Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tag: waterboarding

Psychologists Are in a Nasty Fight About a Report on Torture

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From Buzzfeed News: "This month in San Francisco, the American Psychological Association will vote on a proposal that would return psychologists working for the...

Health Professionals Must Fight a Trump Administration Expansion of Torture

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Psychologist Stephen Soldz writes for STAT: "It was profoundly distressing to hear Donald Trump on the campaign trail vowing a return to abusing prisoners...

“Former U.S. Detainees Sue Psychologists Responsible For CIA Torture Program”

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On Tuesday morning, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former detainees against the psychologists who collaborated with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to oversee the torture program. According to the Intercept, psychologists James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen and their employees collected over $85 million dollars for designing and implementing techniques, based off of the work of Martin Seligman, that combatted torture-resistance techniques by creating a state of “learned helplessness.” There is, however, no evidence that these techniques gleaned any useful intelligence.