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March 2, 1978
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STAT Approved For Release 2004/08/19 : CIA-RDP81 M00980R000100020090-0 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2004/08/19 : CIA-RDP81 M00980R000100020090-0 Approved For Release 2004/08/19 : CIA-RDP81 M00980R000100020090-0 (tConarels' of ttje laniteb &tatei~ ou~e of tepre entatibe~ 1 s 7 i e,94 7 March 2, 1978 19 Adm. Stansfield Turner Director Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 .The attached communication is sent for your consideration. Please investigate the statements contained therein and forward me the necessary information for re- ply, returning the enclosed corre- spondence with your answer. Yours truly, DANTE B. FASCELL 904 Federal Building Miami, Florida ppro ed For Release 2004/08/19.: CIA-RDP81 M00980R000100020090-0 /bam FTS 350-5301 Approved For Release 2004/08/19 : CIA-RDP81 M00980R000100020090-0 tui a . m person kill ~q~inst his l m ixs/hrN. Yetk,TimosNowsSorvico.' _L which usually included interrogation experts, drug ex - _-n_ wperts and psychiatrists or psychologists, was asked to WASHINGTON'- The CIA studied w 'he9.her a pc "give an evaluation of a hypothetical problem is Janu- -'son could be, induced. secretly to commit an assassina-?' ary, 1954: tion against his will, newly released government docu? "Can an individual of (deleted nationality) descent menu show. ,.be made to perform an act of attempted assassination The study was disclosed in a series of 1954 merraos involuntarily under the influence of Artichoke?" made public under-a Freedom of Information Act re- The memo, which like most documents released by quest by The New York Times and others- The docu-. the agency has names of individuals, government agen- ments were' prepared as part of Operation Art.iclroke, cies or locations deleted, described the following one of four CIA programs to conduct mind-control ex- "problbni." periments between '1949 and 1974. "As a `trigger mechanism,' for a bigger project, it Documents do not indicate that the CIA tried to use was proposed that an individual, of (deleted) descent, mind control in any actual assassination attempt. How.- approximately 3i years old, well educated, proficient ever, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence re in English and well established socially and politically and became indirectly involved in several others. - choke to perform ain act, involuntarily, against a promi- uments from the standpoint of whether they may pro - American official," vide any evidence in the inquiries into the assassination At another point it noted "access to the subject f P id J h o res ent o n Kennedy or the Rev. L?r. Martin Lu, would be extremely limited, probably limited to a sin- ther King. Members of a nonprofit group, the Assassi- gle social meeting. Because the subject is a heavy :hation Information Bureau, rioted the security officer drinker, it was proposed that the individual could be for Artichoke, Sheffield Edwards, later was the CIA surreptitiously dragged through the medium of an alco- man assigned to form the assassination team that tried holic cocktail at a social party, Artichoke applied, and to kill Fidel Castro. the subject induced to perform the act of attempting as- " According to the documents, an artichoke team," sassination at some later date. Approved For Release 2004/08/19_: CIA-RIDP81 M00980R000100020090-0 STAT Approved For Release 2004/08/19 : CIA-RDP81 M00980R000100020090-0 Approved For Release 2004/08/19 : CIA-RDP81 M00980R000100020090-0