PsySR Statements Opposing APA Policy on Interrogations

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PsySR condemns the prominent participation of psychologists in planning and carrying out the systematic abuse of U.S. detainees, as detailed in previously classified Office of Legal Counsel memos, the report of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and other now-public documents.

In the past several months, PsySR has issued three important statements calling for an independent commission of inquiry, including an investigation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Each statement is available below.

PsySR Urges Independent Torture Commission to Examine Role of Psychologists and APA in Prisoner Abuse (April 23, 2009)

As an organization dedicated to the ethical application of psychology to promote peace, justice, and human rights, Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) condemns the prominent participation of psychologists in planning and carrying out the systematic abuse of U.S. detainees, as documented by the release of four previously classified Office of Legal Counsel memos and the extensive report of the Senate Armed Services Committee.Read More »

PsySR Calls for An Independent National Investigation of the American Psychological Association and Its Role in Supporting the Involvement of Psychologists in Harsh National Security Interrogations (May 11, 2009)

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) has called for an independent national commission to fully investigate U.S. torture and prisoner abuse under the Bush Administration. We include in that call for the commission to determine whether the American Psychological Association (APA) – the largest association of psychologists worldwide – knowingly cooperated with the Department of Defense and the CIA in helping to plan, facilitate, provide official justification for, or hide the use of harsh interrogation methods.Read More »

PsySR Joins Other Health and Human Rights Organizations in Open Letter to APA Board (June 29, 2009)

The APA Board still refuses to acknowledge the evidence of apparent collusion between APA officials and the national security apparatus in providing ethical cover for psychologists’ participation in detainee abuse. This collusion was most notable in the creation of the military-dominated PENS task force. Only a policy that comes to terms with this APA collusion can begin to reduce the furor among APA members, psychologists, and the general public.Read More »

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