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Ramola D/Intellihub News–(Updated) Psychologists Urged to Examine Complicity in Supporting Abusive Systems of Torture in U.S. Criminal Justice System and Covert Government Programs

Updated 4/22/2016: Many thanks to Intellihub News for publishing this article covering issues of ethicality among psychologists, as noted by psychologists, and concern about abusive systems of torture and abuse in various US venues such as jails and detention centers as well as in widespread covert programs using directed-energy weapons (DEWs), re-posted here below:

Psychologists urged to examine complicity in supporting abusive systems of torture in U.S. criminal justice system and covert government programs


Originally published on Intellihub News on April 18, 2016.

Psychologists Urged to Examine Complicity In Supporting Abusive Systems of Torture in US Criminal Justice System and Covert Government Programs

by Ramola D

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), the group which led the call to end the involvement of American psychologists in the CIA Torture program at Guantanamo, and took the American Psychological Association (APA) to task last summer for their “highly permissive” ethics through which the APA had colluded with the Department of Defense “to preserve unethical detention and interrogation practices”, is calling now for psychologists to look closer at Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment (CIDT), torture, and abuse ongoing currently within the US Criminal Justice system and undertaken “with the consent and acquiescence of public officials.”

In a statement issued last week, titled PsySR Statement on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment and Racial Injustice in the United States, they highlighted the important role psychologists and other health professionals within the criminal justice system play in exposing and addressing abuse, injustice, and human rights violations.

Professionals need to look seriously at our ethical obligation to beneficence and nonmaleficence. We need to recognize when we are rightly and actively resisting abuse and when we are instead complicit in maintaining abusive systems.

Communities of color, they note, mentioning the Black Lives Matter movement, are a focus of particular concern, as they call for psychologists to pay close attention to incidences of torture and abuse they might come across, such as electric shock treatment, prolonged solitary confinement (“a psychologically destructive practice that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture has called on all nations to abolish”) and “police beatings and racially discriminatory killings, sexual assault, medical neglect, and abuses within prisons, jails, and detention centers.”

Recognizing grassroots organizations such as We Charge Genocide of Chicago and Anti Police-Terror Project of Oakland, they urge psychologists to continue to build coalitions and alliances and advocate for systemic change. Psychologists must actively resist participation in abusive practices of torture and report all forms of abuse, they advise.

Particular circumstances they cite include “forced segregation, mass incarceration, private for-profit prisons, solitary confinement, the school-to-prison pipeline, and other correlates of inhuman and degrading treatment.”

Psychologists Must Choose Whether to Oppose HR Violations or Act as Bystanders

Pyschologists must seek accountability of abusive institutions and protection for whistleblowers, they urge, to increase awareness of cultural climates that permit abuse, and to take definitive action such as press for alternatives to incarceration, write articles on witnessed abuse, and work collaboratively to end practices such as solitary confinement and mass incarceration.

Under international law, the United States is obligated to stop and prevent torture and CIDT. Social scientists and health professionals, bound by their professional ethics and values, also bear a serious responsibility to face and stop these abuses. Many of us work within institutions where CIDT and torture occur, and thus we have a choice whether to oppose these human rights violations or, as bystanders, to perpetuate them. Too often, our participation in these settings supports existing structures of racial injustice, already so widespread they can appear commonplace and “normal.””

The whole statement can be found here.

Many Forms of Torture and Abuse Rampant in US, Including Covert Harassment

This call to action addressed to psychologists comes at a time when Chicago grieves the new loss of a young teenager, Pierre Loury, to impetuous police shooting, when recent probes into Homan, the Chicago black site reveals a culture of violent abuse, with 7000 “disappeared” over the last decade, and when awareness mounts of a new kind of covert operation of torture in the USA, through the use of electronic and directed-energy weapons in secretive and repressive programs of surveillance, harassment, and abuse on watchlisted and targeted individuals who are neither guilty of nor charged with crime, but appear to be either assaulted for their activism or/and are being rolled into classified, non-consensual programs of Military/Intelligence experimentation as random subjects.

In a letter sent to the Psychologists for Social Responsibility (and shared with this writer), one targeted individual, a former reporter and blogger who wrote in support of Wikileaks, and who in 1998 sued a political supporter of the President, points to documentation of such abuses by many who have been “extra-judicially targeted for stalking and ‘touchless torture’ with covertly used directed-energy weapons, electromagnetic fields, microwaves, and manipulated electric wires.”

Stating that she has Bio-MEMs (Biomedical Micro Electro Mechanical devices) covertly implanted in her by doctors affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, she emphasizes that “the medical field is deeply complicit in this abuse,” that professionals in hospital settings help by implanting individuals with Bio-MEMs, RFIDs (Radio Frequency Identifying Devices), and other inserts which aid in the electronic harassment of individuals.

To this date, targeted individuals have no public health group advocating on their behalf. Conversely, many psychologists and psychiatrists are witting or unwitting accomplices in these hidden abuses by ignoring or dismissing the complaints of individuals being shot at, microwaved, or radiated with the military’s new ‘neuroweapons.’

I urge you to speak out in defense of these victims of horrific abuses by the U.S. government agencies including the CIA, the FBI, the DOJ and the DHS. The ACLU has abdicated its responsibilities to defend the afflicted. Targeted individuals need you to stand up for their rights.”

Carole Smith, a psychoanalyst and researcher, pointed out in a 2003 article titled On the Need for New Criteria of Diagnosis of Psychosis in the Light of Mind Invasive Technology in the Journal of Psycho-Social Studiesthat new technologies to silently attack humans’ brains and bodies have been developed:

We have failed to comprehend that the result of the technology that originated in the years of the arms race between the Soviet Union and the West, has resulted in using satellite technology not only for surveillance and communication systems but also to lock on to human beings, manipulating brain frequencies by directing laser beams, neural-particle beams, electro-magnetic radiation, sonar waves, radiofrequency radiation (RFR), soliton waves, torsion fields and by use of these or other energy fields which form the areas of study for astro-physics. Since the operations are characterised by secrecy, it seems inevitable that the methods that we do know about, that is, the exploitation of the ionosphere, our natural shield, are already outdated as we begin to grasp the implications of their use.”

Acknowledging that people are being experimented on in extremely abusive ways, she spelled out the complicity of psychiatrists and psychologists in aiding military/Intelligence experimenters:

The only witnesses who are speaking about this terrible technology with its appalling implications for the future, are the victims themselves, and those who are given the task of diagnosing mental illness are attempting to silence them by classifying their evidence and accounts as the symptoms of schizophrenia, while the dispensers of psychic mutilation and programmed pain continue with their work, aided and unopposed.”

These atrocious human rights abuses appear to be in place as both covert government harassment masquerading as “electronic surveillance” and military/Intelligence experimentation.

Confirmation from a NSA Whistleblower

In recent conversations with various reporters and writers, new NSA whistleblower Karen Stewart has come forward to confirm these accounts of covert abuse being reported by thousands of Americans, and others, worldwide:

I had originally thought, based on my experience (2006-2009), that only NSA Security used this harassment technique on NSA whistleblowers, journalists, or anti-NSA activists, which was bad enough by itself. But then I met a whistleblower from the Department of Justice who knew NSA was involved in her being targeted for slander and stalking harassment as well, so I realized how broadly the Federal government was using criminal harassment with NSA more than happy to help with its ever increasing network of compromised or gullible law enforcement officials and ready-to-roll civilian stalking groups. In the last year, the DOJ whistleblower has reported to me that she is now also being targeted for electronic harassment.”

Dubious Ethics of Dependency on Military and Intelligence Agencies for Funding

In July 2015, in a press release addressing an investigation of the APA’s actions in the matter of psychologists assisting the CIA in torture, PsySR urged psychologists to work toward “changes to ethical and other policies so as to meet standards appropriate for a profession of scientists, health professionals, and educators rather than the priorities of the Department of Defense or CIA,” and noted:

Psychologists have a duty to recognize and examine how decades of dependency on the military and intelligence agencies for employment, funding, and stature have influenced our entire profession, in ways that have never been adequately examined.”

As psychologists begin to speak openly of issues of ethicality in extant tortures and abuses within the US Criminal Justice system, it is to be hoped that they will address as openly and as urgently the issues of covert targeting, implantation, electronic harassment, and brain/behavior control experimentation being experienced today by thousands of Americans, and others, worldwide, in which also it seems health professionals, psychologists, and psychiatrists are complicit.

Ramola D is a writer with a background in science and literature researching issues in science, technology, and ethics relevant to our times, including issues related to Intelligence, Surveillance, Security, and Defense. She runs a solutions journalism site at everydayconcerned.net, and edits the online literary quarterly, Delphi Quarterly. Her literary journalism, fiction, and poetry have been published widely. You can follow her online at @EccEveryday, or at The Everyday Concerned Citizen on Facebook.

Shawna Cox, Eyewitness Testimony of FBI/Police Shooting of LeVoy Finicum/Some Links


“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

George Orwell

Information quite startlingly contrary to the controlled narratives in Mainstream Media regarding the whole scenario where LeVoy Finicum was killed and others arrested is currently emerging. New events have also occurred: Shawna Cox, one of the group in the car with LeVoy Finicum, has recently suffered a second loss in her family; her son-in-law was killed in a fire, in circumstances which seem questionable at best, and are related to her recent arrest by the FBI. (More about this in Dave Hodges’ article, linked below.)

Shawna Cox was recorded Jan 31 in an interview with Dave Hodges of The Commonsense Show, relaying her witness testimony of what happened to LeVoy Finicum, including events just prior when the group was stopped via a roadblock, and just after, when the FBI shot hundreds of bullets into the vacated vehicle. The video link below is courtesy Youtube user shuf1111. Highly recommended, for anyone interested in learning the truth of what has happened here.

Dave Hodges has posted an article relaying some of this recorded testimony, it can be found here: Eyewitness Shawna Cox Exclusive Interview On the Murder of Finicum-CSS Special Report


First Encounter

As the two cars, comprising the caravan, were making their way to John Day. they were pulled over at the first roadblock. At first, neither side did anything in what could be described as a silent stand-off. The occupants of the vehicles were not given any instructions (e.g. to exit the vehicle, etc.). Finally, in an attempt to show peaceful intent, Ryan Payne put both hands out of the truck through the open window, to show he was not armed, and he was promptly shot at with the bullet striking metal of the truck between the window and the mirror.



A Fateful Decision

At that point, the driver of the first vehicle, Lavoy Finicum made a fateful decision to escape the gunfire and reach the protection of the Sheriff waiting for them at John Day.

As Finicum sped away, federal authorities were in pursuit. Very quickly, they came upon a second roadblock. Cox stated that it was at that point that Payne begged Finicum to pull over and he kept saying that we have to reach the Sheriff.

The Second Roadblock

Upon reaching the second roadblock, Finicum attempted to swerve to the side of the road and the truck was stuck in a snowbank.

According to Cox, Finicum exited the vehicle with his hands up and said:

“We have women in the car don’t shoot!:

According to Cox, and her account is backed up by Victoria Sharp, Finicum had his hands in the air as he faced the FBI agents who were stationed in the trees and said:

“We are going to the Sheriff….well, just go ahead and shoot me.” This was all said with his hands in the air. Finicum (was) immediately shot upon exiting the car, several times, and was, again, shot at repeatedly while he lie in the snow dying.

Attempted Second Degree Murder of the Occupants in the Truck

Immediately, the occupants had red lasers on their bodies as the scurried for cover in the truck. Immediately after Finicum was killed, the truck came under fire. No orders were issued to the occupants, and as it was at the first roadblock, firing bullets at the occupants of the truck was the first order of the day.

Cox believes that the vehicle was struck at least one hundred times. Both women were hysterically screaming to “please stop shooting”  as the two women were begging for their lives.

This entire event, complete with two roadblocks, unprovoked gunfire and FBI agents in the trees could only be described as an “old west ambush”.

With no movement in the truck, and after firing over 100 rounds, the FBI finally issued its first order to surrender. They ordered the male occupants out of the vehicle, followed by the females.

The Arrests

I have had multiple law enforcement personnel write to me and express shock and horror that the FBI never attempted to check on the status of Finicum.

Victoria Sharp was not charged and arrested and was dumped at a Safeway parking lot with no money and only the clothes on her back. Shawna Cox was charged with impeding federal officers (I am still scratching my head on this one trying to make sense of the charge.

As a footnote, and as a precondition of her release, Shawna Cox was ordered to have all guns at her Utah home removed. After the guns were removed, her son-in-law, sitting in close proximity to the guns was suddenly and mysteriously caught in a fire in which all the guns and ammunition went up in smoke. Shawna’s son-in-law was killed in the event.

Please continue reading at Dave Hodges’ site; there’s more at the start of the article too.

Was a Handgun Planted on LeVoy?

Also see this article at Paulstramer.net, which includes the Facebook post (now removed from Facebook) by a source close to the LeVoy Finicum family about the number of shots found on his body (9), and further information about the handgun in the FBI’s report, whose serial number apparently came up as Stolen:  Was a stolen 9mm handgun planted on LaVoy Finicum after his death by the FBI?

The Group At The Refuge

Intellihub News has posted a video and an article, dated Jan 31, about those left at the refuge, which can be found here:

Idaho Sheriff Steps in to Help Militants Held Up at Oregon Refuge

The video includes the group discussing further the events surrounding LeVoy Finicum’s death, and the increasing encroachments and extremes of government that have led to this moment, where they stress Americans are being tasked currently to stand up for America and defend freedom.

Also see this earlier Jan 28 report titled Live Updates: Oregon Standoff Still on at Refuge, Situation Volatile, which includes an InfoWars video report on the situation.

LeVoy Finicum Funeral Donation Information

Jean of Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth has posted a BP Earthwatch-posted video related to LeVoy Finicum’s funeral and information on donations here.

Other Links

Probing and insightful article from William N. Grigg at Pro Libertate: Tyranny, Defiance, and the Death of LaVoy Finicum


“Reasonable people can contend that the occupation was an imprudent provocation. That criticism can apply with equal validity to many similarly imprudent acts carried out by idealistic but obnoxious men during the 1760s and early 1770s, and now celebrated (in sanitized form) by inmates of the government-operated school system. Many of the same people who numbly absorb annual recitations of Patrick Henry’s oration at the Old South Church will see Finicum as a fanatic who committed “suicide by cop,” rather than someone for whom “Give me liberty, or give me death” was a credo, rather than a cliché. 

After being shot multiple times, Finicum fell on his back – but he didn’t die instantly. The video captured by an FBI surveillance aircraft showed him lifting his hand imploringly, and holding it up for several seconds before he lost consciousness.

Finicum raises his hand.

None of the officers on the scene approached Finicum to disarm him and render medical assistance while there was still a chance to save his life. In the press conference that served as a debut for the FBI’s snuff film, Greg Bretzing, a spokesman for the American Cheka, explained that potentially life-saving aid was withheld while the officers took Ammon Bundy and four others into custody.

This emphasis on “force protection” reflects the wartime priorities of an occupying army. Fallen enemy combatants are not owed the same consideration as criminal suspects. Thus Finicum’s mortal remains were left sprawled on the frozen ground, in a posture eerily reminiscent of the body of Lakota Chief Bigfoot following the vengeful Seventh Cavalry’s massacre at Wounded Knee.”

Full article at Pro Libertate.