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American Mind Control Research

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Photograph of Dr. D. Ewen Cameron, a psychiatrist involved in the CIA’s Project MKULTRA mind control program. The image is in the public domain.

American military and intelligence agencies conducted extensive mind control research through several classified programs, including Project CHATTER, Project BLUEBIRD, Project ARTICHOKE, Project MKULTRA, and Project MKDELTA.

I think it is important to be aware of American military and intelligence mind control research programs, and to consider the possible implications for Ufology. This is in view of the large number of people in prominent positions within Ufology who have military and intelligence backgrounds.

At the same time, it is important to avoid falling into several traps I have observed within Ufology:

  • Thinking that minor physical symptoms, such as a headache, are signs that one is being interfered with.
  • Relying on hypnotically retrieved “memories”.
  • Building elaborate narratives based on alleged military and intelligence activity that go far beyond the available evidence for them.

In the interest of being informed, while keeping one’s feet on the ground, I have provided here information about American military and intelligence mind control research programs.

George Estabrooks

Psychologist George Estabrooks was Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Colgate University. He worked with military intelligence using hypnosis to program American government agents, and stated:

“The key to creating an effective spy or assassin rests in splitting a man’s personality, or creating multipersonality, with the aid of hypnotism…. This is not science fiction. …I have done it.”

Estabrooks described how he split people’s personalities using hypnosis:

” … a case reported in 1905 by Dr. Morton Prince of Massachusetts general Hospital and Harvard. He startled everyone in the field by announcing that he had cured a woman named Beauchamp of a split personality problem. Using post-hypnotic suggestion to submerge an incompatible, childlike facet of the patient, he’d been able to make two other sides of Mrs. Beauchamp compatible, and lump them together in a single cohesive personality. Clinical hypnotists throughout the world jumped on the multiple personality bandwagon as a fascinating frontier. By the 1920’s, not only had they learned to apply post-hypnotic suggestion to deal with this weird problem, but also had learned how to split certain complex individuals into multiple personalities like Jeckyl-Hydes.

“The potential for military intelligence has been nightmarish. During World War II, I worked this technique with a vulnerable Marine lieutenant I’ll call Jones. Under the watchful eye of Marine Intelligence I split his personality into Jones A and Jones B. Jones A, once a “normal” working Marine, became entirely different. He talked communist doctrine and meant it. He was welcomed enthusiastically by communist cells, was deliberately given a dishonorable discharge by the Corps (which was in on the plot) and became a card-carrying party member.

“The joker was Jones B, the second personality, formerly apparent in the conscious Marine. Under hypnosis, this Jones had been carefully coached by suggestion. Jones B was the deeper personality, knew all the thoughts of Jones A, was a loyal American, and was “imprinted” to say nothing during conscious phases.

“All I had to do was hypnotize the whole man, get in touch with Jones B, the loyal American, and I had a pipeline straight into the Communist camp.”

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Project CHATTER was a United States Navy program that focused on researching drugs, including LSD, scopolamine, and mescaline, to use in interrogations, and in recruiting agents. Lieutenant Dr. Charles Savage of the Naval Medical Research Institute directed the program, which ran from 1947 through 1953.

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Project BLUEBIRD was a United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) research program that focused on drugs, chemical agents, and unconventional techniques such as sleep induction and hypnosis in interrogation and control of an individual. It began in 1950, and was led by the Office of Scientific Intelligence (OSI). Overseas interrogations were included in the program.

A declassified memo available on the CIA website, “Special Research, Bluebird”, details some of the questions Project BLUEBIRD aimed to resolve:

“2. Can we in a matter of an hour, two hours, one day, etc., induce an H [hypnotic] condition in an unwilling subject to such an extent that he will perform an act for our benefit? (Long range).

“3. Can we create by post-H [hypnotic] control an action contrary to an individual’s basic moral principles?

“4. Could we seize a subject and in the space of an hour or two by post-H [hypnotic] control have him crash an airplane, wreck a train, etc.? (Short, immediate activity)

“5. Can we by SI [sleep induction] and H [hypnosis] techniques force a subject (unwilling or otherwise) to travel long distances, commit specified acts and return to us or bring documents or materials? Can a person acting under post-H control successfully travel long distances?

“7. Can we guarantee total amnesia under any and all conditions?

“8. Can we “alter” a person’s personality? How long will it hold?”

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In 1951, Project BLUEBIRD was renamed Project ARTICHOKE. The Inspection and Security Office (I&SO) took over responsibility for it and there was an increased focus on hypnosis, drugs, and chemicals.

A memo dated January 1952 stated:

“Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation?”

The CIA claims that Project ARTICHOKE ended in 1956. However, a 1976 report by the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities says that the evidence suggests that the use of special interrogation techniques continued for several years afterwards.

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In 1953, the CIA’s Scientific Intelligence Division initiated Project MKULTRA, often referred to as the CIA mind control program. It was coordinated with the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps, and researched behavioral modification.

Project MKULTRA researchers experimented in ways to influence and control the human mind and get information out of people during interrogation. They used Americans and Canadians as test subjects, often without their knowledge and consent. People targeted were often vulnerable in some way and unable to fight back, such as mental patients, prisoners, drug addicts, prostitutes, and prostitute clients. Other subjects included college students, CIA employees, and people in the military.

Many test subjects were secretly administered drugs such as LSD, and other chemicals. The procedures people were subjected to included hypnosis, isolation, sensory deprivation, electric shocks, radiation, sexual abuse, and a range of torture techniques.

The CIA operated the program through various institutions, which it used as a front. These included American universities and colleges, research foundations, hospitals, clinics, university clinics, prisons, and chemical/pharmaceutical companies. Many of the researchers involved did not know that they were part of the program. However, the officials at the top of the institutions sometimes knew what was going on.

In one Project MKULTRA sub-project, prostitutes paid by the CIA took clients to CIA-run safehouses. The clients were then given various substances, including LSD, without their knowledge, and observed through one-way glass. It was directed by Narcotics Bureau officer George Hunter White, who said:

“… it was fun, fun, fun. Where else could a red-blooded American boy lie, kill, cheat, steal, rape and pillage with the sanction and bidding of the All-highest?”

Psychiatrist Dr. Ewen Cameron, of the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal, Canada, worked on another Project MKULTRA sub-project. In an attempt to “depattern” people by erasing their minds and memories, he put his patients into long-term drug-induced comas, and gave them numerous high voltage electric shocks. He then tried to rebuild their personalities as he chose, by tying helmets with embedded speakers onto their heads for sensory deprivation, and playing repetitive statements to them for weeks on end.

Project MKDELTA was another CIA program involved with interrogation and mind control. However, while Project MKULTRA used Canadian and American test subjects, Project MKDELTA activities were carried out on people in other countries.

In 1973, the CIA mind control program was officially ended. However, some believe that it continued covertly.

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American Mind Control Research and Ufology

Jack Brewer has investigated the role of intelligence agencies in Ufology. In an article on his blog, The UFO Trail, he quoted Commander Cecil B. “Scott” Jones, US Navy, Retired, who stated:

“There are reasons to believe that some government group has interwoven research about this (mind control) technology with alleged UFO phenomena. If that is correct, you can expect to run into early resistance when inquiring about UFOs, not because of the UFO subject, but because that has been used to cloak research and applications of mind-control activity.”

Commander Jones subsequently stated:

“I think that the UFO/ET subject has been used to cloak a number of classified U.S. programs that certainly includes mind control. It probably has been used more often to confuse and disguise aerospace weapon systems than other subjects. It has been particularly effective when there is a presumed close relationship between what is trying to be protected and assumptions about characteristics associated with UFOs and ETs.”

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