By Ethan Huff
New details have emerged about the secret mind-control experiments that were carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) back in the 1950s and ’60s, including the revelation that this deep state government agency actually drugged prisoners awaiting trial in order to “improve” the interrogation process.
Obtained by investigator and researcher John Greenewald Jr., who recently launched a website known as The Black Vault that contains more than two million pages of now-declassified documents, the dark deeds of the CIA are now public information – at least for those willing to take the time to look into them.
In a nutshell, the CIA had basically been involved in brainwashing prisoners with pharmaceutical drugs in order to get them to say and do things that the CIA wanted them to – a covert program of mind-control known more popularly today as MKUltra.
A lengthy analysis of the CIA’s MKUltra program put out by The History Channel describes it as involving the “covert use of biological and chemical materials” for the supposed purpose of maintaining “American values” – though we now know that it was obviously about something entirely different and far more nefarious.
“MK-Ultra’s ‘mind control’ experiments generally centered around behavior modification via electro-shock therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs, toxins, and chemicals,” writes Brianna Nofil for The History Channel.
“These experiments relied on a range of test subjects: some who freely volunteered, some who volunteered under coercion, and some who had absolutely no idea they were involved in a sweeping defense research program. From mentally-impaired boys at a state school, to American soldiers, to ‘sexual psychopaths’ at a state hospital, MK-Ultra’s programs often preyed on the most vulnerable members of society,” she adds.
Nofil went on to explain that the CIA’s primary targets of MKUltra mind-control, and the subjects whom it considered “optimal” for experiments, were none other than prisoners, as they were “willing to give consent in exchange for extra recreation time or commuted sentences.”
In some cases, prisoners were injected with lysergic acid diethylamide, known more popularly as LSD or “acid,” which allowed the CIA to conduct its covert “brain warfare” programs on victims – which was supposedly a response to the Soviet Union’s then-use of LSD as part of its own brain warfare program, which a former CIA officer apparently described as “terrifying.”
While it’s been decades since the CIA is said to have utilized these unethical and highly immoral techniques against Americans, The Black Vault is full of information showing that it’s still going on today in various forms.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.