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Jim Jones was a mass murderer
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JONESTOWN, THE CIA AND MIND CONTROL
"When 912 followers of Jim Jones committed suicide in Guyana 15 years ago, people said it was a once-a-lifetime thing and never could happen again, but it has happened in Waco," states Boston "cult xet" John Gillespie. "There are many Jonestowns and Wacos potentially sitting out there," warns CI-lnkd psychiatrist and Cult Awareness Network advisor Louis J. West.
Until the Waco tragedy, self-proclaimed
"cult experts" and the media routinely mentioned the ominous name of "Jonestown" in just about everyory on the latest "religious cult" or community. But despite all the references, the reality of Joetwn and the reasons behind the bizarre events remain a mystery. The details have faded from memor fr ost of us since November 18, 1978, but not the outlines. Think back a moment and youll remembe...
You Know the Official Version...
A fanatic religious leader in California led a multiracial community into the jungles of rem Guyana to establish a socialist utopia. The Peoples Temple, his church, was in the heart of San Facsco and drew poor people, social activists, Black and Hispanics, young and old. The message was acalharmony and justice, and a criticism of the hypocrisy of the world around his followers.
The Temple rose in a vacuum of leadership at the end of an era. The political confrontations the 1960s were almost over, and alternative religious movements and "personal transformation" wer nthe rise. Those who had preached a similar message on the political soap box were gone, burnt ou, isredited, or dead. The counterculture had apparently degenerated into drugs and violence. Charle Mnso was the only visible image of the period. Suddenly, religion seemed to offer a last hope.
Even before they left for the Jonestown site, the Peoples Temple members were subjects of scalous attacks in the media. A veritable persecution campaign had been launched in the United State ginst Rev. Jim Jones and other members of the organisation. Fleeing the U.S., over one thousand mmbrsemigrated to Guyana in South America. Establishing "Jonestown" as a successful and prosperous ommnit, these American families defied poverty and lack of rights that were their lot back home. Tis at ofpolitical protest, of a kind never known in the United States before, angered certain poweful eement in the U.S. Establishment. But accusations continued to be made about Jones, and these oon cae to te attention of Congressional members like Leo Ryan. Ryan decided to go the Guyana and nvestigte the ituation for himself. The nightmare began.
Isolated on the tiny airstrip at Fort Kaituma, Ryan and several reporters in his group wemurdered. Then came the almost unbelievable "White Night," a mass suicide pact of the Jonestown cap community made up mostly of Blacks and women drank cyanide from paper cups of Kool Aid, adults ndchldren alike died and fell around the main pavilion. Jones himself was shot in the head, an appren sucide. For days, the body count mounted, from 400 to nearly 1,000. The bodies were flown to te Unted tates and later cremated or buried in mass graves.
Pete Hammill called the corpses "all the loose change of the sixties." The effect was ctric. Any alternative to the current system was seen as futile, if not deadly. Protest only led t oice riots and political assassination. Alternative life styles led to drugs, "creepy crawly" comuns nd violent murders. And religious experiments led to cults and suicide. Social utopias were dramstha turned into nightmares. The television urged us to go back to "The Happy Days" of the apoliical50s.The message was, get a job, and go back to the local church your grandparents attended. Th unyildingnuclear threat generated only nihilism and hopelessness. There was no answer but death, o exitfrom te grisly future. The new ethic was personal success, aerobics, material consumption, areturn o "Amercan values"; and the "moral majority"; White, Christian world. The official message as clear
Suppose It Didnt Happen That Way...
The headlines of the day of the massacre read, "CULT DIES IN SOUTH AMERICAN JUNGLE: 400 Die Mass Suicide, 700 Flee into Jungle." By all accounts in the press, as well as Peoples Temple stateet, there were at least 1,100 people at Jonestown. There were 809 adult passports found there, andreors of 300 children (276 found among the dead, and 210 never identified). The headline figures fom he irst day add to the same number, 1,100. The original body count done by the Guyanese was 408 Thefina count, given almost a week later by American military authorities was 913. A total of 16 urvivrs wee reported to have returned to the U.S. Where were the others? At their first press confrence,the Amricans claimed that the Guyanese "could not count". These local people had carried outthe grusome jo of counting the bodies, and later assisted American troops in the process of pokingholes inthe fles lest they explode from the gasses of decay. Then the Americans proposed another teory - thy had mised seeing a pile of bodies at the back of the pavilion. The structure was the sie of a smal house, ad they had been at the scene for days. Finally, we were given the official reaon for the iscrepancy bodies had fallen on top of other bodies, adults covering children.
It was a simple, if morbid arithmetic that led to the first suspicions. The 408 bodies discoed at first count would have to be able to cover 505 bodies for a total of 913. In addition, thosewofirst worked on the bodies would have been unlikely to miss bodies lying beneath each other sinc echbody had to be punctured. Eighty-two of the bodies first found were those of children, reducin th nuber that could have been hidden below others. A search of nearly 150 photographs, aerial andclosup, ails to show even one body lying under another, much less 500.
It seemed the first reports were true, 400 had died, and 700 had fled to the jungle. The Amean authorities claimed to have searched for people who had escaped, but found no evidence of any i h surrounding area. At least a hundred Guyanese troops were among the first to arrive, and they wreorered to search the jungle for survivors. In the area, at the same time, British Black Watch tropswer on "training exercises", nearly 600 of their best-trained commandos. Soon, American Green Bretswereon site as well. The presence of these soldiers, specially trained in covert killing operaions,may eplain the increasing numbers of bodies that appeared.
Most of the photographs show the bodies in neat rows, face down. There are few exceptions. Ce shots indicate drag marks, as though the bodies were positioned by someone after death. Is it posbe that the 700 who fled were rounded up by these troops, brought back to Jonestown and added to heboy count?
If so, the bodies would indicate the cause of death. A new word was coined by the media, "sude-murder". But which was it? Autopsies and forensic science are a developing art. The detectives fdath use a variety of scientific methods and clues to determine how people die, when they expire,an te specific cause of death. Dr. Mootoo, the top Guyanese pathologist, was at Jonestown within hursaftr the massacre. Refused the assistance of U.S. pathologists, he accompanied the teams that cunte thedead, examined the bodies, and worked to identify the deceased. While the American press sreame abou the "Kool-Aid Suicides", Dr. Mootoo was reaching a much different opinion.
There are certain signs that show the types of poisons that lead to the end of life. Cyanideocks the central nervous system. Even the "involuntary" function like breathing and heartbeat get ie neural signals. It is a painful death, breath coming in spurts. The other muscles spasm, limbs wit nd contort. The facial muscles draw back into a deadly grin, called "cyanide rictus". All thes telin signs were absent in the Jonestown dead. Limbs were limp and relaxed, and the few visible fces howe no sign of distortion.
Instead, Dr. Mootoo found fresh needle marks at the back of the left shoulder blades of 70-8of the victims. Others had been shot or strangled. One survivor reported that those who resisted wr orced by armed guards. The gun that reportedly shot Jim Jones was lying nearly 200 feet from hisboy,not a likely suicide weapon. As Chief Medical Examiner, his testimony to the Guyanese grand juy ivesigating Jonestown led to their conclusion that all but three of the people were murdered by persns uknown". Only two had committed suicide they said. Several pictures show the gunshot woundson th bodis as well. The U.S. Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Schuler, said, "No autopsies are needed. Th causeof deah is not an issue here." The forensic doctors who later did autopsies at Dover, Delawae, werenever mde aware of Dr. Mootoos findings.
There are other indications that the Guyanese government participated with American authorit in a cover-up of the real story, despite their own findings. One good example was Guyanese PoliceCif Lloyd Barker, who interfered with investigations, helped "recover" $2.5 million for the Guyanee ovrnment, and was often the first to officially announce the cover stories relating to suicide, odycouts and survivors. Among the first to the scene were the wife of Guyanese Prime Minister Forbs Bunham and his Deputy Prime Minister, Ptolemy Reid. They returned from the massacre site with nerly oe milion dollars in cash, gold and jewellery taken from the buildings and from the dead. Inexlicabl, one f Burnhams political party secretaries had visited the site of the massacre only hoursbefore t occured. When Shirley Field Ridley, Guyanese Minister of Information announced the changein the bdy countto the shocked Guyanese parliament, she refused to answer any further questions. Oher repreentativesbegan to point a finger of shame at Ridley and the Burnham government, and the lcal press ubbed the candal "Templegate", and accused them of taking a ghoulish payoff.
Perhaps, more significantly, the Americans brought in 16 huge C-131 cargo planes, but claimehey could only carry 36 caskets in each one. These aircraft can carry tanks, trucks, troops, and amntion all in one load. At the scene, bodies were stripped of identification, including the medica wis tags visible in many early photos. Dust off operations during Vietnam clearly demonstrated tht te mlitary is capable of moving hundreds of bodies in a short period. Instead, they took nearly wee to ring back the Jonestown dead, bringing in the majority at the end of the period. The corpss, roting n the heat, made autopsy impossible. At one point, the remains of 183 people arrived in 3 caskts. Alhough the Guyanese had identified 174 bodies at the site, only 17 (later 46) were tenttively dentifid at the massive military mortuary in Dover, Delaware.
Isolated there, hundreds of miles from their families who might have visited the bodies at amilar mortuary in Oakland that was used during Vietnam, many of the dead were eventually cremated.Pes was excluded, and even family members had difficulty getting access to the remains. Officials n ewJersey began to complain that state coroners were excluded, and that the military coroners appintd wre illegally performing cremations. One of the top forensic body identification experts was enie repated requests to assist. In December, the President of the National Association of MedicalExamiers cmplained in an open letter to the U.S. military that they "badly botched" procedures. Asnoted,these ilitary doctors were unaware of Dr. Mootoos conclusions. Several civilian pathology exerts sad they shuddered at the ineptness", of the military, and that their autopsy method was "doig it bacwards". ut in official statements, the U.S. attempted to discredit the Guyanese grand juryfindings,saying thy had uncovered "few facts".
Guyanese troops and police, who had arrived with American Embassy official Richard Dwyer, alfailed to defend Congressman Leo Ryan and others who came to Guyana with him when they were shot dw n cold blood at the Port Kaituma airstrip, even though the troops were nearby with machine guns t heready. Although Temple member Larry Layton was charged with the murders of Congressman Ryan, Tmpl deector Patricia Parks, and press reporters Greg Robinson, Don Harris and Bob Brown, he was no in ositon to shoot them. Blocked from boarding Ryans twin engine Otter, he had entered another plne nerby. nce inside, he pulled out a gun and wounded two Temple followers, before being disarmed.[Later Laytos own father called him "a robot" and relatives described how he was in a "posthypnoti trance.]
The others were clearly killed by armed men who descended from a tractor trailer at the scenafter opening fire. Witnesses described them as "zombies," walking mechanically, without emotion, n looking through you, not at you" as they murdered. Only certain people, like Ryans aide Jackie Seir,were not harmed further, but the killers made sure that Ryan and the newsmen were dead. In som caes hey shot people, already wounded, directly in the head.
At the Jonestown site, survivors described how a siren began to scream. The men rushed to thtoreroom where they had hunting rifles and cross-bows. Meanwhile bursts of submachine-gun fire coudb heard from the edge of Jonestown as "mercenaries" shot defenceless people. Agent provocateurs wo adbeen infiltrated into Jonestown created panic in order to allow the trained and programmed kilers lie the "zombies" who killed Ryan, to go about their murderous business.
A special squad broke through to Jim Jones and killed him. After that the mass extermination people began. When the last shots were fired, there were still several hundred left alive in the opund, mostly women, children and the elderly. They were assembled near the central pavilion so astoreeive a "sedative". The "cocktail" took effect instantly as the first victims began to collapseanddie Now everybody understood the nature of the brew offered by the murderers. Some people beganto rsisttaking the poison. They were shot at point blank range. Others had poison poured down thei throt by orce. The murderers also used ampule injectors. People were forced to lie on the ground ith thir facs down, and were then injected into their upper arms right through their clothes, an ulikely pot fora suicide shot. Most of those who had fled into the jungle were rounded up and kille. One suvivor clarly heard a group of people cheering, 45 minutes after the massacre.
Back in California, Peoples Temple members openly admitted that they feared they were targetby a intelligence agency "hit squad", and the Temple was surrounded for some time by local police ocs.
Survivors included Mark Lane and Charles Garry, lawyers for Peoples Temple who managed to ese the massacre. In addition to the 16 who officially returned with the Ryan party, others managed orach Georgetown and come back home. However, many of these people were later murdered. Jeannie an A Mlls, who intended to write a book about Jonestown, were murdered at home, bound and shot. Evidnceindcates a connection between the Jonestown operation and the murders of Mayor Moscone and Harvy Mik bypolice agent Dan White. Moscone, a friend of Rev. Jones, was killed in his office a few das aftr theGuyana tragedy, thus preventing him from realising his plan to make a press statement onthe tre reasns behind the destruction of Jim Jones and his community. Another Jonestown survivor ws shot ear hishome in Detroit by unidentified killers. Yet another was involved in a mass murder o school hildren n Los Angeles.
Who Was Jim Jones?
In order to understand the strange events surrounding Jonestown, we must begin with a historf the people involved. The official story of a "suicide cult" led by a religious fanatic adored byhsidealistic followers, doesnt make sense in light of the evidence of murders, armed killers and atosycover-ups.
If it happened the way we were told, there should be no reason to try to hide the facts f the public, and full investigation into the deaths at Jonestown, and the murder of Leo Ryan wouldhv been welcomed. What did happen is something else instead.
Jim Jones grew up in the grinding poverty of the Great Depression in the rural town of Ly southern Indiana. His friends found him a little strange as he was interested in preaching the Bil nd in social justice issues. In the early 1950s, Jones graduated from Butler University and was rdind by a Christian denomination in Indianapolis. It was during this period that he met and marrid hs lfelong mate, Marceline. He also had a small business to support his Christian ministry, sellng mnkey, purchased from the research department at Indiana State University in Bloomington.
A Charismatic evangelist and faith healer, Pastor Jones held revival tent meetings in IndianWith his wife, Marceline, he adopted many children of different races. Because of his strong convitos and social activism, he and his family were the targets of intense harassment and racially-motvaedviolence.
Seeking an atmosphere that would perhaps be more receptive to his outspoken work, Jim Jones ed to California and established the first Peoples Temple in Ukiah in 1965. There, despite continudhrassment, Peoples Temple flourished and grew to thousands of members. Branches of the organisatin er opened in several cities, and the work of rehabilitating drug addicts, finding jobs, and home fo detitute people, providing services for youth and the elderly went on in each area. Despite al thi, Joes kept up a gruelling schedule of evangelistic rallies, speaking five or six times a weekto thusand of people, mostly urban ghetto-dwellers, all across the state. Periodically he would jorney aross te United States holding revival meetings in a number of cities.
Not a meeting went by that Rev. Jones did not integrate his Charismatic, revival gospel withcomprehensive expose of the smug corruption, blatant hypocrisy, and contradictions of the Americanssem. He was scathing in his denunciation of the military-industrial complex, corporate greed, proiterng, the politics of neglect and genocide, and a host of other abuses both within the U.S. and roud te world. He established a hard-hitting newspaper Peoples Forum that exposed U.S. corruption ithi, an U.S. imperialism without - and distributed each issue free to over half a million people.The fundaton scripture of his ministry was Christs admonition recorded in "Matthew" chapter 25, veses 3540.
The Peoples Temple newspaper Peoples Forum revealed Pastor Jones perspective as well as some his powerful enemies. An October, 1977 column titled "For the Ambitious, Curious, and Concerned" rvdes commentary on some of the topics the Establishment press prefers to pass over in silence. Amngth questions raised here are the following:
"The Rockefeller brothers: How they got their fortunes and increase them daily. Their influence overS. policy. How does Henry Kissinger, e.g. hop right over from being Secretary of State to become aBad member of the Chase Manhattan Bank."
"The multinational corporations: By what network do they influence governmental decisions? Is it posle for any major decisions to be made independently of the corporate structure?"
Many questions are related to the deteriorating conditions at home:
"Schools: Why do they cost more and more and teach less and less? Why are colleges in deep financialouble? What kind of job market are students facing and why?"
"Prisons: Whats behind the push to build more of them? What is the extent of medical experimentation prisoners? Psychosurgery?"
"Medical care:....Is there any way to reverse the gigantic machinery which cuts anyone but the wealtoff from extended medical care? Who controls the nursing home circuits?"
"Environmental controls: How widespread is: pollution? Lack of safety standards? Poisonous chemicals food and other products?"
Thus, it was by no means a "sect of religious fanatics advocating the cult of suicide" who pished the newspaper Peoples Forum. There can be no doubt that the newspaper served as a vehicle fo aical Christianity, as a mouthpiece of those who fought against the dictatorship of the monopolie ad or freedom. As one letter to the Editor frankly stated, "The only crime Jim Jones is guilty ofis rining the poor together from various religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds."
Many professional people from stable family backgrounds were converted to Joness dynamic vis. During this time Timothy Stoen, a Stanford graduate and member of the city D.As office, the Laytnfmily, Terri Buford and other important members joined the Temple. Bufords father was a Commanderatth Philadelphia Navy Base for years. Larry Schact, later to become Jonestown medical superintendnt,staed Jim Jones got him off drugs and into medical school during this period. George Blakey wasfroma welthy, British family. He donated $60,000 to pay the lease on the 27,000-acre Guyana site i 1974 LisaPhillips Layton had come to the U.S. from a rich Hamburg banking family in Germany. Manyof thetop liutenants around Jones were from wealthy, educated backgrounds.
For a number of years Stoen worked in close cooperation with Jones whom he followed to Guyans the communitys legal adviser. It subsequently turned out that since his years at college Stoen hdben a CIA agent and spent some time in West Germany on a CIA mission. In 1977, Stoens link to theCI ws exposed and he was expelled from the Jonestown community. Under instructions from the CIA, te aentprovocateur set up and headed the so-called "Concerned Relatives" organisation. It demanded he lquidtion of Jonestown.
Jonestown survivor, JFK researcher and attorney, Mark Lane, writes in The Strongest Poison: believe Tim Stoen was a CIA operative, if not from the beginning, then certainly long before the ed here was the money coming from to keep him on the Temples case full time with an office, to hirea riate detective (Mazor), and a prominent San Francisco public relations firm (Lowery, Russom & Lepe) [ legal firm that fabricated suits and charges against the Peoples Temple] to work against th Temle. here was the money coming from to send relatives and attorneys to Guyana and put them up i the est htels while they did their dirty work? There was too much money behind Tim Stoen...Stoensannouned goa was the destruction of Jim Jones and the Temple..."
This period of rapid growth of the Peoples Temple also marked the end of an important politi decade. Nixons election had ushered in a domestic intelligence war against the movements for peac,cvil rights and social justice. Names like COINTELPRO, CHAOS, and OPERATION GARDEN PLOT or the HOSTN LAN made the news following in the wake of Watergate revelations. Senator Ervin called the Whie Huseplans against dissenters "fascistic." These operations involved the highest levels of militay an civlian intelligence and all levels of police agencies in a full-scale attempt to discredit, isrup and estroy the movements that sprang up in the 1960s. There are indications that these plans or th mood hey created, led to the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, as unaccepable "Back Mesiahs."
One of the architects under then-Governor Reagan in California was the former Attorney GenerEdwin Meese. He coordinated OPERATION GARDEN PLOT for military intelligence and all police operatin nd intelligence in a period that was plagued with violations of civil and constitutional rights.Pehas you can recall the police attacks on Peoples Park, the murder of many Black Panthers and actviss, he infiltration of the Free Speech Movement and anti-war activity, and the experimentation o prioner at Vacaville, or the shooting of George Jackson. Meese later bragged that this activity hd damged o destroyed the people he called "revolutionaries."
This was also the period in which the CIA and its allies began to infiltrate the Peoples Tem. Michael Prokes was approached by a government agent and promised two-hundred dollars a week paymn f he would join the full time staff of the Temple and spy on Jim Jones. Prokes joined the TempleinOcober 1972. Mark Lane relates how, during a visit to Jonestown on November 17, 1978, only days efoe te massacre, Mike Prokes confided to him that, "it would be a mistake for me to underestimatethe upliity and cleverness of the American intelligence agents. He said, on the eve of the destrucion: I woudnt be surprised if they have agents infiltrated in here and in San Francisco [Peoples Tmple US. hea office]'." (The Strongest Poison)
Four months later, on March 13, 1979, Prokes called a press conference in a California hotelo the assembled reporters he made available a forty-two-page statement and then silently rose, entrn the bathroom behind him. He closed the door and shot himself. He was pronounced dead at a Modeso osital three hours later.
"In both his oral and written statements to the press, he asserted: 'The truth about Jonestown is be covered up because our government agencies were involved in its destruction up to their necks. I mcnvinced of this because among many other reasons, I was an informant when I first joined the Peole Tmple.'
"Prokes attached to that statement a four-page document in which he detailed his role as a governmengent... All of this information was available to the reporters at the press conference... Among ths ike mailed his final statement to were: The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time. They, however, dd otprint a word from the statement. Not a single national daily in the United States, not a singl maazie, radio or television company, not a single news agency made public what Mike Prokes had wrttenin te last minutes of his life." (The Strongest Poison)
Shortly before Jonestowns tragic end, the Peoples Temples leaders launched an open challe against the U.S. authorities. On October 4, 1978, The San Francisco Examiner, and the next day Th u Reporter announced that the Peoples Temple based in Guyana were going to file a multi-million-dllr uit against U.S. federal agencies, including the CIA, the FBI, Treasury Department, Post Offic, ad te Internal Revenue Service, within 90 days. The suit would charge, the newspaper said, the aencis ofbeing involved in a government-inspired plot to destroy Jonestown. The suit potentially theatend to ause great embarrassment to the White House, the State Department and the U.S. intelligece comunity.When, 45 days after the publication of the news of the forthcoming suit, the majority f Jonesowns reidents were murdered, the question of the law suit was removed from the agenda.
Under pressure from influential relatives of some of the members of the Peoples Temple and ronding to the slanders of Rev. Jones in the press, Congressman Leo Ryan took a personal interest i oestown. Ryan had some years previous fallen out with the U.S. intelligence community. The CIA ws isleased with him because in 1974 he and Senator Hughes had moved an amendment to the Foreign AsistnceAct which was to limit the CIAs operations outside the United States. Later CIA operative Ti Ston wold complain to Ryan about custody of his step son, who was living with Jones, and urge himto viit th commune. Against advice of friends and staff members, Ryan decided to take a team of jornaliss to Gyana and seek the truth of the situation. Some feel that Ryans journey there was plannd and epected,and used as a convenient excuse to set up his murder.
The CIA and MK-ULTRA
Significantly, the press and other evidence did indicate the presence of a senior CIA agent the scene at the time of the massacre. This man, Richard Dwyer, was working as Deputy Chief of Misinfor the U.S. Embassy in Guyana. Identified in Whos Who in the CIA, he has been involved with theagnc since 1959. Present at Jonestown and the airport strip, his accounts were used by the State Dparmen to confirm the death of Leo Ryan.
Other Embassy personnel, who knew the situation at Jonestown well, were also connected to inligence work. U.S. Ambassador John Burke, who served in the CIA with Dwyer in Thailand, was an Embsyofficial described by Philip Agee as working for the CIA since 1963. Burke tried to stop Ryans ivetiation. Also at the Embassy was Chief Consular officer Richard McCoy, who worked for military iteligece and was "on loan" from the Defense Department at the time of the massacre. According to astanard ource, "The Embassy in Georgetown housed the Georgetown CIA station. It now appears that te majrity nd perhaps all of the Embassy officials were CIA officers operating under State Departmet coves..." an Webber, who was sent to the site of the massacre the day after, was also named as CA.
The direct orders to cover up the cause of death came from the top levels of the American gonment. Zbigniew Brzezinski delegated to Robert Pastor, and he in turn ordered Lt. Col. Gordon Sumnrt strip the bodies of identity. Pastor was Deputy Director of the CIA under Reagan. One can only onerhow many others tied to the Jonestown massacre were similarly promoted. Almost everywhere you ookat onestown, U.S. intelligence rears its ugly head.
"(The) possibility is that Jonestown was a mass mind-control experiment by the CIA as part of its MKTRA program," declared Ryans friend and aid, Joseph Holsinger, in response to reports of the involeet of senior CIA agents in the tragedy. A close study of Senator Ervins 1974 intelligence report,"Idiidual Rights and the Governments Role in Behaviour Modification", shows that the CIA and militry nteligence had certain "target populations" in mind, for both individual and mass control. Blacs, wmen,prisoners, the elderly, the young, and inmates of psychiatric wards were selected as "potetiall violnt". There were plans in California at the time for a "Centre for the Study and Reductio of Vilence" expanding on the horrific work of Dr. Jose Delgado, Drs. Mark and Ervin, and Dr. Loui Jolyn est, exerts in implantation, psychosurgery and tranquillizers.
The history of MK-ULTRA and its sister programs (ARTICHOKE, BLUEBIRD, etc.) records a combinon of drugs, drug mixtures, electro-shock and torture as methods for control. The desired results agd from temporary and permanent amnesia, uninhabited confessions, and creation of second personaltis,to programmed assassins and pre-conditioned suicidal urges.
One goal was the ability to control mass populations especially for cheap labor. Dr. Delgadold Congress that he hoped for a future where a technology would control workers in the field and top at war with electronic remote signals. He found it hard to understand why people would complainabutelectrodes implanted in their brains to make them "both happy and productive".
Along with the notorious MK-ULTRA-linked psychiatrist Louis Jolyon West, Rabbi Maurice Davis involved in an advisory capacity with the Cult Awareness Network. The Rabbi worked closely with D.Hrris Isbell in the Lexington, Kentucky federal prison. This MK-ULTRA program included the intentonl dministering of LSD to federal prisoners to evaluate the drugs use in mind control and modifictio. I may be more than a strange coincidence that Rabbi Davis arranged for Jim Jones to use an emty snagoue in Indianapolis for his early activities. In a further cruel irony, Louis Jolyon West rceive the ult Awareness Networks 1990 "Leo J. Ryan Award", in recognition of his work against "relgious ults".
Joyce Shaw, who spent six years in the Temple but left before the move to Guyana, wondered ihe reported "mass suicide" story was a cover for "some kind of horrible government experiments, orsm sort of sick, racist thing..."
Were the residents of Jonestown the victims of an elaborate U.S. government plot, as their lers publicly claimed only weeks before their murder? Was the CIA, through its agents within the Pepe Temple, actively involved in subverting the community in a bizarre MK-ULTRA mind control experien?
On the evening of November 18, the Soviet Consul in Guyana was approached by two extremely aated members of the Peoples Temple. One of them told him she had received news from Jonestown, "Soehng terrible is going on there. I dont yet know the details, but the life of all commune members s n anger. The settlement is surrounded by armed men. Something has happened to Ryan. He was attaced y sme unknown men when he was returning to Georgetown."
The Consul relates in the book The Jonestown Carnage, how returning home that evening his witold him that Jim Joness assistant, Sharon Amos, had called from the Temple office in Georgetown.
"Sharon was weeping and said that Jonestown had been surrounded by armed men. In spite of the poor rption she had received a radiogram which said that military helicopters were circling over the setlmnt. 'Help us!' she screamed. 'Jonestown is being destroyed! They wont spare anyone! Somebody is ryngto get into my flat. Do something! Save us!' Then they were cut off. My wife immediately phone th Guanese police and was told that a reinforced police detachment had been sent to the Amos home Butit ws too late. Amos and her three children were dead. They were slaughtered by Blakey who wasalso CIA gent infiltrated into the Jones organisation. Later he was declared insane, and then vanshed fom vie. That terrible night of the 18th to the 19th of November was the scene of a monstrousmassacr."
On November 19 the Timehri airport in Guyana was unusually busy and crowded with American secemen. Standing on the runway was a giant S-141 aircraft of the U.S. airforce out of which America rops were unloading disassembled helicopters, jeeps, and some small armaments. The bewildered Guynee oldiers and officials stood by speechless. One airport employee said he did not know why a U.S miitay plane was at a Guyanan civil airport. Nobody knew why it had landed. That was not the firs plae tohave arrived that day, the airport employee stated.
Operations aimed at mass extermination of civilians in different countries have been widely ctised by the CIA as a means of attaining political goals. Over the last 25 years alone the U.S. Cnrl Intelligence Agency has undertaken over 900 major secret operations and several thousand smallr-cae terrorist actions. One such operation, carried out in Vietnam under the code name Phoenix, tok bou 80,000 lives.
What makes the carnage in Guyana so different from other CIA crimes is that its victims weret foreigners; they were Americans who had left their home country because they did not want to liv ner the U.S. socio-political system. To this day, the mass murder of hundreds of U.S. citizens inJoesown has never been investigated by U.S. authorities and the perpetrators of the crime have bee nethe identified nor punished.
Yet, Jonestown is deeply etched into the religious and social history of the modern world. Tmedia routinely reminds us of the dangers of sinister Peoples Temple like "Armageddon cults" and "il-based suicide sects". Jim Jones is remembered as the sinister "Bible-thumper" and evil demagogu wo ed his brainwashed followers to a bizarre mass suicide.
This is, of course, the Establishment view. The image that psychiatrist Louis Jolyon West anis friends in the Cult Awareness Network do not want us to forget.
"Jonestown," wrote Jonathan Vankin, "bloomed in the moral and spiritual abyss of the 1970s...its mems were said to be brainwashed - living proof that human beings were just so much wire and circuitr.Clt members were often kidnapped back by their families. The hired kidnappers were called 'deprogamer'. They might better have been called 'reprogrammers'." (Conspiracies, Cover-ups and Crimes)
However, the Peoples Temple was not some strange, fringe-dwelling "cult" and Jim Jones was na small time preacher and part time hustler. Back on March 31, 1977, journalist Bob Levering wrotetefollowing in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, before most of the members moved to Guyana:
"The biggest religion story these days is the phenomenon of Peoples Temple...that has been in San Frisco less than five years but has already become the largest single Protestant congregation in thesae (more than 20,000 members), participating in activities as diverse as supporting the tenants a te nternational Hotel (more than 3000 church members turned out for a demonstration last January)andpubishing...the monthly Peoples Forum (they distribute between 600,000 and 1,000,000 copies to veryneigbourhood in San Francisco)...The church...also has a free meals program...It conducts a masive uman ervice program including...its own medical and legal clinics, a home for mentally disabld chilren an four nursing homes..."
The propaganda cover-up for the massacre of Jonestown was provided by the U.S. intelligence ncies version of "the suicide of religious fanatics."
The real tragedy of Jonestown is not only that it occurred, but that so few chose to ask thelves why or how, so few sought to find out the facts behind the bizarre tale used to explain away h eaths of more than 900 people, and that so many will continue to be blind to the grim reality ofou itelligence agencies. In the long run, the truth will come out. Only our complicity in the decetio cotinues to dishonour the dead.
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