The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness was a 1912 book by the American psychologist and eugenicist Henry H. Goddard. The work was an extended case study of Goddard’s for the inheritance of “feeble-mindedness,” a general category referring to a variety of mental disabilities including mental retardation, learning disabilities, and mental illness. Goddard concluded that a variety of mental traits were hereditary and society should limit reproduction by people possessing these traits.
During that process, a lot of things developed and were allowed to develop, necessarily, at least they thought they were necessary, that are kind of, incompatible or don’t work good with a free and open society. … I say what Bill used to say, if it’s done right, you’ll never know who did it, or why. … And in this case, in my own mind, I absolutely do not believe the man went out, fell out of his canoe, and drowned. I believe, for whatever reason, he was a thorn in somebody’s side, and he had to be shut up and that’s what occurred. — John DeCamp, author of The Franklin Cover-up, on the death of former CIA director William Colby
If I could get any animal it would be a dolphin. I want one so bad. Me and my mom went swimming with dolphins and I was like, ‘How do we get one of those?’ and she was like, ‘You can’t get a dolphin. What are you gonna do, like, put it in your pool?’ — Miley Cyrus
The bears on the album cover are not really ‘dancing’. I don’t know why people think they are, their positions are quite obviously those of a high-stepping march. — Augustus Owsley Stanley III (“Bear”)
Yes, Miley Cyrus is an Illuminati Mind Control Slave, programmed with the Beta Sex Kitten routine. See, what you do is you tie them up, and … oh, wait, never mind, I’ve said too much.
No, I haven’t forgotten about the Flogging Miley series, that started with her unusual video for We Can’t Stop (Flogging Miley Part 1) and went on to tell the story of CIA agent Miles Copeland Jr. (Flogging Miley 2) and his sons, who all ran various interesting and maybe even spooky parts of the music industry back in the 1980s. We covered CIA programs like the infamous MK-ULTRA and the operation to feed MK-Ultra to the press (Operation Dormouse) in order to distract attention away from the real scandal, Operation Artichoke. In the last installment, we covered how the ultimate drug of the 1960s Hippie Generation – LSD – was introduced to the general public by the CIA and those working with them. In context, LSD was essentially a chemical weapon used by the CIA for a long time, and at some point, tested on many willing and unwilling Americans in the 1950s through the 1970s, and perhaps longer, in fact, perhaps continuing to the current day.
So all of a sudden, LSD moves out of the CIA secret operations to the universities, which do more or less scientific research with varying levels of controls. Then, it’s make illegal. Timothy Leary famously starts a quasi-religious LSD cult on campus, is fired, then helps head up a counter-culture LSD trend which is given mainstream and positive press coverage by the Luce Family’s media empire, especially Time Magazine. Writer Ken Kesey and a bunch of proto-hippies hold private LSD parties called “acid tests” (a very fitting name, if you think about it) then LSD goes public with a series of music festivals held across the country, most famously Woodstock but starting with the Monterey Pop Festival in California. Massive quantities of LSD are given out for free or cheap to the attendees and the drug becomes an integral part of the new counter-culture.
Well, someone had to make all that acid, and the man that did was called “Bear.” Bear was a sound man for the Grateful Dead, the proto-typical “acid rock” band of the era, and it was Bear that introduced Ken Kesey to LSD and held the first mass LSD experiments Groovy Acid Tests.
Of course, “Bear” was just a cutesy nickname, likely meant to evoke the hip mythology of the time, maybe a trucker, some redneck turned hippie, perhaps even with Genuine American Indian ancestry. Bear’s real name was Augustus Owsley Stanley III and he was no trucker; he was the scion of one of the wealthiest and most important political families in America. His grandfather had been Governor, Representative, and Senator of Kentucky. Mr. Stanley III attended the Charlotte Military Academy, the University of Virginia, and served in the Air Force.
In other words, the stereotypical background of a spook. Established political family? Check. Military, university, and the Air Force? Check. The key manufacturer and distributor of the CIA’s favorite drug for decades? Check.
Yours truly started writing about Mr. Stanley III even before this blog, and as far as I know, the first and so far only writer to ever draw attention to his spooky background. Poor Mr. Augustus Owsley Stanley III then went and died in a car accident.
So from Ken Kesey’s original Acid Tests, to decades touring around America and the world with the Grateful Dead and manufacturing and distributing LSD for their fans, Augustus Owsley Stanley III was there from the beginning, to the putative end, of the LSD adventure, and given surprisingly positive coverage from the establishment media in the beginning. His background and his real name seem to have hardly been known or mentioned by much of anyone during that entire time.
So let’s review. We have acknowledged CIA agent Miles Copeland Jr. admitting to the CIA’s use of LSD. We have LSD Guru Timothy Leary known to have worked with the CIA, and now Augustus Owsley Stanley III, almost certainly similarly connected to these programs, as the main LSD manufacturer and distributor over the decades the CIA was known to be experimenting with LSD. We have Operation MK-Ultra, fed to the press by Operation Dormouse in order to distract attention from Project Artichoke, which the CIA had to cover up at all costs.
So what was Operation Artichoke? Interestingly, various pieces of Operation Artichoke have been part of the public record for decades, popping up in the press every few years. Of course, the name was never uttered, and the dots never connected. Sort of like with the Edward Snowden case. Edward Snowden didn’t tell us anything about the NSA that we didn’t know. He just released proof of what we already knew, thus confirming it. But anyone paying attention would have known all about what Edward Snowden is telling us, because the NSA’s various programs also pop up in the press every few years, but again, the names are rarely mentioned, and the dots are never connected.
So let’s connect some dots.
One of the most popular search terms that lead to this site is Miley Cyrus Illuminati MK-Ultra. There’s already a whole mythology based around these various CIA programs. Miley Cyrus – well, whoever makes her videos – puts these references into her songs and music precisely so we’ll talk about her. But maybe Miley Cyrus herself isn’t really as interesting as what is referenced in the videos.
But when you strip away the quasi-religious mysticism of the “Illuminati” you’re left with something a lot more obvious, but just as sinister. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is all in the past. The story so far is just context. The story of Operation Artichoke is more about the present – and the future – than the past.
Now here’s where the story gets weird, and the bodies start piling up – literally.
This next part is where we learn why you Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid.
Literally – That’s not a figure of speech. Well, Flavor-Aid as the case may be. Talk about losing control of your brand.
"If you're aged 10, it's Miley. If you know what I'm talking about, then you know. You can Google me and you know what I'm up to - you know what the lyric is saying." -- Miley Cyrus
"Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation?" -- Project ARTICHOKE 1952
In case any readers think is a lark, let me assure you I’m serious about this whole series. The major themes are Miley Cyrus, the CIA’s Projects Dormouse, MK-ULTRA, and Artichoke as well as their cozy relationship with Hollywood and the music business, and how – if you know where to look – you can see the modern versions of these programs at work in very recent history and likely today. I also suspect it’s somewhat relevant to the Edward Snowden scandal, and organized crime will make regular appearances, both in the historical as well as the current parts of this story. Race will make an entry in a big way, with some chilling implications for white people. It will wind up shedding light on a current Obama administration scandal and why, in the Obama administration, the CIA gets what the CIA wants. Including – maybe – taking NSA down a notch in the inter-agency fight we see going on today.
I even did some old fashioned investigative journalism, wore out some shoe leather, and went to the source. I saw my cousin who had first told me about Hannah Montana. She’s about 14 now and I asked her, “didn’t you used to like Hannah Montana?” She said “yeah.” I asked her, “do you still like Miley Cyrus?” A weird look crossed her face, then sort of a “yuck” gesture. She said, “well I used to.” I asked, “when did you stop liking her?” Then she went on a teen girl tirade about how Miley Cyrus is ugly now and what has she done to her hair and something about looking like “Pink” which I assumed was another pop singer. I asked her if she saw the video for “We Can’t Stop,” but she just wrinkled her nose, said she kind of liked the song, and changed the subject. I didn’t ask her if she understood the cocaine and ecstasy references, because I assumed she had no idea. At least I hope she didn’t.
So it looks like American girls are safe … for now.
Back in the 1980s heavy metal music went through this “Satanism” trend where “occult” imagery and references to Aleister Crowley were popular. Most of it was a competition to see who could have the darkest image, and if some TV preacher actually called you out by name as a bad influence on the youth, that guarenteed at least a gold record. One popular hair band actually got their name that way; when some local preacher said they were “poisoning” the minds of the youth, they changed their name to “Poison” and went on to make tons of money.
"Isn't it so funny how many rumors are spread about how many people are supposedly in the Illuminati. Like, everybody is in the Illuminati, supposedly. I'm not. I'm not in the Illuminati, guys." -- Justin Bieber
Part of it might be Hollywood just needing to take it up a notch. While rumors of extra-marital affairs might have titillated audiences back in the 1950s, in the twenty-tens, nothing short of brainwashed mind controlled sex slaves paraded around on TV is enough to keep an audience from clicking to the next website or Youtube video. But there’s also good reason to believe that plenty of people in Hollywood and the music business know a lot about brainwashing and mind control, going all the way back to the days of the CIA’s Operations MK-ULTRA and Artichoke. Let’s follow one amazing thread that goes all the way from the founding of the CIA to the present day.
Project MKUltra is the code name of a U.S. government covert research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans (mind control) through the CIA’s Scientific Intelligence Division. The program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and officially halted in 1973. The program engaged in many illegal activities; in particular it used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects… MKUltra involved the use of many methodologies to manipulate people’s mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.
In the 1950s, when the CIA was looking for drugs to kill, harm, control or otherwise neutralize a target, LSD seemed to have some possibilities. The CIA took to LSD enthusiastically, and quite recklessly. Top agents started taking LSD themselves, “spiking” the drinks of other CIA agents without their knowledge, and otherwise doing some rather unscientific but practical experimentation with this new potential chemical weapon.
My father, Frank Olson, died in November of 1953 under circumstances that remain both obscure and controversial nearly half a century later. -- Eric Olson
One man who was dosed with LSD without his knowledge was Frank Olson, a biological warfare expert working at Fort Detrick, Maryland. Nine days later he jumped – or was pushed – through a window. His family spent years trying to find out what happened to him and get justice for his death. At some point there was enough interest the CIA started more rigorous experiments. One of the most famous examples has the CIA installing two way mirrors in a brothel, dosing the johns with LSD, and observing their behavior.
Did you notice? There’s a significant detail, or context, to that above paragraph that I bet most people will just go right by. The CIA set up a drugging operation in a brothel. Brothels are prostitution businesses. At the time prostitution was illegal everywhere in the country. Like most illegal vice, prostitution was run by organized crime. Traditionally, the mob didn’t hire sex positive liberated feminist women to be “sex workers,” they usually ensnared women using drugs and violence. Women and girls were kidnapped, trafficked, beaten, drugged and enslaved. In the 1930s a famous New York mobster had thousands of women, utterly addicted to heroin which the mafia supplied, and “ran” them so hard that when he was finally busted the state had no shortage of women eager to testify against him, willing to risk cartel wrath to get revenge against their tormentor.
These are the “strange people” the CIA works with that Miles Copeland Jr. told us about. It’s pretty dark stuff. Forget CIA brainwashing and LSD for a minute – the mafia knows how to create a “programmed beta sex kitten” – heroin and beatings. Also, let’s not forget, we are talking about Americans here, not some targeted foreign country. The CIA, ostensibly working in the interests of the American people, were working with the criminals preying on American women and girls.
But hey, it’s a dangerous world out there, anything in the name of national security, gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette. It’s not like the CIA were themselves addicting women to heroin, beating them up, and pimping them out, they were just working with the guys who did. And to be fair, it’s not like vice crime is the CIA’s job – that’s the FBI’s job. But FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover was queer as a three dollar bill and being blackmailed by the mafia himself, so he never went after them.
Remember, folks, these were the good old days, the 1950s. Before the 60’s baby boomer liberal revolution.
So the CIA starts experimenting with LSD from it’s very founding, the agents first experimented on themselves and each other. A core part of MK-ULTRA was farming out LSD experimentation to researchers at America’s top universities. Then there is the Artichoke program, the one that had to kept from the public at all costs, even if MK-ULTRA had to be given up as a diversion. So it’s hardly a surprise that the “story of LSD” in America looks pretty much like “a story about the CIA.”
From the late 1940s through the mid-1970s, extensive research and testing was conducted on LSD. During a 15-year period beginning in 1950, research on LSD and other hallucinogens generated over 1000 scientific papers, several dozen books, and 6 international conferences, and LSD was prescribed as treatment to over 40,000 patients. … Many psychiatrists began taking the drug recreationally and sharing it with friends. Dr. Leary’s experiments spread LSD usage to a much wider segment of the general populace.
Harvard University professor Timothy Leary became an evangelist for LSD, and ran a sort of “LSD cult” among his students. It’s never been acknowledged that Timothy Leary and his partner Richard Alpert were researchers with one of the 153 MK-ULTRA contracts, but if not, they may as well have been. It’s acknowledged that the CIA was “observing” his work. Leary would eventually be turned into a minor media celebrity, LSD given frankly favorable press coverage and turned into a hip fad, and Leary would go on to participate in an amazingly unbelievable escape from prison and be smuggled out of the country by Bill Ayer’s Weather Underground terrorist group. If all that sounds implausible to you, be assured you’re not the only one.
"I've tried everything. I can say to you with confidence, I know a fair amount about LSD. I've never been a social user of any of these things, but my curiosity has carried me into a lot of interesting areas." -- Dan Rather, CBS News
Keep the context in mind: the CIA’s Operations Dormouse, MK-ULTRA, and Artichoke. Dormouse fed MK-ULTRA to the press to cover up Artichoke, since MK-ULTRA included 153 contracts with America’s leading universities, they would provide political cover during the inevitable backlash. As you can see, LSD was legal, being studied by the CIA, LSD research was being contracted out to various universities, and it was quite a free for all – researchers throwing scientific objectivity out the window and using LSD recreationally, sometimes with their own research subjects. Well, that’s the story anyway.
It wasn’t long until the governments, federal and state, no doubt feeling pressure from parents wondering why Sally and Johnny’s college professors were giving them experimental hallucinogenic drugs, took matters into their own hands and declared LSD a Schedule 1 drug, as illegal as heroin, and most LSD research was banned.
But it’s not like the CIA was only conducting LSD research on themselves, on unsuspecting patrons of organized crime, and on college students and professors at America’s universities. At the beginning of America’s LSD story, there’s a man named Alfred Matthew Hubbard, and what do you know, “according to some accounts, Hubbard worked at various times for the Canadian Special Services, the United States Justice Department, the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Office of Strategic Services.”
The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was of course, the predecessor to the CIA. Hubbard became an “evangelist of LSD,” carried around a briefcase full of “pharmaceutically pure LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin.” According to the mythology, Hubbard “became a freelance apostle for LSD in the early 1950s after supposedly receiving an angelic vision telling him that something important to the future of mankind would soon be coming.”
You know, either that, or the whole OSS/CIA thing. Interesting that he is “reputed to have introduced more than 6,000 people to LSD, including scientists, politicians, intelligence officials, diplomats, and church figures.”
Well, a story will unfold making sense
When it's through of exactly
Who we are and the effect we've had on you.
There's no inhibitions, hidden thoughts,
It slowly will unfold.
Rich kids were here and we ain't leaving 'till we get old.
We ain't living 'till we get old.
We're back, We're pissed.
We're back, We're pissed.
We're really pissed!
"We're Back and We're Pissed" -- Rich Kids on LSD
We all know what happened next. “The 60s” happened, and LSD became more popular than ever, referenced in popular music and movies and endorsed by celebrities. It probably won’t come as any surprise that a key figure in “The 1960s” who supplied most of the LSD had an “interesting” background, to say the least.
“I’ve never heard a Jay-Z song. I don’t listen to pop music. Honestly, I picked that song because I needed something to go with my clothing line.” — Miley Cyrus
“You could say that I became an adviser to several CIA agents in the field and through my friends in the CIA, met many powerful people and did special works and special favors.” — Steven Seagal
So what did happen to Miley Cyrus, if anything? More importantly, does Miley Cyrus have any sort of significance to anyone except teenage white girls? As strange as the video for “We Can’t Stop” is, isn’t it just random filth of the kind that’s typical of the Entertainment Industrial Complex? And what the hell does any of this have to do with the CIA, Project Artichoke, MKULTRA and the NSA, not to mention the drummer for The Police?
Well, you may not think that Miley Cyrus is important, but the State Department of the United States of America thinks that fellow pop singer Lady Gaga is important enough to lobby her on behalf of a European Pride event in Rome, Italy. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a public announcement:
Clinton specifically pointed to a letter that David Thorne, the U.S. ambassador to Italy, sent to Lady Gaga urging her to participate in the event. “And then there is the work that our embassy team in Rome has been doing,” Clinton said. “Two weeks ago they played an instrumental role in bringing Lady Gaga to Italy for a Euro Pride concert. “Now as many of you know Lady Gaga is Italian American and a strong supporter of LGBT rights,” said Clinton. “And the organizers of the Euro Pride event desperately wanted her to perform and a letter to her from Ambassador Thorne was instrumental in sealing the deal.”
It’s also clear that pop singers like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga are important for certain aspects of the “Culture War,” both singers have now become public advocates of LGBT rights, which is not only official policy of the US government, but also major corporations like Google Inc. Google Inc. has used its major economic and public relations power to pressure sovereign states into recognizing gay marriage. Needless to say, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, along with all the rest, are major draws for Google Inc. platforms like Youtube and Android.
Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is one of the most anticipated album releases of 2013, so the announcement that up to a million fans would get a free copy several days before its official release courtesy of a deal with Samsung was big news. … The app – which has since been removed from the Google Play store by Samsung – was described by the technology site Ars Technica as “positively PRISM-like in its requests for your information”, with fans prompted to agree to a number of app permissions before installing it.
I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s creepy, especially when Edward J. Snowden’s revelations have shown the extent of government surveillance of e-mails and phone records. If Jay-Z wants to know about my phone calls and e-mail accounts, why doesn’t he join the National Security Agency? Nor is it particularly reassuring, to me anyway, that this example of data collection and forced speech was required by corporations — Samsung and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation rather than the government.
So it’s useful to see that this is a tactic of CIA, the “limited hangout” meant to distract from a more important issue. We’ve speculated that the Edward Snowden drama is a “limited hangout” or perhaps the CIA attacking the NSA, institutionally threatened because of NSA’s growing clout and power. We can also see that the CIA partners with other institutions in American society: universities, corporations, research labs, non profits, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Knowing all this, it should be no surprise that the US intelligence community, and specifically the CIA, has a long history of intimate ties to Hollywood, the music business, fashion, and the entertainment industry in general. For propaganda purposes alone, Hollywood is about the greatest psychological warfare operation ever devised. It’s also important for the CIA and the military to have a positive image in the media, to be portrayed as patriotic (if sometimes flawed) and working for the best interests of America. You don’t want some radical, left or right, airing out too much dirty laundry, dramatized or not, and since it’s Hollywood, those threats have usually come from the left.
When Miles Copeland Jr. said the CIA works with some “strange people” that see assassination as a “way of life” he was probably referring to various authoritarian regimes in foreign countries; autocrats in the Middle East and narco-political families in Latin America. Closer to home, the CIA has certainly gotten into bed with some “strange” and unsavory characters. Starting in WWII, the US intelligence community reached out to some power brokers in America that officially weren’t supposed to exist. Organized Crime. The mafia, the mishpucka, the syndicate. Famously, Navy made deals with the mob to stop any strikes by unions. CIA made deals with the displaced Havana mafia when they were forming a coalition against Castro. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was supposedly being blackmailed by the mafia, who supposedly had pictures of him dressed like a cheerleader. For years, the official word from the FBI was “organized crime does not exist.”
"It may be the music business, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous." - Casey Kasem
It’s sometimes hard to take an objective look at your own society, your own country, your own government, even your own people. You always have a conflict of interest, and society is all about creating and enforcing taboos to defend the group. As Goethe said, The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes. Jesus seemed to imply that humans have a tendency to easily spot the speck in other people’s eyes, but just can’t seem to notice the beam in one’s own. It’s always an interesting experiment to look objectively at a pattern in a foreign culture, then see if there is something in our own that resembles it.
The Susurluk car crash took place on 3 November 1996 in the small town of Susurluk, in Turkey’s Balıkesir Province. It was an assassination of a number of individuals travelling together. Abdullah Çatlı, a former ultra-rightist militant wanted by police for multiple murders and drug trafficking; Huseyin Kocadağ, a senior police official; and beauty queen Gonca Us (Çatlı’s girlfriend) were killed. Sedat Bucak, a Member of Parliament, escaped with a broken leg and fractured skull.
The Susurluk crash was a key event in the unravelling of the “deep state” in Turkey, as the peculiar associations of the crash victims and their links with Interior Minister Mehmet Ağar led to a number of investigations, including a parliamentary investigation, of what became known as the Susurluk scandal.
Now America and Turkey are completely different societies, so any comparison with an analogous situation here is going to be imprecise. But if we had to try, imagine waking up in the morning, turning on the TV, and finding out that Eric Holder, Rahm Emmanuel, David Petraeus, and Miley Cyrus were all killed in a car crash and that officials suspected it was a political assassination.
If you’re asking yourself, “Miley Cyrus? What would Miley Cyrus be doing driving around in a car with Eric Holder, Rahm Emmanuel, and David Petraeus?” think of the old joke:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden are having lunch in a cafe, planning the long awaited gun confiscation. Obama says, "We're going to register each and every firearm in America and then confiscate every last gun." Biden adds, "Then we have to arrest a beautiful blonde white woman with big boobs and shoot her."
An outraged man sitting at the next table turned to the pair and yelled, "HEY! Why the blonde?"
Biden smiled at Obama and said, "See, I told you no one would notice the gun grab!"
Operation Dormouse, Operation Artichoke, and Operation MK-ULTRA are historical, things the CIA did back in the 1970s. But the CIA is currently doing the same things that it did in Dormouse, Artichoke, and MKULTRA, under new names, with new management, likely leveraging more than just institutional memory. Not only that, but it’s been pretty much out in public for a decade, discussed in the major media, sometimes in the context of the CIA and the DOD, and sometimes with the context purposefully removed.
I suppose Miley Cyrus is not great art, and ultimately art is interpreted by the observer. Surely a pop song about dancing at a night club is not great art, nor would the lyrics really “mean” anything. But thinking about nightclubs, especially the LA/NYC clubs and their derivatives around the country, it can evoke things more interesting and more complex than just drinking and dancing. I knew a bar owner once that was complaining he wasn’t getting enough business. I suggested he bring in a DJ or bands. He said, “oh sure I could get one of those ‘promoters’ to throw parties, but I’m not looking to get investigated by the FBI.” I thought, “what in the world is he talking about?”
In March 1980, the Police began their first world tour, which included places which had seldom hosted foreign performers, including Mexico, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Greece and Egypt. The tour would be subsequently documented in the film The Police Around the World.
“The next time you go to a Police concert, say, one like that in Shea Stadium with 70,000 young minds open to whatever The Police decide to put into them, you can answer that question for yourself.” — Miles Copeland Jr.
Later, Miles Copeland would give interviews downplaying the scandals and play up the CIA as an inefficient bureaucracy of bumbling fools too soft-hearted to do what needs to be done in a dangerous world.
I think it has probably dawned on Church, since he’s not a complete crook, just a 50 percent crook, that this idea of pointing out CIA’s assassination attempts is nonsense. The CIA hasn’t assassinated anybody. What has happened, however, is that if you’re in the CIA you work with some pretty strange people. The CIA would work with the devil if they were going to accomplish something in somebody else’s country. …
You wouldn’t believe what those weirdos came up with! The congressional committee got only the barest glimpse. …
But the CIA objected to these methods. You can’t get the truth out of a guy if you’re going to beat him up because he’ll tell you what you want to hear other than what the truth happens to be. So all sorts of attempts were made to clean up the interrogation methods of South American police. And the CIA did a hell of a lot to make them stop beating people up. The reason for doing this was to make methods more effective.
That’s one of [Dick Helm’s] better traits, that he’s willing to lie to a congressional committee. William Colby didn’t have the guts to do this. Lacking patriotism, he did not lie to a committee. … Why should he tell a group things he knew would leak to the newspapers? He should lied to them. If he were really a patriotic American, he wouldn’t have thought of telling them the truth. …
The CIA is set up so it’s impossible for a person as an individual to aggrogate [sic] to himself the right to lie to a congressional committee or to anyone else. But what he can or cannot say is clearly specified from the day he is sworn in. He can lie to people who are not his bosses, who do not have security clearances. I like Colby very much, but he’s just the wrong kind of guy to be head of the CIA. He’s a good guy.
While the assassination attempts got the most press, behind the scenes CIA was scrambling to avoid any attention on other decades long programs, going back to OSS days, that made attempts to send Fidel Castro an exploding cigar or put LSD in Nasser’s coffee seem quaint.
Contemporary torture’s earliest, deepest and most influential roots are found in the CIA’s Artichoke Project. Indeed, it is Project Artichoke that encapsulates the CIA’s real traveling road show of horrors and atrocities, not MK/ULTRA which, although responsible for its own acts of mindless cruelty, pales in comparison.
That MK/ULTRA received, and continues to receive, the lion’s share of the media’s attention and public outrage over CIA mind control programs was a deliberately planned outcome on the part of the Agency. This outcome was the central objective of a never before revealed covert operation launched in 1975 and informally code-named Dormouse. …
Houston explained that the Agency’s MK/ULTRA program was far less problematic for the CIA because it had been a research-based program that initiated 153 contracts to colleges, universities and research institutions nationwide. These contractors, all stalwart and prestigious institutions like Harvard, Columbia, and Tulane Universities, could serve as viable buffers to any harsh outside attacks.
Houston stressed that deliberate exposure of the MK/ULTRA program by essentially offering it to the press would serve to placate the brewing feeding frenzy over so-called mind control projects, and would divert any investigative attempts into the multi-faceted Artichoke Project.
“This song is about the cynical manipulation of large numbers of people. It does happen.” – Sting, 1983
There really isn't need for bloodshed
You just do it with a little more finesse
If you can slip a tablet into someone's coffee
Then it avoids an awful lot of mess
But you can reach the top of your profession
If you become the leader of the land
For murder is the sport of the elected
And you don't need to lift a finger of your hand
It's murder by numbers one two three
It's as easy to learn as your ABCs
Murder By Numbers - The Police
I first heard about Miley Cyrus a few years ago from my little cousin who was around 12 at the time. I asked her who her favorite singer was, and she said Hannah Montana, then proceeded to tell me a confusing tale about a TV show where a girl has a normal life and goes to school but magically turns into a pop singer at night. Or something like that. A few summers ago her song, “Party in the USA” was all over the radio, inspiring Weird Al Yankovic’s hilarious parody, “Party in the CIA.”
As bubblegum pop, “Party in the USA” is catchy as hell, and I mean that in a completely unironic way. Part of the whole Miley Cyrus schtick was the fuzzy border between Cyrus herself and the various characters she played, since her first TV show. The lyrics for “Party in the USA” are no different. Cyrus had just turned 18, an adult, no longer under the legal authority of her parents. It’s easy to read the song as referencing her “real life” at the time, a coming of age story for the modern American gal.
I hopped off the plane at L.A.X with a dream and my cardigan
Welcome to the land of Fame Excess (Whoa), am I gonna fit in?
Jumped in the cab here I am for the first time
Look to my right and I see the Hollywood sign
This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous
Get to the club in my taxi cab everybody's looking at me now
Like who's that chick that's rocking kicks?
She gotta be from out of town
So hard with my girls not around me
It's definitely not a Nashville party
Cause all I see are stilettos, I guess I never got the memo
My tummy's turning and I'm feeling kinda home sick
Too much pressure and I'm nervous
That's when the D.J dropped my favorite tune
And a Britney song was on
And the Britney song was on, and the Britney song was on
So I put my hands up they're playing my song
The butterflies fly away
Nodding my head like Yeah
Moving my hips like Yeah
I got my hands up they're playing my song
I know I'm gonna be okay
It's a party in the U.S.A
So I’m reading about how Miley Cyrus’ new video is hipster racism because it’s appropriating ghetto black culture and using black people as props. She actually sings “homegirls here with the big butts” and “twerks” in the video. She even wears a “grill.” Her “look,” the haircut, the outfits, the makeup, it could be described as “mudshark bulldyke.” Essentially, a minstrel show. Instead of painting your face with bootblack and giving parody political speeches full of malapropisms, you wear a Trayvon hoodie and make gang signs. So I go to youtube, watch the video, and somewhere between the initial feeling of disappointment and then growing unease, I resigned myself to the reality. It looks like I’d be writing about the CIA again.
The song is called “We Can’t Stop” (the subtitle “But We Wish You Would” is merely implied) and the lyrics are typical sexualized teenage rebellion and defiance:
Red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere
Hands in the air like we don't care
Cause we came to have so much fun now
Got somebody here might get some now
This is our house
This is our rules
It's our party we can do what we want
It's our party we can say what we want
It's our body we can love who we want
We can kiss who we want
We can live how we want
To my homegirls here with the big butts
Shaking it like we at a strip club
Remember only God can judge us
Forget the haters cause somebody loves ya
Before reading further, watch the video. What’s your initial reaction? What are you seeing? What is the narrative?
All my racist readers will probably think “it’s promoting miscegenation,” the traditional religious types maybe, “it’s promoting degenerate sexuality.” The feminists (hi, gals, I know you’re reading) probably something about the objectification of women and women reduced to objects of the male gaze.
Well take your eyes off of Miley’s ass for a moment. Did you notice any of this?
The opening has Cyrus cutting off what looks to be a penal monitoring ankle bracelet. There’s a scene of a black man eating a money sandwhich and a black man inserting things between the teeth of a human skull, which is later crushed by a shoe. Scenes of Cyrus dancing with what looks to be a black transvestite, whom she spanks, and is spanked by.
There’s a scene of a woman at a kitchen counter cutting off her own fingers and blood gushing out. Later she’s kneeling at the counter, mouth level, the knife and the severed fingers in a pool of blood. There’s a recurring scene with dancers dressed in large teddy bear outfits. A scene with a circle of sheep, wearing sunglasses, looking into mirrors. Baby lambs being carried and stuffed game being dragged along the floor. Cyrus breaks an empty pinata with a baseball bat. A crowd of young women and young men get down on all fours scrambling to pick up “candy” from off of the floor.
That’s a lot of unambiguously violent and bizarre imagery for a pop song about a night out dancing at a club! Why would the filmmakers craft such a video for a Miley Cyrus song?
Believe it or not, to answer that question, you sort of have to go to some spooky places, and a long way back in US history. I figure Birmingham, Alabama, 1916 is a good place to start. Only July 16th of that year, a presumably typical Southern woman married to a doctor gave birth to a baby boy. This boy would grow up to be a very interesting man.
Well she took me by the hand
I could see she was a fiery one
Her legs ran all the way
Up to heaven and past Avalon
Tell me somethin' girl, what it is you have in store
She said come with me now
On the Devil's Dance Floor
Flogging Molly - Devil's Dance Floor