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Yale University Enters the Interrogation Debate


Yale University recently announced that it will host the US SOCOM Center of Excellence for Operation Neuroscience. Led by Doctor Charles Morgan III, Green Berets and other Special Ops will learn the methods of Modified Cognitive Interviewing, a system that builds positive rapport between the soldier and the interviewee, and has been suggested to be more reliable than enhanced interrogation techniques.

Sounds positive, right? However, the research will focus on the New Have immigrant community, drawing the ire of students of alumni who think that Yale has crossed a line. Given our checkered history of our major universities in supporting CIA research in the 1950s and 1960s, a bit of skepticism is warranted. Also, should it be the role of our institutions of higher learning to train our military personnel?

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