MKULTRA Voting Trends Subproject

There is apparently a bit more released in the MKULTRA FOIA documents than John Marks had available when he wrote The Search for the Manchurian Candidate. Additionally, there are some errors in the list he supposedly compiled regarding the nature of the subprojects. For example, subproject 127 regards voting and the usual list shows #123 and 124 as identical. 126 on that list is actually 125, 125 is 124, etc. and 127 “Voting” was simply missing.

Not only had I not heard of this one before, I don’t think it’s mentioned anywhere that I’ve seen. Scouring via web search has turned up no coverage.

As a result of this and other potential errors in the list floating around the web, I’ve upadated the “MKULTRA” tab up top as well as the “MKULTRA subprojects #84, #119, Projects BIZARRE & PANDORA” tab. Technically #84–one of the hypnosis subprojects–doesn’t belong on that tab but I believe that the old style hypnosis projects formed some basis for the remote electronic suggestion projects that came later.

It seems that practically every abuse studied and labeled as a no-no by Congress during the 70s has come back to haunt us including assassination, and so why not a more covert version of voter fraud “to protect America” as well? A passage from the documents on studying voting:

To begin with, let me express my unstinting and unqualified enthusiasm for general concept behind the project. Though we know very well that there is little hope that we will ever be able to conduct a real longitudinal study, covering several decades, we have often spoke about the need for such a study. This proposal fills a gap; it does so by utilizing data already in existence. The costs are minimal, the opportunity unique, and the promise great. The data ought to be exploited.

To exploit fully the unique data requires, however, a more complete statement of what the analysis of “the individual act of voting” contributes over and above what could be inferred from an analysis of voting statistics by election districts, differentiated according to their ecology. Usually the impact of the “political situation” on various categories of voters is inferred from aggregate data. Such inference can be made only on the assumption that the factors revealed on the aggregate level operate on the whole and as a rule on the individual level as well. The proposed project offers an opportunity to test this assumption by examing a series of election. It is capable of locating individuals {i.e. their social status} who account for heightened or slackened interest and for changes in alignment.

Certainly, we are talking about swing voters as well as what creates party loyalty and voting stability. There are actually several pages available, largely unredacted.

The target foreign country, where they hoped to study voting patterns from–perhaps 1910 to 1960 or so–is something of a mystery.

We know from the documents that it was considered a friendly nation in 1960.

At some point within the period in question, voting was restricted to male property owners 30 years or older who lived in the district at least a year. I haven’t been able to identify a country fitting that description.

It appears to have seven letters in the country name and six in the people descriptor. “Ireland” works, but “Irish” is too short.

One cover letter also says “So far our experience with [REDACTED] foundations has been that they react unfavorably to research in the field of political sociology.”

It had some kind of records dating back 50 years obviously. Census data for individuals with identifying records.

In any case, it is both fascinating that there’s a country with such records and that they would be willing to share them with the US. More likely, the records are simply at a university or government building in the host country and the hope was to access the records without drawing attention to the US government’s involvement.

But, combined with other subprojects, for what possible purpose?

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

See The Black Vault‘s CIA MKULTRA Collection, CD ROM #3, subfolder “DOC_0000017385”:


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