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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:31 am 
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http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,342290,00.html

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2005, 03:11 PM

Ecstasy on the Battlefield

Ecstasy is the drug of choice for the Pentagon. Soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are to be given the drug as a therapy aid. Also, instead of video games based on war, the US may soon be fighting wars based on video games with robot soldiers. And, the Vikings are at the gates of the German government.
 
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The United States government has found a new way of recruiting soldiers for the Iraq war: It's offering them ecstasy. The trick is, the soldiers only get the free drugs after they have seen enough fighting to be experiencing flashbacks, recurring nightmares and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The usually tough-to-please US Food and Drug Administration has given the experimental treatments an initial go ahead and scientists in South Carolina have quickly gotten to work. The idea is to take advantage of the touchy-feely effect ecstasy (the "happiness drug") has on people to get soldiers to open up about the trauma they have faced. In other news, the US government spends $20 billion a year on the drug war.

Chemically, ecstasy is known as MDMA and in the trials soldiers are given either the drug or a placebo and then undergo eight-hour therapy sessions during which music is played and they are encouraged to talk about their horrifying experiences. Although still in its early phase, scientists insist the results are quite positive. The team's leader is Dr. Michael Mithoefer, a South Carolina psychiatrist and longtime campaigner for the use of ecstasy in science. Mithoefer has already given ecstasy to patients who were the victims of violent crimes, including rape, and insists on the drug's positive effects in helping them to talk about and come to terms with what happened to them. There is, he says, even some evidence that ecstasy can reduce tremors in Parkinson's patients. Possibly a whole new take on the 1972 David Peel song "The Pope Smokes Dope."


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Nooooooo, it's not Ecstasy ON the Battlefield, it's for therapy after the soldier has been so traumatized that they can no longer function or sleep... it's for AFTER... not during...

Robots? Shades of terminator...

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The trick is, the soldiers only get the free drugs after they have seen enough fighting to be experiencing flashbacks, recurring nightmares and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.


They are being sent into hell with the 'payoff' of drugs.

Anyone care to say anything about our 'war on drugs'?


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Didn't I read once that Ecstasy, or something like it was first developed for the Japanese army during WWII? I believe they attributed their incredible fanatasim in defending those crappy little islands with something like Ecstacy.

In fact, I'm pretty sure Ecstacy first showed up in the US in Hawaii, brought over from Japan.

This is scary.


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