Indeed, I'm familiar with the experiment you mention (The Stanford Experiment
Even reading about it is pretty disturbing, one can only imagine how the researchers must have felt. To my knowledge, similar experiments have not
been conducted, on campus or anywhere else for that matter, because the results were so extreme and shocking. It really went too far, and it happened
faster than anyone thought possible.
Anyway, if anyone hasn't read about the incident, I encourage them to do so. It's really very interesting stuff.
This is ATS man! MK Ultra is not unkown to us.
Thanks for bringing it up though, it's definitely something to consider.
Logically, one would have better luck trying to brainwash people with a proven penchant for fanatacism (if I recall, brain scans of uber-religious
people have shown marked differences when compared to the brains of more centered, rational individuals).
Maybe extremist religious types, of the sort we're ostensibly fighting in the ME, provide a ready crop of recruits for modern equivalents of MK Ultra
I'll go halfway for ya', no problem.
One of the necessary safeguards in this type of situation is compromised collaborators. If they're ashamed and disgusted by their own actions,
they're much less likely to drop dime on their co-conspirators. Their similarly compromised 'friends' are the only community that will accept
them, and the desire for acceptance is a powerful, primal human urge.
A milder example of this can be seen in fraternity intitiations. Getting spanked, half-naked and humiliated with a bunch of other guys creates a
shared bond of shame, nobody wants to expose their brothers because doing so is to expose the self. It's a nice little psychological lock to prevent
the ranks from falling apart. The military does a similar thing, to foster bonds between servicemen and improve their functionality as a unit.
Criminal organizations are famous for this behavior, by forcing intitiates to commit a heinous crime as a prerequisite for membership. In this way,
they compromise the individual and make them dependent on the group for safety, understanding, trust, support, and so on. I wouldn't be surprised if
a similar thing is going on with the US-trained Iraqi special forces, the hit squads that have been operating over there since before open hostilities
The trainers know that their crew won't defect and go back to the other side, because the atrocities they've committed would make them pariahs in
their former community. How do you murder women and children, commit rapes and torture against your countrymen, and then decide to abandon your
position and seek a return into the community you terrorized? It's nearly impossible, I think...
Thank you all for your replies.