Joseph Lloyd, a user over at muckruck successfully obtained Dr. Cameron’s FBI file on April 28, 2017.
I have OCR’ed it for easier use by researchers.
PDF – Ewen Cameron FBI File
From first page of data (page 3) document dated May 26, 1948 –
“The above-named individual is presently being considered for employment in Canada on duties which will require access to secret data [blanked out, probably says “McGill University has requested”??] an investigation of his character, background and loyalty.”
Look at that! Right from the very beginning he was to have access to “secret” projects, basically.
His C.V. starts on page 5, at first glance it seems to me that this is more complete than other work backgrounds for him that I have seen out there.
For example, it gives the specific names of doctors he worked under, like that he worked as an assistant physician to Dr. D.K. Henderson at Glasgow Royal Mental Hospital in 1925 and 1926. I wonder if that’s how he first met fellow monster-doc William Sargant?
Then in 1929, he worked in Burghoelsi, Zurich, under Professor Hans W. Maier. That’s not good. That’s another monster-doc if I remember correctly.
Then, from 1936-1938 he’s doing “research” at Worcester State Hospital. Given his proclivities, one shudders at just what that might have entailed. Per the initial letter on page 3, from 1938 to 1943 he’s at Albany Hospital, but neither the letter nor the C.V. says what the heck he was doing from 1943 to 1948??
He was working at McGill University.
From my Donald Ewen Cameron library article –
It was Wilder Penfield, who invited Dr. Ewen Cameron to McGill University to establish the Allan Memorial Institute for Psychiatry in 1943. The institute was established by a combination of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, money from John Wilson McConnell of the Montreal Star, and a gift of Sir Hugh Allan’s mansion on Mount Royal.
Page 6 is a doozie, it’s a handwritten application to the (Canadian) Defence Research Board!!!! So there we have iron-clad proof that Cameron was involved in parallel secret research projects (with the U.S. Defense Research Board) there at McGill.
This is in 1948 that Cameron is doing this, and that is the same year that Dr. William Sargant was appointed the director of the department of psychiatry (then called psychological medicine) at St. Thomas’s Hospital Group London, which was also formed that year as part of the National Health Service (established by the National Health Service Act 1946).The group included Saint Thomas’ Hospital, the Grosvenor Hospital, the General Lying-In Hospital and the Royal Waterloo Hospital, which specialized in women and children*.
Quoting from my Cameron article –
Sargant had returned to England to take his new position in August of 1948, having just spent a year or so as the ‘visiting’ professor of psychiatry at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Like Cameron, when Sargant took on his new position he started with basically nothing, but also like Cameron, he had some nice deep-pockets funding behind him. Sargant was funded by the new NHS with support from the endowment funds of St Thomas’ Hospital and gifts from private individuals.
Still, his new ‘department’ consisted of a basement with no in-patient beds, a rather bleak beginning to be sure. However, there was one bright spot for Sargant.
As part of the amalgamation of St Thomas’ and the nearby Royal Waterloo Hospital, he was soon provided the use of a 22 bed ward for his in-patients – Ward 5 – the very same ward that would become dedicated to continuous narcosis or deep sleep treatment. As far as wards go then, it was more or less ready to go for his immediate uses on patients he intended to subject to his “treatments” for longer periods of time.
Sargant dove right in and immediately got to work refurbishing the St. Thomas’ basement as an out-patient department, and began giving hapless patients ECT, modified insulin treatment and methedrine injections, etc.
Some of the confusion out there concerning when Sargant began his specializing in what he called Sleep Therapy, has to do with the fact that he actually began that technique almost right away but he later specialized in young women and children exclusively starting in 1963/64.
That being almost two decades later.
The basic technique Sargant would use then – heavy sedation, combined with insulin coma therapy and frequent ECT – was already being experimented with by Sargant within the first two years he took his position.
THAT is also what Cameron would begin experimenting with under the auspices of this Defence Research Board.
They were both carrying on the experiments begun by the Catholic Nazis in the concentration camps and mental hospitals of Germany during WWII.
The goal of the Dachau mescaline (a drug like LSD) experiments on prisoners was “to eliminate the will of the person examined.”
German research team member (head nurse) for Dr. Sigmund Rascher
at Dachau Concentration Camp.
– as quoted by John Marks, Search for the Manchurian Candidate, 1979.
Want to get an idea what Cameron was doing here in the late 1940’s?
From my article –
The earliest reference that I have found so far that details Cameron’s work of ‘implanting’ via repeated phrases played back to a person, is his 1950 book General Psychotherapy: Dynamics and Procedures.
Be aware that this means he had already been doing this prior to publishing this book in 1950, a fact which probably more closely follows after the work that the British (Sargant) were doing starting in the mid 1940’s.
Probably part of why Sargant once said in a note to Cameron (Cameron often sought Sargant’s advice): “Whatever you manage in this field, I thought of it first“. 15
At the time of Cameron publishing his book in 1950, he was the Psychiatrist-in-chief of the Royal Victoria Hospital , besides being the Director of the Allan Memorial Institute of Psychiatry and Prof of Psychiatry, McGill University.
In the Preface says that his tape recordings idea drew on “.. psychiatric concepts but also of those used in psychology, sociology and anthropology.” He emphasized that “magnetic tape recordings of therapeutic periods” were purely as a means of “illustrating special points and procedures.”
You can see already that he’s trying to justify what he is doing as being beneficial.
Chapter 10 is titled: Use of Adjuvants in Psychotherapy: Drugs; ECT; Insulin; Drawings. In it, he discusses the so-called “disinhibiting drugs” sodium amytal or pentothal, and tries to throw back what he is doing to a man named Obermeier in 1873, who reported on the use of ethyl alcohol, but not at all in the light that Cameron was trying to put it in.
Another common tactic of someone seeking to legitimize some crazy idea (slavemasters and their Igors usually) is to try and act like there is some ancient precedent for it. Preferably an obscure one that most people would not be able to trace easily, or even a purely fabricated one – like the ‘ancient’ Greeks or Moses, for example.
The reason for all this posturing becomes more obvious on page 239 of Cameron’s book, where he describes his use of nitrous oxide repeated several times in 15 minutes and producing convulsions which he then immediately follows with trying to implant the person while they are under such obvious physical stress.
He tries to prove the value of this on page 240 with a case history, and on pages 248 and 249 he talks about doing the same thing just after ECT when the patient is just returning to consciousness, having literally just died to all extents and purposes.
He calls all these methods psychotherapy.
I call it standard torture methods.
He also describes the use of drugs like Benzedrine, dexadrine; desoxyn to produce the same marginalized physical state to then conduct his psychotherapy under, but a really important part is that he, this early, is already describing the value of recording and play back as part of this implanting when the person is in that weakened state after ECT, etc.
Note that he’s testing benzedrine at the same time as Project BLUEBIRD was (1950) as per that declassified CIA document. 9
In describing the memory loss from this ‘de-patterning’ technique that almost everyone tries to focus on as being seven years later than this book, you can easily see that this is what he had been doing all along, starting before 1950.
9. Untitled Project ARTICHOKE document, found on Black Vault’s MKULTRA archives disk 1, folder 144862, images #1 and #3. These scanned images of declassified MKUltra documents are all also available at the Internet Archive using the same numbering system.
15. Journey into Madness by Gordon Thomas, page 178 etc.
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Cameron’s application to the Defence Board that we’re looking at today, was dated April 17, 1948. I decided to pull it out by itself as an image so everyone can have a look at it right now.
Here’s both parts –
Page 8 of this FBI files PDF talks about a Dr. Roy Hoskins of the dept. of Mental Health, Boston, who “recommends Cameron highly”. This man and another associate are identified as having alleged involvement with some Communist groups, ie: Hoskins was noted as an alleged member of the National Council Of American Soviet Friendship and a Dr. David Shakow (sp?) listed as another associate of Cameron is “listed among subscribers to “Science & Society” cited as a Communist Front by the Special Committee on Un-American Activities on 3/29/44.”
Good ole Hoover. Still obsessing about all those dastardly Commies running around out there, eh?
Now here’s the much more interesting detail revealed about this Hoskins fellow, on page 10.
Dr. Roy G. Hoskins, Bureau of Naval Research, First Naval District Headquarters, Boston, Mass., advised that he had been a very close associate of Cameron from 1936 to 1938, at which time both were employed in research work at Worcester State Hospital.
That means this guy is right then mixed up in Project Chatter (at the time of this letter).
From my Cameron article –
In 1947, Cameron published a book: “Remembering” in: Nervous and Mental Disease Monographs (No. 72). He notes that defects in memory occur with therapy – therapy defined as metrazol, ECT, and insulin treatments. Describes a dose-response relationship.
Project Chatter started which continued the truth drug committee experiments under Lieutenant Charles Savage underneath the newly created Navy Medical Research Center.8
[also see Cameron article for much more about this Truth Drug Committee]
This is an important lead, because it means that the details behind Project Chatter will not be held by the CIA, but more likely by the Navy – and more specifically the Department of Defense’s RDB.
The Senate Hearing document described the project as follows.
Project CHATTER was a Navy program that began in the fall of 1947.
Responding to reports of ‘amazing results’ achieved by the Soviets in using ‘truth drugs,’ the program focused on the identification and testing of such drugs for use in interrogations and in the recruitment of agents.
The research included laboratory experiments on animals and human subjects involving Anabasis aphylla, scopolamine, and mescaline in order to determine their speech-inducing qualities.
Side note – scopolamine is what’s called a soporific – which L. Ron Hubbard admitted to being a volunteer to be tested on right around this time, and that he had a hard time ‘getting off’ the drug. The truth drug committee also tested that exact same drug in 1942/1943.
The Senate hearing document went on to explain that the project included overseas experiments during the Korean War, and that it ended shortly after the end of the Korean War, in 1953.
8. Biological testing involving human subjects by the Department of Defense, 1977: hearings before the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, First Session on Examination of Serious Deficiencies in the Defense Department’s efforts to protect the Human Subjects of Drug Research, March 8 and May 23, 1977.
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Like I said earlier, one wonders just what the heck this “research” was that doctors Hoskins and Cameron had going at Worcester from 1936 to 1938, because one can bet it sure wasn’t some kind of mild ‘talk therapy’.
So Hoskins goes on to Project Chatter and drug experiments on hapless psychiatric patients, and Cameron…well we know what monster-doc Cameron went on to. Trying to blank out a person’s personality so he could ‘rewrite’ them how he wanted – aka Psychic Driving.
But, now we learned of another heretofore hidden mind-control experimenter! Always good to drag these frackers back out into history’s view.
On page 10, we learn a little more about Cameron’s other buddy, Dr. Shakow.
It must also be noted that another associate of Cameron, at the Worcester State Hospital from 1936 to 1938, is DR. DAVID SHAKOW, presently the Branch Chief Clinical Psychologist Consultant, Veterans Administration.
Note that there is a Professor [blanked out] at Tufts University mentioned a little further down the page, and what’s interesting about that is that these FBI docs were declassified in 2015, yet to me it looks like they are STILL HIDING the names of academics that were mixed up in any of these secret projects, just as was ordered in the Senate MKULTRA hearings in the 1970’s. I seriously doubt that whoever this Professor is, could possibly be still alive now. So, I think we can rule out that being the reason, which only leaves the other option.
Let’s see if I can figure out who that is…
One of these guys, perhaps?
The Division 19 boys.
Tufts University Chemistry Department – December 1939
Crosby F. Baker, Harris M. Chadwell and David E. Worrell
From my Cameron article –
– OSS Timeline from the National Archives –
- October 31, 1942 at the request or the Psychological Warfare Branch of the National (Defense) Research Council activated a committee to investigate the feasibility of using drugs in the interrogation of Prisoners of War. This was the truth drug committee.
- December 22, 1942 JCS abolishes the Joint Psychological Warfare Committee and gives its functions to the OSS
That last entry was as a result of the single major reorganization within OSRD (Office of Scientific Research and Development) that had taken place in December 1942, when the sprawling elements of the original five divisions of NDRC were realigned into nineteen divisions, two panels (one on applied mathematics and another on applied psychology), and three committees (on vacuum tubes, radio propagation, and tropical deterioration). The twenty-four division, committee, and panel chairmen, nine of them Academy members, were given the widest possible latitude in planning and executing their programs; and the development of new military hardware and supporting combat gear, as Bush intended, began to accelerate.11
The same day, an extremely secretive (and arguably worst as to human experimentation) – and one of the original five (given letters A, B, C, D, etc.) previous NDRC branches – became the new OSRD Division 19 headed by Harris Marshall Chadwell
Division 19 was a highly secretive combined OSS and National Defense Research Committee (OS-RDB) organization headed by the equally little known Dr. H. Marshall Chadwell. Division 19’s first project was the ‘special weapons project’ which included obtaining and field testing drugs like LSD, concentrated marijuana, etc. It was headed by OSS man George Hunter White.
This was the end result of the infamous Truth Drug Committee.
Sounds like a good possibility to me, that one of these 3 Tufts University guys might be behind the big blanked out items in this document.
I guess I better put the text here so you can see what I mean. Again, this is page 10 of PDF.
[giant blank out] Professor [blank out] Tufts college, Medford, Massachusetts, recommended Cameron highly as to character, integrity, honesty and loyalty. [blank] stated that Cameron was the highest type of man, was most capable and had his unqualified recommendation. [blanked out] felt certain that Cameron had no subversive sympathies or associations. It will be noted that [blank out] name appears on a list of the sponsors of the Greater Boston Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy.
Notes: North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy was an American organization established in 1936. It was identified as a Communist front linked to the Communist Party USA. (wikipedia)
That about does it for this set of documents, I’d say.
Wait until you see what else I have on Cameron…
Crossing paths with L. Ron Hubbard, no less.
Patience is a virtue.
We’ll get to it soon enough. After all, we’re just getting started on what’s really comin’ down the pike.