Monday, September 21, 2009

Knock me over with a feather. Who knew?


I'm shocked, shocked to learn this!
The CIA's harsh interrogation program likely damaged the brain and memory functions of terrorist suspects, diminishing their physical ability to provide the detailed information the spy agency sought, according to a new scientific paper.

The paper scrutinizes the harsh techniques used by the CIA under the Bush administration through the lens of neurobiology. Researchers concluded that the harsh methods were biologically counterproductive to eliciting quality information because prolonged stress harms the brain's ability to retain and recall information.
Pamela Hess of the AP reports on a new paper by Irish professor and researcher Shane O'Mara.

h/t to bmaz at emptywheel where you may read the short version.

--the BB

3 comments:

The Cunning Runt said...

Their harsh treatment of terror suspects hurts my brain, way over here!!

Grandmère Mimi said...

How disgusting and how incredibly stupid. I could hardly bear to read the article.

The experienced interrogators knew what worked, but Cheney and gang wouldn't listen. It's a wonder Cheney wasn't over there helping out those using the harsh methods.

Paul said...

I expect that Cheney was having paroxysms of pleasure watching private copies of the tapes that have been destroyed.