Here’s a note for APD and T. Casey Brennan, the latest…er, character she’s dredged up to interview on Mel Ve’s fake TV network: the idea that people can be secretly brainwashed through hypnosis and then sent out to act as programmed assassins is utterly ludicrous, psychologically impossible, and very very silly.
Granted, it’s formed the basis for several movies—Captain America: Civil War, The Manchurian Candidate, The Naked Gun, and The Parallax View, for example—but (now brace yourself, Angie, this is going to come as a shock) those movies are fiction. Pretend. Made up. Not real.
Just like T. Casey’s tale of having shot John F. Kennedy…in 1964:
As regular HR commenter Justin Sanity points out:
The “Captain America: Civil War” scenario sounds more like the mythological “Monarch Project” “programming” to me.
There was no “Monarch” sub-project in MKUltra – that entire concept was just a sick fantasy, primarily promulgated by habitual fantasist Ron Patton & habitual lying con-artist (and far-right extremist) Fritz Springmeier.
G.H. Estabrooks repeatedly claimed, (first published claim in 1943 I believe), that he could create through hypnosis Intelligence ‘couriers’ or deep cover double-agents with “split” personalities. They would be totally consciously unaware of their “true” identities and missions, believing themselves to be a fictional personality scripted by their Intelligence controller, except during debriefing and re-assignment.
At those times, the controller would “trigger” their true personality/identity with code-words known only to him or her.
Estabrooks eventually claimed that he HAD done this, on behalf of the American military during WW2, but there are of course no records of these alleged split-personality missions, nor any mention of them by anyone else who would be expected to know about them during those times.
There are declassified memos discussing an unnamed researcher-contractor (it’s Estabrooks) attempting to “sell” this hypnosis split-personality idea to American military and Intelligence programs (with himself cast as project leader and hypnosis “programmer”), and the many reasons cited by the administrators of these programs for not wasting their money or resources on this concept.
There was some US Intelligence/Military sponsored experimentation related to hypothetical military applications for hypnosis, under ARTICHOKE in the early 1950s, (such as – if you “command” a person to shoot someone they know and like, under hypnosis, will they really carry that out?), but nothing like a “Manchurian candidate creation” program.
The “Church Committee” report was published in 1976, followed by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearings focused on MK Ultra in 1977 and publication of their report.
Then there was John Marks’ excellent “The Search For the Manchurian Candidate” in 1979, which brought a wealth of related information and details not only about the research but also about MK Ultra-related “operations” carried out in the US and abroad, into popular knowledge for the first time. (A lot of information about MK Ultra sponsored research had been “publicly available” for a long time before this, in the form of research papers published in academic journals – although the authors’-researchers’ involvement in Intelligence/military projects would not have been explicitly stated and in some cases the scientists themselves were unaware at the time that their “work” was surreptitiously paid for and commissioned by intelligence/military).
But in the 1980s and 1990s a torrent of mis-information about these subjects was generated and circulated through various social/professional communities, including psycho-therapists and their patients, (and several professional victim claimant conspiranoids like Cathy O’Brien/Mark Hamilton and Cisco Wheeler/Fritz Springmeier, issuing newsletters and bulletins subscribed to by SRA-obsessed professionals and mental patients), feeding off and building upon one another’s fantasies and rumors. ALA, the infamous compendium of crapola known as the “Greenbaum Lecture”, and delusional “victim narratives” derived from it such as Claudia Mullin and Chris DeNicola’s “testimony” at the Human Radiation Experiments Hearings.
What’s fascinating is that despite the complete lack of any evidence that hypnotic mind control could create “sleeper agents” or anything of the sort, the idea has taken root in the conspiraloon community, to the point where someone like T. Casey Brennan can spout his ridiculous lies with impunity.
So it seems that The Naked Gun was not a documentary after all. Though “Queen Elizabeth” does look rather fetching in that diamond tiara.