Saturday, July 15, 2017

In his 1973 State of the State message, California governor Ronald Reagan announced plans for the establishment of a biomedical facility.An early draft of the proposed UCLA center described using schools in Chicano and African American neighborhoods to screen for possible genetic defects. It also mentioned the possibility of psychosurgery and placing electrodes in primarily young black men in high crime areas. The suggestion of remote control maintenance through implanted electrode for control of violence was especially menacing in California because Santa Monica neurosurgeon M. H. Brown was strongly advocating it. In a January 22, 1972 letter to the Los Angeles Times, he wrote "It is either this [psychosurgery] or a further escalation of violence and chaos in society that does not serve the best interests of the United States."
    In testimony on civil disorders before a New York State legislative committee in 1968 (Bird, 1968), William Sweet "said mass vio...

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