Jul 08, 2021 I Nick Redfern

Mind-Control, Medication and More

On April 13, 1953, CIA chief Allen Dulles ordered the creation of a program of mind-control known as MK-Ultra to be conducted by Dr. Sydney Gottlieb. It was a program that grew to become a huge size and encompassed research in such areas as hypnosis, the use of LSD in the field of mind-manipulation, hallucinogenics, chemical stimulation – and control – of the human mind and much more. In the wake of the creation of MK-Ultra, rumors and similar half-truths about new mind-control techniques being used by Soviet, Chinese, and North Korean interrogators on U.S. prisoners of war panicked the CIA into a search for its own sure-fire method of questioning captives. In April 1961, Dr. Gottlieb decided the animal experiments, which he had been conducting with electrode implants in their brains, were successful and that it was time to experiment with human brains. Information has leaked out concerning experiments with three Viet-Cong (VC) prisoners in July 1968.

A team of behaviorists flew into Saigon and traveled to the hospital at Bien Hoa, where the prisoners were being confined. The agents from Subproject 94 set up their equipment in an enclosed compound, and the team’s neurosurgeon and neurologist inserted miniscule electrodes into the brains of the three VC prisoners. After a brief recovery period, the prisoners were armed with knives and direct electrical stimulation was applied to their brains. The goal of the experiment was to determine if individuals with such electrodes implanted in their brains could be incited to attack and to kill one another. Once again, the Agency was seeking a perfect sleeper assassin, a true Manchurian Candidate, who could be electronically directed to kill a subject. After a week of enduring electrical shocks to their brains, the prisoners still refused to attack one another. They were summarily executed and their bodies burned.

Such was the controversial nature of the work of MK-Ultra, the above example being just one of many, in 1973 Sydney Gottlieb – acting on the orders of CIA director Richard Helm – took quick and careful steps to ensure that all of the MK-Ultra files should be destroyed. Indeed, by seventy-three the programs were years beyond the testing stage, and so it was not seen as being overly important to preserve the old research files of the 1950s and 1960s. The result was that an untold, massive number of documents were destroyed – shredded and destroyed – under Gottlieb. Fortunately, a massive number of documentation survived destruction – largely because as there was such a massive amount of material, it was hard for even the CIA to determine where it was all stored: some was in the hands of others agencies, and others were held by companies to whom the CIA had contracted certain aspects of the MK-Ultra program. The result was that the CIA’s mind-control files were flying around all over the place, thus making it very difficult for CIA director Helms’ plans to destroy all the files to go ahead successfully.

Today, MK-Ultra no longer exists. However, there is another form of mind-control which is staring all of us in the face. Although, admittedly, most people don’t realize that it even falls into the mind-control domain. It’s the issue of – and the misuse of – mood-altering drugs. Such drugs are now widespread  – and  abused – to a huge level. In other words, millions of people are under the constant sway of mind-manipulating drugs, specifically to curb the effects of issues such as anxiety, panic-attacks, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and manic behavior. Of course, there's nothing wrong, at all, with using meds for the right reasons and in the right amounts. But, when someone walks around like a staggering old-school zombie after popping a few pills, all they are doing is playing into the hands of those in government who want us medicated and mind-fogged.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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