So I've been looking into what MK-ULTRA is, and recently a scary question has came to mind. That question being, has anyone been punished for the events of MK-ULTRA? By punished, I don't mean a slap on the wrist or the loss of a job. I mean more on the sense of legal ramifications. If not, was there any real reason they weren't?

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    What is the basis for assuming someone would have been punished? Did anyone do anything illegal?
    – DVK
    Jul 21 '14 at 4:45
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    What are legal ramifications? What was illegal? Which laws were broken? In general "loss of a job" is illegal unless it is supported by legal process.
    – MCW
    Jul 21 '14 at 11:04

From Wiki with references there:

The program engaged in many illegal activities;[3][4][5] in particular it used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy.[3]

Some of the methods:

administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.

Lots of illegal things were done, but no one was punished. For the same reason no one is likely to get punished after the Snowden revelations (even those caught red handed lying to Congress).

When the orders to do illegal things come from high up the ladder, with plausible deniability, everyone usually gets away with it.

Similar example: Iran Contra. Illegally selling weapons to Iran to finance illegal funding of a group using terrorist tactics against civilians. Most of those involved were pardoned by George H.W. Bush.

Digging around these scandals one can find a pattern.

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    Assertion that these activities were illegal is not backed by evidence; the latter half of the answer passes out of scholarship and into political speech which is not appropriate for this forum.
    – MCW
    Jul 21 '14 at 11:02
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    This answer is long on conjecture and short on facts.
    – ihtkwot
    Jul 25 '14 at 3:03

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