“The American Psychological Association (APA) last week named a former federal prosecutor to lead an investigation into its role in supporting the U.S. government’s interrogation of suspected terrorists,” reports ScienceInsider.
ScienceInsider quotes from the book by James Risen which shed light on the APA’s role: “The significance of the Gerwehr files is not in what they say about him or in what he was doing. Rather, it is in what they help reveal about the tight network of behavioral scientists so eager for CIA and Pentagon contracts that they showed few qualms about getting involved with institutions that were using pseudo behavioral science to brutalize prisoners. They help reveal the close relationships between behavioral scientists and the government that made it easier for the CIA and Pentagon to develop such a large detention and interrogation infrastructure so quickly.”
APA names lawyer to examine claims it aided U.S. government in shielding psychologists who tortured prisoners (ScienceInsider, November 17, 2014)