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The Maddened William Rehnquist Fleeing a CIA Plot to Assassinate Him Makes It to the Hospital Lobby in His Pajamas Before Psychiatrists Wrestle Him to the Ground

Wow: William Rehnquist hopped up on 1500 mg a day of jelly-bellies, inducing hallucinations and paranoia, with his pusher--Capitol physician Freeman Cary--giving Rehnquist a three-month perscription every month:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/16377178.htm: Also detailed in the declassified [FBI] file was Rehnquist's 1981 hospital stay for treatment of back pain and his dependence on powerful prescription pain-relief medication.... Placidyl, which Rehnquist had taken for at least 10 years, according to a summary of a 1970 medical examination. When Rehnquist checked into a hospital in 1981 for a weeklong stay, doctors stopped administering the drug, causing what a hospital spokesman at the time said was a "disturbance in mental clarity."

The FBI file, citing one of his physicians, said Rehnquist experienced withdrawal symptoms that included going to the hospital lobby in his pajamas in a bid to escape. He imagined that there was a Central Intelligence Agency plot against him, and he also seemed to discern changes in the patterns on the hospital curtains.,Rehnquist thought he heard voices outside his room discussing various plots against him.

The doctor said Placidyl is a highly toxic drug and that she could not understand why anyone would prescribe it, especially for long periods. Prior to his hospitalization, Rehnquist occasionally slurred his speech in his questions to lawyers at Supreme Court arguments. Those problems ceased when he changed medications, the doctor said.

Charns said that some of the censored documents provide intriguing hints of what else Rehnquist's file might contain. In one previously secret memo from 1971, an FBI official wrote, "No persons interviewed during our current or 1969 investigation furnished information bearing adversely on Rehnquist's morals or professional integrity; however ..." The next third of the page is blacked out, under the disclosure law's exception for matters of national security. "It would be nice to know what is still classified, three decades later," Charns said.

This is the AP article which hit the wires at 5 PM Pacific time. The law.com story by Tony Mauro hit the net at noon Pacific time Wednesday. There appears to be nothing in either the Thursday Washington Post or the Thursday New York Times.