MKULTRA - Did brainwashing experiments of the CIA cause alien abduction theories? 34 replies

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[COLOR=Red] [COLOR=Black]Project MKULTRA[/COLOR] Project MKULTRA (also known as MK-ULTRA) was the code name for a CIA mind-control research program that began in the 1950s[1], and continued until the late 1960s[2]. There is much published evidence that the project involved not only the use of drugs to manipulate persons, but also the use of electronic signals to alter brain functioning.[3]

[/COLOR] It was first brought to wide public attention by the U.S. Congress (in the form of the Church Committee) and a presidential commission (known as the Rockefeller Commission) (see Revelation below) and also to the U.S. Senate.

On the Senate floor, Senator Ted Kennedy said: [COLOR=Red]"The Deputy Director of the CIA revealed that over 30 universities and institutions were involved in an 'extensive testing and experimentation' program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens 'at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign.' Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to 'unwitting subjects in social situations.' At least one death, that of Dr. Olson, resulted from these activities. [/COLOR]

The Agency itself acknowledged that these tests made little scientific sense. The agents doing the monitoring were not qualified scientific observers." Origins

Headed by Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, MKULTRA was started on the order of CIA director Allen Dulles on April 13, 1953[5], largely in response to alleged Soviet, Chinese, and North Korean use of mind-control techniques on U.S. prisoners of war in Korea.[6] The CIA wanted to use similar methods on their own captives. [COLOR="Red"]The CIA was also interested in being able to manipulate foreign leaders with such techniques[7], and would later invent several schemes to drug Fidel Castro.[/COLOR]

In 1964, the project was renamed MKSEARCH. The project attempted to produce a perfect truth drug for use in interrogating suspected Soviet spies during the Cold War, and generally to explore any other possibilities of mind control. Because most of the MKULTRA records were deliberately destroyed in 1972 by order of the Director at that time, Richard Helms, it is impossible to have a complete understanding of the more than 150 individually funded research projects sponsored by MKULTRA and related CIA programs. [8]

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Dr. Sidney Gottlieb approved of an MKULTRA subproject on LSD in this June 9, 1953 letter. Experiments were often conducted without the subjects' knowledge or consent.[9]

The experiments

Central Intelligence Agency documents suggest that the agency considered and explored uses of radiation for the purpose of mind control as part of MKULTRA. Other early efforts focused on LSD, which appears to have formed the majority of research as time went on. [COLOR=Red] Experiments included administering the drug to[/COLOR] CIA employees, military personnel, doctors, other government agents[COLOR=Black],[/COLOR][COLOR=Red][COLOR=Black] prostitutes, [/COLOR]mentally ill patients, and members of the general public in order to study their reactions, usually without the subject's knowledge.[/COLOR]

The experiments often took a sadistic turn. [COLOR=Red]Gottlieb was known to torturesensory deprivation chambers while under the psychedelic influence of LSD,[/COLOR] victims by locking them in or to make recordings of psychiatric patients' therapy sessions, and then play a tape loop of the patient's most self-degrading statement over and over through headphones after the patient had been restrained in a straitjacket and dosed with LSD. Gottlieb himself took LSD frequently, locking himself in his office and taking copious notes.

Efforts to "recruit" subjects were often illegal even discounting the fact that drugs were being administered. In Operation Midnight Climax, [COLOR=Red]the CIA set up several brothels to obtain a selection of men who would be too embarrassed to talk about the events.[/COLOR] The brothels were equipped with one-way mirrors and the "sessions" were taped for later viewing.

Some subjects' participation was consensual, and in these cases, the subjects appeared to be singled out for even more horrific experiments. In one case, a selection of volunteers were given LSD for 77 days straight. LSD was eventually dismissed by the researchers as too unpredictable in its effects.

Although useful information was sometimes obtained through questioning subjects on LSD, not uncommonly the most marked effect would be the subject's absolute and utter certainty that they were able to withstand any form of interrogation attempt, even physical torture. Some conspiracy theorists believe that once LSD was discovered to be too unpredictable for interrogation, the CIA introduced it to the rising "hippie" movement, perhaps via Al Hubbard, and other related causes in the '60s, as a means of subverting them.

Another technique was connecting a barbiturate IV into one arm and an amphetamine IV into the other. The barbiturates were released into the subject first, and as soon as the subject began to fall asleep, the amphetamines were released. The subject would begin babbling incoherently at this point, and it was sometimes possible to ask questions and get useful answers. [COLOR=Red]This treatment was discarded as it often resulted in the death of the patient from physical side effects of the drug combination, making further interrogation impossible. Other experiments involved heroin, mescaline, psilocybin, scopolamine, marijuana, alcohol, and sodium pentothal.

[/COLOR] There is no evidence that the CIA (or anyone else) has actually succeeded in controlling a person's actions through the "mind control" techniques that are known to have been attempted in the MKULTRA projects. The file destruction makes a full investigation of claims impossible.

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MKULTRA brainwashing experiments by the CIA are no conspiracy stuff. Many of the CIA files have been declassified and Bill Clinton even openly apologised for what happened to the victims (although it had happened long before his presidency). Nazi scientists who had already made far reaching studies with KZ prisoners during WW2 were involved to profit from their knowledge.

I assume that many of the "alien abductions" and "secret government experiments" conspiracies are actually a direct result of MKULTRA experiments. Mentally ill patients and people of ethnic minorities were abused and drugged, sometimes killed during the experiments.

What do you think: Is MKULTRA the cause for these conspiracy theories?




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#2 12 years ago

I don't think it's the cause for them. Just another secret government thing on Wiki. I'm beginning to get bored by blacked out CIA documents.




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#3 12 years ago

What do you mean? MKULTRA was real, no conspiracy stuff...




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#4 12 years ago

You cited bloody Wikipedia. Bad idea. Very, very bad idea.




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#5 12 years ago

I knew that would come... So what do you doubt? MKULTRA? Or my hypothesis? The first thing is a fact, the second - a hypothesis. [COLOR="Red"] Bill Cinton apologizing for MKULTRA experiments:[/COLOR] http://www.raven1.net/video/clinton1.wmv




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#6 12 years ago

I believe the tests were real. The results were real. I do not think Alien Abduction reports have anything to do with this.

People reporting unidentified flying objects, cattle abductions and mutilations, and alien abductions have been reported since Biblical times, it wasnt til mass media became popular and new could get around the world in minutes and not days that all this stuff became better known.

Besides this doesnt explain sightings in Europe, Japan, South America, and Africa as well.




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#7 12 years ago

Wasn't there an arcade game that was claimed to brainwash it's players? EDIT: I was thinking of Polybius... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polybius_%28game%29




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#8 12 years ago

tl;dr

At the thread title, I'm betting probably no. People will believe anything. Look at the number of practising religious people out there.




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#9 12 years ago
Anlushac11I do not think Alien Abduction reports have anything to do with this.

:agreed is what I meant.




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#10 12 years ago

It might have caused some other consperacy theories, but I really doubt that they have anything to do with alien abductions. The CIA would have had to abduct people from every part of the globe to achieve that. Alien sightings and abductions are just too wide spread to be done by one single organisation. No matter how big and powerfull it is.