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O'Reilly Supports Physician Enhanced Interrogation ( Not Torture)

Reported by Deborah - July 28, 2006 -

Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Stephen N. Xenakis, Psychiatric Institute of Washington, faced Bill O'Reilly's badgering last night, 7/27, on The Factor because he believes assisting interrogators is unethical and a violation of the Hippocratic Oath. Xenakis , an advisor to the group Physicians for Human Rights, expressed these concerns during a House of Delegates meeting earlier this month and issued a news release on 7/26/06.

Xenakis made this statement in the News Release on 7/26/06.

"There is no military or medical doctrine, precedent, or legal statute that authorizes health professionals to assist in, let alone direct, interrogations and other intelligence gathering activities, stated Brigadier General Stephen Xenakis, MD (USA-Ret.), an Advisor to PHR. Allowing psychologists and other health professionals to participate in any way in interrogations flies in the face of everything I was taught as a medical doctor and as a soldier. Invoking national security does not trump the essential ethical obligation of health professionals to do no harm, a principle that psychologists are bound to uphold."

O'Reilly was astounded that Xenakis wouldn't consider providing psychological tips that would help interrogators claiming that his insights into the "killers" could save lives. Xenakis stood firm despite O'Reilly's repeated expressions of disbelief that this practice could be considered unethical.

When Xenakis tried to make a comment mentioning Vietnam, O'Reilly got that pinched expression and cut him off.
"This is a compelling discussion. I gotta run."

comment: I wonder if O'Reilly considered the possibility that a Brigadeer General and respected Psychiatrist might
deserve a little respect. Oh sure, O'Reilly called him a "patriot" at the start of interview but then went on to dismiss every word he uttered. Obviously ethics, medical or journalistic, is a subject O'Reilly likes to avoid.