I am Human.
If I am The Dark Trees.
I am not Human.
Darkness over town,
sunlight, Sunday, quiet,
trees over empty streets.
An orange glow in the sky.
No, it is Modern Horror.
You can never ever be certain.
This is the new world.
”The Governor was finishing his reply to the short speech of the Surgeon-General. I heard him say: ”The laws prohibiting suicide and providing punishment for any attempt at self-destruction have been repealed. The Government has seen fit to acknowledge the right of man to end an existence which may have become intolerable to him, through physical suffering or mental despair. It is believed that the community will be benefited by the removal of such people from their midst. Since the passage of this law, the number of suicides in the United States has not increased. Now the Government has determined to establish a Lethal Chamber in every city, town and village in the country, it remains to be seen whether or not that class of human creatures from whose desponding ranks new victims of self-destruction fall daily will accept the relief thus provided.” He paused, and turned to the white Lethal Chamber. The silence in the street was absolute. ”There a painless death awaits him who can no longer bear the sorrows of this life. If death is welcome let him seek it there.” Then quickly turning to the military aid of the President’s household, he said, ”I declare the Lethal Chamber open,” and again facing the vast crowd he cried in a clear voice: ”Citizens of New York and of the United States of America, through me the Government declares the Lethal Chamber to be open.”
a) APA Ethics Policy Aligned with the Operational Needs of the CIA’s Torture Program
APA invited psychologists who were directly involved in the CIA’s “enhanced” interrogation program to meet with the APA Ethics Office and Science Directorate regarding the association’s ethics policies. The express and stated purpose of this meeting was for APA to help “navigate” the ethical challenges of psychologists’ involvement in interrogations. Two such meetings are known to have taken place.
The first meeting was held secretly in July 2004 to address “Ethics and National Security;” senior APA staff members and senior psychologists and others from the CIA and DoD intelligence agencies attended. Among the latter was Dr. Kirk Hubbard, then Chief of Operations for the CIA Operational Assessment Division. Hubbard has asserted publicly that he introduced Mitchell and Jessen as assets to the CIA.2 In the emails, APA explicitly stated that the aim of the July meeting was:
…to take a forward looking, positive approach, in which we convey a sensitivity to and appreciation of the important work mental health professionals are doing in the national security arena, and in a supportive way offer our assistance in helping them navigate through thorny ethical dilemmas.3
Another meeting – the 2005 APA Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security (PENS) – was derived from the 2004 secret meeting, according to the emails. The emails indicate that this meeting ensured that the legal safeguards built into the “torture memos” issued by the DoJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) were codified in APA ethics policy. Rather than protect detainees, the PENS report interpreted APA policy as permitting research into and monitoring of detainee interrogations, violating long standing medical ethics prohibitions against causing harm and conducting prisoner research without consent.
The emails indicate that this research section of the PENS report was written by Dr. Susan Brandon, a former White House official whose responsibilities included promoting research in order to improve the efficacy of interrogations. Without the monitoring and research permitted by the PENS language, individuals who implemented, planned, or authorized the “enhanced” interrogation program likely faced heightened risk of future prosecution.
1. Becoming Cenobite. (”The suffering, the sweet suffering!”) Made by me.
2. Rising as Cenobite. Made by Clive Barker (I think).
3. Robert William Chambers. ”The King in Yellow”.
4. APA report photos. The first photo describes as fake. The figure in the frame is fake rubbish. The second photo should be authentic. Here Mr. Kessler says that he is 100% sure that the figure on the second photo is The Yellow King.
5. American Psychological Association Bolstered C.I.A. Torture Program, Report Says from (The New York Times). Read the report as PDF.
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