CIA implanted electrodes in brains of unsuspecting soldiers, suit alleges

Found this on RawStory today:


A group of military veterans are suing to get the CIA to come clean about allegedly implanting remote control devices in their brains.

It’s well known that the CIA began testing substances like LSD on soldiers beginning in the 1950s but less is known about allegations that the agency implanted electrodes in subjects.

A 2009 lawsuit (.pdf) claimed that the CIA intended to design and test septal electrodes that would enable them to control human behavior. The lawsuit said that because the government never disclosed the risks, the subjects were not able to give informed consent.

Bruce Price, one plaintiff in the lawsuit, believes that MRI scans confirm that the CIA placed a device in his brain in 1966.

At one point, Bruce was ordered to visit a building with a chain link fence that housed test animals, including dogs, cats, guinea pigs and monkeys. After reporting, Bruce was strapped across his chest, his wrists, and his ankles to a gurney. Bruce occasionally would regain consciousness for brief moments. On one such instance, he remembers being covered with a great deal of blood, and assumed it was his own, but did not really know the source. Also portions of his arms and the backs of his hand were blue. His wrist and ankles were bruised and sore at the points where he had been strapped to the gurney. Bruce believes that this is the time period during which a septal implant was placed in his brain.

DEFENDANTS placed some sort of an implant in Bruce’s right ethmoid sinus near the frontal lobe of his brain. The implant appears on CT scans as a “foreign body” of undetermined composition (perhaps plastic or some composite material) in Bruce’s right ethmoid, as confirmed in a radiology report dated June 30, 2004.

According to a 1979 book by former State Department intelligence officer John Marks, The CIA and the Search for the Manchurian Candidate, an internal 1961 memo by a top agency scientist reported that “the feasibility of remote control of activities in several species of animals has been demonstrated… Special investigations and evaluations will be conducted toward the application of selected elements of these techniques to man.”

“The CIA pursued such experiments because it was convinced the Soviets were doing the same,” The Washington Post‘s Jeff Stein noted.

In mid-November, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Larson ruled that the CIA must produce records and testimony regarding the experiments conducted on thousands of soldiers from 1950 through 1975.

“The CIA has already claimed that some documents are protected under the state-secrets privilege, but Larson said the agency needs to be more specific,” Courthouse News Service reported.

The CIA insisted discovery was unwarranted in its case, because it never funded or conducted drug research on military personnel.

Larson wasn’t convinced.

“[T]his court rejects the conclusion that the CIA necessarily lacks a nexus to Plaintiffs’ claims, and orders the CIA to respond in earnest” to the veterans’ requests, “particularly because defendants have presented evidence that would appear to cast doubt on that conclusion,” he wrote.

But Larson ruled that the CIA did not have to produce records about devices implanted in some of the subjects.

Gordon P. Erspamer, lead attorney for the veterans, told The Washington Post that he is still pursuing the CIA for implanting devices in his clients’ brains.

“There is no question that these experiments were done but defendants say that they used private researchers and test subjects drawn from prisons, hospitals and nursing homes as subjects, not active duty military [personnel],” Erspamer said. “CIA said it had no one knowledgeable on this topic.”

Erspamer noted that papers filed in the case describe “electrical devices implanted in brain tissue with electrodes in various regions, including the hippocampus, the hypothalamus, the frontal lobe (via the septum), the cortex and various other places.”

“A lot of this work was done out of Tulane University using a local state hospital and funding from a cut-out (front) organization called the Commonwealth Fund,” he said.

“We tried to get docs from Tulane, but they told us that they were destroyed in the hurricane flooding.”


Another instance of CIA wrongdoing.  With some of the things we have found out about them doing, it is no surprise whatsoever to me that the agency was founded by former Nazi intelligence officers.

This is the danger of the CIA.  They operate under the assumption that “the ends justify the means”.  This, my friends, is done in your name.  They operate without oversight, able to do whatever they want, whenever they want.

I restate it now:  The CIA needs to be disbanded and dissolved.  It is the single biggest threat to the American people in existence today.


5 Responses to “CIA implanted electrodes in brains of unsuspecting soldiers, suit alleges”

  1. Planting chips into the brain of somebody would be quite the extravagent method of controlling the person’s behavior, especially in 1966 before the invention of the integrated circuit chip. Did that “foriegn body of unknown composition” have resistors, capacitors, and inductors on it?

    • Perhaps the early, more crude models did nothing more than create radio waves or some other waveform that would resonate?

      Even really loud music can cause changes in heart rate and brainwaves that match up with the “beat” of the music.

      I would imagine you could create a propensity for a specific wavelength in the mind, perhaps boosting theta waves and creating a more easily manipulated mind?

      • Yeah, perhaps, but my skepticism comes in when they can’t identify the properties of the “foriegn object” that the guy could have stuffed up his nose as a kid for all we know. Sorry for being skeptical though, I do realize this is just being done today. Cyborg Beetle

        I also wonder what sort of battery packs they had in the 60’s, I mean obviously modern nuclear pacemaker batteries can last a few years, but it is bizzare the scans aren’t revealing more info than is stated (plus, batteries were probably much bigger back then, everything was bigger in the 60’s).

      • Would you even need a power source, if you had an implant that could emit specific RF frequencies, via piezoelectrics or some steady state decay, that effected specific areas around the implant?

        Or something that was RF or microwave reactive that acted like a sort of antenna for the external signal to be introduced by?

        Nikola Tesla was transmitting power wirelessly back at the turn of the century, so i see no issue with a power source, if the implant needed one. And there is no telling what else was had in his lab papers, posthumously by the FBI.

  2. You should read John Lilly’s autobiography! It’s an interesting book. This guy INVENTED some of the tech for doing this. Then the gov’t took it over and said he didn’t have clearance for it anymore. He’s also the guy that did a lot of work with dolphins — which he began because they have larger brains — but then stopped because he decided they were as sentient as humans. — PJ

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