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CIA Used Hypnosis to Create Double Agents During Cold War

 
 
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Here's more evidence that those freaky scenes from The Manchurian Candidate where Frank Sinatra trips out from government brainwashing were just a case of art imitating life. New documents released in the mid-'50s show the CIA was experimenting with hypnosis as a method to implant top secret knowledge in the minds of potential spies without their knowing it, thus eliminating their potential for capture or double crossing:

Encode it in a messenger’s brain, an undisclosed author wrote in 1954, so he’ll have “no memory whatsoever in the waking state as to the nature and contents of the message.” Even if a Soviet agent gets word of the messenger’s importance, “no amount of third-party tactics” can pry the message loose, “for he simply does not have it in his conscious mind.” Pity the poor waterboarded captive.

Meanwhile, hypnosis was explored as a tactic for post-facto brainwashing and, along with the CIA's favorite drug MK-Ultra, was viewed for a short period of time as an essential tactic in their methods. Not a shocker, but pretty fascinating. Read more over at Danger Room.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 29, 2010, 7:14am

 
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