By Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain
Acid goals is the total social historical past of LSD and the counterculture it helped to outline within the sixties. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain's exhaustively researched and staggering account-part of it gleaned from mystery govt files-tells how the CIA turned enthusiastic about LSD as an espionage weapon through the early l950s and introduced an immense covert examine software, during which numerous unwitting electorate have been used as guinea pigs. notwithstanding the CIA was once motive on holding the drug to itself, it finally couldn't hinder it from spreading into the preferred tradition; right here LSD had a profound impression and helped spawn a political and social upheaval that modified the face of the United States. From the clandestine operations of the govt to the escapades of Timothy Leary, Abbie Hoffman, Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, and so on, Acid desires presents a big and wonderful account that is going to the center of a turbulent interval in our historical past. "Engaging all through . . . immediately wonderful and disturbing." - Andrew Weil, M.D., The kingdom; "Marvelously particular . . . loaded with startling revelations." - l. a. day-by-day information; "An engrossing account of a interval . . . while a tiny psychoactive molecule affected virtually each point of Western life." - William S. Burroughs; "An very important historic synthesis of the unfold and results of a drug that served as a valuable metaphor for an era." - John Sayles.
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The frequency of bad reactions prompted White to coin his own code word for the drug: "Stormy," which was how he referred to LSD throughout his fourteen-year stint as a CIA operative. 33 In 1955 White was transferred to San Francisco, where two more safehouses were established. During this period he initiated Operation Midnight Climax, in which drugaddicted prostitutes were hired to pick up men from local bars and bring them back to a CIA-financed bordello. Unknowing customers were treated to drinks laced with LSD while White sat on a portable toilet behind two-way mirrors, sipping martinis and watching every stoned and kinky moment.
After thirteen years of utilizing this method, Osmond and his colleagues published their findings: "When psychedelic therapy is given to alcoholics, about one-third will remain sober after the therapy is completed and another one-third will be benefited …. Our conclusion is that, properly used, LSD therapy can turn a large number of alcoholics into sober members of society. " * 47 When certain US medical officials complained that Hubbard was not a licensed physician and therefore should not be permitted to administer drugs, the Captain just laughed and bought a doctor's degree from a diploma mill in Kentucky.
In May 1959 Creasy took his case directly to the people by granting interviews to reporters and stumping for psychochemicals on a cross-country lecture tour. "I do not contend that driving people crazy—even for a few hours—is a pleasant prospect," he told This Week magazine. "But warfare is never pleasant. " Creasy testified a short time later to the House Committee on Science and Astronautics. He explained to the bewildered congressmen how a psychochemical "attacks the sensory, perception, and nerve centers of the body … discombobulating them ….
Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, The Sixties, and Beyond by Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain