Project Artichoke

Project MKULTRA was a CIA project concerned with “the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior.” The program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Because the Agency funded MKUltra indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the Agency. The project was organized through the Scientific Intelligence Division of the CIA, the project coordinated with the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps. The program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and officially halted in 1973. The program engaged in many morally objectionable activities, including the use of unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy. MKUltra used numerous methodologies to manipulate people’s mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation and abuse. TIF images obtained by The Black Vault.

Description: KNTV San Jose broadcast news footage for September 11, 1966; may be combination of the early and late news, includes national, local, sports and weather. State Senate candidate Bill Bradley paints his own billboard near Sunnyvale due to lack of campaign funds (silent); annual Capitola Begonia Festival parade (silent); Castroville Artichoke Festival parade (silent); interview/promotional piece with Charlie Roetlein, organizer of 10th annual Soquel-o-rama Parade, who needs marching bands for his parade on September 18th.