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The CIA Doctors: Human Rights Violations by American Psychiatrists



A lot of old timers wax nostalgic about the films of the 1970s, to the point of repetitiveness (read: nausea), but to me the best films of the late 80s to 2000 stand up better to the cruel ravages of time.  One such mind jarring trip is Jacob’s Ladder, which really scared the crap out of me the first time I saw it.

Ladder will appear on my upcoming Mindfuck List, or whatever I choose to name that post.  This is a paranoid horror thriller set in Vietnam and then back in the US post-Vietnam.  Tim Robbins, who is one of America’s greatest living actors, has the primary role.  You should probably just get all Robbins’ films and watch them.

The plot establishes a cruel, pervasive military industrial complex.  The characters are veterans, trying to recover from the horrors, but things are awry.  Their lives aren’t fitting the mold, and their experiences are far more confusing than one might reasonably expect.  As a matter of fact, one can’t be sure if their experiences are actually their experiences at all.

This brings up the government’s human experimentations, its illegal and immoral drug testing on its own troops.  Shades of MKUltra and marching the troops into the radioactive zone after atomic detonations permeate.  And monsters.  Are they real?  Are they CIA assassins?  What the fuck is going on?


Shutter Island

“Shutter Island” and the Radical Viewer


1954, a paranoid moment– US doctors have lobotomized 18,000 people with no end in sight, top CIA officials purchase ten kilos of LSD from Sandoz Labs, the House of Un-American Activities is ramping up the Red Scare, the Cold War is launching into a protracted period of crisis and escalation. Enter Teddy Daniels, a working class detective, ex WWII soldier who was present for the liberation of Dachau and the exposure of its horrors. He is now approaching yet another nightmare zone, Ashecliff Hospital, a mental institution/penal colony for the criminally insane where the benign gardens and open air treatment mask an insidious world of physical and psychological torture. We’re not certain, but all the signs point to Ashecliff as a gothic no man’s land where non-compliant patients are disappeared and converted into drugged or lobotomized zombies– soldier-fodder for history’s insatiable maw of militarism and violence. Fortunately, our detective exhibits an acute critical capacity and intuition, he will not be put off the scent by the Warden Dr. Cawley’s transparent front as humane doctor, he knows that the experiments at Shutter Island are anything but benign and compassionate. Crawley says of his experimental methods, “Valuable things have a way of being misunderstood,” and we, with Teddy, shudder at the sinister implications.

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