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The CIA’s Plan to Use ‘Truth Serum’ on 9/11 Suspects Revealed!

We always knew that the CIA was shady, but is this crossing the line?

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In the annals of secret CIA history, there are likely stories and subjects that we’d rather not broach in the open.

We as citizens tacitly allow the CIA to do pretty much whatever it takes to keep America safe.  We understand that their work is often done in the shadows, with consequences that we as average Americans would rather not learn how to cope with.  It’s dirty work at times, but that may just be what it takes to keep our nation safe and prosperous.

Every now and then, however, a tidbit of information about the CIA’s inner workings wriggles it’s way into the mainstream culture.  Often, these revelations leave us bewildered and a little nervous, and this week’s news is no exception.

THE CIA contemplated giving Al-Qaeda terror suspects a “truth serum” to force them into revealing information about potential attacks, in the wake of 9/11.

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Newly declassified documents show interrogators discussed using a drug on Abu Zubaydah, who was believed to have been involved in the planning of the atrocity, says Sky News.

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The agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was “possibly worth a try” after months of research.

But in the end, the CIA decided against asking government lawyers to approve its use.

The 90-page document was given to the American Civil Liberties Union under a judge’s order and publicly released yesterday.

The CIA had actually considered a few more sinister means of coercing their prisoners as well.

Before settling on Versed, the report said researchers studied records of old Soviet drug experiments as well as the CIA’s discredited MK-Ultra programme from the 1950s and 1960s.

These involved human experimentation with LSD and other mind-altering drugs on unwitting individuals as part of a long search for some form of truth serum.

These experiments were widely criticised and, even today, some experts doubt an effective substance exists.

“But decades later, the agency was considering experimenting on humans again to test pseudo-scientific theories of learned helplessness on its prisoners,” Ladin added.

Concerns over the ethics of so-called truth serums have been raging for decades, ever since the idea of such drugs was popularized by comic books and espionage novels.

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American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

Rest in peace, amigo.

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When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

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Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo

This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.

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With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.

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