Stephen Kinzer
The CIA and its Search for Mind Control

Stephen Kinzer

September 27, 2019 8:00 AM    Breakfast

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The Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall will host Mr. Stephen Kinzer, award-winning foreign correspondent and former New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey, will discuss the history of the CIA, its experimental research into mind control and how many of these tactics have evolved and are still in use at the agency even today.

Kinzer's work has focused on Sidney Gottlieb, the former chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's technical services division who in the 1950s and '60s directed CIA mind control experiments, including Project MKUltra. The techniques developed by Sidney Gottlieb were used in the War on Terror, and just about everything that has been done to inmates at places like Guantanamo is based on ideas that Gottlieb developed about how to break prisoners' resistance. Gottlieb operated the Agency's first secret prison (in Germany) and may have been the first to use the kidnapping tactic that is now called "extraordinary rendition."

And not incidentally, Gottlieb was the person who brought LSD into the United States and sponsored experiments that first exposed counter-culture figures like Tim Leary, Alan Ginsberg, Ken Kesey and the Grateful Dead to that drug.  

Stephen Kinzer is the author of nine books, including The True FlagThe BrothersOverthrow, and All the Shah’s Men. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column for the Boston Globe. He lives in Boston.   

This breakfast is buffet style and serve yourself. Seating is not assigned.

Please reserve no later than 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25. Cancellations must be made by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25 in order to receive a refund.