The ARTICHOKE Project (also referred to as Operation ARTICHOKE ) was a CIA project investigating interrogation methods for prisoners stemming from the fear of seeing the techniques used by North Korea with American prisoners.


It led to the BLUEBIRD project the 20 of August of 1951 , managed by the Office of Scientific Intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency . 1 A memorandum directed by Richard Helms to CIA Director Allen Dulles indicated that became Artichoke Project MKULTRA the 13 of April of 1953 . 2

The project studied the hypnosis , forced by the addiction to morphine (and subsequent withdrawal syndrome ), and the use of other chemicals, in other methods, to produce amnesia and other vulnerable states in subjects.

ARTICHOKE was an offensive program of mental control carried out by the intelligence divisions of the Navy , Army , Air Force , and FBI . In addition, the goals of the project were outlined in a memo dated January 1952 that stated, “Could we make an individual forget about the most fundamental laws of nature, that is, their preservation? 3 4 5 6 7


  1. Back to top↑ Science, Technology and the CIA
  2. Back to top↑ Church Committee; P. 390 “MKULTRA was approved by the DCI [Director of Central Intelligence] on 13 April as as 1953 “
  3. Back to top↑ Estabrooks, GH Hypnosis comes of age. Science Digest, 44-50, April 1971
  4. Back to top↑ Gillmor, D. I Swear By Apollo. Dr. Ewen Cameron and the CIA-Brainwashing Experiments. Montreal: Eden Press, 1987.
  5. Back to top↑ Scheflin, AW, & Opton, EM The Mind manipulators. New York: Paddington Press, 1978.
  6. Back to top↑ Thomas, G. Journey into Madness. The Secret Story of Secret CIA Mind Control and Medical Abuse. New York: Bantam, 1989 (paperback 1990).
  7. Back to top↑ Weinstein, H. Psychiatry and the CIA: Victims of Mind Control. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1990.