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counterculture history and conspiracy theory

Inside the Patty Hearst Kidnapping

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Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 9.15.30 AMWhere are the counterculture journalists of today? The sixties produced a bunch of us, but we desperately need reinforcements because our society has become awash in idiot culture, short-term attention spans, click-baits, celebrity gossip, and runaway narcissism. But it wasn’t always like this. There was life in America before the dumbing-down campaign reached epidemic proportions.

PM Press published two of Paul Krassner’s penetrating essays on life behind the curtains in the seventies, one on the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, and the other on the murder of Harvey Milk. This book is a quick read designed to appeal to even the shortest of attention spans, but it also plumbs deep into the murky waters of the national security state, which took over the country long ago, and apparently had numerous operations ongoing in California in the seventies designed to derail the counterculture revolution.

The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst and brainwashed her into joining their violent revolution, which included robbing banks, territory already well charted by the Baader-Meinhof gang in Germany as well as the Weather Underground, a pro-violent off-shoot of a once non-violent Students for Democratic Society.

If you can’t get control of a movement through penetration ops, the other way to co-opt any movement is by creating a more fanatical and violent alternative that can accuse the movement leaders of being too timid. This sort of game has been played for a long time, yet few journalists ever catch on. Krassner caught on and quickly, although his groundbreaking conspiracy research doesn’t get the credit it deserves today. If we had a university for investigative journalism, Krassner would be our dean.

While covering the Patty Hearst trial, Krassner discovered the family of an SLA member had hired Lake Headley, an ex-police intelligence officer, to find out what the SLA was all about. Headley soon informed them the SLA was part of the CIA’s CHAOS program. Donald DeFreeze, founder of the group, was a documented police informant who had probably been subject to mind control during his incarceration.

It’s strange how the publisher promotes this book as “satire,” when, in fact, it’s just good journalism, the sort we need more of today. So check it out and get inspired to learn more about what’s really going on behind those nasty curtains.

Written by Steven Hager

November 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

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  1. i subscribed to this idea ever since reading “the sla is the cia “ in “the realist”. mae brussell also did a lot of research on this issue. i met a woman, who was a patient in a hospital i worked in. she had been a nurse at vacaville state prison and confirmed that there was an experiment there using psychoactive drugs on prisoners. 2 of them “escaped” who were later in the sla . paul krassner is such a good writer that i buy anything he writes. will get this.


    November 15, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  2. i happen to know paul krassner…he is definitely a good researcher….he and the late great mae brussell exposed cia-lapd involvement in the sla situation… was weird totally


    November 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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