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S. Arrigo offers a glimpse and at great personal risk. In August 2001, DCI George Tenet told her to assemble "a moving van full of documents showing Defense Contractor kickbacks to Pentagon officials." She did as instructed but not to expose corruption as she learned - to conceal it and in her judgment so CIA could divert defense business to Halliburton and Carlyle contractors. She stated: The mood at the CIA and Pentagon was 'war is coming' because the Bush Family stands to make billions.
Arrigo was shocked at what she found and how brazenly the Pentagon wrote it up because it feels untouchable, especially since 2001. That notion proved misguided after CIA used the material to blackmail or bribe its officials "into 'working on' the Halliburton-Carlyle team." Top CIA types were involved, and Tenet laid it out for Arrigo: You've "given me the keys to the kingdom. (These) documents will make me rich."
Arrigo knew too much, took risks to learn it, and what happened next is shocking. Halliburton's "CIA Representative" confronted her, tore out her phone, ransacked her office, removed every shred of paper, and hauled her off bodily "to a prison cell" inside its basement offices. She was intimidated and threatened. Thought she might be killed. She survived, but the message was clear. She complained to Tenet. Showed him her bruises. He responded dismissively: "There, there, everything will be all right in the morning."
• of government corruption and war profiteering;
• sweetheart deals and kickbacks;
• high-level types on the take;
• trillions of missing dollars;
• on September 10, 2001, Rumsfeld admitting "According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions;"
• imagine the current amount;
• its corrosive effect on the nation; and people should
• demand accountability - who profits, who pays and what are the consequences of militarism gone mad.
Return from Spookyville
On June 2 I posted a piece called A short trip to Spookyville , concerning the incredible allegations of Dr. Sue Arrigo M.D., allegedly an "ex- CIA physician with high level access".
Briefly, she maintained that HIV/Aids was deliberately unleashed on the world and that there is a vaccine which has been kept secret. She also described running secret missions for Dick Cheney and to have twice treated Osama bin Laden after 9/11. My post was picked up by several conspiracy sites.
It's not that I wasn't skeptical of her claims. In fact I wrote: "Just because someone has an M.D. after her name does not mean that she may not be suffering from mental illness. "
One thing that did intrigue me, however, was that her sister Maria Arrigo, Ph.D., described herself in a paper as "a social psychologist studying intelligence ethics and as daughter of an undercover intelligence officer."
As it turns out Sue Arrigo has another sister, Linda Gail Arrigo, Ph.D. in Sociology, who left a comment on my original post stating in part:
I am sorry to say that my sister Sue Ann Arrigo has periodic episodes of paranoid schizophrenia, and this has been over a period of ten years at least. It is amazing how her wild stories have proliferated all over the web.
I have since exchanged a few emails with Linda Arrigo. She writes:
I believe that my sister Sue Ann has been having periodic bouts of paranoid schizophrenia since about 15 years ago. She is convinced that our father was both a member of the CIA and the Mafia, and that he inducted her at a young age into intelligence activities, and that she has been under mind control since then, and subject to frequent kidnapping and threats by agents, wherever she is in the world. However, she has no material or historical evidence of this other than her later memories and physical symptoms, as she reported recently for supposedly being kidnapped in Ireland in early June 2007. I talked by telephone with my mother who was with her right afterwards and accompanied her to the doctor and the police, and my mother now believes Sue Ann is subject to hallucinations.
Our father, born 1914, served 20 years in the U.S. military, about 1941-61, in Europe, the Pentagon, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. His work was logistics, not intelligence. I lived with him in Taiwan 1963-68; my sisters had virtually no contact with him after 1962. He is senile now, in San Francisco, and I sorted through most of his papers during the last few summers. He is not a pleasant personality, but I am certain he had no such CIA contacts or capacity.
If any consistent check were made on Sue Ann's schooling and employment for the last 30 years, it would be obvious that her current allegations of service as a CIA medic are pure fantasy, even if well-informed by public knowledge of current issues in U.S. government behavior.
There are enough real victims of U.S. military and intelligence actions; it is not surprising, perhaps, that victims of schizophrenia like my sister should feed on these accounts.
Given the incredible allegations of Dr. Sue Arrigo, the complete lack of supporting evidence, and this statement by her sister, I see no reason to give any credence to her claims. I wish her well.
Sue Arrigo, MD said...
Having stumbled across this blog, I would like to correct some misinformation.
I am Sue Arrigo and I trained for 2 years at University of California Irvine Medical Center in 1983-1985 as a Nephrologist. I am a kidney specialist by training, not a Neurologist.
My sister Linda Gail Arrigo has done excellent work in Taiwan in helping their Democratic Party and Green Party. I respect her political work and hope that my revelations about the US govt. and CIA have not caused her difficulties there. However, that appears not to be the case. I can understand that she would want to distance herself from me.
As she went to Taiwan with my father who was a US military advisor when I was 9 years old, I have rarely seen her or had contact with her since. Thus, I find it sad that she has spread false information about me without having anyway of knowing the facts. I assume that my father in military intelligence has fed her those lies about me to try to discredit me for the obvious reasons. [...]
I had no previous psychiatric hospitalizations and had never been prescribed drugs by a therapist. I had, however, seen therapists many times because of the mental problems that the CIA had given me in MKULTRA. Those were Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder which used to be called multiple personality disorder. I have seen therapists at several torture treatment centers recently. Certainly, I would have been diagnosed as schizophrenic by one of those many therapists and put on anti-psychotic medications, if I had been. Their opinion on the subject is the relevant one, not my sister Linda’s.
Please read Dr. Colin Ross's book Bluebird: the deliberate creation of multiple personality disorder by [CIA] psychiatrists. He wrote it after receiving 15,000 pages of CIA documents on a Freedom of Information Act Request. He confirms that the CIA's favorite way of disposing of its victims is to lock them in a mental hospital and try to throw away the key. He also proved that most of the board members of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation were CIA mind control researchers. They would have been put in prison for torturing people if their victims were believed.
My symptoms when I was hospitalized against my will in Aug. 2004 were not consistent with schizophrenia. I was suddenly unable to dial a telephone number or to navigate a car using a map, symptoms of a drug induced disequilibrium, not schizophrenia. I was fearful from just having been tortured, but was sane enough to know that talking about my work at the CIA would not help my situation. I was not having voices in my head directing my actions. I did not even have alters speaking in my mind. The medical physician promptly let me out of the hospital as sane but suffering from sleep deprivation. It took many months before the effects of the BZ wore off. Being given CIA drugs to try to get others to believe you are crazy, is not the same as actually being crazy. [...]