Friday, July 10, 2015

EVIL American Psychological Association Officials Shielded U.S. Torture Program

NYT reports:

The Central Intelligence Agency’s health professionals repeatedly criticized the agency’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, but their protests were rebuffed by prominent outside psychologists who lent credibility to the program, according to a sweeping new report. 
The 542-page report, which examines the involvement of the nation’s psychologists and their largest professional organization, the American Psychological Association, with the harsh interrogation programs of the Bush era, raises repeated questions about the collaboration between psychologists and officials at both the C.I.A. and the Pentagon...
 The report reaches unsparing conclusions about the close relationship between some association officials and officials at the Pentagon.
“The evidence supports the conclusion that A.P.A. officials colluded with D.O.D. officials to, at the least, adopt and maintain A.P.A. ethics policies that were not more restrictive than the guidelines that key D.O.D. officials wanted,” the report says, adding, “A.P.A. chose its ethics policy based on its goals of helping D.O.D., managing its P.R., and maximizing the growth of the profession.”

The full NYT report is here.



  1. There are always apologists to be found (as the New York Times knows all too well). How do you think certain psychologists gained prominence in the first place? An agreeable point-of-view can make lucrative careers for economists, news anchors, historians, etc. It's like Prussia's Frederick II said, "I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right."

  2. File under police state or warfare state, hmm decisions.