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Veterans: “CIA Planted Electrodes in Our Brains”

The CIA & mind control: fact, not fantasy.

Are they out of their minds? Perhaps not. A group of US military veterans is suing the CIA over what they say are remote- controlled mind control devices implanted in their brains.

Wait. Before you roll your eyes and chalk this one up in the conspiracy column there are a few things you need to know about.

Fact: The CIA has a long history of doing just the sort of research alleged by these veterans. Here’s a sampler:

PROJECT BLUEBIRD: Launched in 1949, BLUEBIRD was a series of highly unethical experiments conducted by psychiatrists on the CIA payroll in which they induced amnesia, multiple personalities, and hypnotic control in human test subjects. The CIA hoped to create real-life “Manchurian Candidates” that could be programmed for espionage, assassination and other covert missions.

PROJECT ARTICHOKE: ARTICHOKE evolved from BLUEBIRD and delved into hypnosis, forced drug addiction and withdrawal, and the use of chemicals to induce amnesia in human test subjects. The creation of unwitting assassins, or “Manchurian Candidates,” via hypnosis remained a primary goal. A declassified ARTICHOKE memo neatly sums up the project’s objective: “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?”

PROJECT MK-ULTRA: Sensing an “urgent need” to develop “effective and practical techniques to render an individual subservient to an imposed will or control,” the CIA, Army, Navy, Air Force, Departments of Health, Agriculture, Education, Welfare and some 44 colleges and universities embarked upon one of the most twisted experiments in the history of mankind. MK-ULTRA was supremely unethical, illegal and repulsive. It built upon BLUEBIRD and ARTICHOKE research into mind control and hypnosis while adding drugs and electroshock into the mix.

Test subjects were dosed with LSD, many of them without knowing it. Frank Olson, a CIA agent, died shortly after being unwittingly administered the drug. Human guinea pigs were also dosed with dangerous amounts of radiation in hundreds of experiments.

MK-ULTRA researchers included Nazi war criminals, scientists protected and imported by the US government for their expertise. They carried out some of the same repugnant research that the whole world roundly condemned just a few years earlier during World War II. Physical and sexual abuse ran rampant throughout the 20-year program.

MK-ULTRA was led by the sadistic Sidney Gottlieb, who allegedly  implanted electrodes in the brains of North Vietnamese prisoners to see if they could be remotely activated to kill each other. Apparently they could not, and were then executed. MK-ULTRA ended after its existence was revealed in the 1970s, and two decades later, President Clinton apologized to the nation for the unspeakable horrors inflicted on hundreds of American citizens, many of them unknowingly.

The veterans who allege that the CIA implanted electrodes in their brains say this happened in the 1960s, at a time when MK-ULTRA was in full swing. Their claims don’t seem so far-fetched when considered alongside the litany of similar CIA crimes. Furthermore, the alleged implant in one plaintiff shows up on CT scans as a “foreign body of undetermined composition.”

It is indeed possible that these veterans are telling the truth and the CIA did plant something inside of their bodies.

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