CIA Mind Control
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I'm always amazed how many people don't know about the CIA's activities in this regard, even though they became part of the overall Church Committee's investigation of the CIA's illegal domestic activities. One of Richard Helms' last acts when Nixon removed him from the CIA (he made him Ambassador to Iran) was to see that the CIA's mind control files were destroyed. But a batch survived, and that's not a lot. Even so, John Marks, a former State Department employee who had co-written a book with Victor Marchetti, a former CIA employee, started following the story and wrote a very good, if, er, forgiving book on these programs, called The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.
I don't have a lot of time to get into this tonight, but here are some excellent resources online on this subject:
- 1977 Senate Hearings on MKULTRA, the CIA's umbrella project for various mind control operations.
- The Black Vault. The CIA released its MKULTRA files on CD-ROM, and the owner of this site got them all online. I recommend reading Marks' book as a start, then going to the index on this page to find the subproject file number cross-referenced, and then use that to the find the files in the vault. Most of the records are financial records. But some have very interesting program details. Something you will see often is that the institutions doing research for the CIA were in many cases "unwitting" of the fact that they were working for the CIA. Very interesting.
Here are a few good books on the subject of the CIA's programs, and mind control efforts in general:
- The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, by John Marks
- Operation Mind Control, by Walter Bowart
- The Mind Manipulators, by Alan Scheflin
- Hypnotism, by George Estabrooks
- 254 Questions and Answers on Practical Hypnotism and Auto-Suggestion Plus Glossary (recent reissue from the original 1957 text)
There is a lot of more sensational material. I try to steer away from first-person accounts simply because I have not yet found a way to assess someone's personal credibility. Sadly, it's as difficult as finding out who is telling the truth in a rape accusation. When something happens between two people, with no witnesses, and both people tell very different stories, I tend to think the truth is NOT "somewhere in between", but that one is likely right and the other likely wrong. I have yet to meet anyone who can "just tell" who is telling the truth, and who gets it right 100% of the time.
We're told this is all past history. But if the programs were continuing, we would STILL be told this was past history so the present programs could continue in a hidden manner. It distresses me how little we can no for sure about what our government is, and has been, doing.