“Project Mind Control” is a fascinating look at government sponsored brainwashing experiments that were conducted chiefly by the CIA in the 1950's & 60's. It is a 1979 ABC News report that was considered important enough to be included in the National Archives making it available for anyone to watch and pass on. It examines the a number of government projects where citizens were used in mind control experiments. In the end it concludes that a large part of the 60's counter culture might have been blowback (unintended consequences) from these experiments.
'It was fun, fun, fun. Where else could a red-blooded American boy lie, kill and cheat, steal, deceive, rape and pillage with the sanction and blessing of the all highest.'"
Col. George Hunter White alias Morgan Hall
Mr. White was an agent for the Bureau of Narcotics who went on to a second career as as CIA operative. One of his assignments was to set up clandestine safe houses where prostitutes and other lowlifes were given drugs. Mr White was also a diarist whose diary were donated to an obscure California college by his widow following his death.
Also covered in the report is the story of Frank Olson a government scientist and unwitting
guinea pig who was dosed with LSD and thrown to his death from the 13th floor of a NY hotel when he stumbled on CIA clandestine torture facilities overseas. Another story covered is about the five years of experiments carried out in Canada by Scottish doctor Ewen Cameron. Here is The Sleep Room a Canadian movie that tells this part of the story.
MK-ULTRA was the name of the CIA's mind control project and they claim that it was unsuccessful. Or was it? The explosion of drug use during the 60's created and the criminalizing of that use created the perfect enemy for paranoid right wing conservatives.
The election of Jimmy Carter touched off a series of Senate investigations into clandestine government projects like this and others including the assassination of president Kennedy. The CIA responded to these investigations by sandbagging Jimmy Carter's 1980 reelection and then who runs for president in 1980 but former CIA chief George Bush. He loses the nomination to Reagan but ends up serving as vice president. And of course goes on to become president himself.
How was Carter "sandbagged"? Two major ways in July of 1980 their was a coup in Bolivia that resulted in right wing military officers with ties to drug dealers took over the country. What wasn't known at the time was that it was a coup backed by the CIA. This is what former highly decorated former DEA agent Mike Levine reports in his book "The Big White Lie". The book is out of print but here's a link to a post about it.
Then there is the highly controversial story about the secret dealings with Iran by "the Reagan election team". These were deals that held off releasing the hostages until Reagan took office (which happened) in return the Iranians received weapons, through Israel, and had some of their assets unfrozen. These allegations are made by the former president of Iran Abulhassan Banisadr, National Security Council member Gay Sick and Reagan White House staffer Barbra Honegger. Wikipedia offers a pretty good report about his story.