Many know that Assange has been locked up in solitary confinement for most almost 11 months, but many don’t realize what else they are doing to him. As if solitary confinement isn’t enough torture to inflict on an innocent man while he is in prison with terrorists, murderers and rapists, Belmarsh has hotboxed him, strip-searched him numerous times, harassed him and his visitors, and does not allow him to be touched.
Touching is a vital part of human existence. According to an article on healthline, (seen here), states it is extremely important to have physical touching.
Skin-to-skin contact is vital for not only mental and emotional health, but physical health, too.
When you feel snowed under or pressured, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. One of the biggest things touch can do is reduceTrusted Source such stress, allowing the immune system to work the way it should.
Touch can also calm certain bodily functionsTrusted Source, such as your heart rate and blood pressure.
It does so by stimulating pressure receptors that transport signals to the vagus nerve. This nerve connects the brain to the rest of the body. It uses the signals to slow the pace of the nervous system.
It seems according to some studies that lack of touch lowers life expectancy, causes depression and can affect you long term. An article on vice.com (you can find it here), states:
He describes the psychiatric literature showing that solitary confinement causes lasting mental health problems as “voluminous.” As the mental health issues that plague prisoners in solitary confinement are so vast, it’s difficult to isolate an absence of touch as a major contributing factor, but neuroscientist Huda Akil identifies a lack of touch—alongside other factors—as potential factors that might lead the brain to rewire itself and cause psychological problems. The testimony of prisoners such Peter Collins and Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning highlights how an absence of touch exacerbates the experience of solitary confinement: Writing in the Guardian, Chelsea Manning describes it as “‘no-touch’ torture.”
Why torture? The CIA claims it works. The assumption is that it works to gain actionable intelligence. Torture is often used for revenge, punishment, interrogation, and behavior modification. In other terms torture is used to remove the continuity of thought to confuse the target to reveal information, erase brain patterns such as values and beliefs, or to break down the human spirit to make them submit and obey their handlers.
Isolation is commonly used as punishment in prisons. Many whistleblowers like Bradley Manning suffer this condition. In soft interrogation it is used to get the target to talk to their interrogator since humans have the need for companionship. In no-touch torture the target is driven from their friends and family using different techniques in order to isolate them so that the electronic mind control has more effect on their psyche.
Like in Guantanamo, the target becomes isolated losing their job and medical care. Part of the method involves slander in their community. They end up on the most part in poverty and paranoid about doctors and other people from false correlations that are purposefully induced into their lives. Isolation is also a form of sensory deprivation which will be discussed later. Days and weeks lose their meaning.