I was just reading an article on the Guardian about CIA torture methods. I found this particular quote interesting and thought it was relevant to the Soylent community:
The CIA viewed certain techniques as “conditioning” measures, designed
to get detainees used to their helplessness rather than yielding any
intelligence value on their own.
Another “conditioning” technique involved feeding a detainee “a bland,
commercial liquid meal” instead of normal food. The CIA set caloric
intake guidelines – a recommended minimum was 1,500 calories daily – and
relied on medical personnel, who are sworn to do no harm to their
patients, to ensure detainees did not lose more than 10% of their body
weight. A Justice Department memo understood the dietary manipulation
could “increase the effectiveness of other techniques, such as sleep
From: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/dec/09/cia-torture-methods-waterboarding-sleep-deprivation (maybe NSFW/slightly disturbing)
Has anyone read anything else about this?