Psychology Association: Okay, We’ll Stop Helping Torturers

Psychology Association: Okay, We'll Stop Helping Torturers

“The American Psychological Association voted Friday in favor of a resolution that would bar its members from participating in national security interrogations.

The resolution by the country’s largest professional organization of psychologists passed overwhelmingly. The only dissenting vote came from Col. Larry James, a former Army intelligence psychologist at Guantanamo.”

— “Psychology Group Votes To Ban Members From Taking Part In Interrogations,” Dina Temple-Raston, NPR News

“The association’s ethics director, Stephen Behnke, coordinated the group’s public policy statements on interrogations with a top military psychologist … and then received a Pentagon contract to help train interrogators while he was working at the association, without the knowledge of the association’s board. Mr. Behnke did not respond to a request for comment.”

— “Outside Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds,” James Risen, New York Times

Related:

“Larry James,” Center for Torture Accountability

“US torture report: psychologists should no longer aid military, group says,” Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian

“How the Largest Association of U.S. Psychologists Colluded in Torture,” J. Wesley Boyd, Newsweek

“Psychology Is In Crisis Over Role In Bush-Era Torture,” Peter Aldhous, BuzzFeed News

“Psychologists Must Stand by their Ethical Obligations,” J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, Physicians for Human Rights

Coalition for an Ethical Psychology website

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