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October 5, 1977
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,. .Approved For R ."@`2MU77P63M '`talALF P80MW1 70014003 { tl, WASHINGTON, D. C. 20503 Office of Legislative Counsel OLC 77-3500/b 5GcT1977 Honorable Tom Corcoran House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Attention: 'Mr. Jay Meisenhelder Dear Mr. Meisenhelder: In your letter of 18 August 1977, you requested specific information regarding the identities of any institutions in Illinois at which Project MKULTRA experimentation was conducted and any other details which we felt were relevant. The Agency is precluded from disclosing the identities of specific institutions by the Director's obligation to protect confidential relationships, and by the Privacy Act of 1974 since such information would tend to constitute an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of individuals involved in these activities. As the Director stated in his testimony to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Human Resources Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research on 3 August 1977, ...We should certainly assume that the researchers and institutions which cooperated with CIA on a witting basis acted in good faith and in the belief that they were aiding their government in a legiti- mate and proper purpose. I believe that we all have a moral obligation to these researchers and institutions to protect them from any unjustified embarassment or damage to their reputations which revelation of their identities might bring. In addition, I have a legal obligation under the Privacy Act not to publicly disclose the names of the individual researchers without their consent. Approved For Release 2007/03/08 : CIA-RDP80M00165A000700140037-3 ECUTVs Approved Fo!'Release 2007/03/08 : CIA-RDP80M001WA000700140037.-31 STAT STAT STAT and that this is a matter for-the institutions themselves to-decide. ]Further, the Justice Department is now studying the issues associated with-attempting to identify victims of these research activities. Since Agency records contain no information regarding the identities of subjects of such activities,'any affirmative program to notify these individuals will require close cooperation between the Government and the institutions with heavy This is especially true, of course, for those researchers and institutions which were unwitting participants in CIA-sponsored activities.- The Agency has notified those institutions which were involved in these activities. These institutions have been advised that the Agency will not make public their identities may have been associated with Project MK'ULTRA. You may, as an alternative, wish to approach the particular institutions in?question directly for the information desired. Given these circumstances, the Agency is unable at this time to provide information to. third parties regarding the identities of specific institutions which reliance upon the institutional records. We appreciate your interest in this regard. Sincerely, George L. Cary Legislative Counsel Distribution: Orig - Adse 1 - ER 1 - DDS&'T .1 OGC 1 DDA 1 OLC/ u J 1 - OLC/Chrono OLC/ABS/ksn Approved For Release 2007/03/08 : CIA-RDP80M00165A000700140037-3