Spokane Police Abuses: Past to Present

The People of Spokane vs. Law Enforcement Abuse, Impunity, Corruption, and Cover-up

More unanswered questions for Spokane reporters, activists & citizens (Part 2)

Posted by Arroyoribera on August 26, 2007

What is the relationship between Spokane-based CIA-contracted torturer designers and sleep deprivation experts Mitchell Jessen Associates and the researchers at Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC) at the joint WSU/EWU campus in downtown Spokane?

What is the relationship of the Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC) in Spokane with the CIA, Fairchild AFB’s SERE/JPRA program, and Mitchell Jessen Associates reverse engineering of SERE/JPRA programs to develop torture and illegal interrogation techniques and procedures?

Among numerous other DOD and US government grants, SPRC researchers Gregory Belenky, M.D., and Hans Van Dongen, Ph.D, received a $725,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense in June 2006. According to the June 1, 2006 publication of the Spokane Economic Development Council, “This grant will allow the research center to acquire the very latest equipment, placing it at the forefront of sleep and performance research labs worldwide”. http://www.spokaneedc.org/developments-view.php?n=78

In addition, “Belenky and Van Dongen will use the grant to acquire an integrated measurement and data management system to conduct long-term residential lab studies into sleep and performance.” In its July 14, 2005 edition, the Spokane Journal of Business reference WSU vice provost of research Jim Petersen in reporting, “Belenky, said to be one of the nation’s leading researchers in the study of sleep, is currently doing studies involving city of Spokane police officers, workers at Hollister-Stier Laboratories here, and pilots at Fairchild Air Force Base”. July 14, 2005 Spokane Journal of Business

Dr. Belenky is a retired US Army Colonel who formerly served as Director of the Division of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research before becoming the Research Professor and Director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University/Spokane. He has published studies on sleep and performance and on combat stress. During the 1990-91 Gulf War he was regimental psychiatrist for the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment. Belenky brought US Army and Air Force contracts with him to WSU and other U.S. government military contracts have been in the works. http://stinet.dtic.mil/

Dr. Hans P.A. Van Dongen came to the WSU Sleep and Performance Center from the Department Of Psychiatry at the the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a particular interest in sleep deprivation, including “why some individuals can resist the effects of sleep deprivation so much better than others.” In 2004 he was a participant in the Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group. http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu/vandongen.htm



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