- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2000

'Human time bombs'

"It turns out that Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, was a volunteer in mind-control experiments sponsored by the CIA at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

"Michael Mello, author of the recently published book, 'The United States of America vs. Theodore John Kaczynski,' notes that at some point in his Harvard years 1958 to 1962 Kaczynski agreed to be the subject of 'a psychological experiment.' Mello identifies the chief researcher for these only as a lieutenant colonel in World War II, working for the CIA's predecessor organization, the Office of Strategic Services. In fact, the man experimenting on young Kaczynski was Dr. Henry Murray, who died in 1988… .

"After spending the 1930s developing personality theory, Murray was recruited to OSS at the start of the war, applying his theories to the selection of agents and also presumably to interrogation… .

"Did the experiment's long-term effects help tilt [Kaczynski] into the Unabomber's homicidal rampages? The CIA's mind experiment program was vast. How many other human time bombs were thus primed? How many of them have exploded?"

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, on "Ted K., the CIA & LSD," Saturday in Counter Punch at www.counterpunch.org

Liberal bigotry

"A few weeks after national attention was focused on the anti-Catholicism of Bob Jones University, a Gallup poll shed interesting light on religious prejudice. It turns out that only 29 percent of such people broadly called 'evangelical' or 'fundamentalist' hold a negative view of the Catholic Church.

"Surprisingly, liberal Protestants, who usually think of themselves as being very ecumenical (and are often misleadingly called 'mainstream') are very slightly more likely to be anti-Catholic than are evangelicals… .

"Liberal Protestantism is almost by definition tolerant of other people's beliefs… . Thus, liberal anti-Catholicism arises over such issues as abortion and the ordination of women to the priesthood… .

"Recently, there was an extreme manifestation of this bigotry, when a group of radical feminists invaded the cathedral in Montreal and systematically vandalized the church… . For many 'open-minded' people, the church is self-evidently an evil institution, and having an unfavorable view of it is not prejudice, merely the recognition of reality."

James Hitchcock, writing on "The Real Anti-Catholics," in the July/August issue of Touchstone

Blonde resemblance

"So I'm standing at a crosswalk in Dupont Circle, waiting for the light to change, when the guy next to me does a double take … and asks, 'Has anyone ever told you that you look like Hillary Clinton?'

"Now, when a strange man whips out the 'Did anyone ever tell you …?' line, more often than not, it's a come-on… . In this case, however, a sexual advance seemed unlikely. For starters, I'm pretty sure the guy was gay… .

"More significantly, he was not the first stranger to draw the Hillary comparison… .

"To the vast majority of men and a good chunk of women, all blondes look alike. I exaggerate only slightly… .

"I should probably start pulling for George W. [Bush] and his brunette better half to win in November. Otherwise, the next four to eight years of my life will be an endless succession of strangers interrupting my dinner to ask, 'Has anyone ever told you that you look like Tipper Gore?' "

Michelle Cottle, writing on "Roots," in the July 10 issue of the New Republic

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