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MKUltra Subproject 136 – The Surprising Reality Revealed

*Updated June 14/2014

MKUltra subproject 136 could well be the most widely referenced of all the 149 subprojects developed under the auspices of “Project MKUltra, the CIA’s  program of research in behavioral modification”.  Search engines return hundreds of listings for “MKUltra subproject 136″, ranging from; government hearings reports on a variety of subjects, declassified US intelligence agency documents, academic research publications, scholarly investigative journalism , speculative journalism, exploitative-crank journalism, personal injury claimant stories,  speculative psychology dissertations, etc. Surprisingly, very many of these diverse listings repeat the same or similar falsehoods, mistaken assumptions or deliberate misinformation, about subproject 136. If you believe that you have understood what MKUltra subproject 136 was about,  what it’s purpose was and what was intended to be carried out under it’s auspices, you are most likely mistaken.

Read the document - if you haven’t actually read the subproject 136 proposal and funding application, (which is the only existing legitimate documentation about that project), then please accept that your understanding of subproject 136 could be based on inaccurate or fanciful hearsay.  The subproject 136 proposal document will be posted on this article, for everyone to read. This is the same copy of the document that anyone else has ever had access to, redactions included.

MKULTRA subproject 136

Understanding what the document actually says – the subproject 136 proposal/funding application was written by an academic & researcher, who very likely cared more about documenting the theoretical underpinnings of his work than about writing carefully laid-out proposals. The wording could easily cause misunderstandings, if not read very carefully.

It is clear, however, viewing the document in its entirety, that the purpose of this project was to investigate ESP phenomenon and the possibility of teaching-enticing promising subjects to manifest control over whatever ESP ability might be latent in them – and not “to generate multiple personality disorder victims”, as some persons have falsely alleged.

At the start, the document delineates three separate studies;

1) group experiments,

2) developing methods for subjects increased control over latent ability, and

3) intensive study of particularly promising subjects.

Immediately after this, the document discusses the necessary correlation between student subjects in previous studies liking their teacher-experimenter and the acheivement of higher test scores. Having established this as a given, it would be absurd to interpret anything else proposed in the document as intentionally carrying the potential for  turning the subjects against the experimenters, via some form of cruel or sadistic treatment.

Next, the document talks about “preliminary learning studies” in which “feedback of results and other kinds of reinforcement are utilized”.

Then come this famously misconstrued statement:

“That in working with individual subjects, special attention will be given to disassociative states which tend to accompany spontaneous ESP experiences. Such states can be induced and controlled to some extent with hypnosis and drugs”. Note that it doesn’t say will beinduced and controlled…with hypnosis and drugs”

There follows a discussion of the problems posed by random probability of positive results and subects “guessing habits”. And then…

“The data used in the study will be obtained from group ESP experiments which have yielded significant results, high scoring subjects (including control series and records taken after they ‘lost’ their ability, from special groups such as psychotics, children and mediums, and from psychological and educational tests in which answers are of the multiple [unreadable] ”

That statement, above, delineates 4 sources of data;

1) “[previous] group esp experiments…”

2) “high scoring subects…”

3) “special groups such as psychotics, children and mediums”

4) “psychological and educational tests…”

The four sources of data delineated above, clearly corresponds with the first study proposal: “group experiments”, the purpose of which was to establish whether or not a subjects test scores could be predicted using psychological or physiological scales.

“Psychotics, children and mediums” are simply listed as one of four sources of data.

The document does not say: “electric shock, drugs, hypnosis, and “psychological tricks” will be administered to three groups–psychotics, children, and mediums–to induce various states of dissociation, including multiple personality”, as “Franklin Scandal” author Nick Bryant has claimed. Carol Rutz, author of  “A Nation Betrayed”, manipulates the meaning of several passages in the subproject 136 proposal with a deceptive contraction, blatantly constructed to support her personal victimization narrative rather than accurately report the wording of this proposal; “That in working with individual subjects, special attention will be given to disassociative states which tend to accompany spontaneous ESP experiences. Such states can be induced and controlled to some extent with hypnosis and drugs . . . The data used in the study will be obtained from special groups such as psychotics, children and mediums . . .”

At around this point in the proposal, there is the following statement;

“Learning studies will be instituted in which the subject will be rewarded or punished for his overall performance and reinforced in various ways – by being told he was right, by being told what the target was, with electric shock, etc”.  Does this sound sinister, to you?

The author of this proposal is describing classic conditioning techniques for enhancing learning - presumably, learning to control their “innate psychic ability”. But what about this “electric shock” - is he talking about torturing people through repeated, maximum charge, electroconvulsive shocks? No. Either intentionally or through ignorance, people like Carol Rutz mistake the slang term for electroconvulsive therapy – “electroshock” – with “electric shock”. If the author had meant “electroconvulsive” shock, he would surely have used that terminology.

In the context of a “learning program”, taking place in the early 1960′s, the phrase “electric shock” clearly refers to use of the aversion therapy electric shock device popular at that time. You can read all about this, (outdated) approach to enhancing learning, here:


aversion therapy shock box
aversion therapy shock box

A small box run by a 9-volt battery, with tiny litte electrodes that are stuck to the calve of the leg or the thumb. NOT AT ALL THE SAME AS THIS:

electroconvulsive shock machine
electroconvulsive shock machine

The aversion therapy shock box can’t be used to “fry someone’s brains”, as electroconvulsive therapy is sometimes described.  However, if used repeatedly, involuntarily – against the will of the person on the receiving end – that could indeed cause lasting trauma. Gay men who were forced to submit to aversion shock therapy “treatments” intended to cure them of their homosexuality, have reported this experience to be a hellish torment for them. There is nothing in this document suggesting that the experimenter intends to use “electric shock” learning reinforcement involuntarily.

* [Remarkably, the reality of this electric shock learning reinforcement program was accurately portrayed in the opening minutes of the original Ghostbusters movie, produced in 1984! The character Dr Venkman even says: "I'm studying the effects of negative reinforcement on psychic ability".]

This discussion in the document clearly corresponds with the second study proposal: “developing methods for subjects increased control over latent ability”. There is no reason to believe that these “learning studies” were to involve the children or psychotics mentioned in reference to the first study, i.e., the group experiments.

Then there is this remarkable statement:

“…the main consideration will be the attitude and disposition of the subject. Wherever possible, every attempt will be made to tailor the tasks required to his preference and his estimate of good working conditions”.

“…tailor the tasks required to his preference and his estimate of good working conditions” - doesn’t sound like involuntary torment, does it? It sounds more like the subjects described here would be voluntarily submitting to the proposed techniques, because they want to enhance and control their psychic abilities & believe these techniques can do that.

And then another statement, famously misconstrued by some :

“The experimenters will be particularly interested in dissociative states, from the abaisment de neveau mental to multiple personality in so-called mediums, and attempts will be made to induce a number of states of this kind using hypnosis”.

A clear statement that attempts will be made to induce dissociative states, but using hypnosisNOT through rape or torture or any other form of traumatic inducement.  Nor is there any suggestion of exploiting dissociative states that might occur in a study participant, to implant a false identity, or generate an alternate personality, or cause the participant to unconsciously obey the will of the resarcher-experimenter for the rest of their life.  There is no discussion of intention to create “Manchurian Candidates” or “mind controlled sex slaves” or multiple personality disorder victims.

This part of the discussion clearly corresponds with the third study proposal: “intensive study of particularly promising subjects”. There is no reason to believe that these “particularly promising subjects” were to come from the children or psychotics mentioned in reference to the first study i.e., the group experiments.

Deliberate misrepresentations about the wording of this document – for many years, the “CIA-satanic cult, trauma-based mind control” true believers have used excerpts from this document to create the impression that they have proof for their thesis – that the CIA and supposedly associated satanic cults systematically tortured little children, (including repeated, sadistic rape), not only to provoke dissociative states in the victims but also to generate full-blown programmable alter-personalities. They would never reveal the whole document, however. You can see why, now. It’s because the document doesn’t say what they’ve always claimed that it said.

Franklin Scandal” author Nick Bryant said this:

“The Subproject 136 documentation discusses administering electric shock, drugs, hypnosis, and “psychological tricks” to three groups–psychotics, children, and mediums–to induce various states of dissociation, including multiple personality, which the researchers thought would enhance the subjects’ extrasensory perception. The Subproject 136 document demonstrates that the CIA was willing to carry out truly cruel and sadistic mind control experiments on children.”

That is false. This document does not describe any intention to abuse children.

Carol Rutz said this:

“My heart practically stood still the day that I read this [MKUltra subproject 136 proposal]. It described perfectly what I had remembered and journaled when I was taken in 1952 at four years of age from my grandfathers home, and delivered to Sidney Gottlieb of the CIA, Dr. Noe and Dr. Black. To use a child to investigate these possibilities I find so morally reprehensible, that I have a difficult time fathoming how anyone could even consider using children. They Did!!!! I am but one of the many children who were the CIA’s convenient experimental subjects. Because of our youth and the severe traumatization we were put through, these men felt we would never tell our stories; and if we did, they felt we would never be believed”.

That’s very unfortunate for her, to have claimed that this document  “described perfectly what I had remembered and journaled”, when it is quite apparent that it does not support her victim narrative at all. She could only be grossly mistaken, or a liar.

The common and deliberate misrepresentation of Subproject 136 as CIA directed “mind-control” experimentation, intended to cause Multiple Personality Disorder in child subjects and turn them into mind-controlled sex/crime/assassination slaves, is very easily disproved.  The persons who developed this proposal and presumably carried out experiments related to it, were unwitting recipients of CIA funding for this work, as the chart of funding applicant “status” in Colin Ross’ “The CIA Doctors” documents. These researcher/experimenters did not know that the ultimate source of their funding was the CIA, they believed they were being funded by an independent science promotion foundation.  These researchers were not, therefore, knowingly conducting this study on behalf of the CIA - so they could not have intended it to serve  any “manchurian candidate” production programs the CIA might have been planning or running. If they didn’t know the money was coming from the CIA, then they could not have been working directly under & for the CIA.

The identity of the author of this proposal, is not a mystery -  who wrote up this proposal? Who’s experiment was this? We can never know – correct? Wrong.

*As he has passed away, and there is nothing that the conspiranoids can do to him now, there seems no harm in revealing that the author of subproject 136 was Stephen Abrams of Oxford University. This is discussed and documented in David Black’s  ACID: A New Secret History of LSD, pg 55.


Ritual Abuse Victim Advocates Claim That Abuse Victims Have False Memories

Some excerpts from a presentation by Kathleen Sullivan at The Fourth Annual Ritual Abuse, Secretive Organizations and Mind Control Conference, August 10 – 12, 2001 – wherein Sullivan asserts that abuse victims have false memories from the time when their childhood abuse was taking place. Ritual Abuse & Mind Control victim advocates call these false memories “screen memories”.

“Katherine Sullivan, age 46, is a survivor lifelong sadistic abuse, ritualized torture and mind-control experiments. She is working towards a degree in social work and is co-founder of PARC-VRAMC. Her topic is : “Memory Recovery and Screen Memories.” ”


“Now I want to share some of the things I’ve learned over the years about externally induced screen memories and memory scrambles. I learned about both, as an involuntary assistant to programmers and as a victim of ritual abuse and mind control.

Some memories can seem absolutely valid to me when they first come up, but when I talk about them to my support system, they look at me funny or with sympathy or disbelief, or they abruptly change the subject or walk away. Their reactions are sometimes a big clue that what I am remembering is so far away from “normal” reality that the memory may be a screen memory.

Here’s an example of an acted-out scenario or screen memory. When I was very young, dad created a false previous life in my mind. Over time, he convinced a part of me that I was born in Australia and had lived in a house with no windows. I believed I had loving parents and many brothers and sisters in Australia. Several years later, I was made to believe that bad people killed my parents, that my siblings disappeared or were killed, and that I sailed to America on a large wooden boat.

On many occasions, from early childhood through my adult years, dad and other perpetrators told several of my alter-states that I was one of many illegitimate children of John F. Kennedy. Since I believed these adults, their words had a tremendous affect on my life, especially after the president’s death. I felt obligated to serve the White House, since I believed my father the same man who emphasized serving our country. Because so many people reinforced dad’s words over the years, the idea that JFK could be my father has especially hard to let go of. I wanted to believe JFK was my father

In Washington DC, I was allegedly taken several times to a movie theater named Janus that is allegedly owned by the CIA. A middle aged male handler sat to my right and quickly put me in a hypnotic trance. As I watched the large movie screen, he told me that the movie was real and that I was one of the characters in it. I believed him, and the movie became another screen memory”.

Note that Sullivan is talking about false “screen” memories, induced by people around her through very simple techniques such as repeated suggestion. This is no different from what the False Memory Syndrome Foundation claims can take place during therapy.

Why do Ritual Abuse & Mind Control victim advocates promote the idea that abuse victims have false memories?

Reverend James Bevel moved to Omaha, Nebraska, in November 1990 as the leader of the “Citizens Fact-Finding Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations of Children in Nebraska”, a group associated with the Lyndon Larouche organization, to advocate for imprisoned ritual abuse & mind control victim claimant Paul Bonnaci. In May 2007, James Bevel was arrested in Alabama on charges of incest committed sometime between October 1992 and October 1994 in Loudoun County, Virginia; Bevel was living in Leesburg, Virginia at the time and working with LaRouche’s group, whose international headquarters was a few blocks from Bevel’s apartment.
The accuser, one of his daughters, was 13–15 years old at the time, and lived with him in the Leesburg apartment. Three of his other daughters have also alleged that Bevel sexually abused them, although not with intercourse. Charged with one-count of unlawful fornication in Virginia, which has no statute of limitations for incest, Bevel pleaded innocent and continued to deny the main accusation. His four-day trial in April, 2008, included “testimony about Bevel’s philosophies for eradicating lust, and parents’ duties to sexually orient their children”. During the trial, the accusing daughter testified that she was repeatedly molested beginning when she was six years old. He went to trial in April, 2008 and, although he denied the charge, Bevel was convicted of unlawful fornication and sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $50,000.

Devin Ray Norris was a libertarian activist, radio broadcaster and advocate for Ritual Abuse & Mind Control victim claimants. Norris took his desktop computer to Best Buy in Raleigh in December 2008 for repair, and the store’s Geek Squad technicians contacted law enforcement officers after finding child pornography on the computer, prosecutors said.  Norris was arrested the day before he was to have had Franklin Scandal authoor Nick Bryant on his radio show. Federal agents then searched the computer and found more than 3,000 pornographic images and 86 explicit videos, prosecutors said. An analysis of Yahoo! Messenger chats revealed that Norris planned to trade child pornography, prosecutors said. Norris surrendered a second computer and several CDs to authorities, and they found hundreds of other pornographic images on the CDs, prosecutors said. That computer had already been scrubbed of all images and videos, they said. Norris pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography and was sentenced to 12 years.

Is this the reason why Ritual Abuse & Mind Control therapists and advocates promote the idea that abuse victims have false “screen” memories? So that no one will believe their cult’s child porn and incest rape victims?

Ritual Abuse Therapists & Advocates State That Victim Claimants Have False Memories

I’m tired of encountering this type of hypocritical bs, on various blogs and websites;

“There is no medically, or clinically, recognised diagnosis of ‘False Memory Syndrome’. The concept was invented in the USA by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF), a group of ‘accused parents’ – mainly fathers – whose adult daughters had confronted them about sexual abuse in childhood. Having created this fictional concept of ‘false memory’ to defend themselves against these allegations, this group then went on to sell it to the media”. [CWASU false memory page]

…so I’m going to debunk it.

[I don't belong to or work for FMSF, although I know people who do, so I won't be discussing that organization or the meaning & validity of the term "False Memory Syndrome" from their perspective. This discussion will be about the inherent hypocrisy of Ritual Abuse therapists, advocates, and victim claimants, denouncing the idea that there might be false memories in RA-Mind Control victim narratives. It is my personal perspective on the subject]

Ritual Abuse therapists, advocates and victim claimants ‘invented’ the idea that false memories had been “implanted” into victimization narratives, many years before FMSF was founded in 1992.

They have all professed to believe in implanted false memories, since at least 1988, and continue to publicly promote belief that RA-Mind Control victim’s recollection of their abusers and abuse experiences may be tainted with implanted false memories, to this very day.

Ritual Abuse therapists, advocates and victim claimants invented the idea of implanted false memories, to explain away all of the demonstrable falsehoods uncovered in virtually every RA-MC victim narrative.  Once RA-MC therapists and their victim claimants started parading their fantasies on major media, skeptics started investigating the validity of their statements and – surprise, surprise! – many of the alleged people, places and events in those statements turned out to be imaginary. People that RA-MC ‘victims’ claimed to have murdered or to have seen the murder of, were alive & well!  Women who claimed to have bred dozens of sacrificial babies for satanic slaughter turned out to be virgins! Alleged secret satanic temples turned out to be never-developed empty fields, and so on & on. To explain all of these lies, therapists and victim claimants invented the idea of Satanic-Mind Control cults deliberately implanted misleading, false memories, in their victims minds. Here’s a typical explication of this ‘theory’ ;

Memories of Satanic ritual abuse may be at least partially “screen memories” intentionally created by others. Some therapists and attorneys point to mind-control projects performed by the CIA and other groups in the 1950s and 60s. MK-ULTRA and Bluebird were two of the best known projects. Documents obtained by Alan Shefflin and others under the freedom-of-information act confirm that the U.S. government put some effort into creating “Manchurian candidates” who would perform dangerous missions for the U.S. government after they had been programmed through hypnosis and mind control. It is hypothesized that stories of Satanic rituals were implanted as screen memories in case these subjects began to remember being programmed. The idea behind this theory is that the ritual abuse memories are so far-fetched that nobody would believe them. They may have been created using staged rituals, Hollywood makeup, and props in order to plant a memory that would “emerge” later“.

It is very common to find some version of this false “screen” memory theory, on the very same blogs & websites where you find angry & slanderous denounciation of FMSF and False Memory Syndrome! The very same Ritual Abuse therapists, advocates and victim claimants promoting the idea that RA-Mind Control abusers routinely implant false memories in the minds of their victims, expressing outrage over any suggestion that false memories related to their RA-Mind Control victim narrative might have arisen, even accidentally, through their therapy. “How dare anyone suggest therapy-implanted false memories – they must be child abusers or apologists for child abusers, trying to discredit victim’s memories…trying to cast doubt on the reality of child sex abuse altogether!”

Ritual Abuse therapists, advocates and victim claimants don’t reject the concept of false memories in victimization narratives – in fact, they embrace it and promote it! – so long as they can find some way to make that concept support the RA-MC mythology they are evangelizing. Which is fine with me, until they start simultaneously accusing other people of having invented the concept of False Memories (and somehow, specifically to facilitate child abuse), and then denouncing that concept – the same concept that they profess to believe in when it serves their purposes - as a fiction!

Why would anyone believe anything that such self-serving hypocrites have to say, on any subject?

Apolitical Disbelief vs Michael Salter’s “Politics of Disbelief” – Part 1

This is a review & response to:
‘Organised abuse and the politics of disbelief’, The 2nd Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney, by Dr Michael Salter.
Quotations from Salter’s article appear as italicized paragraphs.

“Since the 1980s, disclosures of organised abuse [cases of child sexual abuse that involve multiple perpetrators] have been disparaged by a range of activists, journalists and researchers who have focused, in particular, on cases in which sexually abusive groups were alleged to have behaved in ritualistic or ceremonial ways”

Critical analysis by activists, journalists and researchers, leading to expressions of disbelief, have been focused specifically on allegations of ritual abuse, and especially on allegations of satanic ritual abuse. No one is disputing the entire concept of “child sexual abuse involving multiple perpetrators”, as Salter has attempted to insinuate here. Continue reading

Nightmare Psychiatry: Delusions of Satan, ET abduction, and the cultivation of false memories

Read the works of Dr. Colin Ross, they were all telling me, He has proven everything! CIA sex-slave producing mind-control programs, international conspiracies to cover-up crimes of Satanic cult activities, all proven beyond any reasonable doubt in the writings of this esteemed psychiatrist specializing in dissociation and trauma. Continue reading