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The CIA's experimentation with zombie warfare in the 1950's

Someone filed this in the wrong place and it's their fault the project was exposed.
Someone filed this in the wrong place and it's their fault the project was exposed.
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During the Cold War the CIA realized that if an army of zombies devastated the Soviet Union, it would be very difficult to trace the origins of the attack to the US . However, the CIA was unaware of the possibility of using corpses for this effort, so they experimented on living human beings with “’chemical, biological and radiological means’ . . . for the purpose of mind control.” Many experiments were carried out on the American people, and also several Canadians. Some took place at the University of Denver.

Most of the evidence for the zombie experiments was destroyed by CIA director Richard Helms when he realized that if the American public found out the government was performing illegal experiments on them, they would become upset. Another reason for his actions might be a vendetta against his predecessor Allen Dulles. (The evidence suggests that Mr. Dulles was a better CIA director than Mr. Helms, and Mr. Helms was extremely jealous.)

However, evidence remained because of a fluke on both mens’ parts, and also on the part of whatever incompetent employee filed things in the wrong department so they didn’t get shredded when they should have. In any case, some devastating documents turned up in 1975. In one memo dated January 1952, the CIA questioned:

“Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will, and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation?”

This memo regarded Project ARTICHOKE, which became Project MKULTRA (so named by Mr. Dulles, because it was ultra secret), which evolved into Project Z.

Extensive experiments were done on unsuspecting citizens and CIA employees. When those given LSD did nothing but start the hippie movement, the CIA turned to scopolamine and other neural suppressing drugs, chemicals including sodium pentothal, and hypnosis. They even paid ultra-evil necromantic psychologists, including Donald Ewen Cameron, who would seem more appropriate in a Stephen King novel than working for the CIA, to perform experiments. Some of Cameron’s work alone caused victims' “amnesia, forgetting how to talk, forgetting their parents, and thinking their interrogators were their parents.”

The CIA has stated that all attempts to turn American citizens into zombies have been abandoned. However, 14-year CIA veteran Victor Marchetti claims that the “CIA routinely conducts disinformation campaigns,” and that mind control experiments continue.


  • Steve, Des Moines Zombie Examiner 5 years ago

    Great Article! You beat me to it! I was researching this very topic to do my own spin on it, when I came across yours. Oh, well, on to another project! Well done though!

    I am in the process of interviewing a Specialist Medic from the US ARMY who is willing to talk on record about his job to neutralize Zombies from both sides! It's gonna be great!

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