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The Search for the "Manchurian Candidate": The CIA and Mind Control: The Secret History of the Behavioral Sciences Paperback – August 17, 1991
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“Perhaps the most compelling, well-researched, organized and well-written account of CIA operations ever.” (Progressive)
“One of the most important books of the year. . . . We see the CIA on the cutting edge of inquiry into hypnosis, drugs, brainwashing, personality assessment, psychosurgery, electric and radio stimulations of the brain, the creation of involuntary amnesia, terminal shock therapy.” (Playboy)
“Fascinating reading.” (Washington Post)
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_The Search for the "Manchurian Candidate": The CIA and Mind Control_ by John Marks published in 1979 is a somewhat dated account of the CIA's experiments in mind control. Marks obtained much of his material from documents released through the Freedom of Information Act; however, he had to actively pursue these documents and was involved in a lawsuit against the CIA in order to obtain much of his material. He notes that without the release of this material his research would not have been possible.
The author begins by noting the influence of World War II and Nazi science on subsequent investigations by the CIA, formerly the OSS. In particular, the discovery of the hallucinogenic (psychedelic) drug LSD by Albert Hofman of the Sandoz drug company in Basle, Switzerland was to play a central role in the coming experimental "science" of mind manipulation. The author outlines various sadistic experiments performed by the Nazi scientists and doctors on unwitting prisoners and explains how the Nuremburg Code developed. The author also explains the role of the intelligence operatives in the Second World War, including experiments with marijuana as a supposed truth drug, a whole arsenal of dirty tricks and assassination projects, and the attempt to psychoanalyse Adolf Hitler. Indeed, after the war, the intelligence community captured the surviving research by the Nazi scientists and attempted to sort through it for any scientific value it might have had.Read more ›
From a Canadian perspective, if ever there was a need for oversight over such clandestine activities, Cameron's so called "depatterning," "psychic driving" techniques (not to mention the infamous "sleep rooms") certainly called for it. If we are to believe the author -- and there is no reason why we shouldn't -- even the CIA, who traveled periodically to Montreal to observe his work, found his proposals "chillingly explicit." Why? Well, even some of the CIA agents must have felt that Cameron's methods were -- to use THAT word, again -- chillingly close to or mirrored those adopted by the Nazis, many of whom would have enjoyed the hangman's noose were it not for Project Paperclip.
In Cameron the CIA found the perfect candidate to perform experiments on unwitting subjects without accountability and that could only be considered as crimes against humanity.
"In Cameron," states the author, "they [the CIA] had a doctor, conveniently outside the United States [for obvious reasons], willing to to terminal experiments [not unlike the Nazis, meaning even to the extent of losing the subject's life, a process devoid of either ethical or moral considerations] in electroshock, sensory deprivation, drug testing, and all of the above. By literally wiping the minds of his subjects clean by depatterning and then trying to program in new behavior, Cameron carried the process known as 'brainwashing' to it its logical extreme.Read more ›
Didn't Sirhan Sirhan say he'd been in a hypnotic trance? Did he say this before MK Ultra was revealed, or after? I wonder...
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Gave this as a gift; don't have the giftee's response, yet.Published 3 months ago by Penelope Clausen
It shows how deadly and dangerous CIA is. we must protect ourselves from their manipulation. no one is safe.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has good coverage of the Cold War era, but does not cover post-Cold War mind control.Published 16 months ago by Matthew Llewellyn
A msut read fo all serious students of the CIA. Hints at how much more remains covered up.Published 17 months ago by g. edward coey
"A wonderful piece of investigative reporting. The best account we'll ever get of one of the seamiest episodes of American intelligence." (Seymour Hersh). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Martin
Very important book. These conditions of CIA mind control still prevail.Published 21 months ago by Frank J.
This should be a required reading in school! Im glad John Marks pursued his FOIA request for the CIA documents and received the remaining MK ULTRA documents still kept within the... Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by trish j