Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, whose controversial experiments with LSD and other drugs on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency brought him into the congressional and public scrutiny in the 1970s, is dead at 80.
His death came at the end of a month-long bout with pneumonia. He was admitted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville on Feb. 14, and on Mar. 5 he lapsed into a coma from which he never recovered. He died Saturday.
Gottlieb, born August 3, 1918, was the CIA’s real-life “Dr. Strangelove” — a brilliant bio-chemist who designed and headed MK-ULTRA, the agency’s most far-reaching drug and mind-control program at the height of the Cold War. Though the super-secret MK-ULTRA was ended in 1964, a streamlined version called MK-SEARCH was continued — with Gottlieb in charge — until 1972.
WorldNetDaily reported on these programs, and Gottlieb’s role in them, in November 1998 after discovering that Terry Lenzner
— Clinton’s personal private eye — revealed, in a deposition to Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch, that he had sued the Senate to keep Gottlieb’s name from appearing in the Church Committee Report on Assassinations. Lenzner arranged for Gottlieb to testify under the name Joseph Scheider.
At the time of his death, Gottlieb and the CIA were the subjects of two legal actions.
Gottlieb was scheduled to appear and answer civil charges that he had personally spiked the drink of artist Stanley Glickman with LSD, in Paris in 1952 — presumably as one of many mind-altering MK-ULTRA experiments on unwitting subjects. Gottlieb denied the charges.
Glickman claimed he had been invited to join several fellow-Americans (who were unknown to him) at a cafe, and that one of these insisted on pressing a liqueur on him as he attempted to leave. The young artist suffered an extreme hallucinatory experience, and remembered being forced to undergo other experiments at the American Hospital where he was taken. He never fully recovered, and he completely lost his ability to paint.
Glickman originally filed the suit in 1981, but the courts repeatedly rejected it. When he died in 1992, his sister Gloria Kronische continued the action as executor of his estate. The case had languished in the courts for 17 years, but in Sept. 1998, a federal District Court of Appeals unanimously ruled to allow it to proceed to a jury trial. A date was set for Jan. 3, then postponed till Feb. 16 — and postponed yet again until Mar. 22, pending Gottlieb’s recovery.
Sidney Bender, attorney for Glickman’s estate, told WorldNetDaily that the case will proceed — “Absolutely.”
“His [Gottlieb’s] estate simply gets substituted for the defendant himself,” Bender explained. “It will be the estate of Stanley Glickman against the estate of Sidney Gottlieb.”
Besides the civil action arising from Glickman’s charges, a New York grand jury has been looking into the strange death of Frank Olson, an Army scientist, who was given drinks laced with LSD at a CIA-Army retreat in 1953. Gottlieb, in later testimony before Congress, admitted ordering the drinks to be spiked. When nine days later, Olson fell from the window of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, where he had been taken, his death was ruled a suicide.
Recently uncovered evidence (not connected to Gottlieb), strongly suggests murder. A second autopsy, demanded by Olson’s two sons in 1994, revealed that Olson had received a blow to the head before hurtling through the closed window.
WorldNetDaily has not been able to determine the status of the grand jury investigation.