An Interrogation Center at Yale? Proposed Pentagon Special Ops Training Facility Sparks Protests

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Gepubliceerd op 21 feb. 2013 – Students and alumni at Yale University are
organizing against a proposed campus center to train Special Operations Forces
in interview techniques. The center would be funded by a $1.8 million grant
from the Pentagon and could open as early as April. Dubbed an “interrogation
center” by critics, the facility would be housed at the Yale School of Medicine
and led by Charles Morgan, a professor of psychiatry who previously conducted
research on how to tell whether Arab and Muslim men are lying. We speak to
two students at Yale who co-authored an editorial titled, “DoD Plans are
Shortsighted, Unethical,” and with Michael Siegel, professor of community health
sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, and a 1990 graduate of
the Yale School of Medicine. “Yale has now crossed a line,” Siegel says. “Using the
practice of medicine and medical research to help design advanced interrogation
techniques, or even just regular civilian intelligence gathering and interviewing
techniques, is not an appropriate use of medicine. The practice of medicine was
designed to improve people’s health. And the school of medicine should not be
taken part in either training or research that is primarily designed to enhance
military objectives.”

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