[Updated: H.P. Albarelli, Jr., author of A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments, was kind enough in an email to comment on the above image:
From caption: "...un-identified white female between the age of 8 and 10 years old. Subject underwent 6 months of treatment using heavy doses of LSD, electroshock and sensery [sic] deprivation. Experiments under codename: MKULTRA about early 60s. Subjects [sic] memory was erased and her brain is that of a newborn baby."
"Yes, I've seen this photo in several places over the past year or so. I recently saw it in a book where it was marked as a "CIA MK/ULTRA" photo. It's not.I thank Mr. Albarelli for his input.
"Where it came from I don't know but it was not the CIA. It appears oddly posed to me with various unprofessional features. It's too bad disinformation like this makes the rounds. The program (MK/ULTRA) was bad enough without trying to make it worse through bogus means."
Update II: Hank has given me a very cool piece, posted here.]
Christy unearths this nugget from Katherine Eban's article in Vanity Fair (emphasis mine):
At the direction of an accompanying psychologist, the team planned to conduct a psychic demolition in which they'd get Zubaydah to reveal everything by severing his sense of personality and scaring him almost to death.Presumably his brain was then like that of a "newborn baby."
Project MK-ULTRA was a breathtakingly inhuman top-secret exercise of our government. It "evolved" from Operation Paperclip, a morally dubious enterprise designed to co-opt the brain trust of Nazi scientists. It seems that in our exposure to all of that brilliance some of the nasty leaked in, and we began to explore not just Nazi rocket science but Nazi "medicine" as well.
Was a time that bringing up "CIA mind control experiments" was eye-rolling tin-foil-hat territory, and indeed even today it retains the ability to marginalize a speaker.
I'm sure the brain-baking techniques have grown more, ah, sophisticated than they were back in the '60's (not), but to have this sort of monstrous behaviour revealed as being used, today, on Zubaydah (and we all know what happened to Jose Padilla - subsequently described as "a piece of furniture") contributes to my Holy Crap! feeling...