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Jeff Kaye

About Me:
Jeffrey Kaye is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, where he works with adults and couples in psychotherapy. He worked over 10 years professionally with torture victims and asylum applicants. Active in the anti-torture movement since 2006, he has his own blog, Invictus. He has published previously at Truthout, Alternet, and The Public Record.
 
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About Me:
Jeffrey Kaye is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, where he works with adults and couples in psychotherapy. He worked over 10 years professionally with torture victims and asylum applicants. Active in the anti-torture movement since 2006, he has his own blog, Invictus. He has published previously at Truthout, Alternet, and The Public Record.

Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

By: Monday July 7, 2014 11:52 pm

On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.”

One of the first books published in the series is Douglas Valentine’s invaluable, in-depth history of one of America’s most egregious counterinsurgency, torture and assassination programs, as described in his 1990 book “The Phoenix Program: American’s Use of Terror in Vietnam.”

Book Review – Surviving Evil: CIA Mind Control Experiments in Vermont

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 2:06 am

A new book by Karen Wetmore documents her recovery from trauma endured as a years-long involuntary experimental victim of the CIA’s MKULTRA program. It is a unique document and memoir of a modern hero.

The Punitive Use of Medical Restraints on Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

By: Monday June 16, 2014 1:45 am

A partially redacted set of medical records released in the aftermath of the 2006 deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners shows that the use of “medical restraints” in the use of forced feeding of hunger striking detainees was used as a threat on hunger striking prisoners. At least one detainee was told over and over that use of “medical restraints” was due to his voluntary refusal to eat.

While Guantanamo medical authorities said the need for restraints was due to “medical necessity,” such necessity was never documented. Instead, it was clear the use of restraints was punitive in nature.

New Report: NCIS Hid Medical Evidence About Guantanamo Suicides

By: Tuesday June 3, 2014 1:35 am

A new report by The Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall University’s School of Law has found that crucial medical testimony about the death of three Guantanamo detainees in June 2006 was suppressed. This was one of a number of findings, which included evidence of doctoring of documents, and lies told to Congressional representatives enquiring about the case. A recent report by Scott Horton at Harper’s also looked at one key document in the Seton Hall report that directly contradicts the government narrative of evidence. This document, too, was suppressed.

Psychologists’ Call for End to Abusive Interrogation Techniques in Army Field Manual

By: Saturday May 3, 2014 5:47 pm

Psychologists for Social Responsibility, who have been outspoken in opposing the use of U.S. medical professionals in interrogations, has released a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel condemning the ongoing use of interrogation techniques in the Army Field Manual, which amount to use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners.

DoD Directive Used Duplicity to Hide Current Use of SERE Torture Techniques in Interrogations

By: Sunday April 20, 2014 9:42 pm

A key U.S. Defense Department directive rewritten only a month before Barack Obama was first elected President used a legalistically-carved definition for SERE techniques to hide the fact that, despite the fact DoD maintained such techniques were “banned,” important components of the SERE interrogation techniques that could amount to torture were still available to U.S. interrogators.

“You are completely destroyed”: Testimony on Torture from Shaker Aamer’s Medical Report at Guantanamo

By: Monday April 14, 2014 10:50 pm

The article is a long quotation from a medical report on the psychiatric condition of Guantanamo prisoner Shaker Aamer. It is a remarkable and disturbing account of torture at the hands of U.S. interrogators and guards at Bagram, Kandahar, and Guantanamo.

Newly Revealed Portions of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors”

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 1:04 am

In March 2014, the CIA released a new version its 1963 KUBARK interrogation/torture manual which contains new revelations that extend our knowledge of CIA interrogation activities. The updated version of the manual still contains numerous redactions, even 51 years after the document’s origination. But it also includes brand-new information about the CIA’s use of torture, including never before revealed discussions of the CIA’s early use of foreign intelligence services for both interrogation and detention, including the use of such foreign services as cover for CIA interrogations.

More Charges of Forced Drugging at Guantanamo

By: Monday February 24, 2014 4:38 am

Four of six prisoners whose civil suit against Rumsfeld and other military officials for torture was argued in a federal appeals court last week have charged the U.S. used forced drugging against them, along with a panoply of other torture abuse. Some of these prisoners had already been cleared of “enemy combatant” status. The whitewash investigation of such drugging by the Department of Defense’s Inspector General becomes more evident with each passing day.

Group Condemns APA’s Ethics Decision on Former Guantanamo Psychologist

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 11:58 am

The American Psychological Association recently refused, after a seven-year wait, to charge a psychologist that US documents clearly show was involved in torture. A different psychologist group, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, has written APA to condemn the decision. Rather than a dust-up between psychology groups, the issue goes right to the heart of the US’s ability to conduct coercive interrogations and torture with the input of behavioral specialists.

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