How the Largest U.S. Association of Psychologists Colluded in Torture

Earlier this year, news broke that American Psychological Association had secretly collaborated with the U.S. government to make a legal and ethical case for torture in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. Here’s what we now know—and what we can do to prevent it from happening again. »7/22/15 5:40pm7/22/15 5:40pm

Here's What Really Happens When You Force-Feed Someone

The American Medical Association and the Red Cross both condemn force-feeding as a form of torture. And yet, the U.S. government and the United Nations have both force-fed hunger-striking prisoners. The real problem? Most people probably don’t realize how complicated force-feeding is, and how much can go wrong. »4/21/15 2:20pm4/21/15 2:20pm

How the Soviets used their own twisted version of psychiatry to suppress political dissent

Over the course of its 69-year history, the Soviet Union was notorious for its heavy-handed suppression of political dissent — most infamously through its use of the Siberian GULAGs. But it was during the 1960s and 1970s that the Communist Party took their intolerance for ideological deviance to extremes by… »9/04/12 10:00am9/04/12 10:00am

For 25 Euros, you can be a (mildly) tortured Soviet political prisoner in Lithuania

Should you ever find yourself in the environs of Vilnius, Lithuania, you can sign up for 1984: The Survival Drama, a three-hour faux Soviet military interrogation, complete with former KGB guards looking to recapture the magic of the old days. 25€ will get you a three-hour regimen of belt-whippings, verbal abuse, and… »1/10/12 11:30am1/10/12 11:30am