While in the US, the majority of the TIs used to be whistle blowers, seem to be targeted because of their background or political views, the same trend is not as apparent in Europe. The TIs are chosen out because of opportunity, because they are easy targets, at random or because they happen to be in the security service’s records of one reason or another.
Who are the perpeterators?
- The Military.
- The Secret Service.
- Some of the politicians.
- Big, Powerful Corporations.
Who are in their service?
- The police.
.-The medical community.
- Anyone working in the public domain.
– Any of the groups above have influence and power over the every day citizens because of their position of power and influence.
Why does the Government do this?
If you look in history, every time there has been research done on people without their consent, no matter the pain and the suffering it has caused the victims, the reasons have been the following:
1. We are doing research on people that are no good. (Prisoners, Terrorists, Jews, Criminals, Already Mentally Disturbed or Deviant people).
Ethical Discussion: Nobody deserves this kind of torture. First of all, no matter who we are, the International Laws regarding Human Rights is for everybody. Second, many people that have been tortured in the name of terrorism, have not been terrorists at all. Torture is also an unreliable form of information, “A tortured mind can’t be trusted”. In Nazi Germany, Jews were the prime targets; They were fooled that they will travel away, somewhere, but were taken to concentration camps. Hitler and his supporters fooled the public, and even if the public knew what was going on, they said nothing. In many way, targeted individuals experience about the same thing: at first, some targeted individuals think that it must be some kind of strange, absurd game, they never believe that the perpetrators go as far as torturing their victim day and night, without trial, without even feeling the need to inform the victim what the cause is. Even the worst of all criminals have the right to a fair trial and to be treated fairly. Even when the victims is “said” to have behavioral problems or suffer from depression, this should not further justify even more torture. The torture that targeted individuals experience, cannot be compared to normal depression. It’s far worse.
Disclamer: None of the TIs are criminals, dangerous criminals, terrorists or mentally ill.
2. We have to maintain technological advancement, or other nations will become more advanced and eventually take over.
Ethical Discussion: The one’s conducting the research could first develop safe methods of research. A country that is technologically advanced, should not measure it’s advancement only by it’s level of tech, but also it’s level of ethics and morals. Work in stead to make this kind of intrusive and humiliating experimentation on all human beings all over the world illegal and no other country will take over.
3. If we sacrifice a few hundreds or thousands individuals nationally or internationally, it will benefit millions of others.
Ethical Discussion: Who is to say that I or You or Somebody Else have the right to live happily but not the Other? Who is the technology benefiting in a world where millions of people still die of hunger, diseases and thirst? The only people that this research is benefiting are large computer companies, the secret service, the army and powerful individuals in our governments. This kind of torture is always done in the Name of Humanity, but there is almost no discussion about what effects it will ultimately have on Humanity. We see glimpses about how the technology might benefit humanity in maybe 20 years, but none of the implementation is yet safe (that’s why we are tortured by it). People are not informed about. Newspapers show how BCIs can help people, but they don’t show the very aspect of the BCI that can control and torture the same people. There are documentaries about Non-Lethal Weapons, where they say that they do not kill, but they do not show the fact that with a Non-Lethal weapon you might be able to invisible and at a distance slowly torture a person or a group of people at once. And because we are targets, we know that the technology can be abused, and that it is abused. Nothing is holy for the perpetrators.
4. We can’t come up with the same results if we don’t do this kind of unethical murderous research without consent and it’s important: It is a matter of national security.
Ethical Discussion: This is, besides the “humanitarian” reason discussed above, just another justification and cover up for the torture of so many people that have not even been given a choice. How is the government protecting the nation, when it becomes the enemy of the people? Who is the Nation, if not it’s citizens? This justification is also in part a very good lie, because the implication from companies that develop products that will in the future be used commercially is huge.