Tag: CIA

Judge Peels Off Layer of CIA Torture Secrecy

FromĀ Courthouse News Service: Three years ago, the U.S. government revealed only a heavily abridged, 524-page summaryĀ of a study onĀ the CIA's enhanced interrogation program; until...

The History of Brainwashing is a Red Flag for Technotherapy

FromĀ Aeon: In the 1950s, psychiatrist Donald Ewen Cameron developed a treatment called psychic driving, which involved removing distressing memories and pathological behaviors through an...

ā€œFormer U.S. Detainees Sue Psychologists Responsible For CIA Torture Programā€

On Tuesday morning, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former detainees against the psychologists who collaborated with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to oversee the torture program. According to the Intercept, psychologists James Mitchell and John ā€œBruceā€ Jessen and their employees collected over $85 million dollars for designing and implementing techniques, based off of the work of Martin Seligman, that combatted torture-resistance techniques by creating a state of ā€œlearned helplessness.ā€ There is, however, no evidence that these techniques gleaned any useful intelligence.