Mar 162010

Former Carter Whitehouse lawyer H.P. Albarelli Jr., author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, claims to have found evidence that the CIA sprayed LSD into New York City subways during a series of experiments on innocent, unwitting American citizens.

Albarelli spent more than a decade sifting through more than 100,000 pages of government documents and his most startling chestnut might be his claim that the intelligence community conducted aerosol tests of LSD inside the New York City subway system.

“The experiment was pretty shocking — shocking that the CIA and the Army would release LSD like that, among innocent unwitting folks,” Albarelli told The Post.

A declassified FBI report from the Baltimore field office dated Aug. 25, 1950 provides some tantalizing support for the claim. “The BW [biological weapon] experiments to be conducted by representatives of the Department of the Army in the New York Subway System in September 1950, have been indefinitely postponed,” states the memo, a copy of which the author provided to The Post.

An Olson colleague, Dr. Henry Eigelsbach, confirmed to Albarelli that the LSD subway test did, in fact, occur in November 1950, albeit on a smaller scale than first planned. Little, however, is known about the test — what line, how many people and what happened.

The purported experiment occurred nearly a year before a more infamous August 1951 incident in the small town of Pont St. Esprit, in the south of France, when the citizens were hit by a case of mass insanity.

We wrote about the disturbing CIA LSD experiments in the French village Pont St. Esprit in an earlier post.

Mar 112010

Nearly fifty years ago, the inhabitants of the southeastern French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit mysteriously went mad, enduring grotesque and horrifying hallucinations resulting in the deaths of five. Hundreds were affected with many committed to asylums.

The so-called “Mystery of Le Pain Maudit (Cursed Bread)” still haunts the people of Pont-Saint-Esprit, located in Gard, France.

On August 16, 1951, the inhabitants were suddenly racked with frightful hallucinations of terrifying beasts and fire.

One man tried to drown himself, screaming that his belly was being eaten by snakes. An 11-year-old tried to strangle his grandmother. Another man shouted: “I am a plane”, before jumping out of a second-floor window, breaking his legs. He then got up and carried on for 50 yards. Another saw his heart escaping through his feet and begged a doctor to put it back. Many were taken to the local asylum in strait jackets.

Time magazine wrote at the time: “Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to molten lead.”

However, investigative journalist H. P. Albarelli Jr. claims to have found evidence proving the nightmarish incident was a covert, sinister, mind control experiment led by the CIA and the U.S. Army’s top-secret Special Operations Division (SOD) located at Fort Detrick, Maryland, the originating town of the deadly spores used in the more recent anthrax attacks. The outbreak was accomplished by spiking local bread with LSD, a powerful hallucinogen.