My therapist asked about half way into the session, whether I had ever been sexually abused. I was immediately thrown into a strange state. No one had ever asked me such a question. I responded, 'no, but….' I went home and within a few hours I was shaking uncontrollably, overwhelmed with intense and terrible flashbacks." Jennifer asks herself why her parents are believed. "In the end, is it precisely because I was abused that I am to be discredited despite my personal and professional success?" Supposedly, in an electronic message from her father, he openly acknowledged that in his version of the story "fictional elements were deliberately inserted". "Fictional is rather an astounding choice of words," Jennifer observed at the Ann Arbor Conference. The article written by her parents contends that Jennifer was denied tenure at another university due to a lack of published research. "In fact," Jennifer counters, "I moved to the University of Oregon in 1987, just four years after receiving my Ph.D. to accept a tenured position as associate professor in the psychology department, one of the world’s best psychology departments…My mother sent the Jane Doe article to my colleagues during my promotion year – that is, the year my case for promotion to full professor was being considered. I was absolutely mortified to learn of this violation of my privacy and this violation of the truth." (from Alex Constantine)
On December 11, 1996, in [an internet posting] Dr. Peter Freyd, husband of the Executive Director of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, wrote: Since we all want to be open about any money we might have received from military-related sources, let me confess; I too must go on record. Starting in 1988, I’ve been getting a lot of money from the U.S. Office of Naval Research.
Co-founder ; founding executive director
Wife of Peter Freyd. Stood by her husband's conclusions that her daughter, Jennifer, was imagining her childhood sexual abuse. Remained head of the FMSF after her husband resigned over the controversy.
DAUGHTER JENNIFER FREYD
dynamic.uoregon.edu/jjf/vita.html (accessed: December 27, 2016): "
- Abbreviated Vita Jennifer J. Freyd. Department of Psychology and Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon. ...
- Education: B.A. Anthropology, 1979 (Magna Cum Laude), University of Pennsylvania.
- Ph.D. Psychology, 1983, Stanford University.
- Positions: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Cornell University, 1983-87.
- Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, 1987-1992.
- Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, 1992-present.
- Honors and Awards: Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1979-82.
- University Fellowship, Stanford, 1982-83.
- Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1985-90.
- IBM Faculty Development Award, 1985-87.
- Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1989-90.
- Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1989-90.
- Research Scientist Development Award, NIMH, 1989-1994.
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancedment of Science, 1992.
- Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, 1994.
- Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1996. ...
- Pierre Janet Award, International Society for the Study of Dissociation, 1997 [and] 2005. ...
- Co-Editor, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Volume (2005). Editor, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Beginning with Volume 7 (2006-). ...
_ Fellow, International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation, 2009."
|Dr. Harold Lief
Lief was the personal psychiatrist to the Freyd family who told Jennifer he didn't believe she was sexually abused from a young age by her father. Former major in the Army medical corps. Close colleague of the co-FMSF board member Dr. Martin Orne (the MKULTRA-connected scientist with many connections to different intelligence agencies and mind control research) and consulted with him on several studies in hypnotic programming and behavioral modification experiments at the University of Pennsylvania. Past president of the Sex Information and Education Council and director of the Centre for Sexuality and Religion. His academic writing reveals an interesting range of professional interests, including a study entitled 'Orgasm in the Postoperative Transsexual.'
Colin Ross: "Who is this guy Robert Heath? Well, we are going to see him in a future slide too. My secretary has actually interviewed him, and I might go down and interview him myself at Tulane in New Orleans. He did brain electro implant research for the CIA and he would put brain electrodes in human brains for non-therapeutic purposes, and he would pour in psyllicibin(sp), mescaline, LSD, and other chemicals to see what would go tingle-tingle in the electrodes. And I will tell you more about that. He's funded by the CIA and the military. In one of his papers, he thanks Harold Lief for referring in one of his brain electrode implant research subjects."
|Dr. Elizabeth Loftus
February 11, 1996, Toronto Star: "She is a prolific research psychologist - with no clinical experience and no expertise in child sexual abuse or traumatic memory - who criss crosses the continent as a highly paid witness for the accused. A current Psychology Today profile practically drools with admiration, not least over her cream-colored Mercedes and fancy home. Some observers estimate that, according to her own boasts, Dr. Loftus must have earned between $3 million and $5 million as an expert witness - for hire - she even testified on behalf of mass murderer Ted Bundy."
After 20 years Loftus suddenly quit the American Psychological Association (APA) in January 1996, arguing that the association was moving "far from scientific thinking and more toward therapeutic and professional guild interests." Later it turned out that in November 1995 two separate ethics complaints had been filled with the APA against Loftus. Jennifer Hoult and Lynn Crook had recovered memories of severe childhood sexual abuse, found corroborating evidence, sued their fathers, and won. Hoult's father, who was defended by Loftus, appealed the case as far as possible, losing each time. Jennifer was awarded $500,000 in damages. The rule of the APA is that no member is allowed to resign while an ethics complaint is being investigated. Supposedly, Loftus didn't know about these complaints at the moment she resigned. Interestingly, Jennifer's father became an active member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation after the trial.
|Dr. Paul McHugh
Psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1975 to 2001.
Dr. Colin Ross, who received many FOIA documents pertaining to US government mind control research: "Chairman of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins who says that 100% of cases of DID are iatrogenic and says that all the DID Units should shut down. He connects over to Walter Reed Hospital because when he was in the military he did research connected to Walter Reed Hospital that is listed in his c.v. which is a major site for military intelligence work, and is directly connected into the mind control network. Now why do I have Johns Hopkins connected to MKULTRA? Because a prior Chairman of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins named James Whitehorn was on the Advisory Board of the Human Ecology Foundation. He had Top Secret Clearance and was Witting. The Human Ecology Foundation was actually a [major] funding front for MKULTRA. So one of his immediate predecessors was directly in network with Top Secret Clearance. The research in his c.v. - and I haven't actually got the papers out and read it - that he did in the military doesn't look like mind control research. But then the whole question becomes, what are the hypotheses that account for his behaviour? Here we have an apparently relatively bright guy who is the Head of the Department at one of the leading medical schools in the world, who just doesn't get it, he thinks that all DID is iatrogenic. Is this because he is not smart enough? Doesn't seem to be a plausible explanation. Well, is it because of some sort of peculiarity of his personal experience in his psychology that we don't know about? Maybe. Maybe it's disinformation. No way to know, no way to prove it one way or another. But this is the network for the creation and the denial of the creation of the Manchurian Candidate. It is a very funny little network."
|Dr. Richard Ofshe
Dr. Colin Ross, who received many FOIA documents pertaining to US government mind control research: "That takes us down to Manchurian Candidate Denial. That is done specifically by Richard Ofshe, who is a Scientific Advisory Board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. In his book, "Making Monsters" where he ridicules me as a CIA conspiracy nut who believes that the CIA has been creating MPD (which in fact is a documented fact)... Margaret Singer publishes with Joly West, and Margaret Singer publishes with Richard Ofshe, who is an expert on coercive mind control and cult persuasion techniques." Ofshe is sharply at odds with much of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has filed a suit, with Margaret Singer, for $30 million against the APA for engaging in a conspiracy to destroy their reputations and prevent them from testifying in the courtroom. Both Ms. Singer and Richard Ofshe derive a significant part of their income as consultants and expert witnesses on behalf of accused child abusers. Their complaint, filed under federal racketeering laws - tripling any financial damages - claims that members of the APA set out with repeated lies to discredit them and impair their careers. The Association denied the charges. Two courts quickly dismissed the case. The APA released a statement to the press stating that the organization had merely advised members against testifying in court on the subject of brainwashing with "persuasive coercion," and had in no way conspired to impair the careers of Ofshe, Singer or anyone else. Many in Ofshe's own profession believe him to be a world-class opportunist. He is a constant in newspaper interviews and on the talk show circuit, where he claims there is "no evidence" to support ritual abuse allegations.
|Dr. Martin T. Orne
February 17, 2000, New York Times, 'Martin Orne, 72, Psychiatrist And Expert on Hypnosis, Dies': "Dr. Martin T. Orne, a psychiatrist whose work on hypnosis influenced its use around the world and helped limit its role in criminal investigations, died on Friday... Dr. Orne, who was also a psychologist, was considered an expert in a variety of fields, including multiple personality disorder and what is popularly known as brainwashing. Yet what most interested him was how people behaved when, in the hands of an accomplished practitioner, they were lulled into trance-like states. "Hypnosis was a lifelong work for him, from his very first paper to his very last paper," said Dr. David F. Dinges, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Experimental Psychology Unit, which Dr. Orne founded. ... In the late 1970's, Dr. Orne testified for the prosecution in the murder trial of Kenneth Bianchi, who was accused of killing 10 young women near Los Angeles. Mr. Bianchi, known as the Hillside strangler, contended he suffered from multiple personality disorder, but Dr. Orne, after a series of interviews with the defendant, helped convince a judge that this was a fabrication. ... He is survived by his wife, Emily Carota Orne..."
fmsfonline.com/?about=AdvisoryBoardProfiles (accessed: December 29, 2015): "Dr. Orne holds an M.D. from Tufts and a Ph.D. from Harvard. ... Formerly a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the world's leading experts on hypnosis, Dr. Orne has frequently testified in repressed memory cases. ... Dr. Orne warns against establishing pseudomemories through well-rehearsed hypnotic confabulation." Died in 2000.
2012, Alison Winter, Memory: Fragments of a Modern History, pp. 228-229: "Through Harold Lief, a psychiatrist they knew from the university, the Freyds were then referred to social psychologist and clinician Martin Orne. Orne agreed to meet, but he insisted that Peter Freyd submit to a polygraph test (according to Freyd, it laid Orne's worries to rest). But Orne then became very interested in unreliable recovered memories, which he saw as an instance of "demand characteristics"--the same effect that had made him worry about forensic hypnosis, but this time operating on a massive demographic scale. He thought recovered memory claims were the result of psychoanalysis, referring to a process by which memories of past experiences were knitted together with fantasies or suggestions to create an imaginative construction that appeared to be a memory. Orne became one of Freyd's most powerful and steadfast supporters. He helped them assemble an impressive advisory board, including some eminent scientists."
fmsfonline.com/?about=AdvisoryBoardProfiles (accessed: December 29, 2015): "Aaron Beck is University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He joined the Board in May of 1995 after Martin Orne and Harold Lief informed him of its existence. "I was convinced it was a very valuable enterprise," Dr. Beck said."
1962, G.H. Estabrooks (editor), 'Hypnosis: Current problems', pp. 137-192, Martin Orne contribution: "Antisocial Behavior and Hypnosis. Problems of Control and Validation in Emperical Studies. Martin T. Orne, M.D., Ph.D.* Introduction. One of the oldest questions in the hypnotic literature is whether a deeply hypnotized individual can be induced to perform antisocial or self-destructive acts."
1979, John Marks, 'The Search for the Machurian Candidate', pp. 119, 121, 127: "The Society demanded "no stupid progress reports," recalls psychologist and psychiatrist Martin Orne, who received a grant to support his Harvard research on hypnotism. As a further sign of generosity and trust, the Society gave Orne a follow-on $30,000 grant with no specified purpose. Orne could use it as he wished. He believes the money was "a contingency investment" in his work, and MKULTRA officials agree. "We could go to Orne anytime," says one of them, "and say, 'Okay, here is a situation and here is a kind of guy. What would you expect we might be able to achieve if we could hypnotize him?' Through his massive knowledge, he could speculate and advise." ...
By investing up to $400,000 a year into the early, innovative work of men like Carl Rogers, Charles Osgood, and Martin Orne, the CIA's Human Ecology Society helped liberate the behavioral sciences from the world of rats and cheese. ...
Martin Orne's work for the Agency was described in Subproject 84. He contributed a chapter to the Society-funded book, The Manipulation of Human Behavior, edited by Albert Biderman and Herbert Zimmer-(New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1961), pp. 169-215. ...
A 1962 report of Orne's laboratory, the Institute for Experimental Psychiatry, showed that it received two sizable grants before the end of that year: $30,000 from Human Ecology and $30,000 from Scientific Engineering Institute, another CIA front organization. Orne says he was not aware of the latter group's Agency connection at the time, but learned of it later. He used its grant to study new ways of using the polygraph. ...
Martin Orne at Harvard sent in scores of hypnosis subjects, so [MKULTA [psychologist John] Gittinger could separate the personality patterns of those who easily went into a trance from those who could not be hypnotized. ...
John Gittinger was interested in all facets of personality, but because he worked for the CIA, he emphasized deviant forms. He particularly sought out Wechslers of people who had rejected the values of their society or who had some vice—hidden or otherwise—that caused others to reject them. By studying the scores of the defectors who had come over to the West, Gittinger hoped to identify common characteristics of men who had become traitors to their governments. If there were identifiable traits, Agency operators could look for them in prospective spies."
Dr. Colin Ross, who received many FOIA documents pertaining to US government mind control research, wrote: "In 1938, the [Orne] family left Austria for the United States. And I notice in one of Martin Orne's papers that he has referenced G.H. Estabrooks' 1942 textbook, which I have read, where he describes creating Manchurian candidates for the military, so I know that Martin Orne is aware of G.H. Estabrooks' claim to have created MPD. Can I establish any better connection than that? Well lo and behold I find that G.H. Estabrooks edited a book to which Martin Orne contributed a chapter...
Well, we saw in the original list of MKULTRA consultants that Martin Orne was funded through that, and had top-secret clearance. When you look at Martin Orne's C.V.-he lists in his C.V. numerous military intelligence funding sources (virtually all branches of the military) and he, in his publications, cites funding by Air Force, Army (I am pretty sure), Office of Naval Research, and Human Ecology. A reliable source informed me that he also consulted with the National Security Agency. He basically has consulted with all branches of the military intelligence and civilian intelligence network. He also has taken the position, since at least 1984 in public, that MPD is almost always an iatrogenic [misdiagnosed] artifact. He has debated this vociferously at the APA annual from 1988 on, and has published a large discussion and commentary on this in the International Journal of Clinical Experimental Hypnosis [of which he was an editor for about 30 years]. His basic position is that MPD is created by the therapist. Now why would Martin Orne think this, and believe this, when he is totally connected into military intelligence? He is one of the leading experts in hypnosis, he is a friend and correspondent of and has been edited by and he references G.H. Estabrooks who was also one of the leading hypnosis experts at the same time, who was also tightly tied into military intelligence-and Estabrooks knows those other people like Milton Erickson and Hilgaard(sp) who are all totally interconnected by their common work and references."
|Emily C. Orne
Wife of Martin Orne. Listed as a Scientific Advisory Board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation after her husband's death in 2000.
fmsfonline.com/?about=AdvisoryBoardProfiles (accessed: December 29, 2015): "Research in the field of psychology has been the center of Emily Orne's professional life since she launched her career in 1961 as a researcher in hypnosis in Boston. Now co-director of the Unit for Experimental Psychiatry in Philadelphia, she has studied topics ranging from hypnotic susceptibility and sleep patterns to memory reconstruction. ... Emily Orne is a member of the International Society of Hypnosis, a Fellow in the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis [and] also finds time to be an Associate Editor of The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis."
Clinical neurophysicist and professor of neuroscience, whose work over the years has focused on the effects of electromagnetic fields upon biological organisms and human behavior. Persinger has long claimed that mystical experiences, out-of-the-body excursions and other psychic experiences are linked in some way to excessive bursts of electrical activity in the temporal lobes. He is an adherent to the theory that UFOs are the products of geomagnetic effects released from the Earth’s crust under tectonic strain. Equipped with magnets that beam a low-level magnetic field at the temporal lobe, his "Magic helmet" effects areas of the brain associated with time distortions, and other altered states of consciousness. He is seemingly able to replicate alien abduction and other supernatural phenomena through the use of this helmet. Received $10,000 from the US Navy in 1983 to support his research. Supposedly, under Reagan, Persinger had also been employed by the National Security Agency to develop behavior modifying electromagnetic weapons under project "Sleeping Beauty." Using time-varying fields of low intensity in the ultra low frequency (ELF) range from one to ten hertz, Persinger was consistently able to make a cage of rats sick. Susan Blackmore, senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West of England, described her experience with Persinger's magnetic mind melding in her article entitled Alien Abduction published in New Scientist in November, 1994: "Persinger applied a silent and invisible force to my brain and created a specific experience for me. He claimed that he was imitating the basic sequences of the processes of memory and perception and that, by varying those sequences, he could control my experience. Could he have done it from a distance? Could it be done on a wider scale? Suddenly prospects of magnetic mind control seem an awful lot worse than the idea of being abducted by imaginary aliens..."
Most famous skeptic ever, active since 1964. Co-founder of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), together with Paul Kurz, Ray Hyman (FMSF). CSICOP has also been the home of Joe Nickell, Philip Klass and Carl Sagan. CSICOP's magazine is the Skeptical Inquirer. Has been accused of continually manipulating the rules of his $1,000,000 reward for someone who can "prove" to him paranormal abilities exists. At the same time focuses on easy-to-debunk areas, with endless amounts of fuel provided by the guest list of Coast to Coast AM.
Received a five-year $272,000 grant of the CIA- and State Department-linked MacArthur Foundation for the years 1986-1991. Chairs in this period were Thorton Bradshaw and Elizabeth McCormack, both with very close ties to the Rockefeller family. As for McCormack, she's been a director since 1970, chair in the 1986-1995 period, and at the same time an advisor to Rockefeller Family & Associates and Rockefeller family in general. Her protege, Jonathan Fanton, was chair of the MacArthur Foundation in the 1999-2009 period. JASON group scientist and Randi supporter Murray Gell-Mann was director of the MacArthur Foundation from 1979 to 2002. Other elites, such as William Simon and various presidential science advisors play major roles in the foundation. President of the MacArthur Foundation from 2009 to 2014 was Robert Gallucci, also a member of the CIA's National Security Advisory Panel (since 2000), Defense Policy Board, Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and more. Jamie Gorelick was a board member of the MacArthur Foundation from 2001 to 2013. Gorelick can/could be found at the CIA's National Security Advisory Panel (since 1997), the CIA/Mossad/MI6-linked Intelligence Summit, the Trilateral Commission, Defense Policy Board, the 9/11 Commission, various Pentagon committees and more.
February 11, 1996, Toronto Star: "What I had hesitated to mention is that the colorful Randi has been involved in a number of lawsuits. Part of the evidence brought against Randi was a tape of his telephone conversations, of explicit sexual content, with teenage boys. Randi has at different times claimed that the tape was a hoax made by his enemies to blackmail him, that he made the tape himself, and that the police asked him to make it. Whichever version is true, it's amazing indeed that such a person could be taken seriously as a scientific adviser in an organization dedicated to denying claims of child sexual abuse." This tape was played during a trial in which Randi was accused by Eldon Byrd, a good friend of Uri Geller and a former Naval Surface Weapons Center researcher, of defamation by claiming he was a known pedophile. True or not, during the trial Byrd and his team played a tape on which Randi was speaking to a small boy about sex and how much it would cost. Randi claimed it was all a setup by Byrd and the boys on the tape were prank callers. The judge wasn't so sure about that, especially because Randi voluntarily called back one of the boys after the latter told him his money was running out. It's a confusing story, but you wonder what Randi doing at the FMSF.
Randi's The Amazing Meeting, held once or twice per year since 2003, is the Bilderberg of the skeptics community. Every major skeptic featured in the media, and then some, goes there.
World Trade Center janitor William Rodriguez, who has changed his 9/11 witness account to include basement bombs (in reality falling elevators) and a person promoted everywhere in the 9/11 "truth" community, used to be a stage assistant to Randi.
Not linked to child abuse or MKULTRA, but still a very interesting early advisory board member closely involved with James Randi.
Ph.D. in psychology from Johns Hopkins University in 1953, then a psychology professor at Harvard for 5 years. Back in 1976 a co-founder of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), along with fellow FMSF board member James Randi. Still on CSI's executive council. Member International Brotherhood of Magicians. Visitor of James Randi's The Amazing Meeting, the Bilderberg for skeptics.
1998, Skeptic.com, 'The Truth is Out There & Hyman Wants to Find it; An Interview with a Co-Founder of Modern Skepticism': "When considering the history of the modern skeptical movement three names come to mind: James Randi, Martin Gardner, and Ray Hyman. ... When the Department of Defense wanted someone to investigate an Israeli spoon-bending psychic, they called Ray Hyman. When James Randi wants advice on statistical analysis, he often calls Ray Hyman. When Scientific American Frontiers, the television series based on the magazine, wanted advice on experimental protocol to test a water dowser, they called Ray Hyman. When the government wanted an objective outsider to examine the data from the CIA's remote viewing program, they called Ray Hyman."
|Margaret T. Singer
She began to study brainwashing in the 1950s at Walter Reed Institute of Research in Washington, D. C., where she interviewed U.S. soldiers who had been taken prisoner during the Korean War. She came to Berkeley in 1958 and found herself in a prime spot to study the cult scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Studied and helped authorities and victims better understand the Peoples Temple, Branch Davidian, Unification Church and Symbionese Liberation Army cults. Director the Cult Awareness Network. It is claimed that "Dr. Singer was appalled by therapists who condition their patients to become parent abusers."
Dr. Colin Ross, who received many FOIA documents pertaining to US government mind control research: "Robert Lifton also had Top Secret Clearance from the Air Force to interview these downed American pilots [Manchurian Candidates of a sort, without full amnesia for the previous identity], and there are several other people in the group there, including Margaret Singer, who wrote the book, "Cults in Our Midst" which I talked about as the foundation of the iatrogenic pathway to DID. She had Top Secret Clearance to interview these pilots as well. Margaret Singer publishes with Joly West, and Margaret Singer publishes with Richard Ofshe, who is an expert on coercive mind control and cult persuasion techniques... Who were the expert witnesses called to explain to the jury that Patty Hearst was actually a victim of coercive persuasion, mind control and brainwashing ... Joly West, Margaret Singer, Robert Lifton and Martin Orne." Died in 2003.
1929-2003. Master of Divinity, Concordia Seminary of St. Louis, 1951. Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1955. Pastor of Lutheran Churches in Iowa and Minnesota. Founder and executive director Institute for Psychological Therapies 1974-2003. First appeared in court as a defense witness in 1984 in Minnesota. After successfully helping to acquit the parents in this child sexual abuse case, they together founded Victims of Child Abuse Laws (VOCAL) that same year, which soon counted dozens of national chapters.
Used to be a Lutheran pastor. Virtual icon to the Irish Catholic lobby in Dublin. Defends people internationally who are accused of child molestation. In 1993 forced to resign from the FMSF, which he helped found a year before, because of a remark in an interview which appeared in Paidika, an Amsterdam journal for pedophiles. He said that it was "God's Will" when adults engage in sex with children. Told a group of British reporters in 1994 that "scientific evidence" proved 60% of all women molested as children believed the experience was "good for them."
pp. 246-246: "In 1984, the community group Victims of Child Abuse Laws (or VOCAL) was formed in the aftermath of a collapsed investigation into allegations of organised abuse in Jordan, Minnesota. VOCAL was formed by two parents acquitted in the case, and Dr Ralph Underwager... In court, Underwager had claimed that the children’s disclosures of organised abuse were the product of brainwashing by social workers, who, he testified, used Communist thought reform techniques to force the child witnesses to invent allegations against their parents (Summit 1994b: 14). These dark intimations of a conspiracy of female professionals strong‐arming children into destroying their families would be a feature of Underwager’s activism over the next few decades. Ostensibly, VOCAL was formed to advocate for the rights of parents with complaints against the child protection system, but it attracted a range of other people, including anti‐feminists, father’s rights activists, convicted sexual offenders and pro‐paedophile advocates (Hechler 1988). Within a year of it’s establishment, VOCAL claimed three thousand members in one hundred chapters across forty states (Meinert 1985), providing an expansive platform for the promulgation of a position on child sexual abuse that harked back to views more prevalent in the early‐to‐mid twentieth century: child sexual abuse is infrequent and not necessarily harmful, children cannot tell the difference between fact and fantasy, and social workers and others who investigate child abuse are obsessive and hysterical. ...
In a small number of child protection investigations in the 1980s, children reported ritualistic forms of sexual abuse, involving sexual assault and torture by groups of people within religious or cult‐like “satanic” ceremonies (Scott 2001). ... VOCAL highlighted children’s allegations of ritual abuse as evidence that children had a natural propensity for confabulation and fantasy (Marron 1987)...
By the late 1980s, Underwager had testified for the defence in more then 200 sexual abuse cases in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain (Grant 1994), and 28 of them involved allegations of organised and ritual abuse (Marron 1987). "
January 16, 1987, Los Angeles Times, 'Parents Get VOCAL About False Child Abuse Accusations': "Some experts, for example, claim that as many as 60% to 70% of the [child abuse] reported cases are unfounded [and only made to get child custody]. ... As a result, signs of a backlash are now appearing. Thousands of adults nationwide have banded together to form an information network and support group for people claiming to be falsely accused of child abuse. ...
These parents claim that, in a strange way, they and their children are abused by the child abuse laws designed to protect them. They have formed VOCAL (Victims of Child Abuse Laws), which started in Minneapolis in 1984 and now has 120 chapters nationwide..."
Wife of Ralph Underwager. Remained on the board when Underwager had to resign. She and her husband publish the journal 'Issues in Child Abuse Allegations,' written by and for child abuse skeptics.
|Louis Jolyon "Joly" West
Shortly after he had entered University of Wisconsin, West enlisted in the U.S. Army. In the Army Specialized Training Program he studied at the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine from which he graduated in 1948. During his internship at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic he became familiar with Scientology, a cult he soon considered dangerous. Transferred to the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps and five years later he was appointed Chief of Psychiatry Service at the Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. In this position he studied U.S. pilots and veterans after they had experienced torture and brainwashing. Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California in Los Angeles and director of its Neuropsychiatric Institute. Involved in the Rockefeller, CIA and MKULTRA-linked Macy Foundation conferences in the 1950s, alongside a number of leading LSD researchers.
June 6, 1962, letter of Aldous Huxley to Harvard's LSD, mushroom and DMT guru Timothy Leary: "Dear Tim, Thank you for your letter of Jan 23rd... At S.F. I met Dr. Janiger, whom I had not seen for several years. He tells me that he has given LSD to 100 painters.... I also spoke briefly with Dr. Jolly West (prof of psychiatry at U of Oklahoma Medical School), who told me that he had done a lot of work on sensory deprivation, using improved versions of John Lilly's [isolation tank] techniques. Interesting visionary results -- but I didn't have time to discuss the details. ... Yours, Aldous." For what it's worth, sensory deprivation was a major area of research of the MKULTRA program.
January 7, 1999, Reuters: "After examining [Jack] Ruby, the killer of President John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, West concluded Ruby was suffering from 'major mental illness precipitated by the stress of (his) trial.'''
Member of the White House Conference on Civil Rights in 1966. For many years he fought for the abolishment of the death penalty.
1978, John Marks, 'The Search for the Manchurian Candidate', p. 42: "Suddenly there was a huge new market for grants in academia, as Sid Gottlieb [chief of the CIA's science directorate] and his aides began to fund LSD projects at prestigious institutions. The Agency's LSD pathfinders can be identified: ... Louis Jolyon West at the University of Oklahoma... The Agency disguised its involvement by passing the money through two conduits: the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, a rich establishment institution which served as a cutout (intermediary) only for a year or two, and the Geschickter Fund for Medical Research, a Washington, D.C. family foundation, whose head, Dr. Charles Geschickter, provided the Agency with a variety of services for more than a decade. Reflexively, [CIA] TSS officials felt they had to keep the CIA connection secret."
Dr. Colin Ross, who received many FOIA documents pertaining to US government mind control research: "Started off as a Top Secret official for the Air Force who interviewed the American pilots who came back from Korea having been captured and brainwashed by the Communist Chinese. Joly West and Margaret Singer worked for Air Force Intelligence talking to those downed American pilots who were actually DDNOS level Manchurian Candidates. Director the Cult Awareness Network... funded under MKULTRA to study the psychobiology of dissociation. He will probably go down in history as the only person to kill an elephant at Oklahoma City Zoo with LSD... Joly West was the expert witness in the trial for Patty Hearst. Who were the expert witnesses called to explain to the jury that Patty Hearst was actually a victim of coercive persuasion, mind control and brainwashing ... Joly West, Margaret Singer, Robert Lifton and Martin Orne. So what did Joly West have to do with Vacaville? Joly West was Head of the UCLA Violence Project which was approved by Ronald Reagan when he was Governor of California, then shut down by public protest. It was spearheaded by a number of people including some people who were very interested in the history of CIA military mind control, and have written books about it. Well the UCLA Violence Project you are going to see in subsequent slides... [Joly was a] CIA and military contractor, and an expert on multiple personality and other things... he actually mentions multiple personality in his CIA proposal. He tried to set up this UCLA violence centre that was going to be funded by Ronald Reagan and Frank Irvine from the Harvard brain electrode implant team was going to come. One of the things that was going to be done at the UCLA violence project and also at Vaccaville State Prison under a separate administrative structure, but which got shut down by public protest, was that they were going to implant brain electrodes in violent sex offenders..."
'REPRESSED MEMORY, MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER AND SATANIC RITUAL ABUSE: "Excerpt from an amicus brief filed in Supreme Court of Georgia, Kahout v Charter Peachford Behavioral Health System, Appeal No S98C1773. September, 1998.': "In the early 1990s, surveys conducted in the United States and Canada showed a majority of psychiatrists had not made the diagnosis or even seen a case of MPD. These results suggest that the high figure for the disorder is best explained by the fact that a small number of psychiatrists are making a large number of diagnoses. Due to the efforts of a group of multiple personality disorder proponents, Frank W. Putnam, M.D., Bennett G. Braun, M.D., Philip Coons, M.D., Colin Ross, M.D., Eugene Bliss, M.D. and Richard P. Kluft, M.D., the diagnosis of MPD came to be listed in the DSM-III in 1980. Prior to 1980, there were approximately 200 cases reported worldwide. In 1990, however, over 20,000 persons had been diagnosed with MPD. Today, there are estimates of as many as two million more."