Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kelley Lynch's Email To CIA Re. Leonard Cohen's Alleged Participation In CIA MKULTRA Program & Her FOIA Request

From: Kelley Lynch <>
Date: Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM
To: MollyHale <>, "irs.commissioner" <>, Washington Field <>, ASKDOJ <>, "Division, Criminal" <>, "Doug.Davis" <>, Dennis <>, rbyucaipa <>, khuvane <>, blourd <>, nsapao <>, fsb <>, Robert MacMillan <>, a <>, wennermedia <>, Mick Brown <>, woodwardb <>, "glenn.greenwald" <>, lrohter <>, Harriet Ryan <>, "hailey.branson" <>, "stan.garnett" <>, sedelman <>, JFeuer <>, "kevin.prins" <>

Hello CIA,

Have you seen this photograph of Leonard Cohen?  Evidently, he participated in numerous experiments and may have been part of the CIA's MKULTRA program.  I will therefore be sending a FOIA request to CIA requesting any and all information about Cohen's alleged participation in this program.  I don't think the CIA would have to encourage Cohen to participate in any type of program that may have involved LSD.  After all, Cohen has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and his nickname was Captain Mandrax.  And, while Judge Vanderet permitted testimony about my rhetorical question - "Are you still on drugs?" due to Cohen's conduct - he did not permit impeachment evidence although Cohen testified that I "assailed' his reputation with respect to drugs.  Judge Vanderet sabotaged my defense, would not permit impeachment testimony, and evidently didn't want IRS Agent Tejeda on the stand after he permitted endless testimony about the IRS and a refund I was completely unaware of at the time.  That IRS refund Cohen received has now been challenged as fraud.

My FOIA request will also seek information related to Cohen's role in the Bay of Pigs and, specifically, any information regarding individuals who were captured by Castro's forces, viewed as a "rebel," and interrogated as Cohen says he was.  

Cohen himself has written that he was our "most important" spy so any information on his involvement with intelligence would be helpful as well.

Thank you.

Field Commander Cohen, he was our most important spy. 
Wounded in the line of duty, 
parachuting acid into diplomatic cocktail parties, 
urging Fidel Castro to abandon fields and castles. 

All the best,

The man in the photo, taken at McGill University in 1951, is 17-year-old Leonard Cohen. He's wearing a blindfold, and his ears, fingers and hands are encased in padded restraints which prevent movement and cut off all sensory stimulation. This is one of Dr. Donald Hebb's famous/notorious sensory isolation experiments, for which student volunteers were paid the then-princely sum of $20 a day. Some of the volunteers were unable to stand this torture for more than a few hours. Some tore off the bandages and banged on the door of the isolation chamber, screaming and crying to be released.

Back in the 1980s, when I lived next door to him, Leonard Cohen once told me he enjoyed these experiments. He said he learned to dissociate, leave his body, and go on long voyages through the universe. The experience was so pleasant that later he volunteered to be placed in a flotation tank while on LSD. He enjoyed that, too.