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Victims of alleged LSD brainwashing experiments in Montreal plan to file lawsuit
Published Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:46PM EDT
City News, Tina Tenneriello
May 20, 2018
Lindsay Richardson, CTV Montreal
Published Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:44PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:15PM EDT
Canadian Jewish News Montreal May 22, 2018
Survivors Allied Against Government Abuse includes victims in brainwashing experiments in Montreal
Lisa Ellenwood · CBC News · Posted: May 21, 2018 7:21 AM ET | Last Updated: May 22
Out of all the shadowy research projects conducted by government agencies, MKUltra remains one of the most controversial and mysterious. It’s known that the project was launched in 1953 by CIA director Allen Dulles as a means of developing mind-altering or mind-controlling drugs and techniques for use in interrogation of Soviet bloc spies. The project’s ultimate goal was reported to be the development of a “truth drug” which could aid in extracting information from persons of interest and then wipe the memories of these extractions from their minds.
Much of the work of MKUltra remains unknown, as it’s believed that the vast majority of MKUltra-related documents were destroyed in 1973 amid the fallout from the Watergate scandal. However, close to 20,000 documents which were incorrectly filed alongside financial records were unearthed by a FOIA in 1977 and investigated by the US Senate, leading to disclosure of the CIA’s domestic mind-control project. Many of MKUltra activities were deemed illegal, as they were conducted without test subjects’ consent or knowledge. It’s alleged that dozens of participants were unknowingly administered LSD, leading to at least one death.
While bringing justice to those responsible for this abuse of power has proven difficult due to the fact that much of the documentation surrounding MKUltra was destroyed decades ago, the records of one McGill University professor have led to a class-action lawsuit filed by the families of alleged victims of MKUltra. The lawsuit claims that Dr. Ewan Cameron, a psychologist at McGill’s Alan Memorial Institute in Montreal, conducted mind-control experiments involving LSD and electroshock therapy on unwitting patients who were seeking treatment for minor psychological issues.
“These were innocent people that went in for mild depression. They came out completely ravaged and their life was ruined,” says Marlene Levenson, who claims her aunt was an unwitting victim of Dr. Cameron’s MKUltra experiments. Many of the other plaintiffs in the suit cite similar cases of family members seeking routine treatments only to be subjected to some of the most experimental, controversial, and destructive brain-altering techniques available at the time.
Alan Stein, the lawyer representing the victims, says he “can claim moral damages as a result of the experiments when Dr. Cameron used these people as guinea pigs,” and believes the victims’ families are due compensation and a public apology. Neither the Quebec provincial government nor the Canadian federal government have publicly commented upon the case.
By Joshua Philipp, The Epoch Times
May 23, 2018 4:03 pm Last Updated: May 23, 2018 4:03 pm
A group of victims and family members affected by the CIA’s infamous MKULTRA program is planning to file a class-action lawsuit against several organizations for brainwashing experiments in Canada.
The lawsuit is being prepared by Survivors Allied Against Government Abuse (SAAGA). According to the group’s Facebook page, it will sue “several organizations who were guilty of or complicit in the brainwashing experiments that took place at Montreal’s Allan Memorial Hospital and The Douglas Hospital through the 1940’s, 50’s and 1960’s.”
The experiments at the hospital are fairly well documented. Scottish psychiatrist Ewen Cameron, with financing from the CIA under its MKULTRA program, subjected patients at the behavioral health center to electroshock treatments, experimental drugs such as LSD, and other controversial methods in an attempt to “de-pattern,” or wipe the minds of patients, then “re-pattern,” or reprogram them.
Some of Cameron’s victims suffered severe mental harm and were unable to function properly afterward. Symptoms included memory loss to the extent that they no longer recognized their own parents, or forgot how to use the restroom and how to speak.
Among the victims was Jean Steel, who was admitted to the Allan Memorial Institute in 1957 for manic depression and delusional thinking. Cameron allegedly subjected the 33-year-old to chemically induced sleep for weeks at a time, as well as electroshock, experimental drugs, and recorded messages played on repeat.
Steel’s daughter, Alison Steel, filed a lawsuit in 2015, according to Canada’s CBC news outlet, and in 2017 received an out-of-court settlement from the Canadian government of $100,000. In 1992, close to 70 patients were also compensated with $100,000 by the Canadian government for the abuses.
In the current case, close to 40 individuals met on May 20 in Montreal to discuss the class-action lawsuit, according to CBC. They are planning to request a public apology and compensation.
While part of the funding for the programs in Canada came through the CIA, they were also funded by the Canadian Health and Welfare Department.
The MKULTRA program has been a focus of heavy controversy for years. In 1973, the CIA destroyed many documents on the program, which was tied to bizarre and often abusive experiments on human consciousness.
A 1983 CIA document on the program, declassified in 2007, states that “because of reports that the Soviet Union may have developed the capability to affect human behavior through the use of drugs, the Agency initiated a program of research in this area called MKULTRA from 1953 to 1964.”
It states that much of the research was conducted with the drug LSD, and this part was often not classified. The more abusive programs, however, were kept secret.
The 1983 document states, “Other MKULTRA research was performed in a questionable manner; research and tests were conducted on individuals who were not witting that they were the subjects
of a research program and that they were being given a drug.” According to FOIA request website MuckRock, MKULTRA previously ran under MKDELTA and continued under projects BLUEBIRD and ARTICHOKE.