What is the connection between the CIA MKultra program and the Unabomber? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
I answered a similar question, Was Ted Kaczynski a participant in the CIA sponsored MKULTRA study? I’ll post that answer here and hope it suffices.
“According to the conventional wisdom, Theodore John Kaczynski, whose IQ while in the fifth grade was measured at 167, who became one of the youngest Harvard-educated STEM professors in America, and the man whom the FBI dubbed the Unabomber, was simply mentally ill—a paranoid schizophrenic. But the conventional wisdom is mistaken.
From the fall of 1959 through the spring of 1962, Harvard psychologists, led by Henry A. Murray, conducted a disturbing and ethically indefensible experiment on twenty-two undergraduates. One of these students, whom they dubbed "Lawful," was Ted Kaczynski.
Murray's experiment was intended to measure how people react under stress. He subjected his unwitting students to intensive interrogation—what Murray himself called "vehement, sweeping, and personally abusive" attacks, assaulting his subjects’ egos and most-cherished ideals and beliefs.
One wonders what effect these experiments had on Kaczynski, the brilliant but vulnerable boy who, in 1958, had entered Harvard College at the age of 16. Is it likely they confirmed his nascent belief in the evil of science and led to his decline into mental illness and murder?”