“Inside the Mind of a Sociopath”

Posted in General with tags , , , on May 21, 2015 by pathwhisperer

“This excerpt is from: “The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless vs. the Rest of Us” by Martha Stout Ph.D. (Broadway Books, New York, 2005, ISBN 0-7679-1581-X).  Martha Stout is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and elaborates on the tales of ruthlessness in everyday life based on her 25 years of practice as a specialist in the treatment of psychological trauma survivors.

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Imagine – if you can – not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern of the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members.  Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken.  And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools.  Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs.  Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless.  You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness.  The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience that they seldom even guess at your condition.

In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world.  You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences, will most likely remain undiscovered.

How will you live your life?  What will you do with your huge and secret advantage, and with the corresponding handicap of other people (conscience)?  The answer will depend largely on just what your desires happen to be, because people are not all the same.  Even the profoundly unscrupulous are not all the same.  Some people – whether they have a conscience or not – favor the ease of inertia, while others are filled with dreams and wild ambitions.  Some human beings are brilliant and talented, some are dull-witted, and most, conscience or not, are somewhere in between.  There are violent people and non-violent ones, individuals who are motivated by blood lust and those who have no such appetites.

Maybe you are someone who craves money and power, and though you have no vestige of conscience, you do have a magnificent IQ.  You have the driving nature and the intellectual capacity to pursue tremendous wealth and influence, and you are in no way moved by the nagging voice of conscience that prevents other people from doing everything and anything they have to do to succeed.  You choose business, politics, the law, banking or international development, or any of a broad array of other power professions, and you pursue your career with a cold passion that tolerates none of the usual moral or legal encumbrances.  When it is expedient, you doctor the accounting and shred the evidence, you stab your employees and your clients (or your constituency) in the back, marry for money, tell lethal premeditated lies to people who trust you, attempt to ruin colleagues who are powerful or eloquent, and simply steamroll over groups who are dependent and voiceless.  And all of this you do with the exquisite freedom that results from having no conscience whatsoever.

You become unimaginably, unassailably, and maybe even globally successful.  Why not?  With your big brain, and no conscience to rein in your schemes, you can do anything at all.

Or no – let us say you are not quite such a person.  You are ambitious, yes, and in the name of success you are willing to do all manner of things that people with conscience would never consider, but you are not an intellectually gifted individual.  Your intelligence is above average perhaps, and people think of you as smart, maybe even very smart.  But you know in your heart of hearts that you do not have the cognitive wherewithal, or the creativity, to reach the careening heights of power you secretly dreams about, and this makes you resentful of the world at large, and envious of the people around you.

As this sort of person, you ensconce yourself in a niche, or maybe a series of niches, in which you can have some amount of control over small numbers of people.  These situations satisfy a little of your desire for power, although you are chronically aggravated at not having more.  It chafes to be so free of the ridiculous inner voices that inhibit others from achieving great power, without having enough talent to pursue the ultimate successes yourself.  Sometimes you fall into sulky, rageful moods caused by a frustration that no one but you understands.

But you do enjoy jobs that afford you a certain undersupervised control over a few individuals or small groups, preferably people and groups who are relatively helpless or in some way vulnerable.  You are a teacher or a psychotherapist, a divorce lawyer or a high school coach.  Or maybe you are a consultant of some kind, a broker or a gallery owner or a human services director.  Or maybe you do not have a paid position and are instead the president of your condominium association, or a volunteer hospital worker, or a parent.  Whatever your job, you manipulate and bully the people who are under your thumb, as often and as outrageously as you can without getting fired or held accountable.  You do this for its own sake, even when it serves no purpose except to give you a thrill.  Making people jump means you have power – or this is the way you see it – and bullying provides you with an adrenaline rush.  It is fun.

Maybe you cannot be a CEO of a multinational corporation, but you can frighten a few people, or cause them to scurry around like chickens, or steal from them, or – maybe, best of all – create situations that cause them to feel bad about themselves.  And this is power, especially when the people you manipulate are superior to you in some way.  Most invigorating of all is to bring down people who are smarter or more accomplished than you, or perhaps classier, more attractive or popular or morally admirable.  This is not only good fun; it is existential vengeance.  And without a conscience, it is amazingly easy to do.  You quietly lie to the boss or to the boss’s boss, cry some crocodile tears, or sabotage a coworker’s project, or gaslight a patient (or child), bait people with promises, or provide a little misinformation that will never be traced back to you.

Or now let us say you are a person who has a proclivity for violence or for seeing violence done.  You simply murder your coworker, or have her murdered – or your boss, or your ex-spouse, or your wealthy lover’s spouse, or anyone else who bothers you.  You have to be careful, because if you slip up, you may be caught and punished by the system.  But you will never be confronted by your conscience, because you have no conscience.  If you decide to kill, the only difficulties will be the external ones.  Nothing inside you will ever protest.

Provided you are not forcibly stopped, you can do anything at all.  If you are born at the right time, with some access to family fortune, and you have a special talent for whipping up other people’s hatred and sense of deprivation, you can arrange to kill large numbers of unsuspecting people.  With enough money, you can accomplish this from far away, and you can sit back safely and watch in satisfaction.  In fact, terrorism (done from a distance) is the ideal occupation for a person who is possessed of blood lust and no conscience, because if you do it just right, you may be able to make a whole nation jump.  And if that is not power, what is?

Or let us imagine the opposite extreme:  You have no interest in power.  To the contrary, you are the sort of person who really does not want much of anything.  Your only real ambition is not to have to exert yourself to get by.  You do not want to work like everyone else does.  Without a conscience, you can nap or pursue your hobbies or watch television or just hang out somewhere all day long.  Living a bit on the fringes, and with some handouts from relatives and friends, you can do this indefinitely.  People may whisper to one another that you are an underachiever, or that you are depressed, a sad case, or, in contrast, if they get angry, they may grumble that you are lazy.  When they get to know you better, and get really angry, they may scream at you and call you a loser, a bum.  But it will never occur to them that you literally do not have a conscience, that in such a fundamental way, your very mind is not the same as theirs.

The panicked feeling of a guilty conscience never squeezes at your heart or wakes you in the night.  Despite your lifestyle, you never feel irresponsible, neglectful or so much as embarrassed, although for the sake of appearances, sometimes you pretend that you do.  For example, if you are a decent observer of people and what they react to, you may adopt a lifeless facial expression, say how ashamed of your life you are, and talk about how rotten you feel.  This you do only because it is more convenient to have people think you are depressed than it is to have them shouting at you all the time, or insisting that you get a job.

You notice that people who do have a conscience feel guilty when they harangue someone they believe to be “depressed” or “troubled.”  As a matter of fact, to you further advantage, they often feel obliged to take care of such a person.  If, despite your relative poverty, you can manage to get yourself into a sexual relationship with someone, this person – who does not suspect what you are really like – may feel particularly obligated.  And since all you want is not to have to work, your financier does not have to be especially rich, just relatively conscience-bound.

I trust that imagining yourself as any of these people feels insane to you, because such people are insane, dangerously so.  Insane but real – they even have a label.  Many mental health professionals refer to the condition of little or no conscience as “anti-social personality disorder,” a non-correctable disfigurement of character that is now thought to be present in about 4 percent of the population – that is to say, one in twenty-five people.  This condition of missing conscience is called by other names, too, most often “sociopathy,” or the somewhat more familiar term psychopathy.  Guiltlessness was in fact the first personality disorder to be recognized by psychiatry, and terms that have been used at times over the past century include manie sans délire, psychopathic inferiority, moral insanity, and moral imbecility.”  http://www.cix.co.uk/~klockstone/spath.htm

https://www.bookbrowse.com/author_interviews/full/index.cfm/author_number/1097/martha-stout

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sociopath-next-door-martha-stout/1100024283?ean=9780767915823

Roger Canup on the Socially Adept Psychopath (SAP)

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2015 by pathwhisperer

From the inventor of the term (now only on the Wayback Machine):

In the last section I pointed out that the problem of plausible lies is the most serious problem facing humanity today. I will now discuss the people who have been telling plausible lies: the Socially Adept Psychopaths or S.A.Ps (pronounced SAPS) of the world. An example of S.A.P. thought processes is in order.

Most people have heard of Ted Bundy; the serial killer who was executed in Florida several years ago. Not many people are aware of the fact that Bundy was studying to become a prosecutor, and that eventually he hoped to become a judge. Those that do know that fact see it as some strangely ironic twist – an inexplicable quirk in Bundy’s bizarre makeup. It never seems to occur to most people that the perfect place for a psychopathic serial killer to hide in society is as a prosecutor or a judge; but I assure you that it occurs to the Psychopaths of the world. I would estimate that about 10% of the prosecutors and judges in the United States are in fact, S.A.Ps. The ONLY difference between them and Ted Bundy is that they were able to control outward signs of their Psychopathy until they achieved their goal of being in a position of authority.  [PW:  Ted Bundy, and the world, had the misfortune that he was also criminally insane and could not stop himself.  More:  https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/open-letter-to-alice-miller/.]  I will quote from my novel “Unsuspected” to show how a psychopath views the position of Judge.

‘John had one overriding dream; to become a judge. Here was the greatest reward possible for a psychopath: to put on the royal robes of the judiciary – to become a demigod – to have others plead to Him and beg His indulgence, to have everyone rise in awe and respect when He entered the room, for His word to literally be law, to be able to create an almost endless amount of human misery, just because He could, to punish summarily anyone who, quite correctly, displayed contempt for Him, to have the power of life and death over people, to be granted the only royal title available in the United States: “Your Honor”.

How brilliant of his predecessors to slip that one past the watchful eyes of the founding fathers – who sought to establish an egalitarian society free of the mental disease of royalty. There are, he reflected, no “Your Majesties” or “Your Excellencies” in this country, but we quietly fooled everyone into accepting “Your Honors”.’

What is it that S.A.Ps are attempting to achieve? Once again a quote from my novel may explain that.

‘John House slept soundly. In his dreams he and his kind had finally succeeded in reshaping the world into the image they wanted: the dark ages had returned. Once more the plague swept unchallenged over the country side. John could hear the voice crying out in the mud street in front of his hovel: “Bring out your dead!”

John was in his glory. This was life the way it was supposed to be. He was the new Torquemada: randomly selecting anyone who was unscarred by smallpox for a session on the rack; since anyone who had escaped disfigurement had obviously signed a pact with the devil. Here at last was an era where John and his kind could feel good by comparison: with so much misery around him John knew he was better off than those he could see dying in squalor and ignorance. John reveled in the suffering of all about him. He did what he could to make that suffering worse; no agony was so great that John House could not add to it.’

It is difficult to believe that huge parts of society have been built with the guidance of the mentally ill; but they have been. The average person is heavily invested in doing things the way Psychopaths want them done, and is unaware that the things that the S.A.Ps have them doing are psychopathic. 

What evidence do I have that S.A.Ps are running things? Here is an example: Almost every newspaper in the United States has a S.A.P. monitoring the letters to the editor section. This is because the letter to the editor section of a newspaper is one outlet of the truth, and needs to be monitored to insure that no one accidentally stumbles across any part of what is actually going on. Following is a letter to the editor of the Houston Chronicle:

“It is time that the self righteous bubble surrounding the new topless dancing laws in this city was burst.

Many people, out of ignorance, have shame about anything sexual. This is a point of view which comes from not understanding the Yin and Yang nature of reality. In general good things are done out in the open and bad things are hidden. However, there are some bad things, like war, which are done in the open, and some good things, like surprise parties, which are hidden. Because of the fact that bad things are generally hidden – people tend to have a vague sense of shame about sex because sex is normally not seen.

Sex is hidden – not because it is bad or shameful – but because it is a physically dangerous time. Primitive people having sex in the open were vulnerable to all sorts of attack. For safety reasons our ancestors learned to hide their sexuality. We are descended from people who hid sex for good reasons. We have continued their behavior without understanding the reasons for it.

Of course there are those for whom an obvious truth like I just pointed out is not enough; they believe only in Higher truth. For those people here is the religious truth:

Who created sex, God or the devil? Obviously God did. Who created shame of sexuality, God or the devil? According to Genesis, God created mankind ‘naked and unashamed’, it was the devil who created shame about sex, not God. Whose work are you doing when you preach shame of sex, God’s or the devil’s? It is not God’s truth you preach, but the devil’s lies. Would you tell God that He needs to be ashamed of His finest work? That is what you are doing.

Now you have a terrible problem, before you learned the truth – you could weasel your way into Heaven with the following: “How could I have known? I thought I was doing good, I thought I was doing Your work”. That excuse won’t work any longer; now you know. The devil is the master of the believable lie, and the lie about sex is one of his best. If you continue to believe the devil’s lie and do his work by preaching shame of sexuality I promise you – Heaven is not your final destination.”

This is a profound letter – I think that no one but a S.A.P. would disagree with that assessment. Doubtless there are any number of plausible lies that could be given to justify not publishing such a letter: “It offends established religion” or “It is too controversial and radical in nature” or “It is an affront to the sensibilities of the average person” or “It doesn’t meet our editorial standards”. The truth is that it works against the hidden agenda that S.A.P’s hold dear; it might allow people to increase their happiness levels; something which no S.A.P. wants to ever see happen. Here is what the Houston Chronicle published when sent that letter:

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Absolutely nothing. Were this the only example I could give I would not have enough data to draw any conclusions, but it is far from the only example. There is a general rule which I have learned is useful in studying events which occur in life: “If it happens once that could be chance; there is little to get excited about. If it happens twice; that is likely a coincidence. If it happens three times out of three; there is a trend line that warrants investigation”. I have sent enough profound letters to the editor for me to reach this conclusion: there is at least one S.A.P. who is influential in the editorial decision making process at the Houston Chronicle.

The truth is: the above letter would not be published in any newspaper in the United States. S.A.Ps understand the importance of controlling the ideas to which people are exposed; people stumbling around in the dark are much less likely to uncover the truth than those who have the benefit of the light.

As an experiment interested readers might try sending letters – containing the phrase “plausible lies” or which touch on the existence of Socially Adept Psychopaths – to the editor of their local newspaper, to see if any of them get published. I have done so repeatedly. None of them have ever been published. I have however, succeeded in having letters which deal with the conventional point of view published in the same paper. I suspect that if you run this experiment you will reach the same conclusions about your local paper that I have reached about mine. In my experience newspapers will publish letters to the editor which deal with the mundane; never those which are profound, or which question the propriety of the existing social structure.

The S.A.Ps have a problem, and it is a terrible problem: there is no way for them to control the Internet. As the Soviets found out; if people are given free access to information, there is no way to stop the truth. The information exchange which is possible over the Internet represents mankind’s true “last best hope”.

Back to the home page

http://web.archive.org/web/20141104032218/http://users.hal-pc.org/~rcanup/sap.html

PW posts on SAPs:  https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/post-redux-are-saps-socially-adept-psychopaths-real/https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/sociopathic-through-lines/, https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/search-the-subtle-arrogance-of-psychopaths/, and https://pathwhisperer.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/search-are-bankers%C2%A0sociopathic/.

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Pando, and Scooter Libby’s private message in public to Judith Miller

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2015 by pathwhisperer

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This is Pando, in Utah.  Seemingly a grove of multiple quaking aspens, in actuality it is one organism, a massive root system that sends up trees to harvest sunlight.  But one could say that these trees are connected at the roots.  In the fall the leaves turn color simultaneously, the root system giving all the trees/leaves the same biochemistry.

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Scooter Libby to Judith Miller (Sept. 15, 2005):  “You went into jail in the summer. It is fall now.  . . .  Out west, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them.  . . .” (http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/nat_MILLER_051001.pdf).

Could Scooter Libby be saying to Judith Miller, “Remember, psychopaths are all connected.  Connected at the roots.  Stand by me.”?  Could be.

In “Confessions of a Sociopath,” Thomas self-identifies “more as a sociopath than by my gender or profession or race.” Confessions of a Sociopath — A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

This makes sense with everything I know.  Psychopaths always side with co-psychopaths versus the empath world.  In court, psychopathic attorneys, judges, prosecutors will almost always side (in act, though not by claim) with the psychopathic party, breaking the law to do so.  In school psychopathic teaches will always protect psychopathic students.  Psychopathic bosses will rarely, and only if pushed, fire a psychopathic employee.  A psychopathic parent will always favor the psychopathic offspring over the non-psychopathic.

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http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/pando-the-trembling-giant
http://discovermagazine.com/1993/oct/thetremblinggian285

Just for safekeeping

Posted in General with tags , on April 20, 2015 by pathwhisperer

This pic disappeared from every single one of my electronic backups (I consider that a strong argument that it is crime depicting), even the hidden ones (they must all have RFID aspects).  I couldn’t figure out where I could safely keep it, until I suddenly thought, ‘why not post it on my blog?’, indeed.

 

 

Robert Durst – conscienceless, emotionless zombie lifeform

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2015 by pathwhisperer

He appears almost totally affectless.  No emotional interaction with others.  Living but cheated of a life.

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More info:  http://www.lovefraud.com/2015/01/13/robert-durst-a-rich-and-famous-psychopath/

“Bob is incapable of telling the truth,” Douglas Durst said. “He is a true psychopath, beyond any emotions. That’s why he does things, so he can experience the emotions that other people have vicariously. Because he has absolutely none of his own.”

http://mashable.com/2015/03/16/galveston-judge-durst-acquittal-dangerous/ 
https://www.psychopathfree.com/showthread.php?31047-Article-Can-you-recognize-a-psychopath-%28about-Robert-Durst%29&p=425300

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/03/is_robert_durst_a_psychopath_hbo_s_the_jinx_subject_is_suspected_of_murder.html

Kirchner, Nisman & Argentina’s Psychopathic Terrorist State Past

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2015 by pathwhisperer

AMIA Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman found dead in his Puerto Madero home

The body of AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found in the bathroom of his apartment in the Buenos Aires City neighbourhood of Puerto Madero late on Sunday.Nisman, who was expected to take part in a closed-door hearing in Congress today to reveal the details of explosive allegations that involved President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, was found minutes before midnight.

The prosecutor reportedly committed suicide, according to sources, who say he was found in a pool of blood. That information has yet to be confirmed.  http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/179900/amia-special-prosecutor-alberto-nisman-found-dead-in-his-puerto-madero-homeBue

Diego Lagomarsino, below, the last person to see Alberto Nisman alive and the individual who lent Nisman the death weapon.

He obviously couldn’t hurt a fly.  http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/180904/%E2%80%98nisman-was-afraid-of–fanatics%E2%80%99

Argentine President Says Nisman Killed in Conspiracy

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said she had “no doubt” that a prosecutor who accused her of graft was murdered, and that he was killed in order to dirty the reputation of her government.

Alberto Nisman was fed false information to accuse the government of intervening in the investigation into the biggest terrorist attack in Argentine history, and then killed to discredit her administration, Fernandez said.

They used him while alive and then needed him dead. It’s that sad and terrible,” she wrote in a statement on her website. “The real operation against the government was the death of the prosecutor.”  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-22/argentine-president-says-nisman-killed-in-anti-government-plot

Brava Madame President.  The victims of psychopathic/psychopathic modality setups aren’t supposed to call out the perps, lest they appear ‘nutty’.  The attacks are designed as win/wins.  The victims need to ‘call them as they see them’.

Argentina has had a long history with psychopaths in positions of power in the military and security services.

The Family That Disappeared

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ABSTRACT: PERSONAL HISTORY about Argentina’s “dirty war” and the writer’s cousin, Daniel Tarnopolsky, 41, whose family was murdered by the junta… Twenty-three years ago, Daniel’s family “disappeared”—the world that has been used to describe what befell an estimated thirty thousand people in Argentina during the years from 1976 to 1983, when the country was ruled by a military junta. Twelve years ago, Daniel filed a civil suit that charged the government of Argentina and two leaders of the junta, Admiral Emilio Massera and Admiral Armando Lambruschini, with the abduction and wrongful deaths of his parents and siblings. What, precisely, happened to Daniel’s family—the bodies have never been found—remains unknown.  . . . http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1999/11/15/the-family-that-disappeared

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July 15, 1976 evening, Daniel Tarnopolsky is called to his grandmother’s:

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Somehow Hugo Tarnopolsky had been persuaded to find and retrieve his daughter, Betina, by his captors.  No doubt he had been made to feel this was necessary to prevent either his imminent death or his wife’s (more likely).  Maybe he felt that ‘as long as I am alive, I may be able to reach the kidnappers’ humanity,’ and found his daughter in order to buy time.  He didn’t realize he was dealing with psychopaths or normal human beings acting in psychopathic modality.  On pure logic, he should have realized that both he and his wife were ‘already dead’, but for that he would have had to given up all hope.

I recall an armored car depot robbery, the psychopathic inside-man robber got the guard in the enclosed bullet proof chamber to come out by threatening another employee, the guard’s friend, who, of course, kept screaming through tears for the guard to come out.  Somehow the psychopath persuaded them that he would then allow both to live.  But of course, they were both killed immediately.  Psychopaths have an uncanny ability to manipulate normals’ emotions, tuning in to their targets’ most wishful thinking.

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“Like mad dogs going after their prey.”

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What are we supposed to do?  Delete our Facebook pages?  But that’s impossible.

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The execution of strings of relatives, friends, associates.  At least this monstrous quote makes it clear that keeping a small, low profile as possible will be of little help.

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I don’t think the “Dirty War” (“as though there were two sides”) was the issue at all.  It was the excuse.  As we see from below, evidence wasn’t necessary.  The point of subjecting the population to terror was the continuation of their own power and the subjugation of everyone else — pure evil.

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This is a complete horror story.  Sadly, the ultimate fate of the Tarnopolsky’s was almost certainly to have been drugged, stripped naked and thrown out of helicopters to their death in the sea:

Death Flight Tale Rekindles Memories of ‘Dirty War’ : Argentina: Ex-officer describes throwing leftists out of planes into sea. Thousands believed victims of this policy.

March 13, 1995|WILLIAM R. LONG | TIMES STAFF WRITER

BUENOS AIRES — Stripped naked and drugged unconscious, 13 political prisoners lay in a row on the airplane floor. Before he threw them out into the dark sky over the South Atlantic, Adolfo Francisco Scilingo recalls, he thought of photographs from Nazi death camps.

And he still does. The freeze-frame image comes back to torment him again and again, he said in an interview. “The mental problem I have is there when they were piled up, I mean, when they were lined up, very similar to the World War II photos.”

Scilingo, a former lieutenant commander in the Argentine navy, is making headlines here with detailed accounts of his participation in death flights that were used to eliminate suspected subversives under a harsh military regime. His confessions have rekindled searing memories of this country’s “dirty war” against leftist guerrillas in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when an estimated 9,000 to 30,000 people disappeared after being seized by security forces.

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In 1977, he was in charge of the motor pool of the Navy Mechanics School, then a notorious center for the detention and torture of political prisoners in Buenos Aires. He said that up to 20 prisoners from the school were dropped into the ocean during flights every Wednesday over a period of about two years–and that most navy officers were assigned to participate in at least one flight.

He headed the extermination crew on two flights in June or July of 1977. Here is his account of the first one:

On a Wednesday afternoon, he reported to the basement of the school officers club, where 13 men and women prisoners had been selected for the flight. “They were told that they were going to be transferred to a prison in the south and for that they had to be vaccinated.”

The “vaccine” was a sedative that made them groggy, barely able to walk. Many had to be helped up the stairs and into a waiting truck.

Scilingo knew that his mission was to kill the prisoners. “You ask what I felt. At that moment, I didn’t feel anything. I mean, I didn’t feel anything because I was doing a job. . . . I still wasn’t conscious of the problem. I still hadn’t accepted the reality.”

The flight left from the restricted military zone of Aeroparque, Buenos Aires’ in-town airport. A navy physician on board injected the prisoners with a second sedative, which put them to sleep. Then Scilingo and other crew members began undressing them in silence.

“It was a tense situation, a nervous situation,” he said. His “first shock” came when a young noncommissioned officer, overcome with emotion, began to cry.

“I tried to explain to him the unexplainable. . . . I told him it was a mission required by the Fatherland, that that was the way things were, that we had to accept them. . . . For me, it was traumatic.”

When all of the prisoners were stripped, Scilingo suddenly grasped the enormity of the scene. “There are all the bodies, all undressed, still alive, and I knew it was (in preparation) to throw them out in a little while–I can’t get over that shock.”

As chief of the extermination crew, Scilingo said, he helped carry the victims to the plane’s open door one by one, and then, “I personally threw them out.”

. . .

Emilio Mignone, a lawyer and human rights activist who has written books on the dirty war, charged that the policy of secretly killing “subversives” was decided in meetings at the highest levels of the armed forces and that the death flights were part of that policy.

They invented a system that they thought was a solution no one would find out about,” he said. “They knew the ocean currents, and they threw them where the currents would carry them out to sea.” . . . http://articles.latimes.com/1995-03-13/news/mn-42225_1_dirty-war

From the New York Times:

“I have spent many nights sleeping in the plazas of Buenos Aires with a bottle of wine, trying to forget,” [Mr. Scilingo] said. “I have ruined my life. I have to have the radio or television on at all times or something to distract me. Sometimes I am afraid to be alone with my thoughts.”

. . . Horacio Verbitsky, a reporter for Pagina 12 to whom Mr. Scilingo gave his account, say that for the country to move ahead, all sectors of Argentine society, including the military and the church, must acknowledge their role in the crackdown.

For a wound to heal and scar properly, you first have to clean it thoroughly and not leave infection inside,” Mr. Verbitsky saidhttp://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/13/world/argentine-tells-of-dumping-dirty-war-captives-into-sea.html

But the role of psychopathy has never been explored. 

I have no doubt at all that this execution system was planned by actual psychopaths.  “They invented a system that they thought was a solution no one would find out about,” Emilio Mignone said. “They knew the ocean currents, and they threw them where the currents would carry them out to sea.”  It has those psychopathic characteristics:  beyond the pale cruelty of almost unimaginable savagery – we’re less than bugs on a windshield to them; arrogance – to think they could hide it; shallow calculations – their childish minds; their stubborn belief that the rest of us are just like them – they thought their normal accomplices would stay silent.

The weakest point in the psychopathic admirals’ strategy was that non-psychopaths can not carry out psychopathic orders unscathed.  The defeat of the Argentinian psychopathic terrorist state, however, came only with the overreaching of General Galtieri’s Falklands/Malvinas war.

There are other horrors still unplumbed.

Argentina’s campaigning grandmother finds grandson born to death camp mother

Estela Carlotto, founder of Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, says 36-year-old pianist named Guido is the child stolen by military regime from Laura Carlotto, who was killed after giving birth.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/argentinian-grandmothers-find-son-of-woman-murdered-under-dictatorship


Desaparecidos

Back to the present, President Kirchner needs to evaluate all the players in the Alberto Nisman saga for possible psychopathy.  Also explore Argentina’s civil commitment policies — top level psychopathic criminals will almost never expose themselves to legal sanction, however if a case can be made that they are psychopathic menaces to society, they should be hospitalized as the criminally insane.

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