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.Pamela Hess of the AP reports on a new paper by Irish professor and researcher Shane O'Mara.
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.
h/t to bmaz at emptywheel where you may read the short version.