Did the American Psychological Association Help Legitimize CIA Torture?

A new report by rogue psychologists and mental health experts alleges that the American Psychological Association (APA) helped justify the Bush administration's torture of detainees in the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As the New York Times reported Thursday, dissident members of the professional mental health community allege that a government researcher contributed language to a 2005 APA policy regarding interrogations. And despite tons of communication back and forth, the authors of the report found “there is no evidence that any APA official expressed concern over mounting reports of psychologist involvement in detainee abuse during four years of direct email communications with senior members of the US intelligence community.”

The report, called “All the President’s Psychologists,” is based in large part on the emails of a behavioral researcher named Scott Gerwehr, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2008. On Thursday morning, it was published in full by New York Times reporter James Risen, who had previously referenced some of the correspondences in his 2014 book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.

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Human Rights Watch Daily Brief, 29 April 2015


In today’s Brief: Indonesia executes eight; crackdown in Iran; beatings & torture mar Sudan polls; LGBT victory in Kenya; how to help Nepal; Nigeria claims captives freed from Boko Haram; Burundi blocks social media; Syria - remembering Razan; Africa’s wall of silence; & CIA torture - shooting the messenger.

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