Ok, ok… So somewhere along the line there has been a misunderstanding… Or us wielders of the secret hypnotic powers have really been rumbled here…

Please just imagine the scene… A man has his arms and legs bound to a chair, he is also gagged, with a light being shone in his face, he is perspiring with fear as a silhouette of man enters the room and the guards leave… “The interrogator has arrived”, he thinks.

Then the room lights get dimmed, some new age music is put gently on in the background, the man pulls up beside him and sighs contentedly, “Now just relax and concentrate all your thoughts on your breathing…” and later starts gently asking in a monotone voice “you’re going to tell me everything you know now, aren’t you?” using some permissive and indirect language pattern to extract the information from our hardened suspected war criminial.

There you have it folks, hypnosis being used to interrogate. It is lethal in the wrong hands.

Of course, I omit the scenario whereby the

I am guessing that by now, you have tuned in to my deep sense of irony here. I mean, the scene out of the film A Clockwork Orange where Alex is subjected to enforced brainwashing, his eyes held open with flashing images and film clips being fired nonstop into his line of vision whilst being tied to a chair was the stuff of fantasy and still closer to reality than the suggestions made in this story at Todays Zaman website.

The article states the following:

A retired lieutenant colonel who was charged with using drugs and hypnosis as an interrogation technique on three NCOs has been sentenced to seven years, six months in jail. The Kayseri 2nd Criminal Court, hearing the trial into the interrogation of the noncommissioned officers by retired Lt. Col. Gürol Doğan, yesterday announced its ruling.

A forensic report issued in mid-June had confirmed that three NCOs were interrogated while under the influence of drugs and hypnosis last year after being detained on suspicion of leaking classified information. Contrary to DoÄŸan’s statements — he had denied using hypnosis during interrogations in earlier hearings — the report, prepared by the Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK), said the NCOs had most probably been exposed to hypnosis.

Noncommissioned officers Ali Balta, Orhan Güleç and İsmail Dağ were detained in early March of last year upon the orders of Kayseri Garrison Commander Maj. Gen. Rıdvan Ulugüler and were interrogated by Lt. Col. Doğan for 10 days following their detention. The detentions became public when the soldiers’ families, after failing to receive any word from the military, turned to the Kayseri Court of First Instance to find out where the soldiers were located.

The court contacted the Kayseri Military Prosecutor’s Office, and Military Prosecutor Col. Zeki Üçok announced that the soldiers had been detained for allegedly leaking highly confidential documents. Two of the soldiers, released some time after their arrest, filed a lawsuit against Doğan on the grounds that they were subjected to torture and that their interrogator, Doğan, had drugged them and used hypnosis and psychological pressure to extract statements from them.

Ok, physical torture I understand and can relate to criminal activity resulting in jail, I can understand that hitting someone up with Sodium Pentathol (or other equally unpleasant drugs and serums) is also criminal in these circumstances, heck the use of sleep deprivation and even inducing hysteria and fear in people, all things I understand and can relate to someone being sent to jail… But hypnosis?

“Exposed to hypnosis”? What?? Can you wear sunscreen to protect yourself from it then?

What nonsense.

If Paul McKenna can employ the services of expert Graham Wagstaff to demonstrate in a court of law the nonstate notion of hypnosis, then surely a Military defence counsel can do the same. Hypnosis is not something that can be wielded by bad guys to extract pieces of information from… Study upon study demonstrates this. There are masses of books charting masses of theorists, researchers and professionals in this field throughout the last 100 years alone that supplies equally masses of evidence that plain and simply shows, you cannot wield hypnosis in the way that this article suggests.

So maybe the journalists have things totally out of context and are sexing the story up with our wonderfully ‘intriguing’ subject matter, or the prosecution and defence were just a million miles out with regards to what can and can’t be done using hypnosis.