Monday, July 13, 2015

Dr. Jolyon West, Jack Ruby, Patty Hearst, Sirhan Sirhan, and Oklahoma City

I found a quick article talking about this, relating to Dr. Jolyon West, who of course is a very interesting character.

Psychiatrist Dr. Louis Jolyon West’s interest in mind control began when, as Chief of Psychiatry Service at the Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, he examined POWs from the Korean War to determine the effects of torture and brainwashing. His experience in this field allowed him to serve as an expert witness in the case of Patricia Hearst, the famous socialite kidnap victim-turned convicted bank robber.

Dr. Jolyon West, Jack Ruby, Patty Hearst, Sirhan Sirhan, and Oklahoma City
Among West’s other famous clients was nightclub owner and assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby. West’s examination of Ruby resulted in Ruby’s diagnosis of mental illness and prescription of psychiatric drugs, which Ruby charged were “poison.” Though West is hailed for helping commute Ruby’s death sentence, Ruby died in prison of cancer two years later, convinced that he was injected with malignant biological material by his captors.
West examined Sirhan Sirhan, alleged assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, and widely suspected of being the victim of a method of brainwashing known as “psychic driving,” a technique made infamous by Dr. Ewen Cameron when he placed patients into long-term comatose states without their consent and played selected phrases continuously to the patient in loops in order to break down psychological barriers to “open the conciousness” of the “subject.”

Oklahoma City Bombing
West headed the American Psychological Association (APA) trauma response team that rushed to Oklahoma City in the wake of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Timothy McVeigh, convicted of the bombing, was examined by John Douglas of the FBI’s Psychological Profile Unit, who determined that McVeigh was “an easily controlled and manipulated personality.”

Drug War and Social Control
In Hallucinations: Behavior, Experience, and Theory (1975) West and a colleague discussed selective drug prohibition as a means of social control:

The role of drugs in the exercise of political control is also coming under increasing discussion. Control can be through prohibition or supply. The total or even partial prohibition of drugs gives the government considerable leverage for other types of control.

An example would be the selective application of drug laws… against selected
components of the population such as members of certain minority groups or
political organizations

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