I’ve often said that the CIA has had a rather interesting relationship with Hoover and the FBI, to put it mildly. It goes back to British intelligence man William Stephenson and his covert activities around the time of WWII when he was forming, literally, British Intelligence West – the Office of the Coordinator of Information first (headed by William Donovan), then it became the OSS, then the CIA. All the while continuing the same arrogant and derogatory view of Hoover and the clodhoppers (as they viewed it) of the FBI.
[Stephenson] became a self-made millionaire and was selected to be the British Passport Control Officer (PCO) in New York, and his first assignment was a stealth one – he was sent on a Winston Churchill sanctioned reconnaissance mission to the U.S. in April of 1940 where he met with J. Edgar Hoover to “make a deal” so that they could create and operate a British spy network in the U.S. with FBI approval (more on that later).
…[1941 Donovan and the COI] To facilitate the closest day-to-day operations between BSC and COI, Stephenson set up a branch office in Washington, to which officers both of the SI and SO divisions were attached, while Donovan in turn established a branch in New York.
This time period is also when Hoover began to realize he had been horn-swoggled and betrayed by WS, because the real power was taken from him and routed to the new golden-boy agency – the COI.
Thus began the conflict between the two intelligence agencies which lasted for decades and still is, to some extent. This is actually part of the reason for the “shuffling” game that has gone on in the past decade or so, creation of Homeland Security and so on.
– British Security Coordination – A Compendium: The Book and The Lords by Virginia McClaughry, August 23, 2014.
Please also see British Security Coordination Compendium V: Back To The Beginning for a rather darkly humorous synopsis of Hoover and Stephenson’s relationship resulting in Hoover backing a bill trying to cut out British intelligence.
A young and gullible J. Edgar Hoover – desperate to impress.
The Brits and their American anglophile counterparts were constantly manipulating Hoover’s desire to be ‘one of the big boys’ by supplying him with false or skewed information. They got some kind of sick (and extremely juvenile) boarding-school-boy humor out of watching him ‘run’ for the balls that they threw him.
They played him like a piano.
It reminds me of Ron Hubbard and his tales of Marcab and the Galactic Confederacy – See Anthropology: Earth and The Universe Time Track – according to L. Ron Hubbard – and how some people just seriously went for that in much the same way. The sick part is the same as what the CIA did. There is actually some truth behind the wild ideas, just not even close to what the ‘teller’ is misrepresenting.
You’ll see what I mean more when I get into this CIA document from Dulles to Hoover, dated 25 April 1956.
Grateful acknowledgement to the BlackVault CIA MKULTRA collection, for the scans of this document found on CD #2, Folder 163356 – we have separated the scans out and combined them into an OCR’d PDF which has been uploaded to the Internet Archive.
Here’s the first page of it.
It says –
Memorandum for: The Honorable J. Edgar Hoover, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The attached study on brainwashing was prepared by my staff in response to the increasingly acute interest in the subject throughout the Intelligence and security components of the Government. I feel you will find it well worth your personal attention. It represents the thinking of leading psychologists, psychiatrists and intelligence specialists, based in turn on interviews with many individuals who have had personal experience with Communist brainwashing, and on extensive research and testing. While individual specialists hold divergent views on various aspects of this most complex subject, I believe the study reflects a synthesis of majority expert opinion. I will, of course, appreciate any comments on it that you or your staff may have.
Oh man, right from the first sentence you can tell he’s fucking with him. The honorable Hoover. Yea, I know what the term is used for and why, but I can guarantee you that’s not why Dulles used it. Or rather, not the real reason why.
He’s doing it both to make fun of Hoover’s puffed up sense of self (which Hoover would, of course, completely miss thereby further fueling Dulles’s dark – and very British – sense of humor there) but Dulles is also stroking him as part of manipulating him to accept the whole premise of brainwashing as being communist.
That’s the key lie he wants Hoover to swallow.
And swallow it he did.
I’m gonna get me some Communists
It is of note that within 2 months of this rather obvious prodding by Dulles, Hoover began forming the plan in June for what would become the infamous COINTELPRO program – officially created August 1956.
It’s main target?
the ‘Communist Party’
However, as it has since been revealed, even Hoover was simply using the whole ‘communist’ threat purely to further his own ambitions, which certainly leads one to realize that is why he was so easily manipulated by ‘the big boys’. He was trying to be one of them – a slavemaster in his own right, he probably hoped.
In 1956 Hoover was infuriated by Supreme Court decisions that upheld the Bill of Rights and severely limited his ability to violate it by prosecuting people for their political opinions (especially ‘communists’) Some of his aides reported that he purposely exaggerated the threat of communism to “ensure financial and public support for the FBI.”
Even his fervent anti-Communism has been cast into doubt; some former aides insist that he knew the party was never a genuine internal threat to the nation but a useful, popular target to ensure financial and public support for the FBI.
– From TIME’s Archives: The Truth About J. Edgar Hoover Monday, Dec. 22, 1975
So, he chose covert prosecution and meting out his own brand – very slavemaster of him – of justice underneath the umbrella project of ‘dirty tricks’ aka COINTELPRO (see FBI dox here).
Next – Look at this line from Dulles’ cover sheet to Hoover:
…and on extensive research and testing.
Considering that Projects BLUEBIRD, ARTICHOKE and MKULTRA were all trying to create brainwashing, that’s quite the tongue-in-cheek comment by Dulles.
There’s the incredibly subtle bait (which probably went right over Hoover’s head) of the final line –
“I will, of course, appreciate any comments on it that you or your staff may have.”
The part going over Hoover’s head being whether he or his staff can catch the fact that ‘communist brainwashing‘ was utter bullshit in the first place.
Bearing in mind that Hoover was also lying about a different aspect of ‘threat of communism’ for his own purposes – you can see how very manipulative of Hoover’s own dirty nature that Dulles is trompsing all over.
I think I’m having a Charlie Chaplin moment.
Let’s take a look at another rather interesting convergence on this same completely black propaganda point of communist brainwashing – L. Ron Hubbard, the CIA asset for ‘political operations’.
Literally within only a month or so of Miles coming back to Washington D.C. in July 1955 to get the whole Political Action division officially going – Hubbard was right there with a fantastical propaganda creation nicknamed the Brainwashing Manual.
We already proved in this post that Hubbard would often write his particularly political propaganda using pen-names (such as Tom Esterbrook).
Let’s take a look at Hubbard’s version – Brainwashing Manual version two, with the editorial ‘Note’ by Charles Stickley produced by the Church of Scientology (L Ron Hubbard) presumably in August/September 1955.
So, we’re talking only about six months before this veritable tome on Brainwashing (90 pages plus) gets put together by Allen Dulles and ‘his staff’.
Why? becomes fascinating (and rather obvious). Look at the timing of it, and what it was used for first. It agitated people particularly towards the upcoming Alaska Mental Health Care Bill – what with all that going on in the booklet about “brainwashing” and isolated political prisoner camps.
Hubbard was charged to do a controlled opposition game which would yield a number of intelligence products of interest to Miles Copeland of the CIA. What’s controlled opposition?
Commentary on the controlled opposition tactic by Steven Hager –
But that’s the way spooks play their games. If there’s going to be a social movement against whatever you’re doing, it’s best if you secretly create and orchestrate that movement against yourself right away so that it never does any unintended damage to your personal fortunes.
Even closer in time now –
A few months go by, and then we see Hubbard start talking about it in various Operational Bulletins, like #8 on December 13, 1955.
The brainwashing manual which came into our possession so mysteriously is being released, not with any intent to unmock psychiatry, but as a necessary piece of information for auditors who are confronted with the problems of brainwashing.
[Source: Ingo Heinemann, transcription + scan of first page]
Although it was in September that Hubbard told his publisher that he had already sent this “Brainwashing Manual” in to the FBI, for whatever reason only the letter dated December 16, 1955, is what we have any documentation of.
Which is – only 4 months from Allen Dulles move on the same point.
It was right exactly then, here in December that the agitating about the Alaska Bill would begin…
Hubbard writes a couple of other Operational Bulletins that talk about the Manual, #9 and #12 on December 19 and January 10 of 1956 respectively.
In the December one, which is only 3 days after his letter to the FBI, Hubbard does a lot of entertaining tap-dancing explaining why he even has this manual.
Exactly right on top of when Hubbard was releasing (and talking about) his Brainwashing Manual in December of 1955, is when Stephanies APRF and member Gene Burklehart started attacking the Alaskan Mental Health Bill, and they used Hubbard’s Brainwashing Manual to support their claims.
They even reprinted it in 1956 – complete with the Charles Stickley intro.
In late December 1955, the American Public Relations Forum (APRF), issued an urgent call to arms in its monthly bulletin. It highlighted the proposed text of the Alaska Mental Health Bill, calling it “one that tops all of them”.
Considering Hoover had earlier tried to get the President to agree to creating a kind of concentration camp for 12,000 Americans only suspected of communism, you can see why Hubbard’s both parallel and opposition of a Hoover-type agenda would be quite some bait to get himself a nice cover of being ‘targeted’ by Hoover.
It worked, Hoover completely fell for Hubbard’s whole routine. Along with any number of other supposedly observant men and women along the way, I might add.
Hoover had proposed his version of a concentration camp idea to President Harry S. Truman in 1950.
A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty.
Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons.
Hoover wanted President Harry S. Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to “protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage.” The F.B.I would “apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous” to national security, Hoover’s proposal said. The arrests would be carried out under “a master warrant attached to a list of names” provided by the bureau.
The names were part of an index that Hoover had been compiling for years. “The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven per cent are citizens of the United States,” he wrote.
“In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the Writ of Habeas Corpus,” it said.
– New York Times, December 2007
Hoover’s weird relationships with
infiltrators and enemies posing as Americans U.S. Presidents continued throughout his career – like L.B.J., for example. Two gossiping old women with way too much power.
The Director’s dealings with Presidents, as detailed two weeks ago by a Senate committee report (TIME, Dec. 15), were just as self-serving. Clearly the worst offender in demanding political information from Hoover was President Lyndon Johnson. Both men loved gossip and this type of intrigue.
– From TIME’s Archives: The Truth About J. Edgar Hoover Monday, Dec. 22, 1975
A word on Hubbard and his intelligence career –
I’m not apologizing for Hubbard or anything, but still, he did do a really good job hiding the true nature of his life and the creation of Dianetics and Scientology. He never revealed who he really was and what he was really doing and the all-important for whom – he was loyal, after a fashion. It must have really hurt him when his handlers turned on him in the early 1970’s and quite literally threw him to the wolves. I don’t think he ever really recovered from that.
But that’s how it is on the slavemaster imitation of a team – they’re definitely not us. Their loyalty and honor is an imitation and ergo it is inherently a limited and weak version of the real thing.
The fact that ‘threat of exposure’ – and the accompanying loss of power, in their mind – is such a terrible thing to them? That’s where you really see the stark difference staring you in the face. Because of this one major difference, you can safely predict that when maneuvered into a corner under those conditions? They will always eventually turn on their own.No matter how loyal they have been. Something any of you ‘agents’ out there ought to keep in mind as we continue rolling along here and ever-increasing that exposure factor.
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The CIA (and its predecessors the OSS/COI formed by British intelligence) has had a long history of manipulating Hoover and the FBI with false or skewed information – particularly in relation to ‘the communism threat’. This particular document falls under that category because it has now been proven that the whole ‘brainwashing’ threat as supposedly a communist invention was completely false and merely used to gain funding and a credible reason to continue mind-control human experimentation begun in Nazi Germany during WWII.
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