The Use of Coercion in Interrogations

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The American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association all oppose the use of coercion in interrogation. These organizations strictly prohibit their members from participating in interrogations in which coercion is used. These organizations claim that coercion is unethical.

The resolution of the APA (2008) on coercion in interrogation includes the following statement:

BE IT RESOLVED that the American Psychological Association affirms that there are no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether induced by a state of war or threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, that may be invoked as a justification for torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, including the invocation of laws, regulations, or orders. (para. 7)

Publicly revealed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) transcripts and interviews with CIA employees detail that harsh methods were used to develop information from suspected terrorists. Use the key words "John Kiriakou interview with Brian Ross" on a search engine to read a CIA officer's revelation on the methods used to develop information from a suspected terrorist.

A potential logical conclusion about the treatment of detained combatants is that coercion works and, because it works so well, it can be justified under some exceptional circumstances.

Reference:

American Psychological Association. (2008). Chapter III. Ethics: Reaffirmation of the American Psychological Association position against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment and its application to individuals defined in the United States Code as "enemy combatants" (amended 2007 position). Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/about/policy/chapter-3.aspx

Tasks:

Create a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following:

  • Detail what the scientific literature states with regard to the use of coercion in interrogations. Include an unbiased evaluation of the use of coercion and when it may or may not be justified.
  • Include examples of coercive techniques and the purported effectiveness. You will need to address the possibility of false confessions as a result of coercive techniques.

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Detail what the scientific literature states about the use of coercion in interrogations.
Rodriguez (2012) claims that torture is fine if at all it is appropriately applied. However,
from common civilian’s perspective, how does a person properly pour water gallons over
another’s mouth while hanging upside down coupled with a sack over their head, there is no
efficient method to subject the person to waterboarding. There was a court order in 21st June
2005 in Germany where the related ruling decided that the military personnel has the rights to
reject an assignment which does not comply with their conscious. The ruling also asserted that an
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