Mongoose: American Psychological Association Pandered to DoD, Threw Ethics Aside to Validate Torture UPDATE 1

07 Other Atrocities

Sacks of shit.

Report: American Psychological Association colluded with U.S. interrogation programs


The probe concluded that the association’s ethics director and others had “colluded with important [Department of Defense] officials to have APA issue loose, high-level ethical guidelines that did not constrain” the Pentagon in its interrogation of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The association’s “principal motive in doing so was to align APA and curry favor with DOD.”

UPDATE 1: Hats off to Diane Halpern of APA Board, and investigator Jane Goodman-Delahunty, details below the fold.

UPDATE 1: A decent article from Christian Science Monitor that does not go far enough in holding Rumsfeld, Cheney, & CIA “leaders” as well as USG lawyers accountable, has two gems:

The report also noted that APA Board member Diane Halpern urged that “we add data showing that torture is ineffective in obtaining good information,” but her recommendation was ignored.

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After interviews with 34 interrogators from Australia, Indonesia, and Norway who had handled 30 international terrorism suspects, Jane Goodman-Delahunty, a psychologist and lawyer with Charles Stuart University, found that confessions are four times more likely when interrogators adopt a respectful stance toward detainees and build rapport, instead of torturing.


Phi Beta Iota: No one is blameless here. Every “leader” of this association — and every member aware of the published guidelines — is culpable for throwing ethics aside and betraying the public trust. They are all, without exception, unprofessional.  This is a classic example of the failure of checks and balances in society. Mongoose is a bit blunt but we don’t censor our contributing editors and in this instance, we explictly endorse Mongoose’s condemnation of these “sacks of shit.”

See Especially:

2005 CIA Officers Letter to Senator John McCain Against Torture

See Also:

Ethics @ Phi Beta Iota

Torture @ Phi Beta Iota


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