Torture and Brainwashing

For the most part, this tab focuses only on the post-9/11 torture carried out by the US government and it’s partners in the War on Terror. As you’ll see, it is almost impossible to discuss completely without bringing in other details, such as the use of drugs, brainwashing, dryboarding death coverups, and the Boston Marathon attacks.

This is the most comprehensive coverage of the story I have read. The fact that I am adding additional links below is not a criticism as this article includes references to nearly every aspect that I am aware of including, for example, the use of drugs on detainees.

Truth-Out, “‘Bush’s Fourth Term Continues’: Guantanamo Torture, Secret Renditions; Indefinite Detention,” Adam Hudson, 30 May 2014:

The report will not be released to the public until months in the future, though. The CIA says it needs more time to review the report, to coordinate with other agencies and foreign governments and implement “security measures to ensure the safety of US personnel and facilities overseas,” according to a motion it filed in a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) lawsuit brought by the ACLU.

Previous reports, by the media and human rights groups, have shed light on some aspects of the CIA torture program. A CIA Inspector General report issued in 2004 said, “Unauthorized, improvised, inhumane, and undocumented detention and interrogation techniques were used” by the agency and questioned the efficacy of those techniques. The report also noted that “a number of Agency officers expressed unsolicited concern about the possibility for recrimination or legal action resulting from their participation” in the CIA’s rendition program and “feared that the Agency would not stand behind them if this occurred.” Additionally, “One officer expressed concern that one day, Agency officers will wind up on some ‘wanted list’ to appear before the World Court for war crimes . . . Another said, ‘Ten years from now we’re going to be sorry we’re doing this . . . [but] it has to be done.’ “

Black Sites

UK Diplomat Craig Murray on outsourcing the most horrendous crimes against humanity to host country intelligence services and the affect on intelligence:

The Independent, “Craig Murray: The reality of Britain’s reliance on torture,” Craig Murray, 27 October 2005:

The CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” programme has become notorious. Under it, detainees have been sent around the world to key torture destinations. There is evidence of British complicity – not only do these CIA flights regularly operate from UK airbases, but detainees have spoken of British intelligence personnel working with their tormentors.

It means the woman who was raped with a broken bottle in both vagina and anus, and who died after ten days of agony. It means the old man suspended by wrist shackles from the ceiling while his children were beaten to a pulp before his eyes. It means the man whose fingernails were pulled before his face was beaten and he was immersed to his armpits in boiling liquid.

It means the 18-year-old whose knees and elbows were smashed, his hand immersed in boiling liquid until the skin came away and the flesh started to peel from the bone, before the back of his skull was stove in.

The great majority of those who suffer torture at the hands of these regimes are not terrorists, but political opponents. And the scale of this torture is vast. In Uzbekistan alone thousands, not hundreds, of innocent men, women and children suffer torture every year.

Assigning/Re-Assigning Fault

Prior to the recent “leak” of the Executive Summary of the Senate’s torture report, the conclusions were quite different. The Boston Marathon bombing knocked this story completely out of view. Now the CIA seems to be falling on its sword-to a degree, as they are also delaying and obfuscating-so that the senior Bush administration officials would not have the blame laid at their feet?

Reason, “New Report Blows the Lid Off America’s Recent History of Torture,” Sheldon Richman, 5 May 2013:

“A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that ‘it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture’ and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.”

So began a page-one story in The New York Times that should have dominated public discussion for days and begun the process of coming to terms with this shameful chapter in American history. Unfortunately, the story ran April 16, the day after the Boston Marathon bombing, and thus got little notice. And just as attention on Boston was waning, the George W. Bush Library and Museum was dedicated in Dallas. Unsurprisingly, neither President Obama nor the ex-presidents assembled to celebrate the event (and the Bush administration), mentioned this “nonpartisan, independent review.”

By contrast, see what the more recent McClatchy leak said:



A completely different narrative.

Boston Marathon Bombing

Additional possible connection, former CIA officer Graham Fuller was for a time the Tsarnaev brothers’ great uncle by marriage. Note that Fuller worked in Afghanistan in the 80s, where Al Qaeda was formed:

Boiling Frogs Post, “Boston and the CIA ‘Snafu’ Part II: CIA’s Graham Fuller-A Deep State Rogue,” William Engdahl, 22 May 2013:

The open press statement of denial by senior reportedly former CIA official Graham Fuller in April of a link between the Boston Bombings and the CIA, labeling the reports absurd, may go down in history as one of the worst intelligence blunders in the past century. The public admission by Fuller, on a website reported tied to the CIA, of his relationship to the Uncle of the alleged but not ever convicted Boston bombers [1] opened a can of worms the CIA might well wish never had been opened.

In the first part, we discussed the role of CIAs Fuller in creating the policy of using angry Jihadist Muslims as trained terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere against the Soviet Union.

Appears Boston attacks may have been a false flag operation in order to intimidate and distract from the story laying torture at the feet of high-ranking US officials until such time CIA could alter the picture and make it seem as if a few rogue elements within the Agency were responsible.

Additional Resources

History Commons “Prisoner Abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Elsewhere” Timeline:

‘Penny Lane’

HuffPo, “Penny Lane: Secret CIA Guantanamo Facility Trained Prisoners To Be Double Agents,” Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo, 26 November 2013:

Nearly a dozen current and former U.S officials described aspects of the program to The Associated Press. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the secret program publicly by name, even though it ended in about 2006.

Described as bribery, but I have serious doubts about the veracity of that implication. That those promises were made to reinforce the breakdown of personality sounds plausible. That it was all “carrot” and no brainwashing “stick,” does not.

See also these posts: CIA Brainwashing Doc and Second CIA Brainwashing Document.


Truth-Out, “A Guantanamo Connection? Documents Show CIA Stockpiled Antimalaria Drugs as ‘Incapacitating Agents’,” Jeffrey Kaye, 6 June 2012:

The revelation concerning cinchonine came from hearings the Senate’s Church Committee held in September 1975 on CIA “Unauthorized Storage of Toxic Agents.” The agency’s illegal stockpile of chemicals and drugs, which included the antimalarial drug cinchonine, was supposed to have been destroyed by order of President Nixon in December 1969.

Truth-Out, “EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to ‘Pharmacologic Waterboarding’,” Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye, 1 December 2010:

The government has exposed detainees “to unacceptably high risks of potentially severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including seizures, intense vertigo, hallucinations, paranoid delusions, aggression, panic, anxiety, severe insomnia, and thoughts of suicide,” said Nevin, who was not speaking in an official capacity, but offering opinions as a board-certified, preventive medicine physician. “These side effects could be as severe as those intended through the application of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques.'”

Seton Hall, “SETON HALL LAW REPORT SHOWS U.S. MILITARY ROUTINELY ADMINISTERED CONTROVERSIAL DRUGS TO DETAINEES IN GUANTÁNAMO BAY: Findings suggest detainees were unnecessarily dosed with a medication known to induce hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis”:

Dr. G. Richard Olds, tropical disease specialist and founding Dean of the Medical School of the University of California at Riverside, commented on the long-lasting effects of the drug: “Mefloquine is fat soluble, and as a result, it does build up in the body and has a very long half-life. This is important since a massive dose of this drug is not easily corrected and the ‘side effects’ of the medication could last for weeks or months.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, and the U.S. military concedes, that malaria is not a threat in Guantánamo. For that reason, U.S. military personnel and contractors are not prescribed any prophylactic anti-malarial medication.

“Mefloquine was administered to detainees contrary to medical protocol or purpose,” commented Professor Mark P. Denbeaux, Director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research. “The record reveals no medical justification for mefloquine in this manner or at these doses. On this record there appears to be only three possible reasons for drugging these men: gross malpractice, human experimentation or ‘enhanced interrogation.’ At best it represents monumental incompetence. At worst, it’s torture.”


Suffocation deaths covered up by NCIS, others:

FireDogLake, “New Report: NCIS Hid Medical Evidence About Guantanamo Suicides,” Jeff Kaye, 3 June 2014:

The most compelling evidence of a cover-up consists of contemporaneous reports that all three prisoners were found with socks or other cloth material shoved deep into their throats. It was this account of the deaths that Guantanamo authorities moved quickly to cover-up and replace with a story that the detainees had hanged themselves.

According to Horton’s 2010 article, the Joint Detention Group Commander, Michael Bumgarner, gathered camp personnel hours after the deaths and told them “you all know” the prisoners had died from swallowing rags and choking to death, but the press would be told something different: the prisoners had died by hanging themselves.

In May 2011, Alex Koppelman, then writing for Adweek, but currently the News Editor for The Guardian/US, wrote an influential article criticizing Scott Horton for “conspiracy building.” He decried the story about Baumgarner’s speech about “rags” — because Bumgarner denied to him having ever made it. Koppelman’s account was later cited in a government legal brief used to counter a lawsuit by the relatives of two of the Guantanamo “suicides.” I deconstructed Koppelman’s account in a series of articles that examined his arguments in detail.

But the new evidence in Horton’s article and the Seton Hall report demonstrates conclusively that multiple witnesses on the scene, including the Senior Medical Officer, found cloth material inside the deceased’s mouths and throats. This was no “conspiracy building”: the evidence was covered up.

Forced Feeding

Coming soon.


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