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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 023. 1956-12. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/652.

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Facts Forum. (1956-12). Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 023. Facts Forum News, 1955-1956. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/652

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript regulations that allowed them to arrest anyone, put him on trial, and sentence him to any work camp, without publicity. If the individual objected, they could put on the brainwashing screws and exact a confession. Normal people in the free world refused to believe such barbarities. What is scarcely appreciated even yet is that these vast slave establishments are a vital part of the brainwashing strategy. Communist Russia was able to keep brainwashing secret by its thorough control of information, which made an isolated island out of every man and office in the Soviet Union. No individual or bureau dared communicate with another except through approved channels. When the Chinese mainland fell to the Communists, brainwashing began to be employed in a slipshod and roughhouse manner as a national policy against the whole population. Security was sacrificed in this reckless, unskilled use of it On a tremendous scale. The secret that Moscow had guarded successfully at its front door in Europe slipped Out through the back door in China. J A year or so after I began hearing about brainwashing from the Chinese, I began to discuss it with white people who had gone through the process in Red China. I had Seen some brainwashed Americans briefly after they had left the mainland; then again, perhaps more than a year afterward, at home in America. They were now capable of analyzing what had happened to them. What struck me Was the similarity of their experiences, not only to one another but to that of the Chinese whom I had previously Interviewed. Later I met people who had gone through brainwashing in the Communist satellite countries of Europe. Except for the change in locale, details corresponded exactly. There was no doubt about the pattern; the strategy was the same everywhere. America Is Alerted The free world began to hear strange reports from the Communist-operated prisoner-of-war camps in North Korea. Broadcasts were heard in voices recognized as those of normal young men in American, British, and other xJN forces. The voices belonged to these men, but the language did not. Pro-Communist publications began to tarry purported confessions and grotesquely-worded state- lients said to have been signed by these soldiers in support of whatever propaganda appeal international communism was making at the moment. Peking went on the air to boast that a group of UN soldiers, mostly American. had decided to remain inside the Red orbit, not go back to their respective lands. This, and statements made by Released p.o.w.'s revealing how they had been brain- fashed, tore the lid off, forced facts into the open. What they said was exactly the same, detail for detail, as what had been related to me by Chinese civilians, by white civilians in China, and by Americans and Europeans who had suffered the same atrocities in Eastern Europe. The American public had reason lor alarm ancl shock. Never before had the citizens of a rich land such as the United States, beneficiaries of the highest standard of "ving that the earth had ever seen, elected to stay in an ptremely backward, dreadfully impoverished country, sUpposedly out of preference for its way of life. It led the American people to self-examination of their own charae- fer and moral defenses. The unbridled denunciation ol -heir own country — obviously manufactured and parroted P- by young Americans whom the Reds had carefully SrA< is l-'om \i News, December, 1956 Dr. Ivan Pctrovich Pavlov (1849-19361, Russian physiologist, whose laboratory experiments on dogs were appropriated by Lenin, Stalin, & Co., in attempts to create the "new Soviet man." SSII-! WORLD PHOTO picked from widely separate parts of the United States, shocked the public out of lethargy. These- young expatriates spoke and acted as if under hypnotic spell. The information I had been gathering con- \ iiiced me that some form of mass hypnosis was part of the lied technique. I met many men who had stood up marvelously against exceedingly tough blows and had survived honorably. They frequently seemed .it a loss to explain how they had done it. Simple, down-to-earth truths had been their pillars ol strength. The fundamental lads were the same, whether related by a civilian or by a soldier from China or Korea or by someone from East Europe. My research brought me into contact with some of the I 1.0(1(1 Chinese in tin- United Nations' p.o.w. camps who steadily refused repatriation to Heel China. These stalwart soldiers had succeeded in one of the strangest, most heroic- struggles lor freedom the world had ever witnessed. They had pitted themselves, with only their desperation to support them, against the most cunning ancl rigorous pressures that obdurate minds could devise to force them back into the embrace of communism. To be successful, brainwashing depends fundamentally on the subject's ignorance ol it. When understood, the worst that the Red laboratories can produce may be thwarted b\- the character of the free man. When tech- niques of Communist brainwashing become common know ledge, the system xxill either be shattered completely in made so difficult and costly to the Reds that the game will hardly be worth the candle. Man and Dog Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, eminent Russian physiologist, performed interesting experiments xxith clogs. He con- ceived of physiology as mankind's servant, not its master. His purpose, lie always insisted, was to discover basic laws in physiology which would help medical science heal the afflictions of the human body and work toward the avoidance nl mental disorders. Nothing he ever said indicated that he entertained any such hideous concept as mind control. Moscow academies' reports repeatedly insisted that Pavlov had intended his "strictly objective method of investigation" to be applied to man as well as to beast. Regarding Pavlov's experiments, "there is a growing appre- Page 21
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