Buckle up, today we're going to talk about one of the most disgusting things our government has ever perpetrated.
The MKUltra program was a CIA project aimed at investigating and developing possible avenues of mind control, usually against civilian subjects knowledge or consent. The project included experiments with torture, drugs, physical and sexual abuse, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and isolation.
To go over the entire scope of MKUltra would take weeks, so i'm going to focus on one of the more well known subjects of the experiments you may have heard of: Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber.
At the age of 16, he was an undergraduate student at Harvard university. He was regarded as a mathematical prodigy, and specialized in a complex form of math called Geometric function theory. His impressive accomplishments brought him attention from the CIA, who at the time was conducting secret MKUltra experiments with over 80 institutions around the united states, harvard included.
The study Ted found himself involved in was run by Dr. Henry Murray, who had each of his 22 subjects write an essay detailing their dreams and aspirations. The students were then taken to a room where electrodes were attached to them to monitor their vitals as they were subjected to extremely personal, stressful, and brutal critiques about the essays they had written. Following the psychological attacks, the participants were forced to watch the videos of themselves being verbally and psychologically assaulted multiple times. Kaczynski is claimed to have had the worst physiological reaction to being interrogated.
Ted graduated from Harvard university at age 20 in 1962. He broke new ground in the field with his PhD thesis before winning the B. Myers prize for mathematics. However, these experiments, paired with his lack of social skills and memories of being bullied as a child, caused Kaczynski to suffer from horrible nightmares that eventually drove him to move into isolation outside Lincoln, Montana.
Kaczynski's activities came to the attention of the FBI in 1978 with the explosion of his first, primitive homemade bomb. Over the next 17 years, he mailed or hand-delivered a series of increasingly sophisticated explosive devices that killed three people and injured 23 more.