Senate Bill on Psychologists Involved in Interrogation

Interrogation update. From Ken Pope (italics and bold, mine): California Senate Bill SJR 19 includes a measure that “would request the United States Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency to remove all California-licensed health professionals from participating in prisoner and detaineeinterrogations.” The bill is scheduled for a vote tomorrow on the senate floor.

The bill’s supporters include Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, California Council of Churches, Rabbis for Human Rights, Fuller Theological Seminary, Evangelicals for Human Rights, and Survivors International.

Here is a brief excerpt from SJR 19:

[begin excerpt] WHEREAS, Current United States Department of Defense guidelines authorize the participation of certain military health personnel, especially psychologists, in the interrogation of detainees as members of “Behavioral Science Consulting Teams” in violation of professional ethics. These guidelines also permit the use of confidential clinical information from medical records to aid in interrogations; and ….

WHEREAS, Published reports indicate that the so-called “enhanced interrogation methods” of the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly include similar abusive methods and that agency psychologists may have assisted in their development; [end excerpt]

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.

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