posted on Apr, 20 2010 @ 11:13 AM
Ultra played around with this for a while, there were a couple of girls and I'd suspect these are the two, that were "programmed" to
"assassinate" various team members with squirt guns. Oh, and they got them to take their clothes off in a crowd a couple of times, which was a big
test for doing something you wouldn't normally do.
There was some Ericksonian hypnosis being tested for "depersonalization", aka "abaiesement de niveau mental" or "mindwipe", basically erasing
the base persona and building up some new ones, IIRC it was effective in one person but not so much in others.
The data from that part of the program was "rediscovered" by General Stubblebine in the early 80s and they tried a couple of offshoots of it, one to
cause total dissociation and construction of alternative personas that were trained to be expert in a single field, for example, you'd have a spy
persona, a combat persona, a tech persona etc that were all isolated from each other and the base persona. When you needed super-Echo, the situation
would provoke emergence of the tech persona. If threatened, the combat persona would emerge. Each could be tailored for optimal performance at that
job - the combat persona would have no remorse or guilt, for instance. The cool part was that the memories for the various personas were supposed to
be isolated, so if your superspy got himself caught, interrogation got you nothing. The base persona literally did not know why he was there.
It just didn't work so well in practice.
The other thing they wanted to do was "optimal performance", which asked the somewhat reasonable question 'if you can walk that 2x4 on the ground,
why not 30 feet in the air?' They addressed the issue of mental states involved in performing certain tasks, the theory being if you got your mind
right, you could do what appeared to be amazing feats of mental and physical prowess with no real personality mods, and that worked a little better,
but it really depended on the person. A lot.
Erickson wasn't involved with that one, it was Virginia Satir at the wheel, but it was the same techniques.