After writing up that theory about the procedure used in 'Dollhouse' to implant false personalities and memories into their Actives, and how it may have been developed originally for the government, along comes last night's episode of 'Chuck' in which we see that the government is definitely far behind private industry when it comes to the research for such a project.
The rogue organization known as Fulcrum had stolen its design from the government, and as Sylvia explained to Chuck, "The CIA designed it to implant intelligence directly into agents through encoded images." But they had abandoned their experiments in the technology to fight terrorism with old Cold War methods. Compared to what the Dollhouse agency used on their Actives, the Fulcrum equipment, even though developed farther than the official government experiments, was still significantly inferior.
I smell the influence of Dr. Miguelito Loveless behind all of this.....