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Secret Weapons: How Two Sisters Were Brainwashed To Kill For Their Country

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Paperback, 276 pages
Published 2001 by New Horizon Press, New Jersey
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Bookish
excellent book - cover mk-ultra and similar projets
huge amounts of documentation includeed
Valiant Thor
Oct 03, 2016 Valiant Thor rated it really liked it
A valuable addition to a mind control researcher's library and an interesting read. The story of the Hersha sisters has many parallels to the accounts of other MK Ultra/Monarch-type survivors like Cathy O'Brien and Brice Taylor. One of the Hersha girls claims that she answered directly to Richard "Dick" Helms, the CIA director famous for ordering the destruction of the MK Ultra documents. Other familiar names (familiar to mind control researchers, anyway) pop up, as the Hershas claim to have had ...more
Bernie Gourley
Secret Weapons is about two girls who are trained in an MKULTRA-style behavior modification program to become femme fatales. This book was a hidden gem. I hadn't ever heard of it before or seen it in my local bookstore, but I came across a copy at the Strand Book Store in New York on a trip several years ago.

Like Whitley Strieber's Communion, this book leaves one engrossed but wondering what exactly one is reading. It is written as non-fiction, and not creative non-fiction that admits to blendi
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Aug 23, 2013 Keely rated it really liked it
I look forward to reading the updated edition that the author is currently working on. This is an excellent account of what survivors of MK Ultra and similar US military programs are put through.
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“Cheryl was aided in her search by the Internet. Each time she remembered a name that seemed to be important in her life, she tried to look up that person on the World Wide Web.
The names and pictures Cheryl found were at once familiar and yet not part of her conscious memory: Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, Dr. Louis 'Jolly' West, Dr. Ewen Cameron, Dr. Martin Orne and others had information by and about them on the Web. Soon, she began looking up sites related to childhood incest and found that some of the survivor sites mentioned the same names, though in the context of experiments performed on small children. Again, some names were familiar. Then Cheryl began remembering what turned out to be triggers from old programmes. 'The song, "The Green, Green Grass of home" kept running through my mind. I remembered that my father sang it as well. It all made no sense until I remembered that the last line of the song tells of being buried six feet under that green, green grass. Suddenly, it came to me that this was a suicide programme of the government. 'I went crazy. I felt that my body would explode unless I released some of the pressure I felt within, so I grabbed a [pair ofl scissors and cut myself with the blade so I bled. In my distracted state, I was certain that the bleeding would let the pressure out. I didn't know Lynn had felt the same way years earlier. I just knew I had to do it Cheryl says. She had some barbiturates and other medicine in the house. 'One particularly despondent night, I took several pills. It wasn't exactly a suicide try, though the pills could have killed me. Instead, I kept thinking that I would give myself a fifty-fifty chance of waking up the next morning. Maybe the pills would kill me. Maybe the dose would not be lethal. It was all up to God. I began taking pills each night. Each-morning I kept awakening.”
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“Other personalities are created to handle new traumas, their existence usually occurring one at a time. Each has a singular purpose and is totally focused on that task. The important aspect of the mind's extreme dissociation is that each ego state is totally without knowledge of the other. Because of this, the researchers for the CIA and the Department of Defense believed they could take a personality, train him or her to be a killer and no other ego stares would be aware of the violence that was taking place. The personality running the body would be genuinely unaware of the deaths another personality was causing. Even torture could not expose the with, because the personality experiencing the torture would have no awareness of the information being sought.
Earlier, such knowledge was gained from therapists working with adults who had multiple personalities. The earliest pioneers in the field, such as Dr. Ralph Alison, a psychiatrist then living in Santa Cruz, California, were helping victims of severe early childhood trauma. Because there were no protocols for treatment, the pioneers made careful notes, publishing their discoveries so other therapists would understand how to help these rare cases. By 1965, the information was fairly extensive, including the knowledge that only unusually intelligent children become multiple personalities and that sexual trauma endured by a restrained child under the age of seven is the most common way to induce hysteric dissociation.”
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