Past in Perspective
“Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature such as self preservation?”
–Orit Badouk Epstein
Project MKUltra involved a lot of human experimentation, and one of its most notable subjects was Frank Olson. Olson was a CIA employee who was dosed with LSD by his supervisor and then “committed suicide” nine days later by jumping out of his hotel window. After an autopsy, there was some evidence found that he was unconscious when he plunged out the window. Some speculate that the CIA murdered Olson. I read an interesting take on MKUltra and its goals. The organizers rationalized it as a way to incapacitate the people of the USSR without the use of nuclear weapons. If they were able to get LSD into the water supply or other method, millions of people could be temporarily unable to take up arms and therefore prevent mass casualties if war broke out.