On the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the influential New England Journal of Medicine says the U.S. military continues to use doctors and psychiatrists when interrogating suspects -- a practice condemned by several medical groups.
"It undermines the notion of psychiatrists as healers, and undermines trust in the profession," Jonathan Marks, one of the authors of the study, told New Scientist.
Marks and co-author M. Gregg Bloche, both bioethicists and law professors, cite several documents released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act in their article. The two found that five US army psychiatrists were trained between July 2006 and October 2007 to help with interrogations.
The American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association and the World Medical Association all have policies condemning the use of psychiatric advice in "softening up" detainees.