Mind Control (also known as Brainwashing, Reeducation, Brainsweeping, Coercive Persuasion, Thought Control, or Thought Reform) is a Controversial Pseudo Scientific Theory that Human Subjects can be Indoctrinated in a way that causes “an Impairment of Autonomy, an Inability to think Independently, and a Disruption of Beliefs and Affiliations. In this context, Brainwashing refers to the Involuntary Reeducation of Basic Beliefs and Values”
The following is a List of Documents pertaining to Mind Control and Research of the USMilitary and Government.
Interrogation: Science and Art [371 pages], December 2006, US Military Personnel and Intelligence Officers in particular are expected to gain accurate Information from Detainees or Prisoners and thus need to know “what works” in “educing” Information through Interrogation, Strategic Debriefing and Information Elicitation. This Book presents the Work of 13 Specialists in Law, Psychology, Military Intelligence, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Conflict Management and Library Science. The Authors review what is known and not known about educing Information.
Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans’ Health? Lessons Spanning Half a Century, [58 pages, 3.48 MB], 8 December 1994, During the last 50 years, hundreds of thousands of Military Personnel have been involved in Human Experimentation and other Intentional Exposures conducted by the Department of Defense (DOD), often without a Service Member’s Knowledge or Consent. In some cases, Soldiers who consented to serve as Human Subjects found themselves participating in Experiments quite different from those described at the time they volunteered. For example, thousands of World War II Veterans who originally volunteered to ‘Test Summer Clothing’ in exchange for extra Leave Time, found themselves in Gas Chambers testing the Effects of Mustard Gas andLewisite. Additionally, Soldiers were sometimes Ordered by Commanding Officers to “Volunteer” to participate in Research or face Dire Consequences. For example, several Persian Gulf War Veterans interviewed by Committee Staff reported that they were ordered to take Experimental Vaccines during Operation Desert Shield or face Prison. The Goals of many of the Military Experiments and Exposures were very appropriate. For example, some Experiments were intended to provide important Information about how to protect US Troops from Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weaponsor other Dangerous Substances during Wartime. In the Persian Gulf War, US Troops were intentionally exposed to an Investigational Vaccine that was intended to protect them against Biological Warfare, and they were given Pyridostigmine Bromide Pills in an Experimental Protocol intended to protect them against Chemical Warfare.
On ResistingSocial Influence [34 Pages], September 1979, Resisting Social Influences becomes important when such Influences can be appropriately thought of as ‘Mind Control.’ When Information is Systematically Hidden, Withheld or Distorted it is impossible to make Unbiased Decisions. Under these circumstances, people may be subtly led to believe they are ‘Freely’ choosing to act. It is precisely this kind of Decision that persists and most affects our Behavior since we come to believe in those Attitudes and Actions for which we have generated our own Justifications. The Thesis of this Essay is that ‘Mind Control’ exists not in exotic Gimmicks, but rather in the most mundane aspects of experience. Because it does, it is possible to reduce our susceptibility to unwanted coercive control by increasing our vigilance and learning to utilize certain basic strategies of analysis. In this paper, we present resistance strategies which are broadly applicable to the wide array of mind-manipulation attempts that surround us daily–in a ‘self- help’ format that provides for ready accessibility. Findings from relevant social-psychological research, from interviews and personal experiences with con men, cultists, super-salesmen and other perpetrators of mind control comprise the reservoir of information from which we have drawn.
Individual Rights and the Federal Role in Behavior Modification, [670 pages], November 1974, A Study Prepared by the Staff of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety third Congress, Second Session. A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. This report responds to a directive issued to the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights to conduct an investigation into behavior modification programs, with particular emphasis on the federal government’s involvement in the technology of behavior control and the implications of this involvement for individual rights. Two basic considerations motivated the investigation: first, the concern that the rights of human subjects of behavioral research are sufficiently protected by adequate guidelines and review structures; and second, the question of whether the federal government has any business participating in programs that may alter the substance of individual freedom. Although the material included in this report is by no means comprehensive, some initial findings are apparent (1) there is widespread and growing interest in the development of methods designed to predict, identify, control, and modify individual behavior, (2) few measures are being taken to resolve questions of freedom, privacy, and self-determination, (3) the Federal government is heavily involved in a variety of behavior modification programs ranging from simple reinforcement techniques to psychosurgery; and (4) a number of departments and agencies fund, participate in, or sanction research involving various aspects of behavior modification.
Hypnosis In Intelligence, [32 Pages, 4.91 MB], October 1966. Hypnosis is one of the oldest techniques for altering and controlling human behavior. A method that has had its share of mistrust and professional neglect. Hypnosis in the past twenty years has been the subject of serious inquiry and sustained interest. During this time, and even before, professional hypnotists have speculated on the possibilities of using hypnosis in warfare and in intelligence work. They have proposed that hypnosis could be used to strengthen the psychological defenses of captives and that it could be the means of gaining compliance from otherwise uncooperative persons. This paper explores some of the operational implications of these proposals.
Brainwashing From a Psychological Perspective, [94 pages, 11.7 MB], February 1956, Received from the CIA. I had received a poor reproduction of this document many years ago, but in July of 2016, I was able to receive a much better, cleaner, more readable copy – so it has been replaced here.
Classified Subject Header CIA Memorandum, [2 Pages, 0.8 MB], 9 July 1951, This memo, received from the CIA, is a declassified document involving the use of hypnosis, and its uses. It is heavily redacted, but shows a disturbing use of hypnosis, as documented by the CIA.
Project MK Ultra, sometimes referred to as the CIA’s Mind Control Program, was the Code Name given to aI Illegal Program of Experiments on Human Subjects, designed and undertaken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Experiments on Humans were intended to identify and develop Drugs, Alcohol, stick and poke Tattoos, and Procedures to be used in Interrogations and Torture, in order to weaken the Individual to force Confessions through Mind Control. Organized through the Scientific Intelligence Division of the CIA, the Project coordinated with the Special Operations Division of the US Army’s Chemical Corps. The Program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in Scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and officially halted in 1973. The Program engaged in many Illegal Activities. In particular it used unwitting US and Canadian Citizens as its Test Subjects, which led to Controversy regarding its Legitimacy. MK Ultra used numerous Methodologies to manipulate People’s Mental States and alter Brain Functions, including the surreptitious Administration of Drugs (especially LSD) and other Chemicals, Hypnosis, Sensory Deprivation, Isolation, Verbal and Sexual Abuse, as well as various Forms of Torture.
The Scope of Project MK Ultra was broad, with Research undertaken at 80 Institutions, including 44 Colleges and Universities, as well as Hospitals, Prisons, and Pharmaceutical Companies. The CIA operated through these Institutions using Front Organizations, although sometimes Top Officials at these Institutions were aware of the CIA’s Involvement. As the US Supreme Court later noted, MK ULTRA was
“concerned with “the Research and Development of Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Materials capable of Employment in Clandestine Operations to control Human Behavior.” The Program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Because the Agency funded MK Ultra indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the Agency.”
Project MK Ultra was first brought to public attention in 1975 by the Church Committee of the US Congress, and a Gerald Ford commission to investigate CIA activities within the United States. Investigative efforts were hampered by the fact that CIA Director Richard Helms ordered all MKUltra files destroyed in 1973; the Church Committee and Rockefeller Commission investigations relied on the sworn testimony of direct participants and on the relatively small number of documents that survived Helms’ destruction order.
In 1977, a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered a cache of 20,000 documents relating to project MK Ultra, which led to Senate hearings later that same year. In July 2001, some surviving information regarding MK Ultra was declassified.
The Black Vault and the 2004 FOIA Document Release
The Black Vault filed a FOIA request for all documents pertaining to MKULTRA and related projects back in the late 1990s. Despite the reports that MKULTRA documents were destroyed in 1973, the CIA did locate some files and I was told that these documents were being reviewed.
For YEARS I waited, and was never contacted back by the CIA. In time, the CIA DID release the documents on four CD ROMs. I received these documents back in 2004, and was one of the first (if not the first) to have uploaded the ENTIRE collection of MKULTRA records to the internet.
Below, you will find the links to the data on the CDROMS as originally received.
Originally, the CIA directories contained .tif images of the documents (not my favorite format) and two other files. The .txt file is a poor excuse for a OCR (optical character recognition) of the document, and a .dat file which contains a one line description, as found in the index below.
This has been an extremely popular dataset since I first added it, and in March of 2017 – expanded the original CIA release with a newer, updated, searchable PDF format consisting of their original .TIF file releases.
MKULTRA CIA Document Index [85 Pages, 6.2MB] Start here! This will list documents archived on the CD-ROMs below. You can just start browsing the CD’s below by clicking on one and browsing around. I also included a .ZIP file of the CD-ROM as they were obtained from the CIA. In addition, I have created an archived of .PDF files, all searchable, which are now
In March of 2017, The Black Vault converted the entire above collection into text-searchable .pdf files. I created a .ZIP file of the entire directory structure, and the .PDF files for download. Please note: The original .tif, .dat and .txt files were removed in this .zip since they are now unneeded. (Note: This does NOT include the new 2018 releases below.)
In March of 2016, Oscar Diggs, a visitor to The Black Vault, found the MKULTRA collection I put online. He then painstakingly reviewed the index of files, and the released records for comparison, to see if they matched. He compiled a list of all the missing documents, or portions thereof, and sent me the below index of all that he found that was missing.
Here was his list from the above index that were not put onto the original CD-ROMs
I filed a FOIA request to the CIA, for these specific records, since they did not include it in their initial release to me. Sadly, after a long wait, they informed me that there would be no way to find them, and only supplied me a “new copy” of their MKULTRA collection. I ran a scan to compare file to file, and it was exactly the same release that I originally received (which is available for download above).
I then began a “FOIA Battle” with the CIA about this entire issue. According to their own letter, they stated the index (again, available for download above) was supposed to ALL be on the CD-ROMs. Obviously, they were not, and I double and then later TRIPLE checked the work of Oscar Diggs to ensure accuracy. There was no error, and I stood by the documents were missing.
After sending a 97 page fax proving that the records were not on the original disks (which is what they required me to do) they changed their story once they realized I proved what I said. They then claimed they made a “mistake,” and they should have been better at clarifying, but the documents regarding “behavioral modification” were NOT supposed to be on the CD-ROMs, and I only paid for the “MKULTRA” material. After wasting hours upon hours of time stretching over months, I then officially requested a “fee waiver” to see if I could get the fees waived. I felt I put up a good argument for one, but I was ultimately denied.
So in August of 2018, I started a GOFUNDME campaign to help raise the $425.80 that the CIA required to release the 4,358 additional pages. Again, I was told I needed to pay for them, because they did not fit the scope of my original request in the late 1990s. After extensive media coverage about my “FOIA Battle” that was covered by Vice News / Motherboard, Newsweek and many other outlets, the funds were raised in a matter of days. I immediately wrote the check, and waited for my documents.
Fast forward to the end of October 2018. I received a box from the CIA that I knew, was what I had been waiting for. I opened the box, and on the top of the stack (keep in mind, about 2 1/2 months had passed since I sent payment) was my original/uncashed check, made payable to the United States Treasury Department. I knew instantly, there was an issue.
I read their letter (available below). In short, the CIA changed their story yet again. First, even though they said I already got 100% of the MK ULTRA material, it was now proven untrue. I now had a stack of pages that they finally agreed, SHOULD HAVE been on the CD ROMs, and therefore, they sent them for free (remember that fee waiver denial? Someone should have caught the fact I was right about asking for the records.) According to their letter, the contents of the box they sent me totaled 791 pages (which actual totaled 800 exactly, but close enough). Now the question was, if the 791 (actual: 797) pages were part of the 4,358 I paid for, then what about the remaining 3,567 (actual: 3,555) pages? Well, that got even more bizarre. Now the number of remaining pages was only 2,316 pages. That means at least 1,245 pages of MK ULTRA | Mind Control | Behavioral Modification documents just vanished from their original quote to me. What I can’t deduce from the CIA’s letter (available below) is if these 797 pages released were a part of that original quote, so the number of missing pages could be closer to 2,000!
That said, the more frustrating thing, is that I have to “start over.” It took 2 1/2 months for the CIA to not cash my check, and then send me a letter stating that what I had already paid for months prior, would need to be purchased again, and therefore, I needed to start over by writing a new check, sending it via postal mail, and just wait… again.
Mistakes happen, but they had an exact page count in their original demand for payment. They were adamant about having to pay for 100% of the responsive pages, and that I was not to get ANY for free. They even processed my fee waiver, and denied it outright after “considering it.” Why wasn’t any of this found during the process of that fee waiver request? After all of that work, all of that time wasted,in the end, I still did not get all of the documents, and the CIA changed their story, yet again.
I will let you all decide what that all means, but for now, I have scanned in the 797 pages of material, and they are all available below, which I have indexed and organized by the order they were received.
MK ULTRA Documents Released October 2018
Below you will find the 800 pages released to me, that were NOT included in the original MK ULTRA document releases above.
The investigation of the intelligence potential of biocommunications emphasizing an analytical study of the intrinsic capability of man as a biocommunications system and also an investigation of the conditions whereby his capability can be enhanced or augmented.
NY TIMES Articles, CIA Tells Columbia, Princeton of Secret Behavioral Research
Additional Documents Declassified About MK ULTRA
Studies in Intelligence, March 2010 [76 Pages, 3.28 MB] The Center for the Study of Intelligence (CSI) was founded in 1974 in response to Director of Central Intelligence James Schlesinger’s desire to create within CIA an organization that could “think through the functions of intelligence and bring the best intellects available to bear on intelligence problems.” The center, comprising professional historians and experienced practitioners, attempts to document lessons learned from past activities, to explore the needs and expectations of intelligence consumers, and to stimulate serious debate about current and future intelligence challenges. To carry out this mission, CSI publishes Studies in Intelligence, as well as numerous books and monographs addressing historical, operational, doctrinal and theoretical aspects of the intelligence profession. It also administers the CIA Museum and maintains the Agency’s Historical Intelligence Collection of published literature on intelligence.
Studies in Intelligence, December 2009 [97 Pages, 1.65 MB] Contents of this volume include the following topics, articles, comments and reviews: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES: Operation INFEKTION Soviet Bloc Intelligence and Its AIDS Disinformation Campaign; The Origins of Modern Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Military Intelligence at the Front, 1914 – 1918 25; INTELLIGENCE TODAY AND TOMORROW: An Experiment in Collaboration on an Intelligence Problem, Developing STORM, a Methodology for Evaluating Transit Routes of Transnational Terrorists and Criminals; INTELLIGENCE IN PUBLIC MEDIA: The James Angleton Phenomenon | Cunning Passages, Contrived Corridors”: Wandering in the Angletonian Wilderness; On the Web: Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and CIA Counterintelligence; The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One; Vietnam Declassified: CIA and Counterinsurgency in Vietnam; OSS Training in the National Parks and Service Abroad in World War II; The Secret War in El Paso: Mexico Revolutionary Intrigue, 1906 – 1920; The Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf; Comment | In Defense of John Honeyman (and George Washington); Books, Film, and Television Reviewed in Studies in Intelligence, 2009.