The torture methods used by the C.I.A. to "uncover intelligence" and "save lives" were based on studies designed to induce helplessness in dogs. Reportedly, the use of these techniques was justified since we now "no longer live in a world where people agree on what is ethical or even acceptable."
The American Psychology Association, divided and convulsed by the revelations of members’ participation in the interrogation program, has hired an independent auditor to investigate ties between the association and the intelligence agency. Debates over psychologists’ role at the base in Guantánamo Bay and so-called black sites have raged for years within the association.
The two architects of the C.I.A. interrogations were convinced that they would uncover intelligence that would save lives, their colleagues have told reporters, and that their methods were justified by the events of 9/11 and afterward.
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