The CIA created remote control dogs by surgically implanting electrodes in their brains in 1963, newly released documents reveal.
US officials have been trying to hide the top secret ‘behaviour modification’ files for decades, but they have now been released under the country’s Freedom of Information laws.
Experimenters implanted devices inside the skulls of six canines and used electrical stimulation to guide them through an open field, making them run, turn and stop.
The top secret experiments were part of the infamous mind control project MKUltra.
The top-secret CIA program conducted hundreds of experiments sometimes on unwitting citizens to assess the potential use of LSD.
They also used other drugs for mind control, information gathering and psychological torture.
John Greenewald, founder of The Black Vault, a site specialising in declassified government records spent twenty years trying to obtain the documents.
The files from the infamous project reveal the government agency also tested humans with psychotropic drugs, electrical shocks and radio waves.
‘The specific aim of the research program was to examine the feasibility of controlling the behaviour of a dog, in an open field, by means of remotely stimulated electrical stimulation of the brain,’ the documents state.
‘Such a system depends for its effectiveness on two properties of electrical stimulation delivered to certain deep lying structures of the dog brain: the well-known reward effect, and a tendency for such stimulation to initiate and maintain locomotion in a direction which is accompanied by the continued delivery of stimulation.’
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