In 1953 the 'Cold War' was the biggest threat to America's security this country had ever seen (or so thought most American politicians and members of what President Dwight D. Eisenhower called the: "Military-Industrial Complex"). Imagine, then, the shock and horror that was felt by the aforementioned concerned when we captured two Russian spys (and we knew they were spys - information couriers, more precisely) AND WE COULDN"T GET ANY INFORMATION FROM THEM! We had one tortured (in a third world country of course, we didn't dirty OUR hands with such unethical stuff - we just sent them to some anti-communist fascist dictator whose government we were propping up because pro-American fascists were much preferable to Socialist of ANY sort EVEN if they should have been democratically elected) until he died of massive blood-loss, shock and trauma - and STILL nothing (kinda like what we did to one of the 'little greys' - the little aliens we found at Roswell in '47 - but more about that later in this, my life's story). We KNEW they had information, but we couldn't weasle it out of them, NO WAY, NO HOW!
Imagine our amazement and gratitude then, when a female former Russian info. courier supervisor chose to defect because she had fallen in love with an American agent, AND she subsequently informed us that the Russians had discovered that they could take victims of childhood psycho/sexual/physical abuse who were exhibiting Multiple Personality Disorder, take one of the dominant personalities ('cause the other dominant personalities had no recollection of the physical individual's experiences when they were not dominant) program it (with drugs, hypnosis, torture, abuse and/or subliminal suggestions) to respond to keywords/cues designed to make it subsume and/or re-assert itself, and then give that particular personality information and make it bury itself - until the proper keyword/cue was spoken!
Voila! We had discovered the Russian's secret for creating torture proof agents, assassins and even 'deep cover' 'moles' ("La Femme Nikita", "The Manchurian Candidate" etc., were NOT works of fiction - as a matter of fact, John F. Kennedy was assasinated, in part, because he was suspected of having been compromised in just such a fasion during one of his sex and drug binges with Marilyn Monroe, and Sirhan Sirhan was activated, during a telephone call, to assasinate Bobby Kennedy).
So we (our intelligence services that is - and even though the CIA "never had a domestic charter" they took charge of the next 30 years of experiments on American citizens because, as Barry Goldwater once stated: "Extremism in the defense of Liberty is NO vice!") started a "black-op" called: "M K Ultra" www.parascope.com/ds/mkultra0.htm ; www.mindspring.com/~txporter/sec3.htm ; www.parascope.com/ds/mkultradocs.htm Intellectuals were even recruited to buy and take different drugs and then write "reports" to their CIA handlers about the anecdotal effects of those drugs. One such "report" became the book: "Naked Lunch" by William Burroughs, who along with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac had been recruited and paid to do drugs in the name of "Truth, Justice and the American Way"!