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Published on Saturday, March 26, 2011 by Salon
Top Bush-era GITMO and Abu Ghraib Psychologist is White House's Newest Appointment
by Glenn Greenwald
One of the most intense scandals the field of psychology has faced over the last decade is the involvement of several of its members in enabling Bush's worldwide torture regime. Numerous health professionals worked for the U.S. government to help understand how best to mentally degrade and break down detainees. At the center of that controversy was -- and is -- Dr. Larry James. James, a retired Army colonel, was the Chief Psychologist at Guantanamo in 2003, at the height of the abuses at that camp, and then served in the same position at Abu Ghraib during 2004.

Today, Dr. James circulated an excited email announcing, "with great pride," that he has now been selected to serve on the "White House Task Force entitled Enhancing the Psychological Well-Being of The Military Family." In his new position, he will be meeting at the White House with Michelle Obama and other White House officials on Tuesday.

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DR. STEVEN REISNER: Well, Colonel James was helping to disseminate the false view that psychologists in interrogations were there to keep the detainees safe.
They were not there to keep the detainees safe. They were there, first and foremost, to use their professional expertise to break down the detainees. And this whole idea of keeping them safe is really Newspeak for the fact that they were there to do that breaking down within the Justice Department’s legal definition of torture, so that they could claim that they were keeping the detainees safe and, in that way, protect the interrogators. The whole idea here is a program of protection for the people doing the abusive interrogations. It had nothing to do with the protection of the detainees.


And Larry James was the chief BSCT starting in January 2003. And when you read the standard operating procedures for mental health, for how to—behavior protocols for detainees during the time that Larry James was the chief psychologist, you find institutionalized abuse and torture—


(Dr. Reisner is senior faculty and supervisor at the International Trauma Studies Program, also teaches at New York University Medical School and Columbia University and is a founding member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology.)

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/7/8/military_psychologists_face_complaints_with_licensing
 

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