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New Book: Confessions of a DC Madam

Most people understand that our political system has been hijacked by monied and corporate interests, what they don’t yet understand however is the extensive level of control exercised by the national security state through much less obvious means. Confessions of a DC Madam: The Politics of Sex, Lies, and Blackmail outlines how the appetites of high ranking officials render them vulnerable to blackmail, and how strong-arming operations are covered-up by complicit media and justice system personnel.

Referenced in Nick Bryant’s 2009 book The Franklin Scandal as the DC source of information about Lawrence King’s child trafficking network, Henry Vinson is the madam who crossed paths with CIA blackmail operative Craig Spence. Bryant collaborated in writing Vinson’s account of his life and his travails with the government after his business turned him into the man who knew too much. Notable clients of Vinson’s gay escort service include: CIA Director William Casey,  CIA agent Donald Gregg, Congressman Barney Frank, Congressman Larry Craig, Bush Labor Department official Paul Balach, CDC Dr. Vernon Houk, and various other government officials and media personalities. Greta Van Susteren was Vinson’s defense attorney, and either did a poor job or intentionally threw his case.

If you want a glimpse into the dirty tricks sector of the machine, read the book, or discover and listen to interviews with Henry and Nick.

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Karen Wetmore: Investigating CIA Experiments in Vermont

Karen Wetmore’s memoir, Surviving Evil: CIA Mind Control Experiments in Vermont, is a moving account of her childhood and confinement as a teenage psychiatric patient in Vermont hospitals. Like many survivors of extreme trauma, she still struggles to make sense of her experiences, but unlike most, she’s done years of investigative work, tracking down every available medical document related to her case. The records revealed she’d been treated by doctors listed as contractors of the CIA’s behavioral experimentation program MKUltra. After her book was published in 2014, she continued to ply the CIA with multiple FOIA requests. Their most recent non-response responses to her were telling enough, they claim the records she’d requested are still classified.

She says, “The Vermont press and the national press remain silent on the information I documented in my book, despite having been informed. A foreign journalist told me that he couldn’t understand why American journalists were not, as he put it, “All over this story.” Again I ask the question: What did CIA do in Vermont institutions that requires such measures to ensure secrecy fifty years later?  Beginning in September 2013, I decided to try to find out.

Read the rest of her important revelations on Fire Dog Lake, or order her book.



Examples of Polyvore sets by Gaylin Laughlin. Used with permission.

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Qualities and Knowledge Useful for Survivors and Therapists Working with Dissociative Identity

Brian, a therapist who has worked with survivors of severe trauma for more than 30 years, lays out the finer points of what’s important for both therapists and survivors in navigating a path to healing. -Eds.


Tolerance for Ambiguity

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