CHAPTER 12 "No Sell Can Rat": The Chris White Affair Part Two
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In "Orpheus Descending" we saw how the Chris White affair threw the NCLC into chaos. Here I wish to examine some of the possible alternate origins for the crisis and what really happened as suggested by a close reading of NCLC texts. Naturally it is impossible to draw and definitive conclusions on these events and I offer this analysis in the modest hope that it will at least provide some possible perspective on what may have actually happened.
We begin with Christopher Richard White. A British national of Irish descent born 10 January 1948, White was on the eve of his 26'th birthday when he arrived in New York for the NCLC's Strategy for Socialism VI conference. Before joining the NCLC, White had been active in the well-known English Trotskyist organization International Socialists (IS) led by the late Tony Cliff. In the summer of 1972, LaRouche visited England for talks with various Socialist groups, including IS. LaRouche even had a long talk with a top IS leader, the late Duncan Hallas.
Despite LaRouche's initial belief that the NCLC could initiate "united front" agreements with British IS, it soon became apparent that IS was not about to follow LaRouche's lead. In late 1972, Chris White resigned from British IS and became a member of the tiny European Labor Committee. White was now joined in London by LaRouche's former common law wife Carol.
A math instructor who first met LaRouche when they were both members of the Socialist Workers Party, Carol simply walked out on LaRouche and flew to England to be with White, whom she later married. Carol had been LaRouche's only source of income, and she supported him on her teacher's salary. Many former NCLC members who knew LaRouche well at the time strongly believe that Carol's desertion may have pushed him psychologically over the brink. LaRouche's reaction to Carol's leaving him certainly suggests as much. He reportedly became enraged after Carol first announced that she was going to go on a vacation for a few weeks with Chris White in France. After she returned to America, LaRouche initially threatened to leave the organization if she were not expelled, even though she actually helped co-found the NCLC with LaRouche in 1966-67. At that time, however, LaRouche's attempt to purge her failed. However Carol White recalls that around this time, LaRouche pushed for and won an agreement from the NCLC's National Executive Committee (NEC) giving him virtual total authority in the organization by threatening to quit the group if the NEC did not bow down to his demands, a tactic that James Cannon had also successfully used in the SWP in the 1950s.
Carol's desertion clearly put LaRouche in a very difficult financial and emotional situation. He was exactly 50 years old in 1972 and he now found himself more or less broke and alone with the NCLC remaining the one constant in his life. But as he had seen with the 1970 split with the section of the organization around Steve Fraser, his own continued hegemony was no sure thing precisely because the NCLC was the top-down leadership cult that it would soon become.
Exactly one year after his trip to England, LaRouche again returned to Europe this time to Germany where he attended the founding conference of the European Labor Committees (ELC) in June 1973.
Since Chris White was now one of the Labor Committees' leading members in England, it would seem logical that he would attend the ELC's founding conference as well. What is not known is whether or not LaRouche included White in the "Beyond Psychoanalysis" encounter-group sessions with leading ELC members that he organized soon after the conference ended. If so, it would have been a bizarre scene indeed. LaRouche's ability to conduct the sessions depended on the group's belief that he was somehow a more-or-less infallible font of Marxist-Freudian wisdom. But how could the new paramour and soon to be husband of his ex-common-law wife pretend that the man Carol had fled just a year earlier was now Freud reborn?
In the summer of 1973, LaRouche began testing out his new program on the Germans. It is not clear if White took any part in this process, but sooner or later, he was going to be forced to go through it since it was now becoming a "vetting" requirement for a leadership position inside the NCLC. After LaRouche linked the sessions to "deprogramming" Constantine George in August 1973, mandatory attendance of the NCLC leadership at the sessions even became a "security issue." And in essays such as Sexual Impotence of the PSP, LaRouche gives a sense of just how disturbing his sessions could be,
Given White's rather peculiar situation of being married to LaRouche's ex-wife, it might not be surprising to find that White had an emotional crisis of sorts when faced with the prospect of flying to New York for the NCLC's national conference and yet another encounter with LaRouche. White also knew that former leading members in America and Europe were being regularly subjected to violent and humiliating assaults to their identity; all carried out under the pretext of making them better revolutionaries. He also knew only too well that LaRouche despised Carol White and had even tried to get her expelled from the NCLC.
THE SIR WILLIAM COLLINS SCHOOL "TORTURE" SESSIONS
In the fall of 1973 the Whites were living in apartment 8A, on Woodfield Avenue, Colindale, London, NW9. Every weekday White would leave the apartment and head into the center of London to work at a new job as a teacher at the Sir William Collins School (now known as the South Camden Community School), located not far from the Euston and St. Pancras tube stations and on whose premises he was allegedly brainwashed in a plot straight out of The Ipcress File.
The 11 January 1974 NS states that White was
The 11 January 1974 NS then claims that on the first day of school
It was also during this period that White was forced to watch film strips of Bill Engdahl being tortured, was made to sit for hours with a "sauce bottle inserted into his sigmoid" and was "made to eat excrement" among other horrors.
In spite of such ghastly goings on, "there is no doubt that White was employed on those premises." In fact,
NS also admits that
Yet the most surreal testimony about White and his tenure at the Sir William Collins School comes from White himself. In his article "On the Track of My Assassins" that appeared in the February-March 1974 Campaigner, White recalled that on the first two days of his employment at the school (17 and 18 September):
(White had in this sense been tortured at the school by a group that specializes in expertly torturing teachers: students.)
White next contradicts a core LaRouche claim and reports that he was never "tortured" on the premises of the school, much less its basement. Instead he states:
White then adds:
(Needless to say, that book remains unwritten.)
But why the strange shift in an already invented story?
One possibility may have been that by this time the staff at the school may have been questioned by reporters about the story and White realized he was on shaky ground. It is also possible that White himself became more convinced that his "recollection" of the non-existent brainwashing facility at the school was too riddled with contradictions to possibly be true. He may simply have assumed that it must have taken place elsewhere in the area, with the squats being the most logical possibility. But his shift in the story remains surprising.
THE "IRA" CONNECTION
In his Campaigner piece, White also ignores earlier claims by the NCLC that the brainwashing plot was not only tied into murdering LaRouche but also to an IRA bombing campaign in England. The bombing campaign, in turn, was later tied to an attempt to impose a fascist-style military dictatorship in England, which was supposed to be a model for a Rockefeller-led coup inside the United States.
The first mention of the plot surfaced in the 11 January 1974 NS in an article entitled "'Irish Bomb Plot' Denounced as Fascist Setup" by none other than White himself, whose byline reads "convalescing victim of CIA-MI-6 torture brainwashing." The 8 January-datelined article begins:
What White's reference to "irrefutable evidence" was remains a mystery. White's use of the words "Bomb plots only exist in the heads of a paranoid ruling class" is strange as well given that in a few weeks time the NCLC (LaRouche) publicly tried to prove that the IRA bombings must be a premeditated MI-6 plot by linking the bombings to White's brainwashing. From LaRouche's "Rockefeller's 1984-Plot" article in the 1974 spring Campaigner:
Most curious of all (or perhaps not curious at all), within a few short months after the momentous events in January 1974, any discussions of the Chris White Affair vanished from NS. White did briefly resurface, however, in a 26 August 1978 article by LaRouche, ostensibly on how the British murdered JFK. In an aside, he says that White was given acid by two British agents before leaving for the United States but fails to mention the alleged 4 month-long series of brainwashing sessions at the Sir William Collins School.
White is also mentioned in an 8 September 1983 internal memo by LaRouche ("The Soviet KGB Versus the ICLC"). Here LaRouche again writes that White was subject to "a costly and elaborate drugging operation" by two MI-5 operatives. Again there is no mention of the Sir William Collins School. Clearly fairly early on, LaRouche wanted to get past the Chris White hoax and so he chose the easy "default" position that White simply had been "drugged" by two British agents before he flew to New York. With these remarks, we have now more or less exhausted the paper trail stretching from 1974 to 1983 relating to the fantasy of White's torture sessions with its overtones of The Manchurian Candidate, Clockwork Orange and The Ipcress File.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO WHITE?
As absurd as the story of the torture sessions is in reality, there seems little doubt that White did give off all the symptoms of a nervous breakdown of some sort shortly before flying from London to New York City on 27 December 1973.
In looking at this period, a few preliminary remarks are in order. In my view there are only three possible explanations (or a combination of aspects of the three explanations) to explain the events that I will describe. Either: 1) White had a nervous breakdown on the eve of the NCLC's New York conference; 2) White was a witting participant in a hoax cooked up by LaRouche; or 3) White had indeed been given some mind-altering substance either at random or in an elaborate hoax run by LaRouche or someone close to him. One can find evidence to support all three scenarios but not enough evidence to confirm any of them. In what follows, I will try and reconstruct what happened to White primarily based on printed material by the NCLC and then propose possible approaches to looking at the evidence. Essentially, however, I believe that White did in fact have a nervous collapse "with added complications."
At the core of this story we may have something like this: Chris White, already fearful of dealing with LaRouche, had a traumatic experience after he faced the prospect of flying to New York alone to meet LaRouche. He never got on his scheduled flight to New York because there was some problem with his ticketing. He then spent some time in the Copthorne as airline agents worked on his ticketing status before finally returning to the ELC conference later that night.
The most detailed discussion of the events that began on the morning of 27 December is presented in White's own Campaigner article and is worth quoting from at length:
(The minor mystery of how the number of passengers from British Caledonian went from "thirty of so" to "the hundred or so" that flew to New York in the space of one paragraph remains unsolved.)
We continue with White's story:
(As to the credibility of the mysterious reporter: In 1986 I flew to London courtesy of British Caledonian. On the back of my ticket packet was an ad for the different Copthorne hotels "owned by the British Caledonian group" including the one at Gatwick whose number at the time was (44) (324)714971.)
White then states:
In other words, the most basic answers to the question of what actually happened that day remains unknown. The only witness to any of this was White himself and no other witness could confirm his version of the events that day.
THE "TICKET FIDDLE"
Returning to White's text, we read:
The International Travel Club in the White story first surfaced in the 1 January 1974 press release where it is reported:
What is most interesting about White's story is his discussion of the fact that NCLC member Steve Pepper an art history professor by profession also had travel troubles with his International Travel Club ticket. But
If I am following White correctly, he is saying that he really began to exhibit paranoid delusions not so much on the night he returned from the airport but sometime the next day. He writes:
One striking fact about all this is that not only White but Steve Pepper had his 27 December flight to New York "disrupted" and that he too had booked the flight through the International Travel Club. Ironically, the 1 January 1974 NCLC press release gives the best explanation for what happened: the International Travel Club simply ran a "ticket fiddle" in which passengers were given "boarding passes, but not tickets" and that both White and Pepper found their flight plans disrupted as a result.
In fact White was never even on the flight #221 at all.
In the entire story, it is remarkable that there is no concrete proof of White's ever being on the plane except for White's claim that it turned around. But there is no mention of White retaining his boarding pass, ticket baggage claim check, paperwork from British Caledonian, or any other tangible piece of paper that could easily validate his story. The one piece of paper that did exist was a card from the Copthorne Hotel, the same hotel the ELC members had such trouble locating even though White "escaped from it" via taxi and train.
By at least 3 January 1974, the NCLC knew that White had never even been on flight #221. From LaRouche's presentation:
White and Pepper never flew out of London because they had trouble with their ticketing arrangements. It seems likely that when White tried to get on the plane without a proper ticket, he was refused and that the airline offered to put him up at the Copthorne Hotel while it straightened out the mess with the travel company. White then left the hotel and returned later that night to Conway Hall, where the ELC meeting was still continuing. Sometime the next day, he stated accusing his wife of being a KGB agent.
Recalling that period many years later, Carol White remarked:
If Carol White's memory is correct, it seems that there was yet another "brainwashing" case that got lost in the confusion following Chris White's arrival in New York. Why otherwise would Chris White be told (and by whom?) to "deprogram" Chris Caddy (and for what reason?). Was Caddy also part of a KGB plot? Why had he suddenly come under suspicion? In short, was there yet another crisis deliberately generated at the London cadre school? And why was Chris White singled out to deprogram Caddy?
After White's return from Gatwick airport, he mentioned that he had been placed in the Copthorne Hotel with just two other passengers, a Mr. Walsh and a Mrs. Schroeder, who were also trapped in the International Travel Club "ticket fiddle." From the 1 January 1974 NCLC press release:
The press release says "were embarked" which is a curiously passive way of saying that they actually boarded the plane. After all, the KGB or MI-5 hardly needed to "sabotage" flight #221 if they had also arranged it that the tickets were falsified in the first place. This suggests that as early as 1 January 1974, the NCLC knew White was never on a plane.
Leaving this detail aside, we read:
In his later Campaigner piece, White recalls:
In the first version, Mrs. Schroeder had absolutely nothing to do with any of the story. The real villain was Walsh. In the 1 January version Walsh "directed" White to the mythical KGB agents who "programmed" him. In White's Campaigner version, however, Walsh merely "drugged" White. Here the idea that White was then given a final programming tune-up before being sent to New York to kill LaRouche drops out of the picture entirely.
Yet some years later Walsh (and the formerly blameless) Mrs. Schroeder would return with "a vengeance," so to speak, as the John Steed and Emma Peel of Gatwick Airport. In a 25 August 1978 NS LaRouche article (entitled "Why the British Assassinated President John F. Kennedy"), LaRouche maintains that White's airplane the one he never flew on returned to Gatwick after developing engine trouble. He then writes that back at Gatwick
This time Walsh and Mrs. Schroeder (now upgraded to "two of the best known operatives of British MI-5") only put acid in White's tea. Even LaRouche, however, had to wonder why MI-5 would use "well-known" operatives since spies are not supposed to be well-known almost by definition. So perhaps, LaRouche reasons, "credible doubles" were substituted for the well-known duo.
But what would be the point of using "credible doubles" for two people already well known? How would that solve the problem? And why would MI-5 etc. wish to give White "acid in his tea" when White was actually programmed to murder LaRouche? Recall that Walsh's role was to lead White to some den of iniquity to give White a final tune-up for the planned hit.
What is, however, interesting for our purposes is that it is here for the first time that LaRouche introduces the idea that someone did give White some kind of drug not to "program" him but to send him on a paranoid trip.
OTHER POSSIBILITIES: COULD WHITE HAVE BEEN DRUGGED?
Reading the NCLC's discussion of the Chris White Affair, one thing is certain: Mr. Walsh and Mrs. Schroeder had nothing to do with the story except for their being victims of the same "ticket fiddle" as White. But could Chris White have been drugged by someone either before or after he arrived in New York? Although the very mention of such a possibility may well produce howls of disbelief in the sensible reader, it can't be completely ruled out.
If White had been given some kind of mind-altering substance sometime before his flight, he would have arrived in the U.S. on 28 December, give or take time differences involved in flying from London to Manhattan. If so, he would have begun showing signs of mental instability either on the flight or after his arrival in New York as the drug kicked in. The fact that this scenario didn't come true would only depend on the accident that the ticket agency he used employed some shady practices.
If White had arrived alone as expected, he would have come just one day after the mysterious MIRA/CAL/DGI frogmen assassination team had been "spotted" roaming around LaRouche's apartment. Since LaRouche could "deprogram" White in a few hours (as he had George) it would have meant that by the time of LaRouche's opening presentation at the NCLC's conference on 29 December he would have had not just the "frogmen" but a real live body in the person of a paranoid White to prove the reality of the KGB-directed plot against him. The conspiracy would also include a second KGB "victim" Cliff Caddy, who had been linked to White in London. Recall that White was supposed to "deprogram" Caddy, according to Carol White.
Instead LaRouche could only announce the existence of the plot on the 29th because White failed to arrive on time. Therefore in his initial speech, LaRouche claimed that flight #221 had been "brought down." But, as we have seen from White's Campaigner article, by the 28, if not the night of the 27th, it was that NCLC members like Steve Pepper had encountered the same problem with the International Travel Club as White had, a fact that would have been communicated to New York by phone. But if White arrived in New York in a perfectly normal state of mind, LaRouche's claims would have fallen apart on the spot. Therefore if White was drugged, he may even have been drugged twice.
But if LaRouche had a motive to play a very dirty trick on the man his wife had left him for, did he have the means? White mentions in his Campaigner piece that leading German members at the ELC conference stayed with White and Carol. The core leadership of the German Labor Committee had been members of a commune in Dortmund, West Germany. The commune was made up of medical students. To cite from LaRouche's 1974 "Conceptual History of the Labor Committee": "A group of gifted medical students predominated in forming the nucleus in West Germany."
As we have seen in the earlier chapter on the Chris White Affair, when White was held under LaRouche's control, LaRouche zealously guarded access to him through chosen "medical students" such as "Hans." Was "Hans" part of the German group with LaRouche in the FRG just 5 months ago during the Konstantin George Affair?
In his Campaigner article, White writes on the first night of his arrival in New York (when he feared he was going to suffocate and die) that:
White's symptoms varied significantly from the night of the 29th when he seemed in a paranoid state to his state of mind on 31 December when he felt he was dying. As White describes the night of the 31 December, the experience he went through sound nothing like anything caused by LSD but by some other substance, assuming the "drug" angle is true:
I am NOT saying that White WAS drugged. The most logical explanation as to what happened is that White had a temporary breakdown induced by the stress of coming to New York and dealing with LaRouche. I only want here to suggest that the "drug hypothesis" can't be ruled out entirely. Did some German with medical experience under orders from LaRouche drug White? There was also an NCLC member, Doctor Gene Inch, who was present with White and may have given him drugs to try and calm him down.
There is another possible drug-related explanation of events after White arrived in America and that is that White did receive some kind of medication such as prolixin and the medications, in turn, had unpleasant side effects. In his Campaigner article, White states that
(White's notion that he had a cyanide capsule in his mouth, by the way, was reported as in the 1 January NCLC press release on the case.)
If White had been given some kind of drug at St. Vincent's, it might explain his report of experiencing what to him was a kind of near-death experience on the night of 31 December to the dawn of 1 January 1974, when he was taken to see the Brooklyn-based psychiatrist named Dr. Israel Samuelly. Doctor Samuelly actually tried to separate White from his NCLC minders and have him hospitalized for his own good. As White recounts his experience,
Finally, LaRouche's writings in the immediate "post-Chris White Affair" contain interesting references to the use of drugs in brainwashing. For example in his essay on "The Real CIA" in the April 1974 Campaigner, LaRouche writes:
And perhaps most bizarre of all, in a 6 January 1979 NS article LaRouche claimed that at the NCLC conference in 1974, "other members were surreptitiously administered psychedelic drugs." But "surreptitiously administered" by whom?
PARANOID OR ACTING OR HYPNOTIZED? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?
There are, as I indicated earlier, other possible explanations for White's breakdown. For example, did White have any history of mental illness? We can find a hint of evidence for this thesis as well in White's Campaigner piece. Here he writes that "the British government announced that I had 'a long history of paranoia' a charge that was subsequently picked up by the New York Police Department." But was this claim true? Did White have some past history of mental instability?
It is also possible that White was acting. Certainly some members of LaRouche's inner circle at the time, including Jose Torres, thought that this must be the case. At one point Torres even threatened White privately in order to force him to admit that he had never been brainwashed. In fact it seems clear that as the weeks went on. White knew that the entire brainwashing story was a hoax. How else can one explain the curious alterations in his own Campaigner piece regarding the Sir William Collins School for example? Torres, however, only confronted White some weeks into the crisis and not during the first few days when White did seem to be acting bizarrely.
In my view White did lie to Torres for the reasons that Torres outlined to Dennis King and which I cite in my previous chapter. Once White felt himself reasonably sane, he understood that the story of his brainwashing was in reality a hoax. But this does not therefore mean that White hadn't experienced some kind of mental disorder in late December 1973. Two separate psychiatrists, Dr. Samuelly, who saw White on Monday, 1 January 1974 (the same day of the NCLC's internal conference), and Dr. Herbert Spiegel, who looked at White on 6 January, both diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic. If White was simply acting, he did a brilliant job.
Yet another possibility is that White had been hypnotized at LaRouche's apartment, suggestions were then planted in his subconscious and only then was he questioned. The NCLC's own description of the White interrogation in the early press releases includes such curious phrases as: "After the victim had been conditioned to accept the person facing him as being his Soviet controller." Conditioned how and by whom? From the NCLC statement:
Again although it sounds far-fetched, there was a special group chosen by LaRouche to "investigate" the Konstantine George bogus brainwashing case. This same group now became involved with White. If some of them had been studying mind-control techniques under LaRouche's supervision, certainly hypnosis would have been examined.
ADD "THE TRINITY"
For whatever reason, it is clear that White began to show signs of paranoia either on the night of 27 September after returning from Gatwick or at the ELC conference the next day. He recalled that during these days in London a pattern was established
In this condition, White finally flew across the Atlantic to New York, this time "in the company of Carol, Steve Pepper, Marcia Merry, and Peter Mailand." Given that Steve Pepper flew on the same flight with White, it would seem that their problems with the International Travel Club had also been solved. (At least there is no report of either White or Pepper having to purchase a brand new ticket.)
White then reports that before getting on the plane to go to New York, "I had stabilized somewhat at a level of functional euphoria; that is to say, I was high, but not out of control." However, as fate would have it:
When Carol White told LaRouche that her husband had been mimicking the plot of the "Trinity" film he saw on the plane; LaRouche not only dismissed her concerns but instead insisted that the showing of that particular film on that particular flight was further confirmation that White had been brainwashed! Clearly nothing anyone could have said would have dissuaded LaRouche from discovering that White had been brainwashed. This also explains how LaRouche decided White was brainwashed after only hearing him speak a few words.
In his Campaigner article, White refers to "Trinity" more than once and he clearly wants to suggest that his seeing the film and not a real KGB or CIA "brainwashing" plot triggered his delusions about assassination, even though he also states that his fantasies about either his or his wife being a dangerous KGB agent first surfaced before he saw the film. He also reports that when the NCLC took him to a real psychiatrist, "I was convinced that, at that moment, I was living out the film I had seen on the flight from London." After taking with the real doctor, White commented, "We headed on back to yet another apartment. Once back in the car, I again began living out the fantasy of the film." White also admitted that he, in effect, began agreeing with the images and arguments put forward by his NCLC interrogators even though they were fantasies:
In other words, the more LaRouche spun out fantastic scenarios to White, the more White agreed with them.
THE "COUNTERINTELLIGENCE TEAM"
After getting through Customs at JFK, White and his party were picked up by "Labor Committee security personnel" who drove them directly to LaRouche's West Village apartment on Morton Street. To receive White, reports the 11 January NS:
It is important to recall that the George case was the real foundation for the White Affair. In his article in the February/March 1974 Campaigner, LaRouche writes that after he had discovered that George was "brainwashed" by the East German secret police,
This "team" was responsible for the further "deprogramming" of George in which more and more fantastic revelations about a KGB plot against LaRouche were revealed.
Under what conditions George was held and for how long he was interrogated also remains a mystery but it seems that George himself may have had some kind of mental breakdown. White writes in his Campaigner article that Dr. Samuelly, the first psychiatrist White saw on 1 January, also "had assisted the deprogramming of Konstantin George." But this same Dr. Samuelly also clearly didn't believe LaRouche's claims about brainwashing.
Therefore when White was hustled into LaRouche's apartment immediately after arriving in America, he was placed in the presence of the same special "team" that had been responsible for the bogus discoveries of growing KGB assassination plots aimed at LaRouche all through the autumn and winter of 1973! (It is not even clear when the team's "deprogramming" of George actually ended.) Was this the same team that "triangulated" the radio frequencies of the non-existent Latin frogmen assassins just a day or two before White landed in New York? Was this the team that first claimed that White's plane had been "downed" by the KGB and declared a major security alert even before White landed in America?
RUSSIANS AND RATS
In his Campaigner piece, White gives his account of the first night at LaRouche's West Village apartment:
So even before starting to "deprogram" White to find out about an assassination plot, White freely confessed to it on his own. But given White's dates, LaRouche already had announced the existence of a plot against him (not to mention the "downing" of White's plane) on the morning of the 29th, well before White had arrived in New York.
The ultimate proof of White's brainwashing was his ability to speak in different languages:
The interrogators not only had the "conditioned" White tell them about the non-existent frogmen that they had invented just a few days earlier but they also linked him to a phone number from 55 Perry Street in the Village, not far from LaRouche's own apartment.9
White further reports that in subsequent deprogramming session on 1-2 January, "we began to consider the keys and codes" with which he had been programmed and which, not surprisingly, revolved around a fear of rats, a prominent feature in the "Beyond Psychoanalysis" series of articles that first appeared in the Campaigner in the fall of 1973, not to mention George Orwell's 1984. White recalls that:
That "key" was quickly turned into the famous phrase "CIA rats eat shit" that LaRouche demanded NCLC members to say out loud to determine if they were brainwashed or not!
White then says that after "no sell can rat" was critical, he began to think that he was no longer programmed. But now, alas, his interrogators "wanted to know, then I would be able to tell them who did it, where it was done, and what they [the brainwashers] wanted me to do."
Not surprisingly White couldn't supply any details: "the cast iron cap descended even tighter on my brain. Ideas would not come. I felt stupid. Ignorant, desperate if I could not come up with something then who knew what might happen to any of the people I was with."
All this occurred on 2 January, one day before LaRouche's amazing press conference and later speech to the NCLC. Unable to recall any specifics of his brainwashing, White declared in his Campaigner article that he now realized he was really programmed at an even deeper level than he imagined:
Recall that Alice Weitzman was rescued by the New York police on 2 January. White's new fake memory was an attempt to link the New York City police into the conspiracy as well. (As for the numbers in Glasgow and London, we learn nothing more about them in White's account.) White then relates that the phone numbers "were my last programmed instructions."
But what were these instructions?
On "Jan. 5," the NCLC Resume reports, the group revealed
In other words White had "proven" that Alice Weitzman, Bob Dillon, and any other NCLC dissidents who doubted the veracity of the entire Chris White Affair were themselves part of the "random assassination squad Dillon group" controlled by the New York City police department's Red Squad!
A few days later, the entire Chris White Affair began to fade. White reports that "I received complete remission" on the 9th of January. This was shortly after he accompanied some NCLC members to swear out a complaint against the CIA, the City of New York, and the NYPD at the Southern District Federal Court in Lower Manhattan. Afterwards,
But what was White to do now? The NCLC had just spent two straight weeks churning out the most elaborate conspiracy theory possible. In his public address, LaRouche had famously screamed at skeptics: "Any of you who say this is a hoaxyou're ! You're ! You're not serious. ."
If White came out and debunked his own story, LaRouche would have undoubtedly declared that White had been brainwashed to do so and would have attacked him again. In short, from White's perspective there seemed that he had little choice but to maintain the validity of the hoax.
Yet White could not quite abandon his belief that he had been drugged:
At this point our paper trail more or less ends.
Whatever the reason for White's collapse, his breakdown was a godsend to LaRouche. Whether by happenstance or design or by a mixture of both White's mental meltdown was used to "prove" the reality of an assassination plot that LaRouche and his Security Staff had been actively pushing in the fall and winter of 1973 under the guise of investigating the Konstantine George "brainwashing."
With White, LaRouche got the assassination crisis he wanted and just at right time of the NCLC's critical national conference. And he used a man who had earlier, in effect, sexually humiliated LaRouche by stealing his wife.
If Chris White hadn't happened, LaRouche would have had to invent him. In fact he may even have done just that.
1. Yet in LaRouche's article on brainwashing in the Feb.-March 1974 Campaigner., he writes that White's torments began on the first day of school not in the basement but that "his interrogation began in the school's medical suite, the discussion focused on his 'life insurance policy.'"
2. Recall that in the 1 January NCLC press release it reported that White had been in East Berlin in the summer of 1967 (at age 19) being trained by the Russians "for eventual penetration of British military intelligence" but that he "was programmed for Soviet (Russian language) primary control in Paris during 1971" as "his 'career' had been shifted toward KGB penetration of the left."
3. Donald Filtzer was a Trotskyist. He also knew Michael Vale, the leader of The Next Step GI and deserters' organization in Europe. Filtzer became a Russian scholar and was later associated with Critique magazine run out of Glasgow University. In the late 1970s, Michael Vale became a member of Critique's board. In his acknowledgments' section to his editing an anthology of the writings of the Soviet "Left Opposition" economist E.O. Preobrazhensky (entitled The Crisis of Soviet Industrialization) Filtzer writes:
White, Filtzer and Vale may have first become interested in the NCLC from a Trotskyist economic perspective in part because LaRouche championed Preobrazhensky (who was associated with the Left Opposition). Gerry Healy's Trotskyist grouplet in England also promoted Preobrazhensky.
4. Dating can be tricky due to the time difference between Manhattan and London. However this is my best estimate.
5. There was a European-based NCLC member named Clifford Gaddy so perhaps this is a typo.
6. In the NCLC press release, the name "Walsh" is also spelled in one section "Welsh."
7. LaRouche was extremely afraid that White would somehow be taken by the New York police and placed in a medical hospital. The 3 January NS Extra outlining LaRouche's famous speech on White included a front page banner headline that read "White's Life Threatened." The article began:
8. As an aside on the language issue, the first NCLC press release from 1 January 1974 reported that White "in reply to the interrogator's Russian language commands . . . began replying in crude but efficient Russian (with an accent fitting a Carpathian-region inflection)." In fact, after White's interrogator Greg Rose was identified by White as a KGB captain, White demonstrated "considerably increased fluency in Russian."
Then White supposedly replied in German. The NCLC press release, in contrast to White, said that "although the victim had a weak school German with a marked British accent . . . this German was far more fluent (that of a native Russian speaker with a rudimentary fluency in German)." So in one report White spoke Russian with a "Carpathian-region inflection" and then German with either the accent of a "native Russian speaker" or a native Russian speaker with a "Ukrainian accent."
From the NCLC 1 January 1974 statement:
White's "Carpathian-region inflection" also reminds this writer of a famous scene from My Fair Lady. After LaRouche "deprogrammed" White, one can only wonder if the assembled spectators began singing "Congratulations, Professor Marcus!"?
9. Joanne and Fuad Joseph long-time NCLC members who like Bob Dillon had dropped out of the NCLC around the time of Operation Mop-Up also happened to live on Perry Street. By White "confirming" that he was supposed to call this number as part of his KGB programming, LaRouche and his security team may have wanted to link NCLC dissidents like the Josephs and Bob Dillon at first to the non-existent KGB and later to the non-existent CIA/MI-6 plot against LaRouche.
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