While researching the CIA project MKULTRA, I find that Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were working for President Ford at the time that The President apologised to the widow Olson... The offical story is that the CIA gave Dr Olson LSD and it drove him insane and that is why he "fell or jumped" out a hotel window to his death. The US government gave the widow a large cash payment and said they were sorry... Check out these interesting White House Memos...The Olson family says it was a murder coverup... The CIA killed him because after eating LSD he quit his job at Ft. Deitrick Biological weapons laboratory and he was a security risk... He had a "radical change of beliefs" and decided that designing bioweapons was a bad thing to do with his life...
A detailed statement from the Olson Family... Very interesting...
Under the headline "Suicide Revealed" on the front page of the Washington Post we read the following paragraphs:
A civilian employee of the Department of the Army unwittingly took LSD as part of a Central Intelligence Agency test, then jumped 10 floors to his death less than a week later, according to the Rockefeller commission report released yesterday.
The man was given the drug while attending a meeting with CIA personnel working on a test project that involved the administration of mind-bending drugs to unsuspecting Americans and the testing of new listening devices by eavesdropping on citizens who were unaware they were being overheard.
“This individual was not made aware he had been given LSD until about 20 minutes after it had been administered,” the commission said. “He developed serious side effects and was sent to New York with a CIA escort for psychiatric treatment. Several days later, he jumped from a tenth-floor window of his room and died as a result.”
The CIA’s general counsel ruled that the death resulted from “circumstances arising out of an experiment undertaken in the course of his official duties for the United States government.” His family, thus, was eligible for death benefits. And two CIA employees were “reprimanded” by the director.
The man identified as an “army scientist” turned out to be Frank Olson.
(White House MEMORANDUM):
The 1975 White House documents include the following comments:
First, a passage from a September 1975 memorandum by White House attorney Roderick Hills addressed to Richard Cheney:
The Defense to the Olson Claim. …
two circumstances affect our analysis of the Justice Department position.
(i) The bizarre circumstances of his death could well cause a court of law to determine as a matter of public policy that he did not die in the course of his official duties.
(ii) Dr. Olson’s job is so sensitive that it is highly unlikely that we would submit relevance to the court on the issue of his duties.
The latter circumstance may mean as a practical matter we would have no defense against the Olson law suit. In this connection, you should know that the CIA and the Counsel’s office both strongly recommend that the evidence concerning his employment not be released in a civil trial.
In short, there is a significant possibility that a court would either (a) grant full discovery to the Olsons’ attorneys to learn of Dr. Olson’s job responsibilities; or (b) rule that as a matter of public policy, a man who commits suicide as a result of a drug criminally given him cannot as a matter of law be determined to have died “in the course of his official duties.”
If there is a trial, it is apparent that the Olsons’ lawyer will seek to explore all of the circumstances of Dr. Olson’s employment as well as those concerning his death. It is not at all clear that we can keep such evidence from becoming relevant even if the government waives the defense of the Federal Employees Compensation Act. Thus, in the trial it may become apparent that we are concealing evidence for national security reasons and any settlement of judgment reached thereafter could be perceived as money paid to cover-up the activities of the CIA.
These comments are from the same White House attorney, Roderick Hills, who was simultaneously advising us that we should not go to court because the law was not on our side.
Obviously it was not possible for the Olson family in 1975 to assess the government’s story of what Hills refers to here as Frank Olson’s “bizarre death” as long as the family was being misinformed as to the job Olson was doing—a job that Hills describes as so “sensitive” that the government would refuse to describe it.
The same concerns are evident in a memo that was written by White House Deputy Staff Director Dick Cheney to his boss Donald Rumsfeld on July 11, 1975, the day after our family press conference. In this memo Cheney refers to concerns about:
…the possibility that it might become necessary to disclose highly classified national security information in connection with any court suit, or legislative hearings on a private bill intended to provide additional compensation to the family.
Again, these comments have to be placed in the context of assurances given to us personally by the President of the United States that we would be provided with all relevant information concerning the death of our father.
from the gerald ford library website...
documents stored at the Presidential Library...
CONTAINER LIST -- Richard Cheney Files
Box 6 - General Subject File
Colby Testimony (2)
Congressional Investigations (1)-(3)
Decision Book (1)-(4)
Intelligence - General
Meeting to Review Decision Book
New York Times Articles by Seymour Hersh (1)-(2)
Box 7 - General Subject File
President's Actions Draft Report (1)-(2)
President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
President's Meeting with Richard Helms
Release of Documents to the Church Committee (1)-(2)
Report by James J. Angleton
Report on CIA Assassination Plots (1)-(2)
Rockefeller Commission - General
Rockefeller Commission - Implementation of Recommendations
Rockefeller Commission Report - Final (1)
Box 8 - General Subject File
Rockefeller Commission Report - Final (2)-(4)
Rockefeller Commission Report - General
Rockefeller Commission Report - Working Copy
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
Issues Briefing Book, Nov. 1975 (1)-(2)
Issues Briefing Book, Oct. 1976 (1)-(5)
A breif history of the MKULTRA project is at...
CIA WEBSITE... studies in intellegence...
A few words are copied here...
Fifteen DCIs' First 100 Days:
CIA History Staff...
Editor's Note: These brief sketches convey some sense of the pace and preoccupations of 15 Directors of Central Intelligence (DCIs) in their first 100 days.
Soon after Schlesinger's appointment, the Watergate scandal exposed the Agency to charges of involvement in that affair and in the earlier September 1971 burglary of the Los Angeles office of Dr. Lewis Fielding, Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. The revelation of the Fielding break-in and CIA's role in it--providing a disguise, a camera, and recording equipment to G. Gordon Liddy, an ex-FBI agent and member of the Watergate plumbers--outraged Schlesinger. Having known nothing of the break-in, and determined not to be blindsided again, Schlesinger on 9 May 1973 ordered all employees to report any CIA activities they were aware of that might in any way appear inconsistent with CIA's charter. Later in May the Office of the Inspector General gave Schlesinger a 693-page list of "potential flap activities," which detailed Agency involvement in MHCHAOS, mail-opening programs, the Huston Plan, MKULTRA and drug testing, and the training of local police. Other revelations included details of CIA's attempts to assassinate foreign leaders. This is the list that became known as the "family jewels."