The government agency has released 20000 documents pertaining to its historic and disturbing experiments on human subjects.

CIA finally admits scale of MK-Ultra Mind Control programme

The name MK-Ultra was given to a series of CIA experiments hoping to unlock mind control powers over subjects; and has subsequently been found to breach many federal (and moral) laws. The operation’s existence was first discovered in 1975 – during the Church committee hearings, although its true extent has only recently begun to be seen.

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The dark history of the operation has been revealed to lie in those of Operation Paperclip. After world war two top scientists from the barbaric Nazi regime were brought into the folds of both the US, Soviet, and (to an extent) British governments – bringing with them knowledge of similar experiments conducted during the war; aimed at creating supersoldiers. An aim shared by the CIA at the time – along with the desire to create truth serums and the ability to control/assassinate foreign leaders and officials.

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From this past the CIA spent at least the next twenty years (if not more) according to various reports attempting to master mind control abilities using a variety of illegal methods.

Innocent and un-consenting test subjects were submitted to a wide range of torture techniques – the most famous of which included being imbibed with LSD; although hypnosis, sensory deprivations, abuse (verbal, physical and sexual), along with other torture techniques were all used.

The 1995 publication of a document from a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence gave a hint to both the scale and ambition of the project. Most chillingly it also gave light to the futility of MK-Ultra detailing how: “The Agency itself acknowledged that these tests made little scientific sense. The agents doing the monitoring were not qualified, scientific observers. The tests subjects were seldom accessible beyond the first hours of the test. In some instances, the test subject became ill for hours or days, and effective followup was impossible.”

The aspect of the MK-Ultra program which is most famous, having reaching even into areas of society which usually shun conspiracy theories is the use of drugs such as LSD. It was given without informed medial consent – in direct violation of the Nuremberg code to prisoners, mental patients, addicts, and prostitutes. The premise behind selecting victims, according to CIA insiders was that they were least likely to be able to fight back against the system. In the most shocking case, a patient in Kentucky was administered LSD for 174 straight days (around six months).

In an effort to maintain the secrecy of the operation the CIA also set up fake brothels in San Francisco – so customers could be dosed and observed safe in the knowledge they would not report anything that had happened to them.

The program ultimately led to the deaths of several of its victims – including the case of army scientist Dr. Frank Olson who fell to his death from the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. Although official a suicide the autopsy revealed that several aspects of the events surrounding Dr. Olson’s death suggested a homicide.

Despite this operations remained ongoing until LSD was rejected as being too volatile; by 1962 developments by the CIA and the Army had created drugs such as BZ (apparently 100x more potent than LSD).

When the operation was (officially) halted in 1973 by CIA Director Richard Helms all documentation pertaining to MK-Ultra’s undertakings were ordered destroyed – likely a result of the Watergate scandal. Due to this most of what is known about the MK-Ultra program comes from evidence given by CIA officials (by the very nature of the operations its victims struggle to detail their experiences).

One of the most startling revelations about the current findings, and what is known about MK-Ultra are the suggestions that they are but a red herring – an attempt by officials to obfuscate other similar (and more disturbing) operations.

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