Torture in Abu Ghraib

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The author Allen S. Keller, M.D., is the director of the Bellevue Hospital Center and belongs to the member’s advisory council on human rights. (p.558) He is well known for his advocacy on the various use of torture tactics used on Iraqi prisoners and other refuges. During a Congressional meeting Mr. Keller stated "To think that abusive methods, including the enhanced interrogation techniques [in which Keller included waterboarding], are harmless psychological ploys is contradictory to well established medical knowledge and clinical experience." (“CNN”, 2007) In this paper, I summarize the article and identify relevant information and any changes that may have occurred since the publication of this article. I will also offer comments and aspects pertaining to material provided. Article Summary Keller (2008) wrote, documented and describes in great detail two cases on the use of torture concerning Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib prison and the physical and psychological consequences resulting from months of daily abuse at the hands of U.S military soldiers. Keller’s article suggests the importance of supervisory forensic psychological evaluations and by implementing such tools on prisoners can ensure physical and mental stability. Keller also documented the tool used in the examinations of said detainees as the Istanbul protocol. The goal is to provide empirical analysis of Abu Ghraib detainee’s long term effects due to mistreatment and abuse. The message and tone of the article is both politically and scientifically motivated. After discussing the relevance of conducting physical and psychological examinations on the detainees, Keller (2008) seeks to prove that both detainees continue to suffer significant physical and psych... ... middle of paper ... ...e 49.4 (2006): 553-69. PsycINFO. Web. 1 June 2011. References: Marks, J. H. (2005, December 26). The silence of the doctors. The Nation, 26. Retrieved June 6, 2011, from PsycINFO. Zurbriggen, Eileen L. "Sexualized torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison: Feminist psychological analyses." Feminism and Psychology 18. (3) Aug. (2008): 301-20. PsycINFO. Web. 1 June 2011. . Torture is continuing under the Obama administration (2010, January 10). In Washinton Blog. Retrieved June 6, 2011, from http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/01/torture-is-continuing-under-obama.html MediaMatters for america. (2010). On CNN, West asserted waterboarding is "not torture," claimed, "[Y]ou wake up feeling fine the next da (). In. (Ed.). , WA: Washington Times. Retrieved June 6, 2011, from http://mediamatters.org/research/200711020009

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