Beginning in the early 1950’s, the U.S. government started conducting illegal experimentson U.S. and Canadian citizens (including children) with the intention of developing drugs and procedures used to interrogate and torture. The program specifically focused on breaking down and controlling the mind, and incorporated numerous methodologies, such as the use of LSD, hypnosis, and sexual abuse, to name a few.
Many of the experiments were done without people’s consent, and sometimes left victims with psychological problems, amnesia, and brain damage. Some of the more extreme experiments resulted in death. The MKUltra Program was coordinated by the CIA in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Chemical Corps.