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one of my coworkers brought in one of those key rings with a pig on it...one like the ones off jackass.

when you squeeze it, fake poop pokes out, you let go and it goes back inside.

thats about it...im bored.....

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since it has already been provin a waste of space let me take a small time out to disscuse the cia:

 

But the sense of elation did not last long. As the secret research

progressed, the CIA ran into problems. Eventually they came to

recognize that LSD was not really a truth serum in the classical sense.

Accurate information could not always be obtained from people under the

influence of LSD because it induced a "marked anxiety and loss of

reality contact". Those who received unwitting doses experienced an

intense distortion of time, place, and body image, frequently

culminating in full-blown paranoid reactions. The bizarre

hallucinations caused by the drug often proved more of a hindrance than

an aid to the interrogation process. There was always the risk, for

example, that an enemy spy who started to trip out would realize he'd

been drugged. This could make him overly suspicious and taciturn to the

point of clammy up entirely.

 

There were other pitfalls that made the situation even more precarious

from an interrogation standpoint. While anxiety was the predominant

characteristic displayed during LSD sessions, some people experienced

delusions of grandeur and omnipotence. An entire operation might

backfire if someone had an ecstatic or transcendental experience and

became convinced that he could defy his interrogators indefinitely. And

then there was the question of amnesia, which was not as cut-and-dried

as first supposed. Everyone agreed that a person would probably have a

difficult time recalling exactly what happened while he was high on LSD,

but that didn't mean his mind would be completely blank. While the drug

might distort memory to some degree, it did not destroy it.

 

When CIA scientists tested a drug for speech-inducing purposes and found

that it didn't work, they usually put it aside and tried something else.

But such was not the case with LSD. Although early reports proved

overoptimistic, the Agency was not about the discard such a powerful and

unusual substance simply because it did not live up to its original

expectations. They had to shift gears. A reassessment of the strategic

implications of LSD was necessary. If, strictly speaking, LSD was not a

reliable truth drug, then how else could it be used?

 

CIA researchers were intrigued by this new chemical, but they didn't

quite know what to make of it. LSD was significantly different from

anything else they knew about. "The most fascinating thing about it," a

CIA psychologist recalled, "was that such minute quantities had such a

terrible effect." Mere micrograms could create "serious mental

confusion... and render the mind temporarily susceptible to

suggestion". Moreover, the drug was colorless, odorless, and tasteless,

and therefore easily concealed in food and beverage. But it was hard to

predict the response to LSD. On certain occasions acid seemed to cause

an uninhibited disclosure of information, but oftentimes the

overwhelming anxiety experienced by the subject obstructed the

interrogation process. And there were unexplainable mood swings -- from

total panic to boundless blissout. How could one drug produce such

extreme behavior and contradictory reactions? It didn't make sense.

 

As research continued, the situation became even more perplexing. At

one point a group of Security officers did an about-face and suggested

that acid might best be employed as an anti-interrogation substance:

 

"Since information obtained from a person in a psychotic state

would be unrealistic, bizarre, and extremely difficult to assess,

the _self-administration_ of LSD-25, which is effective in minute

doses, might in special circumstances offer an operative temporary

protection against interrogation [emphasis added]."

 

This proposal was somewhat akin to a suicide pill scenario. Secret

agents would be equipped with micro-pellets of LSD to take on dangerous

assignments. If they fell into enemy hands and were about to be

interrogated, they could pop a tab of acid as a preventive measure and

babble gibberish. Obviously this idea was impractical, but it showed

just how confused the CIA's top scientists were about LSD. First they

thought it was a true serum, then a lie serum, and for a while they

didn't know what to think.

 

To make matters worse, there was a great deal of concern within the

Agency that the Soviets and the Red Chinese might also have designs on

LSD as an espionage weapon. A survey conducted by the Officer of

Scientific Intelligence noted that ergot was a commercial product in

numerous Eastern Bloc countries. The enigmatic fungus also flourished

in the Soviet Union, but Russian ergot had not yet appeared in foreign

markets. Could this mean the Soviets were hoarding their supplies?

Since information on the chemical structure of LSD was available in

scientific journals as early as 1947, the Russians might have been

stockpiling raw ergot in order to convert it into a mind control weapon.

 

"Although no Soviet data are available on LSD-25," the OSI study

concluded, "it must be assumed that the scientists of the USSR are

thoroughly cognizant of the strategic importance of this powerful

new drug and are capable of producing it at any time."

 

Were the Russian really into acid? "I'm sure they were," asserted John

Gittlinger, one of the CIA's leading psychologists during the Cold War,

"but if you ask me to prove it, I've never seen any direct proof of it."

While hard evidence of a Soviet LSD connection was lacking, the CIA

wasn't about to take any chances. What would happen, for example, if an

American spy was caught and dosed by the Commies? The CIA realized that

an adversary intelligence service could employ LSD "to produce anxiety

or terror in medically unsophisticated subjects unable to distinguish

drug-induced psychosis from actual insanity". The only way to be sure

that an operative would not freak out under such circumstances would be

to give him a taste of LSD (a mind control vaccine?) before he was sent

on a sensitive overseas mission. Such a person would know that the

effects of the drug were transitory and would therefore be in a better

position to handle the experience. CIA documents actually refer to

agents who were familiar with LSD as "enlightened operatives".

 

Along this line, Security officials proposed that LSD be administered to

CIA trainee volunteers. Such a procedure would clearly demonstrate to

select individuals the effects of hallucinogenic substances upon

themselves and their associates. Furthermore, it would provide an

opportunity to screen Agency personnel for "anxiety proneness"; those

who couldn't pass the acid test would be excluded from certain critical

assignments. This suggestion was well received by the ARTICHOKE

steering committee, although the representative from the CIA's Medical

Office felt that the test should not be "confined merely to male

volunteer trainee personnel, but that it should be broadened to include

all components of the Agency". According to a CIA document dated

November 19, 1953, the Project Committee "verbally concurred in this

recommendation".

 

During the next few years numerous CIA agents tried LSD. Some used the

drug on repeated occasions. How did their firsthand experience with

acid affect their personalities? How did it affect their attitude to

their work -- particularly those who were directly involved in mind

control research? What impact did it have on the program as a whole?

 

At the outset of the CIA's behavior control endeavors the main emphasis

was on speech-inducing drugs. But when acid entered the scene, the

entire program assumed a more aggressive posture. The CIA's turned-on

strategic came to believe that mind control techniques could be applied

to a wide range of operations above and beyond the strict category of

"special interrogation". It was almost as if LSD blew the Agency's

collective mind-set -- or was it mind-rut? With acid acting as a

catalyst, the whole idea of what could be done with a drug , or drugs in

general, was suddenly transformed. Soon a perfect compound was

envisioned for every conceivable circumstance: there would be smart

shots, memory erasers, "antivitamins", knock-out drops, "aphrodisiacs

for operational use", drugs that caused "headache clusters" or

uncontrollable twitching, drugs that could induce cancer, a stroke or a

heart attack without leaving a trace as to the source of the ailment.

There were chemicals to make a drunk man sober and a sober man as drunk

as a fish. Even a "recruitment" pill was contemplated. What's more,

according to a document dated May 5, 1955, the CIA placed a high

priority on the development of a drug "which will produce 'pure

euphoria' with no subsequent letdown".

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