DC - The APA and Guantanamo: Actions, Not Words

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    shadowraiths LISK Liaison, Verified Forensic Psychology Special Staff Member Moderator

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    The APA and Guantanamo: Actions, Not Words
    Yet again the American Psychological Association fails to honor its commitments.

    Two years ago the American Psychological Association adopted its comprehensive “Policy Related to Psychologists’ Work in National Security Settings and Reaffirmation of the APA Position Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.” (link is external) The stated rationale for this consolidation of previous ethics policies was that it would eliminate confusion and uncertainty. In turn, this heightened clarity would presumably facilitate greater adherence to APA policies and more effective enforcement of ethical violations.

    To many, this seemed to be a sound and promising development. But on the ethics front, APA leaders have an abysmal track record when it comes to meaningful action that runs counter to the Pentagon’s own policies on detention and interrogation operations. Time and again in these situations, the APA has trumpeted its commitment to psychology’s do-no-harm ethics but then retreated into the shadows when those principled words required principled actions. A close look at the APA’s current stance toward the detention center at Guantanamo Bay sadly demonstrates that little has changed.

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    Secrets, Politics and Torture: The secret history of the CIA's controversial "enhanced interrogation" methods

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    Fwiw, I don't think ISIS et al is the biggest threat to North America - the biggest threat to NA imo, comes from within. The best way to do this is, imo, get everyone looking at and worrying about ISIS et al - filter the same actions as ISIS down from above through LE policy - ie get use to what will be the norm. Jmo.

    Doubt most will see this though - religion on all sides will control how the majority will think and respond. History repeating itself in a form most will not recognize. Jmo.
     

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