I watched a disturbing documentary on psychological torture techniques in political prisons recently. As they described the tactics that were used to get these prisoners to break down mentally, I felt a disturbing flash of recognition in many areas.  Any of these sound familiar?

  • sleep deprivation – not allowing the subject to sleep
  • noise flooding – subjecting prisoners to loud, unrelenting high-pitched noises, particularly while sleeping
  • repeated questioning -asking the subject the same questions, over and over again
  • music torture – a form of torture that involves playing annoying music incessantly
  • hygiene – subject is prevented from showering on a regular basis
  • isolation – removing subject from contact with peers
  • humiliation – placing subjects in close contact with urine and fecal matter
  • systematic reduction of choice – forcing subjects to complete the same arbitrary tasks over and over again

I will let you draw your own parallels here. Seems my mind is not working like it should . . .

(But they sure are cute.  Or maybe that’s just the Stockholm Syndrome talking.)