Weapons in the War on Survivors and Their Advocates

Psychotherapist and survivor advocate, Dr. Ellen Lacter, details in a new article the tactics that perpetrators, and skeptics use in their efforts to keep state and non-state crimes against children safe from public scrutiny. Lacter explores the precarious role of caregivers, the limits placed on them in defending their clients in the public sphere, and the ease with which perpetrators are able to control the narrative, online and in the media. Strikingly, she notes that Peter Freyd, one of the founders of the False Memory Sundrome Foundation, admits to receiving funds from the Office of Naval Research.

Common Forms of Misinformation and Tactics of Disinformation about Psychotherapy for Trauma Originating in Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

By Ellen Lacter, Ph.D., December 18, 2012.

This page on my website seeks to expose a number of common forms of misinformation and tactics of disinformation about psychotherapy for trauma originating in ritual abuse and mind control. Disinformation is distinguished from misinformation in that it is intentionally fraudulent.

Misinformation and disinformation about ritual abuse and mind control trauma and psychotherapy to treat such trauma appear in both paper and electronic media, but are particularly abundant on the Internet on websites of individuals and organizations, bookseller reviews, blogs, newsletters, online encyclopedias, social networking sites, and e-group listservs.

Disclaimer: This page neither cites, quotes, names, nor alludes to any specific paper or electronic articles or statements by individual. Any similarity between examples of misinformation or disinformation used herein and actual articles or other statements is purely coincidental.

The following are common forms of misinformation and tactics of disinformation concerning the treatment of trauma originating in ritual abuse and mind control:

Continued at the link …


Another Survivor Speaks

Another survivor of Ewen Cameron’s brutal, CIA-funded experiments at Allen Memorial in Canada comes forward with her story. She has written a book: Disposable Minds, Expendable People.

Richmond homemaker was innocent victim of CIA brainwashing experiments

By Kent Spencer, The Province December 3, 2012

Fifty years ago Richmond homemaker Gina Blasbalg was a victim of physical and psychological torture and unethical experiments. As a teen she was part of a CIA-sponsored program into mind control at the Allan Psychiatric Institute in Montreal. Today, times are happier, but Ralph and Gina Blasbalg still have a favourite bench to sit on at Garry Point Park in Richmond. Gina was an unsuspecting patient in the CIA-sponsored brainwashing program in Montreal, a young Ralph Blasbalg rescued Gina from daily rounds of pills she was being coerced to take. While she was withdrawing from the medication, they had a place they would walk to at night in Montreal. They called it their “crying bench.”

Gina Blasbalg was brainwashed by the CIA. The Richmond homemaker was a victim of physical and psychological torture and unethical experiments.

The “medical misadventure” took place in Canada more than 50 years ago at the Allan Institute in Montreal.

Although traumatized by the experience, her story is one of triumph, and today her life is about giving back to young people.

Our story begins in Richmond, where Gina and her husband Ralph fuss over their four homestay students.

There are two kinds of meat loaf — sweet and savoury — on Gina Blasbalg’s dinner table. The “main” comes with mashed yams and potatoes, mushrooms and peas, caramelized onions, rice and soup with matzoballs.

Lisa, Yvette, Jessica and Chris, homestay students from China and South Korea aged 12 to 18, tuck into their food with relish.

The teenagers have spent another day in Canada, living with the Blasbalgs who have created a home, far from home.

“They are not picky eaters. Yvette likes everything and Lisa is on a diet,” says mother-figure Gina, who fusses over them constantly.

“We feel they have to eat. The little guy [Chris] is growing,” she says.

Like many dinnertime conversations involving young people, the chatter is spotty until Chris lights up about his volleyball game.

Suddenly he’s animated, and the excitement is infectious. It was a thrilling match. He spiked the ball several times. They played a rousing game against one of the best schools in the league. “We call him our Ninja warrior,” says Ralph.

After dinner, Gina keeps track of the children’s’ activities. “These kids need attention,” she says. “They are coming from a different culture.

“I know what it’s like to be away from a mother and a family.”


Gina Rossi was a wild kid in postwar Montreal who pounded nails into walls to get attention.

“I must have been a parent’s nightmare,” she says. Her rebellious ways didn’t matter to her kindly father, an Italian-immigrant who bought her ice cream at the park.

Her mother was a different story. Gina says she was “physically and emotionally abusive.”

She was just 10 years old in 1952 when her father died unexpectedly.

“My world crumbled and my life shattered,” she says.

Her mother did not want to have Gina and her sister around anymore.

They were placed in an orphanage.

Gina’s vulnerable life as a ward of the state was setting her up for an even bigger trial.

During the late 1950s and early ‘60s, fears spread that the Chinese had learned to ‘program’ the minds of Western prisoners during the Korean War.

New theories about drugs, electric shock and LSD were showing up and institutions wanted to test them.

Gina’s helpless condition made her a prime victim for the revolutionary experiments being performed in Montreal.

The timing was perfect when Gina, a 16-year-old emotional wreck, arrived at Royal Victoria Hospital with infectious hepatitis.

“Being an orphan played hell with a child’s mind. I couldn’t stop crying,” she says.

When doctors diagnosed depression, they sent her to a gothic 19th century mansion called Ravenscrag, also known as the Allan Memorial Psychiatric Institute.

House of Horrors

The Allan Psychiatric Institute has been called a “House of Horrors” for good reason.

The so-called treatment of the teenaged Gina consisted of ingesting twice daily doses of 16 pills, under a nurse’s strict supervision.

The drug types varied widely and often had opposing effects.

In no particular classification, they included uppers and downers, depressants and anti-depressants, tranquillizers, barbiturates and truth serum.

The capsules came in a rainbow of colours: blue and brown, turquoise, yellow and red, azure, salmon, pink and white.

“We had to take our medication. If I didn’t I was told I would be put in the insane asylum,” she says.

The effects left her very weak.

“I was a zombie. I wanted to sleep.”

In additon to the pills there was physical and psychological torture.

She says one the worst things done to her was drug-induced contortions which twisted her muscles into unnatural forms.

“It was extremely painful and traumatizing. They wanted to measure the effect of the contortions so they could add it to their research,” she says.

The nitrous oxide given to her, called laughing gas, was anything but funny.

“I felt like I was spinning forever. I didn’t know if I’d ever come out of it. I dreaded it. I remember thinking, is this what it’s like to die?”

She was also given mind-altering LSD.

“I had a dream that I was flying continuously into a massive sticky spider’s web. I was screaming and somebody held me down.”

After long periods of artificially-prolonged sleep, doctors posed questions while she was hypnotized under a truth serum.

“They were able to penetrate my thoughts.,” says Gina.

She was one of hundreds of unsuspecting patients who never gave their informed consent to be used as guinea pigs.

And there was no way to dispute medical orders. “Welfare patients could not sue doctors,” she says.

She feels fortunate not to have received massive doses of electric shocks to the brain which many received at the Allan.

The CIA and Dr. Strangelove

At the top of the Allan’s chain of command was an enigmatic man called Dr. Ewen Cameron.

He was an imposing, Scottish-born figure who was later dubbed “Dr. Strangelove.”

“The chief,” as he was known, had made his mark as a member of a select team which studied Nazi leader Rudolph Hess in Germany after the Second World War.

He was a giant of international medicine who was the first president of the World Psychiatric Association.

Cameron wanted to delve into the inner depths of the human psyche and receive international acclaim — perhaps a Nobel Prize — for his work.

He thought the mind could be deprogrammed through extra-large doses of electric shock, sensory deprivation, drug concoctions and long periods of induced sleep.

Once the mental slate was wiped clean, he believed that minds could be reprogrammed by playing reassuring taped comments through pillows as patients slept.

The messages — things such as ‘You are a good wife and people appreciate you’ — were played over and over each day for hours at a time, and repeated for weeks on end.

“He wasn’t liked by the patients,” says Gina. “They were terrified of him. They tried to run away. I heard people begging for no more treatments.”

During a climate of fear engendered by the Cold War, the CIA gave him money to find out how to control the human mind.

It took two decades for it to be made public that the CIA and the Canadian government secretly contributed more than $500,000 to the now discredited program.

Cameron’s actions have been widely criticized since news of his work surfaced during the 1980s.

A 1986 Department of Justice report concluded that his therapeutic techniques were a “medical misadventure.”

The report’s author said it was an unjustifiable form of assault on the human brain.

He recommended the government award victims $100,000; 77 people have collected.

Montreal lawyer Alan Stein, who has successfully sued on victims’ behalf, says many patients didn’t qualify for the compensation, Gina among them.

Their records were lost (Gina was told her records couldn’t be found) or they didn’t meet the standard of mistreatment that was set.

Victims had to prove that they had been “put in a childlike state.”

Enter Ralph

Gina was caught in an endless round of failed treatments which made her worse.

After two years of “treatment”, at the age 18, she was temporarily staying at a non-profit home for young women while receiving outpatient treatments at the Allan.

Her treatments continued because the doctors coerced and manipulated her, she says, into believing she needed to stay in the program to regain her physical and mental health.

She was still alone and unprotected.

Enter Ralph Blasbalg, a streetwise kid of 19 who repaired TVs.

The two were alike in many ways. He was given up by his family at an early age and left to fend for himself.

“I related to her. I saw the look that abandoned children have,” he says.

Ralph was at the group residence to repair a TV. It was late. The basement canteen was almost empty — just Gina.

She was trying to follow a murder mystery called Beware My Lovely as Ralph adjusted the set.

It seems hilarious now, but both of them happened to be looking away when the most important scene occurred — a body dropped out of the closet.

When they discovered neither knew what had happened, not much else was said.

It was Valentine’s Day, 1960.

It turned out Gina and Ralph had mutual friends. When they met a few days later, Ralph saw a “terribly thin, gaunt and beautiful” woman.

“Her eyes were amazing. She never lost the sparkle. That’s what told me somebody was awake inside,” he says.

“I saw how they wrecked this beautiful girl. She didn’t know what was going on. I call it psychological dissection.”

Gina was now responsible for picking up her own pills at a pharmacy.

“I cannot tell you how angry I was with Cameron,” says Ralph of the doctor in charge at the Allan.

“I was committed to her,” says Ralph.

He secretly weaned Gina off the pills by removing them one at a time over a number of weeks. Some nights Gina and Ralph would walk off the withdrawal symptoms by hiking over Mount Royal to Pratt Park. They huddled at a special bench to keep warm.

“We called it our crying bench,” Ralph says. “We would walk all night. We would sing and embrace each other so she could get rid of the drugs’ effects.”

Finally, the treatments were brought to a close. Gina simply walked away after her last session finished in 1962.

“They always kept threatening that if I didn’t come back, they would send the police after me,” she says.

Ralph retorted: “Over my dead body.”

The pair were free. They married shortly after Gina left the Allan for the last time.

The couple still has a special bench, now at Garry Point Park in Richmond.

She won

More than 50 years on, after raising a family of four, Gina, a diminutive and attractive-looking 70, has survived.

Years of state-sponsored psychological and physical abuse have left their mark, but she has come through.

“It has taken me a long time to trust people,” she says. “I am healthy. I’m thankful I’m still alive. What have I got to complain about?”

Her 2011 book, Disposable Minds, Expendable People, is a personal memoir of the frightening days in the Allan as a helpless teenager.

She wrote the memoir to expunge the bad memories and tell people what happened to her.

Gina has never received any compensation for her abuse.

“I’m not holding anyone accountable. That was then. The times were different.”

Ralph is not so accommodating.

“I don’t have the same forgiving bone as my wife. What she went through was hell.

“I don’t know how people who do these things can sleep at night. The victims were disposable. These people fell through the cracks of the system.

“This was really the chamber of horrors. It’s a sordid part of the country’s past.

What’s remarkable is Gina’s ability to survive it all. The loving care she gives to those around her, including the strangers, the homestay students she invites into her home. Loving care she never received.

“I was afraid when I first arrived from South Korea. I didn’t know them,” says a 15-year-old Lisa.

As she stayed longer, the student says the Blasbalg’s place became home.

This is how her husband explains Gina’s remarkable nature: “She taught me tolerance. She calmed me down. Some people just have this inner strength which pulls them through.

“It’s a real human triumph. She won.”

Frank Olson Case Continues

The CIA spokesperson fails to mention, of course, that the agency, and other US agnecies, the military, along with private corporations, have made operational many of the techniques perfected in their decades long experimentation programs on controlling human behavior. See Eric Olson’s website about his father’s case for more information: http://www.frankolsonproject.org/index.html

Frank Olson Family Sues CIA Over Bioweapons Expert’s Mysterious 1953 Death


WASHINGTON — The sons of a Cold War scientist who plunged to his death in 1953 several days after unwittingly taking LSD in a CIA mind-control experiment sued the government Wednesday. They claimed the CIA murdered their father, Frank Olson, by pushing him from a 13th-story window of a hotel – not, as the CIA says, that he jumped to his death.

Sons Eric and Nils Olson of Frederick, Md., sought unspecified compensatory damages in the lawsuit filed in federal court, but their lawyer, Scott D. Gilbert, said they also want to see a broad range of documents related to Olson’s death and other matters that they say the CIA has withheld from them since the death.

Olson was a bioweapons expert at Fort Detrick, the Army’s biological weapons research center in Maryland. Their lawsuit claims the CIA killed Olson when he developed misgivings after witnessing extreme interrogations in which they allege the CIA committed murder using biological agents Olson had developed.

The CIA had a program in the 1950s and `60s called MK-ULTRA, which involved brainwashing and administering experimental drugs like LSD to unsuspecting individuals. The project was investigated by Congress in the 1970s.

Olson consumed a drink laced with LSD by CIA agents on Nov. 19, 1953, the suit says. Later that month, after being taken to New York City purportedly for a “psychiatric” consultation, Olson plunged to his death.

At the time – when Eric and Nils Olson were 9 and 5 years old, respectively – the CIA said he died in an accident and did not divulge to his family that Olsen had been given LSD.

But in 1975, a commission headed by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller released a report on CIA abuses that included a reference to an Army scientist who had jumped from a New York hotel days after being slipped LSD in 1953. Family members threatened to sue, but President Gerald Ford invited the family to the White House, assuring them they would be given all the government’s information. CIA Director William Colby handed over documents and the family accepted a $750,000 settlement to avert a lawsuit.

In an email, CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood said that while the agency doesn’t comment on matters before U.S. courts, “CIA activities related to MK-ULTRA have been thoroughly investigated over the years, and the agency cooperated with each of those investigations.” She noted that tens of thousands of pages related to the program have been released to the public.

In a statement, Eric Olson said that the CIA has not given a complete picture of what happened to his father.

“The evidence shows that our father was killed in their custody,” he said. “They have lied to us ever since, withholding documents and information, and changing their story when convenient.”


Leaked CIA Documents on Hypnosis

From Wired: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/12/cia-hypnosis/

Docs Detail CIA’s Cold War Hypnosis Push

By Spencer Ackerman Email Author
December 28, 2010

It was an innocent time, the mid-1950s. America wasn’t yet cynical about its geopolitical games in the Cold War. Case in point: In order to maintain its spying edge over the Russkies, the CIA considered the benefits of hypnosis.

Two memos from 1954 and 1955 dredged up by Cryptome show the CIA thinking through post-hypnotic suggestion in extensive, credulous detail. How, for instance, to pass a secret message to a field operative without danger of interception?

Encode it in a messenger’s brain, an undisclosed author wrote in 1954, so he’ll have “no memory whatsoever in the waking state as to the nature and contents of the message.” Even if a Soviet agent gets word of the messenger’s importance, “no amount of third-party tactics” can pry the message loose, “for he simply does not have it in his conscious mind.” Pity the poor waterboarded captive.

But the counterintelligence benefits of hypnosis are even greater.

Picture this course of action, the memo’s author proposes: Hypnotize a group of “loyal Americans” to the point of inducing a “split personality.” Outwardly, they’d appear to be “ardent Communists,” who will “associate with the Communists and learn all the plans of the organization.” Every month, CIA agents will contact them, induce a counter-hypnosis, and these Manchurian Candidates will spill. (Meanwhile, Communist Party meetings on the Lower East Side of Manhattan were open to the public.) While admittedly “more complicated and more difficult,” the agency’s hypno-enthusiast wrote, “I assure you, it will work.”

The Documents

The Military Application of Hypnotism

In closing, may I make one very significant point. The Russian literature is hard to get and carefully avoids any mention of the topic in question. Those Russian articles which I have been able to get leave no doubt about the fact that the Russian is just as conversive about the field of hypnotism as are we.

Hypnotism and Covert Operations 1955 

Frankly, I now distrust much of what is written by academic experts on hypnotism. Partly this is because many of them appear to have generalized from a very few cases; partly because much of their cautious pessimism is contradicted by agency experimenters; but more particularly because I personally have witnessed behavior responses which respected experts have said are impossible to obtain. In no other field have I been so conscious of the mental claustrophobia of book and lecture hall knowledge. I don’t think we have enough evidence to say positively that hypnosis is a practicable covert weapon, but I do say that we’ll never know whether it is or not unless we experiment in the flied where we can learn what is practicable (materially and psychologically) in a way that no laboratory worker could possibly prove.

The possibilities are not only interesting, they are frightening. A kind of double-think Orwellian world of hypnosis, while unlikely, is not utterly fantastic. One thing is clear: we really do not know within what limits of “belief” may be changed by hypnosis.
Based on what I have read, I judge that the [redacted] use an elaborate conditioned-reflex procedure in their “brain-washing”.

Veteran’s Lawsuit Against CIA’s Experimentation

Case overview from Courthouse News:

CIA Must Disclose Data on Human Experiments


(CN) – A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco ordered the CIA to produce specific records and testimony about the human experiments the government allegedly conducted on thousands of soldiers from 1950 through 1975.
Three veterans groups and six individual veterans sued the CIA and other government agencies, claiming they used about 7,800 soldiers as human guinea pigs to research biological, chemical and psychological weapons.
The experiments, many of which took place at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick in Maryland, allegedly exposed test subjects to chemicals, drugs and electronic implants. Though the soldiers volunteered, they never gave informed consent, because the government didn’t fully disclose the risks, the veterans claimed. They were also required to sign an oath of secrecy, according to the complaint.
The veterans filed three sets of document requests to find out who was tested, what substances they were given, and how it affected them. Between October and April, the government produced about 15,000 pages of heavily redacted records, most of which related to the named plaintiffs only.
The CIA argued that much of the information requested was protected under the Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James Larson acknowledged that some of the requests were too broad and ordered the veterans to be more specific and to reduce the total number of requests.

…More at the link


Brain Electrode Experimentation

From Rawstory:

CIA implanted electrodes in brains of unsuspecting soldiers, suit alleges

By David Edwards
Monday, November 29th, 2010 — 12:02 pm

A group of military veterans are suing to get the CIA to come clean about allegedly implanting remote control devices in their brains.

It’s well known that the CIA began testing substances like LSD on soldiers beginning in the 1950s but less is known about allegations that the agency implanted electrodes in subjects.

A 2009 lawsuit (.pdf) claimed that the CIA intended to design and test septal electrodes that would enable them to control human behavior. The lawsuit said that because the government never disclosed the risks, the subjects were not able to give informed consent.

Bruce Price, one plaintiff in the lawsuit, believes that MRI scans confirm that the CIA placed a device in his brain in 1966.

…More at the link


The Washington Post:

CIA Brain Experiments Pursued in Veterans’ Suit

By Jeff Stein

The CIA is notorious for its Cold War-era experiments with LSD and other chemicals on unwitting citizens and soldiers. Details have emerged in books and articles beginning more than 30 years ago.

But if military veterans have their way in a California law suit, the spy agency’s quest to turn humans into robot-like assassins via electrodes planted in their brains will get far more exposure than the drugs the CIA tested on subjects ranging from soldiers to unwitting bar patrons and the clients of prostitutes.

It’s not just science fiction — or the imaginings of the mentally ill.


Emphasis added, more at the link: