FROM Stephen Soldz
Bush Commission Criticizes Its Interrogation Techniques A group of psychologists and experts, commissioned by the government's Intelligence Service Board, have advised US intelligence agencies that the harsh interrogation techniques used since 9/11 are outmoded, amateurish and unreliable, and need to be revised, using lessons from many fields. Their comments come at a time of increasing debate over the morality of such tactics. Stephen Soldz of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has been involved in the role of psychologists in abusive interrogations.
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