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#1 Gary Buell

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 04:06 AM

The best-known CIA project using the QK digraph was QKENCHANT, of course but there were other "QK" code names. Little is known about any of them. One, possibly of interest to those interested in the JFK assassination was QKACTIVE. According to Lisa Pease, writing in the essential book Assassinations, it was "a project of the Soviet Russia division in the early '60s for running attempted penetrations of the Soviet Union."

According to this document, http://www.maryferre...sPageId=1167996 one Perry Harten, an agent for the Brussels World Exibition in 1956, was "considered for assignment in QKACTIVE, but no use materialised." If he had been utilized would he have defected to the Soviet Union?

Another project was QKHILLTOP, which according to a number of sources was a study of "mind control" initiated by the CIA in 1954 after reports of Communist "brainwashing." According to the book American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond:


"One project, codenamed QK-Hilltop, was based at Cornell University under the direction of Dr Harold Wolff. At Cornell, Wolff was an earlier pioneer of human ecology, an interdisciplinary field incorporating psychology, medicine and sociology. When the project began, Dr Wolff asked the CIA to provide him with all its information regarding 'threats, coercion, imprisonment, deprivation, humiliation, torture, "brainwashing", "black psychiatry", hypnosis and combination of these, with or without chemical agents.'"

It appears that a number of CIA files on QKACTIVE are available for viewing at the National Archives. See: http://www.archives....ject-files.html Also available are records for several other CIA projects that I had never heard of before: QKBOIL, QKDEMON and QKDROOP. Has anyone seen these records?

QKDEMON has to be the coolest CIA code name to date.

Edited by Gary Buell, 09 September 2008 - 04:08 AM.


#2 Gary Buell

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 10:18 PM

The best-known CIA project using the QK digraph was QKENCHANT, of course but there were other "QK" code names. Little is known about any of them. One, possibly of interest to those interested in the JFK assassination was QKACTIVE. According to Lisa Pease, writing in the essential book Assassinations, it was "a project of the Soviet Russia division in the early '60s for running attempted penetrations of the Soviet Union."

According to this document, http://www.maryferre...sPageId=1167996 one Perry Harten, an agent for the Brussels World Exibition in 1956, was "considered for assignment in QKACTIVE, but no use materialised." If he had been utilized would he have defected to the Soviet Union?

Another project was QKHILLTOP, which according to a number of sources was a study of "mind control" initiated by the CIA in 1954 after reports of Communist "brainwashing." According to the book American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond:


"One project, codenamed QK-Hilltop, was based at Cornell University under the direction of Dr Harold Wolff. At Cornell, Wolff was an earlier pioneer of human ecology, an interdisciplinary field incorporating psychology, medicine and sociology. When the project began, Dr Wolff asked the CIA to provide him with all its information regarding 'threats, coercion, imprisonment, deprivation, humiliation, torture, "brainwashing", "black psychiatry", hypnosis and combination of these, with or without chemical agents.'"

It appears that a number of CIA files on QKACTIVE are available for viewing at the National Archives. See: http://www.archives....ject-files.html Also available are records for several other CIA projects that I had never heard of before: QKBOIL, QKDEMON and QKDROOP. Has anyone seen these records?

QKDEMON has to be the coolest CIA code name to date.


Are there any members of this forum who live in the vicinity of the National Archives and could perhaps have a look at these documents?

#3 Gary Buell

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 12:45 AM

According to NARA these documents are contained in four boxes, each containing 800-1500 pages. I live in California and cannot make a trip to the archives but am curious about these QK projects. According to Lisa Pease QKACTIVE was a program to send defectors to the Soviet Union but that has not been confirmed. No idea on the others but certainly they might shed some light on what the digraph QK represents at least, of interest of course because of QKENCHANT.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:54 PM

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Edited by Daniel Burnet, 28 August 2015 - 05:01 PM.


#5 Barry Krusch

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:33 PM

Daniel, very valuable stuff, tks.




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