January 18

1952: Stanley Glickman was another human casualty of Sidney Gottlieb’s LSD antics

Stanley Glickman’s case was less widely reported than Frank Olson. Glickman was an American artist living in Paris in 1952, when he joined a group of fellow Americans at a café, among them was Sidney Gottlieb. A heated political debate ensued and when Glickman decided to leave, he was offered a drink to soothe ill feelings. Gottlieb surreptitiously slipped LSD into Glickman’s drink; it derailed his life. Glickman suffered a complete mental breakdown from which he never recovered. In 1977 he learned about Gottlieb and CIA’s LSD experiments on unwitting involuntary subjects from the Kennedy congressional hearings. Glickman sued in 1981, but the trial was delayed 17 years on technical grounds, by which time Glickman had died in 1992. His sister, Gloria Kronisch pursued the case as his executrix; Glickman Estate v. Sidney Gottlieb, Richard Helms and the CIA. (Meet Sidney Gottlieb — CIA Dirty Trickster, 1998) The case was decided by the US Court of Appeals:

We affirm the dismissal of Glickman’s Bivens claims against Gottlieb and Helms as untimely under the applicable three-year statute of limitations insofar as these claims allege that Gottlieb and Helms administered a program of LSD testing on unwitting subjects that included Glickman among its victims; We vacate the dismissal for untimeliness of Glickman’s Bivens claim against Gottlieb insofar as Glickman alleges that Gottlieb himself was the person who administered the LSD-laced drink. . . (Kronisch, Executrix Estate of Stanley Glickman v. U.S., Sidney Gottlieb, Richard Helms. . . No. 97-6116, July 9, 1998)

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