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My blood is literally on fire right now. I cannot believe this.
"yeah, we’re walking right into their homes and shooting them"
jesus fucking christ.
I am speechless.
Pretty sure OP is in the wrong here. How many angry callers are these people getting a day. She answered the phone and got a snarky caller, she answered level headed (although sarcastically) and hung up. Why are you prank calling a police department?
Just to clarify: Not at all on the side of Furgeson police, but I’m also not on the side of someone who’s just using a serious situation for more followers and reblogs. It’s petty and a waste of time (and I think illegal).
Asked by biteoutofyou
It was to my understanding that ogling was just a sustained look. Did they change the definition to include touching?
Asked by Anonymous
No, I have a preference.
I am attracted to women with long hair. She no longer had long hair.
It’s not really a complicated thing. I’m sure you have things that you’re attracted to.
Asked by 2zen4u
Haha thanks. I don’t hate the product. It’s a solid idea, they just need to build it better. I had some good times on that thing. I also had some times where I got tossed because of tiny pebbles…
Street harassment is almost never about sex. It’s about power. Which is the same way we view rape. So saying street harassment is not a big deal is opening up…
I’ve had a lot of arguments with the way the feminist movement words things in order to build support and here’s my next argument: street harassment VS. sexual abuse. They should never be grouped together.
I’ll start off with sexual harassment so there’s less of a chance to twist words. Sexual harassment is not fucking okay, in any way, at any time, or to anyone. I, and pretty much every other male, is in full support of punishment up to (but not including) castration and death).
On the flip side we have ‘street harassment’ and there was something in the video that I want to address immediately. Street ‘harassment’ is not about power, it’s about appreciation. What power is there in stating a compliment, getting ignored completely, and walking away (or in some cases just turning your head for a second look). As much as it’s argued that the sexes are the same, they’re not. Men are the initiators, women are usually the receptors, plain and simple. For a man to be successful in dating/courting he must initiate successfully, for a woman to be successful she must filter successfully. When we see a woman on the street we have two options, say something or saying nothing. This is a very simple equation and you really do miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The math is very simple and has role been perpetuated by hundreds of generations. Ironically street harassment keeps women from understanding this point, and no one expects you to. How could you understand the necessity those hail mary passes when you’re so used to tetherball?
Of the ‘harassment’ shown in this video, what did we really see/hear?: “beautiful” (said mostly to himself), “hey gorgeous, how you doing” (compliment + halfhearted attempt to initiate a conversation), & “lady in red” (which, first off, she’s wearing black so we can agree that he’s a probably drunk). Common variations include whistling and speaking about female features among friends. It’s not the attention or interest that is negative, it’s the repetition of interest (and fact that it’s often done halfheartedly) that numbs women to catcalling. The bottom line of it is that this person is interested in you, your looks caused him to divert his attention from whatever he was doing, he wants to know you. And, yes, we understand that attention for your physical features is not what you’d like to hear but we can’t exactly compliment your personality from a glance.
Here’s the meat and cheese of why I wrote this post: Grouping these two things in the same category is hurting your movement. It seems obvious to me that to make any real change you’ll need men to agree that there needs to be change. Every man will agree that rape is not okay and that laws, cultural shifts, measures should be made to prevent it. But very few men will argue for an end to street harassment because we don’t see it as a negative thing. I understand that it’s an annoyance but it is not the issue you should be focusing on if you want to make actual change. 2¢
Final note: I’m always open to a debate. If you don’t agree or think I misrepresented the issue, tag lethargiclogic and shoot me a PM, I can clarify and elaborate on any of these points.
Can I just say that I love the writing for Hannibal and I love that they don’t throw in cliche lines but…. come on….
HannibalVBloom should’ve had at least one. Just one scene where he looks at her and goes “You look ravishing in that dress, I want to take you home and just tear you apart and Alana swoons in blissful ignorance of how literal he was being.
I really hope S3 has some flashbacks of HannibalVBloom or at least HannibalVMaurier, I’m interested in finding out just how involved she is. He was ready and willing to kill her before but leaves the country with her? What?
INTRO. Interrogation and Tortures
In psychology, the term ‘interrogation’ is often fraught with negative notions like fear, mistrust and some cases, it’s a slippery slope to torture. In a similar vein, the western concept of the KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, Russia’s national security agency from 1954-1991) shares many of the same notions. Studies surrounding interrogations have been telling us for decades about the dangerous perils of psychological coercion that elicit false confessions, yet our legal system allows for trickery, lies and various environmental manipulations to be used at the cost of persecuting the innocent, diminishing the integrity of the system and challenging of our understanding of human and victim rights. The common thought is the more pressure applied, the sooner the object (person of interest) will break and reveal truthful information leading to either a conviction or valuable intel, in spite of what experts in false confessions like Saul Kassin, have been telling us for years. Nonetheless, along with assets and intelligence work (surveillance), it remains that one of the most important aspects of espionage and information gathering from local levels up to national security.
In 2005, ABC News reported that:
Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer and a deputy director of the State Department’s office of counterterrorism, recently wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “What real CIA field officers know firsthand is that it is better to build a relationship of trust … than to extract quick confessions through tactics such as those used by the Nazis and the Soviets.” via
My source, for the purpose of this series, a former KGB operative specializing in espionage, counterintelligence, and no less, a trained sniper, would vehemently disagree and take insult with the above quote, since by his accounts it’s backwards. With over 30 years experience in KGB, he presents himself as someone well versed in the art of recruitment of assets (trusted informants recruited operatives), interrogation and will not hesitate to inform you he was “the best KGB sources and never made a single mistake”. His view of how the US conducts its intelligence gathering and maintains national security are as you might expect, strongly negative and borderline arrogant, until you realize he possesses highly specialized training with a rare background that qualifies at an expert level to allow such bold assessments and he knows the strategies to back it up. When the question of how to trust this individual arises, rather than incessantly inculcate his background, papers or credentials; we must remember this quote when speaking about Russia or KGB business.
The SVR looms and operates from a headquarters outside (and presumably above, elevation-wise) Moscow via
Over an extensive period of emails, phone calls and meetings on crowded New York City streets, he candidly shared his life story: childhood to adult, education and training, professional and some very personal. He applies observational methods, uses simple pattern spotting, psychological strategies, brainwashing and concepts of triangulation thereby constructing a perception of current/future events which range interesting at the least, and frightening if true. Events that he will discuss may sound preposterous and warrant a reminder that although to westerners, the memory of the KGB secret police is filled with corruption, lies, spies, threats, power and killing… and although the KGB still basically exists in the form of the SVR (with the FSB as the counterespionage agency) my contact considers himself a professional living in the U.S. under political asylum, since returning to Russia or the Ukraine would be certain death. And perhaps he isn’t safe here either. To this end, he is eager to share his knowledge and very interested in comparing his experience and learned psychological techniques of the last 3 decades to the accepted science of today. The idea going forward is to share his background, his knowledge and to strain his education and field experience in the KGB though a psychological screen to understand the methods used then and what that can tell us about the methods used now in similar situations. This is then, a case study of real-life field experience vs scientific or lab research on topics such as interrogation, torture, behavior modification, brain washing and more.
We jump in today, with the topic of interrogation moving towards torture. I am told of nearly 3 dozen accounts of interrogations at KGB district field offices, that doesn’t meet the fast, furious wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am that Hollywood has us believe, nor entirely representative of the graphic Guantanamo images, but rather a long thorough investigation-operation which includes information gathering on the subject which could take months or years, “cooking” the subject (letting him wait, increasing anxiety), building a rapport, using incentives then, if needed using tricks or blackmail, threats of physical violence or rape if in a jail. He stressed that gathering as much info as you can on the subject and rapport building are key techniques, it gardens larger amounts and accurate information. If you have to use more drastic methods or torture- perhaps your intel was not good enough. Once you have the object, there are several techniques that are designed to encourage dialogue:
- good cop / bad cop
- “story under a story” (after intense interrogation the object tells a different story — which is not true, either)
- bombing with questions
- pressure by not interrogating
- “silence makes your situation worse” trick
- “admit one small episode and that’s it” trick
- “I help you - you help me” trick
- “shift” meaning try to shift the blame away from the suspect to some other person or set of circumstances that prompted the subject to commit the crime. That is, develop themes containing reasons that will justify or excuse the crime. Themes may be developed or changed to find one to which the accused is most responsive.
Many of these methods mirror the trickery used in the US system that have helped make research claims of unaccountably, misconduct very credible. However, my contact insists simply that if they did not work, they would not be used while maintaining that the intelligence gathered before hand is the main aspect from which all other activities are measured.
In doing over 30 interrogations, what was the most effective method you found in getting reliable, accurate information?
xKGB: The "Breaking" method. The most important thing is to make the object talk by telling him that you want to just to understand what happened and “we, together, may find the way to deal somehow with the situation which “is not very bad right now”. The object, of course, will lie to you, but it doesn’t matter - he’s talking, he “swallowed the bait”. You listen to him, you write down everything and then you break his story into episodes. Then you start interrogating him on each episode but in chaotic order, like episode #1, then #5, then the last one, #4, etc. It’s pretty hard for the object keep logical lying if you act like this - he’ll change his story and put some true details to make it real. Extract those details and help him to tell the truth around them.
He states that every object has a breaking point and there are some indicators that the object is near his breaking point or has already reached it, i.e. leans forward and his facial expression indicates an interest in the proposal or is more hesitant in his argument, he is probably nearing the breaking point.
If several methods of interrogation were used, are they used in a specific order to increase the pressure to talk, or was it dependant on the object’s demeanor/personality or urgency of obtaining the info?
xKGB: Let me tell you most important thing about interrogations, tortures. If you deal with a “lonely wolf” (self-made terrorist) who won’t talk, you have no choice but to torture him to get info on his possible connections, place where he’s keeping guns or explosives, etc. But if you interrogate a member of organization, you MUST HAVE ASSETS INSIDE THIS ORGANIZATION and you don’t have to torture anybody.
National security isn’t CIA and FBI #1 priority, that’s why they mostly wait for walk-in recruits, I call it a “Newton Syndrome” (referencing a falling apple in your lap).
How long would a general interrogation last compared before possibly evolving into a torture session?
xKGB: If it’s a lonely “wolf” and he’s very aggressive, refuses to talk, and you know he has connections, you start tortures right away. If it’s organization member and you have no assets inside organization, leave him alone and resign next morning, like an idiot.
How often would the interrogation warrant moving to torture type procedures?
xKGB: It’s impossible to determine, it depends how professional you are, how you use methods and tricks, how fast you can establish rapport.
Regarding the Reid interrogation technique and issues eliciting false confessions from accused offenders using minimization and maximization tricks; in your experience has any unreliable/untrue info ever elicited from interrogation? How about torture? What do you attribute that to?
xKGB: The thing is, if you deal with a professional, he usually has “a story under the story” which he offers you as true after intensive interrogation and tortures (people tend to believe info they get after torturing the object). But he can’t lie to me if I have enough intel on, say, his organization. That’s very important - how well are you prepared for interrogation? What is professional factual analysis? It the longest list of questions you have to answer before you interrogate.
When you detect that the object’s will has broken in an interrogation, what is the first question you ask?
xKGB: Nothing. Do not rush the object, do not humiliate him to show you’re ,finally, a winner and he’s the loser - he’s gonna close up. Just keep on developing the talk, don’t jump out of your chair and be quiet. It’s like a poker.
How did you confirm the information they provided as true, before moving on it?
xKGB: It depends if you have other sources, other facts, documents and how fast you can check up the information.
What is training like, or the schooling you were expedited through? (for example, the CIA interviews candidates in multiple rounds and does psychological and physical tests.)
xKGB: CIA are idiots. KGB hires people in 2 ways: a) Human Resources division b) field offices. When KGB officer has a candidate, he’s checking his biography, relatives, his life, habits, connections, etc. It’s very good if candidate is or was an agent (asset). Then the officer makes an offer and the candidate goes through a whole row of doctors at KGB clinic. If health is OK, biography is OK, he’s in. Psychological tests?…KGB was playing this game couple of years early 80’s and then it appeared tests had nothing to do with the ability to recruit and work with agents. My best friend was the best of the best after “psychological tests”, he joined KGB and left in one month - couldn’t work with traitors, too dirty for him. No physical tests - for what? KGB officers don’t run marathons. Training is Counterintelligence School or Intelligence Academy.
What was the interrogation process like, emotionally?
xKGB: Just a job, not fun. “No mercy, no ideology, no emotions.”
Recent law review articles have discussed the “psychological difficulty of distinguishing between torture and enhanced interrogation” for purposes of law and policy. There isn’t even a clear definition. The argument is that the “torture standard is unreliable because of the marked variation in the manner in which different jurisdictions interpret and employ it”. They also use psychological research to demonstrate the standard’s invalidity as well as “identify the existence of two separate psychological biases that impede objective application of the torture standard” via
Next up: From Interrogation to Tortures
An interesting read, especially if you’re into psychology