Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The Central Intelligence Agency code name for a research program conducted jointly with the U.S. Army, beginning in May 1952 and concluding in February 1970, to study interrogation and manipulation techniques. MK/ULTRA funded more than 140 separate projects in the experimental field of parapsychology in various locations, working with volunteers. The object was to develop, test, and evaluate techniques that were later labeled “mind control,” in an effort to create countermeasures, but the program was included in a list of possible abuses declared to Congress. Many of the hypnotic and psychedelic methods tested were condemned by the Rockefeller Commission.