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At the instance of her attorney, Lindauer was examined initially in January 2005 by Sanford
L. Drob, Ph.D., a psychologist. Thereafter, in May and July 2005, she was examined by Dr.
Stuart B. Kleinman, a government-retained psychiatrist. In September 2005, she agreed to go
voluntarily to the Federal Medical Center, a Bureau of Prisons facility in Carswell, Texas, to
undergo examination and, if necessary, treatment. There, she was examined and/or her
records and other documentation reviewed by at least two psychologists and two
psychiatrists on the staff of that facility. In addition, her records and other documentation
were reviewed by Dr. Robert L. Goldstein, a psychiatrist retained by the defense. Whatever
their differences in diagnosis, or as to the efficacy of forced medication, all agreed that
Lindauer suffers grandiose and paranoid delusions
describes a history of psychotic phenomena and episodes going back to defendant's
childhood, possibly as early as the age of 7, including purported gifts of prophecy and
spiritual visitations (Kleinman 9/13/05 Report at 8-11; 5/4/06 Tr. at 93) as well as mood
at 12-14) and three varieties of hallucinations (Kleinman 9/13/05 Report at
14-21). He then cites five examples of Lindauer's own writings as reflecting delusions of
grandiosity: she suggests that she reported 11 bombings before they occurred, suggests that
she speaks with divine inspiration, places herself at the center of events in the Middle East,
and declares herself to be an angel.
Further, he cites seven of her writings as evidence of
paranoid delusions: that she was under government surveillance from hidden cameras inside
her apartment; that the CIA and FBI were after her because of difficulties in this country's
relationship with Syria; that the Egyptian government had made an attempt on her life; that
the intelligence community was subverting her, including by blowing up the modem on her
computer; that men next door had videotaped her on instructions of President Clinton;
that other threats and surveillance had been carried out against her (id.
at 26-32). As a
further example of both grandiosity and paranoia, he cites evidence that Lindauer has
believed that objectively neutral environmental stimuli— such as lights going on or off, or a
statement by a radio announcer—refer specifically to her
Dr. Drob, the defense psychologist, based his conclusions solely on interviews with Lindauer,
and reported only grandiose delusions, although he did report her claim that the government
fabricated documents in connection with the current case. (Drob Report 2/28/05 at 7) He
noted that defendant is adamant that she is in fact "an important government operative and
that all her actions were in fact sanctioned by the intelligence branches of the United States
at 5) She was, she claimed, a "back door channel between the U.S. and
at 6) He said that she insisted also she is owed and was cheated out of millions of
dollars for negotiating with Libya, apparently to secure reparations in connection with the
1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. (Id.
at 5, 6) Although Dr. Drob
was resolutely agnostic even as to claims by Lindauer about her involvement in the Lockerbie
negotiations, her role in getting weapons inspectors into Iraq, and her involvement in getting
President Clinton to prevent a nuclear terrorist act in the United States in 1995,
characterizing such claims only as "extremely unlikely" (id.
at 13), he did conclude that "when
Ms. Lindauer begins to speak about her psychic powers it becomes eminently clear that she
is delusional, and that the grandiose claims she makes about her participation in government
affairs (although they may contain kernels of truth) are in all likelihood largely the product of
her own psychotically disturbed imagination.
at 14) He dismissed her claim that she had
prophesies about the Iraq war when she was a little girl, and knew days in advance of every
specific target in Iraq and every assassination, as "delusional on its face." (Id.
Dr. Goldstein, the defense psychiatrist, was somewhat less tentative, dismissing as "classic
examples of the grandiose variety
" her claims that she was "a preeminent government
operative who was not sufficiently appreciated" and had contact with high-level government
figures, and was possessed of psychic powers.
(Goldstein Report 5/20/06 at 3) He reported
also that "many of Ms. Lindauer's delusions are classic examples of the persecutory type".