Originally posted by halfoldman
And how does this brutalize the guards, the released inmates and society as a whole?
Does it have any benefit?
It's such a complicated issue.
First, you are correct that a lot of folks out there are under the impression that if someone is in jall, they darn well deserve it and there are no
mistakes that happen in such cases.
A lot of folks don't pay attention to horror stories of this type because the claims seem too outlandish to be true, the previous assumption coloring
the rest of the story before it's even been finished being told.
Not to mention those suffering from the after-effects of such types of incarceration "rehabilitation" may so severely shaken that they find it
impossible to trust another person (such as a lawyer) or, as in my case, too spun by the event to be able to hold a memory of it intact and express it
well enough to obtain the services of a qualified lawyer....who, even then, may not take up such a case because proving such is a very time consuming
Like I mentioned, there were no records i my casefile about my time in the rooms known as VC-2 and VC-1, respectively.
None whatsoever. No mention of transfer from the womens ward, or reasons why.
I still get shaken up by what I endured that I haven't been able to pursue the case formally, and it's well beyond the Statue of Limitations at this
point anyway....I can't help but wonder how many other voices have been silenced in a such a way - being so afraid to relive the trauma in court that
they just "block it out" from the conscious mind.
As for the effects it may have on guards - I'm sure any Correctional Facility Officer with a heart and an awareness of what is really going on
with abusive guards has his/her own political battle to contend with.
And on the counterpoint to all of this, speaking from direct experience - there are simply some people in the System to whom treatments of this type
simply don't leave an impact. They're completely institutionalized and think of it as no more than a game...perhaps that's why they suffer no
long-term effects (or any at all).
Not everyone reacts the same to sensory deprivation and such psychological traumas....and it's impossible to determine beforehand how well or how
poorly anyone will react to said circumstances.
I wish such things didn't happen....and sad part is, until it happens to the wrong persons son/daughter/sister/husband etc...very few people will be
aware of these types of rooms and these types of psyop techniques.
Even the memory of Abu Gharib didn't stick to long in the public consciousness....and sadly, there are more civilian prisons than Military Detainment
Sometimes I thank my lucky stars my father taught me some things as a youth regarding the horrors of P.O.W. camps and how soldiers are trained to
stand up to such types of incarceration - because that's the solid foundation that kept me sane for as long as I could manage during my trials in
When they started the microwave bombardment, I finally cracked....absolutely terrifying. Worse than the "drug therapy", worse than the
hallucinations....maybe the microwaves were just symptomatic hallucinations themselves....I can't prove any of it.
A memory of the graffiti carved into the rubber walls is such a trivial detail it would never stand up in court.
Whoever designed these rooms and experiments knows a bit too much about what they are doing, imho.
I wish I had a solution that could help others, but at the same time there are those who would most likely use that knowledge to clog the system with
a onslaught of false claims.
Tricky situation. Very tricky.