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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 029. 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/658.

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Facts Forum. (1956-12). Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956 - File 029. Facts Forum News, 1955-1956. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/699/show/658

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date December 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • 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 right down to a man's subconscious and offer him new life, rebirth. In accordance with the teachings of dialectical materialism, the inevitability of Communist world victory is part of brainwashing. The visit made to Red China in late 1954 by British Labor Party leaders xxas exploited by the Beds as part of this hopelessness-inevitability line. Clement Atlee and Aneurin Bevan walked through the cynically-named Model Reform Prison at Peking without seeing or talking to the inmates. Absolutely no contact was allowed between tllem. A number of American and British prisoners ancl eminent Chinese were within its walls at the time, having endured torture for months and even years. The visit to their prison by these VIP's xxas made the subject of so-called discussion meetings, obligatory everywhere inside Communist countries. The- Heels interpreted it as obvious proof that there was no sense- any longer for these prisoners to hope that they could obtain help or sympathy from outside. Discussion has no object in the- Heel language — you just discuss. To the Heels, discussion means going over the Same thing again anil again until your eyes swim ancl you "eel vein are spinning endlessly. Psychological tortures thought up by the Heels have something mad about them, as if they follow prescriptions Written by a doctor gone insane. Take the case of the foreign missionary who xxas led each day into a courtyard •n China, his hands manacled. He xvas put into a big Fater jug, the kind used where plumbing i.s unknown, into Which he could just fit, squatting. Water was then poured slowly into tbe jug. He never knew where the level would stop. Sometimes at his ankles, anel he would wait for more. Sometimes to the tip of his nose; he had to strain hard to keep his head out, even so swallowing some. Violence was an element in brainwashing. Outright bloody violence ranged from head-smashing and a kick in tlie groin (haphazard blows delivered in uninhibited rage) to modern laboratory refinements of these ancient tortures. The latter have immensely more deviltry in them. The refined tortures of ancient China have been revived with Modern psychological frills. Threatened punishment of loved ones on the Chinese and Korean mainland was the- most effective tactic to force cooperation with the Heel underground. I began W Major David F. MacGhee sports a full beard at Freedom Village, Korea, after his repatriation. He had written on the wall of his icy cell a message which was destined to bolster the morale of later occupants. WIDE WORLD PHOTO Pacts Forum News, December, 1956 hearing about families seized as hostages a year before this practice became world news. Ghastly pressure was put on the p.o.w.'s. The UN xxas "embarrassed" by thc desire of captured Reels to stay on our side. Selwyn Lloyd, speaking for the British Government, said that the UN Command wanted "as fexx people as possible" to refuse to go back to Communist China. Widely quoted by the Chinese Beds, this fitted neatly into their brainwashing pressures, along with the abandonment by the UN of supervision over p.o.w. enclosures to Red agents. Intensification of Cruelty An ideology so ruthlessly materialistic as communism would be at variance with its own philosophy if it failed to make use of drugs and hypnotism. In special cases. when the mind is so strong-willed that death would come before submission to ordinary brainwashing tactics, drugs anel hypnotism have been used. Brain-changing is a word which specifically refers to the complete job of alteration in thinking, brought about by treatment hitherto identified with a doctor's prescription or a surgeon's scalpel. Cardinal Mindszenty underwent brain-changing; that is how his vigorous mind was bent. Information obtained through the most persistent inquiry reveals that drugs and hypnotism were used on the Cardinal. The extent to which these additional pressures have been employed by Bed China is not known. China still lacks the specialists who are at the beck ancl call of Lubianka Prison in Moscow, but is known to be working to overcome this inadequacy, with the help of Soviet Bussian advisers. I was told about the use of drugs by two victims: Robert T. Bryan, American lawyer in Shanghai; and Lieutenant John A. Ori, a p.o.w. in Korea. Drugs weaken a man's resistance and constitute a valuable auxiliary in hypnotism. We have a limited knowledge of this subject generally. The extraordinary Red stress on confession betrays the extreme importance they attach to it; it i.s indispensable to communism. The meaning in confession, as the Reds use- it, is agreement with the rules laid down, hence submission to the existing hierarchy. The Reds have made it the most vital part of their control mechanism. Communists well know the corrosive effects of repetition on a man's mind and reactions. Nothing is more opposed by the Communists than the freedom to be silent. Everyone in a people's discussion must speak up. Everyone must express a Communist point of view in his oxvn words; must then repeat each tiny bit of dogma until it becomes spontaneous. The last thing that captured IN troops expected in Korea was to come up against a school atmosphere. The study chamber was in a freezing Korean house, or outside in subzero weather. A lecture lasted at least four hours. The p.o.w.'s usually xxore thin fatigues, were always cold ancl hungry. Many died. Attendance xxas "voluntary" — those who failed to show up were not fed. Those who failed to join in the discussion were beaten, some to death. The fiercest penalties were for those who failed to confess; but after it xx as all over, those who had given in easily got as bad treatment as those who had resisted. The Reds hammered thc point that captured UN soldiers were war criminals, not mere prisoners. Each was a sinner against the Marxist faith. So everyone had to confess. Page 27 i
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