Public Notice: Appeal to the CIA regarding classification of R. Gordon Wasson documents related to MKULTRA Subproject 58


Michele Meeks 11 April 2013
Information and Privacy Coordinator,
c/o Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, D.C. 20505
FAX: 703-613-3007

Dear Michele,
Thank you for your missive of March 26, 2013, denying to fulfill my additional request on R. Gordon Wasson, citing (b)(1) and (b)(3).

Recent documents that have come to light show that the CIA’s MKULTRA subproject 58 with R. Gordon Wasson was previously undisclosed in full view to the public, and that the resulting Life Magazine article of May 13, 1957, “Seeking the Magic Mushroom”, and also This Week Magazine’s “I Ate the Sacred Mushroom” of May 19, 1957, which the CIA essentially paid for, directly resulted in and was a major player in the launching of the entire psychedelic movement, or the so-called “psychedelic revolution”.

One letter in Subproject 58 mentions that Gordon Wasson was “unwitting” even though the documents show that J.P. Morgan Bank, where Wasson served as the Vice President of Propaganda, was the contractor for this operation. Subproject 58 was published by J.P. Morgan companies such as Henry Luce’s Life Magazine – directed by Henry P. Davison- Wasson’s direct boss at J.P. Morgan Bank, and also This Week Magazine, which was directed by Joseph P. Knapp of Morgan Guarantee Trust, which it is now clear that the CIA at very minimum funded these projects and launched the psychedelic movement itself. Therefore, all persons who were part of this movement were direct victims of the CIA’s MKULTRA Subproject 58.

Furthermore, other documents in Subproject 58 show that Wasson requested the money himself, and that James Moore did not approach Wasson regarding the $2000, as is the CIA’s official position.

I’ve already mentioned that Wasson had attempted to recruit Soviet Union Ambassador George Kennan to the CIA, and it is also evident that Wasson worked directly under DCI Dulles at both the CFR, and the Century Club. Furthermore, the Century has provided me a recording of Wasson presenting to banking and intelligence officers, as well as a list of former OSS officers who were members, making it clear that the club was a front group for the CIA and OSS.

Though the CIA has attempted to cover up Wasson’s letterhead and signature, and inserted the claim “unwitting”, from our own copies of these documents obtained elsewhere it’s clear that the address is 23 Wall street, New York 8 – J.P. Morgan, “The Corner”, and, along with forensic analysis of the typing, again shows that it was Wasson who requested the money directly, and that it was the CIA who funded this this entire program against all presently available historical record.

Therefore, it appears that the evidence reveals that the CIA maintains a concurrent and ongoing MKULTRA program against the law and against presidential order, and against its own statements of closing down and disclosing all related programs.

Because we are patriotic Americans, we want to make sure that our information on this matter is as accurate as possible as it may result in tens of thousands of additional lawsuits against the CIA and involved banking institutions in regard to MKULTRA. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that the CIA work with us and provide us everything as requested to expose this program once and for all. Inaccurate information could be disastrous for the Agency. We know that it is of great importance to the Agency to support historical research of this kind to make sure that everything is exactly accurate.

I must appeal your denial for information regarding R. Gordon Wasson as Wasson is key to revealing this concurrent and undisclosed operation to the public.

While your statements say that your search did not find any “responsive” records – you go on to state that “the CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to your request” which is contradicted by these other statements, below, and the fact that they’re classified (b)(1), and also (b)(3) “to protect from disclosure intelligence sources and methods, …” - the two grounds on which you rest your basis for denial of my requests. Classifying, as well as “protecting from disclosure intelligence sources and methods, as well as the organization, functions, names, official titles, salaries or numbers of personnel employed by the Agency” any documents or information that doesn’t exist is logically impossible. Therefore, these documents and information must exist.

I also note that the Agency chooses to use a vague equivocation of the word “responsive” which it uses classify or un-classify documentation it sees fit to [respond] with (or not) regarding public and historical research FOIA requests on MKULTRA and other mind control programs. The use of sophistry in the denials shows that the Agency is still unwilling to be honest regarding Project MKULTRA – and this is reason enough alone to appeal your denial.

Therefore, on the grounds of reason and logic, as well as to have an accurate historical record, I appeal the following denials to the Agency Release Panel under your care:

1) I appeal your 26 March 2013 decision on Gordon Wasson. You state that “a search for records that would reveal an openly acknowledged Agency affiliation existing up to and including the date the Agency started its search and did not locate any RESPONSIVE records”.

In the case above you point out that this is an openly acknowledged Agency affiliation, and therefore, if it’s openly acknowledged, there is no logical reason that the CIA would prevent the release of such documents, especially in light of the historical significance of this information and its possible relationship to concurrent MKULTRA or related operations – the ramifications of which, when revealed, would cause yet another national embarrassment for the CIA regarding the MKULTRA programs – now 40 years on, and is an obvious conflict of interest for the Agency to keep these documents classified.

If the openly acknowledged Agency affiliation is not that of the person(s) that I’m requesting information on – not the deceased, but is a currently active agent, then again, as you state, it’s openly acknowledged, and therefore is no reason for secrecy. However, my request deals with a person long ago deceased.

We all know that having maximum transparency is essential to insure that citizens select the best possible candidates and policies for our country. Unfortunately, sometimes our government officials have occulted information as leverage against others, including the American public; a practice which violates our rights and responsibilities as citizens as well as it’s a violation of natural law. This very issue, MKULTRA, and the release of all related documents, directly concerns this policy of violating the publics’ right to know – as well as performing illegal experiments on unwitting persons from the 1940s into the PRESENT. We must have accurate historical information to prevent such policies from being implemented again and to help those whom have been and continue to be victims of Project MKULTRA and its subprojects like 58.

Most importantly, in the 70s the CIA released about 17,000 documents relating to MKULTRA and its head and subprojects, and made a public statement that all of the MKULTRA projects and subprojects have been shut down. The work that we are doing, though taking a somewhat different direction, addresses the same topic and has the same historical significance.

It is of the greatest historical import that all documents be released in regard to all people that I have filed a FOIA request on – past and future – including and especially for R. Gordon Wasson. Doing so will help persuade me and numerous other researchers with whom I am involved that the CIA has in fact shut down ALL such operations and that there are no concurrent (head) projects or subprojects of any of this sort under way – as the evidence currently suggests there is. If, as we suspect, the Agency has not shut down and fully disclosed all operations to the public, then it is only in the Agency’s best interest to support this research in every way possible.

Denial of such documents and the continued classification thereof will serve only to increase public suspicion about the CIA and concurrent operations at a time when it is in the midst of great public scandal.

Releasing the information I am seeking will benefit not only historians and researchers but the Agency itself. It will also free the millions of people who’ve fallen victim to the CIA’s psychedelic revolution that is now clearly a result of Subproject 58, a.k.a. Life Magazine’s Seeking the Magic Mushroom, and also This Week Magazine’s “I ate the Sacred Mushroom”.

Therefore, I urge you to accept my appeal to the FOIA denial addressed above and to furthermore release all documents.


Jan Richard Irvin
C/O: Gnostic Media
PO Box 3819
Crestline, CA 92325-3819

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  44 comments for “Public Notice: Appeal to the CIA regarding classification of R. Gordon Wasson documents related to MKULTRA Subproject 58

  1. Ryan Gilmore
    April 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    This is amazing investigative work, Jan, I admire your persistence in getting to the bottom of this story. This turns the history of 1960s America almost completely upside-down. What kind of response do you expect?

  2. david llewellyn foster
    April 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Equivocation is a splendid word Jan. “Sacred” and “Secret” and “Intelligence” and “Agent” assume unexpected significance when juxtaposed together. As Blake averred, great wisdom accrues from persisting in one’s (divine) folly.

  3. Benjamin Steigmann
    April 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm


  4. Charles Frith
    April 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I’m a big fan of Jan’s research but there’s room for charm and humour in persuading people to provide what he wants. You can’t use the logical fallacies to get a girl to take her panties off.

    • April 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      haha, how do you know that?

    • Jan Irvin
      April 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Charles, I think the lady has asked you a question…

    • elly dozer
      April 27, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Actually that approch seems to work very well, just not every time, all the time:)

  5. John Richards
    April 12, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Fantastic work as always, Jan. One thing comes to mind though, do you think that the CIA would be persuaded by your appeal to “me and numerous other researchers with whom I am involved”? I think you would be more likely to get the information you are looking for if you employ a proper lawyer to go through the documents and make the appropriate requests, instead of just appealing to the honesty and integrity of the CIA. I would be happy to donate some money to cover the legal costs should you decide to pursue this course of action.

    • Jan Irvin
      April 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

      A “proper” lawyer, who reads the laws and fills out the same paper work and charges thousands… sure, if you’ll pay for it we’ll hire one. We’re always in need of any financial help we can get, and not just to hand over to lawyers. I had to give half of everything we had to the IRS this week.

      • elly dozer
        April 27, 2013 at 6:34 am

        Aww you pay?

        Wtf are we to think of that in the context of your work?

        • Jan Irvin
          April 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

          It obviously means, Elly, that we’re still learning how to get out of the mess… Do you pay? Don’t be a fucking hypocrite. Should I not pay and get raided before we figure this stuff out and then not be able to put out information?

          Fallacious questions….

          WTF are we to think of you for even asking?

      • elly dozer
        April 27, 2013 at 6:39 am

        I told them I was a corp, and they say corps are tax free.
        And they have agreed. The IRS literally said, “you are not subject to taxation”

        all i did was follow the instructions in fine print on the W-9.

  6. John Richards
    April 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I cant afford that much! But im willing to donate for a lawyer, and i certainly think you are going to need one, you arent going to be able to expose something this massive without some professional legal help. Also Jan you need to be VERY careful as this is the CIA you are dealing with here, they are known to use “extreme measures” to silence dissent, another good reason to hire a lawyer….

    • elly dozer
      April 27, 2013 at 6:43 am

      No, you don’t kill a guy like this, because if you make a martyr during a spiritual battle, for every one you cut down, two more spring up in his place….they already messed up when they killed bill cooper and look what happened! All Alex jones material now! And that’s a good thing.

      No. We have no fear of death. We walk on the side of truth. So mote it be.

  7. John Richards
    April 13, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I showed your letter to a friend of mine yesterday who knows a bit about these kinds of legal proceedings (not a lawyer unfortunately but experienced in law) and she pointed out that this letter is not actually an official formal ‘appeal’, it is more like polite informal pleading, so therefore the CIA are under no obligation to respond to it (you probably wont even hear back from them). With the evidence you have gathered, it would be FAR better to launch an actual lawsuit against the CIA, otherwise nothing will ever come out of this, and all your hours of effort would be completely wasted/pointless. You have come this far, but without some proper legal action to back up all this mountain of incriminating evidence that you have amassed against the CIA, you wont be able to proceed any further, and this startling revelation about the CIA’s involvement in the psychedelic revolution will simply be lost and forgotten. On the other hand, if you were to actually press ahead and bring legal action against the CIA, this would definitely open the floodgates for many thousands of lawsuits against the CIA, and the world would never be the same again…. There is now FAR too much evidence to be simply dismissed in a legal trial in a court in front of judge, you have proven beyond any possible doubt that the CIA were complicit in engineering the psychedelic revolution via MKULTRA, now it is time to build a solid legal case.

    • Jan Irvin
      April 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Well, then you’d better start donating to the legal fund… but yes, they will reply. They have to, as it’s a reply and stated appeal to their denial.

      BTW, have you heard any of my shows with Clint AND Burt as of late?

      • John Richards
        April 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

        I’ve now done some research into this issue, and contacted a number of lawyers directly; apparently it would not be necessary to pay any money for legal representation, because for a case of this magnitude it would be easy to find a lawyer to work pro-bono (i.e. for free), since the potential publicity from a case like this would be massive. You will need a lawyer who specialises in the fields of military tribunals and compensation claims, all you need to do is search for an appropriate lawyer under ‘pro bono’ then send them the documents that you have uncovered. This would get the ball rolling to launch a massive, full frontal lawsuit against the CIA, which would have profound ramifications: it would open the doorway to thousands more similar lawsuits against the CIA and the government (the elites), and potentially make you a very large amount of publicity (and money).

        I also emailed your letter to the CIA to one of the lawyers I spoke to, and unfortunately he made exactly the same point again, that since the letter is not actually an official legal appeal, the CIA have no obligation to respond to it, so you are very unlikely to hear back from them in response to this letter. In order to make an official legal appeal which the CIA would be legally compelled to respond to, you would definitely need the services of a lawyer.

        It’s up to you, but if you don’t want to take this any further with a legal professional, please let me know and I will go ahead and do it myself, as I think it is absurd to waste an opportunity as good as this to publically expose the nefarious mind control program of the CIA. I don’t want to steal your efforts from you, but since the evidence you have uncovered is all in the form of public documents, there is no reason not to.

        • Jan Irvin
          April 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

          Did you hear the other two shows I cited first?

          • John Richards
            November 27, 2013 at 12:45 am

            Did you ever hear a response to this appeal? Or as i suspected did the CIA completely ignore it?

          • November 27, 2013 at 1:19 am

            They told me to take them to court.

        • elly dozer
          April 27, 2013 at 6:48 am

          Oh Jesus. Lets get lawyers involved….

          They don’t call it a revolution for nuttin…..

        • elly dozer
          April 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

          Honestly, it won’t matter if the authorities admit warfare on the public. In fact, there are plenty of examples where govts and corps HAVE been held accountable in a court of law, but that hasent actually stopped the problem.

          It matters more that people stop believing they have no natural predators, and have their eyes opened to the truth.

          No Lawyer necessary for that.

  8. Tor Bakken
    April 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This is very interesting Jan, thanks for your work on this. I see you have been posting about this on Wouter Hanegraaff`s blog as well. How about inviting him on the show to discuss it?

    • Jan Irvin
      April 14, 2013 at 10:34 am

      You’re free to invite him, but he’s someone who doesn’t seem to care for primary citations and regurgitates false attacks on Allegro from CIA assets like Gordon Wasson. I’ve hammered him pretty hard in the past for spreading false information. Do you think he’s got anything to offer us? I don’t want to poison the well, so I hope his write up of Wasson isn’t exemplary of most of his work – as that was just garbage.

      • Tor Bakken
        April 15, 2013 at 2:25 am

        I have read two of his book (Gnosis and Hermeticism From Antiquity to Modern Times and Esotericism and the Academy), both of which are great reads imo. Im sort of hoping that you could set the record straight for him. It`s probably not that important though.

  9. oats tao
    April 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Excellent work Jan – your passion shines through in the letter.

    What do you think about the claims that classified records have been tampered with long ago?
    It makes it rather disheartening and in objective view it makes sense because if some body of governance has power to take information and stamp ‘classified’ on it, they could also alter the documents long ago, even before the public censorship.

    Big thanks for sharing your developments.

    • Jan Irvin
      April 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      From the other thread on Operation Mind control:

      “An example of disinfo is the word “unwitting” in the Subproject 58 docs from MKULTRA, when we have numerous other documents from many other sources that reveal that Wasson could not have been unwitting. We’ve gathered the documents from many different universities and other sources where by cross checking your able to build a solid story. The disinfo in the docs is more to lead people away from every figuring stuff out, like we have.”

  10. Christy Wilson-Tietje
    February 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I live on Big Bear, CA, right next to you and I am about to do an interview exposing Satans Castle as an entrance to the CIA Zero-Point Energy and MK-ULTRA base bellow the lakes up here. Ted Gunderson tried to expose that exact site as well. Any information that personally relates to MK-ULTRA in Crestline would be AMAZING for my interview expose!

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