NOW IT CAN BE TOLD
In 2267 as a lieutenant commander on the StarShip Enterprise, Pike McCain led a reconnaissance-by-fire/landing party on an intercepted an old-style radio-interference distress call in the Demos Star Group, during they were attacked by NorVietCom warriors in what seemed to be an abandoned fortress, Hao Lo Hanoi VII.
Overpowered Pike McCain's brain was thoroughly washed, and he was placed in the Hao Lo Zoo where the Progressos of Demos stargroup went to work in an attempt to make him become an illusion-controlled Human servant.
A program of severe behavior modification began on Pike McCain - not to be confused with waterboarding - the most heinous torture ever devised or known to mankind. He was subjected to rope bindings and repeated beatings every two hours, at the same time as he was suffering from self-confidence disorder.
The Progressos forced Pike McCain to relive old memories and placed him in illusionary scenarios of lives he could have if lived if he continued his career as a Moderate Conservo. The scenarios included an illusory day in the life of an Orion slave-trader dealing in Green animal women. When Pike McCain refused to mate with Peta, one of the Green chicks, the Progressos began to take steps to convince Pike McCain to breed with other females. After an initial encounter with supposed friendly swingers, Pike finally weakened, for which he eventually accepted blame.
Later, Pike McCain encountered an out-of-place young beauty named Palin, who was not green-skinned. It was revealed that the native Progressos had used telepathy to create the illusion of intellect all around him; all of the Moderate-Conservos except Pahlin were brain-dead.
When Pike McCain finally managed to escape; after a standoff, he failed to convince the NeoCons to restore the beautiful Pahlin's illusion of intelligence while letting the Conservos have their mental freedom. The Progressos believed this violent reaction made Conservos unsuitable for breeding or any kind of conversion. Although his experience with the illusory worlds restored Pike McCain's confidence in himself, it was recommended that all contact with the Progressos be restricted. General Order 7 was enacted, threatening the death penalty should any travel there, for fear of the Federation falling to illusory indulgence.
During his tour as a Starfleet officer, Pike McCain was aboard an old J Class Starship when a baffle plate ruptured and exposed many helpless Citizens to Delta Radiation. Pike McCain dragged many from the danger, but in the process was hopelessly crippled by the rays. In a state of advanced life support which sustains his withered body and life functions, but too weak and incapacitated to ever move or respond to physical stimuli again, the disfigured Pike McCain was put into the Senatorium. A wheelchair tuned to his brain uses blinking light signals to respond to simple queries in the affirmative (one beep) or negative (two beeps), but that is the extent to which he could communicate.