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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