• The CIA and its Search for Mind Control
    September 27, 2019
    8:00 am - 9:30 am

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council will host Mr. Stephen Kinzer of the Boston Globe for a talk on his forthcoming book, POISONER IN CHIEF: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. Mr. Kinzer is and award-winning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey.

About the book: The techniques developed by Sidney Gottlieb, the central figure in this book, were pulled out of a drawer and dusted off for the War on Terror, and just about everything that has been done to inmates at places like Guantanamo is based on ideas that Gottlieb developed about how to break prisoners’ resistance.

Kinzer also discusses the ways Gottlieb’s CIA led to today’s CIA–for example, he operated the Agency’s first secret prison (in Germany) and may have been the first to use the kidnapping tactic that is now called “extraordinary rendition.” And not incidentally, Gottlieb was the person who brought LSD into the United States and sponsored experiments that first exposed counter-culture figures like Tim Leary, Alan Ginsberg, Ken Kesey and the Grateful Dead to that drug. Unintentionally he became a godfather of the counter culture–a great irony since that force was and is devoted to destroying much of what the CIA holds dear.

Stephen Kinzer is the author of nine books, including The True Flag, The Brothers, Overthrow, and All the Shah’s Men. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column for the Boston Globe. He lives in Boston.

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