The research of former US State Department officer John Marks that would become his seminal work on the CIA’s MKULTRA program was preceded by President Gerald Ford’s establishment of a commission led by then-Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to examine
reports of CIA exploits that
included spying on domestic political dissidents. “Included in the final
Rockefeller report, “Marks observes, “was a section on how an unnamed
Department of the Army employee had jumped out of a New York hotel
window after Agency men had slipped him LSD.
That revelation made headlines around the country. The press seized
upon the sensational details and virtually ignored two even more
revealing sentences buried in the Rockefeller text: ‘The drug program
was part of a much larger CIA program to study possible means for
controlling human behavior. Other studies explored the effects of
radiation, electric-shock, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and
John Marks, The Search For the “Manchurian Candidate:”: The CIA and Mind Control, New York: W. W. Norton, 1979, 220.