- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2007


Psychologists reject interrogation ban

SAN FRANCISCO — The nation’s largest group of psychologists yesterday scrapped a measure that would have prohibited members from assisting interrogators at Guantanamo Bay and other U.S. military detention centers.

The American Psychological Association’s policy-making council voted against a proposal to ban psychologists from taking part in interrogations at U.S. military prisons “in which detainees are deprived of adequate protection of their human rights.”

Instead, the group approved a resolution that reaffirmed the association’s opposition to torture and restricted members from taking part in interrogations that involved any of more than a dozen specific practices, including sleep deprivation and forced nakedness.

Critics of the proposed ban who spoke before the vote at the 148,000-member organization’s annual meeting said the presence of psychologists would help ensure interrogators did not abuse prisoners.

“If we remove psychologists from these facilities, people are going to die,” said Army Col. Larry James, who serves as a psychologist at Guantanamo Bay.


Woman survives shark attack

SARASOTA — A college student was bitten by a shark in Sarasota Bay and needed more than 100 stitches to close her wounds.

Andrea Lynch, 20, said she was floating on her back near a boat when the shark bit her side Wednesday, shook her and then let her go.

When she got back into the boat, she told her friends that she might have been bitten by a shark but they thought she was joking or mistaken.

“I reached back with my hand and felt all these gashes on me, and there was blood running down my body and pooling in the boat,” she said.

Miss Lynch had 17 puncture wounds. Doctors said the shark’s teeth missed all major organs but were close to her lungs.


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