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I'm eternally surprised when I realize that there are people out there who know nothing about MKULTRA...

Here's a quick summary from wikipedia...

Project MKULTRA:

Project MKULTRA, or MK-ULTRA, was the code name for a CIA mind-control research program that began in 1950, run by the Office of Scientific Intelligence.[1][2][3]. There is much published evidence that the project involved the use of many types of drugs, as well as other methodology, to manipulate individual mental states and to alter brain function.[4]

Here are some primary sources:

Entire CIA MKULTRA Collection

Declassified MK-Ultra Project Documents:

When the whole thing was originally brought to light:

Start reading from this page of the Church Committee Report and keep reading:


The first mention of MKULTRA itself would be on page 389:

You'll also want to look at:



Washington, D.C.

Prepared Statement of Admiral Stansfield Turner, Director of Central Intelligence

Now I'm sure there's a bunch of idiots who'd like to do the hand wavey thingy and waaail "conspiracy theory", but they can't. It's too well documented.

Shit like this does and has happened.

Deal with it.

Originally posted to kraant on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 07:59 AM PST.


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  •  The truth is out there (4+ / 0-)
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    kredwyn, GreyHawk, kraant, nonnie9999

    I haven't thought about this since The X-Files.

    "I'm struggling to pay attention to you right now." --- John Oliver

    by droogie6655321 on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 08:02:46 AM PST

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, kraant

    This would be really good material for an entry in dkospedia.

  •  Sensationalist stories in the press (4+ / 0-)

    The Mad Gunman.

    The Mysterious Fire.

    The Big Explosion.

    These sensationalist stories often pop up to dominate the news outlets at times when behind-the scenes power grabs are happening, or policies grossly against the public interest are quietly moved forward or pushed through.

    Now, some of that might be opportunistic. Not planned to occur during a deliberate distraction, but just taking advantage of a distraction.

    But, it is not outside the realm of possibility that some of these sensational spectacles ARE the product of deliberate mind-control programs.

    MKULTRA reminds us that an effort was made to develop the capability. And we can't dismiss that possibility out of hand.

    Not when, for example, the White House moves to kill intelligence oversight on the day that some guy in Virginia snaps and shoots a bunch of people.

    At the risk of sounding like a New Age conspiracy theorist, here is my suggestion: Unplug once in a while. Shut off all electrical and electronic equipment. Sit quietly, and make friends with silence. It's good for your mind, even if there aren't signals all around you driving your decisions, as in the cult movie They Live.

    Can't hurt. Yogis have been saying for centuries that it helps. And if there ARE mind control programs going on, it gives you an edge.

    •  OBEY (3+ / 0-)
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      WATCH TV

      "I'm struggling to pay attention to you right now." --- John Oliver

      by droogie6655321 on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 08:41:44 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Turn on, tune in, drop out (3+ / 0-)
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      'Turn on' meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. 'Tune in' meant interact harmoniously with the world around you - externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. Drop out suggested an elective, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. 'Drop Out' meant self-reliance, a discovery of one's singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean 'Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity.

      2006 - the year the GOP died

      by nymosyn on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 08:45:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Timothy Leary (5+ / 0-)

        And Ken Kesey were onto something.

        In an interview for High Times Kesey said:

        "LSD ended the Vietnam War."

        If you have an experience which calls into question all conventional wisdom, you are forever changed by it. From that time forward, you become a person who doesn't accept what they are told at face value. You become a monkey wrench in any plan to maintain orthodoxy and conformity, especially if that plan is based upon a false premise that the orthodox and the conformist view is in your interest.

        It's not conformity itself that is against one's interest. It's BLIND conformity that is usually exploited for ends contrary to public or individual interest.

        A lot of people turned on, but got stuck with the experience of turning on. Most of them, in fact. But, enough people Tuned In to change the world. Unfortunately, there weren't enough of them who "dropped out" to make a lasting change, and conformist imprinting pulled most of them back.

        Each year, The Rainbow Gathering answers the question "What can we do instead?" But that yearly exercise is just a celebration of freedom and possibility, and isn't meant to be a model for lasting change.

  •  Part of the reason (3+ / 0-)
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    Part of the reason so many people don't know about MKULTRA is that any investigation of the program is hindered by the fact that in 1973, Richard Helms, who was then Director of Central Intelligence, ordered the existing records of MKULTRA to be destroyed.  What remains is whatever fragments of documentary evidence that managed to escape.

    Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

    by Linnaeus on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 09:05:34 AM PST

    •  Ah yeah... (2+ / 0-)
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      The article GreyHawk links to just below The Manchurian Veterans mentions that:


      Much of what is "known" about MK-ULTRA is anecdotal. In 1972, Gottlieb destroyed most of his clinical records by order of Richard Nixon's CIA director Richard Helms. Before he died, Gottlieb testified before Congress that the CIA had administered LSD to at least 40 unwitting subjects who included prison inmates and brothel patrons. Other sources suggest that the real number of unwitting subjects was exponentially higher. Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain, authors of Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD, and the Sixties Rebellion, state that CIA operatives tested LSD by agreeing among themselves to:


  •  Don't forget this one: (6+ / 0-)

    The Manchurian Veterans by Jeff Huber.

    Cmdr. Huber worked with info from testvet and, through a lot research, developed that article for ePluribus Media.

    Stories of American service members returning from the Middle East wars with physical and emotional scars have focused national attention on the plight of the country's combat veterans.  But still overlooked are G.I.s who suffered severe damage from service to their country as human test experiments.  The tale of the uniformed guinea pigs who participated in America's Cold War mind control program is, perhaps, one of the most disturbing chapters in the history of the country that became the world's "sole superpower."

    Definitely not to be read if you're in a "happy place" in your mind at this time.

    (Maybe during the State of the Union, when the darkness falls across the land once more...)

    Never, never brave me, nor my fury tempt:
      Downy wings, but wroth they beat;
    Tempest even in reason's seat.

    by GreyHawk on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 09:05:41 AM PST

  •  I read a book about this, ages ago (3+ / 0-)
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    Or something similar - a woman who'd had her head messed with big time.  But I think by the CIA, involved LSD and other stuff.  Read it ages ago, maybe in the 70s?  But around the same time period.  Only the most general of vague memories about it now.

    The U.S. is the "good guys"?  If someone else did the same stuff, it would "prove" they were bad.  But it's OK of the "good guys" do it?  

    Makes my head spin and ache.  (Metaphorically, at any rate.)

  •  thank you for putting this up (2+ / 0-)
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    kraant, nonnie9999

    as a diary.  I have been trying to chase down the details of this program, in a rather lazy way, when I have time.  But I'd like to know more about the actual history of this "research" project that was funded by our government during the cold war.  

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