Tale of the Secret Army Tape

Tale of the Secret Army Tape

Tale of the Secret Army Tape

In a story published yesterday, Salon reported on a surreptitious tape recording of an Army psychologist telling a patient last June that he had been pressured not to diagnose soldiers as having post-traumatic stress disorder. The soldier, whom Salon dubbed Sgt. X to protect his identity, recorded the Fort Carson, Colo., psychologist, Douglas McNinch, twice describing pressure to label soldiers with “anxiety disorder” instead of PTSD. The diagnosis of anxiety disorder could result in improper treatment and lower disability payments if the Army discharges a soldier from the military. “It’s not fair,” McNinch said on the tape. “I think it’s a horrible way to treat soldiers. But neither the U.S. Senate nor the Army apparently agrees with McNinch’s assessment of the treatment that returning soldiers are receiving. By early July, news of the tape recording had made its way to both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the upper reaches of the Pentagon.”…Read More

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