WASHINGTON, January 9, 2018.: There is nothing quite so devastating as suffering the loss of a parent at an early age. Eric Olson knows this first hand. The circumstances around his father’s death is the subject of Wormwood.
Your father is dead
In the early morning hours of November 28, 1953, a friend and co-worker of his father told the young boy,
“Your father was in New York. He had an accident. He fell or jumped out the window and he died.”
Three words in that sentence stuck with young Eric, becoming a lifelong obsession and the subject of the Netflix Original mini-series “Wormwood,” directed by Errol Morris.
“A lot of my childhood and youth was spent juggling these terms around,” recalls the gray-haired Eric Olson, “How does ‘fall,’ ‘jump,’ and ‘accident’… how can you arrange this triangle of terms so that this thing gets sorted out in any possible way?”
From room 1018A in Manhattan’s Statler Hotel, Dr. Frank Olson fell thirteen stories to an agonizing death on the pavement below.
America was at war on the Korean Peninsula, with Dr. Olson doing his part for the war effort in a secret chemical warfare facility located at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
Dr. Olson, the CIA and MK-Ultra
He was a biologist working on a secret CIA mind-control program code named MK-Ultra.
That fact would remain a closely guarded secret until 1975 when President Gerald R. Ford formed a commission to investigate charges made in a New York Times article by Seymour Hersh. It was while chasing down leads for a story on Watergate that a CIA source told Hersh, “If you think Watergate is something, find out what we’ve been doing.”
Hersh claims that the CIA engaged in illegal medical experiments on U.S. citizens. While on U.S. soil.
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller’s 1975 commission report later confirmed that Frank Olson was driven into an agitated and suicidal mental state after he was dosed with LSD.
Twenty-Two years after Wormwood
According to Eric Olson, when Hersh eventually came to the family home to do a follow-up story on his father’s death, the reporter introduced himself to the grieving family thus,
“This must be the most goddamned, incurious family in the United States. How you could have lived with this bullshit story for twenty-two years is beyond me.”
But as Hersh himself admits before the camera, he too lived many decades believing a bullshit CIA cover story buried within a bullshit CIA cover story wrapped in an enigma; one he’s only recently confirmed but will not set down on paper least he burns a source.
Wormwood: The CIA Deep State collusion with the NY Times continues
America’s Deep State has come a long way since its chemically induced suicide – or premeditated murder – of Frank Olson in the early 1950s.
In an ironic twist, the Deep State and The New York Times now work hand-in-hand in a new experiment conducted on U.S. soil. One that seeks to find whether a manufactured “Russian collusion” narrative can bring down a duly elected U.S. president.
“Wormwood” is currently streaming on Netflix.