Posted by: Lister | June 30, 2007

MK-Ultra and Carol Rutz

I’m posting this now because the story of Carol Rutz is in the news due the recent disclosure of CIA papers. I’ve been so slow reading the CIA’s Greatest Hits that it might have seemed I’d stopped. MK-Ultra has a wall of “No. This is just conspiracy theory,” all around it. Claims of mind control are certainly in woo-woo land.

But there was a program of experimenting with mind-altering drugs. Here’s a quote of Senator Ted Kennedy, US select committee 1977: (via wiki)

Some 2 years ago, the Senate Health Subcommittee heard chilling testimony about the human experimentation activities of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Deputy Director of the CIA revealed that over 30 universities and institutions were involved in an “extensive testing and experimentation” program which included covert drug tests on unwitting citizens “at all social levels, high and low, native Americans and foreign.” Several of these tests involved the administration of LSD to “unwitting subjects in social situations.”

At least one death, that of Dr. Olson, resulted from these activities. The Agency itself acknowledged that these tests made little scientific sense. The agents doing the monitoring were not qualified scientific observers. The tests subjects were seldom accessible beyond the first hours of the test. In a number of instances, the test subject became ill for hours or days, and effective followup was impossible.

[…] Perhaps most disturbing of all was the fact that the extent of experimentation on human subjects was unknown. The records of all these activities were destroyed in January 1973, at the instruction of then CIA Director Richard Helms. In spite of persistent inquiries by both the Health Subcommittee and the Intelligence Committee, no additional records or information were forthcoming. And no one — no single individual — could be found who remembered the details, not the Director of the CIA, who ordered the documents destroyed, not the official responsible for the program, nor any of his associates.

That is shocking. It is disturbing. And it leaves the door open for all sorts of conspiracy theories. Kennedy, again:

We believed that the record, incomplete as it was, was as complete as it was going to be. Then one individual, through a Freedom of Information request, accomplished what two U.S. Senate committees could not. He spurred the agency into finding additional records pertaining to the CIA’s program of experimentation with human subjects. These new records were discovered by the agency in March. Their existence was not made known to the Congress until July.

The records reveal a far more extensive series of experiments than had previously been thought. Eighty-six universities or institutions were involved. New instances of unethical behavior were revealed.

[…] The Central Intelligence Agency drugged American citizens without their knowledge or consent. It used university facilities and personnel without their knowledge. It funded leading researchers, often without their knowledge.

These institutes, these individuals, have a right to know who they are and how and when they were used.

[…] Two years ago, when these abuses were first revealed, I introduced legislation, with Senator Schweiker and Senator Javits, designed to minimize the potential for any similar abuses in the future. […] The CIA supported that legislation in 1975, and it passed the Senate unanimously last year.

The big question CTers claim to know the answer to is: Did the CIA succeed in finding a reliable means of mind-control? That was the aim. Carol Rutz, from above link:

“The CIA bought my services from my grandfather in 1952 starting at the tender age of four,” wrote Carol Rutz of her experiences.

“Over the next 12 years, I was tested, trained, and used in various ways. Electroshock, drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and other types of trauma were used to make me complain and split my personality (to create multiple personalities for specific tasks). Each alter or personality was created to respond to a post-hypnotic trigger, then perform an act and (I would) not remember it later.

“This Manchurian Candidate program was just one of the operational uses of the mind-control scenario by the CIA.

“Your hard-earned tax dollars supported this.”



  1. What a bunch of kooks, get some help

  2. really sad,urnuts comment. it is hard for those with a limited scope to concieve anything outside of personal experiance.’if i cant,no one can’ or ‘if it didnt happen to me,it cant have happened.’ that cia/dia only chose the brightest kids for this type of work,further excludes ur nuts. we are with you,carol!

  3. i find it funny,that people think all records of mkultra[umbrella term]were destroyed,in 1973. transfered from cia to another u.s. gov. agency or dept.,maybe. my personal exp. continued,ending only in 1987,limited ‘contact’ after 1987,limited,but existant. also frank olsen died because of his maral terpidation over the use of biological weapons,by the u.s. dod,in the korean war. his son has a nice website,interesting reading. keep up the good works,and thanks…for decades i thought i was insane,today,a bit screwed up,decidedly sane.

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