Until the publication of L. Ron Hubbard’s Science of Survival in 1951 the psychiatric–intelligence community’s black art of mind control had been “out of sight, unsuspected and unknown.”
mong the earliest LRH notes on substance abuse is a series of 1950 observations from the first disclosed case of United States government drug experimentation. The story is a fascinating one, and particularly so if we view such experimentation as Pandora’s Box from which sprang psychedelia. Yet however one accounts for this late twentieth-century crisis, those 1950 notes are entirely pertinent, and do much to explain why L. Ron Hubbard’s grasp of the problem was said to have been all-embracing.
Remembered today as the case of Dot Jones, the critical sequence was this: Not long after the development of Dianetics, an inordinately distraught young woman was delivered to the LRH office in Washington, DC. Described as an all but inaccessible case, symptoms included a manic pacing of the room while repeatedly muttering, “I’m the top dog, I’m in the saddle.” In reply, the patient was transferred to a Virginia institution (then relying exclusively on Dianetics procedures). As a word on what ensued, it might be noted that, some months earlier, with assistance from Michigan physician Dr. Joseph Winter, Ron had examined a wide array of stimulants and depressants in search of a biochemical aid to the recovery of memory. Those familiar with narcosynthesis will recognize the form, and while all drug use was finally condemned as both inhibitive of Dianetics and destructive of the personality in general, the payoff in terms of techniques to unravel the case of Dot Jones proved invaluable.
The broad strokes are these: wife of an army intelligence officer, the woman had been drugged, electro-shocked and hypnotized in a willful effort at behavioral control—mind control as we know it today, pain-drug-hypnosis (PDH) as Ron would term it. As another relevant word, it might be mentioned that this pain-drug-hypnosis would finally claim several hundred victims from the periphery of the American intelligence community, allegedly including World War II pinup girl Candy Jones and Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan. That Dianetics proved the only effective antidote to the process would prove significant on several accounts, and especially as regards later federal scrutiny of LRH and his organization. But more to the immediate point was the greater pattern of abuse revealed through succeeding cases encountered between June of 1950 and the spring of 1951.
In hindsight, of course, we now recognize the footprints of a highly extensive psychiatric-intelligence effort to devise a means of dominating human will. Variously conducted under code names Bluebird, Chatter, Artichoke and the MKULTRA umbrella, federal mind-control programs finally involved the testing of psychotropic compounds on several thousand United States citizens. The tales of abuse are legion, horrific and ultimately comparable only to medical experimentation on inmates of Nazi concentration camps (which, in fact, provided much inspiration for what took place beneath the mind-control banner). There are cases on record, more than a few, wherein unwitting victims were slipped massive doses of psychotropic drugs and effectively left to reason for themselves, subjected to “special interrogation” under near fatal combinations of barbiturates, stimulants and bombardment with ultra-high frequency “amnesia beams.” Then again there are the cases of tortured and lobotomized victims (also to effect a memory erasure) and those subjected to elaborate psychotropic conditioning in the name of shaping the perfect killer. But the fact remains—and it is an especially significant one—that until the publication of L. Ron Hubbard’s second text, Science of Survival, in 1951, the black art of mind control had been, “out of sight, unsuspected, and unknown.”
The statement cannot be overemphasized. Notwithstanding all subsequent histories of the United States mind-control effort, including Walter Bowart’s Operation Mind Control and John D. Marks’ The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, nothing predated what is found in Science of Survival: