- Conflict & Crisis
By JG Vibes
March 13, 2013
Last week on March 3rd Gerald D. Klee, a retired psychiatrist who admittedly dosed army recruits with LSD in secret military experiments died at the age of 86.
Klee died Sunday of complications after surgery at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Md., his family said. In 1975, Klee made headlines when he confirmed reports that the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Psychiatric Institute had been involved in secret research between 1956 and 1959, when hundreds of soldiers were given LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide.
He said that in addition to LSD, the Army was experimenting with other hallucinogens as part of its chemical weapons research program. Klee said soldiers from military posts around the country were brought to the Edgewood Arsenal and Aberdeen Proving Ground installations in Maryland to participate in experiments involving various drugs and chemical warfare agents, of which the hallucinogens were a small part.
If these experiments are exactly as described than they are far more tame than the CIA’s MK Ultra drug experiments, where subjects were dosed with hallucinogenic drugs without their knowledge, some of whom suffered fatal consequences.
Although it was not explicitly stated whether this was a part of the MK Ultra program or if these particular subjects were made aware that they were put under the influence of a drug. For one to launch into a psychedelic experience unexpectedly could cause a great deal of confusion, driving someone to think they had gone insane.
Klee even said that “They were mostly enlisted men — there were a few commissioned officers — but they were mostly unlettered and rather naive,”. Alluding to the fact that maybe these test subjects were not properly prepared for the experience they were about to have.
The government has managed to run away from any legal consequences but they have not been able to hide the details of MKU and similar projects. Congressional testimony showed that not only were many people’s lives drastically torn apart by these tests, but one test subject actually jumped from a 10 story window and killed himself after he was unexpectedly drugged by government agents. The agency themselves admit to still be carrying out the kind of covert mind control operations despite public resistance to the original MK Ultra program.
Psychedelic drugs are tools, and just like any tool they can help us if we use them correctly but they can also cause a great deal of harm if they are used with malevolent intent. Dosing people without their knowledge, attempting to build “truth serums” and weaponizing the psychedelic experience are all certainly examples of malevolent intent.
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter-culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer, reporter for Intellihub.com and Executive Producer of the Bob Tuskin Radio Show. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com