Letter in Support of California State Resolution Against Health Professional Involvement in Interrogations
PHR sent the letter below to the California State Legislature in support of the Ridley-Thomas Resolution, which mandates that state licensing agencies for health professionals inform their membership that participation in US national security interrogations violates their ethical obligations and could result in the loss of their state license to practice in California.
Dr. Allen Keller Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee on CIA "Enhanced Interrogation Program"
Dr. Allen Keller, MD, a PHR member and Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, testified on September 25, 2007 in closed session at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's hearing on U.S. interrogation policy.
In a letter sent on August 6, 2007, to Dr. Sharon Brehm, president of the American Psychological Association (APA), PHR responds to a resolution proposed by the board of the APA condemning certain interrogation techniques and psychologists' involvement in them.
This 2007 report by PHR and Human Rights First demonstrated that "enhanced" interrogation techniques are likely to cause "severe" or "serious" physical and mental harm to detainees.
WHILE H.D.S. Greenway is correct in pointing out that doctors are not immune from being swept up in revolutionary causes, he appears to minimize the unique conflict created when physicians elevate their support of a cause to the level of violence.