Monday, August 10, 2015

American Psychological Association Bans Members From Military Interrogations

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 7th, 2015

The American Psychological Association approved a resolution on Friday to bar its members from involvement in national-security interrogations, a move meant to resolve a longstanding controversy over the role of psychologists in the harsh questioning of terrorism suspects.
The measure was triggered by a recent report that found that some of the group’s leaders had colluded with the Pentagon to tweak the APA’s ethics guidelines to allow psychologists to play a role in brutal interrogations at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and other American detention facilities. The report, written by David H. Hoffman, a former federal prosecutor, led to the departure of several staff members and a great deal of soul searching during the group’s annual conference, which started here on Thursday.

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