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.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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