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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 08:58 AM

A psychoanalyst speaks out on the Brennan CIA appointment

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Brennan as CIA Director Will Put Obama's Reputation at Risk


By Stephen Soldz, Professor at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis

January 10, 2013

About Stephen Soldz:

Stephen Soldz is a professor at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis and a former president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

When the possible nomination of John Brennan as CIA director was floated in late 2008, my colleagues and I who had opposed the George W. Bush administration's torture program were aghast. As a high official in the Bush-era CIA, Brennan had defended the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" torture program in interviews, stating that these interrogations were conducted with "appropriate Department of Justice review." But as the infamous torture memos released by President Barack Obama demonstrate, Justice Department lawyers redefined "torture" idiosyncratically, to guarantee that the CIA's "enhanced techniques" would not fit the revised definition.

As President Obama's counterterrorism adviser over the past four years, Brennan has consistently opposed applying U.S. and international law to hold CIA and Bush administration officials accountable for authorizing and implementing torture. He helped to undercut the Nuremberg Principle, which states that no one is immune from prosecution following acts of human rights abuse. In this case, impunity for such abuses virtually guarantees that future administrations will feel safe again to adopt torture as policy.

Brennan also has been one of the key architects of the Obama administration's drone program of targeted assassinations, and in June 2011 he questionably claimed that over the previous year "there hasn't been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency and precision of the capabilities that we've been able to develop." The use of drones as an instrument of foreign policy is a very dangerous development. It makes violence more likely because it offers the illusion of controlled targeting and because it removes those doing the killing from any direct risk of harm. Drones thus join the long history of weapons that appear to guarantee victory but in fact only encourage adversaries to adopt them as well, while developing innovative countermeasures.

Like the roles of president and Supreme Court justice, the role of CIA director is symbolic as well as functional. Even appearances of impropriety by officials compromise these roles. John Brennan's defense of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program, his opposition to indicting the facilitators of the program under U.S. and international law, and his advocacy of the drone program create a dismal image of the U.S. intelligence community both domestically and abroad. The appointment of Brennan as CIA director would pose a grave risk to the reputation and efficacy of the Obama administration. We encourage the Senate to reject his nomination.

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Jackpine Radical Jan 2013 OP
reteachinwi Jan 2013 #1
Octafish Jan 2013 #2
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #3
Bonobo Jan 2013 #4
AngryAmish Jan 2013 #5
Jackpine Radical Jan 2013 #6
AngryAmish Jan 2013 #7
Jackpine Radical Jan 2013 #8
AngryAmish Jan 2013 #9
Duppers Jan 2013 #10

Response to Jackpine Radical (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:21 AM

1. Creating a dismal image of the U.S.

 

intelligence community was accomplished long ago. Rafael Correa, Ecuador's president, said that the U.S. is the only country that isn't concerned about a coup d'état because we don't have a U.S. embassy on our soil. He is mistaken in my opinion. Brennan is the next scoundrel in a long tradition.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:57 AM

2. Redefinining torture.

Redefining radiation.

It's like 1984 without the romance.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM

3. K&R

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:05 AM

4. It is unforgivable.

Obama's appointment of this man is reprehensible, but let's be frank; so is Obama's foreign policy behavior.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:10 AM

5. Will they have a dowser speak out next?

Or perhaps an astrologist...

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:26 AM

6. Your point being…?

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:50 AM

7. Well, a psychoanalysis finds psychoanalysis useful. Surprising.

Can't disprove the efficacy of psychoanalysis, therefore it is a faith, not science.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:58 AM

8. In the first place, I'm not a psychoanalyst, if that's what you're saying.

Second, read these articles & get back to me:

Empirical Studies in Psychoanalysis
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These studies aim primarily to measure the efficacy (i.e., under carefully controlled conditions) or effectiveness (i.e., under more generalizable conditions) of psychoanalytic treatments, including psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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These studies aim primarily to measure and explore the process of psychoanalytic treatments, at the level of individual interventions, sessions, or over the course of a treatments, and to examine the relationship between therapeutic technique and treatment outcome.

Primary Studies
Dahl, H., & Teller, V. (1994). The characteristics, identification, and applications of FRAMES. Psychotherapy Research, 4(3&4), 253-276.
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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:23 AM

9. Are you serious? You really believe in the efficacy of pyschoanalysis?

You can't be serious.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:50 PM

10. and just how would you propose dealing with mental problems?

Just read the bible and pray?

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