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March 12, 2005

Do Antidepressants Cause Violence?

I just read an article about a US marine who refused to go on killing in Iraq and who is now talking. He describes the horrors of his mission from the viewpoint of a soldier and a human being. What shook him was the voice of a kid: Why did you kill my brother.

The standard treatment: Antidepressants and psychotropic drugs. They did not work, in this case. Jimmy Massey was sent back home with a diagnosis of "stress syndrome".

Wait a minute - antidepressants? Could those be the drugs kids are prescribed by psychiatrists in school? The same drugs we're told to take when we feel "down in the dumps"? There seems to be too much violence, in schools and elsewhere. Can anyone see a connection?

Please read the article and tell me I'm dreaming! Tell me to wake up - it wasn't real.

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'That's me, a marine, a murderer of civilians'
Italian reporter shot by US military writes for newspaper that tells raw truth about US role in Iraq

by Tom Whitney

On March 4, in Baghdad, U.S. soldiers shot the Italian reporter Giuliana Sgrena, who had just been released by hostage-takers. She believes the soldiers shot to kill, and they succeeded in killing Italian Secret Service official Nicola Calipara, who had secured her release from hostage takers and who was with her.

Witnesses accompanying the pair, who also were wounded, told reporters March 5 that, contrary to U.S. allegations, the car in which the four persons were riding was not speeding and that it had already stopped at several checkpoints on its way to the airport.

Il Manifesto (, the paper Giuliana Sgrena works for, is described as a "communist paper." The titles of Sgrena's recent articles for Il Manifesto, including "Ten thousand Iraqis in US and British prisons" (Dec. 29, 2004); "Two thousand victims in Fallujah" (Nov. 26, 2004); "Napalm raid on Fallujah?" (Nov. 23, 2004); "The death throes of Fallujah" (Nov. 13, 2004); "Stop the massacre" (Nov. 12, 2004); and "Interview with Iraqi Women tortured at Abu Graib," show that neither she nor the paper pulls any punches when it comes to criticism of U.S. policy and conduct.

The following interview of U.S. Marine Jimmy Massey by Patrizio Lombroso of Il Manifesto appeared the day before Giuliana Sgrena was released and shot. It's an interview not calculated to win love and friendship in official Washington circles.

'Yo, un marine asesino de civiles' ('That's me, a marine, a murderer of civilians')

"I've seen the horror that we were causing every day in Iraq. I have been part of it. We are all just murderers.

"We kill innocent Iraqi civilians all the time. That's the way it is. I believe they need to withdraw all foreign military troops in Iraq right away. And I say this about other soldiers: to avoid punishment or reprisals by the military, they don't want to talk and admit that killing terrorists is not our mission. It's to kill innocent civilians."

That's the way the Il Manifesto interview with Jimmy Massey went. He's from the little town of Waynesville, North Carolina. He has decided to draw back the veil of silence from the "noble mission" in Iraq. Discharged from the Marine Corps for medical reasons, he has written a diary, "Cowboys from Hell," which will be published at the end of the summer.

"What was your rank in Iraq?"

"I was a sergeant with the Third Marine Battalion during the invasion, in the spring of 2003."

"How much time did you spend there?"

"From March 22 to the 15th of May. Four months of hell. They had to send me back to the U.S. because of a `stress syndrome.' This is the term in military jargon they use to say that because of the horrors I've seen in the war, I've lost my mind."

"Were you in the Marines many years?"


"Had you fought in a war before?"


"You are now a member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War?"

"Yes, I went to Iraq initially with the idea that weapons of mass destruction had to be eliminated. But soon my experience as a Marine made me understand that the reality was something quite different. We were 'cowboy murderers.' We killed innocent civilians."

"You admit having killed innocent civilians?"

"Sure, and lots of them."

"How did it happen?"

"Near my base in the south of Baghdad, our whole platoon attacked a group of civilians engaged in a peaceful demonstration. Why? Because we heard gunshots. It was a blood bath. The pretense that those civilians were engaged in `terrorist activities' didn't work for me. That's what our military intelligence wanted us to believe.

"We killed more than 30 people. That was the first time that I had to face up to the horror that my hands were soiled with the blood of civilians. We laid down cluster bombs on them. The people fled, and when they arrived at the control points we had set up with armed convoys, I was supposed to shoot the ones that looked like they belonged to 'terrorist groups.' Those were the directions military intelligence gave us."

"And that's what you all did?"

"We ended up massacring innocent civilians - men, women, and children. When our platoon took over a radio station, we went ahead and put out propaganda to the population urging them to go on with their daily routine, keep the schools open, etc. But we knew that our orders were to `search and destroy.' That meant carrying out armed assaults on schools, in hospitals, anywhere that 'terrorists' could hide. In reality these were traps set up by military intelligence. We ourselves were supposed to overlook the taking of civilian lives that were part of these missions."

"You admit that during your mission you carried out executions on innocent civilians?"

"Yes, my platoon also opened fire on civilians and I too killed innocents. I too am an assassin."

"How did you react after these operations when you thought about the innocents you had killed?"

"For a while I kept on going. In my own mind I denied the reality of me being a murderer and not a soldier who somehow could tell the difference between who is right and who is wrong. Then, one day I woke up and there was a young kid inside my head.

"Miraculously, he had saved himself from a massacre of passengers in his car. He was shouting at me and asking: `Why did you kill my brother.' He became an obsession. I physically lost control of my equilibrium and couldn't move or talk. I stayed in one place and looked all the time at the wall. I was really scared, and lost."

"What measures did your superiors take?"

"For three weeks in Iraq, they filled me with anti depressives and psychotropic drugs. That's the emergency treatment for these cases of 'traumatic stress,' when the idea of refusing to kill takes over a soldier's life."

"Didn't their training in the United States put them at the disposal of the Pentagon into units that were really violent and aggressive?"

"Yes, in the part called `boot camp' each one of us is subjected to techniques of `dehumanization' and `desensitization to violence.' But they never told me that this meant killing innocent civilians."

"So, three weeks with antidepressants in Iraq ˆ and after that?"

"They didn't know what to do and sent me back. Now I am out of the military, incapacitated and disabled, with an honorable discharge."

"Are there others in conditions like yours?"

"Many. And they are still at the front. They stuff them with anti-depressants, and after that they go back and are sent into combat again. It's a problem that has become quite worrisome for them. One must not say anything about it there in the military.

"In 2004, 31 marines took their own lives, and 85 made suicide attempts. Most of those who wanted to die rather than keep on killing are less than 25 years old, and 16 percent of them are under 20 years."

This interview with Jimmy Massey appeared March 3 in Il Manifesto.
The next day, it was carried on the Spanish website,, and is translated here by Tom Whitney from the Spanish. Email Whitney at

(Original found on

posted Friday, 11 March 2005

Also interesting in this context: A complaint filed in April 2005 by Charles Medawar of Social Audit in the UK, regarding the overuse and lack of evidence of efficacy of SSRI inhibitors.


See also Prozac goes to war: Feeding our troops anti-depressants like they were Skittles or M&Ms
(on Jane Stillwater's blog)

Senator Durbin Pushing Bill To Prohibit Sales Of Natural Stimulants On All Military Installations

Kill! Kill! Kill!"Ex-Marine tells his story about US brutality in Iraq

Confessions of a Marine"Le Nouvel Observateur - Thursday 27 October 2005 edition
Iraq: The story no American publisher wanted.

June 29, 2006 -- Pentagon forcing U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq to take Prozac and other drugs for anxiety and depression

Do SSRI antidepressants lead to an increase in violent behaviour?
They are the kind of killings that would chill even a crime writer's blood. Not motivated by money or social gain, not spurred by revenge, jealousy, or long-repressed rage, these bizarre and brutal slayings are committed by seemingly average people against strangers, intimates, and themselves. Almost all are unprovoked. Many appear to come out of nowhere. They range from school shootings such as Columbine to incidents of parents drowning, suffocating, or shooting their children, and children stabbing, burning, or shooting their parents, grandparents, and siblings. They include suicides so unexpected that loved ones are stunned with disbelief. Yet if some drug-awareness advocates, psychopharmacologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, judges, and juries are right, many are not random killings. The perpetrators have one thing in common: they took or were withdrawing from a class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.

Video: Antidepressants and School Shootings, Suicide, Addiction
A shocking Compilation of Video clips showing negative side effects of Antidepressants. Suicide, homicide even to the point of school shootings. Best Case scenario you only experience Withdrawal and Addiction. My solution has not been medications/drugs but a company called Truehope.


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Saturday March 12 2005
updated on Friday June 26 2009

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Readers' Comments

I have used a few of them in my life because psychiatrists think they are doing a great job. I am glad that I could stop them all by now because they do a lot of harm to myself and to my environment...

Posted by: Tjarko Holtjer on March 12, 2005 09:21 PM


I hereby raise Mary Shelley to rank of Prophet! Her story of Dr Frankenstein is an allegory for our age.

But take heart good triumphed over evil when the monster turned on Frankenstein and abruptly terminated the game.

Monster Mash anyone?

Posted by: Ivor Hughes on March 13, 2005 10:43 AM


Since 1969, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (a group started by Scientologists to expose and erradicate abuse in the field of mental health) has been warning of this particular situation. Yes indeed antidepresents are known to induce violence. However that is not the full story, the fact is that so do anti psychotics, amphetamines and many of the other variations of these main types of psychiatric drugs. They also induce suicide along with a host of other horrific side effects the worst of which being death from neuro malignant syndrome. It is easy to understand why these drugs are sold regardless of the harm: $$$$$.

The hardest thing to grasp is what type of people are they who can allow this to continue. Most just don't want to look. Some can see quite well and continue to destroy other human's lives despite full knowledge of their actions.

To win our freedom we must have constant alertness and constant willingness to fight back. Keep exposing the crap and freedom has a chance.

Posted by: Matthew Dent on June 18, 2005 12:04 PM


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