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It’s hard to answer that question because casinos are secretive — most would prefer not to be associated with what’s going on in the world outside of the playing environment. But some are making attempts to be more open. The U.S. Department of Justice is working to open up its casinos to the public. The U.N. is investigating allegations of child sexual abuse among Korean war veterans. And in Australia, the Royal Australian Mint, in collaboration with the National Council Against Impunity in Australia, has launched an investigation of an alleged pedophile ring that operated at a casino-hotel in the country’s southeast.

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I talked to Jeff Pendergast, a veteran of the U.S. Army who spent nine years at the CIA and then a decade as a consultant to the federal government. His book “Inside the CIA,” which is a must-read for anyone interested in secrets, argues that the CIA itself did not use mind-control techniques, but that the nation’s elite were. Pendergast was also involved with the Church Committee in the 1970s and was a leading expert on the CIA’s use of mind control during the height of the Cold War.

Pendergast told me that the first people known to have been programmed by the CIA were military officers who joined the CIA for training purposes.

Pendergast suggested that this means that the CIA has been using mind control techniques in some capacity since the 1970s, rather than the CIA creating them. He told me that he himself had been sexually abused in a Navy prison in 1971 while he was serving on the military intelligence staff for the U.S. Embassy in Chile. “I think the CIA is responsible,” he said.

“I think [the CIA’s] responsibility is to find ways of creating new people, new people to run into the wilderness and have a new life, and this creates more possibilities for those who are susceptible to trauma,” he said. “I have been through hell, so I know.” He added, “The military, the CIA, and the intelligence community have all been operating as one organization for the last 40 years. The CIA isn’t the only entity involved, but it is one factor.”

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The CIA recruits, trains, and provides weapons, drugs, and information to armies abroad, as well as to domestic security and law enforcement agencies. It also provides training for operatives around the world. In the 1980s, the agency recruited the elite for