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Tonight I told my best friend how I stayed up so late last night, when I had a chance to go to bed early. Why did I stay up so late? I wanted to read the article at the end of last night’s post. What led me to that article? I asked Google whether Charles Manson was involved with the CIA’s MKULTRA experiments. That question turned up some interesting search results. The article from RobertsCourt.com was one of the pieces in the search results.

David Silvey writes about Charles Manson in Project Artichoke, but my goal last night wasn’t even to write about Manson. I wanted to tell the story about how Silvey first came into contact with Artichoke. When you learn about the kinds of experiments the CIA conducted, you want to ask, how could it possibly find people willing to participate in experiments like that. Of course, the participants were unwitting, and therefore not willing at all. They were prisoners.

In that way, the program followed precedents established in Nazi concentration camps during the 1930s and 1940s. These precedents are not accidental. The CIA learned about mind control experiments from German ‘scientists’ who came to the United States after World War II under the auspices of Operation Paperclip. Some of the people who came to the United States under Paperclip developed weapons for the Nazis. Others conducted mind control experiments on prison camp inmates.

So how did the CIA obtain subjects for its experiments, given that it did not oversee a system of prison camps? It simply went to existing prisons. It persuaded the people who ran those prisons to let them conduct experiments. Prison psychologists would conduct the experiments, so the subjects would not even need to know the CIA was behind them. Neither would they know the purpose of the whole program. They only needed to know that if they cooperated, the parole board might look favorably on their contributions to science.

A second means of recruitment relied on sex and drugs. The CIA kidnapped young, vulnerable people with offers of sex, as well as the recreational drugs that went along with sex at the time. After having intercourse and getting high at a so-called safe house, the experimenters would not let their subjects go for several days. Of course the prisoners had no thought the CIA was behind their ordeal, nor did they know what happened to them during their imprisonment.

The third means of recruitment was perhaps the most shocking and obscene method of all. The CIA preyed on small children to conduct its experiments. Children are the most vulnerable members of our communities. Government agencies exist to protect those groups of people. In fact, citizens essentially hire government agencies to protect them. Instead, the CIA captured children to use them for experimentation. If you find that kind of program incomprehensible, check this longer piece by Jon Rappoport: The CIA, Mind Control & Children.

How are these matters related to David Silvey and Project Artichoke? They are relevant because Silvey’s mother turned her son over to Artichoke ‘researchers’ for ‘testing’ at an isolated farm near Livermore, California. His account of what happened during that episode is not terribly long, but no less harrowing for that. He spent only a short time at the farm, before he ran away, but not before his minders had their way with him.

Two images from his account stay in my mind. The first is a young girl who helped him escape. She had electrodes implanted in her brain, with wires coming out of her skull. She showed him the way out, but she stayed behind. The second image is a large snake. Silvey treats the snake as real in his story, though it seems apparent the snake is an hallucination from the LSD experimenters give to Silvey almost as soon as he arrives at the farm.

A third experience in Silvey’s story comes to mind separately. It is so appalling that one suppresses it if possible. While Silvey is incapacitated with a large dose of LSD, his minder rapes him, then throws him into a stinking box where he encounters the snake. Remember that all of these things happen to a young boy who is still in elementary school.

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