A “wild conspiracy” that is sometimes brought up as proof of the lunatic fringe is the “Manchurian Candidate” theory. That is, the government “programs” an individual so that they have a “split” personality, and the altar personality is given a mission (to assassinate, steal, prostitute, blackmail, etc) that it won’t do until given a “trigger” (a phrase, picture, sound, etc). The alter ego is unknown to the person, so that if the person is captured, it cannot be successfully interrogated.
Examples of “Conspiracy theories” would include the Virginia Tech shooter, and any number of mass murder’s where the perpetrator killed himself.
Project ARTICHOKE (also known as Operation ARTICHOKE) was run by the CIA’s Office of Scientific Intelligence . The project went deeper into interrogation methods studied in the CIA ‘ s Project BLUEBIRD. ARTICHOKE offensive mind control techniques experiments attempted to induce amnesia and highly suggestive states in its subjects. ARTICHOKE focused on the use of hypnosis, forced morphine addiction, forced morphine addiction withdrawal, along with other drugs, chemicals, and techniques. The main focus of the program was summarized in a January 1952 CIA memo ,”Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation?” One program experiment attempted to see if it was possible to produce a”Manchurian Candidate .” In Richard Condon’s 1959 novel “The Manchurian Candidate” an American soldier, who has been placed into a hypnotic state by Communist forces, returns home to assassinate on command. In a perfect realization of “Truth is stranger than fiction”, the CIA considered the possibility 5 years earlier! A January 1954 CIA report asks the question , “Can an individual of [redacted) descent be made to perform an act of attempted assassination involuntarily under the influence of ARTICHOKE?”
Read the following declassified internal CIA memo’s on the subject:
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Project Artichoke document #1: Special Training (1950)
Project Artichoke document #2: Special Research, Bluebird
Project Artichoke document #3: Deaf Man (1951)
Project Artichoke document #4: Polygraph testing
Project Artichoke document #5: Drugs, Electroshock, neurosurgical techniques
Project Artichoke document #6: Interview with a mad scientist (1952)
Project Artichoke document #7: Hypnotic Secret Agents
Project Artichoke document #8: Practicing Artichoke
Project Artichoke document #9: I have no memory of this place (1954)