Well, not exactly, or even not at all, but it can’t be allowed to pass and I just liked that title.
Let me explain.
Last night I was listening to the podcast Dr Karl and the Naked Scientist from the BBC (at time of writing I am talking about the second episode down on that page with Doc Elizabeth Hagen). It is basically a science Q & A show.
Someone phoned in and asked a question about weapons being used to plant thoughts in people’s heads. Now, it sounded dodgy territory to me and the said Dr Karl went on to explain that the technology to do it in the way described doesn’t really exist. What the guy was saying sounded a wee bit conspiracy theorist for my liking.
Anyway, what got me interested after that was that Dr Karl then went on to mention the MK Ultra experiments and asked his friend if she knew what it was. She said “that was when they gave people LSD or something”.
Now, Dr Hagen is an anthropologist and also studies human evolution so she can’t be expected to know and therefore I am not suggesting conspiratorial cover-up or anything of the sort, I mean, he actually brought it up.
Nevertheless, I think it is important to add a few things to that summation of the experiments, so here are some of the facts from the wiki page…
- Project MKUltra, or MK-Ultra, was a covert, illegal human research program into behavioral modification run by the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Office of Scientific Intelligence. The program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and finally halted in 1973. The program used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy.MKUltra involved the use of many methodologies to manipulate people’s individual mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.
- A precursor of the MKUltra program began in 1945 when the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency was established and given direct responsibility for Operation Paperclip. The program recruited former Nazi scientists, some of whom studied torture and brainwashing, and several who had been identified and prosecuted as war criminals during the Nuremberg Trials.
- Go to this link to see the goals of the experiments.
- The experiments were exported to Canada when the CIA recruited Scottish psychiatrist Donald Ewen Cameron. Cameron had been hoping to correct schizophrenia by erasing existing memories and reprogramming the psyche. He was paid $69,000 from 1957 to 1964 to carry out MKUltra experiments. In addition to LSD, Cameron also experimented with various paralytic drugs as well as electroconvulsive therapy at thirty to forty times the normal power. His “driving” experiments consisted of putting subjects into drug-induced coma for weeks at a time (up to three months in one case) while playing tape loops of noise or simple repetitive statements. His experiments were typically carried out on patients who had entered the institute for minor problems such as anxiety disorders and postpartum depression, many of whom suffered permanently from his actions.
This little article is not an accusation, more of a correction. These experiments were a lot worse than giving people LSD to see what happened.
I am just uploading the audio clip now so you can hear it so this article will update in a minute.
There were three ABC documentaries about the experiments from the 70s. You can watch them here.
There is plenty of reading here too.