A revealing document from UNREDACTED, the blog of the nonprofit National Security Archive illuminates how CIA officers pondered carrying out political assassinations.
“This 22 January 1954 CIA memo shows that the Agency also pondered using hypnotized assassination. The report’s central question was, ‘Can an individual of [redacted] descent be made to perform an act of attempted assassination involuntarily under the influence of ARTICHOKE?’ ”
The document went on to stipulate that this assassination attempt would be “against a prominent [redacted] politician or if necessary, against an American official.” After “American official” there was a hand written asterisk. At the end of the document, next to another handwritten asterisk, the words “simulated only” were handwritten.
Utlimately, the CIA personnel involved that assassination via hypnosis was not feasible.