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Oral history interview with Stephen N. Xenakis [electronic resource], 2013.

Creator: Xenakis, Stephen N., 1948-
Project: Rule of law oral history project
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Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Psychiatrist; Brigadier General, U.S. Army (ret.).

Scope and Contents

Born: 1948, Washington D.C. Education: B.A. Princeton University; University of Maryland School of Medicine. Career: medical corps officer, brigadier general, United States Army; senior advisor, neurobehavioral conditions and medical management, Department of Defense [DOD]; adjunct clinical professor, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences; co-founder, Center for Translational Medicine; anti-torture expert, Physicians for Human Rights; psychiatrist. Reminiscences: childhood memories living in Japan; retirement from Army; experience writing op-ed in Washington Post Outlook about medical support for soldiers and Active Guard Reserves; anti-torture campaign with Physicians for Human Rights [PHR]; learning about DOD's Behavioral Science Consultation Teams [BSCTs]. Discussions: role of physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists in military interrogations; experiences as psychiatrist expert witness for defense team of Guantánamo detainee Omar Khadr; first trip to Guantánamo and camp layout; disrespectful treatment and suppression of visiting lawyers and medical advisors by Guantánamo personnel; importance for truth in psychology and medicine; role of clinicians and military officers in detainee trials; potential cause of 2013 Guantánamo hunger strike; inadequate medical care at Guantánamo; detention of Adnan Farhan Abd Al Latif and suicide; effects of war on terror on American Muslims; detainment of Carlos E. Almonte; military medical personnel's politicized interpretation of detainee mental health; detainment as a means of radicalization.


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