The Wizards Of Langley: Inside The Cia's Directorate Of Science And Technology / Edition 1

The Wizards Of Langley: Inside The Cia's Directorate Of Science And Technology / Edition 1

by Jeffrey T Richelson
ISBN-10:
0813366992
ISBN-13:
9780813366999
Pub. Date:
01/28/2001
Publisher:
Basic Books

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The Wizards Of Langley: Inside The Cia's Directorate Of Science And Technology / Edition 1

In 1953 Frank Olson, an Army scientist, enjoyed an after dinner Cointreau with colleagues. Ten days later, he leapt to his death. The drink had been spiked with LSD in an early CIA experiment with hallucinogenic drugs. Eventually the CIA's new office for science and technology conducted 182 other such "mind-control" projects, ranging from behavior modification and toxins to brain stimulation and electrode implants.

In this, the first full-length study of the Directorate of Science and Technology, Jeffrey T. Richelson walks us down the corridors of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virgina, and through the 4 decades of science, scientists, managers, and political infighting that produced the CIA we have today. He tells the story of amazing technological innovation in service of intelligence gathering, of bitter bureaucratic infighting, and sometimes of stunning moral failure. Based on original interviews and extensive archive research, The Wizards of Langley turns a piercing lamp on many of the Agency's activities, many never before made public.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813366999
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey T. Richelson received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Rochester in 1975, and has taught at the University of Texas, Austin, and the American University, Washington. A senior fellow at the National Security Archive in Washington, he lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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