Excerpt – June 23, 1963 CIA IG Memo & Report (Updated)

(Update: added item 6 from the memo that implies testing of behavioral modification on animals. This was also covered in later testimony by Stansfield Turner, covered elsewhere on this blog. Corrected Torrey interview subject.)

Memo, page 2:

6. The scope of MKULTRA is comprehensive and ranges from the search for and procurement of botanical and chemical substances, for programs for their analysis in scientific laboratories, to progressive testing for their effect on animals and human beings. The testing on individuals begins under laboratory conditions employing every safeguard and progresses gradually to more and more realistic operational simulations. The program requires and obtains the services of a number of highly specialized authorities in a number of scientific fields of the natural sciences.

7. The concepts involved in manipulating human behavior are found by many people both within and outside the Agency to be distasteful and unethical. There is considerable evidence that opposition intelligence services are active and highly proficient in this field.* The experience of TSD to date indicates the both the research and the employment of the materials are expensive and often unpredictable in the results. Nevertheless, there have been major accomplishments both in research and operational employment.

* This sentence is kind of contradicted by the next one primarily due to financial constraints of communist countries. Torture someone long enough (inexpensive) and you can get them to sign a false confession, repeat lines fed them on camera, etc. But that only generally holds as long as the threat of additional torture does. It seems, much like the distortions and exaggerations of Iraq WMD capabilities and actions prior to the invasion, that the actual capabilities of Soviet and Chinese intelligence in having advanced techniques such as those researched by CIA and the Department of Defense were non-existent. Much of the evidence for that seems to have been exaggerated or implied. It is much easier to, for example, hold a man’s family hostage to get him to perform a criminal act or act of war than to bother rewiring his head to otherwise make him want to do it or trick him into thinking he is actually doing something else.

Report, page 2:

b. Some MKULTRA activities raise questions of legality implicit in the original charter.

c. A final phase of the testing of MKULTRA products places the rights and interests of U. S. citizens in jeopardy.

d. Public disclosure of some aspects of MKULTRA activity could induce serious adverse reaction in U. S. public opinion, as well as stimulate offensive and defensive action in this field on the part of foreign intelligence services.

Again, note the fear-inducing suggestion that these activities, illegal, unethical and wholly anti-American but nonetheless approved and conducted, should be kept secret because they might upset people or cause the opponents—whom the memo already implies are ahead of the US on this research—might start doing what the memo claims as justification for doing it in the first place. Circular logic combined with emotional manipulation.

Report, page 4:

(1) Over the ten year life of the program many additional avenues to the control of human behavior have been designated by the TSD management as appropriate to investigation under the MKULTRA charter, including radiation, electro-shock, various fields of psychology, psychiatry, sociology and anthropology, graphology, harassment substances, and paramilitary devices and materials.

And the point that there is going to be non-device methods (psychology) and therefore also disinformation in the same. See post about NYTimes interview with Dr. Torrey regarding Ortega-Hernandez.

This was the CIA IG in 1963, Fourteen years before the Senate hearing.

(Final note: while typing this, multiple interruptions by ‘Gabe’ whom I have not heard from in days. Typical attempt to disrupt and delay. I’m sick of both. Shut this s*** down).

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  1. […] goes out to Admiral Stansfield Turner, who testified before the Senate in 1977 about MK/Ultra and enumerated in general terms the many subprojects including controlling the behavior of animals. He is, I think, still around and I read he was at a […]


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