Another Scientist Objects The CIA’s Use Of His Academic Research

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UPDATE: Since posting this blog post, my story has been updated with the testimonial of a third scientist objecting to citation of their work by the CIA and the Justice Department. See the post above for a better explanation.

With the help of Stephanie Kirchner in Berlin, I just posted a story about another scientist who has objected to the CIA’s use of his work to justify enhanced interrogations. The lede:

A German researcher whose work has been cited by the CIA and the Justice Department to help justify the legality of harsh interrogation techniques, including prolonged sleep deprivation, condemned the Bush Administration Tuesday for misusing his scientific findings.

“It is total nonsense to cite our study in this context,” said Dr. Bernd Kundermann, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Marburg.

Kundermann is the second European sleep scientist to speak out this week against the CIA’s use of published academic literature on sleep deprivation. On Monday, James Horne, a British researcher, who was also cited by the CIA medical experts in recently declassified memos, similarly called the agency’s medical reasoning “nonsense.”

Read the entire story here.

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