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Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 11:57:17 -0500
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Note from Babs:

This excellent commentary was sent to me by whistleblower Ed Schooling, ex-military 
and retired from LAPD. Ed has established a track record as a sharp investigator and 
has been an extremely reliable source of information for myself and other researchers 
over a period of years.

What Ed says here about whistleblowers having their sanity impugned by 
government-sponsored whore psychiatrists and their cronies and minions is certainly 
true. This outrage has happened to many of us who have told the truth about government 
corruption and illegal black operations which we witnessed; were directly involved in; 
and/or were victimized by.

Ed speaks the truth. I hope more people will start listening.

Below Ed's commentary is an article titled Mad Russians from U.S. News and World 
Report, 1996.

Whither the KGB ? Read Ed's analysis; read the article which follows and decide for 

 Is Soviet Style Punitive Psychiatry Coming to America for Dissidents?

By Ed Schooling

Keep in mind while reading the below article that the world seems to be
going in reverse. People in the Eastern Bloc now have all of the
freedoms they want, while rights are being stripped from Americans and
people of other western nations.

Every American whistleblower, whether he/she was police, intelligence
agent or operative, government or private worker all know that for
decades if you blew the whistle on your leaders, superiors, fellow
workers, your agency, or company, you were sent to "whore shrinks" who
always diagnosed you as having some type of mental disorder. This was
especially true if you did not "recant" your allegations, if they gave
you that chance.  These whore shrinks would write whatever they were
told  to write about you by the powers who paid them. And this was not
about political dissent, rather about reporting major corrupttion.
Therefore if your facts of corruption were true, they would label you as
a mental case.  End of any internal investigation.

There is not much difference between these American whore shrinks and
the Soviet shrinks of the past.  In America, instead of doctors and
nurses torturing "dissenters" or "militants who want to report
corruption," the whisleblowers superiors and co-workers would use
CIA/KGB/NAZI style dirty and illegal tactics to attempt to destabilize,
break down, and discredit  the whistleblower. These were willingly
taught to police departments for example by CIA. Of course the FBI and
other agencies also use these tactics.

In some cases government agents, and even employees of private companies
have used drugs and methods of serious behavior modification on their
own people who violate the secrets of their fellow workers who are
involved in crimes being covered up by superiors and heads of agencies.
In other cases some whistleblowers have been "suicided" or came down
with the "CIA flu" if they were privy to very sensitive information and
were at risk to talk.

Even a few of the whore doctors are waking up. One who took orders for
twenty years falsely diagnosing whistleblowers as mental cases of one
sort or another turned on LAPD some years back. His final report on
myself stated that everything I had related to him and to my superiors
about major crimes and corruption also involving CIA was absolutely
true.  There was just no way the City of Los Angeles and LAPD could
contradict their former professional whore doctor.

Because too many people are waking up to major corruption, crimes and
other wrong doing, the next step that may come to America is possibly
what you will read below from the Soviet past.

Mad Russians
by Victoria Pope
U.S. News & World Report
12-16-1996 pp. 38-43

Victims of Soviet 'punitive psychiatry' continue to pay a heavy price
Pyotr Starchik can't drive a car, buy a house, travel abroad or get

Like thousands of former anti-Soviet dissidents, Starchik was stripped
of those rights when he was declared insane by a state psychiatric
panel. And like all whose political dissent was dealt with in this
Kafkaesque fashion, Starchik found that the end of the Soviet state has
not brought an end to his legal nightmare.

Russia has yet to come clean on its history of punitive psychiatry, and
many of the doctors who carried out the campaign, though now elderly,
retain lofty positions. And so Starchik remains in the limbo he entered
after his arrest for anti-Soviet activities in 1972. "I can do anything
I want--kill a person and not be responsible," he says in a fleeting
stab at humor. "At the same time, I can't get a job that requires
certification. "

Starchik could try to overturn his diagnosis through a cumbersome
process that would begin with a request to the security services-- his
old KGB tormentors--to "declassify" his case. "Why should I?" he asks.
"[The authorities] put the wrong diagnosis. It is their guilt. It is up
to them to apologize." The 58-year-old former dissident and onetime
psychology student works as a night watchman and contents himself with
writing music, drawing colorful visions of God in the style of William
Blake and caring for his triplet babies.

Closed files. Over seven decades of Soviet communism, an estimated 40
million people were sent to the gulag, the vast network of labor camps,
prisons and special psychiatric hospitals. During the glasnost of the
late 1980s, former camp inmates gave vent to memories of their
repression. Their pressure led to a government decree offering material
compensation to victims, but the state stopped short of opening period

Today, Russia's state center for forensic psychiatry is still the
Serbsky Institute, where psychiatrists once examined thousands of
political dissidents whom they deemed mentally unfit. One favorite
diagnosis: vyalotekushchaya, or "sluggish schizophrenia," a clinical
term coined at Serbsky to explain why someone with such a disorder might
appear normal most of the time. One manifestation of this novel ailment
was "stubbornness and inflexibility of convictions"; the usual treatment
consisted of megadoses of powerful tranquilizers like Thorazine for
"prophylactic" purposes. "Reformist delusions" were an indication of
"paranoid development," the other blanket diagnosis used for dissenters.

A year ago, President Boris Yeltsin created a blue-ribbon commission to
delve into the fate of political prisoners. But while investigating
psychiatric malpractice, several of its members say, they were refused
access to many key medical files. Despite these obstacles, the
commissioners found the first official documentary evidence of cruel and
systematic mistreatment of patients in the psychiatric hospitals.

A review of these top-secret documents was undertaken by Anatoli
Prokopenko, former head of the Soviet central archives, who decided to
tell his story only after the recently completed study was shelved and
ignored by top officials. Combing the archives of the Central Committee
of the Communist Party, Prokopenko says, he found evidence of a rigorous
internal probe into the hospitals, which culminated in an official party
delegation making the rounds of several facilities in 1956. The visiting
Communist dignitaries found healthy people who were " beaten and
humiliated" and noted that raving-mad inmates shared space with the
perfectly sane. The delegation detailed other abuses, like the practice
of putting patients in wet robes. "Apparently the people working at
these hospitals got really scared after the visit," Prokopenko says,
citing the massive release of prisoners from the facilities that
immediately followed the inquiry. But the party report never made waves.
It was suppressed, and the party members who wrote it were punished.

Paper trail. Such documents are crucially important because, in the
past, Soviet psychiatrists were always able to brush off reports of
abuse by terming the testimony of survivors anecdotal and subjective.
Individuals brought in for anti-Soviet activities were, "after all,
mostly people with psychological disorders at different levels," the
newly appointed minister of health, Tatiana Dmitrieva, told the Russian
daily Argumenty i Fakty. Dmitrieva, the former director of Serbsky,
blocked commission access to the files at Kazan--a special psychiatric
hospital in eastern Russia notorious for its merciless treatment of

Once in the hospitals, many prisoners say, they were forced to admit
they were mentally ill to avoid hellishly painful injections that at
times were so potent a patient would faint and need reviving with an
oxygen mask. Mikhail Kukobaka, a Belarussian worker arrested for
organizing an election boycott, recalls how the pressure to give in was
particularly fierce when he was held in the 1970s at Sychyovka, a
special hospital near the Russian city of Smolensk. "The nurses were
criminals from the neighboring prison," he says, sucking in his breath.
"There were injections. Murders. They beat people to death. " Kukobaka
attributes his heart problems to the unrelieved tension of
incarceration. He is stuck with the diagnosis of schizophrenia but says
he will never ask for official rehabilitation. To prove he has full
command of his faculties, he has chronicled his prison experiences in
several essays. That is vindication enough, he says.

Prisoners who repeatedly refused to recant paid dearly. "They would take
this canvas material, 20 meters of it on a roll, and you were bandaged,
and water was poured on you," says Antonas Bagdonas, recollecting Kazan
in the 1950s. The swaddling would then dry and constrict. "The
circulation would stop and the person lost consciousness," he adds. The
old man's body is evidence enough of the torture: It is crisscrossed
with scars. He survived, he said, only because other prisoners massaged
his wounds with oil. The past bleeds into the present, and he lives in
fear that his old captors will trace him.

Encore. The last political prisoners left these dreaded facilities in
1988. But, warns Emanuel Guschansky, a psychiatrist and commission
member, "the structure that brought psychiatric abuse still exists. If
there are certain political changes in the country, or dictatorship, it
could all be revived immediately." Indeed, the psychiatric system
remains such a potentially powerful weapon of repression in part because
the mentally ill have such meager rights of recourse under Russian law.

Prokopenko and Guschansky still hope to compile a white paper on
punitive psychiatry documenting its scope. But many disturbing reports
that have surfaced--for example, that one hospital's post-mortems showed
that huge doses of the blood-pressure drug reserpine had damaged
patients' brains--may never be confirmed as long as hospital files and
archives remain closed. And many of the former political prisoners who
might fill in the blanks have moved abroad. "They wouldn't like to live
in this country anymore," says Alexander Podrabinek, jailed for
publishing the first reports of psychiatric wrongdoing in the early
1970s in the illegal samizdat press.

However restorative a true accounting of these horrors might be, few
even bother to agitate for it. Russia's de-Stalinization has been fitful
at best. The country hasn't addressed its totalitarian past in the way
that Germany did when the Allied victors forced justice on that defeated
nation. Former Communists like Yeltsin still run Russia and are hardly
eager for an apportioning of guilt.

For Guschansky, a practicing therapist at Clinic No. 21 in Moscow, there
is simply no going forward for his profession without an acknowledgment
of guilt. Overshadowed by the past, Russian psychiatry remains atrophied
at its core, he says, and lags many decades behind psychiatry in the
West. Clinicians can read works published abroad about how repression
and torture affect the psyche, but no such literature is home grown. Not
surprisingly, Russians still view psychiatrists as aggressors out to
harm them. This legacy makes it hard to treat patients successfully,
Guschansky says, especially one distinct group: the men and women
traumatized while imprisoned in Soviet psychiatric facilities.

Copyright © 1996, by U.S. News & World Report, Inc.

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