H. P. “Hank” Albarelli, Jr. provides a chilling account about the CIA’s history of administering LSD and other drugs for mind-control and prisoner interrogation.
In 1995, Albarelli began his intensive investigation into the mysterious death of CIA scientist and biochemist, Dr. Frank Olson, whose demise from a fall out of a New York City hotel window in Nov. 1953 was ruled a suicide. For the next 10 years, his investigative research led him down the rabbit hole of history into the CIA’s employment of drug and mind-control experiments on innocent civilians, including children.
His 900+ page exposé, “A Terrible Mistake, the Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments,” reveals a rogue government agency whose defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth policies carried out at any cost. It brings to light, important new information from the 1950’s about military and CIA experimentation which Olson’s death was intended to bury. Among the details revealed are efforts to weaponize LSD for battlefield use.
The human faces of evil come alive. The author acquaints us with some of the Agency’s creepiest characters, such as Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, head of the MK-ULTRA program, whose mind control techniques included extensive use of LSD; the evil psychiatrist Dr. Harold Abramson; various Corsican mafia kingpins; and the ultimate spy, Pierre Lafitte, who was not only descended from the famous pirate captain, Jean Lafitte, he was also a paid CIA assassin who just happened to be working as a bellman at the Statler Hotel the night Olson plunged to his death after having dosed on LSD.
What did Dr. Olson do to deserve such a violent death? In the 1970’s, Olson’s family was denied the right to open a new investigation into his death by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
Whose secrets were being protected and why? Encountering fierce opposition from varied and surprising forces, Albarelli persisted, learning for himself the harsh lessons one gains in the pursuit of truth.
Starting in the 1940s with Project Bluebird and later with Project MK-ULTRA, the CIA has sought to perfect its mind control techniques, including the creation of a “truth drug” to interrogate enemy operatives.
A TERRIBLE MISTAKE reads like a roadmap to the drug culture of the 1960s and beyond. The author’s investigation of unprecedented depth, including numerous first-hand interviews, links yesteryear’s electric KoolAid with today’s “shock doctrine.”