War Against the Mind
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responsibility for the mind control experiments lies with the doctors,
who should have been constrained by the Hippocratic Oath."
Colin A. Ross, M.D.
Deliberate Creation Of Multiple Personality by Psychiatrists
In 1955, a Russian manual entitled, "Brainwashing: A Synthesis of
the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics," was translated and
distributed as a public warning by a New York professor. Psychopolitics
was described by the Soviets as the "art and science of asserting
and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals,
officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of
enemy nations through 'mental healing.'"
The manual was based on the methods of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian
psychiatrist who developed conditioned response theories using
experimental dogs in the early 1900s. This work laid the groundwork for
a fundamental psychiatric misconception that remains to this day: that,
like dogs, men are basically stimulus-response mechanisms. These
experiments established the foundation for much of the inhuman
brainwashing techniques used by the Soviet Union and China in the
mid-twentieth century. Utilized by both Lenin and Stalin for political
ends in the then USSR, Pavlov's methods helped spread communist rule
over almost half the world.
The manual stated, "The tenets of rugged individualism, personal
determinism, self-will, imagination, and personal creativeness are alike
in the masses antipathetic to the good of the Greater State."48
Further, "The early Russian psychiatrists, pioneering this science
of psychiatry, understood thoroughly that hypnosis is induced by acute
fear. They discovered it could also be induced by shock of an emotional
nature, and also by extreme privation, as well as by blows and
"By perverting the institutions of a nation," it continues,
"and bringing about a general degradation to the degree that
privation and depression come about, only minor shocks will be necessary
to produce, on the populace as a whole, an obedient reaction or an
hysteria." The mere threat of war or the mere threat of aviation
bombings can create this hysteria, it says.50
These are the methods studied by the likes of terrorist psychiatrist Dr.
Aziz al-Abub and "The Jackal" at the Patrice Lumumba campus in
Russia, and then exported to the Middle East and elsewhere.
During the Soviet era, Patrice Lumumba and the Lenin Institute both
trained students in social psychology, unarmed combat and guerilla
warfare. From here the students were sent to specialized training
centers. Between 1968 and 1975, an estimated 2,500 terrorists and
guerillas were trained there.51 Other "psychopolitics" centers
include Tavistock Institute in Britain and The Frankfurt School in
The world's major cause for concern was once the cold war between Soviet
Russia and America. At its height, Russia was guided by individual
psychiatrists who trained terrorists, and who were the guardians over
the Gulags. With the fall of Soviet Russia however, the world has a new
trouble spot, one that has taken that psychiatric brainwashing
technology and put it to work through another brand of terrorism.
A Covert Assault
On The West
"Many of the methods used by Dr. al-Abub
[terrorist doctor] are standard techniques among doctors who use
behavior technology to achieve control either within other terrorist
groups or inside the framework of state-sponsored terrorism."52
Veteran Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Journey into Madness, 1989
The modern version of brainwashing is "Sensitivity Training,"
introduced into western countries in the 1940s and 50's. It originated
with Kurt Lewin, a German psychologist who migrated to the U.S. in 1933,
where he became a professor of child psychology. With his associates he
evolved the concept of "T-groups" ("T" for
training). In 1932, Lewin was the director of Tavistock, the
psychological warfare department of the British government. Tavistock's
pioneer work in behavioral science along Freudian lines established it
as a world center for this ideology.
As a result of Lewin's work, the National Training Laboratories (NTL)
was established in 1947, and by 1950, the T-group concept had gained
rapid popularity amongst psychologists. The term "Sensitivity
Training" was later coined.
Adherents of this, such as psychologist Ed Schein, who studied
brainwashing techniques in Korea, admit that it derives from Pavlov's
brainwashing methods. In an introduction to one of his papers on
Sensitivity Training, Schein writes that this method "fits into a
context of institutional influence procedures which includes coercive
persuasion in the form of thought reform or brainwashing as well as a
multitude of less coercive, informal patterns."
It was defined as a three-stage process involving
"unfreezing," "changing," and
"Unfreezing" physically removes the person from his accustomed
routines, sources of information, and social relationships, then
undermines the normal social support structures, humiliates the
individual so that he sees his old self as unworthy and supposedly
motivates him to change. The process was later compared to those methods
employed by the Chinese Communists in their attempt to inculcate
[instill] Communist attitudes into their youth or into prisoners.
"Changing" was defined as directing the person towards
learning new attitudes, quite often through coercion.
"Refreezing" was defined as "...the integration of the
changed attitudes into the rest of the personality...."53
In reality, Sensitivity Training is the invalidation of the individual
through the refuting, denying, degrading or discrediting of anything he
considers to be a fact or a certainty-for example, a principle of moral
conduct. This effectively knocks whatever props the person may have out
from under him. The inevitable disorientation that follows is then used
to force another person's or group's point of view or set of values onto
the individual. In practice, it destroys individualism, moral judgment
and personal responsibility.
Sensitivity Training was later described as having been "developed
to study how people could be socially and psychologically manipulated to
give up their souls...."54
Today its siblings comprise more than two dozen names; among them are
Reality Therapy, Group Therapy, Conflict Management, Gestalt Therapy,
Planned Change, Mind Set, Role Playing, Human Relations Lab, Sensory
Awareness Groups, Conflict Resolution, Encounter Groups and Social
Social Psychology was also taught at Patrice Lumumba Center and The
Lenin Institute in Soviet Russia to train guerillas and the likes of Dr.
al-Abub and "The Jackal." Between 1968 and 1975, an estimated
2,500 terrorists and guerillas were trained at these centers.
"The Nazi doctors…had created the
beginning of what…had [been] defined as a psychology of torture. It
had enabled them to embrace a wide range of evils…[and] finally to
exist, the Nazi doctors had needed to virtually eliminate any capacity
for normal human feelings; it was the only way for them to kill their
Journey into Madness, 1989
Most terrorist groups today have radical political views and hold racist
positions which range from "white supremist" type views to
anti-Semitism. According to one of these groups, "blacks, oriental,
and other races," unlike "Aryans," do not have souls.56
However, behind some of the most significant terrorist activities there
has been a psychiatric or psychological influence, whether directly in
terrorist training, or through a racial ideology first propagated by
Nowhere is that more evident than in Nazi Germany from the 1930s to
In 1999, German psychiatrists publicly admitted that psychiatry had
spawned "eugenics" and the racial
"inferiority/superiority" ideology almost three decades before
the Nazis took power in 1933. Indeed, it was this ideology that turned
the Nazis into mass murderers. The following is a brief history:
1895: German psychiatrist Alfred Ploetz and jurist, Karl Binding,
published their theories about race inferiority in the book, The Fitness
of Our Race and the Protection of the Weak. In 1909, Ploetz founded the
German Society for Racial Hygiene. Ploetz's theory was that destroying
unworthy life was "purely a healing treatment."
1920s: Psychiatrist Alfred Hoch's book, Permission to Destroy Life
Unworthy of Life, demanded euthanasia be conducted on "mental
defectives." This, and another psychiatric text, Human Genetics and
Racial Hygiene, helped form the "scientific" basis for the
Nazi racial purity program.
According to Hoche and Binding, the acceleration of the death process is
not an act of murder but "in truth a pure act of healing" and
there are people who are "worthless" to society. Primary among
these are the inmates of the "idiot institutes," who are
"not only worthless, but of absolutely negative value." As for
the "incurably dumb," "Their death will not be missed in
the least except maybe in the hearts of their mother or guardian....
When we become more advanced, we will probably be saving those poor
humans from themselves."
1933: The German psychiatric community's ideology of racial purity found
fertile ground in the new Nazified Germany. Adolf Hitler's accession to
power was a major gain. Psychiatrist Ernst Rüdin's Sterilization Law
1934: The first step in psychiatry's eugenics master plan was
sterilization and castration for those deemed biologically unsound. This
included the mentally ill, intellectually handicapped, homosexuals and
"colored" people. To "cleanse the nation of impure and
undesirable elements," it is estimated that between 1934 and 1945,
up to 350,000 people were sterilized.
1935: In 1935, with the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws, Jews were
relegated to sub-citizens by reason of race.
1940: The first "gassing test" was conducted at Brandenburg
institution; 18-20 people were exterminated while psychiatrists and
staff watched. The "T4" euthanasia program was launched by
German psychiatrists to further the objective of a pure German nation,
and the first gas chambers were installed in mental institutions.
Between 1940 and 1944, 300,000 "mental" patients were murdered
by gassing, starvation or drug overdose.
Others were put to more practical use. In one documented case, a single
shipment of brains of 33 murdered children between the ages of seven and
eighteen, were received at a brain research facility "in the
interest of scientific development."
1941: As the final solution to the Jewish "problem" was
implemented, the successful psychiatric euthanasia procedures were
exported wholesale into the concentration camps and extermination camps
run by the Nazi SS — with eminent German psychiatrists acting as
consultants. "The killing in the concentration camps went along the
same lines and with the same registration forms as in the insane
asylums," noted one proud German psychiatrist.
1946: Nuremberg Trials: Only four out of dozens of Nazi psychiatrists
were prosecuted, most escaped justice, and many returned to psychiatric
practice after the war.