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MKultra was a secret CIA project Under MKultra the CIA gave itself the authority to research how drugs could promote the intoxicating effects of alcohol render the induction of hypnosis easier enhance the ability of individuals to withstand privation torture and coercion produce amnesia shock and confusion and much more Many of these questions were investigated using unwitting test subjects like drugaddicted prisoners marginalized sex workers and terminal cancer patientspeople who could not fight back in the words of Sidney Gottlieb the chemist who introduced LSD to the CIAMKUltra wasnt one project as the US Supreme Court wrote in a 1985 decision on a related case It was 162 different secret projects that were indirectly financed by the CIA but were contracted out to various universities research foundations and similar institutions In all at least 80 institutions and 185 researchers participated but many didnt know they were dealing with the CIAMany of MKUltras records were destroyed in a 1973 purge and many had been destroyed throughout the program as a matter of course But 8000 pages of recordsmostly financial documents that were mistakenly not destroyed in 1973were found in 1977


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