Archive for the 'APA Ethics and Torture' Category

American Psychological Association Resolution on Torture

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: American Psychological Association Resolution on Torture.

Can You Still Trust Psychology After The Torture Scandal?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Can You Still Trust Psychology After The Torture Scandal? Todd Essig on the Forbes Magazine website on August 5, 2015.

Response to Hoffman Report from Frank Summers

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

FrankSummersAt the risk of “Hoffman fatigue” I write my critique of Drs. Banks, Dunivin, James, and Newman’s message because I find it so distorted that I feel compelled to write down my reaction, even though I know others have done the same.

In response to the Kaufman report, Drs. Morgan Banks, Debra Dunivin, Larry C. James, and Russ Newman have written what they regard as a critique of the report. The first three are or were military psychologists who served in Guantanamo and Russ Newman is the spouse of Debra Dunivin. Dr. Dunivin was what is known as a “BSCT” or member of a Behavioral Science Consulting Team, the organization of mental health professional experts who participated in the interrogation of Guantanamo detainees. Dr. Banks, although not an APA member, was appointed to the PENS Task Force along with Dr. James, who is an APA member. The military connections of this (more…)

How the American Psychological Assn. lost its way

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Click Here To Read: How the American Psychological Assn. lost its way By Roy Eidelson, Jean Maria Arrigo in the Los Angelos Times on July 30, 2015.

A Response to the Hoffman Report

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Click Here to Read: A Response to the Hoffman Report by Drs Newman, Dunivin, Banks & James.

Anti-torture reforms opposed within psychology group after damning report

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Anti-torture reforms opposed within psychology group after damning report: Tempers rise within American Psychological Association, which independent review recently found was complicit in brutal military and CIA interrogation by Spencer Ackerman in The Guardian on August 2, 2015.

Guards keep watch in a cell block at the Camp Delta detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Photograph: Todd Sumlin/Zuma Press/Corbis

U.S. Psychologists Urged to Curb Questioning Terror Suspects

Friday, July 31st, 2015

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Click Here to Read: U.S. Psychologists Urged to Curb Questioning Terror Suspects U.S. Psychologists Urged to Curb Questioning Terror Suspects By James Risen in The New York Times on July 30, 2015.

The C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va. The American Psychological Association will vote on an ethics policy that would bar its members from participating in national security interrogations.CreditLarry Downing/Reuters

Psychologist James Mitchell Admits He Waterboarded al Qaeda Suspects

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Psychologist James Mitchell Admits He Waterboarded al Qaeda Suspects By Jason Leopold
on the Vice News website on December 15, 2014.

How America’s psychologists ended up endorsing torture

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: How America’s psychologists ended up endorsing torture by E.W. on the Economist website on July 28, 2015.

The Hoffman Report And the American Psychological Association

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: The Hoffman Report And the American Psychological Association: Meeting the Challenge of Change by Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP on his KSPope website.

Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association’s Collusion with Torture

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association’s Collusion with Torture by Deborah Kory on the Huffington Post website on July 24, 2015.

Why Ethics Codes Fail

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Why Ethics Codes Fail By Laura Stark on the Inside Higher Education website on July 21, 2015.

The Consequences of Psychology’s Shameful Collusion in Torture

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: The Consequences of Psychology’s Shameful Collusion in Torture: The American Psychological Association pandered to the CIA out of self-interest. In so doing, it betrayed a core ethical spirit—and opened the path to a dangerous future Joseph R. Ssaughter on the Pacific Standard Website on July 24, 2015.

Click Here to Read: Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association’s Collusion with Torture by Deborah Kory on the (more…)

Response to the Hoffman Report

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Response to the Hoffman Report from the Society of Indian Psychologists.

Torture, Psychology, and Daniel Inouye: The True Story Behind Psychology’s Role in Torture

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Torture, Psychology, and Daniel Inouye: The True Story Behind Psychology’s Role in Torture by Bryant Welch on the Huffington Post website On July 17, 2015.

Click Here to Read: Torture, Fear, and American Psychology: An Insider’s Perspective on the Debacle Within the APA by Bryant Welch on the Huffington Post website On December 29, 2014.

Psychologist Implicated in APA’s Torture Report Resigns Academic Post

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Psychologist Implicated in APA’s Torture Report Resigns Academic Post by Tom Bartlett on the Chronicle of Higher Education website on July 21, 2015.

PsySR Responds to Hoffman Report about APA Collusion

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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PsySR Responds to Hoffman Report about APA Collusion

In unmistakable terms, the long-awaited Hoffman Report has confirmed longstanding allegations that the American Psychological Association (APA) curried favor with the US Department of Defense (DoD) by colluding to preserve unethical detention and interrogation practices – practices that involved psychologists in torture and abuse. The lengthy and detailed report delineates how APA staff and prominent Association leaders deceived and subverted the will of the membership to adopt and maintain ethics rules for psychologists “that were as closely aligned as possible with DoD policies, guidelines, practices, or preferences, as articulated to APA by these DoD officials.” These “highly permissive” ethics policies, the report unequivocally concludes, were “based on strategy and PR, not ethics analysis.” (more…)

The APA Is Dead: And Not Just Because Of APA Ethics Violations

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: The APA Is Dead: And Not Just Because Of APA Ethics Violations by Jason Dias on the A New Domain website on July 14, 2015.

Torture and the APA

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Correspondence from Dan Aalbers, Armand Cerbone, and Shara Sand on the APA Torture Controversy.

Click Here to Read:  Torture, American-Style: The Role of Money in Interrogations By Katherine Eban on the Vanity Fair website on July 14, 2015.

Inside an interrogation room at Guantanamo Bay. By Haraz Ghanbari/AP Photo.

Comments of Stephen Soldz and Steven Reisner to the APA Board

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Opening Comments of Stephen Soldz and Steven Reisner to the American Psychological Association Board, July 2, 20115.

Click Here to Read:  Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds on this website.

Click Here to Read:  Psychologists Who Greenlighted Torture By The Editorial Board of The New York Times on July 10, 2015.

Psychologists were paid to give the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program a veneer of legitimacy. Here, a detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2009.  CreditJohn Moore/Getty Images