By H. P. Albarelli Jr.
Following nearly a decade of study, this account solves the mysterious demise of biochemist Frank Olson, revealing the identities of his murderers in surprising element. It deals a special and unparalleled inspect the backgrounds of many former CIA, FBI, and Federal Narcotics Bureau officialsincluding a number of who truly oversaw the CIA’s mind-control courses from the Nineteen Fifties to the Nineteen Seventies. In retracing those courses, an often weird and wonderful and constantly scary global is brought, coloured, and ruled by way of many factorsCold warfare fears, the key dating among the nation’s drug enforcement businesses and the CIA, and the government’s shut collaboration with the Mafia.
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Extra info for A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments
I had gone through a particularly grueling two-week period that had produced little to no satisfying or usable information, and I was emerging from a long series of dead end interviews and telephone contacts. It felt as if the information flow, once seen as promising, was slowing to a grinding halt; people were clamming up, as if they’d received serious warnings. Then, at the start of what looked as if it would be another dismal week, I received a call from a friend. C. Sure, I said. What makes you ask?
And how the government worked. I had spent a few years of my youth in the nation’s capital, and had later worked for the federal government at several levels. When I was a boy, my father had worked for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, situated on the National Mall, just a stone’s throw from the CIA’s cluster of buildings near the Reflecting Pool. I would sometimes wait for my father to come out from his laboratory, while gazing in fascination at the many visible, and hidden, wonders of the older buildings along the Mall.
Completely,” came the answer. “Steve,” I said, “how is that any different from my breaking my word to these men? ” Silence. I had never spoken with or met anyone in the New York District Attorney’s office out of choice. Early on in my research, a highly respected criminologist had warned me that journalists and prosecutors are not always a good mix. ” There was that, and also the fact that I did not want to become a part of the story I was writing. The story was convoluted enough without mixing myself into it.
A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments by H. P. Albarelli Jr.