American Psychological Association Engaged in “Well-orchestrated Misdirection”


In Forbes, Todd Essig argues that the American Psychological Association’s public response to the report on the CIA torture program “has been a well-orchestrated misdirection.” The APA, he writes, have made it seem that there were only two psychologists involved.

“The Senate report is replete with multiple descriptions of numerous psychologists working in the torture program,” writes Essig. “In contrast, the APA’s public response cites only two, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the chief architects of the program. Of course, they were the major players. But no mention is made of any other psychologist. None. This dramatic disparity, including stating that Mitchell is not a member of the APA and Jessen resigned in 2006, was central in how the APA “welcomed” the Senate report. By ignoring all the others, they could then comfortably state “the extent and barbarity of torture techniques used by the CIA are sickening and morally reprehensible” without simultaneously having to grapple publicly with the full extent of psychologist involvement in the barbarity… In other words, the APA’s public response has been a well-orchestrated misdirection.”

The Misdirection In Psychology’s Response To Our Senate’s Torture Report (Forbes, January 12, 2015)


  1. Glad to see the dots being connected. In Nazi Germany, they did torture, mind control, and eugenics. The psychiatrists ran the entrainment camps, and at first steralized anyone they could diagnose as a jew, homosexual, or mentally ill. Then it progressed to killing and euthanizing them. The psychiatrists did it all. Adolf Hitler also believed mind control was the secret to control the world (they had something called world view warfare, or weltenshunkrieg (the American version of weltenshunkrieg is psychological warfare)), and psychiatrists are in fact mind control experts, specialists in the mind sciences. It is true the Nazi’s invested heavily in mind control, and this is one reason Project paperclip of the CIA went on, when we imported their best mind science doctors (psychiatrists), and propulsion scientists, we then put them to work at major universities and hospitals and forgave their horrific war crimes. We started mind control programs of our own, project bluebird, artichoke, MKULTRA, and more. We did decades of torture, human experimentation, and more. The programs were never shut down either, and multiple hundreds of thousands of people were hurt up to the seventies. The programs go dark after that period, continuing on under new budgets and titles. The modern stuff involves satellites, radar, and directed energy. Anyway to say the least, the CIA torture program ain’t nothing new and its just the same old thing that’s always went on in this country. A lot of the methods devised are also old school, stuff they developed during MKULTRA, which itself involved the development of interrogation methods and interrogation utilities from drugs to brain computer interfaces and torture tactics. BTW, APA was involved from the start, as even the APA head was a top paid CIA torture doctor in the 1950s, and DSM happens to be heavily influenced by all that nonsense. Top psychiatrists all around the United States participated, goals included creating the conditions listed in the DSM .. Notice how the DSM actually frames victims of such abuses to be mentally ill and is devoid of information to prevent false diagnosis of victims who often receive diagnosis of persecutory delusional disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, or even multiple personality disorder. APA has never apologized for their involvement in any of these programs or operations to date, and they continue to plow over victims allegations.

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    • Many of the Nazi psychiatrists were never punished, not only those who escaped abroad but even in defeated Germany. An example is the torturer and murderer of Gypsies in a concentration camp – Robert Ritter:
      “After the war, Ritter was employed as a psychologist for the Frankfurt Public Health Office, along with Eva Justin. In 1948, at the behest of Roma survivors of the Porajmos, the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office opened an inquiry into Ritter’s Nazi-era activities. The case was closed in 1950, on the grounds of insufficient evidence.”
      from Wikipedia

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