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.
Long live the new flesh!
”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 I heard him say: ”The laws prohibiting suicide and providing punishment for any attempt at self-destruction have been repealed.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.
Above: The official logo of The American Psychological Association transformed by an unknown street artist.
This post is inspired by an article in The New York Times about, in my eyes, a really scary report. To quote NY Times:
The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident health professionals and human rights activists.
Below is a fiction/art thing by me that has taken many thing from the report (if you want the straight report, click the link above) but it is only to be read/seen as fiction/art/entertainment. If anyone has a problem with this, just contact me.
Psychologists should encourage and engage in further research to evaluate and enhance the efficacy and effectiveness of the application of psychological science to issues, concerns and operations relevant to national security.
One focus of a broad program of research is to examine the efficacy and effectiveness of information gathering techniques, with an emphasis on the quality of information obtained. In addition, psychologists should examine the psychological effects of conducting interrogations on the interrogators themselves to explore ways of helping to ensure that the process of gathering information is likely to remain within ethical boundaries. Also valuable will be research on cultural differences in the psychological impact of particular information gathering methods and what constitutes cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.
(American Psychological Association, 2005b, p. 8) (emphasis added)25
Seminar Five (more info needed here.(note))
Photos included in the Seminar Five folders. These animal tests were done to prove several theories about how to, in the easiest way, get information from a human being. Dr. A. Kessler were asked in an e-mail (that exist in the full journal) if animal testing really were necessary when the question was to get information about how we as humans work and interact with each other. The answer led: ”We can’t put tubes in humans right? Well, then.”
Important: About 1000 animal tests were made only as a cover-up. The tests had no meaning, they were used as a kind of propaganda. The conclusion is that with these tests made about how we interact (on animals) could justify further interrogation of prisoners. This is made possible when critics hear that no, there were no torture, the only ones who suffered were animals, and by that we didn’t need to hurt one human being to get the information they tried to hide..
/ In truth about 750 animals died and the torture of prisoners continued.
Seminar 5 where held secretly. This written report by Dr. A. Kessler shows the urgency of it all. The report looks like notes taken very fast:
”three thousand chickens executed . enormous heat springs from your hand. a hot spot on earth . uncovered . bony legs . they say that she has cancer. they told them that she was dangerous. silence the sounds for only yourself . loops continues inside out. he and he loves. behind the city walls lies the empty room. love with you always when the picture is taken up by the second image is extracted an eternity. and you are in the picture. I could see that you were not interested enough to stop right there . and now that you’ve gone out – I stay in the loops – which is day and night – all in retakes . she offers chicken. I eat with great appetite. when she speaks I spit out parts of a wing on her. I get the picture of animated pornography. wing members running down his cheek and over the lip and into the mouth. she moans . all the loops. she is outside. the eternal recurrence: I.”
/ The following photo only had a note made with pen: ”Close to Dubai, near the excavation site.” After that the notes by Kessler continues. Here he used the word ”Corcosa”. That is a word drawn from fiction. Why he uses it we do not know. We know from further e-mails (that will be publish in a near future) that his co-workers at the time were worried that Kessler seemed to work constantly and that few people ever saw him sleep.
”It is a quiet space .
It is monotonous. Banal.
Sequence after sequence in a loop. Infantile .
An echo from the rhythms .
The objective space. Corcosa,
Black Stars of the White Sky.
The square recognizable .
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