Wednesday, January 31, 2007

[subversives] political bloggers beware

Hypnosis Comes of Age by G. H. Estabrooks, PH.D. Science Digest April, 1971, pp. 44 - 50

Clinical hypnotists throughout the world jumped on the multiple personality bandwagon as a fascinating frontier. By the 1920's, not only had they learned to apply post-hypnotic suggestion to deal with this weird problem, but also had learned how to split certain complex individuals into multiple personalities like Jeckyl-Hydes.

The potential for military intelligence has been nightmarish. During World War II, I worked this technique with a vulnerable Marine lieutenant I'll call Jones. Under the watchful eye of Marine Intelligence I split his personality into Jones A and Jones B. Jones A, once a "normal" working Marine, became entirely different ….

1975 Senate subcommittee reportage

Dr. Harris Isabel … daily fed his guinea pigs large doses of LSD, mescaline, marijuana, scopolamine and other substances. In exchange for participating in the experiments, the inmates received injections of high quality morphine, sometimes getting 'shot-up' three times a day, depending on their co-operation.

Brought before the Senate subcommittees in 1975, Isabel saw no contradiction in providing hard drugs to the very addicts he was employed to cure. Following public outrage, the CIA announced it had ceased its mind manipulation programmes. Victor Marchetti, a CIA veteran of 14 years who turned 'whistle-blower', exposed this to be untrue.

Excerpt from CIA notes, Jan 1955

To Director of Security Via Deputy Director of Security Via Chief Security Research Staff: Report of Artichoke Operations 20-23 January 1955. Between Thursday 20 January and Sunday 23 January 1955 … Interrogation lasted until 12:25 am when all except the subject left the Operations Room … At 2:36 am the first intravenous infusion began. Slow injections were continued until 2:46 am when recording and transmitting equipment was brought into the Operations Room.

1st fantasy introduced. Results during this phase were good and subject had no control. B. 2nd fantasy introduced… Following the conclusion of the general discussion, all technical apparatus was removed from the premises, and all participating personnel left the area.

Psychiatrist under scrutiny again By William Birnbauer, Melbourne Age, April 18, 2004

The controversial Melbourne child psychiatrist, Dr Selwyn Leeks, faces a second investigation by the Victorian Medical Practitioners Board, as well as possible criminal charges in New Zealand. Dr Leeks is already being investigated by the board following claims that he allowed children to be punished with electric shock treatment and pain-inducing injections while in charge of a psychiatric hospital unit in NZ in the 1970s.

These are just four fragments from a vast body of data, some of it freely available. And you think it’s not in operation and could never be used on the citizenry? Multiple choice question: which of these is the state more likely to distrust? a] the 9 to 5 worker who comes home and watches tele; b] cabinet ministers; c] malcontented bloggers whose identities and whereabouts must first be established and legal cases built against them?

Those words from earlier: “saw no contradiction”. Please click on this link and read this post by a blogger we know and respect. You noticed the name of the Act, of course: R.I.P. This is the type of black humour these people are renowned for. Rest In Peace indeed.

And still a substantial minority of the public approve torture ‘under certain circumstances’. Interesting. Presumably they don’t think it could ever include them, that a case could ever be constructed against them, personally.

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