Wormwood — The mysterious death of Cold War-era military scientist Frank Olson [Netflix]

“To what extent can a democracy lie to its citizens and still, in the end, remain a democracy?”

Errol Morris — Statement about “Wormwood”

Wormwood is based on a true story and explores the mysterious death of Cold War-era military scientist Frank Olson (played by Sarsgaard) and his son’s tireless efforts to uncover the truth. In 1953, Frank Olson was recruited to be part of a secret biological warfare program cryptically referred to as Project MKUltra. The miniseries is blending long-form documentary interview with a dramatic reconstruction of pivotal scenes.

Errol Morris, one of the most acclaimed and influential documentarians of all time, is back with a project unlike anything he’s ever done before. Wormwood, told in six parts, deals with CIA mind-control experiments in the 1950s and the infamous death of Major Frank Olson. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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In a post dated August 17 2017, I wrote:

“The story of the CIA program MK-ULTRA is definitely one of these truly bizarre episodes of the cold war.

The circumstances of the highly suspicious death of former CIA scientist Dr. Frank Olson should be better known to the Americans.

I plan to write a post about this affair… Is this an old story? A recent MIT experiment shows that people’s mind — and therefore decisions –can be affected by electromagnetic waves. When exposed to GSM-like radiations, the subjects systematically display lower moral standards.

Officially MK-ULTRA has been shut down. Not everyone is convinced.”

I am therefore delighted by the news of a miniseries/documentary about the circumstances of Major Frank Olson’s death.

Morris has issued the following statement about the series, alluding to its timely political spin:

“Isn’t journalism the pursuit of truth? But what if the truth proves to be elusive, hard to get at? How far does one go? Where does one stop? Are there limits, emotional and otherwise, to the pursuit of truth? Can it be injurious to one’s health?

Here we have the story of one man’s sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father’s death. Did he jump from a hotel window? Or was he pushed? And if he was pushed, why? What for?

A shadowy world of hidden and imagined intentions coupled with dark and horrifying revelations. In many ways, a personal family story, but in many other ways, a story of America’s decline in the period following World War II.

It asks the question: To what extent can a democracy lie to its citizens and still, in the end, remain a democracy?” [The Hollywood Reporter ]

About Frank Olson

Frank Rudolph Olson (July 17, 1910 – November 28, 1953) was an American bacteriologist, biological warfare scientist, and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked at Camp Detrick (now Fort Detrick) in Maryland.

In rural Maryland, he was covertly dosed with LSD by his CIA supervisor and, nine days later, plunged to his death from the window of a New York City hotel room. Some — including the U.S. government — term his death a suicide, while others allege murder. [Wikipedia]

Wormwood | Teaser [HD] | Netflix

Witness the untold true story of the CIA, LSD experiments, mind control, and the death of a family man. Wormwood, only on Netflix December 15.

REFERENCES

Wormwood, Errol Morris’ Netflix Docuseries About CIA Experiments with LSD — SPIN

Project MK-Ultra —  WIKIPEDIA

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Wormwood — The mysterious death of Cold War-era military scientist Frank Olson[Netflix]

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