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Psychologists Protest APA Policy on Torture

Psychology faculty members at the University of Rhode Island have signed a resolution opposing the position of the American Psychological Association that allows psychologists working in foreign prisons to assist teams in certain kinds of interrogations.

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Torture Used in 98% of Nations With Any Political Violence: Study

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Torture has been practiced in recent decades by more than 98 percent of nations that experience any political violence, including Western democracies, according to a study by a University of Maryland researcher and colleagues. A second Maryland researcher finds that torture is rarely isolated and ends up being used broadly and institutionalized.

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New Report Reveals Impact of Global War on Terror on US National Guard Soldiers

Feinstein International Center report: Relying largely on the soldiers' own words, the report provides a composite narrative of the experience of National Guard troops -- from enlistment and training through deployment, combat and re-entry. In the past six years of the Global War on Terror, more than 1.5 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Of these, some 250,000 have been members of the National Guard.

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Bridge Strengthening Research

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These days, a drive across a bridge is not always a pleasure cruise. Mindful of the war on terrorism, it can often be a cautious experience. This summer, the possibility of sabotage was quickly examined"”then dismissed"”when the I35W bridge tragically collapsed in Minneapolis.

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New AI Software May Key Successful Antiterrorism, Military and Diplomatic Actions

A Perspectives piece in the September 14 issue of the journal Science looks at new University of Maryland software and models that can help policymakers or military planners predict the behavior of political, economic, and social groups, predictions that can be critical for success of antiterrorism, military or diplomatic actions.

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Terror, Ecoterror, Environment, Research, Sociology, Resistance

Researcher Probes for Motivations Behind "Ecoterrorist" Group

A new study by University of Alberta researcher Paul Joosse cautions against any surety about the ideological motivations behind the Earth Liberation Front. The Earth Liberation Front (or ELF, for short) uses an organizational strategy called "˜leaderless resistance,' whereby small cells choose when, how, and against whom to act"”and then make a claim of responsibility on behalf of the mother group.

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Local First Responders Critical During Terrorism Threat

The importance of ensuring readiness of local first responders cannot be overemphasized in that they will be on the incident scene long before regional, state and federal resources arrive, says Dr. Robert Fleming, Rowan University.

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UC San Diego Fighting Terrorism on the Medical Front

A cooperative research project involving seven institutions in the United States and Peru, led by Joseph Vinetz, M.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at the UCSD School of Medicine, has received a biodefense grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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International Food Supply a Soft Target for Terrorists

Senior bioterrorism and biodefense advisor to the U.S. Department of State recognizes a safe, international food supply as a "soft target" for terrorists, and described to international food professionals some catalysts for improving safety from acts of intentional contamination.

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In the Wake of the UK Terror Scare, Are Americans Ready for Disaster?

Saint Louis University's Heartland Centers is playing a major role in developing an incident command system for first responders, public health officials and leaders, which lays out a response plan to natural disasters, bioterrorism and other emergencies.







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