The wholesome fictional face of MI6.
The BBC reports that:
Brainwashing techniques were used by some British interrogators during World War II, according to evidence unearthed by the BBC.
Their methods included the use of drugs, hypnosis and sensory deprivation to extract confessions from suspected spies.
The historical precedent for using these techniques is clear, but are they continuing today, why would these methods suddenly stop? Would it be niave to assume our military and secret service, do not partake in these kind of metholodies?
UK Officer abuses Iraqi Prisoners: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8362200.stm
It's hard to find empirical facts when secrecy and covert operations are involved.
'The abscene of evidence is not evidence of abscene.'
MK ULTRA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA
Project MK-ULTRA, or MKULTRA, was the code name for a covert CIA mind-control and chemical interrogation research program, run by the Office of Scientific Intelligence. This official U.S. government program began in the early 1950s, continuing at least through the late 1960s, and it used United States citizens as its test subjects. The published evidence indicates that Project MK-ULTRA involved the surreptitious use of many types of drugs, as well as other methods, to manipulate individual mental states and to alter brain function. From WIKIPEDIA.
Again, this is the historical precedent for such activities, and can we assume that this sort of activity has simply ENDED! It would be naive to assume so. Clearly more work needs to be done to investigate these issues. At the moment all I can do is link to relevant websites and provide a very minimal critical eye, at this point.
Clearly, like it or not, there was a need for such activities and investigations, but it begs the question - where would our governments draw the line, and just how much evil is hidden behind the banner of allegedly 'free and democratic' countries. Quite simply, free and democratic, is the advertising campaign of our government, but it is not the reality. When we consider covert and secret operations, our secret service agencies can be as horrific as any despot.