‘WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?’ How a Brit doctor created CIA torture techniques with sick human experiments on mental patients
By Dan Hall
February 17, 2020
Psychiatrist Ewen Cameron
Brian Turley stood with a black bag on his head, his fingers numb from supporting the weight of his whole body against a cold cell wall.
He’d been made to stand in the agonising stress position in a Northern Irish interrogation centre for hours as deafening white noise was blasted at him — techniques designed to psychologically break him into revealing information.
Brian was one of 14 so-called “hooded men” who were rounded up by the British Army in 1971 when violence erupted during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
The horrific methods he was subjected to were designed to draw out confessions — and they’re still being used around the world today.
Although hundreds of suspected terrorists had been put in internment in Northern Ireland, 14 were selected to be subjected to a series of psychological interrogation techniques developed by the CIA during the 1950s.
“I thought they were going to kill us,” Brian said.
“Nine days of hell,” Brian says, “That’s all it was, nine days of hell.”
It was actually a Scottish psychiatrist, Dr Ewen Cameron, who led the research in developing the horrific methods in twisted experiments on the innocent patients in his care.
Cameron forced the patients in his care into radical “sensory deprivation” tests where they were restrained and blindfolded — and he even drugged them into comas for weeks.
Now a new documentary film, Eminent Monsters, seeks to tell how Cameron’s sick experiments led to the creation of torture methods that are still used to this day in Guantanamo Bay…