How The CIA Doped San Franciscans With LSD

expanded-cinema-data-garden-24Did the CIA accidentally turn San Francisco into America’s grooviest city? SF Weekly on newly uncovered details on Operation Midnight Climax, one of the absolute strangest slices of U.S. history:

Wayne Ritchie may be among the last of the living victims of MK-ULTRA, a Central Intelligence Agency operation that covertly tested LSD on unwitting Americans in San Francisco and New York City from 1953 to 1964.

There were at least three CIA safe houses in the Bay Area where experiments went on. Chief among them was 225 Chestnut on Telegraph Hill, which operated from 1955 to 1965. Inside, prostitutes paid by the government to lure clients to the apartment served up acid-laced cocktails to unsuspecting johns, while martini-swilling secret agents observed their every move from behind a two-way mirror. Recording devices were installed, some disguised as electrical outlets.

To get the guys in the mood, the walls were adorned with photographs of tortured women in bondage and provocative posters from French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The agents grew fascinated with the kinky sex games that played out between the johns and the hookers through the two-way mirror in the bedroom.

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14 Comments on "How The CIA Doped San Franciscans With LSD"

  1. finally, a CIA i can party with.

  2. Having seen the product of overusing LSD this is much more awful than it may seem. I’ve met 1 person who no longer functions at all in society because of LSD and I’ve know every kind of crazy in the book, people who walk up to random people with their children and yell at them for raising them wrong ect., this was worse.

    • I know dozens of people who have used LSD, some abused them and can only think of one person who it effected because of preconceived conditions. Sorry to call you out on bullshit, but if the person was messed up it was because they already had a problem to begin with.

      LSD is a great tool to be used to connect to things most people dont think exists. On the other hand, dosing whole cities probably isnt the best choice.

      • Oh, you must be an expert, having met dozens of people and all. Your opinion is clearly superior, and therefore, can justly call bullshit… o.O

      • No, every action that becomes an endless cycle is dangerous. You know what they say; everything is “addictive” as long as it gives you a comfortable reward.
        You just have to know when to stop doing whatever you do. That’s the key, that’s all you need to do.
        Is it temperance? Is it sobriety? No, I think there’s a better name for that, maybe it’s just a certain form of strength.

      • Of course its a powerful tool, but so is a hammer. you can still use each of them wrong.

        • gelikeasics | Apr 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

          great comment, some very sensitive types do not need them at all. they are mainly used to shake one out of their syntax, with an experience that cannot be explained away or ignored, in other words, to convince our hardheaded nature that there is more than meets the eye with actual experience of the unknown, which becomes the known after a certain point.

  3. Actions like this are what ruin the legitimacy of a government.

  4. I really wish the normal everyday citizen would understand things like this have happened throughout history with our so called authorities. You can actually show or point a lot of these people actual proof and they still won’t believe it, instead call you a “Conspiracy Theorist.” I just don’t get people who judge and mock people who seek truth.

    • gelikeasics | Apr 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm |

      hmmm a homogenous mind that agrees with itself and its own propositions is brilliant imo to some extent. it is believed we are so powerful that we can will what we wish, they are only willing what they wish for, it would not be like this if they did not want it like this, thus the lying, not just to others but to themselves, for them to get out of it, would be to recognize this, which they will not, even in a million lifetimes.

    • Eric_D_Read | Apr 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |

      What’s not to get? Most people always have, and always will, prefer comforting lies over  disturbing truths.

  5. Google MK-Ultra. End the Drug War Now.

  6. InfiltratedSlacker | Apr 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm |

    If the government does drugs, it’s morally okay.  It’s when citizens do it, that’s bad.

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