Just as quick add-on to yesterday’s post about the Cheney/Rumsfeld regime’s torture programs and their psychological role in provoking so much of the modern radicalism and terrorism coming from the Middle East, there is another angle to this subject I wanted to touch on.
The interesting thing about torture – aside from its ineffectiveness in information-gathering – is that it is, conversely, regarded as highly effective in a completely different regard: as a form of mind control or psychological conditioning.
Trauma-based mind-control is a subject that has been explored at length by various researchers and whistleblowers, often in reference to the secret ‘Monarch’ and ‘MK Ultra’ programs. There are numerous texts that can be looked up for anyone interested in those subjects. Kathy O’Brien’s book Tranceformation of America is a particularly good thing to look up.
The idea of these techniques and programs for the creation of Black Ops agents or patsies has also been explored in various research (some of it touched on in this older post).
But in the context of those ideas and the science of trauma-based conditioning, it seems to me that you could very likely *create* radicals and terrorists via focused torture practises and trauma-based conditioning.
I’ve often thought about this in regard to how many Guantanamo inmates were openly admitted to have been innocent of any crime (which, it turns out, is a lot of them: some having been detained illegally for fifteen years), coupled with curious little things like Muammar Gaddafi claiming that “former Guantanamo inmates” had been involved in the Libyan ‘uprising’ against his government in 2011.
As far back as 2009, an ex-Bush official admitted that most of the Guantanamo inmates were innocent, acknowledging that ‘Many detainees locked up in Guantanamo Bay were innocent men swept up by U.S. forces unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants’.
I’m not suggesting at all that innocent detainees eventually released from the illegal Guantanamo prison will have been mind-controlled into radicalism: but that some individuals held in the Cuban facility, and moreover many individuals subject to US ‘extraordinary rendition’ and ‘black site’ torture practices in various locations, may have been tortured for the purposes of MK-Ultra-style trauma-based conditioning.
The purpose perhaps being to create the very terrorists that the CIA and the Neo-Con regime *needed* to be in operation in order, perversely, to justify the continuing ‘War On Terror’ and all the illegal practices involved.
Along similar lines, I wonder not just about the radicalization effects of Abu Ghraib and its role in the rise of (and brutality of) ‘ISIS‘ fighters, but also the fact that most of the ‘ISIS’ leaders – including the elusive ‘Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi‘ – were kept in the infamous, American-controlled prison ‘Camp Bucca’ for some time. At least nine members of the Islamic State’s highest level of command are said to have done time at Camp Bucca, according to the terrorism research firm Soufan Group, which noted that ‘though it’s likely the men were extremists when they entered Bucca, it’s certain they were when they left.’
I mentioned yesterday the fact that the ISIS execution videos always have the victims garbed in the orange jumpsuits – a direct reference to Guantanamo Bay.
I argued that this symbolism is probably designed to hold up a perverse mirror to the US and remind them where the idea came from. And that is probably what I believe to be the case; however, it also occurs to me that – if any of these psychopaths involved in ISIS barbarism were also subject to US torture programs, black sites or extraordinary rendition – a lot of this symbolism might actually represent a warped, twisted ‘acting out’ of ideas or symbols deeply embedded in their own psychological experiences.
Admittedly, I think the first explanation is more likely than the second. But these elements cannot be underestimated: and the depravities that went on in Abu Ghraib should never, ever be separated from the depravities that have subsequently gone on with ‘ISIS’ (the pictures below are two of the tame ones, compared to some of the Abu Ghraib images that were widely circulating around the Arab world). Abu Ghraib, among other things, had been the nail in the coffin of any hint of moral justification the US had ever had concerning the decision to illegally invade Iraq.
Which is why what Donald Trump has said about torture practices is both so stupid and so uneducated. If his ‘solution’ to ‘ISIS’ is some of the very same thinking and perversion that led to the creation of ‘ISIS’ in the first place, then we’re going to be stuck in this vicious circle forever.
But from the curious case of the drugged and barely conscious ‘underpants bomber’ to the odd, eccentric features of the Sydney Cafe ‘terrorist’, I have often wondered whether the American torture activities, Black Sites and Guantanamo Bay, were all part of a secret operation to psychologically *create* useful radicals and terrorists to act as proxies. Almost everything about the situation in the post-9/11 Middle East (and beyond) was manufactured – from 9/11 to the invasion of Iraq and the wars in Syria and Libya – and so it isn’t much of a stretch to wonder if half of the ‘terrorists’ themselves have been manufactured too: and not just as an unfortunate by-product of terrible foreign policy decisions but as a deliberately sought-after covert operation.
In that model, you would only have to manufacture certain key figures and numbers of the ‘terrorists’ – just enough to create the situations and the momentum into which other, ‘real’ terrorists and jihadists will soon be inspired to step into and get involved in.
The ‘War on Terror‘ of course wasn’t anything of the sort, but was more a War to Expand Terror – and which necessitated that there be a constant renewal in the numbers of radicals and terrorists for the Good Guys to claim to be fighting against.
As previously noted, the 2014 Senate Torture Report – that exists only because of the efforts of Democrats – was never made completely available: large parts of it remain classified, which suggests that there’s some very, very grim secrets contained in them. This might also explain why the CIA Inspector General’s office ‘accidentally’ deleted the CIA’s only copy of the document and also why, for example, in 2005 the CIA Director of National Clandestine Service authorised the burning of almost 100 tapes that showed some of the torture practices being conducted.
This sense I’ve always had that the US intelligence agencies have been deliberately *creating* terrorists all along seems to be reinforced virtually every time there’s a major attack. The most recent incident – the Fort Lauderdale shooting – is a perfect example. The shooter was widely reported – including in mainstream news outlets – to have been ‘hearing voices’ in his head, telling him to join ISIS, and was known to have had contact with the FBI. Various tell-tale oddities in his story are highlighted here.
But it’s a familiar story by now; and the details of the case could easily lend themselves to a story of trauma-based mind-control no doubt involving torture.
I might be drawing the wrong conclusions, of course: as genuine as all of this information is, the conclusions may be incorrect. But everyone can decide that for themselves. And can also decide for themselves whether it’s a good thing (for “security”) or a bad thing that the new US President – and many of those he has brought in around him – happen to be major torture enthusiasts or advocates.