When it comes to government secrecy, there is no story too large to be considered impossible.
Throughout history there have been tales of cruel governments doing whatever it took to keep the ruling class fed and the peasants from rising up. Often, this was simply through the use financial manipulation, interest rates, or new freedoms. Other times, however, it can be however horrid one can fathom.
Think of North Korea, where perhaps tens of thousands of citizens are living in labor camps. Life in these camps is Hell on earth, with routinely grotesque and gruesome stories being relayed by those lucky enough to have escaped their fate.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.
Thomas Buergenthal, a law professor who served for a decade as an International Court of Justice judge, said a new report he helped write documenting atrocities in North Korea’s prisons shows the Kim regime may be “even worse” than Nazis.Trending:
“I believe that the conditions in the [North] Korean prison camps are as terrible, or even worse, than those I saw and experienced in my youth in these Nazi camps and in my long professional career in the human rights field,” Buergenthal, who endured the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps a child, told The Washington Post.
And, just to put this all into perspective in a terrifying way: This is only what we know about in North Korea.
Now, decades removed from committing heinous acts of their own, the CIA is under the spotlight after a government watchdog leaked documents that prove the agency’s deepest secrets to be true.
A renowned government secret hunter has published new documents detailing the CIA’s Cold War “behavioral modification” experiments (ranging from the bizarre to the stomach-churning), released under the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents were published by “The Black Vault”, a site which has published enough government documents on the paranormal, UFOs and government mind control experiments to provide material for a dozen new seasons of The X-Files. While the site might sound like a fringe web-community indulging in paranoid cliches, it is also the largest repository of its kind aside from the US government with over 2,000,000 pages of information. The 800 pages of classified information published in November had been withheld from previously released documents that were made public through FOIA requests in 2004 and 2016.
The newest documents, if verified, showcase some unprecedented disturbing outcomes of the CIA’s attempts to develop mind control techniques and truth serums as a part of its “MKultra” project, which the agency admitted to having secretly run until 1973. The releases include documents on a “successful” effort to create 6 dogs that could be “operated” to complete basic commands by remote control in the late 1960s. There are even diagrams of the surgical implants that employed “Electrical Stimulation of the Brain” to create controlled responses.
MKultra is an extremely popular subject among conspiracy theorists, likely due to the large and vague shadow that it has cast on the CIA.