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What Was MK Ultra, The CIA’s Top-Secret Cold War Research Program?

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During the 1950s and ’60s, the CIA used brainwashing, hypnosis, and torture on thousands of subjects brutalized by the infamous Project MK Ultra experiments. Though they may sound like science fiction and though the CIA tried to deny them for years, the mind-control experiments of project MK Ultra were all too real. For more than a decade at the height of the Cold War, CIA researchers abused helpless subjects in some of the most disturbing experiments in history. Convinced that the Soviet Union had developed mind-control capabilities, the CIA tried to do the same with MK Ultra starting in 1953. What followed was an expansive program undertaken across 80 institutions, universities, and hospitals. Each one carried out torturous experiments, including electrocution, verbal and sexual abuse, and dosing subjects with massive quantities of LSD. What’s more, these experiments often used unwitting subjects who were left with permanent psychological damage. Unsurprisingly, the CIA conducted the project with the utmost…(READ MORE)

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