Yale prof gets DoD grant to teach soldiers ‘interviewing’ skills

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A psychiatry professor at Yale has gotten a $1.8 million grant from the Defense Department to open a center that will teach soldiers how to “read and question” people. Gee! Waterboarding 101. This is the kind of thing that used to spark protest and student strikes. No longer. A clueless report from the Yale Daily News:

if the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine opens a training center with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Yale students and professors may share a campus with soldiers who have come to New Haven to develop their interviewing skills.

Charles Morgan, a psychiatry professor at the Yale School of Medicine who has worked with the government on scientific research in the past, said the proposed center — the USSOCOM Center of Excellence for Operational Neuroscience — remains in the development phase because it is still under contractual negotiation. The training center, which would be a joint venture between the Department of Defense and the University, would serve as an educational institution to teach soldiers the skills to read and question people. If approved, the center could open as early as April, added Morgan, who said he would direct the program and teach interviewing to soldiers.

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8 Responses

  1. libra
    January 29, 2013, 10:51 am

    As I’m sure Sean McBride would agree, you just can’t beat an Ivy League interrogation.

  2. yourstruly
    January 29, 2013, 12:34 pm

    teach soldiers ‘interviewing’skills?

    from the catalogue?

    yale university?

    u.s. of a.?

    no other way? –

    from sports section today’s la times, “Howard says stars are getting aligned” –

    justice for palestine?

    stars already aligned?

  3. Citizen
    January 29, 2013, 12:44 pm

    More info from the Yale Daily News:

    “In addition to the educational component, Morgan said he wants the center to include a “very focused” science research project roughly every year and a half on topics such as the ability to sustain focus under stress and other concerns of the military. Morgan added that these research activities are not covered by the $1.8 million grant, and would require future funding.”

    Setting up a 2-step program to get the Ivy League more involved with the most effective methods of extracting information from the unwilling?

    • marc b.
      January 29, 2013, 3:26 pm

      just a whiff of cash is all the ivies need. our elite really are a putrid lot.

  4. Rusty Pipes
    January 29, 2013, 2:19 pm

    The Army Field Manual for interrogations was in accord with the Geneva Conventions. It was the “enhanced interrogation” techniques introduced by the CIA and contractors that contributed to the abuses. Even if it does not rise to the legal definition of torture, cruel and unusual treatment is still a war crime.

  5. Elliot
    January 29, 2013, 4:51 pm

    Center of Excellence for Operational Neuroscience
    George Orwell would be proud.

  6. mmpottlehill
    February 15, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Hello, there. Just wanted to let you know a few of us students are on top of this, and trying to figure out what to do, next. We started a petition, but it mysteriously disappeared from the internet (!!!). There will be a new one up, shortly. We’ve also written this piece, and you can expect further action from us in the near future. It’s not over yet, that’s for certain. In the meantime, it’s shocking to me that no other news media outlet, blog, etc. outside of yourself has yet picked up on this story. Here’s to hoping that changes.


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