After many years of denial, the UK Ministry of Defence have finally admitted that '___' experiments were conducted on UK Servicemen at Porton Down
during the mid 1950s. These are a completely separate series of '___' experiments to those done at Porton Down 10 years later
Surprisingly, the MOD have confirmed that the experiments were conducted on behalf of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (commonly known as MI6) in
order to investigate whether '___' could be used as an interrogation technique. This new admission came in reponse to a Freedom of Information request
made by one of the experimentees. Lawyers for the experimentees are now making formal FOI requests to MI6 for the release of all documents relating to
MI6 ordered '___' tests on servicemen
Volunteers fed hallucinogen in mind control experiments
Saturday January 22, 2005
Fifty years ago, Eric Gow had a baffling and unexplained experience. As a 19-year-old sailor, he remembers going to a clandestine military
establishment, where he was given something to drink in a sherry glass and experienced vivid hallucinations.
Other servicemen also remember tripping: one thought he was seeing tigers jumping out of a wall, while another recalls faces "with eyes running down
their cheeks, Salvador Dalí-style".
Mr Gow and another serviceman had volunteered to take part in what they thought was research to find a cure for the common cold.
Mr Gow felt that the government had never explained what happened to him. But now he has received an official admission for the first time, confirmed
last night, that the intelligence agency MI6 tested '___' on servicemen.
The Guardian has spoken to three servicemen who say that they were not warned that they were being fed a hallucinogen during experiments.
One of the scientists involved at the time suggested that the experiments were stopped because it was feared that the acid could produce "suicidal
MI6, known formally as the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and responsible for spying operations abroad, carried out the tests in the cold war in an
attempt to uncover a "truth drug" which would make prisoners talk against their will in interrogations.
It appears that MI6 feared that the Russians had discovered their own "brainwashing" chemical to control the minds of their enemies, fears triggered
by pictures of American servicemen who had been captured during the Korean war confessing to their "crimes" and calling for a US surrender.
In 1949, a Hungarian dissident had also "confessed" robotically in a show trial without, it seemed, being in control of himself.
In parallel experiments, the CIA infamously tested '___' and other drugs on unwitting human subjects in a 20-year search to uncover mind-manipulation
techniques. The trials were widely criticised when they came to light in the 1970s.
Mr Gow and another man say that while serving in the military they volunteered to take part in research. They were told to go to the Porton Down
chemical warfare establishment in Wiltshire, where servicemen were regularly tested in experiments.
Mr Gow, then a radio operator in the Royal Navy, says that scientists gave him the liquid to drink in 1954, a decade before the effects of '___' were
popularised by hippies.
Soon he could not add up three figures. The radiator started to go in and out "like a squeezebox", while shoe marks on the floor spun like a
catherine wheel. He says he still seemed to be tripping that evening, when he and a colleague went dancing in nearby Salisbury, with wellies on. "I
don't think we got a date that night," he said yesterday.
He added that the scientists had been "irresponsible", particularly as they had not kept the men under close supervision. Now a magistrate, he
submitted an open government request to the Ministry of Defence seeking more details of the experiments.
The MoD replied that "much of the information concerning '___' involves research conducted at the behest of the Secret Intelligence Service ... We
are more than happy to speak to them [SIS] on your behalf and will pursue the question of downgrading the security classification of certain documents
to allow us to disclose them to you".
Last night, a Foreign Office spokesman confirmed that in 1953 and 1954 Porton Down carried out SIS-commissioned tests of '___' on service personnel.
'It was frightening. I will never forget it'
This is quite a surprising admission from the Ministry of Defence. For the last 10-15 years they have constantly refused to comment on the early
Porton Down (1950s) '___' experiments. Researchers have always suspected that Porton Down had carried out similar '___' interrogation investigations
as to those conducted by the CIA during MKULTRA, but the MOD have always refused to comment.