The American Medical Association has banned members (including psychiatrists) from any involvement in prisoner interrogation. So what did the military do? They turned to psychologists, and the issue has sparked wide debate among colleagues. Is it within the bounds of the mental health profession to help extract information unwillingly from detainees? Is there a role for psychologists who want to use their skills to keep the country safe? Or is it all a shade of torture?
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YES: "The ability to spot conditions that make abuse more likely uniquely prepares psychologists for this task. Adding a trained professional ensures that all interrogations are conducted in a safe, legal, ethical, and effective manner that protects the individual and helps to elicit information that will prevent future acts of violence." —Stephen Behnke, director of ethics at the American Psychological Association.