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  •  Actually, she wasn't the interrogator ... (5+ / 0-)

    ...but rather fulfilling the role RichardWoodcockII has posited for her and other psychologists. But that's not the role that the BSCT envisions for psychologists. That role is to facilitate interrogation, not to protect the mental health of the detainee. This is like having a doctor throw the switch at an execution, then put her stethoscope on the executed's chest to see if the heart is still beating.

    I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land. -- Mark Twain

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 07:05:15 PM PDT

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    •  thanks you say it better than i do n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach." - Upton Sinclair

      by kathleen518 on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 07:07:15 PM PDT

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    •  what is "assisting interrogation?" (0+ / 0-)

      is it the assistance part that crosses the line?

      Is she assisting if she says to the interrogator "lay off, he's done."?

      Is she assisting if she says..."Ok, I think he's ready again."

      Is she assisting by observing "I think you should pry more in this area...he seems worried and concerned when you ask him about X."

      Is she assisting by offering no observations and leaving the interrogator to do whatever he/she thinks may be working?

      If you think she has an obligation to protect the detainee's mental health, what exactly does that mean?  Surely it doesn't mean to make sure he is well adjusted and happy during his detention experience.

      simplicity is the most difficult of all things

      by RichardWoodcockII on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 09:28:38 AM PDT

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