The CIA Dosed People With LSD Without Their Knowledge

The CIA Dosed People With LSD Without Their Knowledge

The shocking details of Project MKUltra came to light in 1976 and 1977, when the U.S. Senate investigated the program and published its findings. LSD was a key focus of the research, as the CIA was hoping to find chemicals that would impact a person's behavior during interrogation or torture. During the project's heyday, agents dosed subjects that had been coerced into taking the drug, unwitting subjects, and even each other in an attempt to pin down its effects. Today, Project MKUltra is often referred to as the CIA's mind-control program.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    In 1953, Canadian researchers tried to use high doses of LSD to scare alcoholics into sobriety. (0:46)

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    During the 1950s and '60s, CIA agents dosed unwitting civilians, prisoners, government employees, and themselves with LSD as part of Project MKUltra. (2:13)

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    Operation Midnight Climax, a program under Project MKUltra, involved CIA agents secretly observing johns who had been dosed with LSD by prostitutes. (3:23)

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