In 1953, on the orders of CIA Director Allen Dulles, a program was created, codenamed MK-ULTRA, in which experiments on mind control were conducted under the direction of Dr. Sidney Gottlieb.
Experiments with LSD on volunteers found Gottlieb to be productive, and he began experimenting with drugs on unsuspecting people. In some of the experiments, he was joined by Dr. Donald Ewan Cameron, who, among other things, helped the Office of Special Services (OSS) effectively interrogate Nazi prisoners of war during World War II.
During these interrogations, Cameron became actively interested in the experiments of the Nazis, which they carried out on prisoners of concentration camps. In 1947, the OSS became the CIA, Cameron was already considered a great specialist in the manipulation of human behavior.
He continued to do this in the framework of the secret CIA projects "Blue Bird" and "Artichoke", which in 1953 became the large-scale project MK-ULTRA.
Around 1960, Dr. Gottlieb expanded his experimentation program, starting what was later codenamed Subproject 94. Initially, it only included animal experiments.
As part of Operation Resurrection, laboratory monkeys were lobotomized and placed in complete isolation. After a while, the experimenters began to send radio frequencies to the brains of the monkeys, but they immediately went crazy and died, their brains were literally fried.
Additional experiments were conducted with dogs, cats and monkeys in which miniature electrode implants were inserted into specific areas of the brain. Some tests were designed only to see how and with what effect physical actions can be stimulated or controlled electronically in the brain.
In some cases, the animals looked more like cyborgs, with brains stuffed with wires and sensors whose movements were almost entirely controlled by humans.
In April 1961, Gottlieb rated these animal experiments as successful and decided it was time to experiment with electrode implants in the human brain.
There are no confirmed records revealing how many such brutal experiments were conducted on weak-willed people, since in 1972 Richard Helms, then director of the CIA, ordered the destruction of records of all 150 separate MK-ULTRA projects, however, information about experiments with three Vietnamese prisoners.
A group of "behavioral specialists" flew to Saigon and went to the hospital in Bien Hoa, where the prisoners were being held. Subproject 94 agents placed their equipment in a specially selected closed room, and then the neurosurgeon and neuropathologist performed three sequential surgeries in which they inserted tiny electrodes into the brains of three Vietnamese prisoners.
After giving the poor fellows some time to recover from operations, they were armed with knives, imprisoned in one cell and began to use direct electrical stimulation of their brain.
The goal of the mind control experiment was to determine if people could be incited to attack and kill each other in this way. The CIA has long been looking for the perfect "sleeping" hitman, a real "Manchu candidate" who could be sent to kill other people by manipulating his brain.
However, something went wrong here.Whether it was the extraordinary endurance and strong-willed resistance of these particular Vietnamese, mistakes when implanting electrodes, or something else, all three refused to attack each other for a whole week of "roasting" their brains.
Realizing that the experiment had failed, the agents of Subproject 94 simply ordered the execution of these prisoners and their bodies carefully burned so that no one would ever find their remains with electrodes in their skulls.
Conspiracy theorists grimly state that it is likely that similar mind-control experiments continued at the CIA, and no one knows how successful they were.