A group of US military veterans claim the government messed with their minds, implanted microchips and electrodes and conducting of mind control experiments.
They are alleging top secret CIA, military and even university scientists experimented on them with the purpose implanting remote control devices in their brains to eventually turn them into robot-like assassins.
The members of the group claim the tests were conducted at the Army's Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland between 1950 and 1975. The US military site was known for testing, but mainly for chemical and biological nerve agents.
Now the group is suing the US government for answers.
Dr. Colin A. Ross, the president and founder of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma said there are stories from survivors and there are official government documents regarding the allegations.
The documents detail hypnosis, LSD, interrogation and electro-implant experiments. The electro-implant experiments were first conducted on animals, and they controlled via remote transmitters, he explained.
“Electrodes are put into dolphins and the dolphins are directed by remote transmitter to deliver a bomb to a target, there is discussion of similar technology in cats and other animals,” Ross said. “There is research funded by the Office of Naval Research published in mainstream journals where electrodes are put into the brains of cats, dogs and their behaviors controlled and even human beings at Harvard and Yale, so this is absolutely documented fact.”
Ross said operators were able to force animals to walk or swim to designated areas, and in humans control limited actions, such as hitting a wall, staring into space or strumming a guitar.
Participants in the testing programs were volunteers, however most did not truly understand what was going on.
“The people didn’t really know what was going on,” Ross said. They were basically tricked.”
There are probably active “Manchurian candidate sleepers” thought the world today, he argued. Mind control technology has been known about for decades and there are a range of usable technologies, ranging from electrode implants to brainwashing.
Ross said he is certain such experiments are ongoing today, but he cannot prove it because it is classified.
People can be in a sleeper state indefinably, but of course this is all secret and classified, so you cannot actually document it or prove it,” he added.
Attorney Gordon P. Erspamer, who represents the veterans filling suit, said members of the group have alleged they were given high doses of hallucinogenic drugs as well as brain implants.
“They tested hundreds and hundreds of different biological substances, such as anthrax, and chemical substances such as nerve gas, psycho-chemicals, a whole variety of psycho-chemicals,” said Erspamer. “They did this all in total secrecy for a period of over 20 years.”
Erspamer explained his clients are unable to received monetary policy because they were volunteer military members at the time of testing. Under the law, veterans cannot seek financial damages against the government under the Feres Doctrine which was established in 1950 by the US Supreme Court.
The suit is seeking however to bring attention to the fact military veterans cannot seek damages from the government and is also seeking a recognition by the US Army, that under their own regulation they must provide medical care and disclose what exactly they were subjected to. It is also a hope the court will release the veterans from their secrecy oath regarding what they endured.
However, the case has been a challenging one.
“There has been a total lack of cooperation from the CIA,” he said. “The rest of the defendants are not much better. The Army and the Department of Defense have been resisting discover at every moment as well.”