How the CIA hid their MKULTRA mind-control program

And yes, this has a COVID vaccine punchline

by Jon Rappoport

September 17, 2021

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Back in the early 1990s, I spoke with John Marks, author of Search for the Manchurian Candidate. This was the book (1979) that helped expose the existence and range of the infamous CIA MKULTRA program.

Marks related the following facts to me. He had originally filed many Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests for documents connected to the CIA’s mind-control program. He got nothing back.

Finally, as if to play a joke on him, someone at the CIA sent Marks 10 boxes of financial and accounting records. The attitude was, “Here, see what you can do with this.”

I’ve seen some of those records. They’re very boring reading.

But Marks went through them, and lo and behold, he found he could piece together MKULTRA projects, based on the funding data.

Eventually, he assembled enough information to begin naming names. He conducted interviews. The shape of MKULTRA swam into view. And so he wrote his book, Search for the Manchurian Candidate.

He told me that three important books had been written about MKULTRA, and they all stemmed from those 10 boxes of CIA financial records. There was his own book; Operation Mind Control by Walter Bowart; and The Mind Manipulators by Alan Scheflin and Edward Opton.

After publishing his book, Marks continued to press the CIA for more MKULTRA information. He explained to me what then happened. A CIA official told him the following: in 1962, after ten years of mind-control experiments, the whole program had been shifted over to another internal CIA department, the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

The ORD had a hundred boxes of information on their MKULTRA work, and there was no way under the sun, Marks was told, he was ever going to get his hands on any of that. It was over. It didn’t matter how many FOIA requests Marks filed. He was done. The door was shut. Goodbye.

The CIA went darker than it ever had before. No leaks of any kind would be permitted.

In case there is any doubt about it, the idea of relying on the CIA to admit what it has done in the mind-control area, what it is doing, and what it will do should be put to bed by John Mark’s statements. The CIA always has been, and will continue to be, a rogue agency.

To give you an idea of how far the CIA, the US military, and its allied academics will go in MKULTRA “research,” here is what I wrote in 1995 about several human experiments. My information was based on the three key books I mentioned above, as well as Martin Lee’s classic, Acid Dreams:

“Dr. Robert Heath of Tulane University, as early as 1955, working for the Army, gave patients LSD while he had electrodes implanted deep inside their brains.”

“In the mid-1950’s, Paul Hoch, M.D., a man who would become Commissioner of Mental Hygiene for the State of New York, then a laborer in the field for the CIA, gave a ‘pseudoneurotic schizophrenic’ patient mescaline. The patient had a heaven-and-hell journey on the compound. But Hoch followed this up with a transorbital leucotomy [aka lobotomy]… Hoch also gave a patient LSD, and a local anesthetic, and then proceeded to remove pieces of his cerebral cortex, asking at various moments whether the patient’s perceptions were changing.”

People need to understand how the history of mind control and psychiatry are interwoven, and how the madmen and murderers within these “professions” are content to use torture “in the name of science.”

From a article by the heroic whistleblower, psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin (“Never again! The real history of psychiatry”), we get insight into one aspect of that history.

Breggin: “[Before World War 2, in America], organized psychiatry had been sterilizing tens of thousands of Americans. For a time in California, you couldn’t be discharged from a state hospital unless you were sterilized. In Virginia the retarded were targeted. American advocates of sterilization went to Berlin to help the Nazis plan their sterilization program. These Americans reassured the Germans that they would meet no opposition from America in sterilizing their mentally and physically ‘unfit’ citizens.”

“While the murder of mental patients was going full swing in Germany, knowledgeable American psychiatrists and neurologists didn’t want to be left out. In 1942, the American Psychiatric Association held a debate about whether to sterilize or to murder low IQ ‘retarded’ children when they reached the age of five. Those were the only two alternatives in the debate: sterilization or death.”

“After the debate, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association published an editorial in which it chose sides in favor of murder (“Euthanasia” in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 1942, volume 99, pp. 141-143). It said psychiatrists would have to muster their psychological skills to keep parents from feeling guilty about agreeing to have their children killed.”

The psychiatrists who later went to work for the CIA, in the MKULTRA program, were devoid of conscience. Any experiment was a good experiment. Human beings were “useful subjects.”

Here is an MKULTRA sub-project you may not have heard of. I wrote about it several years ago—

Some would say the 1940s and 50s were the most vibrant and innovative period in the history of American jazz.

During those years, it was common knowledge that musicians who were busted for drug use were shipped, or volunteered to go, to Lexington, Kentucky. Lex was the first Narcotics Farm and US Health Dept. drug treatment hospital in the US.

According to diverse sources, here’s a partial list of the reported “hundreds” of jazz musicians who went to Lex: Red Rodney, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Sonny Stitt, Howard McGhee, Elvin Jones, Zoot Sims, Lee Morgan, Tadd Dameron, Stan Levey, Jackie McLean.

It’s also reported that Ray Charles was there, and William Burroughs, Peter Lorre, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

It was supposed to be a rehab center. A place for drying out.

But it was something else too. Lex was used by the CIA as one of its MKULTRA centers for experimentation on inmates.

The doctor in charge of this mind control program was Harris Isbell. Astonishingly, Isbell was, at the same time, a member of the FDA’s Advisory Committee on the Abuse of Depressant and Stimulant Drugs.

Isbell gave LSD and other psychedelics to inmates at Lex.

At Sandoz labs in Switzerland, Dr. Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, also synthesized psilocybin from magic mushrooms. The CIA got some of this new synthetic from Hofmann and gave it to Isbell so he could try it out on inmates at Lex.

Isbell worked at Lex from the 1940s through 1963. It is reported that in one experiment, Isbell gave LSD to 7 inmates for 77 consecutive days. At 4 times the normal dosage. That is a chemical hammer of incredible proportions.

To induce inmates to join these MKULTRA drug experiments, they were offered the drug of their choice, which in many cases was heroin. So at a facility dedicated to drying out and rehabbing addicts, the addicts were subjected to MKULTRA experiments and THEN a re-establishment of their former habit.

Apparently, as many as 800 different drugs were sent to Isbell by the CIA or CIA allies to use on patients at Lex. Two of the allies? The US Navy and the US National Institute of Mental Health—proof that MKULTRA extended beyond the CIA.

In another MKULTRA experiment at Lex, nine men were strapped down on tables. They were injected with psilocybin. Bright lights were beamed at their eyes—a typical mind control component.

During Isbell’s tenure, no one knows how many separate experiments he ran on the inmates.

As I say, Lex was the main stop for drying out for NY jazz musicians. How many of them were taken into these MKULTRA programs?

As Martin Lee explains in his book, Acid Dreams, “It became an open secret…that if the [heroin] supply got tight [on the street], you could always commit yourself to Lexington, where heroin and morphine were doled out as payment if you volunteered for Isbell’s whacky drug experiments. (Small wonder Lexington had a return rate of 90%.)”

A June 15, 1999, Counterpunch article by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, “CIA’s Sidney Gottlieb: Pusher, Assassin & Pimp— US Official Poisoner Dies,” contains these quotes on Dr. Isbell:

“Gottlieb also funded the experiments of Dr. Harris Isbell. Isbell ran the Center for Addiction Research in Lexington, Kentucky. Passing through Isbell’s center was a captive group of human guinea pigs in the form of a steady stream of black heroin addicts. More than 800 different chemical compounds were shipped from Gottlieb to Lexington for testing on Isbell’s patients.”

“Perhaps the most infamous experiment came when Isbell gave LSD to seven black men for seventy-seven straight days. Isbell’s research notes indicates that he gave the men ‘quadruple’ the ‘normal’ dosages. The doctor marveled at the men’s apparent tolerance to these remarkable amounts of LSD. Isbell wrote in his notes that ‘this type of behavior is to be expected in patients of this type’.”

“In other Gottlieb-funded experiment at the Center, Isbell had nine black males strapped to tables, injected them with psylocybin, inserted rectal thermometers, had lights shown in their eyes to measure pupil dilation and had their joints whacked to test neural reactions.”

If you think these experiments were so extreme they bear no resemblance to modern psychiatry, think again. Thorazine, the first so-called anti-psychotic drug, was researched on the basis of its ability to make humans profoundly quiescent and passive. Electroshock and lobotomy are straight-out torture techniques that also destroy parts of the brain. SSRI antidepressants increase violent behavior, including homicide. Among its many documented effects, Ritalin can induce hallucinations and paranoia.

Well, all these effects are part and parcel of the original (and ongoing) MKULTRA.

But now the whole population, via psychiatry, is included in the experiment.

Which is one reason why THE RIGHT TO REFUSE MEDICATION must be protected and expanded.

Including, of course, the right to refuse VACCINES.

For example, the COVID vaccines.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

35 comments on “How the CIA hid their MKULTRA mind-control program

  1. Tim says:

    “Momma told me not to come..(She did…)….that ain’t no way to have fun..Son!!..that ain’t no way to have fun…”.

  2. Marie says:

    The people who need to read this can’t.

    • DSKlausler says:


    • Haniel Adhar says:

      Or won’t.

      • Arby says:

        “The people who need to read this can’t.” Agreed, mostly. I made a poster out of this article (using an excerpt in order to fit it on one page). I poster all over Toronto. People, including the odd one who is dumb as the post he or she is looking at, will no doubt see and read the post. Ray Charles’s name should help. If they are English, as a first language, they will recognize the name. East Indians et al? They don’t even know who the Beatles are. I know. I’ve asked. I work with a steady stream of east Indians in security. They are no different than most clueless youth except that they are also clueless about Western cultural history.

  3. From Elsewhere says:

    Exposed. We need a deja-vu, hoping for insiders to turn the tables, while outsiders resist the pressure of lies and threats.

  4. Paul says:

    “COUNTRY” “music”


    Trance Formation of America

    Cathy O’Brien & Mark Phillips

  5. mary says:

    I seriously thought I could not be shocked or disgusted anymore. I was wrong.

  6. Judith Pecho says:

    My father was in Jackson Prison ’54 thru-60. His personality changed while there. He developed schizophrenia and his kids tild he got ECT. He would act melancholy and saud he heard voices. I have been trying to get his records but so far to nobavail. He was prisecuted by a ambutioys prosecutor who became a State Senator. He might have had something w getting dad in this pdryogram so the 14 lie detector tests he passed would never be relevant. He was the first pardon in 20 years by Govenor GMennen Williams. Said worst miscarriage of justice. His case was prosecuted on Walter Cronkite News in ’54.

    Any way to find if he was in this MK Ultra program. He was not MI when went into Jackson Prison. Read once they were part of this program too.

    My mother was suicidal. He did not murder her. I was 11 yo.

    They let us visit himbin separate room than usual prison visitor room. Without glass between and just one man in room.
    A book written by his attorney sister. There is a small following. The Senator nit re-elected after found he withheld evidence and manipulated other. He would luke to discredit my father character to keep eyes off him.

    You can write if want more Info. He had lingering psychiatric problems after released. Hallucinations and voices. Committed to VA Hospital. Had coronary at 64 yo. Two attacks and died within a week. We were never notified til fatal.

    • JamesRoss says:

      Do you realize prisons are where the Medical Mafia hang-out besides in hospitals.

      It is almost guaranteed that the voices that he was hearing was handlers tormenting him via brainchip interface covertly installed just like Magnus Olsson of Sweden explained happened to him during a visit to the Stockholm Hospital.

      Most people have not figured out that the Mystery School Cult has been given fantastically advanced technology from the ancients, Homo capensis. Humans are a very young speices, we are naive, the ancient species hides amoungst humanity with the Templars and Freemasons hiding all evidence that they exist.

      Even worse, the Freemasons have rebuilt the Tower of Babel

      But worry not, you are within a multiverse training-ground for new soul-fragments. You are expected to develop a loving personality, but the Creator-God provides you with free-will and will not interfere, just advise. You are not on your own and the probabilities offer you immortality until old age. You are expected to expand your understanding and begin using your inner senses to enhance your physical senses.

      Best wishes,

  7. Haniel Adhar says:

    America has a drug problem.

    We are a nation of drug fiends.

  8. striketheroot says:

    What has been (and is) being done is deplorable. That said with billions supposedly roaming the planet(I have to take their word for that number) there are a lot of defective humans. Younare given the task of figuring out what to do with the humans that can’t support themselves let alone contribute (read:be taxed) to society. What would YOU do? It’s like the abortion argument where one side wants it outlawed but offer no solution for the problems created thereby. Who will step up to adopt and support these children ? Hard questions on a hard predatory planet.

    • JamesRoss says:

      Since the poisons inside vaccines are “mongolizing” infants, it might be important to take a closer look at who makes those vaccines and the root of their reasons for making vaccines which is not for better health.

      The world is actually quite wealthy, the Freemason politicians pretend by keeping two sets of accounting books that the world is going bankrupt.

      There is not need to murder, that is what the ancients want… for Homo sapiens to extinct ourselves through stupidity and then they take over, again! But they are murderous and unworthy of our Earth.

  9. Paul says:

    Bowie toured
    “Little Wonder”
    with Tin Machine
    & Nine Inch Nails

  10. AJ says:

    Today, Natural Blaze exposed nursing homes criminal treatment of elders by fake diagnosis of schizophrenia to control them with deadly drugs. Most, 99%, with no history of schizophrenia. And without consent from family and patient concent. This needs more investigation. Again, doctors fail to respect their oath and patients’ rights. Never stops!

    • JamesRoss says:

      They consider themselves Cult minions before they think of themselves as “doctors”.

      Do you know the Cult changed the Hippocratic oath to allow secret murder by the fake doctors.

      It is now the oath for Mystery School thUgs serving the Tower-Of-Babel.

  11. Maria Teresa says:

    Sempre que eu penso que já nada me espanta confesso o meu desconhecimento por mais este crime sobre o ser humano. Afinal as experiencias semelhantes a estas nos presos alemães do tempo de Hitler mais não foram do que a continuação das experiencias americanas. Grande artigo. Obrigada.

    Whenever I think that nothing amazes me anymore, I confess my ignorance of this crime on human beings. After all, experiences similar to these in German prisoners in Hitler’s time were no more than the continuation of American experiences. Great article. Thanks.

  12. Siouxma says:

    When you fully comprehend that what Jon is telling us has been publicly knowable for decades and soundly suppressed by Official Narrative Keepers, you can understand the success of this Great Divide going on now. To talk out loud about MKULTRA makes you and me the tinfoil conspiracy wackos. No more will I take the pejoratives as a means to shut me up. There’s a price to pay, however. You’ll lose your friends and family who have fingers in their ears and blinders on their eyes and brains that long ago shutdown. The programming is quite effective, ask Tavistock and Kurt Lewin’s Transformational Marxism aka Anti-Humans posing as gentle little fuzzballs.

    • JamesRoss says:

      The people who do not want to awaken to the treachery of the Cult thUgs against humanity, will simply take their jab and die because the multiverse allows them to remain oblivious and drift off to some other probable world where they don’t get jabbed.

      We are the souls wanting to save our species from annihilation by the thUg-network. We have a great challenge before us to replace their wicked-intent with our good-intent. Are you ready?

  13. Siouxma says:

    This reminds me of one of my favorite Bruce Willis movies, “RED” (Retired Extremely Dangerous) about life after a career working for the CIA. John Malkovich gets to do what he does so well in his looney character having been subjected to the LSD experimentation referred to above. Still he is a very effective killing machine.

  14. Roundball Shaman says:

    All of this comes down to one thing. Is the future of humankind to be just a “thing” to be used and manipulated and be a source of amusement by those who cowardly and safely hide in the darkness, or is humanity a spiritual miracle and part of the Divine with unlimited freedom and potential?

    We Earth tenants may or not may get this right. The powers here are that dark.

    But even if we don’t, there will be another creation somewhere in the Universe (or maybe there already is – or even many of them) where living beings can thrive and live as was intended without the interference of perverse gods among us.

    The Earth will either become a full-on garbage dump or it will be a paradise. Not a bad reality show to watch.

    And thankfully, not the only one.

  15. Liv4ever says:

    Rock on, Jonny…!

  16. stefan says:

    Like Eminem rightfully said in one of his songs:
    makes you sick to ur stomach, doesn’it?

  17. Mike B says:

    A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments by Albarelli is another good source for MK Ultra and LSD program information. Apparently one experiment involved dropping LSD from the air over an unsuspecting French village to surveil the human response/reaction. People went crazy. They didn’t know what was happening. They panicked, jumped off bridges, and on and on. Lots of incredible details in that book. Separately, the Unabomber was a patient/victim of some of these LSD experiments, I believe. This was not reported during his trial.

    • Mos Craciun says:

      Re. Unabomber (Kaczynski) — yes, he was a victim of LSD experiments at Harvard, but was no trial in 1996.

      He asked to do pro se representation, but was denied and forced to plead guilty or insanity. There was only circumstantial evidence and had a very good chance to be exonerated should the trial proceed. Being obliged to plead his choice was guilty otherwise a plea of insanity will discredit his previous writings. A classic example of set up and of “american justice”.

    • Ma No says:

      No, the LSD was introduced into the flour of the only (as I recall) local bakery.

  18. Jim S Smith says:

    OMG, Jon!

    This article really knocks it all out of the ballpark, and then some!

    Already knew that modern psychiatry and the “psychiatrists’ bible” – The DSM – were a bunch of hokum, but THIS article really puts a whole new light on the whole works!

    It also reminds of the early contributions, hailing from the TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE ON HUMAN BEHAVIOR. The TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE is where MOST of the ideas and “theories” to be tested originated from.

    A serious historical analysis and “investigation” of the TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE – and its many ties into virtually ALL aspects of psychiatry, propaganda operations, PSYOPS, etc – will be quite revealing! – They are also very deeply “in bed with” the EUGENICS MOVEMENT – In which INTERNATIONAL PLANNED PARENTHOOD was once known as the INTERNATIONAL EUGENICS SOCIETY.

    It is ALL tied in together – and was (and still IS) heavily funded by many of the multi-billion-dollar foundations, institutes, funds, trusts, etc!

  19. ReluctantWarrior says:

    It is interesting to me that the jabs have changed people. I am not sure why this seems to be happening but it is happening. Is it because of an exacerbated political divide that is impacting peoples psychology or a form of virtue signaling or obedient preening that makes the vaxxed feel superior or is it something in the vaccine itself that is turning our loved one’s into mindless, uncaring, obedient zombies? WTF?

  20. Gwyneth Cann says:

    Jon, please spread this video as far and as widely as possible.

    John O’Looney of Milton Keynes Family Funeral Services in England.

    Video is at end of article.

  21. Chiefe says:

    What about John Stockwell, the CIA agent who had been involved in the civil war in Angola’s civil war, he had blown whistle on too many CIA MKULTRA mind control & torture activities.

    Then there’s also Douglas Valentine, people unfamiliar w/ that name should check him out. He had a lot of information about a lot of MKULTRA like evil done by CIA thru its “Phoenix Program” in Vietnam, Cambodia, as well as Thailand.

    Both of these guys John Stockwell & Douglas Valentine are still alive, might be a good idea for as many information dumps out of such people as possible.

  22. Viktoria says:

    Sidney Gottlieb-The Prisoner In Chief and Dr. Colin Ross’s book C.I.A. Doctors and Human Rights Abuses By American Psychiatrists books on-line

  23. AJ says:

    Reading all these books is time consuming. The issue of survival from slavery and human robbots still remains. Those that are willing to concede are 95% lost already. Those of us that realize a blind man does not need sunglasses to improve his vision are ahead. Talk with those that are open to the truth. Otherwise, your wasting time. They are lost already. Many vaxxers will wake up soon but the damage to them will already have been done. Now, the vaccine attack is on teens and children, 5 years old to 6 months old. If this happens there is no future for America. Where to start is the question. Because they can eradicate a few easily we must be skillful in resisting. Soon anyone publicly stating similar ideas will be found and dealt with, vaccination, concentration camp, death. So know who your real friends are before you open up. Be careful.

  24. Sean says:

    It is amazing how I dont fully understand what you are laying down the first time, or more times when I read it.

    The continuing extent and depth of this subject is shocking. Even with all of the exposure, how it all goes on. Truly perplexing that it is so rampant.

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