Conspiracy: Plots, Lies and Cover-ups

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Lobster Issue 46 (Winter 2003) £££

Richard M Bennett London: Virgin Books, 2003 £20 hardback   This is 350 pages of summaries of political and historical conspiracies. It starts in 2330 BC but the first 2007 years take up only 84 pages. The content is mostly Anglo-American, especially after WW2. It is done chronologically, so you get odd sequences of subjects: … Read more

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Lobster Issue 41 (Summer 2001) £££

From: M. R. D. Foot Scott Newton’s footnote at the end of his piece on Hess, in your number tries to keep alive Dr Hugh Thomas’s tale that the pilot who reached Scotland could not have been Hess, because he bore no trace of the gunshot wound the real Hess had received in Roumania in … Read more

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Eternal Vigilance? 50 years of the CIA

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Lobster Issue 36 (Winter 1998/9) £££

[…] intelligence – even one on the CIA’s study of itself. In the essay on the CIA and science authors Doel and Needell skirt the Agency’s part in MKULTRA and similar projects and timidly conclude, ‘the ethical lapses of CIA medical specialists in ‘Artichoke’ and ‘MKULTRA’ mind-control experiments ranked among the Agency’s most troubling violations […]

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The mind control story continues

Lobster Issue 36 (Winter 1998/9) £££

[…] in an historical and operational framework which makes both their development, trial on involuntary subjects and eventual deployment not surprising.(1) The bastard offspring of Sid Gottlieb and MKULTRA are among us. Microwaves The problem for the microwave victims is that of evidence: they can produce none other than the first-hand reports of other individuals […]

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Operation Julie revisited: the strange career of Ron Stark, parapolitical alchemist

Lobster Issue 32 (December 1996) £££

Operation Julie, a nation-wide police investigation of LSD production, was launched in 1976. Two years later, although some 60 members of the British ‘microdot conspiracy’ had been convicted, Detective Inspector Dick ‘Leapy’ Lee was dissatisfied. The operational commander of ‘Julie’, Lee was interested in the international connections of the network, but was blocked from probing […]

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The Pentagon’s Psychic Research

Lobster Issue 30 (December 1995) £££

[…] way the police departments sometimes seek assistance from psychics to solve a crime.(1) In the course of their famous mind control projects code named ARTICHOKE, BLUEBIRD and MKULTRA, the CIA allocated a small portion of the budget to study the use of mediums in seeking intelligence from the dead, and called for a scientific […]

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Welcome to Mars: Fantasies of Science in the American Century 1947-1959

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Lobster Issue 57 (Summer 2009) £££

Ken Hollings London: Strange Attractor Press, 2008, p/b, £11.99 This is a fascinating book but I found it terribly hard to write about. Looking for the opening thought to kick-start this I read again the introduction by Erik Davis.(9) He writes: ‘Hollings has collected together a mass of real signs and symptoms drawn from a … Read more

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Secrets and Lies

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Lobster Issue 57 (Summer 2009) £££

Secrets and Lies: A history of CIA mind control and germ warfare Gordon Thomas JR Books (www.jrbooks.com) 2007, h/b, £20   Gordon Thomas has written a number of books on the intelligence services and this has a glossy cover, voluminous appendices and some admiring quotes. But it adds little to what we already know about … Read more

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Lobster Issue 57 (Summer 2009) £££

Iraq – fallout continues ‘Five years on from Hutton and we still haven’t been told the truth about the war based on lies’, fulminated Peter Oborne earlier this year. (1) Also less than happy was barrister Michael Shrimpton who unsuccessfully complained to Ofcom about an interview he gave for David Kelly: the conspiracy files, (2) […]

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Just War: Psychology and Terrorism

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Lobster Issue 54 (Winter 2007/8) £££

[…] positive feedback. In the first essay David Harper assembles the public knowledge that we have on the collaboration between psychology and the military in Western societies: psy-ops, MKUltra, sensory deprivation in Northern Ireland and the contemporary uses of torture by Americans in their global network supplied by ‘extraordinary rendition’ with British co-operation. This will […]

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