Of course, government officials always say how the results have been very important for blabla space travel or medical advantages etc. Every government official that I ever talked to, supported research on live human beings without consent. In my opinion, if a study is necessary, it should be done on those supporting it.
Personally, I am convinced the primary purpose of most of these programmes is amusement for government officials. There is no reason to perfection human torture, except perhaps in war situations, though for some that is debatable as well. Somehow extreme torture does not need research, it is done “right first time” when the occasion arises in which it is necessary.
How can we stop this? I propose to put the death penalty on the table for anyone involved.