Mind Control


Background


Mind control
(also known as brainwashing, reeducation, brainsweeping, coercive persuasion,
thought control, or thought reform) is a controversial pseudoscientific theory
that human subjects can be indoctrinated in a way that causes “an impairment of
autonomy, an inability to think independently, and a disruption of beliefs and
affiliations. In this context, brainwashing refers to the involuntary
reeducation of basic beliefs and values”.


The
following is a list of documents pertaining to mind control and research of the
U.S. military and government.


Declassified Documents


Interrogation: Science
and Art [371 Pages]
, December 2006 – U.S. military personnel and
intelligence officers in particular are expected to gain accurate information
from detainees or prisoners and thus need to know “what works” in “educing”
information through interrogation, strategic debriefing and information elicitation.
This book presents the work of 13 specialists in law, psychology, military
intelligence, neuroscience, computer science, conflict management and library
science. The authors review what is known and not known about educing
information.


Is
Military Research Hazardous to Veterans’ Health? Lessons Spanning Half a
Century, 08 December 1994
[58 Pages, 3.48MB] – During the last 50
years, hundreds of thousands of military personnel have been involved in human
experimentation and other intentional exposures conducted by the Department of
Defense (DOD), often without a service member’s knowledge or consent. In some
cases, soldiers who consented to serve as human subjects found themselves
participating in experiments quite different from those described at the time
they volunteered. For example, thousands of World War II veterans who
originally volunteered to ‘test summer clothing’ in exchange for extra leave
time, found themselves in gas chambers testing the effects of mustard gas and
lewisite. Additionally, soldiers were sometimes ordered by commanding officers
to “volunteer” to participate in research or face dire consequences. For
example, several Persian Gulf War veterans interviewed by Committee staff
reported that they were ordered to take experimental vaccines during Operation
Desert Shield or face prison. The goals of many of the military experiments and
exposures were very appropriate. For example, some experiments were intended to
provide important information about how to protect U.S. troops from nuclear,
biological, and chemical weapons or other dangerous substances during wartime.
In the Persian Gulf War, U.S. troops were intentionally exposed to an
investigational vaccine that was intended to protect them against biological
warfare, and they were given pyridostigmine bromide pills in an experimental
protocol intended to protect them against chemical warfare.


On
Resisting Social Influence [34 Pages]
, September 1979 – Resisting social
influences becomes important when such influences can be appropriately thought
of as ‘mind control.’ When information is systematically hidden, withheld or
distorted it is impossible to make unbiased decisions. Under these
circumstances, people may be subtly led to believe they are ‘freely’ choosing
to act. It is precisely this kind of decision that persists and most affects
our behavior since we come to believe in those attitudes and actions for which
we have generated our own justifications. The thesis of this essay is that
‘mind control’ exists not in exotic gimmicks, but rather in the most mundane aspects
of experience. Because it does, it is possible to reduce our susceptibility to
unwanted coercive control by increasing our vigilance and learning to utilize
certain basic strategies of analysis. In this paper, we present resistance
strategies which are broadly applicable to the wide array of mind-manipulation
attempts that surround us daily–in a ‘self- help’ format that provides for
ready accessibility. Findings from relevant social-psychological research, from
interviews and personal experiences with con men, cultists, super-salesmen and
other perpetrators of mind control comprise the reservoir of information from
which we have drawn.


Parapsychology
in Intelligence [12 Pages]
, 1977


Individual
Rights and the Federal Role in Behavior Modification
, November 1974 
A Study Prepared by the Staff of the Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights of
the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-third Congress,
Second Session. – A brief narrative description of the journal article,
document, or resource. This report responds to a directive issued to the Senate
Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights to conduct an investigation into behavior
modification programs, with particular emphasis on the federal government’s
involvement in the technology of behavior control and the implications of this
involvement for individual rights. Two basic considerations motivated the
investigation: first, the concern that the rights of human subjects of
behavioral research are sufficiently protected by adequate guidelines and review
structures; and second, the question of whether the federal government has any
business participating in programs that may alter the substance of individual
freedom. Although the material included in this report is by no means
comprehensive, some initial findings are apparent: (1) there is widespread and
growing interest in the development of methods designed to predict, identify,
control, and modify individual behavior; (2) few measures are being taken to
resolve questions of freedom, privacy, and self-determination; (3) the Federal
government is heavily involved in a variety of behavior modification programs
ranging from simple reinforcement techniques to psychosurgery; and (4) a number
of departments and agencies fund, participate in, or sanction research
involving various aspects of behavior modification.


Hypnosis
In Intelligence
, October 1966 [32 Pages, 4.91MB] – Hypnosis is one of the
oldest techniques for altering and controlling human behavior. A method that
has had its share of mistrust and professional neglect. Hypnosis in
the past twenty years has been the subject of serious inquiry and
sustained interest.  During this time, and even before, professional hypnotists
have speculated on the possibilities of using hypnosis in warfare and in
intelligence work. They have proposed that hypnosis could be used to strengthen
the psychological defenses of captives and that it could be the means
of gaining compliance from otherwise uncooperative persons. This paper
explores some of the operational implications of these proposals.


Brainwashing
From a Psychological Perspective
, February 1956 [94 Pages, 11.7MB] –
Received from the CIA. I had received a poor reproduction of this document many
years ago, but in July of 2016, I was able to receive a much better, cleaner,
more readable copy – so it has been replaced here.


Communist
Control Techniques, [123 Pages]
, 2 April 1956


Classified
Subject Header CIA Memorandum
, 9 July 1951 [2 Pages, 0.8MB] – This
memo, received from the CIA, is a declassified document involving the use of
hypnosis, and its uses. It is heavily redacted, but shows a disturbing use of
hypnosis, as documented by the CIA.



SEE ALSO: MKULTRA

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