COINTELPRO Journal #3

The author of the book “Social Exclusion” reports that stigmatization and consequential exclusion are observed against schizophrenic illnesses. He analyzes that this exclusion occurs not just because of the lack of information, prejudice or misconceptions; the ultimate cause is deeply rooted in the culture (Bonner, 2006, p.129). The tendency to alienate deviant individuals from the society might be a human nature. Furthermore, as I discussed in the previous Journals #1 and #2, evil people do exist, and they use this tendency to exclude people unfavorable to the majority—soemtimes, by labeling fake diagnosis of mental illnesses. Besides, pharmaceutical corporations take advantage of our ignorance to mental health for their commercial purpose. As I mentioned earlier in my previous journal, never had I imagined that I would be institutionalized to a psychiatric hospital out of the blue moon one day in my life. It is too naïve to assume that mental health issues will be irrelevant to our life. Hence, we need to correctly understand the facts about mental health care rather than run away from the reality.

As a matter of fact, concerning alcohol dependence, Bonner, the author of the book “Social Exclusion” indicates some shocking statistics: “Alcohol-dependent individuals are 60 to 100 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population” (Bonner, 2006). Nonetheless, the ultimate problem is not alcohol itself, but psychological struggles that these individuals in trouble hold. In fact, Belmont University’s website, which advocates suicide prevention, emphasizes: “Most people who commit suicide don't want to die—they just want to stop hurting” (www.belmont.edu, 2012). After all, unless their psychological struggles are solved as the fundamental problem, alcohol dependence and suicidal attempts will relapse.   

 For the last, Bonner briefly refers to the relationship between substance misuse and personality disorders. However, he overlooks the fundamental social problem of people with personality disorders, especially anti-social personality disorder. As a renowned study of anti-social personality disorder, Martha Stout’s book “The Sociopath Next Door” points at the fact that it is not uncommon for American society to “include” the sociopaths in the community, as the book title implies. Why are they accepted despite of the harmful personality? Ironically, as Bonner mentions, motivation for “exclusion” of schizophrenics is deeply rooted in the Western culture – Likewise, the motivation for “inclusion” of sociopaths is also deeply embedded in the American culture. In other words, some values of the American culture share symptoms of anti-social personality disorder (Stout, 2005).

In addition to the sociopath-inclusive society discussed above, comparatively strong narcissism is observed among Americans. People with narcissism hardly allow criticizing their own culture. As a matter of fact, high self-esteem can cause narcissism. The book “Personality: Theory and Research” illustrates a psychological mechanism of how people maintain high self-esteem. The research exemplifies the Americans' strategies: “They compare themselves to others who are not doing well, they blame others for personal failure, and they lower the perceived importance of activities on which they cannot perform competently” (Pervin, et al, 2010). For example, Pervin points out that Big Five, or five bipolar dimensions of personality assessment, misses one important factor, that is, honesty. Hence, six-factor model was newly advocated by Ashton, et al, which includes honesty/humility. Nonetheless, currently Big Five is still widely used by American Psychology Association and other organizations (Pervin, 2010, p.278) –as if Americans lower the perceived importance of not being deceitful. In fact, deception is the name of the game in organized stalking crime (COINTELPRO), which is nation-widely prevailed in America today. Probably, many Americans would get upset if they read this description. It is important to realize that such attitude is an exact example of narcissism. For understanding mental problems properly and constructing mentally healthier society, bitter medicine is indispensable.      

 

    

References

 

Belmont University. (2012) Suicide Prevention: Spotting the Signs and Helping a Suicidal Person. [https://my.belmont.edu/mybelmont/student_life/counseling/pdf/suicide_prevention.pdf] Retrieved on Oct. 18, 2012.

 

Bonner, A. (2006). Social exclusion and the way out: An individual and
community response to human social dysfunction
. Chichester, England:
John Wiley & Sons.

 

Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. A. (2010). Personality: Theory and research. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

 

Stout, M. (2005). The Sociopath Next Door: The ruthless versus the rest of us. New York: Broadway Books.

COINTELPRO Journal #2

In the previous journal #1, I reported fake diagnoses of psychiatric disease. From my experience and research, it is real that psychiatrists are used to fabricate schizophrenia so that politicians can silence opposing people, maintain their power, and control over the thoughts and actions of citizens. As a matter of fact, when I was instituionalized at a psychiatric hospital, the common question I was always asked was:”You do not look mentally ill at all. Why are you here?”– I wondered if I should act more schizophrenic for them; that might be easier than explaining my complicating situation.

Nonetheless, it is good for me to live in the community as a fabricated schizophrenic. Since organized stalking is an international organized crime, in the U.S. as well, groups of stalkers along with corrupted police officers, fire fighters and so on still continue stalking, harrassing and torturing me covertly everyday in order to make me look like a person with “paranoia-schizophrenia.” However, now no one close to me believes that I am insane. Merely some naive people who do not know me well seem to be deceived by the organized stalkers’ disinformation that I am a schizophrenic. Thus, I can inform the community of the government’s such an evil-doing although it took me years of patience to prove that I am rather a rational person compared with other people. From the next paragraph, I would like to further discuss the problems in mental disease medication. Also responding to the problematic circumstances of mental medicare, I will consider what I can and should contribute through my volunteer job in the last of the journals.

Bonner, the author of “Social Exclusion” articulates the nature of neuron itself, and explains complicating sytems of neurons to the details in chapter 7. Incidentally, last week I happened to study “neuroplasticity” simultaneously in another psychology class and Buddhism class. Neuroplasticity is the most recent big discovery in neuroscience which proved that ‘Mind can even change the structure of brain.” Therefore, when I saw some illustrations of neurons and synapse in chapter 7of Bonner’s book, I expected that he would also cover this hottest theory, neuroplsticity, in regard to maladaptive behaviors.

However, despite of abundant neuroscientific terms, he seems to avoid ascertation that mind can change brain. Rather, his conclusions as a medical doctor rely more on biological basis as the chapter title indicates “Neurobiological basis of maladaptive behaviours.” He mainly discusses how pharmacological therapy could possibly be effective on maladaptive behaviors. In fact, his stance looks in favor of pharmaseutical industry’s interest, which created huge controverses.

There are several issues pointed out as problems of biological basis medication on mental illnesses. First of all, for a commercial purpose, pharmaseutical companies interven with psychiatric diagnoses. Takahiro Tozaki, a well-known victim of organized stalking crime, recently updated his thesis in his website “Nihongo dewa shirasarenai seishin-igaku no uso” (The deception of psychiatry which is never reported in Japanese language). He analyzes the commercial aspect of the secret crime of organized stalking, citing a renowned American medical doctor, Marcia Angell’s work, “Once upon a time, drug companies promote drugs to treat diseases. Now it is often the opposite. They promote diseases to fit their drugs.” (Tozaki, 2009; Angell, 2004) According to Angell’s research, Eli Lily, an international pharmaseutical corporation, made up new name, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, for a women’s stressful state prior to menstrual. Their purpose was to promote the sale of Prozac, anti-depression medicine. The company merely changed the color of the pill, put the new name, Sarafem, instead of Prozac, and sold it for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder with raised price. (Angell, 2004)

Secondly, due to rapid advance in neuroscience and development of technologies, each field of the mental problem studies has been too much specialized. Thus, “the various disciplines are becoming less accessible to researchers in other disciplines” as Bonner acknowledges (99). Consequently, the process of psyphiatrist’s diagnoses also became esoteric, which partly led to their fake diagnoses abused by immoral politicians. Concerning this issue, another worldly famous medical doctor, Thomas Szasz, once confessed:” Schizophrenia is so vaguely diagnosed that, in actuality, it is a term often applied to any kinds of behavior of which the speaker disapproves” (CCHR, 2012).

Thirdly, despite of the advance in scientific research on mental diseases, the true causes for maladaptive behaviors are atill undetermined. In other words, psychiatric studies are yet merely a cluster of hypotheses. Bonner implicitly admits this fact by expressing his ambiguous attitude in the sentences in his book. For example, he says: the study of molecular on mental health issues “are still yet to be elucidated” (116); deficiency in monoamine as a cause of depression “remains to be explored” (116); and biological processes of alcoholism “still need to be resolved” (118). Hence, a problem becomes clear that pharmaseutical corporations interfere with pharmacological therapy for their own interest, taking advantages of ambiguous conclusions of biological basis studies on mental problems.

  Lastly, even if some psychiatrists’ diagnoses are not faked, and assuming that pharmacological therapy does have an actual effect, there is still a problem. As Bonner explains, these medications are usually very expensive since its development involves expensive laboratory experiments. Thus, pharmacological treatments are often not available to economically disadvantaged people. Accordingly, socially excluded people are trapped in vicious circle.

Therefore, I would like to make contribution as a volunteer to socially excluded people. To support people in need without being paid, I write two blogs and join as editor a database blog, “Unprecedented Human Rights Violations.” In addition, I physically participate in volunteer work in the community. After all, sufferings of truly socially excluded people are hardly visible to the public. Shedding a light on the dark side of our society is my goal.

 

    References

Angell, M. (2004). The truth about the drug companies: How they deceive us and what to do about it. New York: Random House.

Bonner, A. (2006). Social exclusion and the way out: An individual and
community response to human social dysfunction. Chichester, England:
John Wiley & Sons.
 

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR). (2012) Retrieved on Oct. 11, 2012. [http://www.cchr.org/about-us/what-is-cchr.html]

心と脳の問題

前回(#1)、私は精神疾病の偽診断をレポートした。私の経験と調査から判断して、政治家達が反対者を黙らせ、彼等の権力を維持し、市民の行動や考えをコントロールできるようにするために、精神科医達の統合失調症の捏造が利用されているのは現実である。実際、私が精神病院に収容された際、私がいつも聞かれたことは:「あなたは全然心を病んでいるように見えないが、何故ここにいるの?」という質問だった。なんなら、もっと“精神分裂”っぽく演技してあげたほうがいいかな、とも思った。そのほうが、私の置かれた複雑な状況をいちいち説明するより、面倒くさくないかもしれない、と。

そうはいっても、捏造された統合失調症者として地域で生活することは私にとっては良いことである。組織化されたストーキングは国際的な組織犯罪なので、米国でも同様に、腐敗した警官・消防官その他の者らが未だに私に対し毎日、陰湿に、ストーキングや嫌がらせして私を苦しめ、私が被害妄想系統合失調症者と見えるような工作を続けている。けれども現在私の身近な人で、私が精神異常と考えている人は誰もいない。ただ、私のことをよく知らず、また騙されやすい人達のなかに、組織化されたストーカーグループがばら撒く、私が精神異常だとの故意の誤報に欺かれている者がいるにすぎない。こうして私は、政府の悪質な行いについてコミュニティの他の人々に情報提供ができるようになった。ただし、私が他人と比べて、むしろ理性的な人間であるということを証明するのに数年の忍耐を要したのであるが。

さてこの稿に於いては、精神疾患医療の問題について更に検討したい。さらに、この問題に応え、私がクラスプロジェクトでのボランティア活動を通じて何ができそして寄与すべきかを考えていきたい。

 

『社会的疎外』の著者ボナーは、まず神経そのものの性質について明らかにし、また神経の複雑なシステムについて、第7章に詳述している。因みに先週私はたまたま 感情の心理学”“瞑想と科学の両クラスで同時に「神経可塑性」について学んだ。「神経可塑性」は最近の神経科学における大きな発見で、心は脳の構造さえ変えることが出来ることを証明したものである。故に私はボナーの本の7章の中でいくつかの神経とシナプスのイラストを見た時、この著者もまた、今話題の理論「神経可塑性」を、(社会的)不適合行為についての議論と絡めながら扱うのではないかと期待した。

然し、あふれんばかりの神経科学用語を用いながらも、著者は「心が脳を変えることが出来る」との断言を避けているようにみえる。むしろ彼の結論は神経生物学に基く不適合行為の考察という章タイトルが示すように、病理医として生物学的な根拠に、より信頼を置いている。著者が論じているのは、どのような薬物療法が不適合行為者の治療に効果が期待できるかが中心である。実は彼の立場は、製薬会社の利益に適うものであり、これが大きな論争を巻き起こすこととなった。

生物学に基づく精神疾病の薬物療法の問題として指摘されている、いくつかの論点がある。まず、製薬会社は商業目的で精神病診断に干渉している。組織的ストーキング犯罪の被害者として、よく知られたトザキタカヒロ氏は最近、彼のウェブサイトにおいて「日本語では知らされない精神医学の嘘」という論文を掲載した。彼は極秘犯罪としての組織的ストーキングを商業的側面から分析し、高名なアメリカの病理医マルシアエンジェルの著作から次のことを引用している。

COINTEPRO Journal #1

In fall of 2009 when I attended seven-day ritual at the local Buddhist temple, an old Taiwanese lady talked to me in Japanese after the ancestor-worshipping ceremony on the last day. She had been a lay member of this temple for a long time, thus, she attended this ceremony so many times. She told me that every year she looked forward to attending this so that she could “apologize to her diseased mother.” Before her mother passed away at the hospital, she implored to let her go back home for at least one day before she died. However, her daughter could not make it happen probably because the doctor did not permit it. Since then the old Taiwanese lady regretted that for years until now.

Her story reminded me of my mother, who died of cancer when I was seven. She also implored to go back home. Since the doctor already knew that she was in the terminal stage, my mother was allowed to stay at home just one night. I slept on her futon that night. As a matter of fact, once I was also hosoitalized for 1.5 months with no permission to go out, so I know how desperately hospitalized patients miss their own home, too.

 Under these circumstances England started a reform called “Care in the Community” in London in 1990 (Bonner, 2006). Since that time patients isolated in psychiatric facilities were moved into the community. This reform of psychiatric medication is a welcome progress to the socially excluded patients. The similar movement was seen in Italy, and they progressed even more. The Italian government decided to deconstruct all the psychiatric hospitals and started to treat psychiatric patients in the same manner as other patients.

This movement brought another benefit to the societies. It reduced the threat of politicians who abuse psychiatrists’ authority for socially excluding innocent people for a political reason. According to thorough investigation of Gordon Thomas, the author of “Journey Into Madness,” as of late 1980’s, in over ninety countries including Japan and the U.S., psychiatrists put false clinical labels on people who opposed official policies. Those psychiatrists provided fake diagnoses to make politically unfavorable people look “insane” legitimately. Thomas points out that by using psychiatrists who fabricate schizophrenia, politicians silenced opposing people, maintained power, and controlled over the thoughts and actions of citizens (Thomas, 1989). Similar reports were published by an English psychiatrist, Dr. Carole Smith and Former Chief Medical Officer of Finland, Dr. Rauni Kilde (Smith, 2003; Kilde, 1999).  

Believe it or not, I am the one who was diagnosed for schizophrenia and was forcedly institutionalized when I pointed at the existence of organized stalkers. In fact, I have been stalked until now by a number of citizens both in Japan and the U.S. who look similar to group stalkers operated by the secret police, Stasi, in East-Germany. They started harassing me harshly when I tried to reveal the case of my father who was killed by secret crime.

 In the middle of December, 2005, I was eating dinner in a restaurant, when seven to eight police officers came in to take me into custody. Before I entered the restaurant, I talked to a woman who was stalking me as an organized stalker. I asked her to admit it and stop such an evil action. She denied the fact that she was stalking me and called the police. Although I had already gone to the police stations a number of times to ask for investigation of organized stalking crime, the police kept refusing it for unknown reason. In fact, most of the human rights activists who help the victims of this secret crime point out that the police usually ignore victims’ claim or even collude to deny the exsistence of organized stalking crime and refer the victims to psychiatrist.

    As mentioned above, concerning the issue of organized stalking, I kept contact with some police officers at the local police station (Chōfu-sho, Yamaguchi PrefecturalPolice), asking them to accept my report as criminal case. This time as well I explained to the police officers who came to the restaurant that I was a victim of organized stalking crime. Then, one of the detectives offered me to finally accept my report if I went to the police station with them. I agreed, but it was a deception. Without interrogation, they put me into a cell which is usually used to detain criminals. I could tell how terribly the detctive, as a person in power, looked down on ordinary citizens.

 However, since many of the police officers at the station already knew my face and name, they seemed to be aware of what was going on behind the scene. They were arguing in a raged voice for a while. I heard one officer yelling at another officer to protest for me: “How dare can you do such a thing. Hayashi (my name) already knows everything!”  When I was put into a tiny cell with a small dimmed light, I stopped at the entrance and said to the officers: “I did nothing wrong. People will know the truth in ten or twenty years.” The officers nodded: “Right.” Then I calmly asserted: “I am not crazy.” I saw the officers’ face turning nervous at the moment. They did not nod or say anything any more. Having nothing to do in the cell, I sat on the floor and did meditation. I imagined how it would feel to be jailed as political prisoner such as Mahatma Gandhi.      

  The next day I had to see four psychiatrists from morning till evening, repeating the same questions and answers to determine if I was truly insane. In fact, this process was nothing but a farce, too. No matter how rationally, logically, and calmly I explained my situation, their diagnoses seemed the same - schizophrenia. Moreover, I happened to see the police report about me, which the doctor carelessly put on the desk in front of me. The content of the report which the police wrote was nothing but fabrication. The police exaggerated my words and behavior to make me look seriously insane. They even made up stories and reported what I never said as my words. I pointed out this fact to the doctor, but he just smiled and ignored my claim.

In the room there was a social worker with an evil look on his face standing beside doctors as if making sure that the doctors diagnose me as schizophrenia.  In the third diagnosis I was so exhausted that I said to the doctor before I answered his questions, “Whatever I say, you will diagnose me as schizophrenia. What is the point in answering your questions?”  Suddenly, the social worker interrupted us with an upset voice: “Shut up! Such words are exactly the symptom of schizophrenia!” That day I was sent to a psychiatrist hospital, Shigemoto-byoin, in Yamaguchi prefecture.

 In the afternoon at the loby of the hospital, I saw again the two detectives who escorted me there. I told them about the false police report on me and asked who wrote it. In a moment their face became tense and they walked away immediately without saying anything. Later I told the chief doctor about this incident. He just smiled and said: “That is what the police usually do.”

Since that day, I am legally and officially a person with “serious schizophrenia” unless the prefectural government repeals it in the future. Now you may understand why I have a hard time finding a steady job and never get married until this age of 42. Nonetheless, it is good for me to live in the community as a person with fabricated diagnosis of schizophrenia. Since organized stalking is an international organized crime, in the U.S. as well, groups of stalkers along with corrupted police officers, fire fighters, my university students and so on still continue stalking, harrassing and torturing me covertly everyday in order to make me look like a person with paranoia-schizophrenia. However, now no one close to me believes that I am insane. Merely some naive people who do not know me well seem to be deceived by the organized stalkers’ disinformation that I am a schizophrenic. Thus, I can inform the community of the government’s such an evil-doing although it took me years of patience to prove that I am rather a rational person compared with other people.

Turning back to my episode in the hospital, that year I had to spend Christmas and New Year’s days in the psychiatric hospital. Nonetheless, I largely enjoyed my new experience as “insane” person. Shortly I made friends with many other patients. Some had diagnoses as depression, attempting suicide several times; some - anti-social personality disorder and some were thought to be schizophrenics, like me. The common question they always asked me was:”You do not look mentally ill at all. Why are you here?”– I wondered if I should act more schizophrenic for them; that might be easier than explaining my complicating situation. In fact, there I saw one lady, who did not seem insane at all, either. She told me that although she knew she was not mentally sick, she volunteered to be hospitalized. She said that she was tired of being victimized by organized stalking, so she “chose to be diagnosed as schizophrenia.”

  My happiest time in the hospital was playing cards on my bed with hospital mates after dinner until the lights went off at 9:00pm. Even after we were released from the hospital, I organized “reunion,” and went to karaoke pubs together and visited some of their houses. Having said so, one thing I desperately hoped for while being in the hospital was to return home immediately even if it may be for a short time.

I learned two important things from this bizarre experience. Firstly, hospitalized patients desperately miss outside life. Therefore, friends or family members’ visits cheer up such socially excluded people greatly. Secondly, respect for patients is crucially important. Since I officially became diagnosed with “schizophrenia,” when someone treats me as the same person, I deeply appreciate it. On the contrary, when someone ignores the dignity of people who are not in power, like the detective who put me into custody did, it hurts my heart severely. Bearing this in mind, I would like to help other people in need as respectfully and friendly as possible as my volunteer job.    

 

 

References


Bonner, A. (2006). Social exclusion and the way out: An individual and
community response to human social dysfunction. Chichester, England:John Wiley & Sons.

 

Smith, C. (2007) On the Need for New Criteria of Diagnosis of Psychosis in the Light of Mind Invasive Technology, Global Research, October 18, 2007.

Kilde, R. (1999) Microchip Implants, Mind Control, and Cybernetics, SPEKULA (3rd Quarter).

 

Thomas, G. (1989) Journey into Madness: Medical Torture and the Mind Controllers. London: Corgi.

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The Writer of 『拝啓 ギャングストーカー犯罪者の皆様』(Dear COINTELPRO Criminals) and <集団ストーカーの死> The Death of Gangstalker; also Co-Editor of 「新しいタイプの人権侵害・暴力」 Unprecedented Human Rights Violation

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