In 1951, a Swiss pharmaceutical company developed
40,000 LSD tablets. In the midst of Cold War paranoia, the USA bought the supply immediately,
fearing the Russians would buy it first and spike the US water supply. This purchase launched a top secret CIA operation
designated MKULTRA. This program tested the effects of LSD and
experimented with mind control methods throughout the fifties and sixties. The program was officially shut down in 1973—
but has the US government actually stopped practicing mind control? MKULTRA first came to light in 1975 when Congress
launched an investigation into CIA practices. Although CIA director Richard Helms had ordered
all the operation files to be destroyed, a request under the Freedom Of Information Act
uncovered 20,000 documents that detailed MKULTRA’s murky activities. MKULTRA’s tests took place in at least 80
institutions, including 44 colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons and pharmaceutical companies.
Participants from 185 private researchers were also used. Most test subjects were experimented
on unwittingly. In some cases, heroin addicts were enticed to participate with the promise
of being paid in heroin. The ultimate goal was to exert mind control
over victims in order to get confessions out of them – or worse. Temple University Psychiatry professor Dr.
Richard Kluft says the use of hypnotic assassins is plausible, and the US government has researched
the possibility in the past. The US Government’s use of unwilling test
subjects resurfaced in 1994 when the Senate Committee for Veterans released information
about servicemen during World War 2 who were tricked or forced into mustard gas and lewisite
testing. More recently, soldiers during the Gulf War
were subject to The Department of Defense’s “man break” tests. The test subjects would
be exposed to chemical weapons to determine what exposure level that would kill or “break”
a man. Some believe that government mind control
is not limited to the military. Actress Roseanne Barr has been outspoken about entertainers
being used as puppets for years. “It’s also a big culture of mind control.
MKULTRA Mind Control rules in Hollywood,” Barr said in an interview about why celebrities
don’t typically speak out about important political issues. Pop sensations Michael Jackson, Britney Spears
and Miley Cyrus have all been linked with MKULTRA mind control. In 2012, independent news organization Truthout
reported that the US government forced Guantanamo Bay prisoners to take mind-altering drugs. Inmates would be handed sedatives and told
that they were candy. Many were subject to routine injections of the drug Haldol, which
was developed in the 1960s and is used on psychiatric patients. Its known side effects
include suicidal behavior. Other prisoners were given the flu shot after
being told they were injected with truth serum. Guantanamo Bay detention camp is still open
and home to 122 prisoners. In his 2015 State of the Union address, President
Barack Obama said his biggest regret was not shutting down the camp back in 2009. An executive order prohibiting drug experimentation
on human subjects without consent was issued in 1976. The order mandated that any test
subject must have a witness from a disinterested party present during the experiment. Five years later, subsequent orders were put
into place to eliminate any and all human experimentation. However, in June 2015 the Guardian newspaper
published a leaked CIA document that permits the Director of the CIA to “approve, modify,
or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research” made by the government.
With this new ability to ignore laws on human experimentation, has America truly seen the
last of MKULTRA?