By Ethan Huff
New details have emerged about the secret mind-control experiments that were carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) back in the 1950s and â€™60s, including the revelation that this deep state government agency actuallyÂ drugged prisoners awaiting trialÂ in order to â€œimproveâ€ the interrogation process.
Obtained by investigator and researcher John Greenewald Jr., who recently launchedÂ a websiteÂ known asÂ The Black VaultÂ that contains more than two million pages of now-declassified documents, the dark deeds of the CIA are now public information â€“ at least for those willing to take the time to look into them.
In a nutshell, the CIA had basically been involved in brainwashing prisoners with pharmaceutical drugs in order to get them to say and do things that the CIA wanted them to â€“ a covert program of mind-control known more popularly today as MKUltra.
A lengthy analysis of the CIAâ€™s MKUltra program put outÂ byÂ The History ChannelÂ describes it as involving the â€œcovert use of biological and chemical materialsâ€ for the supposed purpose of maintaining â€œAmerican valuesâ€ â€“ though we now know that it was obviously about something entirely different and far more nefarious.
â€œMK-Ultraâ€™s â€˜mind controlâ€™ experiments generally centered around behavior modification via electro-shock therapy, hypnosis, polygraphs, radiation, and a variety of drugs, toxins, and chemicals,â€ writes Brianna Nofil forÂ The History Channel.
â€œThese experiments relied on a range of test subjects: some who freely volunteered, some who volunteered under coercion, and some who had absolutely no idea they were involved in a sweeping defense research program. From mentally-impaired boys at a state school, to American soldiers, to â€˜sexual psychopathsâ€™ at a state hospital, MK-Ultraâ€™s programs often preyed on the most vulnerable members of society,â€ she adds.
Nofil went on to explain that the CIAâ€™s primary targets of MKUltra mind-control, and the subjects whom it considered â€œoptimalâ€ for experiments, were none other than prisoners, as they were â€œwilling to give consent in exchange for extra recreation time or commuted sentences.â€
In some cases, prisoners were injected with lysergic acid diethylamide, known more popularly as LSD or â€œacid,â€ which allowed the CIA to conduct its covert â€œbrain warfareâ€ programs on victims â€“ which was supposedly a response to the Soviet Unionâ€™s then-use of LSD as part of its own brain warfare program, which a former CIA officer apparently described as â€œterrifying.â€
While itâ€™s been decades since the CIA is said to have utilized these unethical and highly immoral techniques against Americans,Â The Black VaultÂ isÂ fullÂ of information showing that itâ€™s still going on today in various forms.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.