According to the US Government, MK ULTRA was the code-name for a secret program run by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to conduct mind-control experiments on human beings from 1953 to 1964. The people used in these experiments did not suspect it, seemed to be chosen at random, and were often left emotionally crippled for the rest of their lives.
The rationale for this type of activity? Well, it's the typical answer, for 'national security' purposes. Basically, the program was designed to make people do things they normally wouldn't do whilst under mind control, for the purposes of whoever is 'in charge' and calling the shots atop the military industrial complex.
Dr. Ewen Cameron, who's since passed away, was a Scottish-born psychiatrist who served as President of the American Psychiatric Association and Canadian Psychiatric Association, among others. He was one of many who conducted these experiments on patients. Again, the subjects were never told that they were being used as guinea pigs.
This topic became so serious, and a lot of information and research was being conducted by independent researchers to the point where the United States government could no longer deny that these programs took place. Eventually, they declassified what they had, and the government issued an official apology for the program and its victims in the mid 90's.
Multiple victims have also come forward sharing their disturbing experiences.
You can access those files via the CIA's electronic reading room. Simply use "MKULTRA" as the key word in the search.
As with any sensitive and controversial subject, the disclosure of information is usually, based on my research into Black Budget Special Access Programs, a way to put the subject to rest, or claim that 'this is all there was' to this program. It's a quiet way to stop the concern and questioning from citizens, without really disclosing the full extent of the program, and whether it still runs today.
I believe our television, mainstream media and more were all birthed out of mind-control programs and intentions, but that's just speculation.
Was the program really terminated? We'll get to that a little later on in the article. The main concern right now is the idea that MK Ultra mind-control experiments only consisted of LSD, electroshock 'therapy' and other torturous actions. This is evident by recent programs who covered the topic, but it's simply not true, and as usual, there is much more to the story.
Most recently, the History Channel aired a program called America's War on Drugs, a mini docu-series. It was a good documentary, and they seemed to provide some good information about the CIA's involvement in the war on drugs and the massive political propaganda campaign that went along with it. The series criminalized the CIA and the government, and rightly so, discussing their involvement in drug trafficking, production, and testing — on both volunteers and unwilling patients — and even murder.
The issue with mainstream coverage of MK Ultra, however, is the fact that they constantly focus on one aspect of the program, and that's the LSD part. As a result, when it comes to public knowledge and awareness of MK-Ultra, it's often believed that they were simply drug mind control experiments conducted by the CIA, but it's much deeper and more disturbing than that.