Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation, by Shane O’Mara

In July, the American Psychological Association – after years of prevarication, and just too late for inclusion in Shane O’Mara’s book – issued an apology for its collusion with the US government in enabling the torture, or, as it delicately put it, “enhanced interrogation”, of detainees. Most of its senior staff, including the ethics director, resigned, and its former president, the editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior, is under pressure to follow suit. The APA apology is for unethical conduct; it does not speak to the efficacy or otherwise of waterboarding, sensory deprivation, rectal feeding, sexual humiliation or the rest of the panoply of procedures adopted by the CIA in its interrogation of prisoners seized from the killing grounds of Iraq and Afghanistan and rendered, often with the UK’s connivance, to its worldwide network…


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