The Scientific Studies Underlying the CIA’s Torture Methods


The New Yorker explores Martin Seligman’s years of studies of “learned helplessness,” and how his findings got turned around and came to be applied by other psychologists in the CIA’s torture program.

Trying to Cure Depression, but Inspiring Torture (The New Yorker, January 18, 2015)


  1. Glad to see the dots being connected. In Nazi Germany, they did torture, mind control, and eugenics. The psychiatrists ran the entrainment camps, and at first steralized anyone they could diagnose as a jew, homosexual, or mentally ill. Then it progressed to killing and euthanizing them. The psychiatrists did it all. Adolf Hitler also believed mind control was the secret to control the world (they had something called world view warfare, or weltenshunkrieg (the American version of weltenshunkrieg is psychological warfare)), and psychiatrists are in fact mind control experts, specialists in the mind sciences. It is true the Nazi’s invested heavily in mind control, and this is one reason Project paperclip of the CIA went on, when we imported their best mind science doctors (psychiatrists), and propulsion scientists, we then put them to work at major universities and hospitals and forgave their horrific war crimes. We started mind control programs of our own, project bluebird, artichoke, MKULTRA, and more. We did decades of torture, human experimentation, and more. The programs were never shut down either, and multiple hundreds of thousands of people were hurt up to the seventies. The programs go dark after that period, continuing on under new budgets and titles. The modern stuff involves satellites, radar, and directed energy. Anyway to say the least, the CIA torture program ain’t nothing new and its just the same old thing that’s always went on in this country. A lot of the methods devised are also old school, stuff they developed during MKULTRA, which itself involved the development of interrogation methods and interrogation utilities from drugs to brain computer interfaces and torture tactics. BTW, APA was involved from the start, as even the APA head was a top paid CIA torture doctor in the 1950s, and DSM happens to be heavily influenced by all that nonsense. Top psychiatrists all around the United States participated, goals included creating the conditions listed in the DSM .. Notice how the DSM actually frames victims of such abuses to be mentally ill and is devoid of information to prevent false diagnosis of victims who often receive diagnosis of persecutory delusional disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, or even multiple personality disorder. APA has never apologized for their involvement in any of these programs or operations to date, and they continue to plow over victims allegations.

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    • It seems our country may have elected the wrong families into power, too:

      Perhaps today’s US psychiatric / psychological communities are working hard at “social control” to maintain the wrong social structure? Do we really want the “warrior elite” in charge?

      Is it actually beneficial for the majority to be subjected to never ending wars and terrorization, merely for the financial profit of a few?

      It does seem the evil “banksters,” that our founding fathers warned us about, have taken control of our monetary system, too:

      “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” Thomas Jefferson

      Or at least the mortgage crisis, and the housing bubble, seems to directly relate to this warning about what our most recent Presidents are claiming are “too big to fail banks.” Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We need to break up the “too big to fail banks” and, “The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

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