Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dr. Ewen Cameron and MK-Ultra

From Joe O'Connor's 11-13-17 National Post article entitled "'What They Did To My Mother Was Torture':  The Daughter of a CIA Brainwashing Victim Looks For Justice":

"On October 9, 1957, Dr. Ewen Cameron, a Scottish-born psychiatrist and director of the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in Montreal noted that his 33-year-old patient, Jean Steel, was on her 23rd day of drug-induced sleep.

"Steel had undergone four electroconvulsive shock-therapy treatments. Several more were planned. In previous days, while awake, she had shown some aggressiveness toward staff, behaviour Cameron felt needed to be 'broken up.'

"He wondered whether it might be useful for her to watch a 'movie where hostility was well expressed,' as a way of working out her own 'hostilities.' A librarian was tasked with finding something suitable. She had not been weighed in several weeks. Temperature recordings were taken of her 'earlobes and feet.'

"'Once the patient is de-patterned we will start psychic driving,' Cameron wrote. 'She is rather restive and antagonistic when awake, but not nearly as difficult as she was when she started.'

"Garnet Steel met Jean Watts in Montreal in the 1940s. He was in the army. She liked to dance. He called her 'Jeanie.' They fell in love, married, honeymooned in New York City and settled in the Eastern Townships south of Montreal. They played bridge, curled and had loads of friends.

"The couple had a child who died a few months after birth, but in 1952 they had another, a daughter named Alison. She was healthy and gorgeous, but Jeanie found she couldn’t cope. She sank into a sadness that wouldn’t lift. Her parents back in Montreal began asking around. They heard about this Dr. Cameron at the Allan, a past-president of the American Psychiatric Association. They heard he was the best.  Jeanie Steel was admitted to the AMI for treatment on May 1, 1957.

"'What they did to my mother was torture,' Alison Steel, now 65, says from Knowlton, Que. 'It is horrific. It is unbelievable.'"

"What wasn’t publicly known in 1957, and what would not be revealed until decades later, was that Cameron’s work at AMI was funded in part by the Central Intelligence Agency as part of Project MK-Ultra, a covert program in human mind control — brainwashing."

To read the rest of O'Connor's article, click HERE.

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