Operation Midnight Climax, or the time the CIA ran a brothel to spy on people
According to the Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP), LSD “is capable of rendering whole groups of people, including military forces, indifferent to their surroundings and situations, interfering with planning and judgment, and even creating apprehension, uncontrollable confusion and terror.”
In the 1950’s, the CIA enacted a widespread research operation in order to find out if LSD could be used as a mind control tool. Hoping that by forcibly drugging its citizens, the CIA would discover a truth serum, they partnered with 80 institutions, including colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons, and pharmaceutical companies, for an experiment called Project MKUltra. Without the consent of its test subjects, the CIA gave doses of LSD and other drugs to employees, other government officials, sex workers, random members of the public, doctors, and people suffering from mental illness. After having dosed the unwitting test subjects, the would observe their reactions.
Midnight Climax, a sub-project of MKUltra, was created by the federal narcotics bureau, and ran by officer Georges Hunter White. White hired sex workers to lure johns into state-funded brothels, where the men would be plied with drugs and watched by White’s cronies through two-way mirrors.
The brothels ceased activities closed between 1965 and 1966, and in 1974, details of the project were made public by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, who exposed the illegal operation ran by the CIA.