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I am a psychologist living in Northern California, who also blogs primarily on torture issues. I have taught History of Psychology, and also have worked clinically with torture refugees. I have most recently been active in the fight to change the policy of the American Psychological Association regarding the participation of psychologists in national security interrogations, where the use of torture and abusive conditions of imprisonment have been well documented.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 NYT Article on Psychiatric Care at Guantanamo Hides More Than It Reveals
This article critiques a recent New York Times examination of psychiatric practice inside the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, finding some important misstatements, misrepresentations, and a failure to document glaring evidence of detainee abuse, particularly in the case of detainee "suicides".
Thursday, December 12, 2013(3 comments)
CIA Document Suggests U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use in the Korean War
According to a declassified CIA document, the U.S. government lied publicly about pushing for a United Nations investigation into Soviet, Chinese and North Korean charges of U.S. use of biological weapons during the Korean War. The reason the U.S. didn't want any investigation was because an "actual investigation" would reveal military operations, including "8th Army preparations or operations (e.g. chemical warfare)."
Monday, August 6, 2012(2 comments)
New Document Shows FBI Interrogation Advice Draws on CIA Torture Manuals
A 2010 FBI interrogation "primer", apparently a fifth version of earlier FBI manuals dealing with "Cross-cultural, Rapport-based" "intelligence-oriented interrogations in overseas environments," repeatedly draws upon advice from two CIA torture manuals, the 1963 KUBARK Counter-intelligence Manual and the 1983 Human Exploitation Resource Manual.
Saturday, September 3, 2011(1 comments)
Despite New Denials by Rumsfeld, Evidence Shows US Military Used Waterboarding-Style Torture
The mainstream narrative talks about waterboarding as something only the CIA did, and even then, to "only" three prisoners. Yet, though not widely reported and scattered among various articles and reports on detainee treatment by the Department of Defense, including first-person accounts, there are a many instances of forced water choking or drowning, both at Guantanamo and other US military sites.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011(1 comments)
NRC on Experiments on "War on Terror" Detainees: "A Contemporary Problem"?
A National Research Council conference in 2008 discussed the possibility that experiments could be conducted on "war on terror" prisoners because Bush took away their Geneva protections. Evidence of changes in protections for prisoners argues this possibility may have become a reality, constituting a war crime.
Friday, September 4, 2009 Broken Faith: How a Navy Psychologist Drove A U.S. Prisoner to Attempt Suicide
Los Angeles attorney Robert A. Bailey, formerly a military JAG officer, and one of the lawyers in the Daniel King case, spoke to me a few weeks ago in some detail about the controversial King interrogation. Bailey described to me how the abusive interrogation King endured, and the betrayal of the military psychologist he thought would help him, led King to a suicidal breakdown.
Monday, July 27, 2009 Expose: Former Top Navy Psychologist Involved in Pre-9/11 Prisoner Abuse Case
A well-known spokesman for ethical interrogations by psychologists in national security settings, Dr. Michael Gelles, then Chief Forensic Psychologist for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, was himself accused in 2001 of unethical behavior for his part in the interrogation of a suspect in an espionage case. His work on the Daniel King case was referred for ethical violations to the APA, who refused to investigate.
Sunday, July 26, 2009 SERE Psychologists Still Used in Special Ops Interrogations and Detention
A new Air Force Special Operations Command Instruction (48-101) on "Aeromedical Special Operations" describes the current use of SERE psychologists as Special Forces psychologists. Moreover, it puts them in charge of "psychological oversight of battlefield interrogation and detention," among other functions. SERE psychologists were implicated in the construction of torture protocols at Guantanamo and elsewhere.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009(2 comments)
Leaked! International Red Cross Report on CIA Torture
Mark Danner has scooped the NY Times, the Washington Post and other papers by publishing in the current New York Review of Books an essay quoting long excerpts of a leaked International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) report on "high-value" prisoners held in CIA black site prisons.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 APA on the Road to Damascus?
This article describes the current state of the controversy within the American Psychological Association over the presence of psychologists at "war on terror" detainee centers, and their participation in interrogations that have been linked to detainee abuse and torture.