Jesse Helms

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Person.png Jesse Helms   NNDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Jesse Helms.jpg
Monroe, North Carolina
Died2008-07-04 (Age 86)
Raleigh, North Carolina
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Children • Jane
• Nancy
• Charles
SpouseDorothy "Dot" Helms
PartyDemocratic, (1942–1970), Republican, (1970–2008)

Destruction of evidence on MK-Ultra

"Helms had ordered papers concerning the experiments in Montreal destroyed in 1973, but in 1977, acting on a Freedom of Information Act request by writer John Marks, then-CIA director Adm. Stansfield Turner announced that some files had not been destroyed. Those documents form the basis of what is generally known about the work of D. Ewen Cameron. A CIA chemist, Sidney Gottlieb, supervised the MKULTRA project from within the agency, documents show. A CIA doctor, Lt. Col. James L. Monroe, worked undercover and ran the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology, the organization that channeled money to Cameron and the Allan Institute. Rauh contends that Cameron knew the CIA was interested in his work and actively solicited the grant. With the CIA's approval (and with checks drawn against U.S. Treasury funds), documents show that Monroe got at least $60,000 to Cameron."[1]

Deep political connections

From 1979 to 1981, Richard T. McCormack (later to become US chairman of Le Cercle) was a legislative aide.[2]

Another member of Le Cercle, Jim Lucier, was a key aide to Jesse Helms.[3]

From 1974 to 1982, John E. Carbaugh, Jr., also a regular at Le Cercle, was another aide.[4]

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