This extract is from the KUBARK COUNTERINTELLIGENCE INTERROGATION manual, July 1963. Kubark is a code word for the CIA. This information was declassified in 1997.
This is from Chapter IX, The Coercive Counterintelligence Interrogation of Resistant Sources. Section I. Heightened Suggestibility and Hypnosis. Note: these are considered COERCIVE interrogation techniques. Thought the info was pertinent to this thread.
"Operational personnel, including interrogators, who chance to have some lay experience or skill in hypnotism should not themselves use hypnotic techniques for interrogation or other operational purposes. There are two reasons for this position. [b:d2ed6f7aee]The first is that hypnotism used as an operational tool by a practitioner who is not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or M.D. can produce irreversible psychological damage.[/b:d2ed6f7aee] The lay practitioner does not know enough to use the technique safely."
The bold emphasis is mine. Wow, even the CIA knows that only EXTREMELY qualified people should be inducing hypnosis.
As mass hypnosis techniques are applied at LGATs, is there any wonder about psychotic reactions afterwards?
There's plenty of info to digest and ponder from several persepctives, here are 2 links:
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