Via the LA Times, the Pentagon has revised their rules on the use of psychologists for purposes of “interrogation.” It’s not clear whether the rules are restrictions or, as medical ethicists say, more like a slippery slope of increased permissions.
According to the Pentagon the rules were written
to ensure that healthcare professionals play an appropriate role. The policy attempts to draw a clear distinction between medical personnel who care for the health of detainees and mental health professionals, called “behavioral science consultants,” who assist interrogators.
By all means, let our mental health professionals assist with the torture.
Counterpoint by Leonard S. Rubenstein, executive director of Physicians for Human Rights, calling for a ban on all psychologists or physicians (psychiatrists) in interrogations :
Once you get sucked into interrogations, the likelihood of violating ethical obligations and hurting people is high.
They have adopted the same policy and dressed it up in what purports to be safeguards.
They are using their professional knowledge to hurt people.
Sometimes I wonder how a person decides to become a psychologist.