Friday, October 07, 2005

Poppy Bush's CIA MK-ULTRA and Torture of Innocent Arabs at Gitmo, Belmarsh and other US Torture Chambers
Iraq Revelations Analyzed by a CIA MKULTRA Survivor - Part 1
Kathleen A. Sullivan - Copyright 2004
Part 2 Part 3 5/17/04

Part 1 will review common responses to news about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners and detainees, and will present information about how the abuse and torture recently experienced by the prisoners and detainees is similar to abuse and torture reportedly experienced by North American survivors of government mind-control experiments and forced enslavement.

Since April 2004, the U.S. has been emotionally and politically slammed by deeply disturbing reports that are still emerging from Iraq and Afghanistan. We have learned about, and perhaps seen pictures of, sadistic and sexual acts perpetrated against Iraqi prisoners of war by military police, members of our military and intelligence communities, and Pentagon-contracted intelligence interrogators.

Although the White House administration and Pentagon appear to be working feverishly to perform emergency damage control, I don’t think their efforts will be sufficient. The damage to the credibility of our government and to President Bush’s administration has been enormous, as even more disturbing information continues to emerge. Due to these revelations, the international community’s and Iraqi people’s fragile trust in the U.S. government has been so suddenly and severely damaged that years may elapse before the foundation of that trust can again be solidly built.

While reviewing recent media reports of interviews with U.S. citizens and soldiers about these disturbing revelations, I’ve noticed a number of common knee-jerk responses, as well as blatant attempts to misinform and confuse the public:

Most citizens’ and politicians’ deep, collective shame and horror Requests from both citizens and politicians to the media, to stop presenting information and pictures of the atrocities Similar requests from soldiers stationed in Iraq, who fear that more disclosures will put them at increased risk Shaming, verbal attacks against the media by Vice President Cheney and other leaders, for making the pictures available to the public Shaming, verbal attacks against the public by Vice President Cheney and other leaders, for desiring to see the pictures Claims by politicians that the pictures shouldn’t be shown because they are "pornographic" or because their release violates the Geneva Convention Claims by other politicians that the public should be permitted to see the pictures because the crimes committed against Iraqi prisoners violated the Geneva Convention Focusing blame and outrage onto the victims, insisting that they deserved abuse and torment because they are prisoners/they are the enemy/they did bad things.

Excusing the atrocities committed by our people because after all, this is war and the prisoners are our enemy Expressions of outrage accompanied by demands that the responsibility for these crimes be fully investigated "all the way to the top" Legitimizing and excusing the atrocities committed by "our people" since "the Iraqis did much worse to us" Claims by politicians and others that "their" atrocities are the norm for their culture, while our atrocities are a disowned aberration Expressions of fear that we will be retaliated against by Iraqis and their close associates (this has already occurred) Expressions of concern that a cover-up is already in place, despite promises by President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld of full disclosure Demands for public apologies from our leaders to the Iraqis Demands that we must not apologize under any circumstances – "they are the enemy," "they did worse," etc.

A mass movement, seemingly instigated the Pentagon and Bush administration, insists on punishing and scapegoating a chosen few (low-level military police officers) while distracting our attention away from the crimes of others who were, at the minimum, equally complicit Citizens are turning off their radios and refusing to read any more newspapers until the revelations ease Politicians and citizens deny and minimize the scope of abuse and the number of perpetrators, ignoring reports from the International Red Cross and other human rights organizations Our attention is focused on the crimes committed by "a small group of soldiers" in a part of one prison in Iraq, distracting our attention away from a multitude of crimes, including murder, committed in other facilities.

The desire to believe claims made by our President and Secretary of Defense, that they didn’t read the reports and/or see the pictures, and therefore didn’t understand how bad the atrocities were An equally naïve desire to believe that our leaders didn’t know about - and/or didn’t give permission - for these and similar crimes to be committed against Iraqi prisoners Military and political leaders benignly describe sleep, water, and food deprivation; physical torture; forced nakedness; sensory
deprivation; forced isolation; psychological torture, and worse as "coercion" Soldiers and civilians insist that they, if put in the same circumstances, would never have abused the prisoners.

Many survivors of the CIA’s infamous MKULTRA (mind-control experimentation/slavery) program and other related covert programs are experiencing an additional set of reactions. Many of the survivors are experiencing wave after wave of devastating emotions and flashbacks after each new revelation is made public. What was done to the prisoners is too similar to what was perpetrated against most of us.

Some of us were forcibly traumatized from early childhood all the way into our adult years. Some "only" experienced the traumas as either children or adults. Some were victimized purely; others like me were additionally forced to perpetrate horrific crimes against other victims. Regardless of the extent of our traumas, however, we can relate - to some degree - to the Iraqi prisoners, the MPs, or both.

For over a decade, the MKULTRA survivor community and survivors of related traumas – including ritualized torture and abuse - have reported the same forms of abuse and more.
My autobiography, Unshackled: A Survivor’s Story of Mind Control, has recently been published by Dandelion Books. Several other books by survivors of traumatic CIA mind-control experimentation and enslavement have been published.

They include Carol Rutz’s A Nation Betrayed: The Chilling True Story of Secret Cold War Experiments Performed on Our Children and Other Innocent People, and Cheryl and Lynn Hersha’s Secret Weapons: 2 Sisters’ Terrifying True Story of Sex, Spies and Sabotage.

More information can be found at the following websites:

North American Freedom Foundation (NAFF)

Persons Against Ritual Abuse Torture and Other Acts of Non-Political Torture



Like trying to follow a seemingly endless thread of yarn, perusing these websites can expose you to a seemingly endless supply of information about similar crimes that have been committed against North American citizens – crimes that have yet to be widely publicized on the media or acknowledged by our governments. Because this information is still largely suppressed, it can be
overwhelming to learn about at first. Most people find it best to look at a little bit of it at a time.
Sometimes, suppression of information is the norm in North America.

The public is rarely told what isn’t (at least in the short-term) considered to be in the best interest of our governments. They will most likely continue to deny our histories and claims, labeling us –
through CIA-founded front organizations like the False Memory Syndrome Foundation - "fabricators," "delusional," and much worse.

Unlike the Iraqi prisoners, we do not yet have heroes who witnessed our abuse and then chose to risk their careers to provide proofs in our behalf. Because our experiences were much more covert and immoral; because these crimes were committed by government personnel, including persons working within or contracted by the CIA and the Pentagon; because our current President’s father, a former President, was a CIA director; and because some survivors were victimized in early childhood (a horrific situation all of its own), I am convinced that our governments’ leaders simply will not allow us to be believed and supported.

The stain that our revelations – if accepted – would place upon our country’s honor would go much deeper and more devastatingly than the recent Iraqi revelations. And yet, because we are survivors and because many of us still are in danger of being harmed again, we cannot afford to stop speaking out.

Our stories are no less real than those of the Iraqi prisoners. Unfortunately, we are less likely to be believed by fellow citizens because our abuse was perpetrated – most often – by government employees within the borders of our countries. We were innocent civilians, not war prisoners. And what was done to most of us was much worse than what most of the Iraqi prisoners have unfortunately endured. (This is like comparing apples and oranges; both experiences are solid and real and directly related. Therefore, such a comparison is really a matter of the degree of trauma and torture and sexual degradation experienced by each survivor. Regardless of the degree, however, trauma is trauma. Every trauma is horrible, whether it lasts a day or a year or for decades.)

The psychological scars and other results of the traumas we’ve endured are just as legitimate and consistent as the visible and invisible scars of the Iraqi prisoners, who will carry them in their minds and bodies – some, for the remainder of their lives. Deep humiliation and terror and rage cannot be conveniently erased when one is freed by ones tormentors.

As you read North American survivors’ reports, I challenge you to compare them with the reports of prisoner abuse and murder that are coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Remember, we made our stories public long before these revelations began emerging from Iraq. As you compare the reports, you may be horrified to discover that this kind of sadistic abuse is not an aberration. It is, in fact, historical and ongoing.

Why do some of us risk our lives and safety to tell you what was done to us? And why should you care? This is my personal answer, based on the decades that I spent in the darkest, most twisted recesses of humanity: until human sadism is exposed in all its ugliness, with no roots left hidden to grow back, it will continue to thrive in the secretive darkness – from one location to the next, to the next. As we’ve recently experienced, no one will remain untouched by its evil until it is completely rooted out and exposed.

This is the end of Part 1 of my series of analytical articles about the recent Iraqi revelations. I hope that my next article, Part 2, will help some of you to understand at least several reasons why our military police and other complicit individuals perpetrated "bizarre" crimes against the Iraqi prisoners.

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