MK-Ultra: 'Sensational' CIA mind control docs revealed, drugs, hypnosis
MK-Ultra is one of the most bizarre chapters in American history.
In the years after World War II the intel agencies in this country feared that the Soviets were developing tools of mind control, perhaps for use on a mass scale. Couple this with the discovery of the powerful mind bending drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and one had a recipe for insanity in every sense of the word.
We know a fair amount about MK-Ultra these days, but there is much more to know even after the release of these new documents. One has to wonder how many lives were destroyed in the name of science and national defense?
One can't help but feel pity for the people who found themselves caught up in these experiments. Many people didn't even know they were being experimented on. Truly, MKUltra was an example of big government running amuck. But the Cold War was a strange and fearful time. Just as we feared the "missile gap", and losing the space race, so too did officials fear losing the mind control race. The inner space race.
Interestingly many of these expereiments were done in labs in the San Fransisco Bay area. This is also where LSD would first emerge as drug of bohemia. (See Ken Kesey and pals.) It then spread from there. The drug jumped the fences and 1960s youth culture and indeed America's direction would be profoundly influenced by the substance.
Shockingly the swathes of information still missing or redacted in the records could mean the CIA is STILL carrying out the experiments to this day, according to experts.
One document details how the CIA planned to drug “criminals awaiting trial held in a prison hospital ward” in a bid to develop “improved techniques in drug interrogation”.
Another document details the CIA’s interest in developing ways to cause amnesia in humans using experiments “no matter how weird, inconclusive or unusual”.
It goes on to detail how they were looking to find ways of developing hypnotic speaking techniques which would control the minds of “large audiences” and “heighten group susceptibility”.
Experiments which were “too dangerous, too shocking, too unusual for routine testing would be of interest to us,” the memo from 1956 reads.