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GLICKMAN v. UNITED STATES

December 30, 1985

STANLEY MILTON GLICKMAN, Plaintiff,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SIDNEY GOTTLIEB, in his individual and in his official capacities, RICHARD HELMS, in his individual and in his official capacities, JOHN DOES, unknown agents of the Central Intelligence Agency, Defendants



The opinion of the court was delivered by: GRIESA

GRIESA, J.

Plaintiff Stanley Glickman brings this lawsuit against defendant United States of America and against defendants Richard Helms and Sidney Gottlieb, in their individual capacities and in their official capacities as former officials of the CIA. Also named in the complaint are John Doe defendants, unknown agents of the CIA. Plaintiff seeks to recover for an alleged administration of lysergic acid diethylanide ("LSD") to plaintiff and a subsequent failure to treat plaintiff or to inform him of the drugging. Plaintiff has set forth several common law tort claims against the United States, and several Bivens claims (causes of action against officials implied by the courts to remedy violations of constitutional rights) against the individual defendants. Jurisdiction of this court is invoked pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b) (jurisdiction for tort claims against the United States) and 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal question jurisdiction).

The United States moves under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) to dismiss the complaint as against it for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, or, in the alternative, for summary judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56. Helms and Gottlieb move under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(2) and (3) to dismiss the complaint as against them for lack of jurisdiction over the person or for improper venue.

 The motions are denied. As will be described, the denial of certain of the motions is occasioned by an inadequate factual record at the present time. As to these motions, their denial is without prejudice to renewal at a later time.

 The complaint alleges that the CIA had a program to test experimental drugs on American citizens without their knowledge. It is alleged that both defendant Gottlieb and defendant Helms were in the CIA and were involved in the planning and execution of this program. The complaint further alleges that in October 1952 plaintiff was pursuing a promising career as an artist in Paris, having had one of his works accepted for exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It is alleged that one evening he was drinking coffee at The Select Cafe, and encountered a group of Americans who insisted on buying him a drink, despite his repeated refusals. The complaint alleges that plaintiff believes that the Americans were agents of the United States Government, and that the group may have included defendant Gottlieb. It is alleged that plaintiff finally agreed to have a cordial, which was obtained for him by one of the Americans. The complaint alleges that it is believed that the persons who gave plaintiff the drink inserted in it the drug L.S.D. The complaint alleges that surreptitious drugging of plaintiff was done as part of the CIA program to test, on unwitting persons, the effects of L.S.D. as a potential weapon, a program initially named "Bluebird," later renamed "Artichoke," and ultimately named "MKULTRA."

 It is alleged that this program was designed and set in operation from the United States, specifically Washington, D.C. and New York, New York.

 According to the complaint, following plaintiff's taking the drug, plaintiff experienced various distortions of his mind, including a sense of unusual powers, a warping of distance, a melding of colors, and difficulty in speech. The complaint alleges that plaintiff was taken to a hospital in Paris by agents of the United States Government, where he was given drug treatment, including experimental electro-shock treatment. The complaint alleges that plaintiff has never fully recovered from this experience, continues to suffer severe mental distress, and is unable to pursue his chosen occupation.

 According to the complaint, the United States Government has continued to hide the fact of its wrongdoing to plaintiff, and has never offered to assist or treat him.

 The complaint alleges nine causes of action. The first four are against the United States. These are under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2671 et seq. The first alleges negligence, the second invasion of privacy, the third intentional infliction of emotional distress, and the fourth deceit.

 The remaining causes of action are against Gottlieb, Helms and unknown United States Government agents. They are brought under various provisions of the United States constitution, pursuant to the decision in Bivens v. Six Unknown Federal Narcotics Agents, 403 U.S. 388, 29 L. Ed. 2d 619, 91 S. Ct. 1999 (1971). The fifth cause of action alleges violation of the right of privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment; the sixth alleges violation of the First Amendment rights of free speech and association; the seventh alleges unreasonable search and seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment; the eighth alleges deprivation of life, liberty and property without due process of law, in violation of the Fifth Amendment; and the ninth alleges cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

 The complaint requests compensatory and punitive damages, and also a declaratory judgment.

 One set of motions is made by the United States. Another set of motions is made by Gottlieb and Helms.

 Motions by the United States

 Scope of Administrative Claim.

 Under the Federal Tort Claims Act ("FTCA"), no claim may be sued upon that was not presented first ...


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