*Torture Techniques - Courts Turn A Blind Eye
- J.A.I.L. News Journal
October 28, 2000
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As reprinted in Harper's Magazine, April 1997
Psychological Torture, CIA-Style
From the "Human Resource Exploitation Training Manual--1983," a handbook written by the Central Intelligence Agency and used during
the early 80's to teach Latin American security forces how to extract
information from prisoners. The manual was obtained in January through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Baltimore Sun as part of an investigation of the CIA's involvement in Honduras. In 1985, the CIA renounced the use of coercive interrogation techniques (sic) and amended the manual accordingly; in the copy obtained by the Sun, the original 1983 text is legible beneath the agency's handwritten revisions and deletion marks.
THEORY OF COERCION
The purpose of all coercive techniques is to induce psychological regression in the subject by bringing a superior outside force to bear
on his will to resist. Regression is basically a loss of autonomy, a
reversion to an earlier behavioral level. As the subject regresses, his
learned personality traits fall away in reverse chronological order. He begins to lose the capacity to carry out the highest creative activities, to
deal with complex situations, or to cope with stressful interpersonal
relationships or repeated frustrations.
The manner and timing of the subjects arrest should be planned to achieve surprise and the maximum amount of mental discomfort. He
should therefore be arrested at a moment when he least expects it and when his mental and physical resistance are at their lowest--ideally, in the
early hours of the morning. When arrested at this time, most subjects
experience intense feelings of shock, insecurity, and psychological stress, and have great difficulty adjusting to the situation.
A person's sense of identity depends upon the continuity in his
surroundings, habits, appearance, relations with others, etc. Detention
permits the questioner to cut through these links and throw the subject back upon his own unaided internal resources. Detention should be
planned to enhance the subject's feelings of being cut off from anything known and reassuring.
Deprivation of Sensory Stimuli
Solitary confinement acts on most persons as a powerful stress. The symptoms most commonly produced by solitary confinement are
superstition, intense love of any other living thing, perceiving inanimate objects as alive, hallucinations, and delusions.
Threats and Fear
The threat of coercion usually weakens or destroys resistance more
effectively than coercion itself. For example, the threat to inflict pain
can trigger fears more damaging than the immediate sensation of pain.
The threat of death has been found to be worse than useless. The principal reason is that it often induces sheer hopelessness; the subject feels that he is as likely to be condemned after compliance as before.
Some subjects recognize that the threat is a bluff and that silencing them
forever would defeat the questioner's purpose. If a subject refuses to comply after a threat has been made, it must be carried out. Otherwise, subsequent threats will also prove ineffective.
The torture situation is a contest between the subject and his tormentor.
Pain that is being inflicted upon the subject from outside himself may
actually intensify his will to resist. On the other hand, pain that he feels
he is inflicting upon himself is more likely to sap his resistance. For
example, if he is required to maintain a rigid position such as standing at
attention or sitting on a stool for long periods of time, the immediate
source of discomfort is not the questioner but the subject himself. After a while, the subject is likely to exhaust his internal motivational strength.
Intense pain is quite likely to produce false confessions, fabricated to
avoid additional punishment. This results in a time-consuming delay while an investigation is conducted and the admissions are proven
untrue. During this respite, the subject can pull himself together and may even use the time to devise a more complex confession that takes still longer to disprove.
Hypnosis and Heightened Suggestibility
Answers obtained from the subject under the influence of hypnotism are
highly suspect, as they are often based upon the suggestions of the
questioner and are distorted or fabricated. However, the subject's strong
desire to escape the stress of the situation can create a state of mind
called "heightened suggestibility." The questioner can take advantage of
this state of mind by creating a situation in which the subject will
cooperate because he believes he has been hypnotized. This hypnotic
situation can be created using the "magic room" technique.
For example, the subject is given a hypnotic suggestion that his hand is
growing warm. However, his hand actually does become warm with the aid of a concealed diathermy machine. He may be given a suggestion
that a cigarette will taste bitter and could be given a cigarette prepared to
have a slight but noticeably bitter taste.
There is no drug that can force every subject to divulge all the information he has, but it is possible to create a mistaken belief that
a subject has been drugged by using the "placebo" technique. The subject is given a placebo (a harmless sugar pill) and later is told he was
given a truth serum that will make him want to talk and that will also prevent his lying. His desire to find an excuse for compliance, which is his only avenue of escape from his depressing situation, may make him want to believe that he has been drugged and that no one could blame him for telling his story now. This provides him with the rationalization that he needs for cooperating.
As mentioned earlier, the purpose of all coercive techniques is to induce
regression. A few noncoercive techniques can also be used to induce
regression, but to a lesser degree than can be obtained with coercive
* Persistent manipulation of time
* Retarding and advancing clocks
* Serving meals at odd times
* Disrupting sleep schedules
* Disorientation regarding day and night
* Unpatterned questioning sessions
* Nonsensical questioning
* Ignoring halfhearted attempts to cooperate
* Rewarding noncooperation
Whether regression occurs spontaneously under detention or is induced by the questioner, it should not be allowed to continue beyond the point necessary to obtain compliance. A psychiatrist should be present if
severe techniques are to be employed, to ensure full reversal later. As soon as possible, the questioner should provide the subject with the
rationalization that he needs for giving in and cooperating. This rationalization is likely to be elementary, an adult version of a childhood excuse such as:
1. "They made you do it."
2. "All the other boys are doing it."
3. "You're really a good boy at heart."
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Above sent to J.A.I.L. by Kay LeeExperiences of Ron Branson, founder of JAIL4Judges.Some of these above described techniques were employed by the L.A.P.D. upon the author of the J.A.I.L. Initiative wherein he has suffered torture at their hands because of his knowledge of law and the Constitution. Inside the jail and dispossessed of all earthly belongings except his clothes he was wearing, four darts were fired into his body, one hitting him at or near the groin, another on the left hip, another near the navel, and the fourth at the heart, and electricity emitted through all four darts, with the current going at alternating cross angles from dart to dart, causing extreme muscle spasms and pain. The electricity was emitted in three thirty-second rounds sequentially. Every time he mentioned the word "Constitution," the electricity was administered for thirty seconds. They then placed him in another cell and told him, "You have no Constitutional rights."Just as described above, he would be threatened with the prospects of forthcoming additional torture upon his body to be administered "in the morning," including more electrical torture, breaking his fingers and knocking him unconscious, causing him to suffer mental anguish from the terrorist threats that they had the power to carry out. These inhumane conditions continued for the next six days without any court appearance wherein he was strip-searched repeatedly at least four times. During part of that six-day period, he was in a separate cell by himself without food.On another incident, he was held in a different L.A.P.D. jail facility wherein the cell had no plumbing whatsoever, not even a floor drain, and was denied use of the bathroom because he did not have a Social Security Number. He was forced repeatedly to use the floor for a toilet.When he lodged his complaint with L.A.P.D.'s Internal Affairs, the officers, after their "investigation," were cleared.When he brought suit in court on the first incident, the City Attorney representing the police defaulted. The matter when on to a prove-up hearing, with the evidence taken into submitted status by the judge. The damages sought was for $13.5 million.The judge went to bat for the city and the police and later removed the evidence from submitted status, which left the case hanging in limbo with no conclusion, and therefore no remedy of appeal. He then sought a Writ of Mandate to compel a conclusion to his case so he could take his remedy by appeal. It was denied, although law permits no discretion by the appellate court to deny extraordinary relief when there is no remedy at law. He petitioned for Review to the State Supreme Court, and then for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, both of which were likewise denied, leaving his case permanently in limbo with no possible conclusion. He personally went to the State Capitol with all of his evidence, seeking relief from the Legislature, the State Attorney General, and the Governor, all to no avail without the matter being addressed whatsoever.It was this experience on top of a long history of seeking redress in the courts that finally inspired him to write the J.A.I.L. Initiative, after realizing that there is no rule of law, nor redress of grievance, and that going directly to the People through the initiative process was the only answer.-Ron Branson, Author/Founder of J.A.I.L.
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