Thursday, April 16, 2009

Transparency at the top of the food chain encourages transparency below as re: mental health providers & mental health concerns

Transparency as per NC DHHS and its maneuvers associated with that private psychiatric hospital in Winston Salem wolfing down the beds from the public psychiatric hospital, Broughton Hospital, in western NC, starts at the TOP:

My letter to the Prez:

April 16, 2009

Dear President Barack Obama:

I've never written so someone holding your office before. It never seemed like it would matter----at all.

I am writing to encourage you to release details associated with the CIA interrogations. You appear to be leaning against such a disclosure.

This is of particular importance to me as a psychologist as I have been active in the American Psychological Association as re: military psychologists' participation in these activities-----which APA continues to cover up.

A signal from you regarding an increase in transparency would also encourage APA to 'come clean.'


Marsha V. Hammond, PhD

information on this matter as per recent article and commentary (article was in Wall Street Journal:

Obama Tilts to CIA on Memos
Top Officials at Odds Over Whether to Withhold Some Details on Interrogation Tactics
April 15, 2009

"...A decision to keep secret key parts of the three 2005 memos outlining legal guidance on CIA interrogations would anger some Obama supporters who have pushed him to unveil now-abandoned Bush-era tactics. It would also go against the views of Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Counsel Greg Craig, people familiar with the matter said. Top CIA officials have spoken out strongly against a full release, saying it would undermine the agency's credibility with foreign intelligence services and hurt the agency's work force, people involved in the discussions said. However,Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair favors releasing the information, current and former senior administration officials said...."


For them to say that releasing these memos would provide Al Qaeda with a propaganda tool is simply outrageous. Releasing memos that officially confirm what we already know about interrogation techniques, and that incidently we aren't even supposedly using anymore, won't help Al Qaeda but it sure worries those high officials who are concerned about being prosecuted for their own role in the Bush torture program. And if those specious arguments they made aren't bad enough, they are also cynically using the rank and file CIA as tools to manipulate a new president into buying into their little coverup....

You'll notice that each of these "reasons" they offer share one thing in common - each of them represent the same "playing the fear card" routine that former V.P. Cheney is so fond of using whenever he doesn't have a good argument to make. It's so obvious what they're doing that it's amazing that Obama would even listen to one word of it much less think that it's a valid argument worthy of being "reviewed."


Blogger pmorlan said...

Marsha, In case you haven't seen this yet, here is a link to a piece in the Washington Post today about the psychologists who aided the torture.

Psychologists Helped Guide Interrogations

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