Laura Melendez-Pallitto is director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement at Seton Hall University and has practiced as a licensed clinical psychologist. She is researching the science and ethics of interrogation research.
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Thursday, March 01, 2012
Psychologists and Torture, Then and Now
History repeats itself, Marx famously warned, first as tragedy and then as farce. In the case of U.S. torture psychologists, the ” tragedy” occurred half a century ago when CIA-funded psychological research on electroshock treatment, sensory deprivation and the like found its way into the Agency’s counterintelligence interrogation manual. The 1963 KUBARK Manual and its later iterations were used widely by U.S.