MKULTRA-linked Human Experimentation and Torture at Penetang Hospital, Oak Ridge
'Our Hidden History' Interview
Steve Smith's The Psychopath Machine

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In 1968, when he was just a teenager, Steve found himself pulled into the justice system in Canada, and as happens all too often the system sort of took over and Steve, though he was brought in for a very minor crime, eventually ended up at a maximum security mental hospital for the criminally insane called Penetanguishene Mental Hospital, Oak Ridge Division. There he was subjected to a really bizarre series of "treatments". A Canadian judge has recently ruled these treatments should be more rightly called torture.

Steve Smith is the author of the book The Psychopath Machine , more info can be found at I was very glad to hear him tell his story.

I first heard about Steve in a Black Op Radio interview that he did in 2001, and a couple months ago I ran across some articles in Canada's Globe and Mail that a judge had made a ruling due to a class action lawsuit [mirror] from several patients that were at this facility that what happened there was indeed torture. This is a few paragraphs from the Globe and Mail, June 7, 2017, "Doctors tortured patients at Ontario mental-health centre, judge rules":

"Patients at a maximum security mental health facility in Ontario were tortured by medical doctors over a 17 year period in unethical and degrading human experiments a judge has ruled in a lawsuit. Techniques used on the patients between 1966 and 1983 included solitary confinement as treatment and as punishment, administration of hallucinogens and delirium producing drugs, including LSD, and brainwashing methods developed by the CIA according to Justice Paul Perrell of Ontario Superior Court of Justice."

"Some of the patients at Oak Ridge division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Center in central Ontario had been charged with crimes such as rape, murder and child abuse and been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Others had simply been committed by their doctors. Oak Ridge doctors contended that with intensive therapy the patients could some day be freed. An estimated 1,260 patients spent time in the program between 1965 and 1979."

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Sunday September 3, 2017

Bill Simpich on The Murder of J.D. Tippit
'Our Hidden History' Interview
Bill Simpich, Author of State Secret

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Our Hidden History discussed the murder of Dallas Police officer JD Tippit with attorney and author Bill Simpich. Bill breaks down the shooting of Tippit, the arrest of Oswald, and role of specific Dallas Police officers in the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

We also discussed the upcoming mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, scheduled for November 16th and 17th, 2017 in Houston, Texas. More information about the mock trial can be found at

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Saturday August 26, 2017

James DiEugenio: The JFK Assassination in the Press & the Public Eye
'Our Hidden History' Interview

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James DiEugenio is a veteran author and researcher lately focusing on JFK's foreign policy. He's the author of Reclaiming Parkland and Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case, now in its second edition. He's a regular guest on Len Osanic's Black Op Radio, he writes for Robert Parry's Consortium News, and he's the principal behind one of the most active and important assassination websites,, which is constantly updated with new articles, book reviews, and important news about the assassinations of both JFK, RFK, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among a lot of other interesting items.

We covered the ebb and flow of the public perception of the case as it played out in the media and in official investigations. It's a good look at the 50 years of the long-term cover up in the press and in officialdom, and on efforts of people such as the early researchers and others - like Jim Garrison, and Oliver Stone - to bring the facts of the case to light. We look too at what some of the official investigations uncovered - like the House Select Committee and the board created by the 1993 JFK Act - and assessed their impact, if any, on the story being put out by the US press. We end by seeing what the 2017 releases might mean and whether or not the press and official story will ever fully grapple with the facts of the murder of John F. Kennedy.

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Friday August 18, 2017

JFK, Jim Garrison, and the American Media
John Barbour interviewed by James DiEugenio on Black Op Radio

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Black Op Radio #848 Veteran author and researcher James DiEugenio interviewed filmmaker and television personality John Barbour on Black Op Radio. John has made three films about the JFK assassination and conducted a rare series of interviews during the 1980s with Jim Garrison, Mark Lane, and witnesses to the events in Dealy Plaza.

More information on John's films can be found on his website: 

This interview originally aired on Black Op Radio on August 17, 2017, and the audio can be found in Black Op Radio's archives as show #848.

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Thursday August 17, 2017

Secret Operations in the United States and their Effects on Democracy
'Our Hidden History' Interview
Bill Simpich

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Bill Simpich is an attorney and anti-war activist. He's been practicing law for 35 years now. He's worked on several important political cases. He's been in court against both the FBI and the CIA, against the FBI in a case where two political activists were the victims of a car bombing, and against the CIA for their involvement in the Nicaraguan Contra drug trafficking. He's also been involved in cases against the Bush administration for their civil liberties clampdown during the "War on Terror." He's worked on cases of police shootings in the Bay Area, and most recently, cases to make sure the votes were counted properly in the California Democratic Primaries in 2016. He's also written on political assassinations during the 1960s, such as the murder of Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, CIA attempts on the life of Fidel Castro, and a whole lot, including a book and a series of articles on the Kennedy assassination. His book, called State Secret, is available for free on the Mary Ferrell site.

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Sunday May 14, 2017

Investigating the Assassination of JFK, Then and Now (2017)
'Our Hidden History' Interview
Fmr. HSCA Researcher Dan Hardway

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In 1977 to 1978, Dan Hardway was a researcher for the US House of Representatives. He worked on a committee that sought to determine the facts of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Along with his fellow researcher, Ed Lopez, Dan produced a 500-plus page report looking into the CIA's story surrounding Oswald's trip to Mexico City. The report was so revealing that the CIA fought to keep it hidden and were successful in that effort for almost two decades. The report, 'Oswald, The CIA and Mexico City', is widely regarded as one of the most important documents to be released through the work of the JFK Act.

Worse than this suppression of the report is the fact that Dan and Eddie and the Committee were the target of a CIA covert operation. We know today that this operation successfully prevented the Committee from looking into the CIA's relationship with the Cuban exile group known as the DRE.

The DRE is the group that Oswald had his famous scuffle with in New Orleans. More importantly, it was the group which, immediately after the assassination, launched a campaign trying to blame the assassination on Castro and Cuba. The same CIA officer who, in 1963, was running the operations of the DRE - Mr. George Joannides - was the officer sent in to halt the HSA investigation. This is a topic that journalist and author Jefferson Morley has made the focus of his work and his lawsuit against the CIA.

Our Hidden History spoke with Mr. Hardway about all of this and more.

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Thursday April 6, 2017

The Creation and Goals of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Senator Frank Church, 1975

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We have now entered the final decade on the way to 1984. Weary of scandal or not, we must never become weary of being vigilant. We dare not shrink from another redemptive investigation. Learning where we stand can spell the difference between arriving nine years hence at the doorstep of the Orwellian nightmare or awakening with sublime relief in the knowledge that we have, through perseverance today, confounded that dark dream of tomorrow.

--Senator Frank Church

Transcript from a speech by Senator Frank Church (D-ID).

PRA Archive #BC2941
Description: Church discusses the goals of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Date Broadcast on: KPFK, 27 Feb. 1975.

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Thursday March 16, 2017

The JFK Assassination and
CIA Psychological Warfare Operations
Jefferson Morley, COPA 2011

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A transcript from the 2011 Coalition on Political Assassinations Conference. Journalist Jefferson Morley, editor of and author of Our Man in Mexico, discusses the the JFK Assassination and its connections to CIA psychological warfare operations that came before and after it. Original video of the talk can be found on COPA's ustream channel here.

Written by OurHiddenHistory on Tuesday March 14, 2017