I know that it seems funny to watch the film of UK soldiers on exercise while tripping at the Porton Range (Operation MONEYBAGS), but for the soldiers
involved it was an intense and frightening experience.
You have to remember that these experiments were done at a time when the public were hardly aware of the existence of '___'. The soldiers (Royal
Marine commandos) knew they were to be given some sort of drug during a three day internal security exercise, but they were not told what it would be
or when it would be given.
On the first day, the commandos were successful in the operation, capturing "prisoners" etc. On the second day, the exercise scenario changed with
the commandos defending an area against infiltration. As on the first day were given a drink of water before they moved off. This time the water was
spiked with 200 microgrammes of water.
In the next half hour the men went completely to pieces, and as the film shows, one marine became very agitated, saying-"I'm dying, it can't go
He had to be taken immediately into medical care.
Many of those who were involved in MONEYBAGS were still affected by the trials for a very long time. Human trials at Porton which used '___' were
temporarily halted in January 1965- shortly after Operation MONEYBAGS. This ban lasted until September 1966, during which time a fierce ethical debate
ensured at Porton over the use of '___' in human experiments. Eventually Porton decided that it was time for a new series of '___' experiments and in
September 1966, Exercise RECOUNT was conducted. Troops from the 37th Heavy Air Defence Regiment (Royal Artillery) were instructed to carry out a 3
day exercise on the Porton Ranges. As in MONEYBAGS, troops were offered and drank orange squash at the start of each day. On day two, the squash was
spiked with between 63-97 microgrammes of '___' (shades of the Electric COOL-ADE Acid Tests being conducted across the Atlantic by the Merry
After the experiment a Porton psychiatrist noted that- seven had an unpleasant time, eleven hallucinated, some experiencing "altered perception of
time", one person was "mildly paranoid and unduly suspicious of the motives of colleagues" (quite a sane way to act seeing as he'd just been
spiked with acid), some had vague feelings of detachment, while others felt "intense unreality", reporting "no stomach, "no mouth", or "another
It's interesting to note that in the same year as the MOD were sponsoring '___' human experiments conducted by Porton scientists (the most prominent
of which was the trippily named- Dr Maxwell Hollyhock), the Home Office were busy passing a law which made the possesion of '___' illegal.
If you want to read more about the UK government's '___' experiments which were carried out at Porton Down, read GASSED
by Rob Evans.
A chapter entitled Britain's Psychedelic Soldiers describes, in detail, all the UK '___' experiments.