What We Know About the CIAs Midcentury Mind-Control Project
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Smithsonian Magazine
Posted: April 16th, 2017
In 1953, the then-Director of Central Intelligence officially approved project MKUltra. Originally intended to make sure the United States government kept up with presumed Soviet advances in mind-control technology ... MKUltra has gone down in history as a significant example of government abuse of human rights. The intent of the project was to study the use of biological and chemical materials in altering human behavior, according to ... official testimony. Under MKUltra, the CIA gave itself the authority to [experiment on] unwitting test subjects, like drug-addicted prisoners, marginalized sex workers and terminal cancer patients. The covert testing programs resulted in massive abridgements of the rights of American citizens, sometimes with tragic consequences, concluded a Senate hearing in 1975-76. MKUltra wasnt one project, as the US Supreme Court wrote in a 1985 decision. It was 162 different secret projects that were indirectly financed by the CIA, but were contracted out to various universities ... and similar institutions. In all, at least 80 institutions and 185 researchers participated, but many didnt know they were dealing with the CIA. Many of MKUltras records were destroyed. But 8,000 pages of records - mostly financial documents that were mistakenly not destroyed in 1973 - were found in 1977. Nobody ever answered for MKUltra. Two lawsuits related to the program reached the Supreme Court, [writes Melissa Blevins for Today I Found Out], but both protected the government over citizens rights.
Note: Unfortunately, MK-ULTRA is far from the only program to have used humans as guinea pigs in attempts to create more powerful mind control technologies. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing mind control news articles from reliable major media sources.