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Project MK-ULTRA, or MKULTRA, was the code name for a covert CIA mind-control and chemical interrogation research program, run by the Office of Scientific Intelligence. The program began in the early 1950s, continuing at least through the late 1960s, and it used United States citizens as its test subjects. The published evidence indicates that Project MK-ULTRA involved the surreptitious use of many types of drugs, as well as other methods, to manipulate individual mental states and to alter brain function.
Movies about government psychological experiments like THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE or FIRESTARTER are scary because, more often than not, they’re believable. Not to sound like a nervous Nelly looking to hang tin foil over her windows, but come on, we know that our government conducts psychological experiments. We know that our government conducts psychological experiments that we don’t know about. And we know that a few of those experiments would probably freak us out. Of course, in THE KILLING ROOM, Dr. Phillips (a perfectly cast Peter Stormare) goes to great lengths to explain to new “observer” Chloe Sevigny that the MK-Ultra program is in no way affiliated with the US government. Although the psychological research program was officially disbanded in the 1970s, it was kicked back into gear following 9/11. Sevigny, an adept observer who specializes is reading facial expressions, is required on her first day to watch a videotaped recording of an MK-Ultra experiment and report her findings to Dr. Phillips.
Originally posted by jackflap
In the beginning of the movie, they display text. That text tells of the existence of the program and says that efforts to reveal if the program has been stopped could not be done. The movie is present day stuff. The supervisor in the movie explains to his troubled initiate that the program was being fashioned to fight terrorism. The final product of the test is something called MK Patriot. A citizen who would be guaranteed to give his life for his country. He explains that the number of MK Patriots is classified.
As the movie plays on, the participants are asked insanely weird questions that must be answered correctly. Whoever answers incorrectly gets killed. They provide a timer for each question. They drop a gun with one bullet in it through a mail slot. It is insane.
Originally posted by cloakndagger
If the CIA wants bodies for human experimentation then they can just hire a coyote from Mexico to deliver the goods. No one will file a missing persons report and if they do well....the desert is a very relentless place.
Do people really believe there is no human experimentation going on right now inside the U.S.A? Where else are you going to get a human immune system that's working and alive to test out new biological warfare agents