UN Special Rapporteur Calls on APA, US to Remove Psychologists from Torture Sites

By: Friday August 7, 2009 3:36 pm

The 2009 convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) opens in Toronto on Friday, August 7. Behind all the busy poster events, interest group parties, speeches and academic get-togethers, the fine wheels of bureaucratic resistance are grinding slowly and inexorably.

Anyone who has ever seen their dream killed by administrative indifference and authoritarian obstructionism will sympathize with the betrayal felt by the leaders of a referendum drive inside the APA to condemn

 

Military Interrogations: Torture, Hyprocrisy Pre-Date 9/11

By: Saturday July 25, 2009 5:00 pm

Some stories are more revelatory than others. They expose the truth hidden behind rhetoric and spin.

Such is the nature of a story I stumbled upon some weeks ago, and which I have written up in an investigatory piece at The Public Record. It concerns the incarceration of a U.S. citizen by the military, held without charges for approximately 18 months, and forced after almost a month of 12-19 hour a

Torture Architects Mitchell & Jessen in Road to Maui

By: Thursday June 18, 2009 4:45 pm

James Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen, the ex-military psychologists identified as primary architects of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogations techniques” torture program, apparently did not spend all their time on the battlefield. As the Bush administration-approved coercive interrogation techniques spread from Guantanamo and Afghanistan to the new war in Iraq, Mitchell and Jessen were cashing in on their new-found influence.

“Fair and Balanced” in Academia: Twisting Recent Torture History in the Journal “Nature”

By: Wednesday May 27, 2009 6:30 pm

A dust-up in academia concerning torture and the role of psychologists has flown under the radar of late, receiving no coverage in the press. Nevertheless, the issue has fired up the listservs over at the American Psychological Association, and among opponents of APA’s long-time pro-military interrogations policy.

It all started when the May 21 edition of the prominent scientific journal Nature carried an unsigned editorial entitled “Responsible Interrogation.” The editorial makes some

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