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Operation MHCHAOS

April 30, 2011 Comments off

Experimentation – Agencies of our own government are on record as having employed precisely these same tactics on a recurrent basis. The Church and Rockefeller Committee Hearings in the mid-70’s purportedly put an end to these practices. Based on recent developments, it would appear that the CIA’s and FBI’s Operations MKULTRA, MHCHAOS and COINTELPRO (the focus of these Senate Committee and Vice-President-level Hearings) were instead merely driven underground. We are now in contact with a total of 25 individuals, scattered throughout the United states, who firmly believe they are being harassed by agencies of the U.S. Government. Others have been brought to our attention whom we will be contacting in the future. The majority of these individuals claim that their harassment and surveillance began in 1989. The methods reportedly employed in these harassment campaigns bear a striking resemblance to those attributed to the CIA and FBI during Operations MKULTRA, MHCHAOS and COINTELPRO. The only difference now is that electronic harassment and experimentation also appear to be (more blatantly) involved (Microwave Harassment and Mind-Control Experimentation).

July 1968 – Orders from FBI Headquarters: Instructions For Operations selected “enemy” were to be 1) exposed; 2) disrupted; 3) neutralized. Methods suggested by superiors for these operations, put into writings, as guidelines:

Gather information on their immorality.
Show them as scurrilous and depraved.
Call attention to their habits and living conditions.
Explore every possible embarrassment.
Investigate personal conflicts or animosities between them.
Send articles to newspapers showing their depravity.
Use narcotics and free sex for entrapment.
Have members arrested on marijuana charges.
Exploit the hostilities between various persons.
Use cartoons and photographs to ridicule them.
Use misinformation to confuse and disrupt.
Get records of their bank accounts.
Obtain specimens of handwriting.
Provoke target groups into rivalries that resulted in deaths (Operation CHAOS).

Mackenzie – The late Angus Mackenzie, a longtime affiliate of San Francisco’s Center for Investigative Journalism (he died of brain cancer in 1994), spent more than 15 years researching “Secrets: The CIA’s War at Home.” It represents the best account yet of the CIA’s continuing attempts to manipulate and suppress informatioïn on the basis of its own narrow definitions of national security. Forbidden by the National Security Act of 1947 from operating within the United States, the CIA nevertheless launched a domestic spying program dubbed MHCHAOS aimed at the U.S. anti- war underground press of the 1960s and 1970s. The operation was international in scope and supposedly focused on whether anti-war publications were financed by foreign, communist sources. In fact, points out Mackenzie, MHCHAOS, like the FBI’s COINTELPRO, was designed to gather information on American citizens deemed by these federal agencies to be potentially subversive. The chief remaining barrier to keeping details of CIA domestic espionage from the public was the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). So, in 1982, the Agency moved to create an exemption from the FOIA for counter-intelligence files, such as the records of MHCHAOS. Mackenzie details how this was accomplished with the surprising cooperation of American Civil Liberties Union executives Mark Lynch and Morton Halperin. The new FOIA exemption coincided with the issuance by the Rion Directive (NSDD 84), which was designed to prohibit federal employees from leaking classified information to the press. Mackenzie maintains that the chief result of NSDD 84 has been to discourage potential government whistle blowers.

In the end, Mackenzie suggests, the pattern of censorship that began with the CIA frantically trying to keep secret its illegal domestic spying operations has spread to agencies of the federal government, creating a culture of bureaucratic secrecy that resembles the one generated by Great Britain’s Official Secrets Act, but previously unknown in the United States, with its strong tradition of constitutionally protected free speech. In Mackenzie, the United States lost prematurely one of its fiercest First Amendment defenders: “Almost a decade after the end of the Cold War,” he writes in his conclusion, “espionage is not the issue, if it ever really was. The issue is freedom…. The issue is principle…. Until the citizens of this land aggressively defend their First Amendment rights of free speech, there is little hope that the march to censorship will be reversed. The survival of that cornerstone of the Bill of Rights is at stake.” (How the CIA Got Away With Domestic Spying).

Dr. Ewen Cameron, employed by McGill University’s Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, between 1943 and 1964, conducted brainwashing experiments upon select, non-volunteer psychiatric patients on behalf of the CIA. Dr. Weinstein’s father was one of Cameron’s victims. Sergeant’s theorems and Cameron’s associated experimental findings appear to be the driving force behind the harassment and experimentation now being reported to this Association. All of these individuals are being subjected to a series of overlapping circumstances which apparently are meant to induce and sustain long-term extremes of stress. All of these individuals have been effectively isolated. Unethical psychiatrists and physicians are involved in the majority of these cases. Mind-altering prescription drugs are being used for clearly non-therapeutic purposes. Evidence of LSD use is also beginning to surface (one of Cameron’s favored mind-altering substances). And “psychic driving” techniques – Cameron’s pet brainwashing method – are involved in all these cases, to a much greater and more potentially effective degree where auditory input is involved. The long-term objectives of these harassment and experimentation campaigns appear to be quite fundamental: 1). Induce a sense of perverted “loyalty” toward the very agencies engaged in the individual’s harassment, to confuse his or her priorities where the possibility of obtaining legal redress might be concerned; 2). Redirect the targeted individual’s feelings of hopelessness, anger and frustration toward racial and ethnic groups, and toward select, prominent political figures, to include the President of the United States; 3). Force the individual to commit an act of violence, whether suicide or murder, under conditions which he can be plausibly denied by the government. An operation’s ultimate success apparently hangs on this latter objective. We have successfully obstructed this process in a number of cases now being investigated (Microwave Harassment and Mind-Control Experimentation).

MHCHAOS in Canada According to the files, MH Chaos was a parallel undertaking to the CIA’s “Operation Chaos,” a domestic program that kept tabs on left-wing activity on U.S. college campuses. The agency developed a network of informants on Canadian campuses in the late 1960s and had reports sent down from Ottawa to the CIA’s headquarters at Langley, Va. Among the Canadians listed for monitoring in one of those reports was Mordecai Briemberg, a former political science professor at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University. Briemberg told the CBC he was not surprised to see his name surface on a CIA document three decades later, but blasted the monitoring operation as “utterly shameful.” (CIA spied on left-wing Canadians in ’60s, ’70s: documents).

Operation CHAOS or Operation MHCHAOS was the code name for a domestic espionage project conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency. A department within the CIA was established in 1967 on orders from President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson and later expanded under President Richard Nixon. The operation was launched under Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) Richard Helms, by chief of counter-intelligence, James Jesus Angleton, and headed by Richard Ober. The program’s goal was to unmask possible foreign influences on the student antiwar movement. The “MH” designation is to signify the program had a worldwide area of operations (Wikipedia).

RELATED READING:
Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination the US Government and Hoover’s FBI
Revisiting Thomas Troy’s Review of Richard Helms’ Memoir
SECRETS The CIA’s War at Home
Operation MHCHAOS – Part 1
The CIA’s Electric Pistol / Poison Dart Gun (Videos)
John Stockwell and Louis Wolf on the CIA and the Covert Action Information Bulletin (1982)
Secret Wars of the CIA: John Stockwell Lecture – Nov 03 1989 (Videos)
John Stockwell on the Election of George Bush (Videos)
CIA Media Operations Across the World – May 1982 (Videos)

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