Well it’s been a long haul, but it’s official. The Pentagon has ended their use of psychologists in the Guantánamo Bay prison.
The post-Hoffman Report AGM in Toronto this past summer saw the association executive taken to task by the membership for ongoing failure to enforce increased ethical requirements initiated in 2008’s Petition Resolution.
The media should be praised for contributing external pressure through exposure of the association’s collusion with American governmental agencies in ways that violate international human rights agreements as established by the UN, including interrogation programs run by the CIA under the Bush administration. As reported in the NY Times, a FBI-led High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, founded under the Obama admin, is the only part of the current government to have expressed concern over the APA’s new adherence to their own policies. Here’s hoping that doesn’t prove to be cause for real concern moving forward.
The Times’ piece also succinctly covers the association’s internal climate re. this most recent turn of events:
Some current and former military psychologists have been critical of the A.P.A. ban, saying it is so broadly written that it could make it difficult for them to work professionally in almost any national security setting. But advocates of the ban say it had to be written in a way that would close what they believe were longstanding loopholes in the organization’s ethics guidance.
Below please find a reverse chronology of our extensive APA torture coverage from throughout the era in which these developments occurred (It is our sincere wish to be able to end the series with this post):
- (2015) History and the Hoffman Report: A Round-Up
- (2010) APA Denounces CIA Psychologist
- (2010) Is the APA Altering its Past?
- (2009) APA: Ludy Benjamin Resigns over AHAP, Torture
- (2009) APA “Regrets” Torture
- (2009) Ongoing Debate About APA & Torture
- (2009) CIA Psychologists “Broke the Law”
- (2009) CIA Didn’t Know History of SERE
- (2008) Psychology’s History and the CIA
- (2008) Short History of Psychological Torture
- (2008) US Military Funds Social Science (Again)
- (2007) The Rise and Fall of Torture