TORTURE VICTIM: YOU WILL BE SEEN AS AN ENEMY

Dr. Angela Hegarty said the following about Jose Padilla who was just found guilty of conspiring to commit murder:

"What happened at the brig was essentially the destruction of a human being's mind. That's what happened at the brig. His personality was deconstructed and reformed.

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And essentially, like many abuse victims, whether it's torture survivors or battered women or even children who are abused by parents, as long as the parents or the abuser is in control in their minds, essentially they identify with the primary aims of the abuser. And all abusers, whoever they are, have one absolute requirement, and that is that you keep their secret. I mean, it's common knowledge that people who abuse children or women will say, 'Look at what you made me do,' putting the blame on the victim, trying to instill guilt. 'People will judge you. People will think you're crazy if you tell them about this. You will be an enemy. You will be seen as an enemy. You will be seen as a bad person if this comes out. There will be dire and terrible consequences, not only for you.' Jose was very, very concerned that if torture allegations were made on his behalf, that somehow it would it interfere with the government's ability to detain people at Guantanamo, and this was something he couldn't sign onto. He was very identified with the goals of the government."

Juan Gonzalez asked, "And what was the reason for wanting to have him sign his name John Doe?"

Dr. Hegarty responded by saying, "He's no longer a person. He's no longer an individual. There will be no record that he was ever there, that the interrogators — this is from my knowledge of torture around the world — that the interrogators essentially will be absolutely immune to any accountability."

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