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How Animal Experiments Paved the Way for the CIA's Torture Program
huffingtonpost.com Fact: The CIA's torture program was directly inspired by animal experiments. In the 1960s, dogs were subjected to random electric shocks from which they could not escape. Eventually the dogs gave up trying to avoid the painful shocks, not even escaping when a path to escape was finally presented to them. From the New York Times:As we now know, these "learned helplessness" experiments on dogs and other animals became the foundation for brutal CIA torture techniques, such as waterboarding. What concerns me most as a medical doctor is the fact that two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, directed these human torture experiments. The psychologists were curious about whether the theories of animal "learned helplessness" might work on humans.
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