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.
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?