EXCLUSIVE: CIA Experiments on U.S. Soldiers Linked to Torture Program


Editor’s note: Click here to listen to Jeffrey Kaye discuss his groundbreaking report with radio talk show host Peter B. Collins.

A number of new articles have been published recently that have highlighted evidence of illegal human experimentation on U.S.-held “terrorism” prisoners undergoing torture. These articles followed the release of a “white paper” by Physicians for Human Rights [PHR], Aiding Torture: Health Professionals’ Ethics and Human Rights Violations Demonstrated in the May 2004 Inspector General’s Report.

This report looks at those recent charges, and reveals that experiments by a CIA researcher on human subjects undergoing SERE training went unreported in the legal memos the Bush administration drafted to approve their torture program. It will also connect major military and intelligence figures to the SERE experiments, and tie some of them to major science and “experimental” directorates at the CIA and Special Operations Command.

An article by veteran journalist William Fisher, looking at PHR’s white paper,  asks, “Did physicians and psychologists help the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency develop a new research protocol to assess and refine the use of waterboarding or other harsh interrogation techniques?”

A column at Scientific American quotes PHR’s medical advisor on the subject:

[PHR] also raises questions about the ethics of medical note-taking during some of the interrogations. “Medical doctors and psychologists colluded with the CIA to keep observational records about waterboarding, which approaches unethical and unlawful human experimentation,” Scott Allen, lead study author and PHR medical advisor, said in a prepared statement.

Finally, a story in Wednesday’s UK Guardian discussed the significance of the charges of unlawful human experimention:

Human experimentation without consent has been prohibited in any setting since 1947, when the Nuremberg Code, which resulted from the prosecution of Nazi doctors, set down 10 sacrosanct principles. The code states that voluntary consent of subjects is essential and that all unnecessary physical and mental suffering should be avoided.

The Geneva conventions also ban medical experiments on prisoners and prisoners of war, which they describe as “grave breaches”.

After describing how “[h]ealth professionals in the Office of Medical Services and psychologist contractors engaged in designing and monitoring” torture, as “selecting and then rationalizing” the use of various harmful interrogation techniques, the PHR report goes on to say:

By requirement, all interrogations were monitored in real-time by health professionals. Previous reports, including the ICRC report, document allegations that a medical device called a pulse oximeter (a device to measure oxygen saturation in a subject’s blood) was placed on the finger of a detainee to monitor the effectiveness of his respiration during waterboarding. In this way, medical professionals were used to calibrate physical and mental pain and suffering….

The possibility that health professionals monitored techniques to assess and improve their effectiveness, constituting possible unethical human experimentation, urgently needs to be thoroughly investigated.

An Experimental “Battle Lab”

The CIA’s Office of Medical Services was supposed to be in charge of monitoring “detainee” health under interrogation. However their instructions, described in an annex to the CIA Inspector General report, exemplifies the dual nature of the “monitoring,” as this example from the report shows:

If there is any possibility that ambient temperatures are below the thermoneutral range, they should be monitored and the actual temperatures documented. [2 or 3 redacted lines]

At ambient temperatures below 18 [degrees]C/64 [degrees]F, detainees should be monitored for the development of hypothermia. [Four redacted paragraphs]

Rather than make changes to ambient temperatures, to prevent harm to prisoners, medical professionals are instructed to monitor and document the situation. The torture techniques used by SERE are known to cause endocrine and metabolic disorders (see section on CIA research below), prisoners tortured and subjected to cold are at higher risk of hypothermia, which for a normal person can set in at an ambient temperature of 60 degrees F. The monitoring in this case seems to be as much about experimentation as it is any concern for a prisoner’s health. (For what other possible reason could this section be mostly redacted?) Parallels to the experiments on hypothermia by Nazi scientists at Dachau are chilling, as is the fact that some of these scientists were later imported, along with their data, to the United States.

Questions were raised around possible human experimentation in an article last May at Firedoglake on “The Zubaydah Torture ‘Experiment,'” noting, “Of the many fascinating details coming out of [the May 2009 Senate] Judiciary hearing… the references to the application of an experiment by the ex-SERE CIA contractor, most likely James Mitchell, seemed especially important.”

The experimentation was not limited to “high-value” CIA prisoners. Last April, another article at Firedoglake reported  how the Senate Armed Services Committee report (PDF) on prisoner abuse described the creation of an experimental “battle lab” at Guantanamo, demonstrating support for the torture program from the main Army intelligence school at Ft. Huachuca.

According to the Levin report, in August 2002, “COL John P. Custer, then-assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona” conducted a review of interrogations operations at Guantanamo. Custer called Guantanamo “America’s ‘Battle Lab'” in the war on terror, and recommended combining FBI and military techniques to extract “information by exploiting the detainee’s vulnerabilities.” The “Battle Lab” label stuck, though some, like Colonel Britt Mallow, of the Criminal Investigative Task Force, objected.

MG Dunlavey and later MG Miller referred to GTMO as a “Battle Lab” meaning that interrogations and other procedures there were to some degree experimental, and their lessons would benefit DOD in other places. While this was logical in terms of learning lessons, I personally objected to the implied philosophy that interrogators should experiment with untested methods, particularly those in which they were not trained.

Later, Dunlavey denied using the term, and Miller testified he couldn’t remember.

Pre-9/11 Experiments on SERE Torture

The experiments on the effects of SERE-torture techniques began even earlier — upon SERE trainees themselves. An April 2009 AlterNet article reported on the history of experimentation on soldier subjects undergoing SERE training. (SERE is a military program, the acronym standing for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape.) The article explained how the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and the CIA “ignored a wealth of other published information about the effects of SERE ‘stress inoculation,'” citing a June 2000 article, “Assessment of Humans Experiencing Uncontrollable Stress: The SERE Course,” in Special Warfare (PDF). Special Warfare is “The Professional Bulletin of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School” (emphases added to following quote):


As shown in the charts on page 7, SERE stress caused significant changes in students’ hormone levels. Recorded changes in cortisol levels were some of the greatest ever documented in humans. In some cases, the changes noted among the trainees were greater than the changes noted in patients undergoing heart surgery….

Changes in testosterone levels were similarly remarkable: In some cases, testosterone dropped from normal levels to castration levels within eight hours.

The Alternet article also quoted from a  May 2000 article in Biological Psychiatry, Hormone profiles in humans experiencing military survival training (emphasis added):

Conclusions: The stress of military survival training produced dramatic alterations in cortisol, percent free cortisol, testosterone, and thyroid indices. Different types of stressors had varying effects on the neuroendocrine indices. The degree of neuroendocrine changes observed may have significant implications for subsequent responses to stress.

Looking beyond more than physiological symptoms, other studies have looked at purely psychological data. Consider this oft-quoted study from the August 2001 edition of the American Journal of Psychiatry, which looked at dissociative symptoms, such as depersonalization, derealization, psychic or emotional numbing, and general cognitive confusion, produced in military subjects exposed to SERE torture techniques (emphasis added):

The current study was designed to assess the nature and prevalence of dissociative symptoms in healthy humans experiencing acute, uncontrollable stress during U.S. Army survival training. METHOD: In study 1, 94 subjects completed the Clinician-Administered Dissociative States Scale after exposure to the stress of survival training. In study 2, 59 subjects completed the Brief Trauma Questionnaire before acute stress and the dissociative states scale before and after acute stress. A randomly selected group of subjects in study 2 completed a health problems questionnaire after acute stress. RESULTS: In study 1, 96% of subjects reported dissociative symptoms in response to acute stress. Total scores, as well as individual item scores, on the dissociation scale were significantly lower in Special Forces soldiers compared to general infantry troops. In study 2, 42% of subjects reported dissociative symptoms before stress and 96% reported them after acute stress.

Still image taken from the Amnesty International film Stuff Of Life, a film about waterboarding, the practice of torturing prisoners by partially drowning them

Still image taken from the Amnesty International film Stuff Of Life, a film about waterboarding, the practice of torturing prisoners by partially drowning them.

Other research results include the effects of SERE-style torture upon the immune system and other biological markers. The findings regarding  high levels of cortisol upon subjects was corroborated by a SERE psychologist at the Navy Brunswick, Maine, SERE school, who — according to an unclassified, undated Talking Paper from the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency — found “empirical medical data… [of] elevated levels of cortisol in the brain stem caused by stress levels incurred during water-boarding.” The Brunswick school subsequently discontinued waterboarding as part of its SERE training, as it created a “negative learning environment.” The other Navy SERE school, in North Island, California, refuses to eliminate exposure to waterboarding as part of its training program, despite the opposition of JPRA and the other SERE schools, which believe it can induce a “learned helplessness” state in students.

SERE Research and the Development of the Torture Program

One of the lead researchers in a number of these studies is Yale psychiatrist Charles A. Morgan, III. According to one source, “Over the past 10 years, Dr. Morgan has served as a Subject Matter Expert to the US Special Operations Command.” But at a June 2004 symposium on “The Nature and Influence of Intuition in Law Enforcement,” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, and the American Psychological Association, Dr. Morgan is listed as affiliated with “Behavioral Science, CIA.”

Additionally, in the Information Science Board (ISB) document, Educing Information — which was heavily drawn upon by President Obama’s task force on interrogations, for recommendations on the interrogations issue — Dr. Morgan is identified as a member of the 11-person “Government Experts Committee,” and listed as affiliated with the Intelligence Technology Innovation Center (ITIC). According to Intelligence Online, ITIC is “a research organization under the CIA’s authority,” which “answers directly to the CIA’s Science and Technology directorate.”

The Obama Interrogations Task Force recently made clear they found a lot to value in the ISB study (emphasis added):

The Task Force concluded… that the United States could improve its ability to interrogate the most dangerous terrorists by forming a specialized interrogation group, or High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), that would bring together the most effective and experienced interrogators and support personnel from across the Intelligence Community, the Department of Defense and law enforcement. The creation of the HIG would build upon a proposal developed by the Intelligence Science Board.

Whatever the fate of the HIG, what is noteworthy here is that the Office of Technical Services (OTS), which was cited in the recently released 2004 CIA Inspector General report as having vetted the aggressive SERE interrogation techniques, is, along with the ITIC, also a part of the Science and Technology directorate. OTS, formerly the Technical Services Division (or Technical Services Staff), was the branch of the CIA in charge of torture and assassination. It was also in charge of the experimental mind control and interrogation program known as MKULTRA.

Dr. Morgan’s online profile states that between 1998 and 2002 he received over $400,000 in research grants from the Army and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for studies on “Psychobiological Assessment of High Intensity Military Training” and “Neuro endocrine assessment of Survival School Training.” A 1977 Washington Post expose — those were the days of scandalous revelations surrounding the CIA’s MKULTRA program — describes CIA use of ONR to funnel funds for secret experiments in the 1950s and 1960s. The same relationship was also explored during a 1977 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. This is not evidence that Morgan’s research was paid for by the CIA, but along with his institutional affiliation, it is suggestive of possible CIA involvement.

While it is unknown to what degree the CIA was directly involved in the SERE research (outside of Dr. Morgan’s affiliation), Special Operations Command reportedly was a major supporter.

A U.S. soldier undergoing SERE training.

A U.S. soldier undergoing SERE training.

The co-author of the Special Warfare article referenced above, and working with Dr. Morgan on a number of other SERE research papers looking at physiological and psychological effects of SERE techniques, was Gary Hazlett, a clinical psychologist with the Psychological Applications Directorate at U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Moreover, Morgan and Hazlett cited “the approval and support [for their research] of Lieutenant General William Tangney, Major General Kenneth Bowra, Major General William G. [B]oykin and many others…”

Maj. Gen. Bowra retired from the military in 2003, after serving as Commanding General of Army Special Operations Command South, U.S. Southern Command. Following the military, he went to work as Senior Program Director with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, serving as national laboratory liaison to U.S. Joint Forces Command, J9 Directorate. Another source states that currently Bowra is senior mentor/concept developer at USJFCOM J9 for Joint Urban Operations and Homeland Security experimentation. J9 stands for the Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Directorate (JCD&E). It “leads the development of emerging joint concepts, conducts and enables joint experimentation, and coordinates DoD JCD&E efforts in order to provide joint capabilities to support the current and future joint force commander in meeting security challenges.”

The possible involvement of USJFCOM’s J9 in research upon SERE follows upon the revelation, discussed above, that CIA’s OTS, part of CIA’s Science and Technology directorate, was heavily involved in the implementation of the SERE techniques for use by the CIA. While the use of the term “experimentation” appears to have a broad meaning in military usage, beyond that of conducting scientific experiments, given the charges surrounding human experimentation upon torture victims, any connections between these secretive “experimental” directorates and the SERE torture program, or research upon it, is worrisome.

Maj. Gen. Boykin was the controversial former commander of Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina,  who resigned over statements that indicated he saw the “war on terror” as a religious war. At the time he was Special Operations commander at Fort Bragg, according to a recent New York  Times article, SERE psychologist James Mitchell was completing his last military assignment as “psychologist to an elite special operations unit in North Carolina.” Boykin previously served as CIA Deputy Director of Special Activities, and in June 2003, became Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under Donald Rumsfeld right-hand man, Stephen Cambone.

Lt. Gen. Tangney is yet another former commanding general at Army Special Operations Command. Also retired from the military, he is currenly Senior Vice President for Intelligence, Security, and Special Operations, at Future Technologies, Inc., a supplier of, among other things, a “well-developed global network of experienced intelligence, security and special operations professionals” working with Special Operations, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and other military customers.

While Dr. Morgan appears to be well-connected among the military and intelligence elite, it is important to remember that there is no reason to conclude that Dr. Morgan or his co-researchers have ever been involved in torture or experiments meant to be used for torture. (We cannot say the same for CIA or military medical or psychological personnel, however.) In fact, it is possible that Dr. Morgan’s research has led him to oppose coercive interrogation techniques, as his published research documents the debilitating effects of SERE torture, which utilized against a prisoner could only be considered cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, if not torture. (Although, at the 2007 convention of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Morgan indicated he was against the idea of removing psychologists from national security interrogations, which was being considered in a motion before APA at that time.)

A 2007 New York Times article quotes Dr. Morgan:

Many SERE veterans were appalled at the “reverse engineering” of their methods, said Charles A. Morgan III, a Yale psychiatrist who has worked closely with SERE trainers for a decade.

“How did something used as an example of what an unethical government would do become something we do?” he asked.

Dr. Morgan’s comments appear to put him at odds with other members of the CIA’s Science and Technology directorate, particularly those who work for OTS, as well as individuals within the Pentagon and Special Operations Command, who have been tied to elements of the U.S. torture program.

The Suppression of Research on SERE in the OLC Memos

What is clear is that the CIA and the Pentagon had plenty of experimental evidence from the peer-reviewed, published research of Dr. Morgan and his associates (and possibly others), both before and after 9/11, that SERE techniques had serious, debilitating effects on individuals subjected to them. As this research  is never cited in any of the Office of Legal Counsel  memos issued to the CIA around their torture program, it appears such research was deliberately withheld from government attorneys as the CIA sought approval for the use of SERE-style torture. Nor was this obscure research, but had been funded by the government at a minimum of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and promoted by some of the Pentagon’s highest generals.

The frenzied search for data on waterboarding, sleep deprivation, isolation, confinement in a small box, etc., to submit to OLC attorneys making legal determinations on whether proposed interrogation techniques constituted torture, was a kabuki organized by the CIA. The OLC attorneys involved — John Yoo, Stephen Bradbury, Jay Bybee, and others — were witting or unwitting partners in suppression of CIA research on torture (as future investigations will disclose). Given the participation of members of the Office of the Vice President, particularly David Addington and Vice President Cheney himself, in the promulgation of the torture program, and the composition of the memos, it seems likely they were also involved in the suppression of this material. As a result, the memos produced authorizing the “enhanced interrogation techniques” were composed as the result of fraud and bad faith, the result of a criminal conspiracy to implement illegal torture techniques.

The public response to the recent “white paper” by Physicians for Human Rights shows there is great interest in following up on charges of human experimentation upon torture victims of the U.S. government. The Congress and Department of Justice should move swiftly to initiate full, open investigations and charges against those involved.

Jeffrey Kaye, a psychologist living in Northern California and a regular contributor The Public Record, has been blogging at Daily Kos since May 2005, and maintains a personal blog, Invictus. E-mail Mr. Kaye at sfpsych at gmail dot com.

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15 Responses for “EXCLUSIVE: CIA Experiments on U.S. Soldiers Linked to Torture Program”

  1. Thanks, this is exactly the type of detailed analysis of the PHR white paper I’ve been hoping for. The unavoidable “bad faith” conclusion pulls the rug out from under torture apologists.

    Reminds me of Stephen Soldz’s recent post regarding Col. Larry James (ret.), whom Soldz as saying the following:

    “However, since at the time of the interrogations they were deemed legal and acceptable by that sitting administration, I do not believe the investigation is warranted or necessary.”

    Too bad for Col. James that there isn’t any “there” there to rely on, eh? Can there even exist a “good faith” effort to torture?

    Add to the bad faith of OLC lawyers the fact that hardly anyone saw the infamous memos, and it sure looks like a criminal enterprise.

    “Levin reports–about the Bybee One memo–something similar to what we’ve heard about the Bybee Two memo: that not many of the torturers had seen the document. ”

  2. Excellent piece Mr. Kaye! What I found intriguing is the close proximity of what one can only call CIA/JSOC torture specialists and the trend towards outsourcing and privatization of “inherently governmental” functions to private, unaccountable corporate entities such as Future Technologies, Inc. This is very troubling indeed.

    Unfortunately, this is a trend that bears close monitoring and careful investigation by researchers and journalists. Given the multibillion “terrorism industry” that already exists where top secret security clearances are traded like baseball cards by giant defense corporations, will the “fruit” of illicit CIA/JSOC “research” migrate to other nations and will such “specialists,” at a hefty price to be sure, offer their services to any and all comers who can afford it?

  3. Thank you Dr. Kaye for this very informative piece. Unfortunately… the experimentation is also being conducted on U.S. citizens as well. See the video at the following link…

    Given my research…

    …perhaps the “boys” don’t like the fact that they’ve been shown up by a woman!

    This WILL be dealt with tout suite!

  4. Jesse Hemingway says:

    The creation of SERE training is an indictment on its own; SERE is the proof that the United States Government would have intentions and be operating out side the scope of the Geneva Conventions. All SERE training really was is an effort to clear Eisenhower’s conscious as covert activate and illegal military action escalated. For the Bush Administration to publicly state “that we use the same torture methods as used in SERE training so it is not torture” proves their criminal guilt on that statement alone.

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    Source: The provisions of Executive Order 10631 of Aug. 17, 1955, appear at 20 FR 6057, 3 CFR, 1954-1958 Comp., p. 266, unless otherwise noted.

    By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States, I hereby prescribe the Code of Conduct for Members of the Armed Forces of the United States which is attached to this order and hereby made a part thereof.

    All members of the Armed Forces of the United States are expected to measure up to the standards embodied in this Code of Conduct while in combat or in captivity. To ensure achievement of these standards, members of the armed forces liable to capture shall be provided with specific training and instruction designed to better equip them to counter and withstand all enemy efforts against them, and shall be fully instructed as to the behavior and obligations expected of them during combat or captivity.

    [Second paragraph amended by EO 12633 of Mar. 28, 1988, 53 FR 10355, 3 CFR, 1988 Comp., p. 561]

    The Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Transportation with respect to the Coast Guard except when it is serving as part of the Navy) shall take such action as is deemed necessary to implement this order and to disseminate and make the said Code known to all members of the armed forces of the United States.

    [Third paragraph amended by EO 11382 of Nov. 28, 1967, 32 FR 16247, 3 CFR, 1966-1970 Comp., p. 691]

    Code of Conduct for Members of the United States Armed Forces


    I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

    [Article I amended by EO 12633 of Mar. 28, 1988, 53 FR 10355, 3 CFR, 1988 Comp., p. 561]


    I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

    [Article II amended by EO 12633 of Mar. 28, 1988, 53 FR 10355, 3 CFR, 1988 Comp., p. 561]


    If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.


    If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.


    When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.

    [Article V amended by EO 12017 of Nov. 3, 1977, 42 FR 57941, 3 CFR, 1977 Comp., p. 152]


    I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

    [Article VI amended by EO 12633 of Mar. 28, 1988, 53 FR 10355, 3 CFR, 1988 Comp., p. 561]

  5. Jeffrey Kaye says:

    I am gratified to see a strong response to this article, as the issues are of paramount importance. I do want to add for readers that since posting this article, other quotes by Dr. Morgan have been brought to my attention that call into question his feelings about using SERE as an experimental foundation for interrogations. I will address these in an upcoming follow-up to this article.

    But here is one quote, by Dr. Morgan, to give you a feel for what I’m talking about. I’ve emphasized a key sentence by surrounding it with asterisks:

    “Another line of research at SERE involves a low-tech methodology to find the identity of an undercover operative that some members of the group of students are attempting to conceal. Preliminary analysis suggests that this new technique is not only effective at uncovering the information suspects are trying to hide but also capable of detecting which subjects possess the sensitive information. The next phase is designed to assess whether the technique can be used to find a cell of “terrorists” hidden in a group of suspects. ****The SERE training environment affords the military services the opportunity to collaborate with various other government agencies in exploring old and new techniques in gathering human intelligence.”****


  6. Findlay says:

    Experiments are still going on, and here is how it went for us, and our renters are also unwillingly being hit with radiation. It is part of an IDENTITY THEFT crime that is happening to people who have good resumes with International experience, and also to people who have land, or an inheritance that can be taken. I strongly believe that the Russian Mafia is to blame.
    1. A woman, middle aged, opens a trading account, and, BAM the computer is hacked and somehow they use the computer to send out emails, or maybe child pornography. They IMMEDIATELY report this crime to the FBI, so and investigation is opened.
    2. Before the victim knows what is going on, she is discredited to the police.
    3. The police call the Citizen Police to have her stalked (tagged). Phones, emails, and surveillance is in place.
    4. Every attempt is made to harass, frame, blackmail, and cause the person to make a mistake.
    5. The person reports the hacking to the police, the death threats, and other horrible threats that were made, but the police have been told that the person is delusional, and she is discounted.
    6. A contract is gained through the DOD for a radiation study, or some other study, and the scientist moves in next to the person.
    7. In our case, the scientist is burning us with lasers, hitting us with radiation at night, and participating in overt harassment, such as running around the house with all the lights on in his underwear at night, or checking his mail in his underwear while we are on the porch.
    8. We are harassed with deadly radiation until we either move, or die. We are no longer credible to the police, so no claim we make will be taken seriously.
    9. The person with the good resume they want will either be killed, sickened, or discredited at work, so they lost their job. Meanwhile, the Russian Mafia has already applied for jobs with the good resume, and our address.
    10. A fake poison pen letter is sent to the husband, the wife is blackmailed, and the family is all mind controlled to hate the mother, and call her crazy. She knows what is going on, but she is the only one, and nobody will believe that she is being stalked. The family is destroyed, killed, or sickened.
    11. Mission accomplished, Identity Theft!

  7. charles morgan says:

    I am disappointed to see that Jeffrey Kaye continues to be both inaccurate and misleading. The research conducted by our research team at the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not, and never has been, conducted for any other purpose than to help us understand the pathophysiology of stress disorders and we might better help in the treatment of veterans. Our research on PTSD and our studies of stress in healthy soldiers began in the 1990s – long before 2001 and the Bush Administration’s policies. We will continue to investigate how we might better help individuals who suffer from trauma related disorders.

  8. October 1, 2009

    Dear Mr. Kaye,

    I am a victim and target of U.S. Sponsored Mind Control, and member of the Freedom From Covert Harassment and Surveillance Organization, ( or FFCHS. We all thank you for bringing these issues to light.

    I am also a member of an outreach committee for FFCHS and we are actively seeking high profile persons to be spokesman for our organization. Would you be interested?

    The following document titled HAARP, The United States Government, Mind Control and The Advanced Media Group describes in some detail my case. It can be found at:

    Stan J. Caterbone
    Advanced Media Group
    Member Freedom From Covert Harassment & Surveillance, FFCHS

  9. Linda Gore says:

    charles morgan says:
    September 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    “Our research on PTSD …. began in the 1990s ..”

    Behavioral Cognitive Science Teams comprised of members of the JRPA, USSF, APA, FBI et al couldn’t have successfully protected the criminal arses of all the psychopaths who raped and sodomized American babies enrolled in preschools on or near US Military bases during George H.W. Bush’s terms as CIA Director, US Vice President, and US President, BY, contributing to the incarceration, debilitation, and death of their crime victims, without having access to a wide body of research on inducing abreactions a/k/a PTSD.

    Behavioral Cognitive Science Teams comprised of members of the JRPA, USSF, APA, and FBI couldn’t have successfully protected the criminal arses of themselves and all the criminals and psychotics they trained and/or paid to assist them in degrading and dominating cyberspace, BY, contributing to the incarceration, debilitation and/or death of Americans who sought to use the WWW as a marketplace of ideas, without having had access to a wide body of research on inducing abreactions a/k/a PTSD.

    The ultimate objective of all government sponsored “PTSD research” is the acquisition of knowledge wrt abreaction induction.

  10. Clea says:

    I’m a middle-aged woman who was preparing to defend her dissertation in Anthropology when I was blitzed by something similar to what has been described above. Constant computer intrusion, intellectual property theft, death threats, road harassment, threats to hurt my minor daughter, attacks with some kind of DEW apparently, car tampering and vandalism, extreme cyberbullying and cyberstalking etc, and I also have gone to both federal and law enforcement agencies. The harassers then posting things along the lines of blackmail, but since I haven’t actually committed a crime, it would be difficult for them to show that short of framing me (and yes, I collected evidence for the threats and the hacking, including threats to torture me with electronic harassment).

    Upon discovering (on my hacked internet that is also full of disinformation) that there are other victims of this type of crime, I realized that I have had this problem for quite some time: strange phone calls for years, apartment entry, slander at school, workplace mobbing (that I outlived since I’m a pretty reliable worker), car windows smashed out, etc. In fact, I can link this problem to events in childhod and was even mysteriously volunteered for an EEG at age 15.

    The amount of social engineering and harassment that I have endured over the years points to MK Ultra behavior modification type projects. Like the poster above, I also happen to have a good CV and had an excellent grade point average in graduate school. Unlike the poster, I’m not blaming the russian mafia for this problem, not am I subscribing to any radical political theories about it’s origins.

    Because of the likelihood that my problem is along the lines of non consensual human experimentation, I’m inclined to think that the problems of torture/interrogation at Guantanamo are related. Because a lot of the harassment has been along the lines of psychological harassment, it will also be my assumption that persons in academia were involved in the construction and monitoring of this program.

    We need help and at the moment, we are not getting that from the justice system. I can’t prove what technology has been used against me, but I can certainly point to several manuals that may have been used in orchestrating the harassment. And I can show that these threats were made.

    It is my feeling that even joining groups for “mind control victims” (a better term might be “behavioral modification” since that is what the manuals refer to) is also part of the non consensual experimentation, because whatever we say about the situation, the expression of our feelings about religion or politics etc. are likely being documented. (Maybe our responses to the trauma can be what is called “clean” interrogation.)

    I didn’t sign up for the trauma conditioning program and I would like someone to have the guts to put an end to this. This type of harassment needs *full* exposure and prosecution under the highest law possible. Perhaps an investigation into Guantanamo and the involvement of academics in this unethical and illegal activity will open the secret door to where all the black ops money is going,

    As I write this, I continue to be hacked and even at the public library my harassers have access to my internet, indicating that it is not “the russian mafia” who is behind this. I can’t even be in contact with my professors and I can show that I’ve had email interference. While I don’t discount identity theft as a motivation (after all, I’ve had documents stolen also), it appears that non consensual experimentation into trauma conditioning, behavior modification, torture and interrogation are more likely to be the culprits.

  11. Clea says:

    One more comment – I haven’t been discounted as delusional, perhaps due to the fact that I kept evidence of some of the crimes.

  12. David Marshall says:

    In 2011 U.S. Military Personnel still have NO, U.S. Constitution, Amendment 8, “experiments that were designed to harm” Rights?

    PLEASE HELP. Crowded prisons are in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s, Bill of Rights, Eighth Amendment no cruel and unusual punishments. This is the U.S. Supreme Court, Brown v. Plata (09-1233) May 23, 2011 decision. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) “…Article 7 – Freedom from Torture, or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.”, gives U.S. convicted rapists and murderers protection from experiments by the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, Amendment 8. Under the ICCPR Article 7’s “Basic Rights of Prisoners.” is, “Written policy and practice prohibit the use of inmates for medical…experiments.” and “Nonconsensual experimentation is illegal”! Nineteen (19) times cited is the U.S. Constitution plus its 8th Amendment’s no cruel and unusual punishment.[4] This is the 1992 U.S. Senate signed United Nation, ICCPR Article 7. Department of Defense (DOD) “military research” “experiments that were designed to harm” without Bill of Rights protection, were conducted on “hundreds of thousands” [2], under the ongoing secrecy cover of our ‘national interests’, e.g., WWII, Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. This is 1994 documented by the U.S. Senate and Government Accountability Office (GAO).[2 & 3] Also in 1994 the Court of Veterans Appeals (COVA) Chief Judge stated the related evidence restricting, “The court may not review the schedule of ratings for disabilities or the policies underlying the schedule.”[5] Based on the U.S. Senate’s, “the last 50 years” back to 1944, it is now 67 years of no change in “underlying” policy, e.g., the17 years ago still ignored “..Feres Doctrine should not be applied…” without any mention of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendment 8![2] The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1950 Feres Doctrine [8] was used to ignore the 8th Amendment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1987 Stanley case [6]. Its DOD non-consensual, “to harm” experiment was classified as just a continuing Feres Doctrine “incident to service” event! It was in direct disobedience of the DOD Secretary’s 1953 NO non-consensual experiments![7] Amendment 8 is not addressed in either of the Feres or Stanley Cases! For 67 years still not 8th Amendment addressed are the “military research” “experiments that were designed to harm”! [2] Doesn’t this mean the continuing use of deceived U.S. Service Personnel as guinea pigs in deliberate injury experiments? Shouldn’t U.S. Service Personnel and Veterans get back those Constitutional Amendment 8 Rights that they die for and convicted rapists and murderers keep? Please hold your members in the U.S. Congress accountable!

    The 2002 U.S. Senate Hearing [1] on the 1950 Feres Doctrine [8] is 127 pages of 19 Testimonials and Submissions for the Record that ignored Amendment 8, the U.S. Senate and GAO back to 1944 documented OVERSIGHTS. Starting on page 64 of the 2002 Senate Hearing PDF version, [1] the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE stated that in the 1950 U.S. Supreme Court’s Feres Doctrine decision [8], “The Court relied upon three principal reasons in coming to its decision: (1) The existence and availability of a separate, uniform, comprehensive, no-fault compensation scheme for injured military personnel;….”. Answering this issue is the in 2011 still ignored 1994 U.S. Senate Report’s [2] past and present, “III. Findings and conclusions”, “K. DOD and DVA have repeatedly failed to provide information and medical followup to those who participate in military research…” and “N. Participation in military research is rarely included in military medical records, making it impossible to support a veteran’s claim for service-connected disabilities from military research.”, i.e., the withheld needed for treatment but “experiments that were designed to harm” evidence. All of which the Court of Veterans Appeals “may not review”! Millions of service records were destroyed in a 1973 National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) fire, followed by Congress’s 1974 Privacy Act that censored experiment verifying witnesses from any surviving and future records. The U.S. Senate Report noted, “The Feres Doctrine should not be applied for military personnel who are harmed by inappropriate human experimentation when informed consent has not been given.” Then, “During the last 50 years, hundreds of thousands of military personnel” were subjected to “experiments that were designed to harm”, e.g., their reported biological and chemical agents, radiation exposure, hallucinogenic and investigational drugs, experimental vaccines and behavior modification projects. Not 2002 recognized was that many experiments were in direct disobedience of the DOD Secretary’s 1953 NO non-consensual experiments! [7]

    In the “three principal reasons” continuation, the Dept. of Justice reported the Supreme Court’s, “….(2) The effect upon military order, discipline, and effectiveness if service member were permitted to sue the government or each other; and, (3) The distinctly federal relationship between the government and members of its armed services, and the corresponding unfairness of permitting service-connected claims to be determined by nonuniform law.” [1], i.e., the “unfairness” of applying the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, Amendment 8 to U.S. Citizens and Prisoners but NOT to U.S. Service Personnel?

    U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION? Overlooked by many in Congress is their Oath of Office to defend the U.S. Constitution, their “Pledge of Allegiance” “with liberty and justice for all” checks and balances function, their U.S. Constitution 8th Amendment protection of convicted rapists and murderers (but NOT U.S. Service Personnel) with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ignored, carved in stone over its entrance, “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW”!

    In 2011 shouldn’t U.S. Service Personnel have the same U.S. Constitutional Rights that all other U.S. Citizens plus convicted rapists and murderers keep?



    [2] December 8, 1994 REPORT 103-97 “Is Military Research Hazardous to Veterans’ Health? Lessons Spanning Half a Century.” Hearings Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 103rd Congress 2nd Session.

    [3] GAO September 28, 1994 “Human Experimentation Overview on Co1d War Era Programs” T-NSIAD-94-266

    [4] U.S. State Dept., “U.S. Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights July 1994, Article 7 – Freedom from Torture, or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.”Index of “1994 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights” Index of “Treaties and Legal Issues” || Electronic Research Collections Index || ERC Homepage


    [6] U.S. SUPREME COURT, JUNE 25, 1987, U.S. V. STANLEY , 107 S. CT.. 3054 (VOLUME 483 U.S., SECTION 669, PAGES 699 TO 710). us/483/669/ case.html

    [7] Pages. 343-345: “The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code; Human Rights in Human Experimentation” George J. Annas and Michael A. Grodin (N. Y.: Oxford University Press, 1992).

    [8] Feres v. United States, 340 U.S. 135, 146 (1950).

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  14. With the signal to noise ratio so low, I don’t know if this will even get through to anyone. I wish the government would stop posting comments that clutter up the internet with crazy sounding garbage that makes my job of reporting a REAL crime difficult.

    The DOD is killing innocent civilians in the name of science right now. Here is an example of a case going on right now:

    The following filthy pigs at AFRL were involved in the psychological aspects of one of the most sadistic illegal experimentation/torture programs in U.S. History: Chet Maciag, Colonel Lamar Parker, Lt. Col Bill Gregory. Air Force, crimes against humanity, treason, setups, illegal use of surveillance:

  15. fulldisclosure2011 says:

    Wow, the signal to noise ration is so low on comments, I don’t know if I’ll ever get this story to sink in.

    The following filthy pigs at AFRL were involved in the psychological aspects of one of the most sadistic illegal experimentation/torture programs in U.S. History: Chet Maciag, Colonel Lamar Parker, Lt. Col Bill Gregory. Air Force, crimes against humanity, treason, setups, illegal use of surveillance:

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