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Intelligence Science Board Disbanded

The Intelligence Science Board (ISB), an advisory panel established to ensure independent scientific advice to the US Director of National intelligence (DNI), is being abolished. The abolition raises concerns about a possible loss of independent advice to government on topics ranging from nuclear physics to forensics to the psychology involved in interrogation practices. Although many of its recommendations are secret, the ISB is best known for a 2006 report which found that there was no evidence supporting the use of “coercive interrogation” or torture. The report showed “independent judgment as well as immediate policy relevance,” says the Federation of American 


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