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CIA-Funded Experiments and Psychological Torture Techniques Exposed By Director of New BBC Doc

UN torture expert Nils Melzer drafted a report on psychological torture after previewing a new film on its modern origins. The documentary shows how a well-respected Scottish psychiatrist was covertly funded by the CIA to experiment on his patients in Canada.

Stephen Bennett's documentary Eminent Monsters: A Manual for Modern Torture examines the history of CIA-funded human experiments as part of a "brainwashing" programme codenamed MK Ultra. The results of these experiments would later inform psychological torture techniques used by the British in Northern Ireland and US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bennett is an award-winning freelance documentary filmmaker whose films and TV programmes include The Walking Wounded, Choose Life and Darren McGarvey’s Scotland which has been nominated for the Orwell Prize. Eminent Monsters will be broadcast on 5 May at 10PM on BBC Scotland and on BBC iPlayer. People who live outside of the UK and Canada can view it now via Vimeo on Demand.

Sputnik: What's this documentary about and why did you call it Eminent Monsters?

Stephen Bennett: Eminent Monsters is about six decades of State endorsed psychological torture. It opens in the 1950's when the CIA and Canada covertly fund Scottish born psychiatrist Dr. Ewen Cameron to embark on one of the darkest programmes of psychological experimentation in modern history. Cameron's techniques have since been used in 27 countries around the world.

With testimony from senior American psychologists, military personnel and key whistle blowers, the film shines fresh light upon the collusion between doctors and the State. It is an urgent call to the international community to right the wrongs of the past and protect us from a dangerous future.

The title refers to Dr. Cameron's nickname: as he began more and more distressing experiments many of his patients would call him the Eminent Monster. He was officious, narcissistic, commanding and mercurial. And yet at the time he was one of the most sought after psychiatrists, and became President of the American, Canadian and World Psychiatric Associations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mengele would have been so proud of this guy!!

But there is one thing to consider, when a nation/state uses or outsources torture.

First, it completely destroys that nation's reputation for being a supporter of human rights and human dignity; any statements to the contrary should be met with raucous and unbelieving laughter.

Torture is not used to find any real actionable information, but for "confessions"; people being tortured will say ANYTHING they want their torturers to hear, in order to get their torture to stop. And that is generally "confessions" with which to drive the "engines" of a state-sanctioned narratives.

Torturers love to torture, because they know they can get away with it, when it is state-sanctioned. and are, at the deepest psychological levels, very twisted and sick individuals.

And lastly, when a country tortures, it gives carte blanche to any other country that doesn't particularly like it, to torture both their civilians, and their military; please think about that for a moment.