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Brain Altering Technology Experiments

Psychosurgery, vagus nerve stimulation, and rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) are all examples of brain altering technology that may be used for psychiatric purposes and that are currently openly used internationally.

News Item MFI Statement on the Rise of Brain Altering Technologies Today
MFI has reports of an alarming increase in the use of brain altering technology for the psychiatric purposes, and issued this statement.
Article London Telegraph reports "Microchips Implants For Mentally Ill Planned"
The London Telegraph reports that British Prime Minister Tony Blair seeks to implement radical measures for tackling crime --ranging from monitoring those diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities with radio chips to hormone injections for sex offenders -- as part of "new Labour agenda." The paper also reports that Blair has ordered a broad review of possible new anti-crime measures: face and voice recognition, a DNA database, identity cards, microchip monitoring and satellite surveillance.
Article Harsh Treatment
The Wall St. Journal exposes the rise of crude versions of psychosurgery in China. Psychosurgery is defined as the intentional destruction of healthy brain tissue to change behavior. Lobotomy is an example of psychosurgery. Psychosurgery is actually quietly done throughout the world, but the type in China is especially crude, extreme and frequent.
Article Shock and Awe
The Village Voice published this article about "The stunning comeback of electroshock and other harrowing treatments for the mentally ill." The Voice also published a letter by director of MindFreedom International David W. Oaks in response to the article.
Folder Psychiatric Drug Implants
University of Pennsylvania researchers are experimenting on an implantable disk under the skin that would time-release powerful neuroleptic psychiatric drugs for up to one year.
Image Juan and Eva Perón, 1945
Eva Peron is alleged to have had a lobotomy toward the end of her life.
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