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Ladies and Gents, this is when conspiracies turn into reality.
4,358 unpublished documents on the Project MKUltra, an illegal mental control program carried out by the CIA in the middle of the last century, could be released to the public very soon.
MKUltra experiments on humans were intended to help identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations in order to weaken the individual and force confessions through mind control.
John Greenewald, founder of popular site The Black Vault, specialized in obtaining declassified government documents through FOIA requests (Freedom of Information Act), uploaded thousands of pages on MK-ULTRA back in 2004.
The scope of Project MKUltra was broad, with research undertaken at 80 institutions, including 44 colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, prisons, and pharmaceutical companies. The CIA operated through these institutions using front organizations, although sometimes top officials at these institutions were aware of the CIA’s involvement. As the US Supreme Court later noted, MKULTRA was:
concerned with “the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior.” The program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Because the Agency funded MKUltra indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the Agency.
In fact, he had uploaded such an extensive archive of materials that only the index consisted of 85 pages.
Even so, these documents represented a small fraction of the written records about the controversial program of the US Intelligence Agency, which was active for around twenty years, from 1953 to 1973.
In 2016, Oscar Diggs, a user of The Black Vault, discovered irregularities in the collection that the CIA had sent to Greenewald at his request.
So, Diggs created a list of the records and pages “lost” according to what was mentioned in the index.
At that time, the CIA refused to deliver what was lacking in a small technicality: the missing documents were about “behavior modification” and what was requested was to release all files concerning “mind control” –evidently for the CIA, there was a difference between the two.
Now, Greenewald has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the necessary fees that the CIA requires to release that information. (It is noteworthy to mention that the crowdfunding has already surpassed its goal of $500.)
“We should not be afraid to ask questions,” Greenewald said in an interview with Motherboard.
“If the government lies, the documents do not.”
The MK-ULTRA Project was a program aimed solely at human experimentation, both pharmacological and psychological, in order to control and take the extrasensory powers of the mind to new levels, as well as to transform individuals into a sort of “robots” which could be remotely controlled to carry out specific tasks for the government.
Among the drugs used by the agency were amphetamines, MDMA, scopolamine, cannabis, sage, sodium thiopentate, psilocybin, and LSD.
In total, there were approximately 150 research projects in the program, and the purpose of all of them remains a profound mystery.