I find this story kind of creepy -- especially the "using immigrants" part, but generally the growing number of blurred boundarie$ between academia and big business/government. This one brings to mind the protests generated by some members of the American Psychological Association over the role of psychologists in questioning alleged terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay after 9-11.
Yale University has come under fire this week for a proposed research center that will train U.S. Special Operations forces on "interview techniques"—using immigrants from the local community to practice their interrogation skills.
The center, which has been proposed by psychiatry professor Charles Morgan, would be funded by a $1.8 million grant from the Department of Defense and may be in operation as early as April.
The story gained attention after Yale students Nathalie Batraville and Alex Lew published an op-ed in their school newspaper that outlines concerns about the center—including how it will impact New Haven's immigrant community as well as implications of the university aligning itself with the goals of the U.S. military.
Read the rest of the article at www.commondreams.org
Some other good articles and resources:
An End to Psychologists' Role in Interrogation? (Leonard Rubenstein, 8/16/11 at Huffington Post)
Anti-Torture Psychologists Respond to Attack from APA Division Chief (Jeff Kaye writing at FireDogLake, 11/7/12)
Psychologists and interrogations – Key articles (Steven Soldz blog is a great resource on this issue)