Enhanced Interrogations

Enhanced Interrogation

In response to the enhanced interrogation methods (a.k.a. waterboarding) used during the Bush administration, the American Psychological Association issued a revision of its ethical guidelines on February 10, 2010 to prohibit a psychologist’s participation in any activity in which an individual’s human rights are violated. In George W. Bush’s Decision Points, the former president states that waterboarding was only used on three individuals. Other enhanced interrogation methods were used on the rest of the terrorists, thirty to forty, at the most. Contrast this with information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that says, from 1990 through 2006, a staggering 970,434,000 abortions were performed in the United States.

Psychologists Threatened with Loss of License

Am I the only one who sees the irony here? Three individuals are waterboarded and the American Psychological Association expresses outrage over such treatment and  threatens psychologists with losing their license should they participate in this type of program. And yet, almost one billion individuals are killed through an ‘enhanced measure’ called an abortion, more gruesome than what any terrorist faced.  And despite what science says about a fetus being fully human,  my profession says nothing about my direct participation in ‘therapy’ designed to violate an individual’s human rights simply because they’re in someone else’s womb. Furthermore, if I counsel enough women and help them to end the life of their unborn child, it’s even possible for me to receive an award from my fellow professionals for this ‘service’ to the community.

What is Choice?

In Part 3 of The Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer concludes his remarks on abortion and gives his definition of What is Choice. He states that “When a government negates the law of God, it (gives up) its authority.” He goes on to suggest what our responsibilities are as Believers when faced with such a government.

The Christian Manifesto – Part 3 of 3

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Torture (of Any Kind) is Terror

At the very least, I would expect from the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association a serious ongoing debate regarding the ethics of aborting an individual, a sober discussion at least as intense as the one conducted over waterboarding, instead of a casual disregard for the life growing inside of another. Regardless of the side on which you stand, a decision of this magnitude should not be made lightly. And given that each of the above mentioned groups looks to science for answers, ethical as well as professional consideration should be given to the scientific evidence that shows a person inside a womb to be just as human as those of us already born.

For the Record

I’m against all forms of torture that violate human rights, whether it’s to obtain information from a terrorist or to end a life so that someone else is not inconvenienced.

3 Responses to “ “Enhanced Interrogations”

  1. Aaron Reeves says:

    When it comes to the innocence of an unborn child it is easy for me to agree with your position. When it comes to the person who purposefully withholds information that could save or destroy the lives many others I find it a struggle determining their rights.

  2. debby davis says:

    am i expected to believe that only three people received water boarding? that’s what’s hard to believe.

  3. John Savell says:

    In DECISION POINTS by George W. Bush, he writes the following on page 171, the second paragraph: “Of the thousands of terrorists we captured in the years after 9/11, about a hundred were placed into the CIA program. About a third of those were questioned using enhanced techniques. Three were water-boarded.”

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