Archives For Interrogation & Torture

This post is my resignation letter sent to Doug Wear PhD, the Executive Director of a professional organization I have been a proud member for over 20 years — Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA). I moved to resign because of two issues. WSPA maintains sponsorship of a company (United HealthCare) that epitomizes the maxim — […]

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photo by Bob Parker © 2007 Newsweek magazine has taken a keen interest in Dr. Steven Reisner’s 2008 candidacy for President of the American Psychological Association (APA).  A leading critic of the APA policy on psychologist involvement in interrogation and torture in national security detention centers, Dr. Reisner has been garnering considerable attention within the […]

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This is a guest post which highlights the documentary video “Interrogation Psychologists: The Making of a Professional Crisis” directed by colleague and friend Martha Davis PhD. Dr. Davis is a Clinical Psychologist and a Visiting Scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She is an expert in the detection of […]

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photo by Bob Parker ©2008 Quoted from Milan Kundera, “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting”  NY:Penguin Books, 1986  (p. 3) To view a gallery of photographs of the APA Town Hall meeting, click here. The Town Hall meeting following the APA Council of Representatives vote approving Substitute Motion 3 and defeating an amendment restricting psychologists’ […]

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Photo by Bob Parker ©2008 Quotes from APA Council debate comments by Col. Larry James and Dr. Laurie Wagner To view a gallery of photographs click here. Controversy persists within and without the 148,000 member American Psychological Association (APA) regarding psychologists’ ethics and roles in national security interrogations and their presence in detention centers such […]

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click photo for larger image photo by Bob Parker © 2008 Quote by Italo Calvino from Invisible Cities, p145 Thanks to the ACLU and the Freedom of Information Act, recent confirmations have come to light that top Bush administration aides, actively overseen by the Vice-President and fully sanctioned by the President, drafted the legal opinions […]

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Who is Safe?

FocusReframed —  February 23, 2008 — 1 Comment

As I’ve been thinking recently about our democratically elected government’s refusal to ban all methods of torture in it’s “War on Freedom”, and the American Psychological Association’s readiness to collaborate (with some “ethical” qualifications) under the professed belief of making interrogations safe for persons detained without benefit of civil and human rights, my mind drift’s […]

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Doug Haldemann PhD presenting torture resolution to APA Council (2007) The Coalition for an Ethical APA (Coalition) recently released a 32 page report titled “Analysis of the American Psychological Association’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding APA’s Policies and Positions on the Use of Torture or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment During Interrogations”, available as a download […]

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The list below is an extensive (but not exhaustive) list of links to websites and pages concerned with coercive interrogation and torture, and the involvement of Psychologists and the American Psychological Association in such procedures. The first set of links is to the APA website where you can read the official APA positions on interrogations […]

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© 2007 Bob Parker Symbol of controversy at the APA Convention in August, 2007 regarding the roles of Psychologists in coercive interrogations and torture in places like Guantanamo and CIA “black sites. (click “read on” just below  to read the full post)

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