Joseph D. Douglass, Jr.
(Cont'd) To eliminate the influence of religion,
Thu Dec 4 16:41:55 2003
To eliminate the influence of religion, the Communists decided to shift the
allegiance of Catholic clerics from the Holy See to Communism. Friendship drugs
were used to help turn the bishops (e.g. Bishop Trochka) and priests "from the
black to the red." This process worked, but not 100 percent. There still
remained a large number of "reactionary clerics." To eliminate these clerics,
drugs that had a strong adverse effect were used. They would either drive the
reactionary clerics to suicide or cause them to become insane. As described by
Sejna, "After two years there were no more reactionary clerics in
Czechoslovakia." The same techniques were used throughout Eastern Europe, and
subsequently were employed selectively in Western Europe.
In these Soviet uses of psycho-active drugs, as a general rule the drugs were
only one aspect of a complex psychological operation. In the case of the
friendship drugs in the above example, the drugs were administered over a period
of several days. They suppressed the target’s natural inclinations or defenses
and opened the target’s mind to points-of-view that were different from the
target’s predisposition. After several applications of the drugs, "friendly"
intelligence agents in the target’s presence would repeatedly "advance" the
desired point-of-view during conversations. After several days, if all went
well, the target had adopted the new perspective. The drugs were critical, but
so was the accompanying operational work by the "friendly" intelligence agents.
In other cases, such as the pills used to drive the target insane, the pills by
themselves were sufficient.
Mind control drugs were used to recruit almost the entire Indonesian cabinet.
They were first used on Minister Subandrio’s wife when she was in Prague for a
medical operation. After she was recruited, with her help and "the little
pills," Minister Subandrio was recruited. This process continued through most of
the Indonesian cabinet. By the end of the 1950s, Indonesia was a Soviet puppet.
India’s Defense Minister, Khrisna Menon, was similarly recruited, as were a
number of North Vietnamese officials in the 1960s, most notably Minister Pham
A particularly interesting example was the use of drugs to destroy the United
Arab Republic that was being formed by Egypt and Syria. The Soviets did not want
a unified Arab state so they decided to break it up. Because they did not want
to risk destroying their good relations with either Egypt or Syria,
Czechoslovakia was given the lead role in the operation. The approach taken was
quite simple. The Egyptians who were in Syria were repeatedly given drugs that
made them aggressive or "imperialist." At the same time, the Syrians were given
drugs that made them suspicious or paranoid. The resultant mixture was
incompatible. An explosion ensued and the Syrians broke up the UAR because of
their concern that the "Egyptians just wanted to dominate them."
Drugs were used in the Middle East to help achieve a variety of Soviet
intelligence tasks. They were used in the process of recruiting people to an
interpretation of Islam that was compatible with Communism, in the same sense
that Liberation Theology, which was developed in Moscow in 1960, was used to
Communize Christianity. Drugs were used to assist this process and to radicalize
Islamic clerics or teachers. Drugs also were used to recruit potential
terrorists and to assist in the process of shaping their views, including the
development of a profound hatred towards the United States.
In rethinking my discussions with Gen. Sejna following the terrorist strikes of
September 11, 2001, I was struck by the possibility that the psycho-active drugs
he described (and which the Chinese were also actively developing) could have
played a significant role in recruiting, brainwashing, and controlling the young
men recruited for terrorist operations, and ultimately in helping to assure the
reliability and commitment that was needed to mobilize in synchronicity the
large number of suicidal young men needed to carry out the mission. Moreover, it
is hard to understand how it has been possible to instill such unwavering
commitment, intense yet controlled hatred, and discipline that were demonstrated
without some type of artificial assistance. Here, it is useful also to recall
that the Japanese Kamakazi pilots were given psycho-active drugs. They did not
simply commit suicide for the honor of dying for their country. They were given
a decided artificial assist, as were some of the most aggressive and determined
Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War.
The Soviets also had several drugs that changed people’s behavior for the worst.
Some of these drugs caused people to become overly aggressive, or paranoid, as
indicated above. Others caused people to "say what was on their minds" without
concern for the political consequences. Other drugs caused people to become
confused, or to lose their ambition or drive. The function of these types of
drugs was to cause people to self-destruct, thus avoiding the necessity to
overtly assassinate them. These drugs eliminated undesirable people by helping
them become their own worst enemy. Their use was superior to assassination
because they left in place an ineffective leader and caused confusion, further
destroying the effectiveness of the organization.
Mind control drugs quickly became serious tools in industrial and scientific
espionage. Scientific and technical secrets of interest were identified by teams
of intelligence and technology specialists. Communist scientists then identified
Western scientists who they believed most likely to have the desired knowledge.
They also identified Communist scientists who understood the critical technical
subjects and, thus, would be able to obtain the desired information while
conversing with knowledgeable Western scientists. The intelligence services then
arranged for invitations to attend conferences, preferably in Europe, to be sent
to the knowledgeable Western scientists. The Communist scientists most
knowledgeable about the desired technical information would also attend the
conferences, accompanied by intelligence specialists who would arrange for them
to meet the targeted Western scientist and have dinner together. With the help
of drugs covertly administered by the intelligence specialists, an uninhibited
conversation would proceed. For example, this was how the Bulgarians learned in
advance from a British banker that the British were going to devalue the pound.
This is only a small sample of the information provided by Gen. Sejna.4 Since he
defected, the advances in biochemistry and neuropharmacology have been truly
remarkable. It would be foolhardy not to expect the KGB (and Chinese
intelligence) capabilities – both drugs and delivery mechanisms – to be much
more sophisticated today.
It is only realistic to recognize that these capabilities in the hands of the
new KGB5 are every bit as valuable in post-Cold War intelligence operations as
they were during the Cold War. Effective intelligence methods and means have not
been discarded; rather, the targets and motivations have expanded to address new
opportunities and priorities in business, industry, finance, and politics. Given
today’s relative East-West freedom to interact and wide-spread belief in the
West that Cold War has ended, mind control drugs could well be far more
important in shaping world events today when distrust of the Russians and
Chinese has all but vanished – especially among those most at risk; that is,
important Western targets.
Thus, it is most disconcerting to find no indication that executives and
decision makers, whether in politics, business, finance, government, science,
industry, religion, or journalism, have been advised about the nature of the
Russian or Chinese mind control drug developments and the tremendous threat they
pose. This is especially tragic because, while the threat may seem frightening,
even mind boggling, to a considerable degree this is just because the
information is so new. Information that is both shocking and new causes
confusion. Why were we not well aware of this before? Why has this information
been kept hidden or in locked safes? These questions are inevitable and as
disturbing as the information itself.
Once the information is digested, however, it should become evident that the
situation is not hopeless. There are explanations and, most important, there are
defenses and countermeasures that can be employed. Those people who are most
vulnerable are those who are uninformed about the threat, which by definition is
designed as a covert weapon to be used to affect the minds and behavior of
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Other Writings by Joseph D. Douglass Jr.
Influencing Behavior and Mental Processes in Covert Operations
White Paper on the Black Book
1 It seems inconceivable that the CIA did not have considerable data that was
not released to Marks or Congress in the mid-1970s. It is also most unlikely
that the intelligence information could have been trashed by Gottlieb insofar as
this foreign intelligence data would not have been under his control.
2 Other intelligence operations of special significance in the new strategy were
international narcotics trafficking, organized crime, international terrorism,
and deception, which included major efforts directed against the news media. See
Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America (London and New York: Edward Harle, 1999),
Decision Making in Communist Countries: An Inside View (Cambridge, MA: Institute
for Foreign Policy Analysis, 1986), and Why the Soviet Union Violates Arms
Control Treaties (Washington DC: Pergamon-Brassey’s, 1988).
3 The new development objectives were broad, like the CIA MKULTRA objectives
identified earlier, and also included applications for use against discrete
military targets (e.g. command/control centers) and civilian populated areas
through the water supply or wind-delivered aerosols.
4 For an example of the amount of detail Gen. Sejna has provided, see Red
Cocaine: The Drugging of America. The full details on the use of American POWs
by the Soviets and their associated development of mind-control drugs will be
presented in a forthcoming book by Dr. Douglass, Betrayed, which will be
published in the Spring of 2002.
5 The KGB is one of the least changed organizations in Russia. The name has
changed, but it remains the same old KGB.
Influencing Behavior and Mental Processes in Covert Operations
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