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How the 1960’s Anti-War/Psychedelic Hippie Movement was Created by Military Intel 

In a world full of corrupt and convoluted presidential elections; massive propaganda campaigns in the so-called “Entertainment Industry;” elitist networks of pedophilia that stem from the Vatican, to the White House, all the way to Hollywood; Military Intelligence being the biggest drug smugglers on the planet; the Rockefeller/Clinton stimulated Ufology community; and a list that goes on and on and on–a researcher can never be too sure of the roots within their culture.

When an individual “slips down the rabbit hole” of research, as the Alternative Independent Media has grown so fond of saying, it is usually square-one to understand that the Mainstream Media is corrupt and propagandized. However, what all too many researchers tend to do, is stop at the uncovering of Mainstream corruption. For reasons that aren’t a large stretch of the imagination, it is much less popular to scrutinize some of the scholars and “icons” of the classical American counter-culture movement; specifically throughout the latter half of the 20th century. From people like Terence McKenna (who could be considered part of the aftermath of the 60’s), Timothy Leary, R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann and Aldous Huxley, to the Entertainment Industry of the 60’s (traditionally linked with CIA’s Project: MKULTRA), including Jim Morrison and The Doors, The Beatles, The Birds, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart. Steppenwolf, Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, and so many more. A disappointment to so many, it is important to remember that the sickening feeling at seeing some of the greatest counter-culture icons being assets for military intelligence (some with more awareness of their circumstances than others) is all part of the healing and detoxification process!


Firstly, let’s tackle the so-called “scholars” of the era, such as Timothy Leary and his cohorts like Richard Alpert, Aldous Huxley, and CIA-director at the time, who also played a networking role in the Kennedy assassination, Allen Dulles. Also friends with Allen Dulles, was scholar of the classic theory of the Vedic “soma” being the Amanita muscaria mushrooms (which is likely a false equivalency), and the theory of the Mazatec natives’ use of psilocybin mushrooms in their spiritual rituals. While Wasson is still heralded by many scholars in the psychedelic field today, some well-established yet little-known facts about the man, were his friendships with Sigmund Freud’s nephew and the father of American Public Relations propaganda, Edward Bernays; Wasson even worked his own propaganda during his time at JP Morgan bank

In 1957, an interview with Wasson was published in Life Magazine about the psilocybin mushroom and the Mazatec culture, something that deeply catalyzed the underpinnings of the psychedelic Hippie Movement. Timothy Leary stated that this was the first place he had heard about the psychedelic mushroom, eventually trying peyote, and then becoming known for LSD-25, which he helped the CIA distribute on a mass scale (along with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, among others more). As researched by Jan Irvin of Gnostic Media, many Mazatec natives highly dispute Wasson’s interpretation of their use of the mushroom, and state that the shamanic purposes were much more accurately characterized as therapy and medicine, more so than overt “spirituality,” which is what Wasson’s coined term, “entheogen” inherently means.

This is not to discredit ancient man’s use of these medicines, but that the elitist “scholars” who propagated these ideas at the time were doing so with the intention of not enlightening the masses, but to provide “opium for the masses” as the classic phrase goes. Hofmann as well, who worked closely with Wasson, raises his own red-flags simply by association of research, and researchers like Irvin even make a case that LSD-25 was being used by the government over ten years before Hofmann’s “discovery.” As an  afterthought to this, even Terence McKenna was openly funded by Laurence Rockefeller throughout his career, the same Laurence Rockefeller who also flooded the ufology community with his own funds in the 1990’s, in conjunction with the Clinton Administration. 

Before moving on to the Entertainment faculties of this Military Intelligence operation, it must be clarified what these “scholars” were actually inserting in between the lines of their research and philosophies. As this is a brief analysis of a very nuanced concept, it should not be taken as blanket statement; not all the people mentioned can be outright demonized, per se, but it all raises doubt that is well beyond reasonable suspicion. If these people were not acutely aware of the roles they played, then they have been some very, very hollow puppets in the long run. Yet still, this does not mean that all of their information should be tossed to the roadside; instead, it should be more heavily scrutinized, to say the least.

The basic premise for the propagandized stand-point that these scholars took with the psychedelic “entheogen” hippie culture, was to get people using the substances improperly–by the general public underestimating the substances, the hippie culture immersed itself in these trance-inducing, psycho-projecting drugs, without clearing their mind with shamanic, esoteric principles of Natural Law (the Microcosm and the Macrocosm) that had always been coupled with these substances up to that point. This elitist spin on shamanic medicine, characterized by the term, “entheogen,” is a false equation between psychedelic medicines and spirituality.

Of course, as history shows, psychedelic medicines are used for psychological-metaphysical-esque therapy, and done right, this is usually considered with a degree of unique spirituality–but this does not make psychedelics inherently spiritual. In esoteric terms, psychedelic substances can either be used to shed unwanted karma or accrue it. This is why the CIA conducted such extensive research into psychedelics like LSD-25, because these substances are a two-way street. In the largest sense, psychedelics are merely “psychic enhancers” or, as termed above “psychic projectors”–they do not lead to any degree of enlightenment that is not being sought by the individual on some level before taking the substance, and an individual with negative habits and incorrect thinking methods will see these bad habits likewise enhanced with psychedelics if they are not careful. In short, taking mushrooms before going to a party doesn’t “put you in touch with the present moment” or any pillow-talk like that. 


Now, in terms of the Entertainment Industry of the 1960’s that propagated this misunderstanding of esoteric principles, Dave McGowan’s research into the Laurel Canyon, California music scene of the era is a blatant and jaw-dropping case study. Starting as a web series done by McGowan, the material was eventually compiled into a book, which was published by an independent company in the UK, under the title, “Weird Scenes in the Canyon” which is said to be a reference a lyric by Jim Morrison. Interestingly, one of the most well-known facts about McGowan’s research is that Jim Morrison’s father was US Navy Admiral George Stephen Morrison, who was a primary commanding officer during the Gulf of Tonkin incident that helped rile the US people into the Vietnam War, and is now known to be a largely fabricated “false-flag“type affair. There have also been verified photos of a clean-cut, collegiate-looking Jim Morrison helping send his father off on a Navy departure, which further acknowledges Morrison’s awareness of the situation along with other speculations.

Other members of the Laurel Canyon scene with links to Military Intelligence include Frank Zappa and his father, who was a chemical specialist for the military. To quote McGowan on the matter,

“…Francis Zappa [Frank Zappa’s father] was, in case you were wondering, a chemical warfare specialist assigned to – where else? – the Edgewood Arsenal. Edgewood is, of course, the longtime home of America’s chemical warfare program, as well as a facility frequently cited as being deeply enmeshed in MK-ULTRA operations. Curiously enough, Frank Zappa literally grew up at the Edgewood Arsenal, having lived the first seven years of his life in military housing on the grounds of the facility. The family later moved to Lancaster, California, near Edwards Air Force Base, where Francis Zappa continued to busy himself with doing classified work for the military/intelligence complex. His son, meanwhile, prepped himself to become an icon of the peace & love crowd. Again, nothing unusual about that, I suppose…”

McGowan also reports that Captain Beefheart would actually forcefully lock his Magic Band in the secluded buildings that they wrote music in for months at a time. What seemed to begin as eccentric creative isolation, Beefheart subtly escalated into an ambiguous and sometimes even ominous circumstance (reports by the Magic Band of these times are certainly bizarre). What’s more is that this happened multiple times, reportedly. As well, Joni Mitchell, John Phillips and Cass Elliot not only ran with the company of Frank Zappa, but were friends with Charles Manson, who was well known and highly praised for his likability and talent in Laurel Canyon before the creation of the “Manson Family” and their murders.

In fact, the popular Beach Boys song, “Never Learn Not to Love” was the reproduction of an acoustic song written and performed to the Wilson brothers by, none other than Charles Manson, which Manson called, “Cease to Exist.” 

Neil Young, as well, reportedly raved about Manson’s musical talent. Of course, all these connections were completely buried and black-balled once Manson hit mainstream villainy. Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys even let Charlie stay in his house, all expenses paid, for an entire summer in 1968, roughly a year before the Manson Family murdered Sharon Tate (who was said to be involved in the Hollywood pedophilia network, and was heavily speculated to be murdered as part of an orchestrated occult ritual, coupled so often with the elitist pedophilia research). Even John Kay and Steppenwolf transplanted themselves from Toronto to Laurel Canyon on a whim, and unbeknownst to many, Kay was actually born in Germany, the son of a Nazi military officer during the peak of the regime.

The list goes much, much further, but will be left out for brevity. 

One of the basic critiques of McGowan’s research on Laurel Canyon is, for example, the traditional argument of “selective journalism,” as in: taking a bunch of different stories and creating them as one narrative. To answer this, it is challenged that McGowan’s research be read in its entirety. A list of facts are much easier to dismiss than an entire research novel, and “coincidence” can only explain so much.

Speaking of which, is it all just “coincidence” that Laurel Canyon was home to a Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, which admittedly served as covert military intelligence gathering before and during the 60’s revolution–and that it was shutdown directly after this era? Furthermore, while Los Angeles and Laurel Canyon are now known as music meccas of the West, it is often forgotten that this scene was directly stimulated by all the musicians of the 1960’s movement. These varieties of artists had no discernible reason to flock to Laurel Canyon all at once, and even more far-fetched is the idea that all of these artists who coincidentally flocked to Laurel Canyon would also be renegades of families with generational histories as high-ranking military operatives. 

One can rationalize all they like, but the reality is this: the further the specifics are fleshed out about the 1960’s anti-war/new age/psychedelic hippie movement, the clearer it becomes that this was an “opium for the masses,” and was in no way meant to enlighten or embolden the common American activist. At the end of it all, what can primarily be learned from all of this is: 1) Do your own research  2) Follow the paper trail, and 3) Distrust the Institutions set up by Big Money

The western culture of today is primarily a product of the CIA’s Project: MKULTRA, what led up to this research, and what was taken from it. Simply put, it is time this became a more approachable research subject for those with an interest in what can be seen as a very plausible, yet seemingly ignored, connection with far-reaching implications on the evolution of western society. 

(Below is video in which Anthony dives into the overarching concept of “Mind Control and Manufactured Consent” as well as how it ties in with Laurel Canyon and the 60s movement.)

Dave McGowan’s research on Laurel Canyon’s music scene can be viewed HERE.

Jan Irvin and Joe Atwill’s research piece “Manufacturing the Deadhead”, written in conjunction with McGowan’s work, can be viewed HERE.

Jan Irvin’s research piece on the Military Intelligence Community and the “Counter Culture” can be viewed HERE.


Anthony Tyler
A journalist and author from Anchorage, Alaska, Anthony Tyler aims to twist the knife in both phony new-age ideals and scientific materialism by drawing attention to the rich heritage of esoteric science throughout history. Far from being “satanist,” the esoteric (i.e. occultism or comparative religion) marks the beginning of mathematics, astronomy, psychology, medicine, and even politics. Esoteric science represents a cache of little-known knowledge detailing how to decipher the human's unconscious mind--and the unconscious mind is essentially everything that the human mind is not considering at any given moment.

2 Replies to “How the 1960’s Anti-War/Psychedelic Hippie Movement was Created by Military Intel 

  1. We were all fooled,get off the bus.After over 40years “on the bus”, Ive been out of the scene almost 5 years now.Never felt better. Good article,I wish my old buddies would read it. Jan Irvins work is tremendous,and a real eyeopener along with the late Dave McGowgans yo mind.

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