Throughout the human history, countless wars have taken place. Even in the present world, terrorism is ubiquitous.
And the most significant asset in these businesses is information. Be it the Pharaohs of Egypt or the equivalents of CIA and KGB, all of them have been known to practice several blood-curdling techniques in the past to extract the valuable information their prisoners might have been holding.
With the advent of media, most of these practices came to an end but there are still many such methods that are used even today to torment the captured prisoners.
Read on to know about a few of them.
Companionship is the most important aspect of one's life after nourishment and shelter. Of course, being alone at times is preferable, but make it forced and permanent, and you'll go cuckoo. It might seem very basic method at first but mind you, isolating the prisoner and providing no mental stimulation such as books, television, internet, etc. is one of the most brutal practices ever known to mankind.
In this method a prisoner's face is covered with a towel and water is slowly poured over the face targeting the breathing passages in order to simulate the feeling of drowning. You can imagine how intense this method can be.
Apparently, Indian Police have also been known to use it as a common technique to question tough criminals.
Most of these approaches are a result of the research done by the militaries to protect their own soldiers if they ever became prisoners. In fact, 'Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape'(SERE) training was designed in such a way that the soldiers would not give away sensitive information to their enemies in case they got captured.
This method is practiced very commonly to extract information from the prisoners. The injuries caused by the shocks include burns on the skin, heart failure and breathing problems.
It is frequently used even by police around the world in the form of teasers.
When we don't get to sleep for hours beyond our sleeping time in the busy schedule, we get cranky. Sleeping is important as we spend a quarter of our 24 hours cycle doing it.
Depriving a prisoner of sleep is one of the most efficient ways to torture him. They tend to crack readily after only a few days of such a practice.
Imagine a prison full of aggressive murderers who have made peace with the fact that they are gonna die inside. They have been through enough in their lives to be swayed by mere rules of the prison. For such hard prisoners, organized fights are known to have been set up by the jail authorities.
You don't fight a guy, you get hurt and might die. You fight and hurt someone, you have to live with them till the end. Smart move, I must say.
There is a reason why humans get irritated by noise. It is because our brain cannot process it. Make it loud and continuous, and it's equal to with tremendous pain.
Every once in a while we come across bad food and choose not to ingest it. But you see, that's the key word, 'choose.' We have that liberty to choose what we consume.
As it turn out, at a prison in the US, inmates actually reformed their behavior and begged the jail authorities to change the quality of the food promising to behave properly. This is because prisoners get wounded very frequently and hence need to be capable enough to survive at least.
Drugs are not fun. Probably, it won't affect you immediately but it'll get you hooked on it. You overdose – you die. You don't find the drugs – you go through horrible withdrawal which is no easier than death itself.
In the 1960's, there was a dedicated state-sponsored albeit illegal program run by the CIA, Project MKUltra. Also referred to as the CIA's mind control program, it was a series of experiments on human subjects that were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture, in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind-control.
Still complaining about your life? Be glad that you have never been tortured!