Control Project MK-ULTRA in Washington Post
"Heading MKULTRA was a CIA chemist named Sidney Gottlieb. In congressional testimony, Gottlieb,
who died in 1999, acknowledged that the agency had administered LSD to as
many as 40 unwitting subjects, including prison inmates and patrons of brothels
set up and run by the agency [CIA]. At least one participant died when he
jumped out of a 10th-floor window in a hotel; others claimed to have suffered
serious psychological damage."
Washington Post article on key figure involved in Project MK-ULTRA
What Is MK-ULTRA?
The CIA has
been involved in developing sophisticated mind control programs since the
early 1950s. Project MKULTRA (or MK-ULTRA) is the most infamous of these, yet thanks to a virtual
media blackout on the subject, very few people are aware of any of these disturbing
programs. In a rare article in the Washington Post (see below),
a few of the many disturbing aspects of Project MKULTRA are discussed. The article
is an obituary for John K. Vance, a member of the CIA inspector general's
staff in the early 1960s who discovered that the CIA was secretly conducting
illegal mind control activities in Project MKULTRA.
to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), government documents dealing with
Project MKULTRA and other secret mind control programs are now available to the public.
In 1973, tipped off about forthcoming congressional investigations, CIA Director
Richard Helms ordered the destruction of all MKULTRA records. Fortunately,
worth of MKULTRA documents contained in the CIA's financial records were
overlooked. Though only a small fraction of the original documentation, these
surviving documents reveal highly disturbing operations in which unknowing
citizens were subjected not only to LSD, but also to radiation, lethal biological
agents, and even torture for reasons of "national security."
the Washington Post article below, here are a number of sentences from an
FOIA document written by the Inspector General of the CIA about MKULTRA.
To read the original document online, click here.
concepts involved in manipulating behavior are found by many people both within
and outside the Agency [CIA] to be distasteful and unethical. Nevertheless,
there have been major accomplishments both in research and operational employment.
Many additional avenues to the control of human behavior have been designated
under the MKULTRA charter, including radiation, electro-shock, and harassment
"Some activities raise questions of legality implicit in the
original charter. A final phase of the testing places the rights and interests
of US citizens in jeopardy. [Project MKULTRA] has pursued a philosophy
of minimum documentation in keeping with the high sensitivity of the projects.
Some files contained little or no data at all. There are just two individuals
who have full knowledge of the MKULTRA program, and most of that knowledge
Project MKULTRA was terminated in the late 1960s, other even more sophisticated
top secret mind control programs continue to this day. For an excellent, two-page summary of these programs with footnotes for verification, click here.
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John K. Vance; Uncovered LSD Project at CIA
By Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, June 16, 2005; Page B08
John K. Vance, 89, a member of the Central Intelligence Agency inspector
general's staff in the early 1960s who discovered that the agency was running
a research project that included administering LSD and other drugs to unwitting
human subjects, died May 27 of respiratory arrest.
He died at the Wilson Health Care Center of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.
MKULTRA (and pronounced m-k-ultra), the project Mr. Vance uncovered was the
brainchild of CIA Director Allen Dulles, who was intrigued by reports of mind-control
techniques allegedly conducted by Soviet, Chinese and North Korean agents
on U.S. prisoners of war during the Korean War. The CIA wanted to use similar
techniques on its own POWs and perhaps use LSD or other mind-bending substances
on foreign leaders, including Cuba's Fidel Castro a few years after the project
got underway in 1953.
MKULTRA was a CIA chemist named Sidney Gottlieb. In congressional testimony,
Gottlieb, who died in 1999, acknowledged that the agency had administered
LSD to as many as 40 unwitting subjects, including prison inmates and patrons
of brothels set up and run by the agency. At least one participant died when
he jumped out of a 10th-floor window in a hotel; others claimed to have suffered
serious psychological damage.
learned about MKULTRA in the spring of 1963 during a wide-ranging inspector
general survey of the agency's technical services division. The inspector
general's report said: "The concepts involved in manipulating human
behavior are found by many people both within and outside the agency to be
distasteful and unethical."
As a result of Mr. Vance's discovery and the inspector general's report,
the CIA halted the testing and began scaling back the project. It was terminated
in the late 1960s.
came to public light in 1977 as a result of hearings conducted by a Senate
committee on intelligence chaired by Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho). Mr.
Vance gave several long phone interviews to committee staff members but never
had to testify.
Mr. Vance was born in Seward, Neb., and graduated magna cum laude from Doane
College in Crete, Neb., in 1936. He received a master's degree in economics
from Columbia University in 1937 and a bachelor's degree in library science
from Columbia in 1939.
He began working on his doctorate at Harvard University during World War
II but soon was serving in the Army. He was sent to language school to learn
German and worked as a military interpreter at the postwar Nuremberg trials.
In Nuremberg, he met people in the intelligence world.
His CIA career began in 1947. He was on the inspector's general's staff from
1960 to 1963, and then became the director of central reference until his
retirement in 1971.
A member of the Maryland Ornithological Society and the Maryland Nature Conservancy,
Mr. Vance helped in bird banding and also enjoyed gardening, biking, tennis
and travel. He was a member of the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth E. Vance of Gaithersburg;
three daughters, Sally Roman of Kensington, Julia Stewart of Columbus, Ohio,
and Margie Kay of Timonium, Md.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandsons.
Important Note: For other highly revealing major media articles and government documents on Project MKULTRA and other secret mind control programs, click here. And for a powerfully revealing ABC documentary on Project MKULTRA, click here.