Dr. Susan Block

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  1. David Stocker
    12 · 18 · 14 @ 6:59 pm

    Dr Susan, I appreciate your articles in CP. Thanks for bringing these realities into focus.
    I struggle with the same…and sometimes end up writing songs. Thought you might appreciate this one, I’ve sung at SOA Watch and in Hebron.


  2. Thomas Golden
    12 · 14 · 14 @ 8:41 pm

    Dear Dr. Block; Read your column (forgot where), and enjoyed the humor and yet thoughtfulness. Several notions since reading about the torture events. I have thought that perhaps that the persons doing the torture (regardless of whether anal feeding, h2o boarding, etc) may have been CIA contractors, and not actual employees of the CIA. I am suggesting that since I have always felt that the ‘skin head mercenaries working for Blackwater (or equivalent) were psychotic and sexually disturbed. These men, and perhaps women truly love to kill. They are the real “stallones”. In fact, what I am most distressed about is that we have not had the testimony of the CIA staff. I would have liked the persons involved to have been interviewed, and testify on national television to tell their side of the story. I would love to hear how the chef decided on the anal recipe. How was the tube inserted and food stuff released. Did they have to change the recipe. Charming touch, the humus – very Moslem like. I would love to hear them recite chapter and verse of all that they did do – not what they didn’t do. I would not even ask them to describe ‘torture’. Just the facts, just the facts. What did the staff say to the prisoners about raping their mothers, or relatives. Who thought of the rape threats? What other “interrogation tactics” were employed that are in the larger report. Let us hear it all!! What were the actual sentences. Tell it to the camera – under oath. Of course I would like to know what information they obtained, but fuck it, who cares!!


    • Max
      12 · 15 · 14 @ 3:50 pm

      Nice, thanks.


  3. RAR
    12 · 14 · 14 @ 6:06 pm

    A good article on that form of abuse. George Orwell put it simply and directly: “The purpose of torture is torture” – in other words, it is for the entertainment of the torturer and his enablers. People who find it entertaining will always be able to use their imagination to invent stupidly new ways to cause pain.

    A country that encourages such people is in great danger.

    There are some, sadly few, reasons to hope. There was one reserve officer who was sent to Abu Ghraib and was ordered to have his men “soften up” the prisoners. He, a senior police officer in his primary employment, refused – “My men are 18 years old. If I tell them to soften up a prisoner they are going to get imaginative”.

    A man like that can have a significant influence. We should hope there are more like him.=


  4. Max
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 6:51 pm

    I’ve been in our prisons and jails and it’s not much different there than in our Gitmo prisons. Head slapping, sleep deprivation, beatings, cages, physic units, eating food off the floor, beating mentally afflicted people, isolation for years at the time, medical neglect and the list goes on and on. We’re talking about places like Twin Towers in downtown Los Angeles and other facilities around the country that hold millions of Americans in inhuman conditions. I’ve never heard of “anal food rape,” but maybe that was going on behind the warden’s door. America has become a brutal country after the downing of the Twin Towers and joins the league of rogue countries that use torture to keep its people in line.


  5. Bill Tate
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 3:06 pm

    Thanks for taking those American Mengales to task. I hope they read your piece. It’s almost as good as giving them a taste of their own EIT


  6. Lex Milana
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 2:44 pm

    Yeah, and it gets scarier when you look up the methods that they use for things like sleep deprivation.


  7. Lisa Bobula
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 2:39 pm


    • drsuzy
      12 · 13 · 14 @ 2:42 pm

      Interesting article by a CIA insider. Of course, bombing and killing thousands is worse than torturing a few, but that doesn’t excuse torture of any kind, let alone this fetishistic anal food rape. Neither does 9/11. I also agree that those Democrats who supported the wars and interrogation programs several years ago are being hypocritical now when they denounce all that–though better late than never!


  8. Anselm Hook
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 2:38 pm



  9. Polly Superstar
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 2:34 pm



  10. Greg
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 1:59 pm

    The Nazis used to kill 10 folks for every German soldier killed by the Resistance. America’s ratio for every American killed on 9/11 is hundreds of thousands of men women and children killed and yes let’s not count the torture of thousands at the hands of individual troops, allies and the CIA.


  11. Breathless in Gaza
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 1:51 pm

    Dear Blockhead,
    Oh stuff and nonsense. Torture is the American Way. It is practiced in the schools where kids who are unable to conform are being tortured, to most jobs where people are being confined as wage slaves and hemmed in by a bourgeois straight jacket (the name straight says it all) and finally in the scores of sadistic prisons. The slogan “I Can’t Breathe” is applicable to all sensitive souls suffering in this barbarian and totalitarian society. Read Fanon, Marcuse and Adorno and you will understand.
    Breathless in Gaza


    • drsuzy
      12 · 13 · 14 @ 2:00 pm

      Sure, every school since the dawn of human civilization has tried to “discipline” kids into conforming. So do most parents. Torture might be the American Way, and yes, I’ve suffered through the torture of reading Marcuse. “Life is suffering,” said the Buddha, but that doesn’t mean we should suffer fools like Jessen and Mitchell who got paid $81 million to shoot pasta up helpless prisoner’s butts.


  12. Jordan Walden
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 12:14 pm

    Terrific piece in Counterpunch. How can we be appalled at the so-called terrorists when our military methodically practices this kind of sexual abuse and torture?


  13. Will Gardner
    12 · 13 · 14 @ 11:56 am

    I just finished reading your article about the recent senate report on CIA torture and I find myself compelled to email you regarding its wildly inappropriate tone. I can’t fathom why you thought it would be a good idea to write amounts to a 1000 word rape joke about individuals who were violently abused and tortured for months or years. Let’s not forget some people died and many others will suffer lifelong emotional trauma from their experiences. It is well documented many of the the people who were taken to these sites were simply random innocent people who were kidnapped, presented as ‘important targets’ and sold to the CIA. These revelations are too important to trivialize.


    • drsuzy
      12 · 13 · 14 @ 12:09 pm

      Sorry you were offended by the frank language and humor of my article, Will but I deeply disagree with your assertion that it is a “rape joke” at the expense of the victims. Quite the opposite! Perhaps you didn’t read the whole article which pretty clearly ridicules the government-employed rapists committing these crimes, not the victims. There’s a big difference! People who commit such vile crimes should be exposed, named, criticized and yes, ridiculed. Ridicule, satire and parody are great tools to expose the wicked. And we should never lose our sense of humor in this crazy world of ours, especially when we can have a good laugh at the expense of evil government operatives.


    • Franco Benvenuto
      12 · 13 · 14 @ 1:02 pm

      Humor is the enlightenment of the darkness in the world. Make them laugh hard enough so they cry.


    • Steven W.
      12 · 13 · 14 @ 1:37 pm

      My mother used to say “Humor is better than Hummus”


  14. Michael Donnelly
    12 · 12 · 14 @ 10:30 pm

    I just saw a piece in a mainstream paper finally calling it “rape.” Dr Suzy was ahead of the game again, just like she was with Bill Cosby’s Sleeping Beauty fetish/somnophilia!


    • drsuzy
      12 · 12 · 14 @ 10:47 pm

      Thanks Michael. Just remember that FoxNews not giving me credit isn’t as bad as having hummus and nuts shot up my butt. Thanks also for sending the absolutely on-point Ted Rall cartoon above.


  15. Miette Rogue
    12 · 12 · 14 @ 4:52 pm

    I have a piece I want to right about this. well really I don’t even think I can write a whole piece it pisses me off so much. Along the lines of when MD”s participated in executions and recently the MD who was performing non-consensual birth control surgeries on women in prison. In short, not a lick of medical necessity (and in fact, no offense, total bullshit…) and those MD’s should be dishonorably discharged, followed by having their medical license revoked.


  16. David Rosen
    12 · 12 · 14 @ 4:13 pm

    Loved your piece in CP today! We live in scary times with some really sick f*cks running the country! Great article!


  17. Don Paschal
    12 · 12 · 14 @ 1:57 pm

    The first I heard of this was playing a clip from the Daily Show, in which Shepard Smith (God bless him) detailed the anal insertion of food for these prisoners in graphic detail. For one of the few times in that show’s history, there was no laughter or any audience reaction.

    These are things the we expected from the Nazis or Communist Russia in the height of the Cold War. This goes beyond that. To be worse than Hitler you would have to go some, and the Cheney crew who CONTROLLED George W. Bush went there and further.

    And before we complain about this being done “in our name,” consider that there are many people who are supporting this who vote. They will tell you that we have no right to complain since the people WE torture cut off people’s heads. On video. Using HD technology. I stop right there…I like living.

    The bottom line is that the principles that The Bonobo Way teaches need to be spread. This is the reason. Because the gentle creatures Dr. Suzy champions would never do these things. And if we can do this, and we DID come from primates, we DEvolved, not the other way around.


  18. jack nice
    12 · 12 · 14 @ 12:06 am

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, far more horrific things were done, but those will never see the light of day, unless one of the survivors writes about it. When we starting bringing in Nazi scientists to fight the Soviets after WWII we opened a Pandora’s box that keeps getting wider and wider in scope.


  19. Bella Hernandez
    12 · 11 · 14 @ 9:53 pm

    Painfully hilarious analysis of a military run amuck. Thank you for always providing the sanest perspectives on America’s sickest situations, Dr. Block. So funny!


  20. Goddess Maya
    12 · 11 · 14 @ 9:38 pm

    Can the CIA get any crazier…? Guess not & this proves it. Just Plain N-A-S-T-Y!


  21. Carlo, Portofino, Italy
    12 · 11 · 14 @ 8:46 pm

    Of course one should make sure to include some garlic and the pasta should be authentic semolino duro. I don’t know that for this poop hole feeding I would include cayenne pepper, but then again the prisoners might spill the beans faster.

    And these to aguys, these guys, Drs. Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, a.k.a., Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar should be tried like the Nazis were. 80 million dollars? Mi fa piangere.


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