Newtown, Aurora and Columbine: Mass shootings, gun hysteria...and MK Ultra?
I realize I'm risking a savage assault on my inbox by trolls of multiple persuasions. People who think Project MKUltra, the CIA research into mind-altering drugs and psychological warfare, wasn't really abandoned in the early 1970s and continues to crank out "Manchurian Candidate" assassins for its own nefarious ends. (For a marvelous study of the weird, badly misfired Cold War drug experiments, check out this recent article in the New Yorker.) People who think LBJ ordered the hit on JFK. People who believe that the federal government isn't really a government at all but a private corporation controlled by the New World Order and in league with the Illuminati, the Luciferians and the Zionists. Such sentiments seem tailor-made for the Internet, where no one knows you're a drooling mutt, but blaming dead kindergartners on the CIA? When does this bullshit stop?
For a CIA-controlled media puppet, I've tried to keep an open mind about these grotesque shootings, God knows. A few weeks ago I even spent some time with an Arapahoe County jail inmate named Steven Unruh, who'd been trying desperately to get someone, anyone to listen to his account of having talked to suspect James Holmes for four hours shortly after the Aurora theater shootings last July. Unruh said that Holmes had told him he was subjected to "NLP" (neurolinguistic programming) and had been "programmed to kill" by an evil therapist.
As I pointed out in my post about Unruh's claims, there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of his story. Jail officials say he couldn't possibly have had that kind of access to Holmes. Unruh admits he has a history of meth use and mental issues and is trying to use his information to cut a deal on a habitual criminal charge. But I couldn't rule out the possibility that Unruh might have indeed heard or seen something when Holmes was brought in; his description of Holmes banging his head on the wall, for example, fit with reports of subsequent efforts by Holmes to injure himself a few days after my interview with Unruh. Whether the wild talk about NLP and being "programmed" was Holmes's lame explanation for mass murder or Unruh's is hard to say. Unruh told me he thought Holmes was testing a possible insanity defense, "trying to run it by me."
Our account prompted some further disclaimers by Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. But it also took off in cyberspace, fueling a lot of twitchy speculation, from conspiracy-buff sites such as Infowars to the National Enquirer to the Daily Mail. Many of these accounts were presented with few or no caveats about Unruh's credibility or access to Holmes; many people, it seems, want the idea of a government-programmed killer to be true.
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