Sunday, September 21, 2008

APA torture vote absurd

The NY Times reports:
Members of the American Psychological Association have voted to prohibit consultation in the interrogations of detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, or so-called black sites operated by the Central Intelligence Agency overseas, the association said on Wednesday.

The vote, 8,792 to 6,157 in a mail-in balloting concluded Monday, may help to settle a long debate within the profession over the ethics of such work. Psychologists have helped military and C.I.A. interrogators evaluate detainees, plan questioning strategy and judge its psychological costs. . . . .
How could this resolution have passed? Why would a psychologist who sincerely opposed torture still belong to the APA in 2008? Have these people no integrity? More thoughts on the vote here.

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