Psychologists and Torture

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Some professionals are trying to force the American Psychological Association to bar its members from participating in coercive interrogations and torture. Dr. Steven Reisner is running for president of the APA on an anti-terror platform; Dr. Allan Keller is Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. Journalist Katherine Eban has written about psychologists and torture for Vanity Fair magazine.


Katherine Eban, Dr. Allan Keller and Dr. Steven Reisner

Comments [6]

Angelo from North Jersey

It's utterly reprehensible for this type of programming to take place on the anniversary of that day when America was mercilessly attacked by murderous islamic zealots.

This is a day to respect our fallen countrymen and those heros who worked tirelessy to save them. Not to bash the Bush administration.

I though I had heard it all on this station, but this was truly, the most disgusting display I have ever heard on NPR.

Sep. 11 2008 12:50 PM
Julie from brooklyn

is war!
I am so very tired of our country being, not only the world police, but the icon of civilization. We are people. That is all. People. Effectiveness has no bearing on the fact that individuals are wounded by the lengths that must be taken to protect, not only ones' family, but country. Wrap your head around that. No one ever said that arguing for the greater good was easy. And, furthermore, only through the advent of reason.

Sep. 11 2008 12:39 PM
Denise Galligan from New Jersey

Hasn't Alan Dershowitz also been speaking out on allowable methods of torture! And this from a Harvard Professor.

Sep. 11 2008 12:30 PM
Tara from New York, NY

I do not disagree about the things these guests are saying. But I do want to point out that this is not a balanced show as all the guests seem to be agreeing with each other. I'm sure there are individuals who also could have been invited on who would dispute what is being said.

Sep. 11 2008 12:21 PM
jason from NYC

Take note that in President Bush's taped address to the Republican National Convention, he described John Mcains experience at the hands of the Viet Cong without using the word "torture". Fred Thompson did the same. Someone should ask Bush if he believes what was done to Mcain amounts to torture.

Sep. 11 2008 12:19 PM
Judith Rodenbeck from NYC

It's great that this story about what your guest calls "moral disengagement" is being covered. I just wanted to comment on a bit of terminological fuzziness that has allowed the discussion of US torture practices far more wiggle room than is rational. That is this:

Waterboarding is NOT "simulated drowning" or any such ersatz/copy/fake. It is drowning stopped before it's fatal.

Sep. 11 2008 12:12 PM

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