SOURCE OF TERRORISM
INV. NO.: USA-15100196
DATE: OCTOBER 2001
STATUS: ONGOING AND DEVELOPING
SUBJECT: PSYCHIATRIC INFLUENCE IN SOCIETY AND TERRORISM
NAME OF INVESTIGATION: BEHIND THE TERROR
En route to work at the American embassy in Beirut on March 16, 1984, Bill Buckley encountered what could be anyone’s most terrifying nightmare.
Smashed on the back of his head with a rock-filled briefcase, he was knocked senseless. Powerful hands stuffed him into a car. After a short ride, his abductors forced him into a darkened basement, chained him to a wall, and pulled a hood over his head.
The worst was yet to come.
Over the next 444 days, Buckley, the CIA’s Beirut station chief, was tortured by psychiatrist Aziz al-Abub, a member of the Iranian-based terrorist group, Hezbollah. They were 444 days in a living hell, whose devil had substance enough in the form of al-Abub, trained to inflict pain and suffering by drugs and other means. Each day, the psychiatrist would visit to inject or otherwise administer substances to the bound and helpless Buckley.
As the torment proceeded, a series of three videotapes of al-Abub’s victim were released, finding their way to the CIA. The systematic destruction of a once-proud and capable man was all too visible on the tapes. By the time the third video arrived at CIA headquarters, 224 days after the kidnaping, al-Abub had reduced Buckley to a gibbering, drooling mess, screaming in terror as his eyes rolled and his naked body shook.
The videos communicated far more than any words ever could, moving then CIA Director William Casey to say, “I just want that motherf – – - doctor. Dead or alive. I want him.”
Today, Aziz al-Abub, also known as Ibrahim al-Nadhir, is reportedly alive and well, working in Iran in that country’s prison system. Hezbollah, of course, has been one of the Middle East’s most active terrorist organizations, drawing even more intense international scrutiny in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
The agony and ultimate death of Bill Buckley demonstrated that by 1984, terror masters were in command of psychiatric drugging and conditioning techniques capable of thoroughly altering a person’s behavior or destroying his sanity.
The degree to which such methods have permeated and shaped today’s terrorist networks, however, is only now beginning to come to light—along with the extent to which political and ethnic agendas have motivated “religious” conflicts.