"How Psychologists Became Pentagon’s Bitches: Shrinks, Lies and Torture"

"It is possible - and tempting - to exploit, for strategic-political purposes, fruits of research on the brain and on human behavior....Accurately timed, artificially excited electronic strokes could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the earth....In this way, one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of a very large population in selected regions, over an extended period."
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Between Two Ages, 1970, Obama advisor

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."
Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda

* ‘BREAKING NEWS’: NYT FLAGRANT COVER-UP REPORT COMMISSIONED BY STATE’S ‘MENTAL HEALTH’ TORTURER PARTNERS
Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds
July 10, 2015 NYTimes.com Breaking News Alert
The Central Intelligence Agency health professionals repeatedly criticized the agency’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, but their protests were rebuffed by prominent outside psychologists who lent credibility to the Bush-era program, according to a sweeping new 42-page report commissioned by the American Psychological Association, about the collaboration between psychologists and officials at the C.I.A. and the Pentagon....

I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture."
Barack Obama

Obama officially disowns ’Bush era’ torture 13440
Executive Order 13440 of July 20, 2007
Interpretation of the Geneva Conventions Common Article 3 as Applied to a Program of Detention and Interrogation Operated by the Central Intelligence Agency
George W. Bush THE WHITE HOUSE July 20, 2007.

Executive Order 13491 -- Ensuring Lawful Interrogations
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/EnsuringLawfulInterrogations
BARACK OBAMA THE WHITE HOUSE, January 22, 2009

Obama Makes Indefinite Detention and Military Commissions His Own
3/8/11 http://www.propublica.org/article/obama-makes-indefinite-detention-and-m...
President Obama yesterday formalized indefinite detention for dozens of men held at Guantanamo Bay and announced that the Pentagon would move ahead with military trials for a handful of other detainees. The Executive Order created a board to periodically review the dangerousness of prisoners being held without charge or trial...some for decades. While the order is new, most of the ideas it contains are not. This is the third time such a board has been created for nearly the same purpose. Two similar processes to review detainee cases were in place during the Bush administration. Like its predecessors, the Obama administration review process will operate outside the courts and be subject to no independent review. Also like the Bush White House, the Obama administration alone will choose all members of the review board and appoint a "personal representative" to advocate on behalf of the detainees....

Half of the Prisoners at Gitmo Already Cleared for Release
JUNE 16, 2014 http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2014/06/how-close-guantanamo-without-...
Gitmo was set up in the wake of 9/11 to hold suspected terrorists ...The government is relying on law-of-war authorities, which relies on the U.S. being engaged in an armed conflict, to hold suspected enemy combatants...78 of the 149 remaining prisoners have already been cleared...never having been charged with a crime, these detainees have since been deemed to pose no national security threat by defense and intelligence officials and could be set for departure at any time....but 58 of the cleared 78 detainees are Yemeni...there are security concerns about releasing them back to their home country, given the instability there. What’s more, the Senate Armed Services Committee is proposing a one-year ban on transferring detainees to Yemen, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which Congress needs to finalize before year end....some 38 people considered indefinite detainees, have never been charged or convicted of a crime, but have not been deemed safe enough to clear for transfer. Their fate remains in limbo with no clear end in sight... there are seven detainees facing military tribunals and three detainees who have been convicted are either serving or awaiting a sentence.

Obama Executive Order preserves prisoner renditions as counter-terrorism tool
... underscores that the battle with Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups is far from over and even if US shuts down the prisons, it is not done taking prisoners...
February 01, 2009|Greg Miller http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-rendition1-2009feb01,0,7548176,full.st...
,,,Under Obama’s executive order the CIA still has authority to carry out “renditions,” secret prisoner abductions and transfers to countries that cooperate with the United States..."Under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place" for renditions, said Tom Malinowski, the Washington director for Human Rights Watch. "What I heard loud and clear from the president's ordes was they want to design a system that doesn't result in people being sent to foreign dungeons to be tortured -- but designing that system is going to take some timr wae."... a former senior CIA official... said most valuable intelligence on Al Qaeda came from prisoners in CIA custody questioned by agency expertshe CIA has long maintained that it does not turn prisoners over to other countries without first obtaining assurances that detainees will not be mistreated... Because rendition program details are classified, the scale of the subject has been of wide-ranging speculation....

CIA ADMITS DESTROYING 92 INTERROGATION VIDEOTAPES ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE LAWYERS
March 2, 2009 ACLU, et al. v. Dept. of Defense, http://news.findlaw.com/nytimes/docs/cia/destruction-92-video-tapes.html

Torture Memo Author, Now a Federal Judge, Still Justifying Torture
2/9/13 http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/torture-memo-author-...
Jay Bybee signed off on torture as Justice Department Asst. AG, ruled last week that the government should be immune from liability for torture.

psychologists trained to serve the state:

Obama Seeks Tighter Mental Health Restrictions on Guns
1/3/14 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-03/obama-seeks-tighter-mental-heal...
Unable to win passage of gun-control legislation following the Dec. 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton Conn, Obama announced he would begin using Presidential Executive Authority. The Justice Department is proposing legislation outlawing firearm possession for people people convicted of violent misdemeanors, who have a domestic violence-based restraining order against them, people who have convictions for substance abuse, have been committed for involuntary inpatient or outpatient treatment, people found incompetent to stand trial, found not guilty by reason of mental disease, guilty but mentally ill or lacking mental responsibility... findings made by a federal, state, local or military court. National support for gun-control measures slipped to 49 percent in a CNN poll conducted Nov.18-20, the lowest since 1996. Last January, a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings 55 percent supported stricter gun laws.

THE MIND OF THE TERRORIST
A Review and Critique of Psychological Approaches
Study funded in part by grant from the Freya Foundation for Brain, Behavior and Society
2005 Journal of Conflict Resolution, Sage Publications http://www.jstor.org/stable/30045097?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Abstract
This article reviews the state of the art of available theories and data regarding the psychology of terrorism. Data and theoretical material were gathered from the world's unclassified literature. Multiple theories and some demographic data have been published, but very few controlled empirical studies have been conducted investigating the psychological bases of terrorism. The field is largely characterized by theoretical speculation based on subjective interpretation of anecdotal observations. Moreover, most studies and theories fail to take into account the great heterogeneity of terrorists. Many practical, conceptual, and psychological barriers have slowed progress in this important field. Nonetheless, even at this early stage of terrorism studies, preliminary reports suggest that modifiable social and psychological factors contribute to the genesis of the terrorist mind-set. Psychological scholarship could possibly mitigate the risk of catastrophic attack by initiating the long overdue scientific study of terrorist mentalities.

‘mental illness & guns’ pretext enhanced by serial ‘false flag’ operations for expanding fascist ‘homeland security’:

Obama Seeks Tighter Mental Health Restrictions on Guns
1/3/14 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-03/obama-seeks-tighter-mental-heal...
Unable to win passage of gun-control legislation following the Dec. 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton Conn, Obama announced he would begin using Presidential Executive Authority. The Justice Department is proposing legislation outlawing firearm possession for people people convicted of violent misdemeanors, who have a domestic violence-based restraining order against them, people who have convictions for substance abuse, have been committed for involuntary inpatient or outpatient treatment, people found incompetent to stand trial, found not guilty by reason of mental disease, guilty but mentally ill or lacking mental responsibility... findings made by a federal, state, local or military court. National support for gun-control measures slipped to 49 percent in a CNN poll conducted Nov.18-20, the lowest since 1996. Last January, a month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings 55 percent supported stricter gun laws.

'Dangerous hands'
Obama proposes gun control measures for mentally ill
1/3/14 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25598077
...A White House statement said two new Executive Orders "will help strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the wrong hands"...
The first proposed regulation, from the Department of Justice, is to clarify who is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health... clarifying the term "committed to a mental institution" to include involuntary inpatient as well as outpatient commitments, the White House said.
The second proposed action, from the Department of Health and Human Services, lifts some privacy provisions preventing states from sharing relevant information... providing permission to disclose "information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hand,...
Proposed changes follow the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut...where the perpetrator is believed to have had severe mental health issues at the time of the crime.

US State Terrorism’s long bipartisan history and cover-up:

‘Black sites’ and rendition: what the Senate report failed to publish
1/2/015 https://undercoverinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/black-sites-and-renditio...
Much of the content of the recent, heavily-censored US Senate report on CIA torture and rendition was not unfamiliar to many investigative researchers...below we identify over 100 CIA black sites from a range of sources...CIA physical and psychological methods were originally codified in the Kubark [CIA code-name for itself] 1963 Interrogation Manual and CIA 1970-1980 torture training handbooks for Latin American regimes, and during the Cold War used in CIA Phoenix program in Vietnam, and the CIA Operation Condor in South America. The other primary source for SERE techniques was the 1960s CIA “mind control experiments”...

How Psychologists Became the Pentagon’s Bitches: Shrinks, Lies and Torture
4/14/07 Dr. Trudy Bond, http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/04/14/shrinks-lies-and-torture/

"When the system works correctly, psychologists assess ‘the character, personality, social interactions and other behavioral characteristics of detainees.’ The psychologists . . . do not conduct the interrogations themselves, but instead ‘coach and counsel the interrogator in a way that allows him or her to build a relationship with the detainee.’"
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, William Winkenwerder Jr., in an interview with Mark Benjamin July 2006
Prisoner 063 was called “unclean” and “Mo” [Mohammed]...He was not told, despite asking, that some of the interrogation took place during Ramadan, when Moslems have special obligations. He was not allowed to honor prayer times...Transgressions against Islamic and Arab mores for sexual modesty were employed. The prisoner was forced to wear photographs of “sexy females” and study sets of such photographs to identify whether various pictures of bikini-clad women were of the same or a different person. He was told his mother and sister were whores. He was forced to wear a bra, and a woman’s thong was put on his head. He was dressed as a woman and compelled to dance with a male interrogator. He was told he had homosexual tendencies and that other prisoners knew this. Although continuously monitored, interrogators repeatedly strip-searched him as a “control measure.” On at least one occasion, he was forced to stand naked with women soldiers present. Female interrogators seductively touched the prisoner under the authorized use of approaches called “Invasion of Personal Space” and “Futility.
On one occasion, a female interrogator straddled the prisoner as he was held down on the floor...He was leashed (detail omitted in the log but recorded by investigators) and made to "stay, come, and bark to elevate his social status up to a dog." He was told to bark like a happy dog at photographs of 9/11 victims and growl at pictures of terrorists...He was shown pictures of the attacks, and photographs of victims were affixed to his body...
Such was the psychological "relationship-building" with al-Qahtan as described by Dr. Steven Miles in his "Medical Ethics and the Interrogation of Guantanamo 063" after Miles researched an 83-page interrogation log and an Army investigation of mistreatment of prisoners at APA Bay.
Such was the "counseling" at the behest of Major John Francis Leso, New York psychologist license number 013492, chair of the Behavioral Science Consultation Team (BSCT) at Gitmo in 2002, identified in the log as being present at the interrogation. Leso is also an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), which has gone to unusual lengths to deny his affiliation even as APA weakened its ethical stand against torture....
On November 27, in the middle of al-Qahtani’s daily 20-hour interrogations, Major John Leso "suggested putting the prisoner in a swivel chair to prevent him from fixing his eyes on one spot and thereby avoiding the guards." On December 11, after 16 days of 20 or more hours of interrogation a day, broken only by a 42-hour hospitalization for torture-induced hypothermia, al-Qahtani asked to be allowed to sleep in a room other than the one in which he was being fed and interrogated. "The log notes that ‘BSCT’ advised the interrogators that the prisoner was simply trying to gain control and sympathy."...
The Pentagon has chosen to use only psychologists after the American Psychiatric Association adopted a new policy discouraging its members from participating in military interrogations. APA is hiding behind the country’s deplorable attempt to defend its practice of torture. A cottage industry of professional bottom-feeders has sprung up to rationalize to the world how the United States is justified in creating a new definition to camouflage what are undeniable acts of torture.
Indeed, a legal memorandum from the Department of Justice dated 12/30/04 clarifying "what Congress really meant" by the use of the word "torture" is unnerving:

"Torture" is thus to be distinguished from lesser forms of cruel, inhuman, or de-degrading treatment or punishment, which are to be deplored and prevented, but are not so universally and categorically condemned as to warrant the severe legal consequences that the Convention (Convention Against Torture) provides in the case of torture. . . The requirement that torture be an extreme form of cruel and in-human treatment is expressed in Article 16, which refers to ‘other acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment which do not amount to torture."

Thus, for the United States, "acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" are no longer considered torture.....
Dr. TRUDY BOND is a psychologist of 26 years though no longer a member of APA . She can be reached at ar_mordilo@yahoo.com She was unknowingly investigated by the Ohio Board of Psychology following two arrests for civil disobedience, minor misdemeanors protesting the U.S. occupation of Iraq.