• Claudia Daniels

CIA Projects: Declassified

Taking on a very different spin from my last blog post, I thought I would explore a topic that I am immensely interested in: declassified CIA experiments! They are very clear examples of the government’s abuse of human rights.


Below are three occasions that call to question whether the ends do indeed justify the means – particularly when it involves treating citizens as casualties...

1. MK ULTRA

I thought I would start off with an experiment that sets the plot for Hollywood spy movies and is the inspiration behind the popular TV-Series, Stranger Things.

Let's talk about when the CIA experimented with mind control.

During the height of the Cold War, the US government feared that Soviet, Chinese and North Korean agents were using mind control to brainwash U.S prisoners of war in Korea. Thus, in an attempt to gain the upper hand, the CIA conducted an experiment of their own named ‘MK ULTRA’. The goal was to brainwash and control rival spies into working for them. It sounds like flawless logic. Until you research the actual experiments that were conducted on people in the name of behavioural modification... The project took place between 1953 to 1964; during this time the director of the CIA, Allan Dulles, gave the green light to developing mind-control techniques. They used means such as placing test subjects in sensory deprivation and giving them hallucinogenic drugs - it was an attempt to break the subjects mentally and erase their identities and long term memories in order to “build them back up again”. Some were given electroshock therapy up to 40 times the normal power. Beyond everything, with the relatively new discovery of LSD, scientists were engrossed with the ability to use it for both defensive and offensive measures. A number of trial experiments were conducted illegally on US and Canadian citizens without their knowledge or their consent, with devastating results.


One victim of the experiments, Linda MacDonald, who was placed in a drug-induced coma for 86 consecutive days and was subject to 100 electroshock therapy sessions after being admitted to the Allan Memorial Institute due to suffering from post-natal depression, stated:

“I had to be toilet trained. I was a vegetable. I had no identity, I had no memory, I had never existed in the world before.”

Like Linda, most victims of the experiments were left emotionally crippled and with brain damage, highlighting the clear disregard of human life by the US government and CIA. Minimal documentation was kept on the research conducted on the manipulation of the human mind, with most documents being destroyed under the orders of Richard Helms. If it was not for the works of John Marks in his book The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, the horrors of MK ULTRA may still be buried.

2. OPERATION NORTHWOODS

“9/11 is an inside job” is a claim dismissed as a crazy conspiracy theory, seen as “laughable” and “preposterous”. However, the assumption is often based on the good faith that the US government would never plan to harm US citizens...not even for political reasons.

The reality is, however, it would not be the first time.

In the spring of 1962, a desperate and terrifying proposal to overthrow the Cuban government with Operation Northwoods was put forth by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Operation Northwoods was a secret US false flag operation which called for the CIA to commit genuine acts of terrorism against U.S citizens and soldiers, which were designed to appear to be conducted by Cuba. This action, known as a “false flag” operation, was used to garner public and political support to provoke war with Cuba, and to remove Castro as the Head of State. The plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. One excerpt from the proposal, gathered from the CIA document titled “Justification for U.S Military Intervention in Cuba”, is listed below:

A 'Remember the Maine' incident could be arranged in several forms: A. We could blow up a US ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba..."

Ultimately, Operation Northwoods never went beyond the stage of planning, with the proposal being reportedly rejected by president JFK.


3. CIA HEART ATTACK GUN

This last one sounds like a device taken right from a James Bond movie. Revealed during a hearing led by Frank Church in 1975, the CIA allegedly developed a secret weapon used to commit assassinations that could not be traced back to them. The weapon, a modified Colt 1911, was powered by a battery that fires small bullets of ice with a frozen shellfish toxic in the centre. The poisonous dart reportedly disintegrates when entering the target and the poison rapidly makes its way through the bloodstream, causing a heart attack. According to the whistle-blower Mary Embree, a former employee of the CIA, the gun is able to penetrate clothing and leaves behind no sign of impact on the skin besides a tiny red dot:

"When it reached the person it would melt inside them, and there would be a tiny red dot on their body, which was hard to detect.”

The poison denatures quickly, making a post-mortem report unlikely to detect that the heart attack was the result of anything unnatural.

We'd all like to believe that our governments are there to protect us. We'd love to live in a world of black and white, right and wrong...the reality is, there exists a grey area. One which our governments operate within way more often than we know.


So, do you trust the people that we give power to? Are conspiracy theorists crazy wackjobs or do they see the world through the lens of truth? What do you believe?


James Madison once observed...

“All men having power ought to be distrusted."

Maybe he was onto something.

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