Project Artichoke

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Project Artichoke (also referred to as Operation Artichoke) was a project developed and enacted by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for the purpose of researching methods of interrogation.

Initially known as Project Bluebird, Project Artichoke officially arose on August 20, 1951, and was operated by the CIA's Office of Scientific Intelligence.[1] The primary goal of Project Artichoke was to determine whether a person could be involuntarily made to perform an act of attempted assassination.[2] The project also studied the effects of hypnosis, forced addiction to (and subsequent withdrawal from) morphine, and other chemicals, including LSD, to produce amnesia and other vulnerable states in subjects.

Project Artichoke was succeeded by Project MKUltra, which began in 1953.[3]

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