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The CIA safe house I’m am most familiar with is Santa Rita farm. It’s isolated in rural and unincorporated North Livermore Valley, located in a covert area far removed from neighbors, and completely surrounded by ranch land, hayfields, and vineyards. Upstairs windows were boarded up. Power lines supplied high voltage power to the second floor, where the team worked in a special operations room.

Safe house staff included Ike Feldman, who worked directly under George Hunter White. He currently lives in Long Island, New York. As Feldman recalled in an interview with author Richard Strattan for Spin magazine in 1994, the LSD “was just the tip of the iceberg. Write this down: espionage, assassination, dirty tricks, drug experiments, sexual encounters, filming of prostitutes for clandestine use. That’s what I did when I worked for George White and the CIA.”

Feldman first heard of George White while he was with Military Intelligence in Europe. White was with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the CIA). I heard stories about him. Wild Bill Donovan, founder of the OSS, loved White. Supposedly, White killed a Japanese spy with his bare hands while he was on assignment in Calcutta. He used to keep a picture of the bloody corpse on the wall in his office.

When drugs or persistent, coercive persuasion failed to ensure continued participation in these experiments and investigations, blackmail and murder followed. Hence the safe house staff also included an out-of-control, U. S. Navy trained assassin named Robert Hemphill, or Bob. Bob is an important character in my story. He consumed large quantities of drugs, which George White gave to him.