A search for truth &
what to do
Coverups. Disinformation. Too many secrets.
Conspiracies. Yes or no? Internet blogs. Media bias. Disbelief and distrust
of media and government. What can we believe?
What do you believe? Is it true?
This compact 50-year history examines how
the US biochemical warfare program led to the death of CIA scientist Dr
Frank Olson. Learn about the Bay of Pigs and Cuban missiles, the
assassination of President Kennedy, Glomar Explorer, Iran-Contra, spreading
terrorism, destruction of TWA Flight 800, the disasters of 9/11, Freedom of
Information Act, and the Whistle Blower Protection Act.
Understand issues of power and influence
within government to balance political power, and how government and the
media compete to shape the minds of American voters, ...... while our way of
life and national security hangs in the balance.
1 Powers that be
2 Case closed
5 Keep Calm
6 LSD Not War
8 Iran etc
10 Tale of 2 sparks
|11 No whistle
12 Who knew?
16 Team minds
17 You choose
What they say about DISINFORMATION, A 50 Year History
“ Viemeister clarifies ..why many citizens do not trust
Newsroom, M.I.T. Sloan
“ Can we trust our government and if not, why not and what
can we do about it? Good questions. Interesting answers.
Viemeister has lived a life many of us would envy, full and
challenging....tells us what he knows .
Blue Ridge Business Journal
“ Peter, thank you for examining our public diet of (b.s.)”.
Retired Corporate public relations VP *
“ Some of those people should have been put in jail.”
Retired CIA employee *
“ I lived through those 50 years, and I didn’t know half of
that stuff! You show how it all relates. Every young
person should read this book.”
Retired Circuit Court judge *
“ each member of the Intelligence Committee of the U.S.
House of Representatives...will get a copy “
U.S. Congressman *
“ useful for studying this period of history. ..tremendous
research ... information unreported or slanted to deceive
the public... reader will be moved to avoid gullibility.”
A Virginia County Attorney
“ So well organized and easy to follow
Author Barbara Carmer Schwartz
“ The Navy had a phrase ‘The name Grumman on an
airplane is like Sterling on silver’. Let me update that.
The name Viemeister on a book is like Grumman on
Veteran doctor T.G. Dickinson
“ I found the book fascinating”.
Economics analyst Richard Russell
* Names upon request.
About the Author
Historian Peter Viemeister is an engineering graduate of Rensselaer and an
MIT Sloan Management Fellow. He has taught organizational behavior at two
colleges and patented a simulator of human behavior. He was president of
Grumman Data Systems and vice president of Grumman Corporation which built
the craft that landed men on the moon. He has served as Chairman of the
National D-Day Memorial Foundation and Chairman of the Audit Committee of
Lynchburg College. His nine other books include A History of Aviation -
They Were There; The Lightning Book; Peaks of Otter - Life and Times;
and From Slaves to Satellites.
Here are a few brief excerpts:
.... Among the denizens of the city of Dallas was Jack Ruby, 52, one of
eight children of a Russian immigrant, operator of a small nightclub. Ruby
was a bumblebee who hung out with police and underworld characters alike. A
walking data bank of netherworld information, he enjoyed giving the
impression that he was more important than he was....
LSD , Not War
.... In the first weeks of August 1964, there were reports that the US Navy
destroyer, Maddox, had been attacked by North Vietnamese vessels in
international waters in the Gulf of Tonkin. The facts were ambiguous at
captain and overflying naval aircraft were uncertain if there had been
attacks at all. Nevertheless, the Defense Department and the President
alluded to “repeated attacks” and a “second deliberate attack” and persuaded
both houses of Congress on August 7th to pass the “Gulf of Tonkin
Resolution” authorizing US forces to take all necessary measures to prevent
further aggression. Senator Wayne Morse did not buy it, arguing that facts
did not substantiate it. But the media accepted it. And the Administration
used the Resolution to justify escalating into what was war....
.... Accustomed to being virtually immune to criticism, safe behind a shroud
of obscurity and overseen by very few selected senior officials of Congress
and the White House, the CIA now found itself under intense scrutiny. The
administration tried to temper the probing and argued that there already was
adequate oversight of the CIA: a watchdog panel, the so-called “40” group
(named for the meeting room number), met regularly to keep an eye on things.
Congress wanted to know more. The Commission and Congressional hearings
provided grist for the media mill and intrigue for the public appetite....
.... In spite of his apparent knowledge of the plan, and having admitted on
TV in 1987 that he made mistakes, President Reagan eluded all harpoons.
Still open was the question of how to resolve an issue of separation of
powers. Can the President ignore Congress? How shall the US adjudicate
issues between the Presidency and the Congress? ....
.... Unanswered was the question as to what protection the public has from
unscrutinized, unmonitored, off-the-books government ventures....
.... Congress had enacted the first Whistle Blower Protection Act in 1989.
It was intended to protect from reprisal people who call attention to
illegal activity of their superiors....
.... A few TWA 800 government investigators may have had serious
reservations but were reluctant to speak out, for fear of looking foolish,
endangering National Security or facing retribution or prosecution. The
truth was buried under the protective regulations of National Security....
.... Interestingly enough, while the TWA 800 investigation was underway, the
Whistle Blower Protection Act lost some of its effectiveness. President
Clinton issued Executive Order #13039, which withdrew whistle blower
protection for members of the Naval Special Warfare group....
.... Though overshadowed by events of 9/11, the Olson case earned some
attention in 2002. The Olsons were ready to be very explicit about the story
of their father’s death. They held a press conference on August 8, 2002 in
Frederick, Maryland to proclaim that the death of their father “was a
murder, not a suicide.” They also said:
This is not an LSD drug-experiment story, as it was represented in 1975.
This is a biological warfare story. Frank Olson did not die because he was
an experimental guinea pig who experienced a “bad trip.”
He died because of concern that he would divulge information concerning a
highly classified CIA interrogation program called “ARTICHOKE” in the early
1950’s, and concerning the use of biological weapons by the United States in
the Korean War.....
.... The plotters analyzed airline schedules to orchestrate a simultaneous,
multi-prong attack. Winter, with its unpredictable weather, was ruled out.
Midsummer afternoons, with thunderstorms that can disrupt flights, were
ruled out. Morning takeoffs were preferred when departures are most often on
.... The perpetrators were scattered, and only directed to convene at the
last moment. The attackers had been patient, deliberate, thorough and
secretive. They knew that secrecy was essential for their plan. They kept
their secrets all too well....
.... Ben Franklin said that three people can keep a secret if two are dead.
If too many people know the truth, it is very difficult to keep the lid on,
unless the full power and methods of government can be brought to bear.
Favors and rewards can be promised for silence. Yet someone, somewhere,
might leak the truth....
.... To cover up or not to cover up, that is the question. Who will benefit
from the decision? What will be hurt by the decision? Is the decision truly
for the good of the country?....
.... In spite of their power over the public mind, the media moguls are not
scrutinized the way government leaders are. They do not hold press
conferences and allow penetrating questions. They are not available for
comments any hour of the day wherever they are. They are not hounded by
reporters and photographers. Unlike elected officials, they can enjoy very
.... The most profound decisions are made at the highest level by many who
began their political careers at the local level in a community or
neighborhood like yours....
.... Major decisions are shaped by the character and the values of the
people making those decisions. Can your representative resist the
temptations that power attracts? Will your representative put the country’s
good above his own interest? ....
Copyright 2006 Peter Viemeister
Disinformation - CIA, JFK, TWA, 9/11 ....
160 pages 9x6 Flexcover
ISBN 1-883912-19-9 $20.00