Linkin’ Log (for 08-19-07)

• An Inside Look at How U.S. Interrogators Destroyed the Mind of Jose Padilla—From Democracy Now, a transcript of a damning interview with Dr. Angela Hegarty, a “forensic psychiatrist who spent 22 hours interviewing Jose Padilla last year” and who now asserts that, “from a clinical point of view, he was tortured.”

• Concerns Raised on Wider Spying Under New Law—The New York Times reports that “broad new surveillance powers approved by Congress this month could allow the Bush administration to conduct spy operations that go well beyond wiretapping to include — without court approval — certain types of physical searches on American soil and the collection of Americans’ business records.”

• Rash of Taser incidents renews debate over when and where it’s OK—From the Associated Press (via the Boston Globe), a report that details how, “increasingly, police facing stubborn lawbreakers, belligerent drunks or violent suspects are reaching for stun guns, shocking them into submission.”

• Does Pathological Shyness Make for School Shooters?—As reported by HealthDay, recent research is suggesting that “a characteristic called ‘cynical shyness’….can lead to violent behavior such as that seen at Columbine, Colo., or, most recently, Virginia Tech.”