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Transcript of MKUltra
MK stands for mind control (K taken from 'Kontrolle' in German)
The CIA's interest in mind control began in the final days of World War II=> Cold War.
The Hungarian trial and CIA's fear of Russians using brainwashing technology Tactics and Techniques Hypnosis Psychedelic Research Results Cameron's "depatterning" couldnt recreate personalities, but could 'temporarily' wipe them out
Morse Allen's hypnosis techniques were insufficient for operational use: gains in control were offset by a critical loss of initiative.
Truth serums: successful in getting subjects to lower their guards=> but introduced the fantasy/reality problem (hallucinogens)
Brute force : Sleep deprivation, isolation, repeated interrogation: Impressive results, but not of surgical precision Citations http://science.discovery.com/stories/mkultra.html
"Science Channel - InSCIder." 'Science Channel : Inscider' N.p., n.d. Web.
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread907952/pg1"Connecticut Kindergarten Shooter - Victim of the CIA and Not a Perp - MKUltra?, Page 1." Connecticut Kindergarten Shooter - Victim of the CIA and Not a Perp - MKUltra?, Page 1. N.p., n.d. Web.
CIA MKULTRA Collection." CIA MKULTRA Collection. N.p., n.d. Web.
"Did the CIA Test LSD on Unsuspecting Americans?" HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web.
"Erowid War Vault : MKULTRA: Psychedelic Mind Control and Its Legacy." Erowid War Vault : MKULTRA: Psychedelic Mind Control and Its Legacy. N.p., n.d. Web. Brain washing video Dorsa Derakhshan MKUltra Three potential applications :
1)'Truth serums' that could be used during interrogation
2)Drugs that could induce amnesia
3)Brainwashing techniques that could create a Manchurian Candidate Goals Pseudo- Realities change their perception of reality—create a "pseudo-reality"—and then let victim act naturally. If he could create the right reality, he could manipulate people into doing almost anything
=> ** Controlling perception facilitates control of actions
=> Use of drugs: perception alteration Drugs sleep deprivation electric shock radiation Army officer Frank Olson (LSD)
Dr. Harris Isbell (Heroin for psychedelic drugs)
Dr. Ewen Cameron: depatterning: sleep therapy + electric shocks + psychic driving Phases 1) Searching for materials suitable for study
2) Laboratory testing on human subjects in
3)Running application in normal life settings DRUGS Affect the limbic system : Frontal lobes, temporal lobe, thalamus, amygdala and hypothalamus
The limbic system is involved in emotions, memory and learning => emotional brain since it controls emotions
LSD: Affects the action of serotonin and dopamine on cells involved in vision and emotion -> visual and auditory hallucinations and bizarre sensory sensation + permanent brain damage.
Tranquilizers: (Barbiturates) Enhance GABA. Depress brain function-> overdose= death
Narcotics: (Heroin, Morphine) Block pain. Physically addicting. Decrease in endorphins.