Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Psychology of Torture: Culture and Change

From GritTV:
A recent study revealed that physicians with the CIA's Office of Medical Services were more deeply involved in torture than was previously thought--that doctors and psychiatrists actually helped interrogators design "enhanced techniques" that passed the Bush administration's requirements but would keep prisoners alive and without the severe physical injuries that even that regime admitted were torture.

Guest host Esther Armah discusses the results of this study, and the culture around torture, with psychologist Steven Reisner of Physicians for Human Rights and playwright Patricia Davis, whose new play, Alternative Methods, tells the story of a psychologist forced to choose between the humanity of a detainee and risking her own life.
Pat Davis also assisted Sister Dianna Ortiz in the writing of Sr. Ortiz's incredible tale of torture and survival by the U.S.-backed Guatemalan government, The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth.

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