Episode 175: Dollop: The Torture Psychologists

Dave: Jim said he searched his soul–

Gareth: Ugh, did he have a warrant?

Kubark Manual of Interrogation, U. S. Army and CIA Interrogation Manuals: Just a little light reading in the bathroom

More about Kubark:


National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 122

Cold War U.S. Interrogation Manuals Counseled “Coercive Techniques”
Cheney Informed of “Objectionable” Interrogation Guides in 1992
“Inconsistent with U.S. Government Policy”
National Security Archive Posts CIA Training Manuals from 60s, 80s, and
Investigative memos on earlier controversy on human rights abuses

For Further Information:
Thomas Blanton 202 994-7000
Peter Kornbluh 202 994-7116

** Updated to include a version of the KUBARK manual declassified as of February 25, 2014 **

Hague and Geneva Conventions by the United States, Navy Department

Geneva Convention POW Handbook by James “Doc” Crabtree

The Development Of International Humanitarian Law: From The Emancipation Of The Slaves In The United States To The Geneva Conventions by

Jonathan H. Kantor

“Strawberry Fields” at Guantanamo Bay

Vanity Fair: Guantánamo: An Oral History, January, 2012; From Gitmo to an American Supermax, The Horrors of Solitary Confinement, January, 2015

Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control by Kathleen Taylor

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of Brainwashing in China by Robert Jay Lifton (the expert, if you pick one book on mind control, pick this one, you can trust me on this, I have degrees in psychology and counseling don’t’cha know)

The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing by Joost A. M. Meerloo

fun with true stories of governmental thought control: The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

and fun stories about how us v. them thinking starts all this shit: Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson

the infamous Stanford prison experiment (you asked for it): The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo

Counterpunch: calling for reform at the APA in wake of Stephen Behnke’s dealings in torture, 2016

false confessions

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE): airforce.com

Martin Seligman’s books on positive psychology and learned optimism

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