Stunning interview on Democracy Now with Professor Alfred McCoy, author of A Question of Torture. Snippets:
1950 to 1962: C.I.A. runs a massive research project spending over $1 billion a year to crack the code of human consciousness.
Dr. Donald O. Hebb of McGill University found that he could induce a state of psychosis in an individual within 48 hours. It didn’t take electroshock, truth serum, beating or pain.
At Cornell University Medical Center, where two eminent neurologists under contract from the C.I.A. studied Soviet K.G.B. torture techniques, and they found that the most effective K.G.B. technique was self-inflicted pain.
In 1963, the C.I.A. codified these results in the so-called KUBARK Counterintelligence Manual
Americans refer to this often times in common parlance as “torture light.” Psychological to torture, people who are involved in treatment tell us it’s far more destructive, does far more lasting damage to the human psyche than does physical torture.
Donald Rumsfeld did appointed General Geoffrey Miller to be chief at Guantanamo and General Miller turned Guantanamo into a de facto behavioral research laboratory, a kind of torture research laboratory.
By 2003, under General Miller, Guantanamo had perfected the C.I.A. paradigm, and it had a three-fold total assault on the human psyche: sensory receptors, self-inflicted pain, cultural sensitivity, and individual fears and phobia.
Oh hell – just go read or listen to the whole thing. It will blow your mind.