A Terrible Mistake

A Terrible Mistake

The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments

Book - 2008
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Following nearly a decade of research, this account solves the mysterious death of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in shocking detail. It offers a unique and unprecedented look into the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officials--including several who actually oversaw the CIA's mind-control programs from the 1950s to the 1970s. In retracing these programs, a frequently bizarre and always frightening world is introduced, colored and dominated by many factors--Cold War fears, the secret relationship between the nation's drug enforcement agencies and the CIA, and the government's close collaboration with the Mafia.

Publisher: Springfield, Or. : Trine Day, [2008], c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780977795376
0977795373
Characteristics: xxv, 826 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Jun 22, 2012

[Yup, Albarelli bowed to outside pressure to alter the ending, circumstantial evidence greatly points to the assassin from the CIA's Counter Intelligence Unit [run by James Jesus Angleton], one David Herbert Strier, who appears also to have murdered Maurice Gatlin, destroying the link between the CIA and the OAS [French fascist group which attempted to murder President de Gaulle], and most likely murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer.]
Mr. Albarelli's book is outstandingly researched, until the end. Having verified much, if not most of his stated and sourced items, he gives great background on Sidney Gottlieb, the evil genius of MK ULTRA (Richard Helms was the operational head of this program), as well as the earliest "experiments" against a Jewish-American man in Paris, in the early 1950s, and most probably a French village which went beserk (after being crop dusted with mind-altering chemicals). But WARNING and BE ADVISED: the ending is what is referred to as a "limited hangout" in intel parlance - - admitting a variation of the truth, in this case administering LSD to an unwitting Frank Olson, who later, so they claim, commits suicide. INSTEAD: in the mid 1990s, Olson's son, Eric had his body exhumed and examined by an experienced pathologist, whose conclusive findings were death with a blunt instrument, a crushed skull, PRIOR to his being dumped out of a 13-story window by CIA personnel. It was murder! (It was originally a closed-coffin burial as the CIA claimed Mr. Olson's face had been thoroughly cut and mangled, which the exhumed corpse revealed was also a lie!) As the official American/CIA observer of a UK biowarfare experiment, Frank Olson witnessed the death of a British soldier - - a non-volunteer who had been told he was being treated for an experimental drug for the common cold, but was a guinea pig for topically administered Sarin, from which he died painfully a few hours later - - forty-eight hours later Olson submitted his resignation to the CIA at Langley, Virginia. Within the ranks of the CIA, an employee is considered a "lifer" especially someone with Frank Olson's high-level security clearance status and knowledge. (Decades later the surviving family of that murdered British soldier would be given a financial payment by the British government, but the actual number of innocents killed in these experiments, both in the UK, America and elsewhere, has never been adequately ascertained!)

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