Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Torture Collusion : The “enhanced interrogations” - Created by the Military and Intelligence Services with the collusion of psychologists

"The direct involvement of medical professionals in torture, covering up extrajudicial killings, and other extreme conduct is a phenomenon common to many societies and periods of national crisis" - Extract from:
"Interrogations, Forced Feedings, and the Role of Health Professionals New Perspectives on International Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Ethics" by Ryan Goodman and Mindy Jane Roseman (HERE)

What about the possible Canadian involvement in the "Torture Program"?

A close look at "a very close relationship" is probably required even if it is to show that Canada has no collusion with the worldwide implemented "American Torture Program" which in some aspects looks like a "North American Operation Condor".

Operation Condor was a campaign of political repressions involving assassinations, torture, kidnappings and many other intelligence and military operations officially implemented in 1975 by the governments of several countries in the Southern Cone- South America. Many of the participants of the Operation were trained in USA in torture and other activities at the School of the Americas, a United States Department of Defense facility at Fort Benning near Columbus, Georgia in the United States.
Its name was recently changed to "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation"
(more on the School of the Americas at: "School of the Americas Assassins" - a documentary film produced by Robert Richter. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.)

More on the Operation Condor:

"Declassified memos show Kissinger, Nixon condoned assassination, human rights abuses in South America" (HERE)

And HERE :"The Condor Years: How Pinochet and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents"

By July 2009 , in North America, as the Torture Program is brought to light, its similarities with the "Operation Condor" are visible when it comes to the "integrated operations" of American allies, in a worldwide spread campaign of torture, kidnappings, assassinations.

Recent facts about the American Program:

Some of the participants in the Design and Implementation of the "TORTURE PROGRAM":

- CIA torture firm: Mitchell Jessen and Associates

- psychologists James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen:
designed and implemented the CIA’s “enhanced interrogations” torture program. (HERE , HERE and HERE )

- Military Intelligence Division: Maj. John Leso

- American Psychological Association: among other participants is former APA President, Joseph Matarazzo.

The "torture program" has been gradually exposed by now. Among the Reports :

- Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)
Report (pdf doc): HERE
SASC Chair Carl Levin described in his opening statement how:
"a... senior CIA lawyer, Jonathan Fredman, who was chief counsel to the CIA's CounterTerrorism Center, went to GTMO, attended a meeting of GTMO staff and discussed a memo proposing the use of aggressive interrogation techniques. That memo had been drafted by a psychologist and psychiatrist from GTMO who, a couple of weeks earlier, had attended the training given at Fort Bragg by instructors from the JPRA SERE school.

"While the memo remains classified, minutes from the meeting where it was discussed are not. Those minutes (TAB 7) clearly show that the focus of the discussion was aggressive techniques for use against detainees."