The events described below are mostly conspiracy theories, as the current evidence of their reality is either dubious or unproven. Nevertheless, there are many researchers who believe they are partially or completely true.
The experiments with LSD on volunteers seemed productive to Gottlieb, he began experimenting with drugs on unsuspecting people. In some of the experiments, he was joined by Dr. Donald Ewen 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 field of manipulating human behavior.
He continued to do this with the CIA’s secret Bluebird and Artichoke Projects, which in 1953 became the massive MK-ULTRA project.
Around 1960, Dr. Gottlieb expanded his experimentation program, beginning what was later codenamed Subproject 94. Initially, this included only animal experiments.
In 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 carried out with dogs, cats, and monkeys in which miniature electrode implants were inserted into specific regions of the brain. Some tests were designed only to see how and with what effect physical actions could 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 completely controlled by humans.
In April 1961, Gottlieb rated these animal experiments as successful and decided it was time to experiment with electrode implants in human brains.
There are no confirmed records to disclose how many such brutal experiments were carried out on unwitting people, since in 1972 Richard Helms, then director of the CIA, ordered the destruction of the records of all 150 separate MK-ULTRA projects, however, information about experiments with three Vietnamese prisoners was leaked in July of 1968.
A group of “behaviorists” 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 neurologist performed three operations in succession, during which they inserted tiny electrodes into the brains of three Vietnamese captives.
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 brains.
The purpose of the mind control experiment was to determine whether in this way it is possible to incite people to attack and kill each other. The CIA has long been looking for the ideal “sleeping” hitman, the real “Manchu candidate” who could be sent to kill other people by manipulating his brains.
However, something went wrong here. Whether it was the extraordinary stamina and strong-willed resistance of these particular Vietnamese, mistakes in the implantation of electrodes, or something else, however, all three refused to attack each other for a whole week of “frying” 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 such mind control experiments have continued at the CIA and no one knows how successful they have been.