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MK-ULTRA in Australia: Part 1

December 8, 2021
MK Ultra
Steve McMurray

The CIA’s mind control program in Australia: brought to our shores by The University of Sydney, Leonard Huxley and the Chairman of the Australian Psychological Society*.

In August of 1960, at The University of Sydney, MKULTRA psychiatrist Martin Theodore Orne, performed an experiment titled ‘Antisocial Behavior and Hypnosis’. This experiment was financed by the Human Ecology Fund, (A CIA cutout for financing MKULTRA activities) and the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Orne’s visit to Sydney University was made possible by the United States Educational Foundation in Australia (USEFA), which was the Australian body of the Fulbright Scholarship and Lectureship Program. The experiment was given permission to be performed in the facilities belonging to the Faculty of Psychology by Alfred Gordon Hammer, the head of the department, who was also the Chairman of the Australian Branch of the British Psychological Society in 1960 (later the Australian Psychological Society*). Hammer would spendtwo sabbaticals in Orne’s laboratories in the United States during the 60’s and 70’s.

G.H. Estabrooks, the father of the Manchurian Candidate was once quoted as saying, “The key to creating an effective spy or assassin rests in splitting a man’s personality, or creating multipersonality, with the aid of hypnotism…. This is not science fiction. …I have done it.” In April of 1960, four months before Orne was in Sydney, G.H. Estabrooks invited Orne to speak at a symposium at Colgate College. The paper presented by Orne at this symposium was later titled ‘Antisocial Behavior and Hypnosis’.

The goal of this CIA mind-control experiment was to see if hypnotised subjects would carry out dangerous and harmful acts that they wouldn’t carry out in their normal state (video below).

Frederick J. Evans, a student at the University of Sydney, assisted Orne in the 1960 experiment. Both Evans and Orne would go on to positions at the University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Peter W. Sheehan and Campbell W. Perry, psychology students at Sydney during Orne’s visit, would later go onto perform manchurian-candidate hypnosis experiments with this network of researchers at Pennsylvania. Perry went on to become a board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.  Dr. Antony Kidman was also studying psychology at Sydney during Orne’s experiment and lectureship.He would go on to study at the University of Pennsylvania, but instead with Dr. Aaron Tim Beck, the father of Clinical Psychology and an advisory board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. It was there Kidman became a longtime colleague of Dr. Martin Seligman, a man who’s life’s research has been made the core of the CIA’s torture program.

Interestingly, Fiona Barnett alleges that Dr. Antony Kidman was working for the CIA with Dr. John W. Gittinger as part of a mind control research program that she was abused by – during and after he was involved with research in Pennsylvania.

Aldous Huxley was one of the key intellectuals behind the creation of the MKULTRA program. It’s interesting to note that a different Huxley family member was involved in MKULTRA’s importation into Australia in 1960. Leonard George Holden Huxley was on the board of USEFA and he would have overseen the Fulbright Lectureship being granted to CIA psychiatrist, Martin Orne. Huxley was appointed to the board for the 1960 period and was also on the board of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) with Richard Casey as the Executive. Casey helped to Establish ASIO and ASIS. He also helped to secure funding for USEFA in 1959.